In common with most people this lock down period has enabled us to tidy those areas of the house we never knew existed, and our business archive is no exception.
We found our first order book for June 1975 when Tammy Wynette with Stand by Your Man was no 1 in the singles charts. It was the year that David Beckham was born, the first episode of Fawlty Towers was broadcast on BBC 2 and Margaret Thatcher became the first female leader of the Conservative Party! It got us feeling quite nostalgic and reminiscent!
Then, skimming through the book we came across the 1977 order from United Biscuits for a potato store at Grimsby which was our first major order and literally established the Penmann business. What is even more pleasing is that they are still a customer today, with KP, now part of Intersnack and McVitie’s, part of Pladis.
We must be doing many things right. Also noticed on the same page orders from Rowntree Mackintosh who are now part of Nestlé- and we are still working with them as well.
Long gone are the days when we recorded orders in a physical book, but there’s something that’s real and tangible about the way we used to do things. By the way, the Penmann archives also contain hard copy records, drawings and documents relating to practically every job we’ve ever delivered. Useful when a customer mislays a manual or needs us to upgrade their systems.
Anyway, back to the present and looking ahead to positive growth in our business communities, and good health and wellbeing for all.