Geerings was founded in 1903, with what was then the latest print technology. On New Year’s Day 1903, Walter Geering borrowed £20 to buy a printing press. The bill is framed and hangs on the company’s boardroom wall today. That courageous first step led to a multi-million pound business that 113 years later remains in the same family.
Over the years, Geerings diversified beyond printing to office equipment and supplies. In the 1910’s the retail stationary business opened in Ashford and Geerings acquired Miller & Jarvis stationers and wholesale newsagents in Ashford.
In the 1930’s Geerings were appointed agents for Imperial Typewriters, a relationship which spanned 50 years and had 14 bookshops across the county.
With increasing competition from big-name office equipment suppliers and changes in book selling – although before the rise of Amazon – Geerings decided to move away from high street retailing.
By the 1960’s copiers had become key for Geerings and in 1982 it set up a specialist division, making us the oldest photocopier dealer in the county. We formed relationships with Ricoh and Oce/Canon and more recently have partnered with Lexmark international.
Today, Geerings supply printers, photocopiers and managed print services to the commercial and education sectors across the South East in Kent, Essex, London, Sussex and Surrey.
Singer, Bing Crosby was born.
Retail stationary business opens in Ashford
The first crossword puzzle was created
Geerings were appointed agents for Imperial Typewriters
Clarence Birdseye sold his first frozen foods.
Office equipment branches open in Dartford and Maidstone
Commercial television was developed.
First photocopier sold
Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon.
Geerings expands into new offices to accommodate the growing photocopier division
Live Aid charity concert was held.
Geerings expands into Essex and Surrey
2 billion people watch the Royal Wedding.