Gillingham Press started trading from March 1978 under the control of Bob Walton and Ian Nicholson being located in a small office at the back of the squash court which was then located in Cemetery Road. Printing was initially produced using letterpress techniques on two Adana hand operated printing presses.
The business was then moved in 1982 to its purpose-built office and workshop located in South Street and printing services complemented by two lithographic printing presses. The business later traded as a partnership, until it was acquired in December 2003 by Allan Bishop and the business was then registered as a limited company. The business has since invested in the use of state-of-the-art digital printing equipment, which when compared to letterpress and litho printing, has reduced production costs and a much improved delivery lead time.
Allan Bishop, current owner and director, was educated at Fosters Grammar School, Sherborne, before he enlisted into the British Army in 1978, serving with the Survey Branch, Royal Engineers. Following his last Army appointment as a Survey Print Instructor at the Royal School of Military Survey, he then worked in managerial positions for several commercial printing companies in Dorset, Somerset and Avon.
In December 2003, Allan acquired the business of Gillingham Press and more recently in December 2015, The Copy Shop, with its copying services and stationery supplies located in the High Street. Having now traded for nearly 40 years, Gillingham Press Company Ltd provides first class services in offering bespoke graphic design, printing products and stationery supplies to its personal and business clients.