The philosophy behind our business
In reintroducing the Biddles brand to the market in 2013 as a book printing management service our aim was to retain the spirit and ethos of the old manufacturing company, best illustrated in our logo strapline making books better business. Biddles first introduced its printing model Publisher’s Choice in 2005 and in doing so transformed the short-run book printing market. As a book printer at that time we were increasingly dedicated to the needs of the smaller publisher and our staff had an inherent understanding of the challenges and risks associated with the traditional publishing model.
That knowledge and understanding has been retained in the business today which aims to provide advice and practical support, independent of the constraints of an in-house book printer. Our focus is on providing the best possible solutions, working in true partnership with print suppliers who themselves are totally committed to this market sector. Usually smaller printers, although no less technically advanced, their services are not dominated by major publishers whose needs and demands often conflict with those of the independent small publisher – a lesson learnt from the past you might say!
Biddles is now run by Nigel Mitchell and Nicky Prentis, who have vast experience in supporting small and self-publishers and combine that with a wide range of industry contacts can help you decide on the best printing options for your project.
— Biddles Books (@BiddlesNigel) November 9, 2017
Originally started as a commercial printer back in 1885 Biddles has a rich history.
In September 2014 Nigel Mitchell becomes the outright owner of Biddles Books Ltd.
Biddles Books Ltd is launched as a book print management service by Nigel Mitchell and Rod Willett. This is after the MPG Printgroup goes into administration, and subsequently liquidation, in May 2013.
Biddles is purchased by MPG Books who subsequently become the MPG Printgroup.
All manufacturing operations are moved to King’s Lynn and the Woodbridge Road site in Guildford is closed.
Our first website is launched!
We become part of the W & G Baird Group of companies.
A bindery is purchased in King’s Lynn in Norfolk enabling us to offer a complete book manufacturing service.
The book and stationery business is closed.
The last member of the Biddle family involved in the business, Leonard Biddles, dies aged 79.
Our printing business is expanded and relocated to a purpose-built factory in Martyr Road, Guildford.
Biddle & Son is launched by Charles A. Biddle and his son Leonard in a small corner shop on Martyr Road, Guildford, producing and selling stationery for local shopkeepers. The first order, in February 1885, was for 150 small business cards — sold for a grand total of two shillings and fourpence. The start of things to come!