Albert Edwin Reed
Entering the paper industry as a boy, Albert Reed first managed or part-owned paper businesses before he acquired a fire-damaged building, Upper Tovil Mill, near Maidstone in Kent in 1894. Albert Reed specialised in the production of paper suitable for halftone blocks for which there was considerable demand at the time and by 1903 he owned seven mills. Under his leadership the business expanded rapidly securing an order to supply newsprint for the Daily Mirror in 1904. Reed was importing paper from a mill in Canada by 1911.
He died in 1920, leaving the management of the business to his twin sons.