Client Story

Phillips Direct

Our History

The company was established in 1939 by Walter Phillips and was then known as Walter Phillips (Perivale) Limited.

Specialising in the letterpress printing of photographic mounts and hand bound Wedding and Photo Albums, the Company made a name for itself within the industry and became a Market Leader.

In 1960, Tony Phillips took over as Managing Director and the Company got involved in the industrial sector and started producing PVC ring binders and folders and supplied many household names, such as Glaxo, McVities and Gillette with Presentation products and Marketing materials.

In 2004 the company, then known as Phillips Plastics Ltd, moved to new premises in Berkhamsted.

Now in its fourth generation, the business is in the capable hands of Tony’s son Peter and his daughter Heather.

The philosophy of Phillips Direct has always been to maintain high product standard and to provide innovative solutions at reasonable prices, which keep the company and its customers ahead of the competition.

Walter Phillips (Founder)

Tony Phillips

Big Red Book

This Is Your Life was a British television institution. One of the most popular programmes on British television, covering five decades of broadcasting and producing over eleven hundred editions.

The programme’s premise was simple – an unexpected surprise for an unsuspecting subject as the host opened the Big Red Book to reveal a life story told through a reunion of family and friends. Part biography and part celebration, each edition aimed to entertain in a warm hearted and positive way.

Due to Phillips’ excellent reputation and the close proximity of the Perivale factory to the BBC Studios in Shepherd’s Bush the company was the obvious partner to produce and emboss the Big Red Book on a weekly basis for the This is your life show until the show’s closure in 2003.

“… the book is the amulet…that is what makes the show work. I could be wearing a barrel- it’s the red book they see- and they go crazy…” Michael Aspel This is your life presenter 1988-2003

Michael Aspel

Peter Phillips

The Present

Phillips Direct have evolved to become a one stop shop, creating product solutions to meet business needs.

From design to production the company’s expertise and curiosity allows it to build solutions, deliver ideas and manufacture products across all sectors that exceed expectation.

“Clients come to us with a problem, idea or opportunity and our in house design team will build a solution, not only to meet the brief, but also propose enhancements along the way, ensuring that we add-value at all times. When applicable, we will collaborate with other suppliers to ensure we ‘take away the pain’ and thereafter, project manage the whole solution for our Client”

Peter Phillips, Managing Director

More than our Accountants

The company believes that success is achieved through working closely with the best service providers. Sterling Grove Accountants undoubtedly fall under this category for accounting and business advice. 

Sterling Grove Accountants are delighted to have worked with Peter and his great company for over twenty years.

“The Sterling contrast between being different and being better”

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