InReach – Our Company History!
Did you know that we recently celebrated 25 years in business?
That’s 25 years of industry experience and knowledge that we pride ourselves on.
We like to look back on our company history and reflect on how far we have come. Take a look below at our timeline below to see what we have been up to over the years. We’ve also included essential milestones in the digital world that happened simultaneously. You may be surprised at some of the dates below!
Our Company History
In the world of technology, 1998 marked the launch of Windows 98. It was also a big year for search engines as Google was established.
For us, in April 1998 JAP was formed by Adam Macintyre, who is still our MD today. This was the start of our journey to becoming the organisation we are today.
2001 was a big year for Apple, with the release of the first iPod alongside iTunes. Wikipedia arrived in 2001 and is one of the most used websites.
2001 was a big year for us also; JAP rebranded to easycopiers in May 2001. We achieved £1m turnover for the first time, and we expanded and relocated to Darin Court, Crownhill, MK, in October 2001.
In 2002, Friendster – the first social network, was released. Although Friendstar is no longer active, it played a huge role in social media development.
For us, January 2002 brought us our first global partner agreement with Canon, who we still partner with today.
In 2003, Intel incorporated WiFi into chipset. Email became much more significant, and as a result, 2003 marked the first year that more spam emails were sent than legitimate ones.
We expanded again and relocated to Tanners Drive, Blakelands, MK, in February 2003. We won our second global partnership with Ricoh in May 2003; we are also still partnered with them to this day. We achieved £7m turnover for the first time in 2003.
Facebook was launched in 2004 as a social media platform strictly for the use of Harvard students.
We signed an agreement with our third global partner, Konica Minolta, in March 2004
Apple released the first iPad – a real game changer for businesses and individuals alike.
We Expanded and relocated to Presley Way, Crownhill, MK, in September 2010
Quad-core smartphones and Windows 8 were launched – everyone had access to the internet in their pockets.
For us, 2012 marked the addition of our fourth global partner agreement with Lexmark.
In 2016, more people accessed the internet through the use of a mobile device than a wired device. There was also a massive increase in data analytics and the use of AI across the internet.
As the internet grew, so did we, and in 2016, we purchased our London office and made a fifth global partnership with Epson in April. InReach Comms was launched, and we signed an agreement with the UK’s leading brand, Gamma.
The Data Protection Act, or GDPR, became law in May 2018. This was implemented to stop unsolicited contact, which meant many companies had to update their mailing lists.
In 2018, we achieved our ISO 9001 accreditation.
As we all know, 2020 was a huge year for Video conferencing, with over 775 million meeting participants using it daily.
Sony PlayStation 5 and Xbox series X were launched in the gaming world. And Windows 7 reached EOL (end-of-life).
For us, 2020 was a big year; we launched InReach IT in January 2020. We gained our Official Microsoft Partner accreditation in April and gained our Cyber Essential accreditation in October.
In 2022, Artemis 1 made its debut flight.
With the ISDN/PTSN switch off looming, we developed InTalk.
In 2023, the first Apple VR headset was launched
At InReach, we celebrate 25 years in business!