This year marks the 25th anniversary of Pennine Pneumatic Services and the company has celebrated the occasion with a staff event, including a bespoke birthday cake and a quiz about the company.
Founder and Managing Director, Gary Whitaker, gave a speech thanking past and current employees, including long-standing member of staff, Maxine Greenwood, who received a bunch of flowers.
He ended his speech by saying: “From where I sit PPS people are special people. We succeed together, we fail together. We have no numbers, no airs and graces. We are one great team. There are exciting times ahead for the PPS/Simm Group. Here’s to the next 25 years!”
This was followed by a quiz on the company, won by Sales Manager Peter Odell, which included questions such as:
Q. Where was the first Christmas party held?
A. Huddersfield Town football ground
Q. How many times has PPS been Atlas Copco distributor of the year?
Q. When did we start our annual Charity Golf Day?
Former Director and founding member Roger Wood came back for the celebrations as did a past employee from the early years, Margaret Bergan. Family members were also invited in for the occasion.
Established in 1991, from the ashes of compressed air company Pennine SCS, PPS has come a long way in 25 years.
Since 1991, the company has:
• Grown from five members of staff to 52
• Won the Atlas Copco Distributor of the Year Award three times (1994, 2013, 2015)
• Expanded its range to supply the latest energy-efficient Atlas Copco Variable Speed Drive (VSD) air compressors and vacuum pumps
• Purchased Simm Engineering (Sheffield) in 2015
• Won the Employer of the Year Award at the 2015 Halifax Courier Business Awards
And, most importantly, it has…
Improved efficiencies and saved its customers many thousands of pounds on their energy bills.
Events of 1991
1991 was also the year that Yorkshire-born Helen Sharman became the first Briton in space, Tim Berners-Lee introduces the World Wide Web and Trevor Baylis created the prototype of his wind-up radio.
Tottenham Hotspur beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 in the FA Cup, while at Wimbledon, Michael Stich and Steffi Graf held up the singles’ trophies.
Popular films at the box office included:
Dances With Wolves
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Thelma & Louise
The Addams Family
The Silence of the Lambs
Number 1 singles included:
Bryan Adams, (Everything I Do) I Do It for You
Cher, The Shoop, Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)
The Clash, Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Michael Jackson, Black Or White
U2, The Fly
Miles Davies, jazz musician
Margot Fonteyn, ballet dancer
David Lean, film director (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago)
Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen
Gene Rodenberry, creator of Star Trek
Dr Seuss, children’s author and illustrator (The Cat in the Hat)
John Steinbeck, author (The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men)
Tyler the Creator, rapper
Pixie Lott, singer
Georgia May Foote, actor (Grange Hill, Coronation Street)
Jack Rodwell, footballer
Ed Sheeran, singer
Joe Sugg, YouTube star and film maker