The history of Lanes Printers

Lanes has been established in East Kent as a quality printing house for more than a hundred years. The original company was founded in Faversham some time before 1897 by Mr S.Goodfellow, who soon sold his business to our founder, Mr Gerald Lane. The company expanded rapidly and by 1912 there were additional branches in Herne Bay, Coulsdon and Broadstairs. During the following years, the branches were sold by different members of the Lanes family, and all became independent businesses.

The Broadstairs company originally had a printing works in Thanet Road and a shop in the High Street. During the Second World War, when Broadstairs was largely evacuated, Lanes 'soldiered on' in company with some of the Banks and even provided consumer goods from its shop for the embattled survivors.

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Lanes was bought in 1990 by Wayne Yorath, the present Managing Director. In 1997 the company was relocated to our current custom-designed premises on the Pysons Road Business Park, Broadstairs. Since acquiring the company, substantial investments in equipment have been made, including finishing equipment and a new B1 4 colour KBA; a computer controlled lithographic press that has auto set-up and running at speeds up to 15,000 sheets per hour. Embracing new technology means our printing is highly economical and time efficient, whilst still being of extremely high quality.

Our investments have not only been focused on technology. Understanding our impact on the environment has been an important consideration for a number of years. We were involved in a pilot scheme in the 1990's using the first film free method of plate making to reduce chemical wastage to a minimum. We use vegetable oil based inks, FSC certified paper and have ISO 14001 accreditation.

The year 2012 marked our centenary of service in Broadstairs and we continue the company’s long tradition of quality, service and competitive pricing.

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Our company values

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Technology

We believe in investing in new technology in order to provide the best quality. We look to continuously improve our facilities and the product we supply, investments in computer-to-plate technology improves the resolution and auto plate on presses improves efficiency and turnaround times.

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Quality

We believe our expert and conscientious staff mixed with our modern and technical equipment give us the advantage over competitors in supplying a superior product.

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Service

We believe that service is as important as quality. Our dedicated and friendly team understand the importance of deadlines, responsiveness to emails and flexibility in the way we work. Please let us know if there are any special packaging requirements necessary and we will happily oblige. We welcome all feedback and suggestions to improve our service.

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Environment

We believe it is important to act responsibly and minimise the effect we have on the environment. Lanes Printers are able to print the FSC logo on your print where required. For each of the products in which you see the logo, we use FSC approved paper sourced from well-managed forests. FSC paper is an environmentally friendly alternative to recycled paper. Being environmentally aware, we opted to be part of a pilot scheme in the 1990’s and were one of the first UK printers to use film free plates; eliminating the chemical waste. All waste, paper and rags are recycled, along with liquid waste. We are ISO 14001 accredited.

What our customers say about our service

Great service

Lanes Printers are always on hand to produce quality pieces, with quick turnaround times. Plus, they’re always on hand to process a last-minute job, with a customer service that’s second to none. I would recommend Lanes Printers to any business!

-Binita Bantawa
Very Helpful

We have used Lanes for many of our printing jobs, both for large projects such as our prospectus as well as smaller ‘one-off’ tasks. Whatever the job, we have found their customer service and the quality of the finished product to be excellent, whilst their pricing is competitive.

-Melissa

Lanes Printers are always on hand to produce quality pieces, with quick turnaround times. Plus, they’re always on hand to process a last-minute job, with a customer service that’s second to none. I would recommend Lanes Printers to any business!

-Anonymous

Professional, friendly, fast, efficient service. Our go-to printer for all our posters, diaries, competition cards, order pads, entry forms, leaflets etc. etc! Printing problem or query Lane’s will sort it! You cannot beat the personal touch.

-Pauline, North Foreland Golf Club