Business

Statistics and early computers, Colman’s 1970-80s

Michael Rymer learned computer and people skills on the job. He was one of a team introducing computerised systems to Colman’s, but was made redundant when successful implementation of the project meant that his team’s skills were no longer needed. I left school at 15 knowing I wanted to work in an office. I applied […]

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Subordinate – me? From Woman’s Own to Jarrolds.

Pat worked as a secretary for Woman’s Own in London where, aside from her secretarial duties, she was often called in to do some modelling. Following this, Pat worked for the Greek shipping company Adelphi Vergottis and the Spanish company Sigma Sewing Machines. After moving from London to Norwich and starting a family, Pat carried […]

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The Office Manager

I started work on a very auspicious date, 1st April and I never caught on, otherwise I wouldn't bothered and that was in 1940. I went into a small city office, what used to be euphemistically known as the tea boy. It quickly became an increasingly administrative and responsible job because with the war on, […]

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The Shipping Company

My first mode of employment was in 1929 when I offered to make ice cream in my uncle's sweet shop, although he sold pretty well everything besides sweets such as newspapers, tobacco, snuff and goodness knows what. My first job was when I started helping the milkman at the age of 8¾. To start the […]

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Thoughts on the Shoe Industry, 1950-1985

The contributor, a Freeman of Norwich born in 1926, had a long career in the shoe industry in the second half of the twentieth century.  He was Sales Director for two of the largest Norwich firms, Norvic and Bally. He gives a fascinating picture of the changes in shoe manufacturing, distribution and sales in Norwich. Key […]

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Travels of a Norfolk Boy

I was born here in Woodgate, Swanton Morley, where I'm still living, and the date was 13th April 1937, on a Friday – 13th April, on a Friday! I went to school aged 4. I went to Swanton Morley Primary School. I stayed there until 1948 when I had a year in the school which […]

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Working Through the Ranks

I've got in my hand a letter that was written to me on 17th May 1961 which confirmed my appointment at the Norwich Union for a job I'd gone for a few weeks beforehand. Now, at that time, the Norwich Union boasted that they could take every single school leaver in Norwich to fill all […]

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