Happy Birthday to us… Proporta turns 16

We at Proporta are celebrating our Sweet 16th birthday next week and would love for you to celebrate with us (watch this space for treats to come). But while we wait for the festivities to begin, we’d like to show you what we’ve been up to from birth ’til our adolescence. So if you’ve got an iPhone 4S case, an iPad 3 case or Kindle covers from us, we’re hoping you’ll love to find out more about how we got to where we are today… We promise to keep our trip down memory lane short, so pop the kettle on and you’ll be ready for your brew in 16 years’ time (not actual years).

1996 – Guy Monson and Mike Coombes make plans over a pint of beer to create a protective case for Guy’s Psion handheld organiser.

1997 – PalmTec is registered by the pair as a company that is the first in the world to produce a hard case for the Psion.

1998 – The first delivery is made, comprised of 2,000 Psion cases and not much in the way of an office. Step in family and friends to share the load.
Proporta's first ever case
1999 – Business takes off and the boys move into their first ever office (much to the relief of their families). New cases are created for additional Psion models.

2000 – PalmTec works to cater for the ever-growing PDA market, a one-man IT department is brought in, and Preston from the Ordinary works in the warehouse for a bit.

2001 – Not much happened, except for a little thing called the iPod. Yes, the first ever Apple iPod was released and the music world was changed forever…

2002 – Proporta is born again with its rebranding from PalmTec. Did you know that our name is derived from ‘professional’ and ‘portable’? Neat eh?

Proporta is born

2003 – Salut! Hola! Olá! Hallo! Ciao! Proporta launches French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Italian websites to share the love globally. It’s also the year of Proporta’s first ever Aluminium Lined Leather Case – what would become the company’s signature product.

2004 – Proporta expands and relocates from Brighton to new offices in Hove, actually. Mike gets married to Tink.

2005 – The team go paintballing and the first ever Proporta baby is born, as Amanda gave birth to Amelie.

2006 – Proporta is on the move again, this time to a business park at the beautiful South Downs with a lovely sea view (after the car park). Mobile device chargers are launched and win lots of awards.

Proporta relocates to the South Downs

2007 – Proporta begins its relationship with British fashion brand, Ted Baker – the start of a wonderful new relationship.

2008 – The extended Proporta family gets larger with new babies, new members of the team and a new brand unveiled.


2009 – Amanda, the longest serving member of the Proporta team, says goodbye to the team after over 9 years. But we say hello to Darwin, the lovable Border Collie who brings a smile to the office with his antics as Proporta’s first puppy. New iPhone and iPod touch models are launched.

Proporta's office dog, Darwin

2010 – iPad is launched and the office goes into overdrive to get a worthy range of cases and accessories out. Later on, iPhone 4 comes along and sends the office back into a frenzy.

2011 – Proporta starts a new relationship with Quiksilver for cases across numerous devices and the iPad 2 is released and iPhone 4S case options become focus with the latest Apple release.

2012 – Proporta reaches adolescence officially and turns Sweet 16, looking forward to the future.

Phew! Time for a cuppa. We’d like to thank all our loyal “Proportians” who’ve been with us since the beginning, and welcome any new ones too.

You can find a range of iPhone 4S Case choices at Proporta.

2 Responses to “Happy Birthday to us… Proporta turns 16”

  1. Chaz says:

    Wow guys, a lot of hard, hard work to get to 16, but as someone that has dealt with you professionally and personally I can say that your ethos, approach and love of life was and is always inspiring and refreshing.

    Here’s to the next 16 years.

  2. jitender.sokhy says:

    Thanks for your comments Chaz, that really makes us happy. Here’s to another 16 years and we hope you carry on enjoying our site 🙂