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, production and more, at the leading edge of marketing & print services.
Robert Gavron bought the company & renamed it after one of its printing plants, which was located in the resort of St Ives.
After four years of successful trading, the business expanded rapidly to become one of the UK’s leading commercial printers.
Expertise, experience and expanding machinery, including short-run web offset printing, help St Ives continue to lead the field.
Long-run magazine and commercial printing, eventually to become St Ives Web, is launched for a burgeoning publishing industry.
Swooping for the UK’s leading book company, St Ives completes its first acquisition, kicking off several years of print company captures.
In the same year that the company makes its first acquisition with Clays, St Ives is also listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Book, print & direct response acquisitions continue, with St Ives acquiring Burrups Ltd. in 1987 & A.D. Weiss Printing in 1989.
As the clamour for direct response services grows, St Ives takes advantage & begins to build its global direct marketing footprint.
St Ives acquires printers Hunters Armley & launches under a new identity, St Ives Direct.
In-store marketing is evolving to keep pace with the digitally enabled shopper; St Ives responds by buying point-of-sale specialist SP Group.
St Ives Management Services, the procurement specialist set up to help client companies save time and money, is launched.
Service Graphics, the large format print specialist, joins St Ives Group, bringing clients that include Lego & Wembley Stadium.
The Group adds data & digital services, including data management business Occam, & unveils its marketing services arm.
A digital media business launches, specialising in digital signage, touch screen & mobile technology,
With expertise in airports, retail & consultancy, Pragma joins St Ives to help clients manage the ever-changing demands of customers.
Chester-based Tactical Solutions, a specialist in field marketing and point-of-sale installation and compliance, joins St Ives.
Keen to capitalise on clients’ demand for data & insight solutions, St Ives snaps up Bath-based Response One.
The Group sells St Ives Web division and invests in The Evolved Group Limited, a leading provider of eBook conversion software.
Signalling its intent to expand its marketing services skill-set, the Group acquires award-winning research & insight consultancy Incite.
Amaze, Manchester-based, digital marketing agency & Leeds-based search expert Branded3, join St Ives to spearhead digital services.
Highlighting the Group’s success in buying and building cutting-edge companies, marketing services accounts for 35% of St Ives’ profit.
Realise helps to strengthen the groups’ Web design, eCommerce and marketing expertise.
Hive the experts in strategic healthcare consulting, join the Group.
Marketing Services now accounts for 46% of Group underlying operating profit.
St Ives Group acquires US-based Solstice Mobile to further strengthen digital capabilities and its international footprint.
St Ives acquires Fripp, Sanderman and Partners Limited, (FSP) a UK-based retail consultancy, to work closely with Pragma.
Bench is launched to provide business focused technology consultancy and the sourcing of specialist skills in marketing and data.
St Ives launches Amaze One - a joint partnership between Amaze and Occam to boost CRM services.
Acquiring TAB as a continuation of our strategy to enhance our digital expertise within the fast growing mobile technology sector.
After half a century of print & marketing services growth, St Ives Group is planning its global expansion during the next 50 years.