CEM started out as a printer, and due to our initial location in the heart of Nottingham’s Lace Market in 1962, we were soon asked to do work for local textile weavers and spinners. The three owners Carr, Edwards and Morris were quick to spot a need for a printer who could handle the complexities of fabric.
By the end of the 1970s the firm had grown so much it moved to a more suitable building in Carlton. New owners in the 1980s brought about more expansion into buildings nearby. It was around this time that the business started to focus on producing pattern books and shade cards and by the early 1990s CEM had become one of the UK’s leading manufacturers.

The late 1990s saw new management and expansion of the business and customer base. Moving into new, purpose-built premises meant CEM could grow further, take on more staff and really excel in the fabric book and shade card market. We sealed our place at the top by investing heavily into the best machinery, staff training and modernising production techniques. Our impressive client list includes most of the UK’s favourite fabric and wallpaper brands.