Company

Smith & Watts print

Smith & Watts print are at your service as a commercial printer. Since our company was founded, we have built a trusted and reputable relationship with companies working in sectors such as charities, societies, education, professional services and publishing. As such, our years of experience have generated long term relationships with clients, off the back of receiving a first class service.

Below you can find out more about our company, through our Founder and community involvement, as well as the environment and philosophy we share and abide by. In addition, if you would like to see some examples of our work, please contact us and we can send you a sample pack for your convenience.

1780 – Brothers James and Harry Wright started the business in Draper Street, South East London.

1900 – They were one of the first printers to install a 30hp electric motor to enable efficient service, this was situated in the window at the front of the shop which attracted local custom.

1944 – Wright Son & Co (Clapham) brought Wiles & Sons Ltd, Trinity Street Colchester, mainly as an insurance against bomb damage in London. We also had two works in London both at Clapham.

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1799 – The son of the founding brothers, was made a Freeman of the City of London in 1820.

1914 – Fourteen years later, the business became a limited company, forming as Wright Son & Co Ltd.

1964 – Built purpose factory in Colchester to take the whole of the business.

1969 – We are proud to be awarded the contract for Crown Agents Stamp Bureau to produce the First Day Cover envelopes and leaflets for Commonwealth countries

2019 – We have been awarded the contract to produce the Queens Birthday Parade souvenir Booklet as well as the Beat & Retreat.

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1968 – A sales company Smith & Watts was formed.

2012 – Smith & Watts print were then commissioned to produce Gold Medal Winner limited edition cards for The Great Britain 2012 Olympics, as well as Supports cards for the football finals.

1780 – Brothers James and Harry Wright started one man printers in Draper Street SE London

1799 – The son of the founding brothers, was made a Freeman of the City of London in 1820.

1900 – Was one of the first printed to install electric motor 30hp which was placed in the front window attracting crowds of local people

1914 – Fourteen years later, the business became a limited company, forming as Wright Son & Co Ltd.

1944 – Wright Son & Co (Clapham) brought Wiles & Sons Ltd, Trinity Street Colchester, mainly as an insurance against bomb damage in London. We also had two works in London both at Clapham.

1964 – Built purpose factory in Colchester to take the whole of the business.

1968 – A sales company Smith & Watts was formed.

1969 – We are proud to be awarded the contract for Crown Agents Stamp Bureau to produce the First Day Cover envelopes and leaflets for Commonwealth countries

2012 – Smith & Watts print were then commissioned to produce Gold Medal Winner limited edition cards for The Great Britain 2012 Olympics, as well as Supports cards for the football finals.

2019 – We have been awarded the contract to produce the Queens Birthday Parade souvenir Booklet as well as the Beat & Retreat.

Smith & Watts print

Below you can find out more into Smith & Watts print, through our Founder and community involvement, as well as the environment and philosophy we share and abide by. In addition, if you would like to see some examples of our work, please give us a call and we will send you a sample pack.

Where it all began…

founder
Founding brothers, James and Harry Wright were responsible for the business birth way back in the year 1780 in the location of 4 Draper Street, Elephant and Castle, South-East London. Grandson of one of the brothers, Joseph Day carried on the family business, when he was later joined by his son Joseph George in 1861 who together took joint ownership of what went on to be known as Wright Son & Co Ltd. Since then the company has grown its premises a number of times in London, as the business became larger and took on more print demand for customers. In 1944, the company then bought Wiles and Son Limited located in Colchester, which was seen as insurance against bomb damage during World War II. 1948 A son Paul Joseph was born to Harold, who was the Managing Director until 2013. In 1954 another son Peter Joseph was born is now Financial Director. 1968, partnering with Ray Smith – Sales Director, George Watts – Director of Sales Staff, Arthur Stroud – Director Buyer and Harry Boreham – Works Manager. All of whom were with the firm for a number of years. As you can see, over time the business has been passed down through the generations and kept within the family – we are proud of original roots. In modern times, Smith & Watts have grown to become a well-known corporate printing company under the stewardship of Peter Wright, Sam Olymbios and Paul Robins. We always place the needs of the customer first. Our intention is – timely accurate quotation – work produced on time, every time. In turn, we have now introduced modern production such as lithography and digital alternatives which benefit our customers on their print journey. We endeavour to keep a finger on the pulse of modern trends for all our customers, coupled with our traditions that have made our business a success in the industry. As a result, not only are we recognised as fine craftsmen of our industry, but also giving our clients first class service from beginning to end.

