1988 was notable for many reasons. The Iron Curtain began to fall and took with it the Soviet Union. In sport, Ayrton Senna won his first Formula 1 title. Edwina Currie made a speech about salmonella that suggested she did not have shares in any egg production companies.
Less well documented is that 1988 also marked the inception of Datum. Clearly hipsters ahead of their time, the company founders, Alan Willis and Eddie Allum chose Shoreditch to set up business offering trade lithographic planning and platemaking services to local printers. They also showed a keen eye for talent spotting by recruiting the then relatively-unknown Mark Gamble as their first employee.
Fast forward 30 years and plenty has changed. Mark is now Managing Partner alongside Scott Pearce – himself a 29-year veteran of the organisation. Like most businesses of such longevity, it’s safe to say it’s been a journey. From the launch of our design studio, to the install of our first ever Mac (a Power Mac 8100 for the nerdier amongst you), the introduction of Large Format Printing, all the way through to a complete digital service offering – we even managed to fit in a couple of moves including the one to the current offices in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.
Plenty of changes – from technologies through to haircuts. But, also some constancies. Not least the dedication to treating every client as an individual, taking time to understand their challenges and objectives and crafting bespoke solutions that consistently go above and beyond their expectations.
Whether you need a helping hand with print or digital production, design and artwork support or assistance with creating attention-grabbing point of sale, we’ve got all that covered and much more.
We’re are already looking forward to the next 30 years of delivering innovative solutions for our amazing clients and have been investing heavily to insure we are well-placed to do so. If you’d like to find out about the breadth and depth of our services and solutions, or just want to reminisce about Wimbledon beating Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final, then give us a call on 01707 251222 or drop us a note at [email protected]