In the Beginning
PJ & S Pirongs Limited of Chichester was founded in 1958, originally supplying Christmas gifts to schools.
"I happened to be on a train journey when an article in the newspaper caught my eye. It was about the increasing number of young people who would be moving on to colleges and universities. By the time my stop had arrived a thought was persisting in my head – a diary for the educational year." S. Pirongs
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The first Pirongs diary landed on a lucky teacher’s desk in September 1961. Printed on that diary were the names of two young teachers ‘PJ and S Pirongs’. And that’s us – still the same family company!
In 1964, we introduced our first pocket diary. It was an instant success!
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We moved to sunny Devon in the early 70’s (we're still in the same building now!), and worked hard to expand our range of academic diaries.
In 1998 artwork created entirely on Pirongs diaries by artist John Carson was exhibited in a London gallery!
The first Pirongs Teacher's Planner was introduced in 2003.
In 2011 we celebrated 50 years of Pirongs diaries, and released a special gold edition to mark the occasion. These proved so popular that we've released a 'Limited Edition' design every year since!
For the first time, we allowed our customers to create their own Customised Teacher's Planner by choosing their cover, wire, and ribbon combination. Weird and wacky colour schemes ensued, and we're still striving to offer as many customisation options as possible.
We had a bit of a makeover in 2014, and introduced our new branding and Pirongs logo.
Pirongs Uniques was born, allowing our customers to have absolutely anything they wanted on the cover of their diary or planner, and customise their inside pages to suit their individual needs and interests. The ultimate in customisation!
All of our diaries, planners, and notebooks are still made right here in the UK to the very highest standards. We're always looking for new ways to keep our customers happy, through innovation but also through consistency.
Though we may look very different from the company that started out in 1958, our philosophy remains the same. Quality and service always come first.