Blackfriars Press

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Blackfriars Press Limited was formed in Manchester in c1918 to undertake printing for the Independent Labour Party (ILP). It moved to Leicester in 1922. Annie Maxton (the sister of James Maxton) and Emrys Hughes were both one time members of the management committee. It also traded as the National Labour Press. The company was the first in the UK to print Nescafé labels. The contract was arranged following a chance meeting of the then managing director, W. M. Stafford. He met with a member of the Nestlé family whilst on a mountaineering holiday in Switzerland in the 1940s. The business was registered as a friendly society and in the early 1980s the ILP gave the business to its employees to trade as a co-operative. Lack of finance and bad debts caused the company to close in 1984.