Since we founded the business in 1964, we’ve expanded and acquired some of the UK’s leaders in their own specialist print, display and marketing solutions fields.
We count some of the most prestigious companies in our rich portfolio. Data marketing, books, field marketing, direct response, commercial print, event and display and outdoor media industry... we lead them all.
St Ives Group products and services are the most comprehensive within the UK’s marketing services, print and display markets. Our 2,700 professionals work across 16 UK based sites. All have one common goal – to deliver state-of-the-art service and product at the most competitive price.
That is why we should be your first choice.
Business founded. Primarily operated sheet fed print.
Organically grew traditional commercial print capabilities and capacity to become one of the UK's leading commercial print companies.
Short run web offset magazine capability introduced.
Long run magazine and commercial printing introduced that would become St Ives Web.
Group acquired one of the UK's leading book production companies, Clays.
Company floated on LSE in September. Visit Publishing Services.
Between 1985 and 1989
Several acquisitions were made in books, short/medium run magazines, financial, direct response and commercial print and printing for the music industry.
During 1990, sites were consolidated to improve efficiency, increase productivity and ultimately increase capacity.
The company expanded its direct response and commercial activities into Europe and the US.
Acquired Hunters Armley, a UK print group based in Bradford, Bristol, Leeds and London with web and sheet facilities servicing the direct mail, mail order, retail, financial and commercial markets. These businesses were integrated with other sites to become St Ives Direct. Visit stivesdirect.co.uk
Acquired Avanti/Case-Hoyt, based in Miami, a general commercial printer that was integrated with the other US businesses.
Acquired SP Group, the UK’s leading supplier of point-of-sale material. Visit: spgroup.co.uk
Acquired Service Graphics adding event, exhibition and display expertise to the St Ives portfolio. Visit: servicegraphics.co.uk/sg
Introduced Forward Thinking & Connected Thinking business and IT consultancy.
The business sold its operations outside the UK to concentrate on its core UK market.
Introduced St Ives Digital Media, providing digital signage and screen network solutions and e-paper displays.
Acquired data marketing company, Occam DM, adding to our marketing services portfolio. Visit: occam-dm.com
Acquired Tactical Solutions, a leading field marketing company. Visit: tactical-solutions.co.uk
Acquired Response One, who provide integrated marketing solutions. Visit: responseone.co.uk
Aquired Pragma, a leading consultancy specialising in retail and consumer markets. Visit: pragmauk.com
We sold the St Ives Web division.
The company made an investment in The Evolved Group Limited, a leading provider of eBook conversion software to the publishing industry.
Acquired Incite Marketing Planning Limited, an industry leading market research and insights consultancy. This acquisition is a continuation of St Ives’ strategy to create a complementary range of digital and marketing services that will enable the Group to add further value to existing and new clients. Visit: incite.ws
The company made an investment in Sponge Limited, a leading provider of mobile marketing solutions. Visit: spongegroup.com
Acquired Amaze, a leading full service marketing and technology consultancy, boasting an unrivalled depth of understanding of technology and human behaviour. This allows the Group to extend the marketing services offering into a new area of Digital Communications. Visit: amaze.com
In October 2013 St Ives sold St Ives Direct to a local printing group.