After a little research, he realises that none of the cases on the market offer any real protection for his Psion’s delicate screen and a startlingly obvious idea occurs to him. Over a pint of beer he explains to university friend and fellow climber, Mike Coombes, that what the world needs is a hard case for the Psion. He really is a clumsy fellow that Monson, but thankfully he had the insight to realise that lots of other people out there probably were too.
Mike’s family is in manufacturing so he knows a fair bit about what’s needed and after a few more pints the talk turns to plastic injection moulding… well we’ve all had evenings like that, haven’t we?
April 1997 — Mike and Guy officially register PalmTec as a company, producing what was then the “only hard case for the Psion”. Designed in the UK, manufactured in Asia and offering better protection than the competition, PalmTec’s first product defined the practical approach that is at the heart of Proporta to this day.
March 1998 — The first delivery of two thousand Psion cases arrive leaving Mike, Guy and Amanda (there had to be a female influence in there somewhere), with what seemed like a mountain of products to sell.
Traditionally the trio might have bought champagne, but instead they opt for a celebratory bungee jump (on the basis that, unlike a fat lunch, it would provide some adrenaline-based impetus to their embryonic marketing and sales operation - it’s been tea and sandwiches over the keyboard ever since).
With no proper office, customer phone orders and enquiries are answered by all the family and friends Mike and Guy can muster. If you were an American customer calling late in your afternoon and left with the impression that all Brits are dopey, that’s probably because you’d just woken up Mike’s Dad in the middle of the night when he’d forgotten to switch off the divert.
May 1999 — The boys move from working out of their bedrooms, to their first official office, in Mike’s Dad’s Coventry-based metal plating company.
July 1999 — The launch of the Pod Case (for the Psion S5) and Shell case (Psion Revo) goes down a storm and the Postman struggles to get out of the door.
January 2000 - Guy breaks his pelvis skiing (didn’t we say he was clumsy?) and Mike steps in to deal with the emergency, instantly delivering a laptop computer to Guy’s hospital bed and ensuring that he is able to send and receive his email. (It’s been rumoured that Mike even asked Guy if he was OK, but that email has never been recovered).
March 2000 — As Palm increase their market share in the UK, PalmTec launches Scribble to cater for the new tablet-based PDA market.
October 2000 — Mike and Amanda move from Coventry and Guy from London to an office in Brighton on the south coast of England. Mike and Guy employ Simon Miller as their IT “department”, which consists of a PC, keyboard, monitor and Simon, neatly laid out on the floor of their new office (which has yet to invest in furniture). Guy and Mike sleep on Amanda’s floor for six weeks and, after six long months, she eventually manages to turf them out.
November 2000 — Sam “Preston” graces the warehouse with his presence for a while, later to shoot to semi-famedom as the lead singer of the Ordinary Boys. Most of the rest of the band work for PalmTec at some point part time doing assembly work. Some even say that their experience of working in the growing dispatch department makes an appearance in one or two of his lyrics…
May 2002 — PalmTec and Scribble rebrand as Proporta — the name is derived from the two words ‘professional’ and ‘portable’.
July 2002 — Proporta launches its first metal product, an Aluminium Case for the popular Palm V device, and it goes down a storm.
March 2003 — Proporta vous présente son site entièrement en français (the French version of the Proporta website is launched)… to cries of ‘mon dieu’ and ‘sacre bleu’ in Paris - probably.
November 2003 — Proporta launches its trademark Aluminium Lined Leather Case, bringing the company’s characteristic of improved protection to a traditional, hand crafted leather case, in a product whose popularity has increased steadily over the years.
July 2003 — Following the popular launch of the French website, Proporta goes international and opens sites for Spanish, Portuguese, German and Italian speaking regions.
August 2003 — With the Directors both out of site, Proporta staff are let loose with the company Credit Card and rack up an eye-watering bar bill among a small number of them during a determined drinking session in the local pub. To their disappointment the ‘credit card in the pub, Directors elsewhere’ experiment is never repeated. :(
September 2003 — A lovely customer visits the office and upon departure walks through a glass door - Inspector Clouseau style. As blood gushes everywhere Mike has a near heart attack and prepares to be sued. Thankfully it all turns out fine in the end. Both the customer and the company survive the incident, and Mike’s blood pressure resumes at a normal(ish) level.
October 2003 — Proporta launches its first ever Silicone Case, bringing slim, lightweight protection to mobile devices.
