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25 years in business

25 years in business

Image Source: www.golftavern.co.uk

As we celebrate our 25th birthday, nostalgia set in and we began thinking about just how far we’ve come…

Here’s a few milestones to put 1990 in perspective:

  • Yugoslavia ceased to exist
  • East and West Germany were united
  • Nelson Mandela was released from prison
  • ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ won Best Picture at the Oscars
  • Madonna’s ‘Vogue’, ‘Love Shack’ by the B52s and ‘The Power’ by Snap topped the charts
  • Author Roald Dahl died
  • Star of Harry Potter movies, Emma Watson was born
  • There was a global recession – again!

And during that summer, in the Golf Tavern in Edinburgh’s fashionable Bruntsfield, a plan was being hatched…

Andy, Al and Three Old Men - that was our team when we started.

The old men being Andy’s dad, Bertie, a Business Consultant; Al’s father, Peter, a Brewing Company Director and father-in-law, John, an Accountant and Company Director. The ‘three musketeers’ guided the young ‘dynamic duo’ with their remarkable business knowledge. Wow – what a team!

And so 20/20 Productions was born.

It wasn’t long before the ‘dynamic duo’ were going it alone… gulp!

In the beginning there was one client, Al’s tiny spare bedroom, a large kitchen table, an electronic typewriter, a thermal fax machine (remember them?) and two huge mobile phones – NEC P3s to be precise.

Brother Electronic Typewriter Model CE 25 Image Source: Popscreen
Thermal fax machine Image Source: eHow
NEC P3 mobile phone Image Source: LiveJournal

Of course things have changed dramatically since then. Now we have offices in three continents. Andy has lived in the USA for more than 12 years and our business looks very, very different from those early days. We both have a little less hair and what’s left is greying!

Now we have computers – lots of them – and very powerful they are too, even if they do resemble wine coolers!

Apple's latest Mac Pro
Apple's latest iMac
Apple's iPhone 6 All Apple Image Source: www.apple.com

Our fax machine has long since been made redundant and our mobile phones do much more than make calls. They even fit in our pockets!

We also now have a team of dedicated professionals to work with, both as part of the 20/20 family and a host of freelancers and suppliers.

In 25 years the world has changed and we have changed and grown with it.

It’s great going down memory lane and thinking of all the weird and wonderful people we’ve met and all the fantastic projects we’ve been involved in around the world.

Here’s to all those people – thanks to everyone for your loyalty and support and good luck to us all in the years to come!

Alastair and Andy


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25 years in business
Written by Alastair Scott

Managing Director at 20/20 Productions

20/20 Productions Europe Ltd
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