Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Goodlife Electrical Supplies

From Graces Guide

of Croydon

1936 Founded by Jack Bowthorpe

1938 Hellermann Electric was founded in Croydon by Paul Hellermann and Jack Bowthorpe as a subsidiary of Goodlife.

1938 On repayment of the loan he had used to establish the business, Bowthorpe set up Bowthorpe Electric Ltd with the help of Park Trust Ltd (Lord Doverdale's family trust).

The business was operated from a garage in 8, Eagle Street, London, W.C.1., cutting up electrical wiring into standard lengths and selling it to the aircraft industry. One of the first to use coloured sleeving to identify cabling. Initially Ray Parsons was the sole employee; together they built the Company into one of the UK's largest electrical businesses.


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