The history in brief:
Malcolm Andrew Office Solutions was an independent Ipswich based business which was founded by Malcolm Andrew himself.
Malcolm had always had the desire and ambition to manage his own business, so he did just that in 1982, starting out with no more than a pile of 10p pieces and a telephone directory which he used to make his first appointments from a call box on the Cornhill, Ipswich.
The original branding for Malcolm Andrew Office Solutions:
Malcolm Andrew brought his first business premises which housed a working showroom and warehouse space in Melton, Woodbridge.
Following continued growth, the business moved from Melton to new office and showroom space at the Farthing Road, Sterling Complex in Ipswich.
The black and white corporate logo was rebranded to form a distinguished blue and yellow design.
The ISO 9001 quality management certification was first accredited to the business.
The corportate logo was modernised.
Malcolm Andrew Limited rebranded and changed its name to Malcolm Andrew Officeteam.
Sadly, Malcolm Andrew passed away following a period of ill health.
Malcolm Andrew Officeteam rebranded to Malcolm Andrew Office Solutions.
Malcolm Andrew Office Solutions launched their first educational furniture brochure called ‘Just for Schools’ – a mailer packed full of the best educational furniture deals and products on the market place (now known as Just for Education).
During 2007, Malcolm Andrew celebrated 25 successful years in business with a business exhibition and casino evening hosted at Ipswich Town Football Club.
The CHAS (The Contractors Health & Safety Scheme) and Constructionline accreditations are awarded to the company.
The stationery division of the business is closed.
Malcolm Andrew Office Solutions merged with Combined Office Interiors to form MACOI Limited.
After 32 successful years, growing from a one-man operation to a workforce of 18, Malcolm Andrew Office Solutions embraced the decision to merge its business with COI forming a new company called MACOI Ltd. The importance of carrying on the family name was important to both businesses and so after careful consideration the companies rebranded as MACOI Ltd, formulated using the MA from Malcolm Andrew, and COI from the like minded Cambridgeshire business.
The Ipswich office and showroom has remained open for business in its new location of Felaw Street Maltings, with a larger more extensive showroom facility in Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire.
During the high’s and low’s of the business, the Malcolm Andrew family and workforce remained loyal and faithful to many of its original customers and was always passionate about providing an exceptional customer experience and a determination to only provide the right products, at the right price, an ethos from which MACOI has embraced as it has transitioned into the one of the UK’s leading providers of Office and Educational furniture.
A handful of the remaining Malcolm Andrew team are still very much at the heart of MACOI and continue to service our local customers from an office and showroom within Felaw Maltings, Ipswich, including Julie Read (HR and Procedures Director) , Paul Miller (Suffolk, Cambridge and Essex Account Manager), David Hammond (Sales Support) and Tanya Shields (Marketing Manager).
From Left to Right - Tanya Shields, Paul Miller,
Dave Hammond & Julie Read.