What We Stand For

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Here at Smith & Watts print, we have developed and ethos of client satisfaction being the most important aspect to our business, as a team we all work to put quality first, asking ourselves ‘Is this what our customer wants? Does this exceed their expectations?’ Through this high-end corporate quality and support management throughout, our clients value our professional and enthusiastic application of knowledge and experience within this expert industry of print. We aim to achieve a high level of respect from both clients and the business community. Thus, valuing our independence and the continuing need to secure a future for our company, we see continuous training as an essential element of our growth.

OUR VISION

We have earned and ascertained a business reputation for getting things right the first time. We want to remain at the forefront of technological advances in order to remain competitive in the corporate print industry. We endeavour to continue and ultimately advance our capabilities of providing an end to end product tailored to each client’s individual requirements.

SERVICE

Our Philosophy and Vision transfers into our overall service at Smith & Watts print. From initial contact in the early stages of your professional print requirement, through to delivery and end result of your printed work, we ensure our client receives the first class service and product they require. We also pride ourselves on efficiency, accuracy and bespoke quality of works carried out. Thus, we don’t include hidden extras or add any extra to the buying experience, we simply have your best interests in mind – this process has seen customers remain loyal to Smith & Watts print long term.

Community Involvement

As a family run business, established since 1780, being a part of community involvement is something we hold dear to within our processes at Smith & Watts print.

Over the years we have maintained a strong focus on excellent customer service, with the innovative investment into new machinery and products.

This is balanced by our team of staff that help to build relationships, boost visibility, brand awareness and showcase our personal touch – we’re not just any company, we like to do our bit for the community too!

Whether it’s by sponsoring or taking part in community programs, or by enabling employee volunteerism, companies that encourage involvement in the community.

As a result, Smith & Watts print have received the Trevor Porter Trophy for Outstanding Contribution to the Colchester Fire Swim. Our support has continued for over 25 years, through the assistance of our overall print, artwork and design processes.

In addition, we also support the RGF with design and print, offering them help to get their important message across. With our support they can remain totally committed to their objectives of providing practical and financial support to young people with life threatening or terminal issues.

We would be pleased to talk through any project to help you achieve the best solution. If you have an idea, lets talk it through…

Environmental Efforts

Smith & Watts print have committed ourselves to a general policy of minimising the impact of our operations on the environment. Thus, we continue to develop good economic, social and environmental practices using, wherever possible, sustainable and renewable resources. Our measures include:

Inks

All standard four colour inks at Smith & Watts print are produced from vegetable based oils, reducing the impact on mineral oil supplies and making for better recyclable purposes.

Chemicals

Our state of the art Heidelberg presses require significantly less usage of isopropyl-alcohol in the dampening system. Our digital CTP workflow now utilises a ‘low-chemistry’ developer and our ultimate goal is to use process-less plates when costs allow.

Machine Coaters

All major presses are equipped with machine coating units allowing for water-based coatings to be applied as standard, thereby eliminating the usage of oil based sealers and reducing the need for lamination.

Waste Disposal

Smith & Watts print currently recycle the following process-based waste streams, all through certified and approved waste contractors:

  • Paper trimmings & waste sheets 100%
  • Cardboard 100%
  • Wooden pallets 100%
  • Aluminium litho plates 100%
  • Press and Pre-Press chemistry 100%
  • Ink tins and tubes 100%
  • Inks 100%
  • Soft and hard plastics and packet wraps 85%
  • Computer and electronic equipment 100%

Over the last few years Smith & Watts print have reduced our waste to landfill by 75%.

