Bringing print to life since 1981



All three Blockfoil sites receive Zero Foil 2 landfill accreditation.


Blockfoil install a new state of the art ‘smart milling’ machine to sit alongside the existing CNC machines.


The offices in Manchester and Nottingham expand their sites to cope with increased volumes of work. Blockfoil Nottingham invest in the fastest foiling machine in the UK trade foiling industry.


Blockfoil Manchester add a second Bobst 1260 foiling press following the success of the first machine.


Blockfoil achieves the ISO14001 environmental standard. The Ipswich factory installs its second MK 1060 flat bed foiling machine.


The Manchester factory installs its second large format flat-bed machine. A Bobst 1260 foiling machine.


A second CNC engraving machine for die manufacture is installed. Security Foiling celebrates its first 25 years with a memorable party in Norfolk.


Security Foiling wins its largest MicroPOISE order to date. 250 machines for a company in West Africa. This is followed by the first part of an order for MicroPOISE machines to be installed at all embassies around the world for a Middle Eastern country.


Nottingham invests in a second MK 1060 flat-bed foiling machine. Dies Direct invests in a CNC engraving machine for die manufacture.


Blockfoil invest in two further MK1060 flat bed foiling machines for the Manchester and Ipswich branches.


Blockfoil invests in a new MK1060 flatbed foiling machine for Blockfoil Nottingham.


Printafoil is sold to Reflections Print Lamination Limited and the Bristol office to Celloglas Limited.

February 2005

Blockfoil acquired the assets of Cotswold Laminators. An established laminating and spot UV company. The business is merged with the Bristol office into its current site in Clevedon, South Bristol.

March 2004

Blockfoil is acquired by Barry Corbett and Peter Starling in March 2004. It was previously owned by Bridgepoint, the venture capitalist.


The Nottingham factory doubles its size to accommodate the merger with the Leicester factory.

October 1999

Blockfoil acquires the long-established Printafoil. They subsequently merge Blockfoil London and Printafoil into the Printafoil site in Mitcham.


Blockfoil achieves the ISO9001 quality standard. The Nottingham office is opened. It's based on its current site in Hucknall, North Nottingham.


The two London businesses, Blockfoil London and Gibson Cutting & Foiling merge. Both businesses move into a new site in Mitcham, South London.

April 1996

Bridgepoint, a venture capitalist, together with Barry Corbett and Chris Griffiths buy the group.


Manchester moves to its current site in Middleton.

July 1994

Scotfoil starts up in July 1994, based in Cumbernauld, Scotland.


Blockfoil acquires the assets of Gibson Cutting & Foiling. Gibson were an established cutting and creasing company based in Mitcham, South London.

July 1992

The London office starts in Chessington.

July 1991

Security Foiling opens up in Ipswich. Its focus is the security print market.

February 1990

The Bristol office opens up in Clevedon, South Bristol.

January 1989

The in-house engineering company, SF Services, starts up.

October 1988

Manchester opens its doors for the first time.


The Ipswich office starts its in-house die making and design studio.


The Ipswich site moves to its current location on Ransomes Europark.


The group starts trading in March 1981. We start with three GTPs in Ipswich.

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