Cartridge World History & Achievements

The Beginnings of Cartridge World


Cartridge World has a history spanning over 20 years; demonstrating our expertise in providing low cost, high quality printer cartridges. Over the years we’ve won many awards, both for our franchise structure, our dedication to operating in an environmentally friendly manner and for our encouragement of other individuals and businesses to do the same.

Cartridge World Significant Events


1988: Bryan Stokes, founder of Cartridge World, saw an advert in the South Australian Advertiser for Australian Laser Charge and signed up to a course to learn how to refill laser cartridges. He was taught how to refill two laser toner cartridges and commenced business in his garden shed.

1992: Stokes joined forces with Paul Wheeler, who had an impressive background in franchising, finance and management. Together they planned the franchising structure of Cartridge World.

1997: The first Cartridge World franchise was sold and others sold in rapid succession.

2001: The first franchise in the UK was established by David Parkinson in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

2011: Over the years, the network of shops has continued to develop and grow, and as a result there are now more than 1,400 stores worldwide.

2014: Cartridge World launches Print Services which provides a flexible range of printing solutions to meet the needs of businesses.

Cartridge World Achievements



Standardised Test Methods Committee (STMC) certification updated


Franchise Marketing Awards

Best Website Finalist.


Standardised Test Methods Committee (STMC) certification

STMC certification testing allows us to compare the performance of our own remanufactured laser cartridges against that of the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (OEM) product.

Franchise Marketing Awards

Best Overall Marketing Campaign Finalist.


Franchise Marketing Awards

Best Overall Marketing Campaign, Best TV Advertising Campaign, Best Print Advert and Best Website

Finalist in all 4 categories.

Which? Report

Shows that Cartridge World printer cartridges offer the lowest running costs per print.


Franchise Marketing Awards

Best Overall Marketing Campaign Finalist.


Over 500 trees were planted across the UK in local schools, charities, parks and communities as a result of the PATNAC campaign.


Trusted Reviews Inkjet Investigation Part 3

Want to print the best possible photos? Use Cartridge World Inks, part 3 of the Trusted Reviews Inkjet Investigation. 

PATNAC – National Tree Week

14,779 printer cartridges saved from landfill during our “Plant a Tree NOT a Cartridge” campaign.


Franchise Marketing Awards

Best Franchise Expansion Programme.

Trusted Reviews Inkjet Investigation

Trusted Reviews rates Cartridge World ink ahead of manufacturers’ own and helps disprove claims of inferior quality. 


Franchise Marketing Awards

Best Overall Marketing Campaign Winner.



Green Awards

Creativity in Sustainability Finalist.


6,000 trees were planted across the UK as part of a national "Plant a Tree NOT a Cartridge" year-long campaign and to celebrate the RSA’s (Royal Society for the encouragement of Art, Manufactures and Commerce) 250th Anniversary.


British Franchise Association

Brand Builder of the Year Winner.

Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management

High Street Recycling Champion Winner.


Green Apple Environment Awards

Runner Up.