Hollingbury industrial estate

Photographed, c1960

Photo:A photograph of the Factory Estate, Hollingbury c.1960

A photograph of the Factory Estate, Hollingbury c.1960

From the private collection of Martin Nimmo

This page was added on 22/03/2006.
Comments about this page
Hello! In the 60s my late mother used to work at Creeds.
By Brian (28/09/2003)
I work here today...it's fantastic!
By Darren (03/11/2004)
Happy days working in the CVA factory there in the 50s.
By Ronald Hill (08/06/2005)
I started at Typewriter Sundries in 1956 ,then moved to Pullars Instruments, then to Gross Cash Registers. Loads of happy memories. Loads of employment.
By Dave Cresdee (11/08/2006)

My mother worked at Pullars Instruments and her best friend was Pam Cresdee - any relation Dave? If so, my Mum (Kay Fuller, formerly Lang) and her friend Jane Mathews would love to get in touch with Pam. Please contact me: sharon@spaced8.plus.com

By Sharon Fuller (05/10/2006)

My dad worked for Gross Cash Registers, I think it used to be Smiths, or maybe it was the other way round. It would have been in the late 1960's early 1970's because he went there to help them change over to the metric system.

By Josie Campbell (06/10/2006)

Josie - you've got it in the right order: Gross took over the Smith's factory when they pulled out. Prior to that the factory was owned by Pullars Instruments Ltd. They moved in when the building was new from their old premises off Roedale Road.
Sharon - Pam is my sister and she worked at both Pullars' sites. I will pass your message on.

By Dave Cresdee (12/11/2006)

Can anyone help me get some information? My Dad converted cash registers during decimalisation, and has a few old cash registers from that period. He is trying to get as much information as possible in any way, about Gross/ Universal/Gledhill and National. The companies, the people, the cash registers. Anything will do. You guys seem like the best people to talk to. Please email me bexms@hotmail.co.uk. Any information will be gratefully received.

By Rebecca Memeti-Starling (26/02/2007)

Josie - When I commented before (12/11/2006) your surname didn't register with me. Is your dad's forename Bernie? If so I worked with him previously when the factory was Typewriter Sundries Ltd, this then changed to TS Precision Engineering Ltd. When I applied for the draughtsman vacancy after leaving Pullars Instruments, it was Bernie who called on me to advise me that I had got the job.

By Dave Cresdee (24/07/2007)

Can anyone remember a young girl called Sandra Carlsson, she worked for Gross Registers and would be about 63 now. Her mother was a green grocer. She would have been in her twenties when she worked there.

By Zara (03/12/2007)

I found this site today and the comments about Gross Cash. I did my apprenticeship there from 1976 up to the time it shut down. I worked in the tool room and Bernie was the boss at one time. I think he moved with the company to St Albans? I moved from the tool room just before they shut it to the goods-in department.

By Paul Herbert (03/02/2008)

I worked for Gross Cash during decimalisation in the press shop when Bernard Campbell, I think was the tool room manager. I also remember Jerry Lovegrove who started cash bases with Brian Stavley, Dave Robinson (Maintenance dept and was my father in law), Bert George, Harry Chile, Ricky Marshall who I still work with, Bert Dove, Stan and Phil Hill, Colin Hills worked in Ireland for Gross Cash and came back to work in Brighton in the press shop, Fred Funnell, Bernie Brown, Brian Carter, Peter Bollinbrooke, Ronald Friend, Ann Williams, Peter Williams, George Chaplin, Micky Ford, Johnny Powell, Derek Walker, Fred Montigue, Peter Beck, Bob Dunsmoore, Bob Later. Well theres a few names for people to see if they remember.

By Bill Pentecost (13/05/2008)

Bill - You've missed off my mate Phil Benzie and me.

By Dave Cresdee (19/06/2008)

My father Ray Davis worked there and later my brother Malcolm. I do remember the fantastic Christmas parties for the children (Bob Latter was Father Christmas!).

By Matthew Davis (26/08/2008)

My dad worked for Gross Cash and my sister Allison and I would go to the Christmas parties. Most probably late 60s / early 70s.

By Zena Moore (03/09/2008)

I remember most of the names that Bill posted. I had a motorbike accident in 1977 when I was in the toolroom. We had our engagement party at the social club. We have just had our silver wedding anniversary. I remberber S. Green, L. Green, Spanish Steve, S.Pannett. I'm not too good with names.

