Latimer Trend
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Latimer Trend, the company we know today, was born out of a great vision by two men.  It is this vision that has been present throughout the company's history and has allowed it to trade and grow throughout three centuries.  It is this insight that has, and continues to, set this great printing company apart.

Alfred Latimer and John Trouern Trend established Trend and Company in Plymouth in 1889 until it became Messrs Latimer, Trend and company Ltd in 1930.  On May 2nd 1946 the company was incorporated as Latimer, Trend and Company Ltd.

Ethel May Trend, joined the company in 1901 aged 14 and rose to the position of Chief Accountant.  She eventually retired on November 1st 1957 after 56 years of faithful service.  This incredible loyalty and dedication to such a distinguished company is not limited to owners or family members.  Even into the 21st century the company enjoys the loyalty, support and commitment of its staff with a number of individuals clocking up 40 plus years of service. This rare level of experience is almost unique to this company.  It is incredible to consider that the experience levels within this organisation are greater than many printing companies have been in existence.

Over the years Latimer Trend has had a number of owners that have included Faber and Faber, the London Publishing House and the book publishers David and Charles Ltd, before returning to private ownership.

Today, more than 126 years later the current directors Paul Opie - Managing Director, Ian Crocker - Finance Director and Andy Ogden - Production Director own the company.  It is recognised as one of the oldest established printing companies in the South West and amongst the oldest original printing companies in the country and has maintained its proven reputation for high quality printing of prestige journals, books, directories, brochures and magazines across the centuries.

The company serves its national client base from its well-invested highly automated manufacturing facilities in Plymouth.  A modern factory providing state of the art digital and litho printing technologies and equipment that Alfred and John would be proud of. The company continues to maintain the same clarity of vision, investment in quality, delivery and personal service.

This history of Latimer Trend is based on the information compiled and edited by Brian Moseley on Plymouth Data website ( to whom we are indebted.