History of Zunoma | From our origins in 1845 | Security Printing


The history of Zunoma

From our origins in 1845, we are proud of our history and our work to become a global leader in our specialised print sector.


Alfred Ouzman became foreman of his uncle’s printing business - William Brickhill Alfred was married to Annie and they had four children – Alfred, William, Herbert & Mabel.


Alfred Ouzman became a printer in his own right, his eldest son Alfred was working as a printer’s compositor and his younger brother William was a printer’s apprentice for his great uncle William Brickhill.


Alfred Ouzman’s business flourished in the first years of the twentieth century, he found himself a business partner and was trading as Ouzman & Maylon based in the heart of the city.


William Ouzman took over Ouzman & Malyon when his father retired and changed the company name to WR Ouzman & Co. In 1920 Jack Ouzman, son of William was apprenticed to his father for seven years, as a machine minder.


William Ouzman prospered after the war the firm was trading from premises in Golden Lane in the city as WR Ouzman & Company, printers, engravers, lithographers and account book manufacturers they became a limited company in 1939.


The premises of WR Ouzman & Co succumbed to German bombs on the very first raid of the blitz. By this time Jack Ouzman had succeeded his father as Chairman.


WR Ouzman & Co and C J Smith & Son Ltd took a joint lease on a four storey Victorian building in Whitecross Street. On 7 January 1946 the two firms amalgamated into one company when WR Ouzman & Co changed its name to Smith & Ouzman Ltd and CJ Smith & Son Ltd was wound up.


The business purchased a Warner-Jones four colour semi-rotary press fed from a roll of paper rather than from sheets for £6,000.


Alan Ouzman, Jack Ouzman’s son joined the company after completing National Service in the Army.


Smith & Ouzman move to a purpose built factory in Eastbourne, only the second to be built in Hampden Park.


The firm took over A. Driver & Sons in Chelmsford.


Jack Ouzman appointed as 85th Mayor of Eastbourne. Sadly, he died six months after completing his term at the early age of 63.


Alan Ouzman appointed Managing Director.


Phil Ouzman entered the business straight from school, the first member of the fourth generation to join the firm. He attended The London College of Printing then Watford College where he graduated with a degree in Printing & Packing Technology. Phil returned to Eastbourne and became the Print Room Manager.


The business won the Queens Award for Enterprise in International Trade.


The achievement of the Queen’s Award led to a prestigious visit in September 2004 by the Duke of York in his capacity as special representative for international trade and investment.


The business won the Queens Award for Enterprise in International Trade.


Alan Ouzman sadly died whilst on a family holiday – Phil Ouzman succeeded him as Managing Director.


Smith & Ouzman support ticketing for FIFA World Cup in South Africa.


Phil Ouzman becomes Chairman of Smith & Ouzman.


Smith and Ouzman provided the certificates of authenticity for customers who bought the ceramic poppies from the Tower of London that made up the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation.


Smith & Ouzman launch EmergeSecure to showcase their digital transformation solutions that work to replace or complement our traditional printed product.


EpayslipSecure rolled out, enabling customers to migrate to digital payslips using their existing payroll software


The first of our self-service portals, offering secure gift and incentive vouchers to SMEs


Smith & Ouzman support companies worldwide in their fight against Covid-19.


Phil and his wife Dinah complete the buyout of the Smith shares making the company owned in its entirety by the Ouzman family.


Six months after the transfer of shares Smith & Ouzman rebrand as Zunoma

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