We are the nation’s leading supplier of envelopes for use with Gift Aid. Many millions are bought each year by thousands of churches and charities across the UK and Europe.

At heart we are a small team operating from our factory at Sandy in Bedfordshire with friendly, family style values, offering a similarly friendly service. We may be small in size, but we’re big on commitment, at times requiring us to stand up for our customers, especially with Government.

We’re like this because we care, a value that has been constant in all our operations in the 88 years we have been in business.

The History of Envelope Systems

1933 The business is founded

As Britain emerges from The Great Depression, T.E. Penny & Co starts out in business as a partnership between two printing engineers,...

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1940 The Blitz

The War Office becomes a customer as Penny and Company continues trading throughout the blitz, despite being bombed out of its workshops...

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1944 We incorporate

In May 1944, with the war still on and plenty of work to do, the business incorporates under company number 387300 at...

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1958 The start of collection envelopes

The company begins its association with numbered, dated collection envelopes when it becomes printing engineers for Colonel Louis G. Wells, an American...

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1977 Envelope Systems is born

Envelope Systems is born as an operation within T.E. Penny & Co. Ltd after the retirement of Colonel Wells. Our first customer...

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1998 We appeal for VAT zero rating

Envelope Systems takes its first stand in protecting customers’ interests and appeals to Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise, as it was known...

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2000 Britain’s first Gift Aid envelope is launched

Britain’s first, and still its favourite, Gift Aid envelope is launched on 06 April 2000 to coincide with the new Gift Aid...

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2008 Fund Filer is born

Fund Filer, our online service for managing Gift Aid and making repayment claims, is born. Years ahead of its time, it becomes...

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2012 Colour printing begins

Colour printing begins at Envelope Systems. Beautiful colour designs are produced in-house for the first time as the market for bespoke Gift...

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2015 Holding HMRC to account again...

Envelope Systems finds itself arguing with HMRC again, this time about a harsh deadline for adopting new Gift Aid declaration wording, which...

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2016 National champions for corporate social responsibility

Envelope Systems scoops the national championship for Corporate Social Responsibility for crossing swords with HMRC on behalf of customers. It beats a...

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2018 A new envelope for springy banknotes

The first envelope to take the new springy ‘polymer’ bank notes flat is introduced, still incorporating our hugely popular tear off strip...

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2019 In Memoriam

Envelope Systems joins the National Association of Funeral Directors as a supplier member after developing a Gift Aid envelope style specially for...

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2020 Our first corporate action in nearly 80 years!

T.E. Penny & Co. Ltd finally has to change its name to Envelope Systems Ltd, such does modern legislation around identity and...

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2021 Our new website

As Envelope Systems emerges from the coronavirus pandemic, it launches this lovely new website! Improved e-commerce and many other back-end efficiencies are...

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