Business

A head for figures (1967-2010)

Margaret talks about her working life from her first steps in accounts at John Mackintosh to the challenges she faced juggling the demands of childcare, the home and work. She also describes her thirty two years dealing with the accounts of Building Equipment and how she dealt with the introduction of computers. Landing on my […]

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An entrepreneurial life

I was seventeen and I didn’t know what to do as a career. My father suggested a secretarial course as giving me more time to think. The last thing I wanted to be was a secretary but as a result of illness I was very fortunate in being asked to help out temporarily whilst I […]

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Dancing shoes and selling groceries

Pauline talks about her working life in the shoe business and keeping a shop. Pauline’s daughter Janet introduces the story: She was born around the now Hotel Nelson (Norwich) area to a very hard life. She met and married my Dad and had a shop in St John’s Street near King Street Norwich which had a […]

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From beer to print via shoes (1945-1998)

Victor describes his journey from junior clerk in a brewery to director of a printing company. He tells of his time as manager of the production office in a shoe company before moving to a new career in sales of print equipment eventually becoming Regional Sales Manager for the whole of the north of England […]

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Half a crown and a hearth brush (1951 – 1993)

Alan tells about his varied career in finance. Starting as a general clerk in a Tyneside shipping office, he attended evening classes and qualified as a company secretary. After moving down to East Anglia to take up a post with a frozen food company, he has worked in several roles including company secretary for Garlands […]

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I really did become a photographer (1850s – 2019)

My family first became involved in the photography business in Norwich in the 1850s. At that time there was a great demand for likenesses and so in Norwich there were probably 50 or 100 photographers. My great grandfather initially worked for Sawyer and Bird, probably the biggest photographic business. They operated from 32 London Street […]

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Mixed Blessings

Can I ask you, when you were at school how you made a decision about your future career, or was it decided for you? My future career was decided for me by my parents who were in the shoe industry, and I was told that I was to go into the shoe industry, and that’s […]

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My working life in Accounts (1960 – 2008)

Trevor describes his working life from office boy to Cost Accountant in a paper mill. He also tells of his struggles after the mills closed down and he was made redundant before settling into a job doing the pay roll for the local council. The only job I could get! I started work in September […]

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Payroll, contracts and the Navy reserve (1960s-1990s)

Penny describes her varied career in accounts and payroll and the changes as payrolls were computerised and she moved on to work for Norfolk County Council dealing with social services contracts.  She also discusses her time in the Navy Reserve. A start in the Cashiers Office When I left school, I intended to join the […]

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Peas to pole position (1960-2008)

Peter tells about his career with Birds Eye Foods in Lowestoft from the 1960s on. He gives details of development of frozen food processes through the decades. He travelled the world installing machinery for Lewis Refrigeration and became a well-known international businessman with his own company. Apprenticeship with Unilever Whilst I did achieve minimal GCE’s, […]

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