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About Whites

Print Experience & Expertise

Whites is a trusted litho and digital printer, originally founded in 1926. We will give you expert advice and recommendations for processes that will achieve the results to best suit your print needs – ultimately providing a reliable service that keeps our customers returning time and time again.

Drawing on over 175 years of combined experience in the commercial printing industry, coupled with the latest design and print production technologies, our team is committed to producing work to the highest of standards.

History of Whites Print

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William Henry White was born on the 7th November 1899

The original founder of the business, William Henry White was born.


William Henry White, who was a miner, began printing during the general strike

During the general strike of 1926, William Henry White began printing to raise funds for the children in the village of Ludworth to buy shoes and clothes. The miners held out for more than six months, but were forced back into work for less pay and longer hours.


Printing supplies were difficult to obtain due to WW2

William Henry White continued his interest in printing but the advent of WW2 meant that supplies were difficult, if not impossible, to obtain.


WW2 ended and William Henry White took to printing full time

After the end of the war, demand for print increased and supplies became more readily available, enabling William Henry White to make printing his full time job, operating from his workshop in the garden.


Business expanded

When William Henry White’s son, also William Henry White, was de-mobbed from the army he joined the growing business alongside his mother, Phyllis, who was also enlisted to help from time to time.


Land purchased on Front Street in Ludworth

Land was purchased on the Front Street in Ludworth and work began to construct a larger premises in order to house the growing business.


Building works completed and occupied

The new premises on the Front Street in Ludworth were completed and new machinery installed, allowing production levels to be increased.


Founder, William Henry White Retired

William Henry White took a step back from the business to allow his son to take on the responsibility of running it.


Further building works

An extension was added to the building, constructed by William Henry White’s younger son Bill, who was a bricklayer by trade.


The founder’s grandson William Henry White entered the business

Whilst attending the Newcastle College of Arts and Technology School of Printing, to complete a 6 year apprenticeship, William Henry White entered the business.

Late 70’s

Square footage of the building was doubled

With the need to increase floor space due to the large amount of work from Working Men’s Clubs, further building work was undertaken, so that posters, show tickets, prize draw tickets, bingo tickets and number/letter draw tickets could be produced, in addition to increasing work from other growing companies in the area.

Late 80’s

Extension to the Ludworth premises was completed

Another extension was added to the building to fulfil the need for more floor space, due to the organic transition from the specialised club work to a more varied customer base.

Early 90’s

Offset lithographic production methods were adopted

Due to demand for longer run lengths, job types and print specifications, the business adapted with the introduction of offset litho printing, rather than the more traditional lead type letterpress, which had been utilised until this time.

Mid 90’s

Macintosh Computers and Desktop Publishing Software were installed

With the arrival of offset litho printing presses and more complex job types being requested, the business introduced Macintosh computers and the latest desktop publishing software packages to the artwork studio.

Late 90’s

Digital production methods were embraced

Due to demand for short run multiple page manuals, the business adapted with the introduction of single colour digital production machinery and further finishing and bindery equipment.

Early 00’s

Digital production capabilities were increased

As the demand for short run colour jobs was increasing, the business regularly updated and expanded its digital production machinery. The current digital press not only offers full colour process printing but can also produce white, silver, gold, clear, fluorescent cyan, fluorescent magenta, and fluorescent yellow to a wide variety of sheet types and weights.


Limited company created

WHW Print Limited was created when two longstanding employees joined William Henry White as directors of the new incorporated company.

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Why Use Whites?

Family Run

With the third generation of the White family involved in the business, it is true to say that print is personal. We are proud to use all of our combined experience to provide you with the best print solutions to meet your requirements.

All Under One Roof

With our in house artwork studio, digital & litho printing capabilities and various finishing equipment, there is no need to “shop around” or liaise with several designers and printers - we can do it all and supply a wide range of products to suit your needs. Our expertise and equipment gives us the versatility to produce the best quality print, upholding our level of service and attention to detail without having to rely on external suppliers to meet our high standards.


Our team is committed to achieving the quality that your job or project deserves. We don’t produce or send anything out of the door that we wouldn’t be happy to receive ourselves…and we have high standards.

Advice & Expertise

Not sure what you need? Unclear about paper types and weights? What quantity will best suit you? We are happy to use our extensive knowledge, gained through many years of experience, to make recommendations that will deliver a solution most suited to your needs.

Trouble free

We all like it when things run smoothly, which is why we make working with us as easy and as simple as possible - no hidden fees or extra costs. Need a repeat of a previous order? Your files are securely stored in our archive for easy retrieval.

Produced in the UK

Based in County Durham in the North East of England and utilising our in house equipment, our work is produced here in the UK. We pride ourselves on not being a faceless organisation - you are more than welcome to visit our premises or call us to discuss.

Client Reviews

What Our Clients Think

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Durham High School

As a school, where deadlines move and things are always cropping up at the last minute, nothing is ever too much trouble for Whites. The quality and speed of their printing service makes them a tremendous organisation to work with and we would not hesitate in recommending them to anyone.

Durham City Freemen

Durham City Freemen have used Whites Printers for all our printing and publicity requirements for many years without disappointment. They give us first class customer service and a fast turn around.

Their friendly graphics staff ensure we get what we need, when we need it, delivered to the highest quality.

I highly recommend them.

Wiltshire Farm Foods Newcastle

Whites Print provide us with bespoke leaflets for our business - the service is always prompt and any adjustments to artwork are never any problem for them.

Orangebox Training

I highly recommend Whites Print for all your printing needs. They have top-notch customer service and are always willing to go the extra mile to make sure you get the best possible results, including proof reading. Their prices are competitive, and their turnaround time is fast. Plus, the quality of the prints they produce is second to none. I've been working with Whites Print for many years now and I'm always impressed with the results. If you're looking for a reliable and professional printing company, don't hesitate to give Whites Print in Ludworth a try.

Clifton Lodge Veterinary Group

The practice has been using Whites Print for many years now, and we couldn’t ask for a better service from all of the team! They are always friendly and helpful, and nothing is ever too much trouble. The quality of their work is fantastic with a quick turnaround from placing an order to receiving it.

John Booth Creative

They never disappoint…

I just wanted to share the amazing experience I have had with Whites Print, who I have been a customer of since 2010, initially in my role as Studio Manager for City Electrical Factors, where good customer service was vital, and subsequently as a Freelance Designer since 2016. They are completely reliable and go above and beyond to get the job done on time, on budget and their level of service and communication is second to none, they are thoroughly professional, knowledgeable and friendly, I couldn't ask for a better service.

Polymer Compounders Limited

We have dealt with WHW Print for many years, fulfilling all our printing requirements in a friendly, helpful and timely manner. With our marketing materials they have always managed to turn our rough ideas into the designs that we envisioned. We look forward to continuing our excellent working relationship with them for many more years to come.

Trotec Laser

We have used Whites for many different print jobs, from brochures and flyers to more specialised projects. The team always provide top-quality service and work with us to make sure we get the best quality products for our requirements.