history in the making

John Letts forever changed the way we record personal history.

Letts Group has an extraordinary history going back to 1796 when John Letts opened a store and publishing business in the city of London. In 1812 he invented the first commercial diary. 225 years later the family is still innovating.

Today we are a branded incubator group run by Philip Letts, the 7th generation of the eponymous diary family. He is supported by Anthony Letts. Together they are modernising and diversifying the group while nurturing the 8th generation.

Did you know that in the 1800’s we also printed interest tables, specialist clerical and medical diaries, calendars, parliamentary registers, ledgers, and logbooks. It was not long before we added address books.

Our values are no different today; family, sustainability, quality, innovation and integrity..

Letts History

We invented the first commercial diary in 1812.

John Letts

Letts diaries used by politicians, writers, inventors, industrialists and generals.

Queen Victoria used a Letts diary

In the 1980’s we launched Letts Revise including GCSE and A’level revision guides.

Anthony Letts

In the 1990’s we organised the Exhibition of Pompei in London and launched Gianni Versace in the UK.

In the 2000’s we largely divested paper based products and the twenty first century Letts Group was born. We invested in digital media and developed our incubator which today focuses on Media-as-a-Service, environmental projects and innovation in the arts sector.

Our incubator has also helped partner companies to successfully develop a Web currency, a smartphone desktop system, an international artists network and a creative services marketplace.

We are just at the beginning of the new Letts Group’s journey. We hope you will join us.

Letts Group

a brighter future