Evode ’25' Club Dinner 1980
After starting work in the Highways Depts. of Local Government and spending 6½ years in the army, including evacuation from Dunkirk and a rather 'hot' time in India and Burma, I qualified as a Cost and Management Accountant in 1952. I moved into industry via English Electric Ltd., and after preparing a report on the polish business on a consultancy basis, I was invited to join Evode Ltd. in 1954.
Henry Hadley was the Company Secretary at that time and he was highly amused by the fact that I had a full medical at Evode's expense for superannuation purposes. It was a warm afternoon and the windows of the offices at Glover Street were wide open. The phone rang and a voice from above asked "What is so funny? You are shaking my desk!!" Henry explained, but Dr. Simon was NOT amused.
It was a time of change and development. I was asked to prepare costings for the first small tube of Evo-Stik, and also for the first tin of Dove Silicone Wax Polish. The Evo-Stik was sold at 1/9d per tube.
In addition to costing and estimating, I was responsible for stock checks, and Dr. Simon and John Forman assisted (and insisted) in going round to do their bit. No computers in those days. The calculations had to be done on a Muldivo machine, where you cranked the handle and moved the carriage along.
After the move to Common Road, I was involved with the introduction of fork-lift trucks and palletisation. What a nightmare that was! Shortly after this, the Company obtained a computer based on punched-cards and a routine for checking stocks, writing the details on the punched-cards and feeding them into 'the system' was evolved. (I wonder what happens today? It would be interesting to see the present set-up!)
Quite early on in my Evode Career, I volunteered to run the children's Christmas parties, and I remember a 13 or 14 year old Andrew Simon coming up to receive his present from Father Christmas. (I don't think he ever thought of me other than as 'Uncle Harold')
There have been many changes since that time and I wonder if the present generation of Evodians envy us the 'good olde days', or if they are happy with all the changes which have taken place since I retired to play golf three times a week after 29 years of Costing?