December 2003 — Sees the arrival of the retractable cable.
January 2004 — Proporta, bursting at the seams and breaching a number of regulations and laws of common sense, moves from its Victorian period office in Brighton to a modern three storey building in Hove.
March 2004 — Proporta proudly launches its Crystal Case — precision moulded in tough, impact resistant polycarbonate.
May 2004 — The year of weddings… Mike and Tink get married.
September 2004 — And Amanda and Russ get married.
September 2005 — Proporta branches out into the world of Game.
October 2005 — Proporta Paintball Trip: Mike gets shot in the ear and cries for the Marshall only to realise that the gunman is none other than fellow director, Guy, who denies that the attack was the result of years of pent-up aggression.
December 2005 — The first Proporta baby is born and Amanda introduces her to the team… hello Amelie. :)
January 2006 — Getting too big for their boots again, Proporta moves from its not-so-old home in Hove to a bigger business park on the South Downs overlooking Brighton.
January 2006 — Mike and Guy remortgage their own homes to cover costs until a major reseller payment is received. Luckily the reseller pays before Mike’s wife finds out.
January 2006 — Our in-house designer, Danny Barnes, extends his creativity by appearing on Celebrity Big Brother alongside one-time PalmTec dispatcher, Sam Preston.
August 2006 — Proporta turns vegetarian (momentarily) and launch the leather alternative, Classic Case.
September 2006 — Proporta’s dual skin silicone cases are launched, adding still better protection and a range of user-changeable colour options.
October 2006 — The Mobile Device Charger is born and goes on to win loads of awards for being simply brilliant.
November 2006 — The Lateral Case is launched and sinks without trace because it takes too long to produce for the relentless and fast-moving mobile device industry.
December 2006 — Only now do the boys decide to throw a Christmas party (must be because of that bar incident back in August 03). Complete with Gluvein, shortbread and lots of Tuaca.
December 2006 (the following day) — The Proporta team realises (for possibly the first and only time) the good sense of Mike and Guy’s decision making and, specifically, the decision not to have previously had a Christmas party involving Gluvein and Tuaca.
February 2007 — Proporta designs and manufactures a silicone case for the head honchos at Sony to coincide with the release of the Spiderman 3 film.
February 2007 — We hold a “wear a tie to work” day in respect of the loss of Maxim’s dog, Lollipop. RIP.
March 2007 — Mike splashes out and buys the office a two litre teapot — new urinals are installed in the toilet.
May 2007 — Proporta’s football team, the Slinkies, are promoted to Division One.
June 2007 — The Alu-Crystal Case and Sheepskin Case are born.
July 2007 — Our first annual sports day is called off due to bad weather and the Proporta team spend the rest of their “summer” staring out of a rain drenched window, bat and ball in hand. This is why Australia wins everything.
July 2007 — Mike and Guy's jointly owned Proporta-mobile (Rover 214 car) dies (shortly to be followed by the Rover company itself) and is replaced with a much camper version in aquamarine blue — nice.
August 2007 — The Proporta team heads off to the Wye Valley for a weekend of camping, canoeing and argument-watching (thank you Simon and Elena for the entertainment). Proporta considers a ban on relationships between staff but rejects it on the grounds that the Simon-Elena arguments boosted morale.
August 2007 — Guy begins what we suspect to be his midlife crisis and makes some questionable purchases, notably the bright red wallet (may it also RIP).
September 2007 — The Mobile Device Charger gives birth to a younger, smaller model — the Mobile Device Charger - Micro.
Proporta manufactures cases for Ted Baker to coincide with the launch of the iPhone.
The Proporta Mobile Survival Kit wins an award for "Best Accessory" in the PDA Essentials Awards 2007. Lynnette and Hannah travel to London's BAFTA Theatre to retreive the award on the company's behalf!
The Mini Mod, Shine and Edge Cases are all launched. Phew.
Instead of sending Christmas cards we decide to buy lots of school dinners for some kids who could really do with them and send a farmer (on behalf of our friends at Dixons) a goat.
The Christmas party consists of just a few of the team down the local while their co-workers suffer at home with the leurgy.
Proporta launch the Dual Skin Silicone Case.
The Mobile Device Charger’s mantelpiece starts to wobble as it wins yet another award from Italian publication, Il Mio Palmare.
Amanda buys the office some recyclable pens made from paper (and which make really good pea shooters). Guy loses about three a week — probably to Mike. Mike and Guy also treat the team to Easter Eggs to say thanks for all their hard work. Yum.
