About Us

Welcome to Leaders Paper Merchants, a family run business established in 1900 as wholesaler, agent and distributor.

Our product lines include bags, carriers and packaging and an extensive stock of catering accessories and disposables.

We also stock a wide range of barware, catering appliances, chefswear, glassware, kitchenware, tableware, stationery, cleaning & hygiene products.

Here at Leaders we always look to offer you advice and solutions for all your business needs and requirements, supplying an extensive range of products to help improve efficiency whilst reducing cost, wastage and an impact on the environment.

Sourced from the leading manufacturers, we offer competitive prices on products from suppliers such as Rubbermaid, Whites, Samsung, Olympia and Churchill. We supply kitchens, public bars, cafes, take-away shops, bakers, butchers, restaurants, hotels, schools and local authorities with a wide range of equipment and sundries. A wide selection of the products is shown online and we invite you to browse through our products.

With over 120 years experience we have built an excellent reputation and knowledge which enables us to provide guidance on the most cost effective and successful products which helps us to provide a quality consistent professional service, we are able to react to the changing market requirements and individual customer needs.

Although we understand the changing pattern of shopping we are still very passionate about supporting our local high street shops.

As everyone knows how important our high streets are to towns and cities across Britain.

“They’re the heart of our local community”.

Our excellent team of staff are highly trained and experienced in your products to offer advice & suggestions to receive customer satisfaction guaranteed.

Based in Middlesbrough the warehouse and shop is open to the trade and public and our warehouse stocks large amounts of almost all of our products and can be delivered Free to you using our own vehicles across the North East, North Yorkshire and Nationwide. You can also order from our reliable national courier network (though this may incur additional charges).

Contact us for more information or to order any of our quality goods.

Our History

George Leader first established this family business in 1900, selling anything from old cloth to waste paper. During the Second World War, the business at Lower Gosford Street was run by Albert, one of George’s three sons, and a move to Fleetham Place in Middlesbrough was made.

Albert’s sons, Peter and Albert, carried on the family tradition and saw the business flourish through the sixties, selling paper, polythene and packaging. In 1973 they moved to the existing warehouse in Stockton Street where Leaders still remains. The business is now in its fourth generation owned by Mark and Helen Leader and their family the fifth generation, and is at the forefront of the industry.

With over 120 years of experience and a belief in “guaranteed customer satisfaction”, our staff are dedicated to meeting your business requirements – it is the key to our professional service and develops the best business relationships with our customers.