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In 1989 chief executive Tim Griffiths decided to move Williams Lea, founded in 1820, away from its traditional role as a printer to the City of London. The group now manages everything from photocopying services and digital printing to multi-media and web design for individual clients on their own premises. Large projects for customers such as Glaxo-Wellcome and KPMG have guaranteed higher margins. Williams Lea’s profits grew by 38% pa from £2.9m in 1996 to £7.5m in 1999, while sales rose by 20% pa in the same period to £89.6m. The company attributes its success to working closely with clients on large projects and offering a broader range of services than its competitors.

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Company details
Year2000
Rank82
CompanyWilliams Lea
ActivityPrinters
LocationCentral London
Annual profit growth38.09%
Latest profits £000s7,549
Latest sales £000s89,573
Staff1,203
Founded1820
Websitewww.williamslea.com

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