• Our Story

    Written Over 45 Years…..

Printing throughout our history, since 1969

1969 is remembered by many as the year man first walked on the moon, Concorde first flew and the Beatles released their Abbey Road album. But it was also the year that Stephen Tew and John Newbold established Midland Regional Printers (MRP) in Nottingham and the award-winning firm is enjoying over 45 years in the printing trade.

Times have certainly changed for Nottingham Printers, MRP – located in the Basford area of Nottingham – since Managing Director Stephen opened its doors for business in September 1969. In those days, the firm employed just three staff at its original premises on Lowdham Street in Nottingham city centre. “We started out in a 2,000 square foot workshop doing jobs for local companies” recalls Stephen. “As the business expanded, we moved offices several times before settling into our current location on Nottingham Road.”

MRP now occupies over 50,000 square feet and employs 47 staff. MRP is listed in the top 500 UK printing companies and provides a diverse range of lithographic and digital printing services to a number of market-leading national corporations as well as smaller local businesses. MRP is also a major print supplier to the UK government and in 2008 was awarded the printing contract for the much-publicised “Real Meals” cookery book Commissioned by Children, Schools and Families secretary Ed Balls, “Real Meals” is part of a major Government incentive to encourage youngsters to learn to cook and eat more healthily. MRP is proud to be playing a key role in this important project that is helping to ensure a healthier future for today’s kids.

Stephen decided to set up MRP after working for several years in his father’s printing business which was based in Nottingham’s Broadmarsh area (before the current shopping centre was built). Back in 1969, the printing business was a different world with everything done on the premises rather than being outsourced, which is usually the case today. However, MRP is unusual amongst modern printers in that they still carry out 95% of work in-house. This includes non-printing tasks such as gluing and stitching that may be required to complete a job.

Stephen believes that this “one stop shop” service has been the key to their continued growth and success over the last 40 years, commenting: “Doing everything in-house really makes us stand out from other printers. Our service is personal, flexible and can be tailored to the needs of individual clients. MRP can meet any and all of a company’s commercial printing requirements, from stationery to product packaging.”

Although MRP is maintaining the tradition of in-house printing, it has moved with the times in other areas such as environmental issues. Most of the paper used is certified by bodies such as the Forest Stewardship Council and they contribute to the tree-planting schemes run by the Carbon Footprint organisation. MRP also helps its clients show their own customers their commitment to eco-friendly working by providing clients with a special environmental logo that they can display.

Over the decades, the printing industry has faced many challenges – not least the rise of the Internet which has reduced the demand for printed catalogues and brochures. Despite this, MRP’s business has consistently grown and Stephen and his team are optimistic about the future. “We’ve come a long way from our humble beginnings on Lowdham Street in 1969,” says Stephen. “Winning contracts like the “Real Meals” cookery book reconfirms our position as a major player in the national printing market, and we’d like to think MRP is helping put Nottingham on the map as a centre of UK industry.”