Our Printing History

Pepper is celebrating over 30 Years in business, scroll down to take a look at Our Printing history and how the world, and the face of print and mail, has changed in this time.

1982 – Company founded by Steve Whitford

1982

1982 – First year turnover £20,000

1982

1983 – The first compact disc goes on sale in the UK

1983

1984 – Torvill and Dean win a gold medal for ice skating at the Winter Olympics

1984

1984 – The first commercial 3D printer is invented by Charles Hull

1984

1985 – The first British mobile phone call is made (by Ernie Wise to Vodafone)

1985

1986 – Pepper move from buying type setting galleys of type to producing our own in house

1986

1986 – The first edition of The Independent is published

1986

1986 – The Today newspaper is the first to pioneer computer photosetting and full-colour offset printing

1986

1988 – The first BBC Red Nose Day raises £15m for charity

1988

1988 – First Apple Mac purchased – desktop publishing born.

1988

1989 – Sky Television begins broadcasting as the first satellite TV service in Britain.

1989

1990 – Pepper move to Langage purpose built factory 8000sq ft

1990

1990 – Stephen Hendry becomes the youngest ever world snooker champion aged 21.

1990

1991 – First Chromalin machine

1991

1992 – First brand new Heidelberg Press

1992

1992 – The Queen celebrates her Ruby Jubilee

1992

1993 – Nelson Mandela wins the Nobel Peace Prize

1993

1993 – The PDF (portable document format) is created by John Warnock at Adobe. It was initially invented to provide a way for documents to be spread throughout the company and displayed on any computer.

1993

1995 – Boxer Frank Bruno wins the WBC world heavyweight championship

1995

1995 – Computerised management information system introduced

1995

1996 – The Sex Pistols announce they will be reuniting for a 20th anniversary tour.

1996

1997 – Scientists at the Roslin Institute announce the birth of a cloned sheep named Dolly.

1997

1997 – First website launched and first email sent.

1997

1998 – The Union Jack dress worn by the Spice Girl Geri Halliwell is sold at Sotheby’s for £41,320

1998

1999 – The term ‘From Web to Print’ is coined by Jim Frew to describe the practice of doing print business using websites.

1999

1999 – Pepper brand launched as a different approach to print and mail

1999

1999 – The Euro currency is launched.

1999

2001 – Move to Science Park 14,000sq ft purpose built factory

2001

2001 – The iPod was introduced by Apple on October 23rd

2001

2002 – BBC FOUR launches on the 2nd March

2002

2003 – England are rugby world champions after defeating Australia 20-17

2003

2004 – Social networking site Facebook is launched

2004

2005 – Pepper take over the running of a local mailing firm

2005

2005 – YouTube is created by three former PayPal employees. The following year it is bought by Google for U$1.65billion.

2005

2005 – First digital colour press is installed at Pepper

2005

2006 – Twitter is created by Jack Dorsey

2006

2007 – Phase 2 build at Pepper HQ to accommodate mailing house; 30,000sq ft print and mail supersite created

2007

2007 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is released and sells over 11 million copies in the first 24 hours, becoming the fastest selling book in history.

2007

2008 – ISO Quality & Environmental Management System introduced at Pepper

2008

2008 – Heidelberg XL105 B1 press installed at Pepper

2008

2008 – Barack Obama is elected the 44th President of the United States, and becomes the first African-American President-elect

2008

2009 – The closure of Woolworths is completed across the UK

2009

2010 – Pepper are awarded Environmental Printer of the Year BPIF (BAPC)

2010

2011 – Around two billion people watch the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey in London

2011

2011 – Pepper becomes a Royal Mail strategic partner and launches “Mail Made Easy”

2011

2012 – Pepper turnover reaches £4.5m with 35 full time staff

2012

2012 – 30th Anniversary rebrand launched with excitement at Pepper HQ

2012

2015 – By 2015 mobile web will take hold around the world. By 2015, the number of mobile browsers will start to eclipse desktop browsers

2015

2015 and beyond – Digital Watermarking bridges the gap between print and digital

2015

2015 and beyond – High quality digital print simply gets better and better

2015

2043 – Driven by a desire for success and growth, Director Jude Whitford remains at the helm for another 30 years.

2043

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