Largs Printing Company began trading in 1969.
The company was formed as a result of the Largs and Millport Weekly News closing its production plant at 120 Main Street, Largs and moving to the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald's new print plant in Herald Street, Ardrossan.
Two employees saw the opportunity to continue the printing facility in Largs and, in late 1969, Tom McCaw and Allister McGregor (pictured right in 1967) created a partnership to form LPC.
Tom and Allister re-opened the newspaper's former premises and set about sourcing typesetting and printing machinery from various suppliers in Glasgow.
Largs Printing Company launched on 4th January 1970 and immediately businesses and organisations in Largs supported the new venture.
In those early days all printing was done by the traditional Letterpress system and in 1974 the company bought its first Offset Litho machine. This proved to be a timely purchase as, in that year, not one but two General Elections were held, and the new machine was put to full use in producing thousands of leaflets for all the candidates.
With the purchase of new machines the production facility was increased and, in 1985, Billy Winning (pictured far right with Allister and Tom) joined the partnership.
The 1980s saw the start of the digital revolution in printing and Largs Printing Company responded to this challenge by upgrading its machinery: the first computer-controlled typesetting machine arrived in 1981 allowing larger and more complicated colour work to be printed.
Tom McCaw and Billy Winning retired as partners in the early 1990s, and Allister and his wife Kate ran the business until they were joined in the late 1990s by their eldest son Scott and, more recently, by Scott's brother Stuart.
Scott and Stuart are both experienced and award-winning graphic designers (Scott is pictured on the right receiving awards for his work with artist Lynn Cromack and Largs Amateur Operatic Society in the early 1990s) having trained at the Glasgow College of Building and Printing and Glasgow Caledonian University respectively.
Largs Printing Company continued to upgrade its machinery and, in 2002, moved online under the moniker www.surfprint.co.uk. The website allowed LPC to trade nationally and led to an increased amount of business from throughout the UK, especially from London.
LPC has continued to expand and today offers a comprehensive design and printing service for all types of businesses (letterheads, leaflets, business cards, etc.) and also for individuals (wedding stationery, party invitations, personalised notelets, etc.).
LPC also produces calendars, not just for Largs, but for several towns and cities throughout Scotland.
LPC can also produce magazines and books, and offer special deals to individuals who wish to publish their own material.
By constantly updating its machinery and continuing to provide a quality service to local businesses, clubs and individuals, Largs Printing Company seems well set for another 50 years!