Where it all began…

founder
Founding brothers, James and Harry Wright were responsible for the business birth way back in the year 1780 in the location of 4 Draper Street, Elephant and Castle, South-East London. Grandson of one of the brothers, Joseph Day carried on the family business, when he was later joined by his son Joseph George in 1861 who together took joint ownership of what went on to be known as Wright Son & Co Ltd. Since then the company has grown its premises a number of times in London, as the business became larger and took on more print demand for customers. In 1944, the company then bought Wiles and Son Limited located in Colchester, which was seen as insurance against bomb damage during World War II. 1948 A son Paul Joseph was born to Harold, who was the Managing Director until 2013. In 1954 another son Peter Joseph was born is now Financial Director. 1968, partnering with R. D. Smith – Sales Director, G. F. Watts – Director of Sales Staff, A. J. Stroud – Director Buyer and H Boreham – Works Manager. All of whom were with the firm for a number of years. As you can see, over time the business has been passed down through the generations and kept within the family – we are proud of original roots. In modern times, Smith & Watts have grown to become a well-known corporate printing company under the stewardship of Peter Joseph Wright, Sam Olymbios and Paul Robins. We always place the needs of the customer first. Our intention is – timely accurate quotation – work produced on time, every time. In turn, we have now introduced modern production such as lithography and digital alternatives which benefit our customers on their print journey. We endeavour to keep a finger on the pulse of modern trends for all our customers, coupled with our traditions that have made our business a success in the industry. As a result, not only are we recognised as fine craftsmen of our industry, but also giving our clients first class service from beginning to end.

What We Stand For

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Here at Smith & Watts print, we have developed and ethos of client satisfaction being the most important aspect to our business, as a team we all work to put quality first, asking ourselves ‘Is this what our customer wants? Does this exceed their expectations?’ Through this high-end corporate quality and support management throughout, our clients value our professional and enthusiastic application of knowledge and experience within this expert industry of print. We aim to achieve a high level of respect from both clients and the business community. Thus, valuing our independence and the continuing need to secure a future for our company, we see continuous training as an essential element of our growth.

OUR VISION

We have earned and ascertained a business reputation for getting things right the first time. We want to remain at the forefront of technological advances in order to remain competitive in the corporate print industry. We endeavour to continue and ultimately advance our capabilities of providing an end to end product tailored to each client’s individual requirements.

SERVICE

Our Philosophy and Vision transfers into our overall service at Smith & Watts print. From initial contact in the early stages of your professional print requirement, through to delivery and end result of your printed work, we ensure our client receives the first class service and product they require. We also pride ourselves on efficiency, accuracy and bespoke quality of works carried out. Thus, we don’t include hidden extras or add any extra to the buying experience, we simply have your best interests in mind – this process has seen customers remain loyal to Smith & Watts print long term.

Community Involvement

As a family run business, established since 1780, being a part of community involvement is something we hold dear to within our processes at Smith & Watts print.

Over the years we have maintained a strong focus on excellent customer service, with the innovative investment into new machinery and products.

This is balanced by our team of staff that help to build relationships, boost visibility, brand awareness and showcase our personal touch – we’re not just any company, we like to do our bit for the community too!

Whether it’s by sponsoring or taking part in community programs, or by enabling employee volunteerism, companies that encourage involvement in the community.

As a result, Smith & Watts print have received the Trevor Porter Trophy for Outstanding Contribution to the Colchester Fire Swim. Our support has continued for over 25 years, through the assistance of our overall print, artwork and design processes.

In addition, we also support the RGF with design and print, offering them help to get their important message across. With our support they can remain totally committed to their objectives of providing practical and financial support to young people with life threatening or terminal issues.

We would be pleased to talk through any project to help you achieve the best solution. If you have an idea, lets talk it through…

Environmental Efforts

Smith & Watts print have committed ourselves to a general policy of minimising the impact of our operations on the environment. Thus, we continue to develop good economic, social and environmental practices using, wherever possible, sustainable and renewable resources. Our measures include:

Inks

All standard four colour inks at Smith & Watts print are produced from vegetable based oils, reducing the impact on mineral oil supplies and making for better recyclable purposes.

Chemicals

Our state of the art Heidelberg presses require significantly less usage of isopropyl-alcohol in the dampening system. Our digital CTP workflow now utilises a ‘low-chemistry’ developer and our ultimate goal is to use process-less plates when costs allow.

Machine Coaters

All major presses are equipped with machine coating units allowing for water-based coatings to be applied as standard, thereby eliminating the usage of oil based sealers and reducing the need for lamination.

Waste Disposal

Smith & Watts print currently recycle the following process-based waste streams, all through certified and approved waste contractors:

  • Paper trimmings & waste sheets 100%
  • Cardboard 100%
  • Wooden pallets 100%
  • Aluminium litho plates 100%
  • Press and Pre-Press chemistry 100%
  • Ink tins and tubes 100%
  • Inks 100%
  • Soft and hard plastics and packet wraps 85%
  • Computer and electronic equipment 100%

Over the last few years Smith & Watts print have reduced our waste to landfill by 75%.