The Echo Mirror Screen Protector is launched.
The second Proporta baby is born (hello Archie) and the girls flock to greet him when he and dad, Gary, visit for the day.
Proporta celebrate their 12th Birthday (and no doubt will try to swipe the company credit card again). :o)
Chloe, a long-serving valued member of the Proporta team finally found herself a new job and has consequently left, leaving a big hole in all our hearts :o(
Hiran, our top dog in Sri Lanka comes to stay for 3 weeks to see what we all get up to in the UK office.
Ida, Hannah and Marta travel to the Apple store in London to promote our iPhone products at the 3G iPhone launch.
Another Proporta baby is born, this time Diego is the daddy. Introducing Rio JR Alcacer. What a cutie!!
The new range of iPods were launced on the 9th Sept. Proporta, speedy as usual have all their accessories ready and on the shelves.
Mike, Debbie, Hannah and Gary all attended the St. John's Ambulance Course to prepare themselves for any uncertainties that may occur in the office (touch wood they don't!). We now have 4 fully pledged First Aiders in the house.
Hannah and Marta attend the T3 Gadget Awards 2008 at The Intercontinental Hotel, Park Lane, London. They also managed to get snapped with James Nesbitt, the host for the evening - well done girls!
Proporta launch the new brand to all the employees one Friday at the beginning of November. All very exciting and we even got to leave work early.
That same evening, Proporta head into Brighton for a few drinks to celebrate the new brand. Most of the evening was on Guy and Mike as well - not bad. The state of the office the following Monday morning surprises us all with it's fresh new look - the odd lime green flash here and there, our own little baby pics up on the wall, and our own little individual cacti waiting for us on our desks.
It's the Proporta Christmas party and the office head out to go paintballing (in the freezing cold). [Top tip: Use Proporta's Mobile Device Cleaner (Screen Cleaner) as your secret weapon for steam free goggles]. It ws a fun filled day followed by more fun and frolicks in a pub in Brighton to celebrate Christmas in style - with a few drinks of course.
We all say our farewells to Amanda, our longest running member of the Proporta team, who worked for the company for about 9 and a half years. Wow, what an achievement. We all wish her hearty congratulations as she has also announced that she is pregnant. We all love a new born baby in this office, so can't wait for her to come visit.
Mike introduces us to Darwin - our very own Proporta puppy. Look how cute he is..... We're gonna try and make him not be too much of a distraction - but we'll see how that goes.
April 23rd sees our 13th birthday. We celebrated by giving the world 15% off. Our Sri Lankan office celebrated with cake.
Apple releases their third iPhone, the iPhone 3GS. As always Proporta is fully prepared and our new range is released and very well received.
And only a few months later the new Apple 5G iPod nano is launched along with a new version of the iPod touch, and we are on hand with accessories to suit every kind of user.
Five months after we welcomed our first Proporta puppy to the team, we have another one to keep us entertained. Meet Toffee, Jenny's new pup who'll be our office dog no. 2 (Have to say no. 2 or Darwin'll get jealous). She's a labradoodle, fluffy and adorable.
Following Proporta co-Director, Guy Monson’s, plummet towards some very pointy rocks back in 2008, Lynnette (our Marketing Manager) decided she’d give it a go on the first anniversary. See the video here
The HTC Hero is launched and Proporta introduce a new style of case to their mix. The Mizu Shell was born and has proved to be very very popular. Watch out for this case for forthcoming devices.
Hannah's family dog Mazy came to stay for a while and was kept very busy with lots of things to do. As you can see typing is her main forte...
Brighton saw a huge dumping of snow this December - we even got a snow day. It was all very exciting as it doesn't happen often this far down south.
The Proporta team participated in a huge snow ball fight, the same day as our work Christmas party, as another massive dumping of snow occured. After this crazy behaviour, we all travelled to Hampton Court to go ice skating. Much fun was had by all, even by Annaliza, who practically broke her nose as she touched the ice. The evening was spent out in town enjoying a good ol' knees up.
Yet another doggy was added to the Proporta family. Debbie's kids' Chrimbo present was a new puppy called Guido. Look at that Dopey face...
Happy new year and back to the drawing board. Apple announce their new tablet, the iPad and everyone is hard at work to get products set up and ready to go.
Guy attended CES this year. Apart from enjoying the bright lights of Vegas he discoverd lots of new interesting devices and made some great new contacts.
