A brief history of Blissett Bookbinders

F.J.Blissett Bookbinders first started in 1920 when Frederick Blissett (above left) returned from WW1.  The first premises for the company was a small room just 100 yards from where we are situated today.  He was joined in the company by wife, Mary (above right), who was also caring for their two young sons, Fred and Frank, and they worked diligently to keep the company afloat during the depression of the 1920s. Frederick sadly passed away in 1932 leaving wife, Mary, to run the business. Despite the difficulties of raising a young family on her own and being a woman in a male dominated business sector, Mary successfully maintained and grew the business, even during WW2 when London, and the area immediately surrounding Blissetts in Acton, was heavily bombed. 

Sons, Fred and Frank, returned from the war in 1946 and the company moved to its current premises in 1962 in a purpose built 5,000 sq. ft factory with a further 5,000 built on in 1972. Over the next 25 years the business grew and today the bindery is set out over two floors with 8,000 square feet dedicated to bookbinding and restoration of old books with a further 4,000 square feet being dedicated to printing on demand, commercial digital print, printed books and photo/yearbooks and a host of related services.

Gary Blissett joined the business in 1980 and up until 1992 there were three generations working together with Mary, Fred and Frank still integral in the family business. In 1982 Fred retired and in 1992 Mary and Frank retired. Mary had been with the company for 72 years when she retired.

Gary Blissett took over as Managing Director in 1989 and, over the years, he put changes in place within the business to bring it up to date without losing any of the age-old skills of traditional bookbinding.  The business employed 36 highly trained bookbinding staff and had delved a little into the new digital printing market place. Chris Blissett became the fourth generation to join the business in 2009 helping to drive this forward.

In 2010 Blissetts was awarded the Royal Warrant to Her Majesty the Queen. There are very few companies who are awarded this honour which was bestowed on Blissetts for the quality of its products and its exceptional service.

Today Blissetts employs 50 staff and offers a wide range of services including yearbooks, photobooks, thesis binding, wedding albums, design & print as well as fine binding and restoration. Clients include schools, libraries, companies, individuals and many more.

The company continues to invest in state of the art machinery whilst also keeping a close eye on the skills training of hand bookbinding, restoration and conservation of books. These core skills combine fantastically with digital print so that today, services are not limited to the traditional market of rebinding books for libraries, Blissetts can also produce photobooks and digital printing for clients including museums, publishers, photographers as well as private individuals/collections.

What Our Clients Say

  • "Just to let you know i have received the photobook this morning and its beautiful,I am really pleased with it.Thank you so very much."

    Karen Wilson

  • "I give you full marks for customer service and for the quality of the reproduction.I had the opportunity at the weekend to compare the album to the original book of watercolours.You have done an amazing job of capturing the tones and subtlety of the original paintings. I never expected them to be as close. Brilliant work, thank you."

    John Fergusson

  • "Just took delivery of the book, super job and thanks for the push to get it done, appreciate it."

    John Mquillan

  • "Thanks for performing a little miracle and getting the discourse books bound proofs here in time!Everyone is very,very pleased with them."

    Sarah, Senior Production Editor, Humanities

  • "I just wanted to say a big thank you for all of your work on the photobook, I saw it late yesterday and it was perfect,just what we had in mind and everyone is very impressed.Thanks again"

    Alexandra Cossey, Brent Council

  • "There is always a very quick turn around from design concept through to delivery of the finished print work."

    Frank, Frank Publishing

  • "Thanks for another great photobook."

    Alison Barker

  • "Your sample is a truly quality product when compared with others we've seen. Although your prices are slightly higher on average, the superior quality more than justifies this."

    Tom Oswald, Fotopod

  • "Books look amazing!!Thanks ever so much for your help!"

    Laura Freeman, Senior Marketing Co-ordinator, Foxtons

  • "Thank you so much the bride loved the book.I will tell all my friends, and I have a lot, how good you were."

    Pauline Hodge

  • "Just received your latest book it is perfect, excellent printing inside the book and also on the covers, not to mention the binding which is your usual high standard.I am just working on some more books, so they will be coming your way in the next few weeks"

    Mario Mage, Mario Mage Photography

  • "Just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your team for doing a great job on our yearbook in an impossible timeframe."

    Dalia Gellert

  • "I was immediately impressed with the very high quality of the production,printing and colour reproduction of the many paintings and cover of Unplanned Passage.Many of my readers have remarked on the fine quality of your work and I want to thank you for that and for my own personal satisfaction."

    Peter J D Russell, Author

  • "I cannot express enough how much help it was being able to speak to Mr Blissett when any queries came up.Their easy software made making the yearbook a breeze.Most importantly,Blissetts smash competitors with their considerably lower prices. Overall,there is no other Yearbook company that can offer better customer service, software or prices."

    Philippa McLeod, St Albans

  • "I use Blissetts for producing high quality,short-run print work.Whether from supplied artwork or from designs and photographs they produced on our behalf,print jobs are always produced on budget,on schedule and to the highest possible quality."

    Joanna Friedman, Head of Production, Skymag

  • "I just wanted to drop you an email to say thank you so much for such an amazing job on the guest book,I am extremely happy with the level of finish.I have passed your details on to our production department and have let them know what an amazing job you have done!"

    Jonny , FutureBrand

  • "The photo book was amazing!My young lady was speechless when she saw it and so happy with how the photos had been used.It was a total surprise to her as well, which made it even more special.Thanks again and I look forward to the next one!!!"

    Jonathan Quy

  • "I received the book yesterday and am delighted with the results.Thank you very much for tracking this for me and ensuring its timely delivery."

    Melissa Holden

  • "Thank you for your friendly customer service, we found your software very easy to use and it enabled us to do exactly what we wanted.Thank you very much"

    Sheila Standley

  • "Thank you very much.I am sure there is not another company who looks after there customers like you do, you deserve all the custom you can get.With best wishes for the future"

    Joyce Watts

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