Willsons has shown vision and drive since its very earliest beginnings way back in the 1860's.
It began as a furniture maker, but soon developed a new niche for its skills - making wooden blocks to print elaborate posters for music hall and cinema.
This side of the business developed rapidly and Willsons became the premier poster printer in pre-war England, as well as running a successful billboard posting business.
Changes in the law in the 1950's saw many billboards outlawed and cinema started to decline with the advent of television. It was time for Willsons to restructure and move on.
In the early 1960s, the business was split into Willsons Printers Leicester (which stayed with poster printing) and Willsons Printers Nottingham, which moved into the commercial market. The Nottingham business expanded, acquiring several other print firms and creating two new locations: Willsons Printers (Newark) and Willsons Printers (Grimsby). In the early 1980's production at Nottingham was consolidated into Newark.
Willsons is still a family business today, and we like to think this shows in the success of our friendly, down to earth approach and the longevity of our relationships with our customers.