1. Evode, Stafford and the Shoe Industry.

  2. Shoes need polish and in 1932 Spic & Span Shoe Polish Ltd., was established in Glover Street Stafford.

  3. The Company struggles to survive during the years 1933 to 1937.

  4. The Arrival at Spic & Span of Dr H Simon in 1938 and how the fortunes of the Company changed.

  5. In 1939 war was declared on Germany and the Company now began to manufacture chemical products to aid the war effort.

  6. The Dove becomes Evode in 1940 and the future of the Company is jeopardised by the internment of Dr H Simon and Mr JJE Forman. The Company was taken over by the Board of Trade and the factory moves from 1 Glover Street to 22 Stone Road.

  7. Dr H Simon and Mr JJE Forman return to the Company in 1941 and the demand for building chemicals to aid the war effort grew at a rapid pace.

  8. 1942 to 1945 saw the Company becoming established as a major supplier of building chemical products.

  9. 1946 - 1950 saw many important events such as the move back to Glover Street, the introduction of adhesives (Evo-Stik) and the licensing of companies to manufacture our products abroad.

  10. 1951 to 1955 saw the continued growth of Company products, particularly adhesives. This resulted in the formation of the Industrial Adhesives Division in 1951. The building of a new Adhesive factory at Common Road was completed in 1954, followed by polishes and bitumen in 1955.

  11. The next seven years saw the Common Road site being expanded with the occupation of new offices and the building of a bigger laboratory. It also became necessary to build a bigger adhesives factory as the original factory was then occupied by the surface coatings division. In 1963 Evode became a public company with a change of name to Evode Holdings Ltd., and the employees were given the opportunity to purchase shares.