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Our Story

Discover the history of Baker Self Adhesive Labels, from humble beginnings to industry leading label printers.

Baker Self Adhesive Labels is founded.

April 1973
Baker Self Adhesive Labels is founded.

Roy and Marian Baker set up in a factory at Vale Royle in Kings Cross with their office in a caravan on site.

Investment in Gestetner Offset Litho

April 1973
Investment in Gestetner Offset Litho

Production started with flat screen, litho, and hotfoil printing and a small slitter.  Noel (pictured) is still with Bakers today.

Establishing customers and suppliers

May 1973
Establishing customers and suppliers

Accounts for labels with now familiar household names such as Gillette, Max Factor and Guerlain are established and business builds.

First factory move.

January 1979
First factory move.

The rapidly growing company needed to expand to new premises and left Kings Cross for Brunner Road, Walthamstow.

Purchase of Nilpeter S330/S

January 1980
Purchase of Nilpeter S330/S

Bakers invests in their first Nilpeter. An S330/S 4 colour reel to reel screen press.

Falcon and Dominators

June 1980

Bakers develops basic letterpress printing with the Falcon and Dominators. Slitting develops with 1m wide machine

Second factory move.

January 1987
Second factory move.

The business continues to grow and another big move is necessary. Bakers moves premises to Sutherland Road, Walthamstow.

Patented Invention

February 1991
Patented Invention

In early 1991 Bakers launched a patented cost saving invention – the Die Cutting Frame, the result of 3 years research and development.

Flexo F2400

August 1992
Flexo F2400

Roy Baker invests in a Flexo F2400. It’s one of the first to be installed in the UK.

Bakers embraces technology

March 1993
Bakers embraces technology

A computer typesetter was added so in-house typesetting could be offered to smaller customers and amendments made to existing copy for larger customers.

21st Birthday

April 1994
21st Birthday

Baker Self Adhesive Labels celebrates its 21st Birthday. Several of the staff in the photo are still with Bakers today.

Company Brochure

September 1994
Company Brochure

Bakers prints their first company brochure highlighting their history, flexibility, innovation, technology, integrity, philosophy.

Parkland Slitter

January 1995
Parkland Slitter

Bakers makes further investment in a Parkland Slitter (1.4m) and a second Nilpeter F2400

Change at the top

January 2000
Change at the top

After almost 3 decades, company founder Roy Baker takes a step back and his son Steve Baker takes over as Managing Director.

Another Flexo

January 2001
Another Flexo

The Flexo F2500 arrives at the factory in Walthamstow as Bakers maintains the ethos of re-investment. A second Parkland slitter is also added to the equipment.

Bakers goes digital

March 2006
Bakers goes digital

Bakers moves into digital printing by investing in their first HP Indigo press, a WS4050. The Digicon and Coater are also added.

Award winning

November 2008
Award winning

Baker Self Adhesive Labels Ltd.  wins the “Adding Value” Award for their work with Moo.com sticker book.  in a competition run by Digital Printer and Print Week Magazine that recognise achievements in digital printing technology

First HP Indigo WS6000 in UK

September 2009
First HP Indigo WS6000 in UK

In this year Bakers is the first UK printer to install a WS6000, replacing the WS4500 that had been added the previous year.

Third factory move

April 2011
Third factory move

After almost a quarter of a century at their factory in Walthamstow, Bakers moves to new purpose built premises in Brentwood, Essex.

HP Indigo WS6600

January 2013
HP Indigo WS6600

A new addition to the digital capabilities at Bakers as they install an HP Indigo WS6600

Another New Nilpeter

August 2013
Another New Nilpeter

The Nilpeter Flexo FB3 is installed at the new factory.

Purchase of Screen Inkjet press

November 2015
Purchase of Screen Inkjet press

Baker Labels expanded its digital printing capability by investing its first inkjet device, a Screen TruePress Jet L350UV press with Screen EQUIOS universal workflow.

Mezzanine installed

April 2016
Mezzanine installed

The factory floor area is grown with an extended mezzanine, taking the services for the flexo machine upstairs and releasing space on the production floor

Baker Labels’ biggest investment to date

February 2017
Baker Labels’ biggest investment to date

Bakers completes a major upgrade of its digital capacity by buying and installing a pair of HP Indigo 6800 presses, adding to the one they already have.