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Five decades ago, St Ives was founded as a print business. Fifty years on we have evolved to embrace the digital world, in the wider marketing services industry.

We have acquired high-growth companies led by management teams who are focussed on the dual purpose of excellence in client service and growing their own businesses. The future promises more exciting acquisitions as we look to add further complementary skills to our repertoire.

Today, we are a group of companies offering the best in digital and mobile creativity, intelligent data analysis, research, consulting and more, at the leading edge of marketing services.

This is our story.

The last 50 years have been exciting. Scroll through the years to discover our story.

St Ives was founded by Robert Gavron, Baron Gavron.

Robert Gavron bought the company & renamed it after one of its printing plants, which was located in the resort of St Ives.

Print prowess builds St Ives’ reputation.

After four years of successful trading, the business expanded rapidly to become one of the UK’s leading commercial printers.

New capabilities, new clients.

Expertise, experience and expanding machinery, including short-run web offset printing, help St Ives continue to lead the field.

St Ives Web is launched.

Long-run magazine and commercial printing, eventually to become St Ives Web, is launched for a burgeoning publishing industry.

Clays deal cements St Ives’ publishing dominance.

Swooping for the UK’s leading book company, St Ives completes its first acquisition, kicking off several years of print company captures.

Sharing St Ives’ success on the stock market.

In the same year that the company makes its first acquisition with Clays, St Ives is also listed on the London Stock Exchange.

More companies join the Group.

Book, print & direct response acquisitions continue, with St Ives acquiring Burrups Ltd. in 1987 & A.D. Weiss Printing in 1989.

Pushing the boundaries for overseas service.

As the clamour for direct response services grows, St Ives takes advantage & begins to build its global direct marketing footprint.

Launch of St Ives Direct.

St Ives acquires printers Hunters Armley & launches under a new identity, St Ives Direct.

SP deal heralds move into marketing print services.

In-store marketing is evolving to keep pace with the digitally enabled shopper; St Ives responds by buying point-of-sale specialist SP Group.

Print procurement is simpler with SIMS.

St Ives Management Services, the procurement specialist set up to help client companies save time and money, is launched.

Big deal for large format expert.

Service Graphics, the large format print specialist, joins St Ives Group, bringing clients that include Lego & Wembley Stadium.

Raising the curtain on marketing services.

The Group adds data & digital services, including data management business Occam, & unveils its marketing services arm.

Introducing St Ives Digital Media.

A digital media business launches, specialising in digital signage, touch screen & mobile technology,

Pragma joins Group to boost client consulting.

With expertise in airports, retail & consultancy, Pragma joins St Ives to help clients manage the ever-changing demands of customers.

Tactical becomes a strategic acquisition.

Chester-based Tactical Solutions, a specialist in field marketing and point-of-sale installation and compliance, joins St Ives.

Response One joins Group to grow data-driven marketing expertise.

Keen to capitalise on clients’ demand for data & insight solutions, St Ives snaps up Bath-based Response One.

Investing in evolution.

The Group sells St Ives Web division and invests in The Evolved Group Limited, a leading provider of eBook conversion software.

Incite brings insight to market research growth.

Signalling its intent to expand its marketing services skill-set, the Group acquires award-winning research & insight consultancy Incite.

Pushing the button on digital marketing deals.

Amaze, Manchester-based, digital marketing agency & Leeds-based search expert Branded3, join St Ives to spearhead digital services.

Cutting-edge capabilities pay dividends.

Highlighting the Group’s success in buying and building cutting-edge companies, marketing services accounts for 35% of St Ives’ profit.

St Ives acquires Realise – digital agency.

Realise helps to strengthen the groups’ Web design, eCommerce and marketing expertise.

St Ives moves into the healthcare communications industry.

Hive the experts in strategic healthcare consulting, join the Group.

Growth in our Marketing Services segment proves to be on track.

Marketing Services now accounts for 46% of Group underlying operating profit.

Acquisition of Solstice Mobile strengthens mobile capabilities.

St Ives Group acquires US-based Solstice Mobile to further strengthen digital capabilities and its international footprint. 

Enhancing our range of specialist consultancy services with FSP

St Ives acquires Fripp, Sanderman and Partners Limited, (FSP) a UK-based retail consultancy, to work closely with Pragma.

St Ives launches Bench - a specialist technology consultancy

Bench is launched to provide business focused technology consultancy and the sourcing of specialist skills in marketing and data.

A new breed of CRM agency

St Ives launches Amaze One - a joint partnership between Amaze and Occam to boost CRM services.

2016 - Deepening our mobile capabilities

Acquiring TAB as a continuation of our strategy to enhance our digital expertise within the fast growing mobile technology sector.

Who knows what the future will bring…

After half a century of print & marketing services growth, St Ives Group is planning its global expansion during the next 50 years. 

St Ives creates Edit

Edit unites Response One, Amaze One and Occam to create Edit a new agency "One Consumer. One Conversation".

J Schwan becomes CEO

J Schwan becomes CEO, succeeding Matt Armitage

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