The TSO story

We have a 200-year legacy of publishing excellence. This heritage means we have an unrivalled understanding of how to manage, enhance, sell and distribute content and information.

A 200-Year Blue-Ribbon Legacy of Publishing

  • 1786

    His Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO) is established as part of HM Treasury.

  • 1882

    HMSO becomes the official publisher for both houses of Parliament.

  • 1889

    HMSO is appointed as the Queen’s Printer of Acts of Parliament and becomes the publisher of the London Gazette in the same year.

  • 1996

    The publishing arm of HMSO (now OPSI) is privatised and The Stationery Office (TSO) is born

  • 1999

    TSO joins the era and launches its first website, UKState, designed to aggregate and sell official and other content for use on other websites’ feeds.

  • 2000 is launched.

  • 2006

    TSO becomes part of the Williams Lea family, enabling it to draw on an additional pool of talent and economies of scale in purchasing to benefit its clients.

  • 2009

    TSO achieves Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of custody certification, which we have retained for the past 13 years

  • 2010

    TSO developed with The National Archives, providing full access to newly enacted legislation for the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as legislation going back to 1267 as open data. is one of the first websites of this kind in the world.

  • 2013

    TSO launches, digitising all the Gazettes published since 1662

  • 2018

    The millionth download of the DVSA official Theory Test App, published by TSO, on the Apple store.

  • 2019

    130 years on from the HMSO becoming the publisher of the London Gazette, TSO continues to publish the London Gazette as a fully digitised solution.

  • 2022

    The Official Highway Code is the No.1 bestselling book on

TSO now and in the future

As publishing continues to evolve, our focus is always on quality and usability. Our solutions are underpinned by our people who provide advice, insight, innovation and reliability. Our technology enables flexibility to present information in the most user-friendly way and enables you to take advantage of future formats and channels. 

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