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BU Engineers! Specs on,...2
Take a look these photos please. It’s a machine of some sort that was made by BU. Ronnie Jones acquired this it… “The machine came from a clearout in a firm I worked for some years ago, Robert Lunt & Sons in Liverpool. They were a major saddlers in the past, from about the mid 1800s and switched to tarpaulin manufacture as the leather industry declined. It’s one of those things that gathers dust on my shelf, of no practical use to me but looked too interesting to end up in the scrapyard, which is were it was headed! It was only recently that I managed to clean the badge enough to make out the wording. I’ve attached a few more photos to assist the identification. Looking forward to having this little mystery finally solved!”
Date posted: November 12, 20142 Comments
Paul Price discovered these in his garage the other day..
Date posted: May 30, 2014No Comments
Starting work at BU in the0
Thank you to G.F. Densham for keeping these documents safe for so many years and for sharing them with the BU History Group.
Date posted: March 21, 2014No Comments
BU Advertising, 1970s0
Memories of the BU Advertising Department, from Walter Baynes. As well as machinery, BU also made and sold vast amounts of shoe making machinery.
“Dick Kursa is cameraman and Peter Minshall on sound recording – A businessman exiting his private plane, before driving off in his Rolls Royce and wearing shoes featuring ‘Clarino’ uppers. BU marketed Clarino, a poromeric upper material, as a synthetic substitute for leather, having many of leather’s high quality properties.
“Filmed at Leicester Aero Club it was an exciting sequence to shoot and looked stunning in the finished programme. You saw the plane land, taxi, the chauffeur driven Rolls pulls alongside, business man gets in and is driven off. At every opportunity there is a close-up of the stylish, expensive looking pair of shoes! Those were the days!”
Date posted: March 10, 2014No Comments
Glyn Jones has sent us his memories below.. BU Boy…
“I joined the BU in July 1966 I was only 14 and 10 months old (birthday 29th August). I was only a little lad and the BU was huge. I trained in the apprentice section on the fourth floor of the main building along with about 80 other young hopefuls. I stayed at the Belgrave road site for about 18 months before moving to Charnwood Branch on the Abbey Lane, a much smaller building. I remember I worked in several of the departments in Charnwood but spent most of my time there building machinery. Although we built shoe making machines we also built an assortment of other machine as diverse as screen printing and conveyors to chip making machines for the catering industry. In about 1969 I remember helping to build a huge machine that cut out the material for making ladies bra’s. A roll of cloth was loaded into one end and out came all the bits to make the bra’s from the other end. 80 x 12ft and stood 8 ft high.”
“My father in law Ted Elkington worked in the stamping dept and set up all the machines for the operators , who were mainly ladies. Ted worked at the BU all his life and in his younger life travelled the county installing machines. I will talk more about him later.
“Charnwood had a new extension in about 1970 and the fitting section moved out to the last building on Ross Walk next to the sea cadets hut. We were there for about 12 months until the new building was built.
I have never forgotten my time at the BU , had a great apprenticeship meeting some great people on the way. I left in 1977 to join the NHS as an engineer in the maintenance department. Moved though the ranks retiring as the engineering manager of a Shropshire hospital.”
“Hope I’m not too late for the tool box contest. I made two of these and all of the tools in the other picture. They both originally had lots of BU stickers on but as I moved jobs the tool boxes changed their use. If you look closely you can see I used one of the box’s as a key box when I did high voltage maintenance, and still have them to this day.”
Date posted: March 4, 2014No Comments
BU People Book0
OUR BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE! ONLY £5
BU People is a 52 page landscape A4 size book made up of contributions from many people connected with BU. This people’s history contains memories, history and many colour and black and white photos. It covers much of the company’s 100 year existence, from early rapid growth through to closure and the workers pensions’ struggle. In between are stories about being an apprentice, the Quarter Century Club, the BU at War, family life connected to the firm, technological excellence and innovation, and pride and satisfaction at working for BU. It serves in part as a snapshot of factory life in Britain from just a few decades ago.
HOW TO GET A COPY
The book is priced at £5 (of which £2 will be donated to LOROS, a Leicestershire hospice charity). It is being sold in the following LOROS shops: High Street Leicester, Queens Road Bookshop, Anstey and Birstall.
Postage within the UK is an additional £2. Therefore please send a cheque for £7 made payable to the BU History Group, to 8 Greenhill Road, Leicester LE2 3DJ. Any enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
BUHG members Alan Carlisle and Dave Tipton also have a supply.
Date posted: January 30, 2014No Comments
Doug Gill passed away on Friday January 10th. There will be service of remembrance at St Peters. Church Langton. Leicestershire, on Friday January 31st at 1.30pm.
His friend, Peter Wright, has written these words about Doug’s BU career.
“Doug joined BU as a Management Trainee in 1962. He was appointed to London Branch as a representative in 1963.
He was appointed as assistant manager to the much bigger Leicester Branch in 1967
He was promoted to Manager of Bristol Branch in 1971.
He was appointed Manager Branch Administration, responsible for all the UK and Eire branches in 1973.
In 1975 he was appointed Sales Manager Machinery Division responsible for all UK and unrepresented territories worldwide except Eastern Europe, which continued to be controlled by David Gorrod.
He was appointed to the Board of Management in 1975
Representation in unrepresented territories worldwide was formalised in 1977 with the formation of USM International and Doug became Director of Sales.
In addition to his USMI responsibilities he was appointed Manager of the Scandinavian Affiliate Companies for both machinery and materials in 1980.
He was appointed Sales Director Europe for the Texon Materials section of BUSM in 1987, a position which he was holding when the United Machinery Group bought the Texon Group in 1990 and which he continued to hold until 1993.
It was Doug’s suggestion that after the purchase of Texon that UMG Shoe Materials should be renamed USM Texon, a suggestion which was approved at Board level.
In 1995 USM and USM Texon were split into separate companies with senior staff also being split between the two companies. Doug joined Texon as Sales Director and remained in that position until his retirement.”
Date posted: January 24, 2014No Comments