A brief history of SET Office Supplies
SET Office Supplies have been trading for nearly 40 years. We believe that we work harder than anyone else in the business to bring you the office supplies you need, as quickly as you need them and at the cheapest possible price!
SET Ltd was formed in May 1974 and was taken over by current Chairman Mr P.G. Amos in 1976. From humble beginnings in a small corner shop in Wyndham Arcade in Cardiff selling calculators, typewriters and ribbons, SET group of companies is now one of the largest independent office supplies companies in the UK. We moved to our current Head Office, in the old Kardov flour buildings in Penarth Road Cardiff in 1988 and this is where we concentrate on our core business of supplying industry and commerce with not only office supplies but professional print and design from our on-site Print Department, workwear and leisurewear with screen printing and embroidery available, office machines and office furniture where a large selection of which can be veiwed by appointment at our newly opened ground floor furniture showroom.
In 1982 SET opened a shop in Swansea High Street to expand its business in Wales. Once again the business consistently grew and this gave the company a sound base in West Wales with a shop opening in Haverfordwest shortly afterwards.
Our Haverfordwest shop is a firm fixture on the high street and specialises in art and craft products. After 25 years in the High Street in Swansea, SET moved in 2007, to bigger and better purpose built premises in Garngoch Industrial Estate which provided a better environment for their customers and staff with on-site parking, better access from the M4 and includes a furniture showroom.
In 1994 after continually growing year on year, SET expanded its operations East by purchasing a local Bristol business, W A Ross Ltd. This company was originally founded in 1826 employing a number of law writers to hand copy legal documents, therefore SET decided to keep the historic name, Ross Office Supplies. When purchased the turnover was £180,000 per annum and it has now grown to a turnover in excess of £4 million.
In 2002 we moved to a 26,000 sq ft warehouse and distribution centre in Llandough Trading Estate in Cardiff. This has allowed us to increase the stock levels significantly, helping our buying power to become even more competitive throughout the UK.
In 2010 SET Group of Companies bought the Martin Luck Group, in Plymouth; which included Brewers in Helston, Cornwall, with their specialised Print Works. Brewers was established in 1836, and one of their old letterpress printing machines is still on display in the Victorian Village in Flambards, Helston. This acquisition has given us a significant foothold along the M5 corridor, and increased our buying power again, so we can pass on significant savings to our customers.
SET Group of Companies continues to grow, and are now the largest independent office supplies company in the UK, with an annual turnover in excess of £25 million, employing over 238 staff from the local workforces.
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