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OUR HISTORY

PRINTING SINCE 1862

We’re an award winning print firm with over 160 years of experience.

As we embrace and pioneer evermore environmental print solutions, we can guarantee that the furture of print is every bit as bright as its past.

The world in print; past, present and future captures and preserves ideas and stories, information and creations to keep hold of, forever. Something to touch, hold, feel, inhale and always there, to tell the tale.

Precious print. Timeless and telling.

1861

building purchase

W&G Baird purchased building and plant and goodwill of Ulster Printing Company for £450

1862

Company foundation

Foundation of W&G Baird at 10-12 Arthur Street by William Savage Baird and George Courteny Baird.

1870

Dawn of News

The first appearance of the Belfast Evening Telegraph.

1875

George Baird dies

With the passing of George Baird, founder of W&G Baird and Belfast Telegraph, a pioneer's legacy endures.

1886

Year of change

New premises built on Royal Avenue; Robert Hugh Harley Baird appointed Managing Director; William Baird dies.

1890

Sharing Leadership

Sir Robert appointed Joint Managing Director

1894

First linotype installed

The inaugural Linotype machine hummed with promise at the Belfast Telegraph, heralding a new era in print journalism.

1897

Electrifying Progress

Electricity replaces gas with W&G Baird being one of the first companies to utilise electricity.

1912

Factory Expansion

Purchase of Linen Street Factory

1921

Regal Recognition

Sir Robert Hugh Hanley Baird knighted by King George V

1934

New Managing Director

Major William Baird appointed Managing Director

1941

Belfast Blitz

On April 15th, every window shattered in the main structure along Royal Avenue during the Belfast Blitz.

1943

Connecting Continents

W&G Baird publishes Stars & Stripes for American soldiers based in Northern Ireland

1951

Factory Migration

W&G Baird move to Union Street Factory. Robert Baird (Jnr) appointed Managing Director.

1961

Company Split

Baird family ownership ends and acquired by Thompson Printers; W&G Baird and the Belfast Telegraph separate.

1967

Corporate Acquisition

British Printing Corporation acquire W&G Baird Limited.

1971

Unforeseen Challenges

W&G Baird on Union Street bombed on 13th November.

1975

Antrim Relocation

W&G Baird move to current Antrim Site with Roy Bailie appointed Managing Director;

1977

Baird buyout

Roy Bailie and Jim McAvoy acquire W&G Baird Limited.

1983

Litho Innovation

Aquistion of MSO Limited and RR Browne Limited; Installation of the first 5 colour sheet fed Litho press in the province.

1987

Anniversary Expansion

W&G Baird celebrate 125th year of trading; Antrim site buildings extended

1996

Press Innovation

Installation of first perfecting press

1998

Ink of Peace

W&G Baird print the Good Friday Agreement

2000

Quality Achievement

W&G Baird were the first printing company to achieve ISO 9001

2006

Management Buyout

Roy Bailie’s ownership ends. Patrick Moffett, David Hinds, Trevor Brennan and Niall Halligan complete management buyout of W&G Baird.

2020

Reel Feed

W&G became the first commercial printing company to install reel sheet feed.

2022

160 Years Strong

W&G Baird celebrate 160th year of trading.

W&G Baird History

Breathe easy. Since 2008, we’ve been FSC C016201 Certified, meaning all our paper and cardboard is responsibly sourced and traceable.

SUSTAINABILITY

We only use vegetable based inks in our printers and have replaced plastic poly wrap with paper wrap. Looks good, does good.

We’re ISO approved for minimising waste and have the coveted ISO 9001 for quality and ISO 14001 for environment. Elegant and eco-friendly.

We only source carbon balanced papers, offsetting any emissions from production with an investment in the World Land Trust. Go us!

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