How it all started


In the late 1960’s Lawrence Lock set up Management Personnel, a highly successful recruitment business based in Guildford, Surrey. His business had a great enough need for printed forms that in 1972 Lawrence acquired a printing press to cope with demand. Word got out and it didn’t take long before a queue of local business people formed at his door and Lawrence then launched Top Print.


Innovation & Expansion


Operating from a retail premises in Guildford, Top Print grew and expanded into new areas, catering for ever more demanding business customers. In the mid 1970’s the first Xerox 9200 in the U.K. was acquired. With a print speed of 120 A4 pages per minute, this machine was the start of the quick print revolution.


In 1984 the group expanded by adding outlets in Farnham and Windsor.


Success & Failure


Rapid expansion of Lawrence’s core business, Management Personnel, in the late 80’s spelled disaster as the recession bit; it didn’t survive.


Giles, Lawrence’s youngest son, joined Top Print in the late 80’s after a stint at Brooklands Technical College doing an HND in business studies and having cut his teeth in the City working for the then newly formed Williams Lea Communications.


Lawrence’s oldest son, Andrew, who had finished an MA in business management at Manchester joined soon after, taking control of the finances.


Together, and with their loyal staff, they have driven the company to the success that it is today. Although now retired, Lawrence remains as chairman of the Lock Group.


Knowledge and the Noughties


Very nearly all of Top Prints clients operate some form of training business. From specialist aircraft maintenance training to leadership development, the strength of the company lies in its focus on the training industry as a whole. Be it in IT, sales, HR, gas safety, financial services; wherever and whatever our clients train, Top Print provides the same high standard of service to each and every client whatever specific market they operate in.


Our sector knowledge is unrivalled within the digital print industry, we employ market leading, on-demand, green digital print technologies and we have the ability to make a substantial difference to our clients operations and profitability.