At LG Davis, we are passionate about taking the hassle out of print, stationery and branded merchandise, leaving customers free to get on with what matters in their business.
Across our 60 year history, we’ve known the only way to help customers is to really listen to their needs. This means we’re able to get to the heart of what customers are looking for, and we place emphasis on providing creative ideas that make every business stand out.
Creative, innovative and efficient: it’s not just our motto, it runs through the heart of our business. To us, no customer is ever just a number. We take the time to get to know each business and offer bespoke solutions that really work.
Complicated tasks should always have simple solutions, and at LG Davis we’re here to help you find them.
Whatever your office needs, contact us today to see how we can help.
The Story Behind LG Davis By Liz Smith – Managing Director
LG Davis is one of Birmingham’s oldest and most experienced printing, stationery and office furniture suppliers.
Born from one man’s dream of making a difference, my dad Ron O’Donnell formed LG Davis in 1962 as a small stationery shop.
Since then a lot has changed, but our ethos has always remained the same and my dad’s legacy continues to live on.
Growth of LG Davis
Within a few years, the business had outgrown our first shop in Basall Heath and a new location was found on the High Street in Kings Heath. Having also purchased a couple of other local small print companies along the way, the manufacturing print arm was established, and the company now employed twenty people.
The business invested in its staff and took on several print apprentices – one of which still works for the company today.
Due to a fantastic team ethos, careful management and loyal staff, the company has survived several recessions and ensured that it always delivered what it had promised to its customers, even during the enforced three day-week to save electricity during the miners’ strike.
Printers of choice for the NHS
In the 1970’s we started to produce work for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. From that day, the LG Davis name has been synonymous in hundreds of Hospital Trusts and their reputation in the NHS grew.
They were one of the first companies in the 1990’s to offer a print management solution to the local NHS Trusts and are still today a single source supplier to several Trusts throughout the UK. The Trusts have reported cost and time savings due to the LG Davis bespoke solutions and value for money service.
The relationship with the NHS has always been strong. After discovering that the General Hospital in Birmingham did not have a vital life-saving ventilator machine, my father set up a charity year to buy them one! Everyone in the company got involved with jumble sales, sponsored events, auctions, and we were able to present the hospital with a cheque to cover, not only one ventilator but two, and several other valuable items they needed.
So, where do I fit in to all of this? Well, I joined the business in 1983 after leaving University, as a stop gap, whilst deciding upon my career move – I am still working on that career path! I started in the warehouse and finishing side of the business and soon became engrossed in working out how I could help develop the family business.
Having worked through most departments in the business, from delivery driving through to customer service and accounts, I was eventually promoted to FD in 2002 and later to MD in 2006. The business is my passion and the legacy of my father in the business lives on - he did make a difference and achieved his dream.
Never one to sit still LG Davis is continuing to grow and adapt in a changing market. We stay ahead of the trends and pride ourselves on finding the solutions our customers need for even the most complicated issues.
And that’s why I’m helping my Dad’s dream live on…