The Hercules Journey
Hercules was founded
In 1991, a former teacher turned entrepreneur and his friend had an idea to start a direct marketing company over a wine or two. With this Hercules was born!
The business takes off
This year saw Hercules move into its own offices as well as the start of our business relationship with corporate companies within the pharmaceutical sector, supporting a range of products to both consumers and professionals. This is a strength which still today remains as important as it did back then
Growing in Numbers
Staff levels in Hercules begin to grow and a three storey office felt like it was fast filling. From a data capture dedicated floor through to ground floor fulfilment. This alongside supporting a very important football bid and sending out both wedding & stationery catalogues… yep these offices became a hive of activity almost overnight.
We took on a new Office Assistant
Little did we know that the same Office Assistance would one day become the business MD!
This also saw us help a company launch an Oral Healthcare Programme which was supported by Hercules for a period of 12 years.
Hercules take over a second property
Finally, we managed to secure a purpose-built industrial unit in an estate (rather than town centre), it was also brand new (exciting times), allowing Hercules to become for the first time an in-house logistics company providing both office & storage space.
We quickly found that working from a unit (rather than offices) was the way forward despite the shops being on hand! So, in 2008 we moved to lock, stock and barrel to the unit, quickly we added a mezzanine floor, for even more space.
Celebrating in Style
Hercules celebrated 20 years of business in style! With a champagne opening toast, 3-course meal, and a very, very late night for members of the Hercules team past & present. Steve did this in style the meal was fabulous and it was fantastic to see old staff meeting new staff and discussing the life of Hercules.
With the growth of e-commerce fulfilment, we extended our business across two units. This has since continued and in 2019 we moved to a bigger warehouse in Titan Drive, which is the unit we find ourselves in today, alongside a further unit just up the road.
A new direction
This year saw our founder, hand over the MD baton to Sally. Since then they have continued to work side by side and only recently has Steve seen that a slower pace of life really can exist.
With the pandemic alongside brexit, Hercules has grown stronger than ever, thanks to the commitment and drive of its team. Throughout the challenges they have stayed focused and safe.