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KempCo Ltd – Friendly, Knowledgeable, Approachable

Founded in 1981 by experienced business machine salesman Martin Gardener, KempCo started trading from a shopfront in the heart of Witham, Essex in the UK selling business machines and related consumables. With the aim of providing a “one-stop-shop” for local businesses, KempCo soon progressed from selling business machines to adding business stationery to the product range.

At the time, a friend of the family who worked in the print industry suggested that offering printing would complement the KempCo products and services – a suggestion which soon led to an investment in printing machines, design studio and darkroom equipment and two large industrial units in Witham. One of which was home to KempCo printing, and the other served as a warehouse, storing paper and stationery items which supplied the shop and from where orders were directly delivered to customers.


A Family Run Business

Initially run by husband and wife team Martin and Eileen Gardener, KempCo soon welcomed their son, Paul, into the business who at the tender age of fourteen and whilst still at school would assist part-time in the shop thoroughly enjoying selling stationery products to a wide variety of customers. Finding a passion for sales and loving the opportunities to build customer relationships, at the age of twenty-three Paul joined the business full-time as a sales representative.

As the business grew machinery engineers were employed to provide on-site servicing for customers and who also assisted with the day-to-day requests and deliveries of the ever-expanding KempCo products and services.

As a result of KempCo’s steady growth, carefully considered diversification and astute acquisitions the team today consists of sales representatives, accounts and sales order processing staff, print production and print finishing operatives and distribution personnel.

Today, the business is run by Paul Gardener who still loves nothing more than looking after existing customers as well as developing new business relationships. Paul can also often be found adding value to business networking events throughout the region and is ably supported by Eileen.


The KempCo Team

  • Paul Gardener, Managing Director
  • Eileen Gardener, Founder & Director
  • Linda Spencer, Finance Controller
  • Jan Walton, Sales Administrator
  • David Mears, Marketing Manager
  • Brenda Smithson, Sales Representative
  • Steve Willis, Print Manager
  • John Foote, Digital printing & distribution
  • Edward Joseph, Print Technician & Finisher
  • Martin Eggleton, Delivery Driver
Paul Gardener - Managing Director at KempCo
Linda Spencer - Finance Controller at KempCo
Jan Walton - Sales Administrator at KempCo
David Mears -Marketing Manager at KempCo
Steve Willis - Print Manager at KempCo
Eddie Joseph - Print Technician & Finisher at KempCo
  • Paul Gardener, Managing Director
  • Eileen Gardener, Founder & Director
  • Linda Spencer, Finance Controller
  • Jan Walton, Sales Administrator
  • David Mears, Marketing Manager
  • Brenda Smithson, Sales Representative
  • Steve Willis, Print Manager
  • John Foote, Digital printing & distribution
  • Edward Joseph, Print Technician & Finisher
  • Martin Eggleton, Delivery Driver
Paul Gardener - Managing Director at KempCo

Paul
Linda Spencer - Finance Controller at KempCo

Linda
Jan Walton - Sales Administrator at KempCo

Jan
David Mears - Marketing Manager at KempCo

David
Steve Willis - Print Manager at KempCo

Steve
Eddie Joseph - Print Technician & Finisher at KempCo

Eddie

Why KempCo?

Martin and Eileen always had a strong family ethos and starting their new business in 1981 wanted to bring the family element to work. This is how they came up with the company name ‘KempCo’:

Kerry Gardener is their daughter

Eileen Gardener (Co-Founder & Director )

Martin Gardener (Co-Founder)

Paul Gardener their son (Now Managing Director)

Co being the Company.


Strategic, controlled investment

1981: Retail Unit and Shop Front in Witham

1984: Two industrial units in Witham

1995: Beeleigh Litho – Print Company.  Then owned by Steve Willis who today still works for KempCo overseeing print administration, artwork design and production.

2014: Supreme Clean, Janitorial Supplies Division

2019: Chilton Office Supplies

2019: New e-commerce website


KempCo today

Today, KempCo remains a family-run business providing office stationery, janitorial supplies and printing solutions to businesses of all sizes (KempCo is a member of the British Association for Print & Communication). Office machinery continues to be among the products available and includes printers, photocopiers and computers.

For general enquiries please, contact us at sales@kempco.co.uk or call 01376 518000.

For printing enquiries, you are welcome to contact the print shop directly using printshop@kempco.co.uk. We specialise in NCR printed forms as well as letterheads, business cards, brochures and leaflets.

We take pride in providing a free local delivery service to local businesses regardless as to the size of the order. And we don't just drop off at reception - our drivers will happily take your order to the required location within your building.

Next day delivery anywhere to the UK Mainland provided orders are received by us before 5.00pm and we have the stock.

Thank you for your interest in KempCo.

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