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Re: North British Machine Co. Ltd.

Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 4:59 pm
by crayspond
Hi Paul,

I might be able to fill in the gap for you - I worked for The North British Electrical & Cycle Co Ltd, in fact it was my first job when i left school in 1974 ( a few years ago). I was 16 and i am now 58.
I still have the letterhead from the letter i used as a reference for my next job. I was there for two and a half years. It was indeed located in 200 Clyde St Glasgow G1 4LA and was established in 1885. It was an older building and was on three levels accessed by an old lift.
The company sold Electrical goods on the ground floor - at that time mainly high end TVs, hi fi etc. On the next floor up was the Cycle Department. They also sold (oddly) Onyx lamps and tables. Everything was sold to distributors only - not to the public. They supplied every cycle shop in the UK.

There were two joint Managing Directors - I.A Paganelli and Ian MacKenzie and Director W.Clark
There was an older lady unmarried who was the Office Manager. Her name was Nina Frame also a dear old man who sat answering the phone (whose name escapes me) but i think he was in his 80s then.
It was a happy place to work and i was employed as a Junior Invoice Typist, my salary when i left was £1456 p.a I remember when they bought some electric typewriters for us to use - how modern we thought they were!

I left in 1976 and worked abroad from 1980 eventually settling in England in 1983 and have lived here ever since. I have no idea when it closed down.
At least this fills in some gaps for you - good luck.

Re: North British Machine Co. Ltd.

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:33 pm
by Alison 1 MacKenzie
Hi Ailsa,
I don’t know if you still follow this forum. It was so interesting to read your post. My father was Ian MacKenzie! Have lots of memories of North British. Remember Nina very well, I worked in the office for a couple of weeks during one holiday break from school. Also, I can tell you onyx secret, Dad and Ilio Paganelli imported it from Italy in the 70’s. My house is still full of it! Dad died in 1981 at the age of 51. He had a job at North British in the warehouse when he left school and Nina was an office junior. Lots of stories...please get in touch if you get this. Best wishes to you, Alison.

Re: North British Machine Co. Ltd.

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:47 am
by SarahND
Hello Alison and [TS_welcome]

Ailsa is still a regular visitor to the forum, so I'm sure she'll get back to soon! Sounds like you have lots to talk about :)

Best wishes,

Re: North British Machine Co. Ltd.

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:37 pm
by Alison 1 MacKenzie
Thanks for that, Sarah. Very exciting!

Re: North British Machine Co. Ltd.

Posted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:17 pm
by crayspond
Hi Alison,

I had a message to say you had posted a reply on the subject of North British Electrical & Cycle Co - (always was a mouthful to say!)
Thank you very much for taking the time to reply. Sorry to hear your dad died at such a young age. He was always very pleasant to the office staff. We never really saw much of the Directors - Nina was very much the head of the office and everything went through her. Interesting to read that your dad and her both worked there when they were young.
It was my first job and i always have nice memories of working there. They were a very kind bunch of people. I only left because i found a job closer to home. Other girls in the office that i can remember at the moment were Josie, Patricia,Jackie ,Phyllis.
Seems like a lifetime ago!


Re: North British Machine Co. Ltd.

Posted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:53 am
by Alison 1 MacKenzie
Thanks, Alisa, that’s great. You’re right, the office staff were a great bunch of people. Lovely to connect with memories after all this time. I also remember the old man who answered the phone but can’t put a name to him. Nina was great, very efficient and managed that office so well. I don’t know when the company closed down. Dad and Ilio sold it in 1979/1980. Thanks again for taking the trouble to reply, Alisa! All the best x