Heritage

One Hundred Years of GPS

2014
  • XMF Remote online job submission and artwork approval system launched allowing clients to proof immediately
2013
  • Installs most advanced perfect binding machine in the UK and Ireland 
  • Installs most advanced thread sewing machine in the UK and Ireland  - GPS are the only printing company in Ireland to have in house thread sewing
2012
  • GPS employs 70 people and produces in excess of 86 million items per year
  • Launch of digital service and Print Store
  • Launch of new corporate identity and website
2011
  • First company in the UK to install two Komori Lithrone S40 long perfectors
  • Installs longest Xerox CP1000 in the UK
  • Cycle Scheme Introduced
  • 4th company in the world to install MBO SRA0 folding machine - the fastest of its type (a second machine follows in 2012)
2010
  • InSite online file submission and artwork approval system installed
  • Lamination brought in-house
  • Launch of GPS Charity Partner initiative
  • Alexander Road premises renovated
  • Spirit of Enterprise monthly winner
  • Action Renewables Association Awards runner up ‘Delivering Sustainability in Business’
  • Derek Bell’s son David joined the business and became a Director in 2012
2009
  • Switched to green electricity
  • GPS printed its first PEFC publication
  • Finalist ‘Right Place to Work’ Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards
2008
  • Company’s first perfecting press introduced - Komori Lithrone S1040P
  • First commercial printing company in N. Ireland to gain FSC and PEFC accreditation
  • GPS prints the first FSC brochure printed in Northern Ireland
  • UTV Business Eye Awards winner of ‘Green Company of the year’
2007
  • Attained ISO 12647 colour standard
  • STEM Project open category winner ‘Creating a Sustainable Future’
  • Commended in Belfast Telegraph Northern Ireland Business Awards for Environmental Achievement
2006
  • First printing company in Ireland to become CarbonNeutral®
2005
  • All Ireland winner of the Irish Print Awards ‘Environmental Printer of the year’. Retained title for four consecutive years,
2005 - 2008
  • Recycling programme extended into plastics
2003
  • Increased sheet size to B1, alcohol free presses introduced – all B1 presses alcohol free by 2005
2001
  • ISO 9001 and 14001 attained simultaneously
  • Derek Bell’s daughter Helen Bell (McClay) joined the business and became Business Development Director in 2006
2000
  • Installed computer to plate technology
1995
  • Derek Bell’s daughter Lorraine joined the business and became Sales Director in 2002
1994
  • Nelson & Knox acquired and company moves to premises at Alexander Road, Belfast
1992
  • Bryan McClay joined the company and became a Director in 2008
1990
  • First Apple computer introduced together with in-house scanning
1989
  • Very Highly Commended in the Irish Print Awards ‘Sheetfed Colour Offset’ category
1983
  • Derek Bell acquired Mayne, Boyd & Son Ltd from The Queen’s University of Belfast, the name changed to GPS Colour Graphics Ltd
  • Major investment programme, GPS Colour Graphics Ltd installed its first 4 colour printing press, one of the first in Belfast, a number of collating machines and typesetting equipment Irene Bell becomes company secretary
  • Mayne, Boyd & Son Ltd.’s Jack Briggs remained with the company and later became GPS’s Production Director
1978
  • Graphic Printing Services moved to 279 Ormeau Road, Belfast and premises extended
1977
  • Mayne, Boyd & Son Ltd transferred to 27-29 Rydalmere Street as a result of a vesting order being placed on the Corporation Street site
  • Mayne, Boyd & Son Ltd undertook a massive investment in new technological equipment - Linotype
  • Paul Variable Input Photo-typesetter; Dainippon Screen camera; Chemco Powermatic Processor;
  • Parker Monarch III platemaker; Agfa 0420 processor
  • Graphic Printing Services invested in a SRA2 press and a 2 colour press simultaneously
1975
  • Untimely death of Mr J. M. Jordan, who was responsible for production at Mayne, Boyd & Son Ltd
1973
  • Graphic Printing Services founded by Derek Bell, 110 University Street, Belfast
1971
  • Derek Bell (printer) started his first printing company in Marquis Ward Street, Belfast.
  • In the same year the company was destroyed by a fire which started in a building across the street
1968
  • Miss Boyd died and her interest in the company passed to The Queen’s University of Belfast and Sir William McKinney, CBE, LLD was appointed company chairman
1949
  • During the centenary year of The Queen’s University of Belfast, the degree of Master of Arts (honoris causa) was conferred on Miss Boyd in recognition of the work the company had done for the University
1940’s
  • Mechanised typesetting introduced when Mr W. D. Weir, company overseer, was schooled in Monotype keyboarding and casting
1936
  • Mr W. O. Bell entered the business and was elected to the board. He was the company secretary and administered the financial side of the business (no relation to the current Bell family)
1935
  • Mr J. M. Jordan joined the company and was elected to the board
1934
  • John Boyd Snr. died, Marjory Boyd became the driving force of the business
1917
  • John Boyd Jnr. died
1912
  • Mr Boyd’s son, John, joined the company. The company was incorporated and became known as Mayne, Boyd & Son Ltd
1899
  • Mr Boyd’s daughter, Marjory, entered the business
1887
  • Alexander Mayne died
1885
  • John Boyd became a partner and the company was re-styled as Alexander Mayne & Boyd
1868
  • Mr Mayne moved the company to 2 Corporation Street, Belfast
1854
  • Company moved to 71/2 & 9 High Street, Belfast
1851
  • Mr Smith died, Alexander Mayne (an apprentice to Joseph Smith) assumed control of the company
1849
  • Queen’s College, Belfast founded and the company became their Official Printers
1797
  • Company founded by Joseph Smith, Printer at 34 High Street, Belfast