Similarly, Mike and Chris attended Distree this year in Monaco and apart from those two living it up there for the best part of a week, they also made some extremely useful new contacts, and Chris has been frantically busy in the office ever since. Good work guys.
Leo and Brad came over from our manufacturers to pay us a visit, which was very lovely to see them as we don't get to see them often.
Everyone is busy in the office getting ready for something new and exciting coming our way in May... watch this space.
April Fools Day came around again, and yet again Proporta came out with a very foolish product. The USB TurboCharger (Auto Edition) could have been a huge success... as so many people fell for it. Ha ha.
Rosie Swaffer, our new Marketing Manager joined us after Easter. She's fitting in very well and always has a smile on her face even though she is naturally being overloaded with information. The one downside of starting a new job.
Proporta celebrates another birthday. We turned 14 years old on the 23rd April, a special day shared with the famous St. George. We celebrated by offering our customers 15% discount all day plus the first 10 customers that ordered received a present from us and will continue to do so every year on their birthdays. What a cracking deal.
Proporta Smart is launched, our new eco range. This is a huge step for Proporta and a great opportunity to show the world what sort of company we strive to be and the steps we've put in place already.
Apple release the iPad, their first Netbook, and of course Proporta is ready with our new range of accessories. What a huge success this one has turned out to be. No surprises there then.
The iPhone 4 is born, and much like the iPad, Proporta has products up on the website the very same day. All available for pre-order of course, much like the iPhone 4 itself. Well, they always seem to get it right.
It's not just us who think we've created a pretty nifty little case for your iPad, as part of our Smart range - it's also been given a MacWorld Editor's Choice Award for best iPad case. Praised for its green appeal, but also its rather dashing style, and the way that it cunningly turns into a stand.
Alejandra (or Alex as we call her for ease) started as the new marketing exec for Spain and France, Chris joined the team as customer service rep and finally Eva (nicknamed Elfi) started as the new sales support executive. So we have three lovely new members on the team who have all slotted in perfectly.
Marketing hit their affiliate sales target, mainly due to Marta's French affiliates, and consequently the marketing team got taken out for a nice Italian lunch on the Marina (cheers Marta).
Alex went back to her home, Paris, for a few days and got married to her English gentleman in true Parisian style
Hiran had a baby - well, his wife did really - a lovely Sadevnirvan, and we can't wait for Hiran and Nilushi to bring him to the office. Congratulations!
Following the success of the Turbochargers 1200 and 3400, Proporta launched the Turbocharger 5000 and the Turbocharger backpack.
Once again the marketing team hit their monthly target, thanks to Marta's magic mostly, and will be taken out for a meal out again.
The new Ted Baker collection for iPhone 4 is launched! Guy, Chris, Alex and Marta met journalists to introduce the new line and to answer their questions at the House of Fraser of Oxford Circus in London for this important event. Champagne to celebrate!
Proporta is proud to announce a new partnership with the famous fashion brand Quiksilver, followed by the launch of a new vibrant collection of cases for men and women, created with the Quiksilver young spirit in mind.
After 2 years in UK Hiran is going back to Sri Lanka, where he will continue to be "The Amazon Hero" but we couldn't let him go without a proper leaving party!
Also, Sarah has joined us, welcome to the Proporta team Sarah!
The new iPad 2 is released. Proporta is excited for the launch of its new line of accessories.
Stephanie has joined Proporta as the new customer service and marketing representative for Germany. Welcome on board Steph!
We'd like to welcome two new baby girls to the Proporta family, Sheliya and Grace! Congratulations to our two new daddies Sanjeev and Scott! We can't wait to meet the girls.
Proporta is at Medpi in Monaco. Chris, JP and Marta had the opportunity to meet several companies and show Proporta's accessories. Of course, they had the chance to have a look at Montecarlo!
Sean says “goodbye” to Proporta and takes up a new role just minutes from his home. Perfect. Well for him it is anyway :)
Lynnette went to Hong Kong and China to visit Nakama
Sungmin from London College of Fashion started with us for a couple of weeks work experience and brought a very fine selection of teas with her!
