Portobello Press

A brief history

Portobello Press was formed in 1983 by co-owners Peter Murtagh and Robert Howie. Peter was the Sales and Managing Director and Robert was the Finance and Operations Director. Both had extensive experience in the printing industry and felt that this experience and the lessons learned working for other people would enable them to successfully run their own business.

The business initially operated out of shop premises in Portobello Road, London W10 (hence the name) and offered copying and Print Management services. Within 2 years, the business had grown to such an extent that we outgrew the shop premises and moved to larger industrial premises 2 miles away, which enabled us to install our first printing presses and expand the business further.

In 1991, we moved to our current premises of just under 15,000 square feet and installed our first large format multi-colour press. Since then the Company has grown steadily over the years, always updating and utilising the latest technology. This has resulted in turnover in excess of £3.5 million for the last 2 years.

However, we are confident that the main reason for our continued success is that we never deviated from our initial aims in 1983, i.e. to offer a quality end product with the best customer service we can provide, at a reasonable price. The fact that most of our major accounts have been with us for many years is testament to the success of this basic principle.

Just as important to us was employing the right staff and looking after them well to keep them and so ensure that we could provide a high quality service to our clients which remained consistent.

In 2007, Peter and Robert sold the majority of their shares, although Peter remained as Managing Director, but in 2009, they bought back the shares as they felt this would be in the best interests of staff and customers alike, by ensuring that the basic principles on which the company was founded continue.


With the advent of electronic commerce as a convenient method of instant business-to-business communication, the presence of a quality printed letterhead still evokes in the recipient that personal and professional touch.

Since its inception in 1983, Portobello Press has been serving the printed office stationery needs of commercial enterprises and institutions throughout the country.

Today, we print for many household names and large corporations, many of whom we have retained for over twenty years. That doesn’t mean to say we don’t deal with the little man too. Whether you’re a household name, a small business, or start up company, you can be assured of the same high level of service and attention to detail offered to all our customers.


  • Corporate Stationery
  • Letterheads
  • Continuation Sheets
  • Compliment Slips
  • Envelopes plain or printed
  • Business Cards
  • Business Forms
  • Invoices
  • Delivery Notes
  • Receipt Books
  • Multipart NCR (sets, pads, books & continuous)
  • Computerised Cheques
  • Desk Pads

Litho Printing

Your company’s graphic style may be sophisticated or informal. Whatever your corporate identity it is our aim to complement your image with quality printed products.

Our continuous investment in the latest plant and technology, both in litho and digital printing; together with pre press and design facilities, and more importantly, in the people we employ, means that we can offer you a creative, competitive and complete solution to all your printing and related needs.

Delivery and distribution is crucial to the success of your company. We will help with any special requirements you may have. Our objective is to ensure that all your needs are met all the way to the final destination, either by our modern fleet of vehicles or by our tried and tested contractors.


  • Brochures
  • Report & Accounts
  • Promotional Folders (glued, interlocking, ring bound, wiro bound)
  • Press Packs
  • Posters
  • Leaflets & Flyers
  • Calendars
  • Booklets
  • Menus
  • Invites
  • Postcards & Seasonal Greeting Cards
  • Inserts
  • Mailings

Membership & Fulfilment

Do you need to send personalised cards to your clients or members?
We can offer a complete range of services, from credit cards to integral cards. Whatever card type you require we can cater for all your needs, from the carrier sheet, card and envelope, through to data management, fulfilment and mailing.


