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Ahead of the Curve

Baker Labels

Since its inception 50 years ago, Baker Labels has continued to grow and add to its offerings. We speak to managing director Steve Baker about the company’s versatile and open approach over the years

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An operator with Baker's ABG Digicon label printing machine

50 years of Baker Labels 

Currently celebrating its 50th year, Baker Labels’ history starts back in 1973 when founded by Roy and Marian Baker. Starting out solely in label production, the company’s growth was always steady and it soon opened a Materials division in 1978 due to the lack of supply for custom cut reels from manufacturers. This was also the year current managing director Steve Baker, son of Marian and Roy, joined the company full-time.

Starting out in Kings Cross London, operations moved to Walthamstow where they stayed for over 20 years. However, growth was restricted due to the size and age of the building and fast forward to today and Baker Labels is now in its fourth factory having relocated to Brentwood, Essex in 2011.

“It’s no coincidence that the biggest growth in the business has been since we moved to a purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility in Brentwood in 2011,” explains Steve Baker. “Since then, our staff has more than doubled from 46 to 112 and our turnover has trebled from just over £5m to over £16m.”

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The current site consists of three units: a labels factory, a flexible packaging factory, and a label material conversion warehouse which in total covers around 4,500sq m. Baker prints digitally on HP Indigo and Screen Inkjet, and conventionally on a Nilpeter flexographic press.