Neil Moore (Business Development in France) joined and is very partial to the posh side of life having been in France for the past 2 decades or so and owns 10 sofas. And houses to go with them.
iPhone 4S launch - a very busy time for the Products and Marketing departments
Staff trip and so we all went off to Wales.. Now what fun that was. Kayaking on the river Wye was not necessarily the most tranquil of afternoons (please don't picture us sipping champagne and nibbling on strawberries – although Debbie did thanks to her kayak partner, Graham). Some of the team decided to drink whiskey half way along, pull ashore and then ambush the highly esteemed directors of the company. It would have been a great idea if they had, however, checked the depth of the water first as the main protagonists received their just deserts by ending up to their necks in freezing water. Oh well. What fun. Especially Mike Coombes screaming about his bloomin' cashmere jumper. The night passed in a haze of tuaca and bbq fumes and almost ended with Darwin throwing himself on the fire in fright (nice work Guy and your Chinese firecrackers)!! We all returned to Brighton safe, but most definitely NOT sound the next day.
October 2011 - And we have finally got a new eCommerce Marketing Manager, huge welcome to Nick Hill who is here now to offer guidance and support to our lovely marketing department. Guy went to HK to the HKTrade Show.
November 2011 - Andrea has introduced our Quiksilver range to her compatriots in Brazil and Brazilian customers can now purchase our products locally.
December 2011 - The team had their Christmas party on the 23rd December in the office. Now, this may sound like it would be a little of a tame affair but oh no not at Proporta! We had cocktails (thanks to Diego, who shakes a mean margharita) and smoked salmon on bread. Very elegant. That changed when the lot of us when to the Hope to drink and be very merry (some more than others). The last day at work was …... well.... interesting.
But all good things do come to an end and with the goodbye to 2011 came a goodbye to the inimitable Chris Casson. Goodbye and good luck and you will be missed.
2012 - January
Max, Chris and Lynnette went to Las Vegas for CES where they made some excellent contacts, saw sneak previews of the latest mobile tech, lost at least $25 each and almost met Ludacris.
However this is all secondary to the discovery that our Mr Herovitsch has an almost schoolboy-like crush on the one and only Jennifer Anniston (at least he's got good taste we suppose). Apparently on the long flight over there he watched three of her films back to back. Imagine the time he would have had if he'd been flying to Australia!!
Nick White sadly left us to take up life as an academic at Durham University. We missed him terribly until the lovely Chris Hayes came along and was a balm to our hurt. Welcome Chris (we always do so well in the IT department)
Jenny Bloomhill left us after 3 years, saying goodbye to the UK and returned to her home in Zimbabwe. Well done Jenny. She was replaced (but not forgotten) by Julia McTernan who is settling in really fast.
Jitender Sokhy started end of January
Lynnette and Chris at Distree in Monaco drumming up lots of interest from international distribution partners from Russia to Italy and many countries in between .
Staff trip to the Juggs walking over the Downs. Unfortunately, Max, Lynnette, Graham and Ben got lost (OK the rest of us forgot about them) and during the ensuing stumbling over the Downs, Graham fell on his backside. Not a happy boy. Then the remainder of the team went off to the HOPE for tuacas and dancing. What a great initiation that was into Proporta life for Jitender and Viki. Oh and Debbie fell asleep on the train and ended up in Cooden Beach. No batteries in her phone and NO TURBOCHARGER – what a div.
Stephie and Ben got engaged 11th February
Gary Robinson left to work for St John's Ambulances Mike left on his sabbatical and got a champagne cork in the eye Neil broke his chair and tumbled to the ground. In slow motion.
Almost the entire cast of Proporta went to the Black Fields' gig at the Hope (yes, this really is a popular watering hole for everyone). Brilliant night out with Sam (IT) djing too. Good stories to tell on Monday!!!
Lynnette visits the "Mother Ship" at Infinite Loop and geeks out on it for the next few weeks, months (and probably years) to come. Lynnette and Victoria (PR) attend Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to entertain some journalist folk and see which new devices are hitting the market for 2012.
Our Amazon ES store opened in March.
Graham surprises George by asking her to marry her and (only once accepted of course), whisks her off to Venice. We really like his style.
Mike waves a temporary farewell to Proporta as he prepares to disappear to Wales. Now, in good style he almost went on his weary way blinded in one eye after Debbie popped a champagne cork in his direction. To be fair, she did give him warning to look out but then pointed it at him anyway and Mike (usually pretty nifty on his feel for his age) reacted far too slowly. A few of the Proporta team passed out with laughter.
Leo and Brad came over for meetings and had a pretty tough time of it in back to back meetings. BUT, we all went off for an afternoon's paintballing in the rain. Perfect trip for some staff bonding and frustration release!
