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Forty years a Bedfordshire business

It’s 40 years ago since the parent of Envelope Systems, T.E. Penny & Co. Ltd, moved to Sandy in Bedfordshire.
The move north in the spring of 1975 was only the second relocation in the then 42 year history of the company, founded in Holborn, central London, in 1933 as a firm of printing engineers.
The first followed the bombing of our premises during the blitz. We stayed in London throughout the war and counted the War Office and the Foreign Office among our customers.
Penny Miles, Managing Director, said: “This is a remarkable company with a remarkable history. It’s now 82 years since we started and we’ve done a few different things over that time. Survival has been tough at times but we’ve made it by being innovative, adaptable and staying focused on customers.
“Continuity is also important. We’ve only moved three times and I’m only the fourth managing director in those 82 years,“ she said. “Oh, and I haven’t finished yet,” she added.
Our third move took place last year when we changed to modern, bright new premises very close to our old Sandy factory. In the clearout, we came across this gem in one of our old wartime catalogues, from the same month Churchill became Prime Minister:
The company has been involved in the collection envelope business since the mid 1950s.
T.E. Penny and Company Ltd retains Envelope Systems as its main operation, but the company has also seen several new companies spin out from it over the years, including RBM International, another firm of printing engineers and, more recently, Fund Filer Ltd, the online service for managing Gift Aid.


published on 30 June 2015

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