What were you doing in 1981? Bucks Fizz were winning the Eurovision with Making Your Mind Up in their Velcro skirts. Prince Charles married Lady Diana and we all had street parties.
Back in Cornwall meanwhile, a new business was getting started. Initially known as Kerrier Computer Services (after the local county area), later shortened to KCS, it’s first premises was a farm outbuilding and supplied payslips, listing paper, printer ribbons and floppy discs.
40 years on and KCS is now Forms Plus Ltd. We no longer sell floppy discs, but we do have a wide range of packaging products. Who knows what else will be included by the time we hit 80?
The company itself is not the only part of Forms Plus that is long established. Our loyal workforce has always been at the heart of our business’s success and we have some serious long service to celebrate! Victoria Andrews, our MD, joined the business as an Office Administrator back in 1990 and became a Director and Shareholder in 2002. Jo Carter, our Finance Director was not far behind, joining as an Accounts Assistant in 1996. Jo became a Director in 2012, when she and Victoria completed a management buyout and took over the company.
Working in a technology-led field, we have always needed to be ready to flex and innovate. Our initial product range changed radically when dot matrix printers were phased out and replaced by laser and thermal printing. Later on, as the dot com boom kicked in, we changed again to support the needs of e-commerce. With the massive growth in online shopping over the past 12 months, we have quickly evolved even further, refining our offer and developing a more eco-friendly range to meet the growing demand for sustainable print and packaging products.
Looking back over 40 years in business, there is a lot to be proud of. For our customers, we continue our mission to be a trusted, knowledgeable and efficient supplier that you can always rely on. With 40 years’ experience behind us, we are confident we know what we are doing. We have won multiple large, national corporate contracts and kept them for many years.
From a business-point of view, it has been hard work, as it is for anyone operating independently in a changing market. Victoria and Jo were delighted to be able to take on the company through the management buyout. Since then, the business has really thrived, with turnover doubling in the first 5 years under their management.
Most importantly perhaps, we are proud to be able to offer an excellent workplace for local people. Our staff are valued and treated well, with many staying with us for years and years. Victoria remembers at least 5 staff weddings and 14 babies to celebrate! We strive to provide an excellent working environment, this is reflected in our Workplace Health achievement of moving up from a Bronze to Gold award over the past 5 years.
Our logos through the ages!
Looking forward, we would love to continue to grow and empower our staff. We also aim to expand our share of the markets we operate in. As part of that, we will be developing and launching an even more defined eco-packaging range – so watch this space for updates.
In the 40 years since we were established, we have come a long way from that farmhouse building. After moving offices and stores 3 times, we are now in our own 8,000 square feet purpose-built premises, with brand new offices and warehouse space. Who knows what the business, or the world, will look like in 40 years’ time? We would love to be around in some form or other, continuing to employ local people and provide superb service to our customers – although we suspect Victoria and Jo would love to be comfortably retired quite a while before then!
Thank you for your custom and support as the business has changed and grown, especially to those of you who have been with us for such a long time and through many of those changes. If we can do anything to help, or you have any questions, do get in touch.