We are


Complete Corporate Reporting Service

Creativity meets smart thinking and seamless logistics

Who we are

We’re a service born from the marriage between two experts in the Annual Report business.

BCR is our name for our joint venture between market-leading financial printer Black&Callow, and our highly-creative design team and communication specialists headed by creative director Matthew Gowar.

We have 20 years' experience working together helping companies with their Corporate Reporting aspirations – from conception and content, through to production and delivery, printed and online.

What we do

Conveying the best message for your company.

We offer a different approach to reporting – not the typical big agency approach, with high pricing, low flexibility, outsourced production and stock designs. We provide unrivalled flexibility, control and smart thinking from a dedicated, experienced team of Corporate Reporting professionals.

We create amazing Annual Reports

  • Help comply with the Code and related regulations
    • We keep up to date with regulations such as the new FRC Corporate Governance Code, so that we can advise you on what you need to include and the best way to do it.
  • Convey intangible aspects such as culture
    • Our experience, built over many years, helps us to translate even the most intangible aspects of your business into words and graphics to help you meet ever-evolving Governance requirements.
  • Help you with greater transparency in reporting
    • Clear, concise reporting is vital if you want to connect with your stakeholders and build trust. We take your thoughts and words and translate them into clear, concise copy and appropriate graphical treatments.
  • Steer you through the principles where there are no rules
    • Using Best Practice methods refined from experience and leading reporting resources, we help you meet the Code and other requirements in an engaging, inspiring way – even where there’s little or no formal guidance.

How ESEF affects you

New legislation from the European Securities and Market Authority (ESMA) require you to create an XBRL tagged file plus an XHTML webpage version of your report.

From the 1 January 2021, you will be required to have a digital version of your annual report that can be shown as a webpage in a format that all web browsers can read, otherwise known as XHTML.

To learn more specifics about the legislation, please look at this page.

We speak the language of machines

  • Consistently Holistic
    • We have an experienced team of designers, typesetters, and accountants that can create a holistic annual report over both print and digital mediums, with everything you need to meet requirements set by ESMA.
  • The acronym collection
    • ESEF, ESMA, XBRL, IFRS, XHTML; each needs a manual to decipher their full meaning – but we’ve already done that for you. Let us sort out the bits you don’t know about so you can get on with the stuff that you do.
  • Meeting the standards of XBRL tagging
    • We’ll concurrently transpose any print-ready or PDF-ready version of your Report and Accounts which we create through to XHTML and XBRL compliant versions, to ensure total content consistency across the board. Our XBRL tagging team run tests which are ESMA compliant – with the latest taxonomy files in the ESEF format. Our team will oversee the process, so in short we create versions legible by machines, but we are still very human in our approach.
  • For your eyes only
    • We understand the need to keep secure documents in the right hands, so rest assured that with our secure online web portal your digital report will only be accessible to you until it is complete.

Why us?

We create solutions that are bespoke to you and your company arrived at through discussion and ‘being on the same team’.

We offer an integrated service from strategy, content and design through to 24hr typesetting, edgarisation, proofing, printing, mailing, digital and online production – ensuring greater control and flexibility. We have over 20 years’ experience in international Corporate Reporting, with around-the-clock project management planning and expertise in all areas.

We can provide creative solutions to your problems

  • Friends in high places
    • We’re acknowledged experts in Corporate Reporting, from winning the Investor Relations Society’s ‘Most Improved Annual Report’ award to being invited to lead the panel on Best Practice Corporate Reporting at the Annual Company Secretary Forum organised by Thomson Reuters.
  • Depth of experience
    • We’ve been working with national and international companies on their Corporate Reporting since the 1960s. From UK FTSE 350 to AIM-listed companies, and from Euronext-listed to Middle Eastern corporates, we have the scale of resources and local knowledge to help.
  • Holistic teamwork
    • With some 35 full-time professionals across every discipline, we work together to ensure a seamless approach to your needs. Our project management team works around the clock, 24 hours a day, working hand-in-hand with creatives, copywriters and designers, and augmented by the largest in-house financial typesetting team in Europe and in-house production and mailing in London. This holistic approach means greater confidentiality,  flexibility and control.
  • Strong capability
    • Our talents aren’t just limited to Corporate Reporting. We’ve built the design side of our business through creating brands, digital and marketing for some of the most prestigious global companies; and the production side of business from working on the largest, most complex and demanding Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets deals.
  • Creative diversity
    • As part of our unique offering, we are proud of the diversity of creative projects we create solutions for, whether that’s for the Corporate world or for the Arts. Each and every project feeds back into our skillset and thought process, which we can bring to bear when proposing bespoke solutions for your needs.
  • 100% commitment
    • We won’t take on your Reporting unless we can give you 100% commitment. From undertaking extensive overnight amendments or just making last-minute alterations around the clock, to meeting impossible deadlines driven by unexpected corporate events, it’s what we do on a daily basis for the world’s leading investment banks, law firms and corporates. Our reputation is only as good as your happiness with what we can do for you.

