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About us

Thames Loose Leaf Ltd started from humble beginnings back in the 1950’s.

It all began when our Chairman & Founder, David Watkins, bought a small lamination press, rented a lock-up garage and set to work laminating paper prints. David’s only workforce were his parents and all collections and deliveries were courtesy of his trusty pedal bike.

We remain a family owned & run business and are proud of the fact that many of our employees have been with us for over 10 years – we even have a few that have clocked up twenty five years plus!

These days we trade from two freehold factories in Essex which give us over 20,000 square feet of factory space. As the business has grown and developed we have continued to invest in new equipment and now provide the largest encapsulation service in Europe as well as being one of the leading bespoke plastic stationery manufacturers in the UK.

meet the team


Jo Watkins


Jo is the daughter of David Watkins our Chairman, she started working for Thames in 1988, mainly in the Office before becoming a Departmental Supervisor. She later took on the role of Quality Manager developing and implementing the required systems and controls to achieve ISO 9001 for Thames Card Technology. In September 2010 Jo took over the running of Thames Loose Leaf to further develop the Welding and Encapsulation business.

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Gary Short

Finance Director

Gary joined Thames in 1996 as Group Finance Director based at Thames House. In September 2010 Gary transferred across to Thames Loose Leaf with Jo to develop the Welding and Encapsulation business.

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Alan Day


Alan Day joined Thames Loose Leaf in 1978 as a temporary member of staff on the Production Team. After 35 years and a number of moves around the departments including a short spell at Thames Card Technology our sister company, Alan took on the role of General Manager for Thames Loose Leaf.

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Mike Edwards

Production Director

Mike Edwards joined Thames Loose Leaf in 1992 initially for a period of 6 weeks, working as a General Factory Operative in the Welding Department. He progressed to working as a Storeman and then in 1996 was promoted to Supervisor in the Encapsulation Department. When the Encapsulation Department outgrew the factory and moved to it’s present home Mike was promoted to Factory Manager. In April 2015 Mike was promoted to Production Manager in charge of both the Welding and Encapsulation factories.

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Karen Furber

Operations/Account Manager

Karen Furber joined Thames in 1981 as an Office Junior. Over the years Karen has worked in numerous departments even spending some time in the factory. Karen has progressed to become Operations/Account Manager. Karen has a wealth of knowledge covering all areas of the company but her particular area of expertise is encapsulation. Contact Karen for all your encapsulation enquiries.

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Andrea Senatore

Account Manager

Andrea Senatore joined Thames in 1999 as an Admin Assistant and has progressed over the years to become an Account Manager. Andrea’s particular area of expertise is in PVC and polypropylene products. Andrea will be happy to help you with your PVC and polypropylene enquiries

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Chris Eley

Estimating Manager

Chris Eley joined Thames Loose Leaf in 2006 and has 40 years’ experience in the print industry. Chris has worked within Production and stock control and is now our Estimating Manager.

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Kerry Gibson

Accounts Clerk

Kerry joined our sister company Thames Card Technology in 1997 as an Account Manager, she then transferred to Order Processing before joining Thames Loose Leaf in 2012. Kerry’s current position is Accounts Clerk. Contact Kerry for any accounts queries.

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Karen Booth

Order Controller

Karen Booth joined Thames Loose Leaf in 1988 as part of the production team in our Welding Department. In 1994 Karen was promoted to Order Processing, then in 1995 she became the Assistant Production Controller. In 1996 she transferred to our sister company Thames Card Technology before returning to Thames Loose Leaf as Order Controller in January 2011.

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Janine Dickel

Environmental / Quality

Janine joined Thames Loose Leaf in 2016 as Quality / Environmental Manager following a thirteen year career in the Civil Service. Janine is responsible for managing our ISO 9001 Quality Management system & ISO 14001 Environmental Management system


Penny Robertson

HR Manager

Penny Robertson joined Thames in 2007, bringing with her a wealth of Human Resources experience, most recently from her time with the NHS. Penny divides her time between Thames Loose Leaf and our sister company Thames Card Technology.

How we work

At Thames Loose Leaf the service that we give is very important. Here are some pointers as to how we work:

We provide a quick turnaround on quotes and aim to provide the most competitive price possible.

We work in partnership with our clients ensuring quick & reliable order processing.

We provide the highest level of customer service from enquiry to despatch.

We are innovative & creative, so if you need help with your designs, we’ll help to come up with some great ideas.

If you need expert knowledge on site, we will gladly come to you.

Why not give us a call and set up a meeting, we have a wealth of samples to show you!


""Thames Loose Leaf continues to provide an excellent service to Ordnance Survey. Their attention to quality, their customer service led approach and willingness to work with us to deliver new efficiencies were instrumental in our selection and retention of Thames Loose Leaf as a valued supplier to our organisation."

- Supply Chain Manager, Ordnance Survey

"“Thames Loose Leaf have and continue to provide us with an exemplary service and their commitment to getting things right is admirable. Everyone involved within the team has always exceeded my expectations and always strives to think out of the box and to suggest improvements to the existing processes. Thames have always provided a high quality product at competitive prices. I have absolute faith that they will continue to deliver a great s"

- Retails Operations Manager for a large High Street Store

"“Thank you for delivering our order so quickly – and so beautifully produced. As I unpacked my box of samples from the warehouse, with my heart in my mouth, each piece brought a big smile to my face – and a huge sense of relief that the diligence of your production department meant that everything was spot-on. This run of NDP3 is our best yet and will help Speech and Language therapists transform the lives of thousands of children in th"

- Managing Director, Education Industry

"We have just received the A5 folders for the Recruitment and Training Divisions new project. Thank you they are perfect for requirements. Your professionalism, enthusiasm and drive to push this innovative part of the project through has been outstanding."

- Senior Project Manager, Public Sector

"We have been incredibly happy with the products and service supplied by Thames Loose Leaf. They are always professional to deal with, quick to respond, delivering quality at a price that’s right, on time!"

- Finance Director, Printing Industry

"Thames were perfect from start to finish – a bespoke quality product manufactured in the UK, delivered on-budget and ahead of schedule. Perfect."

- Business Development Manager, Print Industry

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