  • ISO plastic cards (full credit card specification)
  • Thin plastic cards (for glue mounting onto host carriers)
  • Integral cards
  • Pouches
  • Cardboard cards
  • Full colour card carriers

The Service

  • Data manipulation
  • Mail sorting
  • Full Laser personalisation (simplex or duplex)
  • Card personalisation (thermal, emboss, bar coding)
  • Match & Mount cards (both machine & hand)
  • Enclosing
  • Mailing


  • Membership cards
  • Discount/loyalty cards
  • Employee I.D.
  • Passport/Club cards
  • Visitor Passes
  • Reminder cards
  • Promotions
  • Identity cards
  • Warranty/Service cards

Digital Printing

There has been a dramatic growth in demand for digital colour printing, which has been fuelled, in the main, by the advances in technology and quality along with the desire to reach targeted audiences through personalised short runs. We can answer that growing demand using latest machinery offering a wide range of substrates and sheet sizes. From labels to posters, information documents, large format banner displays and high volume colour or black and white copying. The list is endless.


  • Manuals
  • Banners
  • Posters
  • Volume Photocopying
  • Brochures
  • Reports
  • Mailing Letters
  • Postcards
  • Personalisation
  • Leaflets

Promotional Products

Promotional products can be simple and functional or take on more of a novelty value. As part of a stand-alone or integrated marketing promotion these products provide a tangible reminder to your target audience of who you are and what you’re trying to promote. Portobello Press can provide stock or bespoke solutions to promotional product needs, including advice on how best to display your corporate identity or brand.


  • Name Badges
  • Key Rings
  • Window Stickers
  • Name Plates
  • Mouse Mats
  • Exhibition Handouts
  • Plastic Bags
  • Calenders
  • Mugs

Typesetting & Design

Your company’s graphic style may be sophisticated or informal.
Whatever your corporate identity it is our aim to create or complement your image. Whether printed media or web page design, our team will create, produce concepts and advise you on what works, and more importantly, what doesn’t. At every stage of the process, we will supply visual proofs to you via email or hardcopy ensuring that they are consistent and to your specification.


  • Concept
  • Design
  • Typesetting
  • Translations
  • Artworks
  • Web Page Design
  • Scanning
  • Colour Proofing

Environmental Policy

Portobello Press is dedicated to achieving 'total' customer satisfaction with a commitment to taking care of the environment and the prevention of pollution.

We will encourage our staff, suppliers and customers to operate in a culture that strives for high standards in all our ‘direct’ and ‘indirect’ environmental processes.

Portobello Press is committed to complying with all relevant legislation and where possible to exceed industry best practice. We are responsible for identifying, assessing, controlling and monitoring our environmental aspects and their potential impact upon the environment. We are committed to a process of continual improvement in our environmental performance and Portobello Press has implemented a management programme with published environmental targets and objectives.

We have produced an electronic environmental management system following the requirements of ISO 14001:2004 and hope to achieve accreditation under the standard early in 2010.

The policy is reviewed regularly by the Environmental Management Team and is available to all stakeholders via the website.

Portobello Press has recently gained accreditation to the FSC and PEFC standards.

Bringing it all together

Your print job has to be right and your brand reputation is at stake. Our sales team are solution orientated and will work with you on options to get the best finished product on time and on budget.

You may not be a print expert but using Portobello Press you can rely on one and spend more time on your business.

Lets talk:

Peter Murtagh, Managing Director
Tel: 020 8960 6796
Mobile: 07956 382 160
Email: peter AT portobellopress DOT co DOT uk

Martin Green, Sales Director
Tel: 020 8960 6796
Mobile: 07956 548 586
Email: martin@portobellopress.co.uk

Andrew Chudovszky, Sales Manager
Tel: 020 8960 6796
Mobile: 07776 188 056
Email: andrew AT portobellopress DOT co DOT uk

Suzanne Howie, Customer Service Manager
Tel: 020 8960 6796
Mobile: 07956 389 657
Email: suzanne AT portobellopress DOT co DOT uk

Free Audit

Please email us for a free no-obligation consultation as even in one hour we can usually help you make your print more effective and save you money.

Email: sales AT portobellopress DOT co DOT uk


Portobello Press Ltd
69-71 Scrubs Lane
NW10 6QU

Tel: +44 (0)20 8960 6796
Fax: +44 (0)20 8960 2708