Our story

Our story starts in 1952 with Herbert Thomas. He was the father of our current managing director, Trevor Thomas, who tells the story so far…

“Herbert was a compositor by trade who had completed a seven-year apprenticeship and learnt his skills in setting up type for printing. He decided that he wanted to run his own business and bought a second-hand printing press, which he had to transport across Northampton. The trip from Far Cotton to Duston was only a few miles, but the heavy press was transported by cart, up hill, and presented the first of many challenges to overcome!

Pages being imposed within a chase on a stone

Pages being imposed within a chase on a stone

My father installed the press in his shed at 138 Duston Road, Northampton. As it had come from a terraced house which had the inscription Belmont House on the front, he named the business Belmont Press.

The Early Days

As a small boy, and along with my brothers, I remember the conversations that my parents had around the kitchen table in the evenings, as they would often talk about the work they were doing for local businesses. In those days the work ranged from printing bags for a local grocery company and producing lottery tickets to printing business directories. My father also came up with the idea of producing a local news magazine, financed by advertising, called Northampton Town Affairs. I remember delivering piles of the magazine to many cinemas in Northampton as a young boy.

New technology

In 1960, Belmont Press proudly took delivery of its first brand new Heidelberg Cylinder Press and we’ve never looked back. Our love and fascination of new machinery has led to our philosophy of the early adoption of new technology. We have always aimed to operate efficiently and cost-effectively, while delivering the best possible results for our clients. We are also keen to complete as many processes as we can in-house so they are monitored and controlled by our robust quality management system.

Over the years, Belmont Press moved to many sites in Northampton, including Bradshaw Street, Leicester Street and Duke Street near the town centre, before moving to Lodge Farm Industrial Estate in 1974. I became Managing Director the following year.

Heidelberg cylinder printing press

Heidelberg cylinder printing press

The next generation

I am one of four sons, and my brothers Roy, Colin and Philip have all worked in the business. Roy was Chairman until he retired in 1988; Colin became Works Director but sadly died suddenly in 2005 and Philip was Commercial Director until 2010, when he retired.

My daughter Nicola joined after graduating from university in 1992 and is now Purchasing Manager. Philip’s son Owen joined after graduating in 1997 (but had already spent his gap year operating a Heidelberg press) and is now Commercial Director.

Trevor Thomas (left); Nicola Thomas; Owen Thomas

From left to right: Trevor Thomas; Nicola Thomas; Owen Thomas

Some of our staff have been here for many years, often bringing other family members on board, so ours is not the only family to have several generations joining the business. Now employing over 160 people and operating 24 hours a day, Belmont Press still has the friendly atmosphere of a family business. It’s underpinned by a strong commitment to professionalism, and as custodians for the next generation we are always looking to the future.

Our management team

Our management team

We now have a strong management team who are responsible for managing all of the complex operations that take place in order to print and deliver around 300 million items a year.”

To see our account management team and for more information about working with us today, click here.