Bolingbroke Franking Machines Ltd

It's December 1989 and the headquarters of Bolingbroke Franking Machines Ltd are abuzz with the sound of pre-Christmas party chatter.

Rumours of a big announcement from the chief executive, Sir Henry Bolingbroke, have ripped through the drab interior of filing cabinets, potted plants and Acorn computers - decked out for the occasion with spray-on festive cheer - like the Great Storm of 1987.

Hair crimped to within an inch of its life and novelty ties at the ready, BFM Ltd's loyal employees are on tenterhooks as the minute hand edges its way towards five o'clock and the end of a decade...