In 1926 Georges-Gaston Gaspard creates a bookstore in Valenciennes (North of France).
Progressively the small bookstore grows and from a retail company expands to a printing service company producing its own paper products range.
In 1936, Georges-Gaston Gaspard starts up the building of a large warehouse in Valenciennes area, which becomes the main operating centre of the company. Georges-Gaston notices that delivering the products directly to the customers is more convenient for both customers and the company. A few years after its creation, the activity of the warehouse becomes bigger than the retail store business.
During the Second World War the Gaspard facilities are destroyed by an air raid. Georges-Gaston Gaspard reviews the strategy of the company and decides, with his son Etienne, to close the retail store and focus on B to B service.
In 1956, Etienne Gaspard takes over the leading of the company. The first catalogue is launched in 1959.
In 1969, the current President of the company, Mr Georges Gaspard, son of Etienne, joins the company as a Sales Representative. After occupying several functions in the business, he is promoted to Managing Director in 1979. Lyreco is created the same year.
From the 80's to year 2005, Lyreco expands to Europe and Asia Pacific.
Today, with a turnover of 2 billions €, the company ranks amongst the first worldwide distributors of Workplace supplies solutions and is active in 42 countries on 4 continents.