#6 What was the world like 10 years ago?

2015 is our 10th year in business and looking back, we wondered what the world was like 10 years ago. A great deal can happen in 10 years, so we thought we’d take a brief look into the past and see where we all came from and where we are now.

Talking to our staff, where were they 10 years ago?

Murray Burton 

Now: Managing Director of Upright UK

Then: I’d just started Upright UK Ltd in my home office at the end of my garden. We were called Upright Manufacturers back then.

Alex Hunt 

Now: Project Manager

Then: I was preparing to go to the University of Sheffield to study Human Geography.

Damon Humphreys  

Now: Senior Development Designer

Then: I was working at Sector Designs as a development engineer

Rob Pryse-Jones  

Now: Sales Director

Then: I was working with Damon, Emma and Phil at Sector Designs as a sales manager.

Emma Powell  

Now: Accounts Manager

Then: I had joined Sector Designs in 2004, and I went on maternity leave in June 2005 to have my  second child.

Looking beyond the walls of our offices, what was the wider world like back then?

Best-selling single of 2005 and the number 1 single when we started Trading: Tony Christie featuring Peter Kay, “Is this the way to Amarillo?”

Bestselling album of 2005: “X&Y” by Coldplay

Prime Minister in 2005: Tony Blair

The Earth’s human population was 6.4 billion

The 2005 Nobel Peace Prize was given to Mohamed ElBaradei (Egypt) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

The main news story when we started trading was “Worldwide aid pours in to help the eleven Asian countries devastated by the Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami”

Biggest news stories of 2005:

  • The maiden voyage of the world’s largest passenger plane Airbus A380 Completes Test Flight
  • Pope John Paul II died and tens of thousands of people travelled to the Vatican to pay their respects
  • The devastating tsunami of 26 December 2004 dominated the news well into the New Year

Number 1 movie on 11 April 2005: Sahara

Other movies that came out in 2005: The Incredibles, Hitch, Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith,  Brokeback Mountain.

What retailers were around that are no longer with us?

  • Borders bookstore graced many a high street
  • Woolworths was still in business
  • Birthdays Stores were a regular sight on the high street
  • Virgin Megastore – the largest independent music retailer was still a main feature on the high street

This is to name but a few, and all this was three years before the global economic crisis. It’s been a tough 10 years for many, but amazing in many ways, too. Upright UK has grown from that home office, had a name change, and ended up with a whole team of fantastic and incredibly capable staff in 2015, with clients in many countries around the world spanning three continents (and we started off with just one client).

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