Our team

Team Member

Tim Black

— Director


+44 (0)20 3794 1736

With over 30 years’ industry experience, Tim has led sales teams across both printed and digital platforms and his clients include leading Investment Banks, Brokers, Law Firms and Listed Companies. In the Corporate Reporting arena, Tim looks after Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, Dixons Carphone, Mothercare and numerous FTSE250 and AIM companies, applying Best Practice solutions to help them convey their best investment case. Tim sat on the Corporate Reporting Panel (alongside members of the FRC and Keller Group) at the Seventh Annual Company Secretary Forum in London, and is looking forward to participating on the panel again at the 2018 forum.

Team Member

Chris Callow

— Director


+44 (0)20 3794 1724

With over 20 years' experience, Chris specialises in managing the operational side of BlackCallowEnergy and is one of the leading project managers in the industry. His experience covers all aspects of customer service, typesetting, proofing and print production for the largest financial document transactions in the UK, including the largest ever Equity Fundraising (Lloyds Bank recapitalisation), largest ever Banking takeover (HBOS and Lloyds) and other major projects.

Team Member

Matthew Gowar

— Creative Director


+44 (0)20 3951 7677

Matthew graduated with a first class honours degree and was invited to exhibit at Britain’s Young Designers. 25 years later, he is the key point of contact for clients as he heads up BlackCallowEnergy’s design team, bringing a wealth of problem-solving and creative experience to each project.

Team Member

David Ward

— Associate Director


020 3794 1726

With over 14 years’ experience of managing complex financial documentation and virtual data room transactions, supporting numerous capital markets and M&A transactions, David’s clients include Investment Banks, Corporate Brokers, Corporate Lawyers, Private Equity Teams and PLCs.

Team Member

Tom Ireland

— Analyst


020 3794 1737

Tom graduated with a 2:1 from the University of Nottingham and went on to work abroad in Mexico, teaching English to business people and working in corporate sales. Upon returning to the UK he joined our team in the summer of 2017 as a Sales Analyst.

Team Member

Mark Shennan

— Associate Director


020 3794 1730

Mark has assisted Investment Banks, Law Firms and Corporates on their most complex M&A transactions, Main List, AIM and other overseas Exchange IPO's and Corporate Reporting in both Operations and Sales roles for over 15 years.

Team Member

Peter Duhig

— Customer Service Manager


020 3794 1720

Peter has been with us for 14 years and specialises in Domestic Corporate Finance and has handled many high-profile projects. He has a solid record of meeting critical deadlines in M&A deals, Equity and Debt Capital Market transactions, as well as Investor and Shareholder communications including Annual Reports and SEC filings. Peter also specialises in handling Insolvency & Restructuring projects.

Team Member

Michael Gallagher

— Account Manager


020 3794 1731

With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, Mike was project manager for the BP Privatisation amongst numerous other successful privatisations during his career. More recently he has been production manager on our largest transactions and covers Corporate Finance, Insolvency & Restructuring, and Corporate Reporting accounts.

Get in touch

We’d love to talk to you about how we can help.

Whether you'd like an informal discussion,
a formal proposal or just a chat about best practice, please call Tim Black on
+44 (0)20 3794 1736 or email at tim.black@blackandcallow.com

Alternatively, contact any of our team members:

+44 (0)20 3794 1720

80 Coleman Street