Gilmour and Dean Ltd
Gilmour and Dean Ltd

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Company History

Gilmour & Dean has been providing high quality added value print since being founded in Glasgow in 1846 by the partnership of Alexander Davidson Dean and John Bowie Gilmour.

A highly skilled and respected engraver and lithographer acknowledged and honoured in his life time, Alexander Dean provided the technical competence, while the "energetic" John Gilmour, also a skilled engraver, provided the financial and commercial expertise.

Gilmour & Dean's engraving expertise soon established it as the principle printer of Bank Notes to the myriad of Scottish Banks then in existence, then diversifying into printing Cheques, Calendars, Almanacs and Specialist Books.

During the early twentieth century Gilmour & Dean became associated with many of the burgeoning Industries in Glasgow. Among them the bulk export of cotton cloth to India and the Scotch Whisky Industry having become "the fashionable drink" for which Gilmour & Dean's expertise was naturally required for quality labels, an association that has continued to the present day.

Gilmour & Dean expanded both organically and by acquisition to become the Gilmour & Dean Print & Packaging Group acquiring Security Printing and Carton Manufacturing. This culminated in 1987 when Gilmour & Dean Group was itself acquired by Leeds based John Waddington plc.

Although performing well, the founding company Gilmour & Dean Ltd, by then primarily supplying labels to the UK Wines & Spirit Industry, was evidently not to be a core business to the John Waddington's Group. As a result a Management Buyout was concluded in 1992 by the incumbent Directors who continue to run and own the business to the present day.

From it's founding in the latter half of the 19 th century through to the beginning of the 21 st century; Gilmour & Dean has been endowed with a proud and enviable culture and reputation and a commitment to Innovation, Quality and Service.

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24 Clydeholm Road - Glasgow, G14 0QQ - Scotland | Tel: +44 (0)141-272-8500 | Email: sales@gilmour-dean.co.uk