The Story of Blake
Over two decades we have grown in a fast-changing world. A world where where algorithm and automation increasingly rule. Where human interaction can be reduced to the flick of a thumb, Where what is real and what is fake can be hard to separate. Where distance and time feel shorter. Where our resources and hope for the future are ever more precious. We grow because we value and embrace what is real in our world. We value real people doing real things for each other. At Blake we develop products and work together with our customers to make things real.
Business, Made Real.
Choice, Made Real.
Emotion, Made Real.
Experiences, Made Real.
Hope, Made Real.
Tomorrow, Made Real.
Tom Barter is born
Tim Barter (Chairman) is born
The story begins with a waste paper recycling business
Michael Barter (CEO) is born
Clarence Paper starts trading
Clarence Paper purchases its first warehouse
Clarence Paper wins the Westland paper contract
Michael Barter joins Clarence Paper
Blake Barter is born
Clarence Paper is sold
Blake starts trading
Blake builds its current warehouse (12,000sq. ft.)
Blake extend the warehouse building to 30,000 sq. ft.
Blake reaches £100 million cumulative turnover
Blake reaches £200 million cumulative turnover
Blake moves into new Clarence House HQ
Blake reaches £250 million cumulative turnover
Blake Barter joins Blake
Open first hub of excellence in Edinburgh, shortly followed by further hub openings in Leeds, Manchester and London
Blake reaches £300 million cumulative turnover
Graham Carlin is appointed as Blake’s MD
The fifth Blake hub opens, this one in Leicester
Blake USA starts as we open our first international hub in Cleveland, Ohio
Blake GmbH starts as we open our first European hub in Düsseldorf, Germany