leaving school in
His apprenticeship in such a large self-contained company involved working in every department in the factory, from pattern making through two foundries, two different heat treatment shops, machining, gear cutting, grinding and assembly, finishing up in the Drawing Office.
His education involved going to college one day per week and five nights per week for a period of seven years, culminating in a Higher National Certificate with endorsements, which at that time were the qualifications required to become a member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. He also gained a Full Technical Certificate in Product Design enabling him to become a member of the Institute of Engineering Designers.
At the end of his apprenticeship he moved to FMC Corp in London as a draughtsman, continuing his education at Southall College of Technology. On becoming qualified and receiving Institute Membership the company transferred him into sales where he progressed up the ladder, becoming Product Line Manager in charge of Manufacturing and Sales of FMC UK’s range of food machinery.
In 1977 he left FMC to start up his own company, Reekcroft Food Processing Equipment Ltd., acting as an agent for various overseas companies and also designing and having machines built for him by sub-contractors. Reekcroft FPE Ltd. were involved in the design, installation and commissioning of complete lines for the canning, freezing and dehydration industries.
he sold 50% of his shareholding in Reekcroft to one of the companies for
whom he acted as agent in the
continuing as MD of Kiremko
In July 1999 he sold his shares in Kiremko and has been retained as consultant to a number of companies - Calbee Foods Japan, Cheviot Foods Amble, Northumberland and many more.