History

Founded in 1901 by Thomas Leach, originally a humble cloth worker from Gloucestershire, TLC has grown into a highly successful commercial printer and large format print specialist.

Having survived two world wars, the Great Depression, countless recessions and still come out thriving, we’d like to think we must be doing something right.

1901

After moving to Abingdon, his wife’s home town, the year before, Thomas Leach started printing on a small hand press in an upstairs room of the family home.

1920s

The business expanded across Abingdon with newsagent shops on Oxford Road and the Market Place, as well as a flourishing stationers and printing works on Bath Street.

1937

As the expansion continued, Thomas bought No 54 Ock Street from the Barnett family, who had run a mineral water and sweet factory there. This became the new Head Office.

1940s

The company provided stationery for local businesses and the clergy, for whom we also produced Christmas cards; work that continues nationally to this day.

1980s-90s

The advent of new technologies in the second half of the twentieth century, bringing with it improved efficiencies, opened up new markets and accelerated growth.

2008

Sustained growth led to a £1.5 million relocation to Nuffield centrum, where we introduced a complete pre-press system and a brand new four-colour press.

2016

Always keeping ahead of the curve in terms of the latest printing technologies, we introduced digital cutting equipment for signage and large format graphics.

2018

There’s no time like the present. Call us now on 01235 520444.