Kick off meeting where the PEC impressed us with their business acumen then whisked us all off to the pub where a good time was had by all the Hope!!
We opened our eBay store in Germany
Debbie and Stephie cooked a delicious meal for the staff at Proporta in aid of the PEF. We all had full and content tummies. Oh and £70 was raised for our charity too!
Sanjeev came over to the UK for his first taste of British culture. So of course, what does Proporta do??? Take him to an authentic country pub to test the ale and what did he drink – Bailey's!! (bleurgh)
Iain Murphy (Production Manager) and Sian (Junior Designer Whizz-Kid) join the Product Development team.
Our collaboration with National Gallery results in Proporta made cases being available in the National Gallery store in Central London
Summer 2012 - Proporta goes Apple US : The Olympic wave of excitement extends to Apple in the US, who feature our Country Flag Cases for an Olympic promotion during the summer months.
Summer 2012 - NafNaf range being launched with retail stores in France and Switzerland, Neil is suitably pleased.
The reseller team keeps growing an Maciek and Pierre join the team. Summer 2012
Lynnette performs in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the "London 2012 Olympics Opening and Closing...as a cast volunteer drummer under the direction of Danny Boyle and Rick Smith and gets snapped in OK! Magazine almost doing the naughty to Victoria Beckham.
Meet Rufus, the new Proporta pup.
Apple bring in some new family members (you may have heard) which we're simply delighted to be covering.
Team Proporta "Goes Ape" and then camping and then nurses quite a few hangovers resulting in Chris Hayes baking us all the "Brioche of Shame" for delivery first thing Monday morning.
October 2012 - Proporta looks on with pride as the first Waterstones Kindle device accessories hit the shelves.
The warehouse team are busy as usual handling another big shipment for Ted Baker and Harrods.
In order to raise some funds for our beloved Proporta Education Foundation (PEF) and to have a bit of fun at the same time, we had a “Fright Night”. Well it is just after Hallowe'en isn't it? There was some good spicy food then the team settled down on the sofa, chairs, on the floor wrapped in duvets or snuggled up to Darwin for protection (he was a little scared we have to admit), to watch The Shining. There were a few wide-eyed faces on exit from the building – in the deep, dark night. Woooooooo
Nick and Sam went to visit our Sri Lanka office and spend some time with the team there. They were also fortunate to attend the PEF inauguration ceremony for the new intake of students that Proporta will support throughout their entire education.
This is one of our busiest month's but we still found time for a “Christmas Jumper Day” and yes, you've guessed it, we all had to wear the cheesiest and naffest Christmas jumpers ever. Debbie cooked a huge pot of chilli and we raised £80 towards the Proporta Education Foundation (PEF) for the dubious pleasure of eating it.
For our Christmas event, we went to the Brighton Pavilion for ice-skating and then to a cool pub in Brighton for a good ol' knees up.
Sadly, we had to say goodbye to our lovely Warehouse Manager, Michael, who decided to travel down under to get some sunshine. Can't blame him really.
Everyone was refreshed and still jolly after a nice break and getting back to work went pretty smoothly. Chris, Max and Lynnette however, flew over the pond to the USA for the Consumer Eelectronics Show and then further meetings with Sony and Apple.
We also welcomed Stephen, our new Warehouse Manager. He is settling in very nicely and is already making some positive changes to the warehouse. On 30th January we had a no-swearing day all in aid of the Proporta Education Foundation (PEF) and because the majority of Proportians are foul-mouthed, a total of £70 was raised in 8 HOURS!!!
We finally added to our ever-busy IT team with Dan, our new and very helpful Help Desk administrator. And you know what, he's great!
We lost (temporarily) two of our lovely team, Sarah and Sam, who traveled to our Sri Lankan office for three weeks where they immersed themselves in lots of IT and CS work and the daily routine over there, including being summoned by a gong to afternoon tea!!! We have got to introduce this civilized habit to our UK office.
Chris and Neil went to Distree for the week commencing the 18th February, which they spent effectively speed dating with potential distributors with great success. Well done for charming lots of potentials chaps!!! Our Head of Sales, Chris Herovitsch went to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where he made some very interesting contacts. Unfortunately he only went for a day so couldn't see the Barcelona vs Real Madrid game on the same night!
Waterstones ran a competition where their customers designed a case and the winning designs will go into production. AND, the lucky winners also got the opportunity to visit Proporta HQ for a day at the end of February to see where the magic happens.