EC Group celebrates 200 years in handling and distribution

EC Group one of the UKs leading providers of specialist outsourced business support services is set to confirm its status as the countrys longest-serving handling and fulfilment company when it celebrates its 200th anniversary next month.

EC Group began providing packing, warehousing and distribution services under the name E. Christian & Company in 1810 the year that King George lll was recognised as insane Beethoven composed his famous piano piece Fr Elise Napoleon and Josephine split up and the UKs first Indian restaurant opened in London.

As part of its bi-centennial celebrations, EC Group plans to co-sponsor a series of lectures by leading figures on key issues facing businesses in the new decade. A lecture to be held on 27 April 2010 will feature Justin Webb, the BBCs former North American editor and now a presenter on BBC Radio 4s influential Today programme.

An edited video of each lecture will be available on the EC Groups website at

During its long history, E. Christian & Company has consistently extended its services to include new activities that complement its core handling and distribution capabilities.

In the late 1940s, for example, the company pioneered bespoke point-of-sale storage and distribution services for brands and retailers.

In the 1950s, it was one of the first companies to introduce promotional marketing support services for the fledgling sales promotion and direct marketing industries.

The company was rebranded as EC Group in December 2004

Today, EC Group combines its 200 years of experience with the latest 21st century technology and processes.

The company is one of the UKs leading providers of tailor-made outsourced business support services including customer contact centres, response handling, fulfilment, database management, mailings, storage, distribution, marketing communications, design, and e-commerce solutions.

Its clients include Heineken UK, Rolex, Rank Hovis, Lloyds Banking Group, Christian Aid, and a number of large government departments.

EC Group managing director Chris Long, whose family has owned the business since 1920, says: Over the years, the company has obviously seen tremendous changes in the handling and distribution business from horse-drawn distribution methods in 1810 to the advanced technology-led services, systems and procedures of today.

 Im proud to say tat the firms emphasis on flexibility and service delivery has endured for the whole 200 years. These attributes are probably even more important today as clients increasingly expect us to do more and deliver even greater added value.

He says: I believe the best way of celebrating our bi-centenary is to do all we can to ensure the business is equipped for the next 200 years. Thats why were increasing our emphasis on having the right people, the right processes and the right technology in place to meet the ever-increasing demands of our diverse and dynamic client base.


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