By Paul Herbert (17/11/2008)

Well what a funny old world we live in. I worked as a sales rep for Gross Cash Registers from 1964 to 1969 covering the Coventry/Warwickshire areas. The Cotswolds was my favorite and what a great time I had competing with the National Cash Register Company, always seeming to come out on top. Very proud of Gross Cash Registers being British. I remember Sam Gross, Mr Bloom, John Adams and several other of the sales staff. It was a sad day when the company went out of business. Happy days

By Noel Ellesmere, Hamiton, New Zealand (08/01/2009)

I googled Gross Cash Registers after another former employee contacted me via Friends Reunited and found this site. I was employed in the cash/wages office and worked with the accountants in the 70s. Years later I had a small shop in Maidenhead and obtained an old Gross register secondhand. It might not have had all the latest features but it kept the money safe.

By Susan Blandford (11/03/2009)

I have bought an old Gross cash register on ebay. Can anyone tell me how to get it to work - or where would I get an instruction manual? Thanks

By Eleanor Hayes (17/03/2009)

I worked for Gross for 10 years from 1969 in the Export Office, and remember most of the names mentioned. I certainly enjoyed my time there. I used to work for Mr Robinson and his wife was his sec. After a couple of years I used to do the export production plan which always filled me with dread as any wrong number would produce a different machine, but walking around the production line was good fun. I think the change from mechanical cash registers to electronic was the end. The calculators were good, but cost too much to make. I remember Ray Davis as mentioned above was a director, and the MD was Sid Downton in his plush office - I think on the second floor of the factory. This I had the pleasure of using near the end of Gross. I was also at the new office at Preston Park on the 5th floor and I remember well Mr Latter shouting from his office in the corner. The best bit was taking Nat Fulko's car with 4 electronic cash registers on a trip to our agents in Denmark, Sweden and Norway for 3 weeks. I took my wife and 18 month daughter - it was great fun.

By Robin Singer (19/03/2009)

My father Sidney Downton joined the Gross brothers just after the war. He was the office boy who became the MD! His real skill was in sales and largely as a result of his efforts the company became the success that it was. My sister worked in the canteen in her holidays, I worked in the commercial office under Bob Latter and my brother worked in the factory. Dad never stopped thinking about the business even when we went on holiday. Sadly he died December 2007. His wife Muriel survives him aged 89.

By dgdownton (30/05/2009)
I just happened to Google 'Gross' today and came up with this page. I am related to the Gross family and whilst I didn't spend any of my career with the company, I worked every school holiday from the age of 12 in the factory and offices in the company's early days at Hornsey and then the North Circular Road. At the NC Road site I worked every holiday in the wages office with a man called Mr LeStrange My own father later in his years managed the Gross showroom in Baker Street. So many names mentioned above are familiar to me and I was especially interested to read Sidney Downton's daughters comments. I remember meeting her father and mother on many family occasions at the Gross brother's homes and maybe I even met her as a baby! I know the Gross brothers thought the world of her father Sidney. I Googled 'Gross' on hearing from Daphne, Sam Gross's wife, that Henry had died last Sunday at the age of 95. Sam died many years ago.
By Peter Kaye (21/07/2009)

Nice to find this site after Googling Gross Cash Registers, I joined Gross in 1966 at their North Circular Road office, after training I became a service engineer working out of the Gillingham branch. I worked in the Brighton factory for a time during decimalisation, I stayed after Gross was taken over by Chubb. I also remember Sid Downton, Bob Latter & of course the Gross brothers. Made a lot of friends over the years at Gross. I remained in the cash register industry until I retired in 2004. a total of 43 years I always enjoyed it, but the Gross years were always the best.

By Ben Kehily (07/09/2009)

My first job was for Gross Cash Registers on the North Circular Road Wembley. I worked as a punch card operator. I remember that my Supervisor's name was Mrs Christopher and her husband also worked there. I loved my time at Gross. At the time I was 15 years old. My mum also worked there in the cashier's office, her name was Doris Howick. Memories of chistmas dances and day trips courtesey of the social club. Unfortunately when they moved to Brighton I was too young to go with them, now I would have jumped at the chance to live in Brighton.

By Susan Meadows (nee Howick) (09/09/2009)

I worked for 8 years with Gross Cash Registers in Hornsey, North London, shortly after they started up. I had just left my home in Ireland. Sam and Henry were great fellows. We had loads of fun and it was a great place to work. Happy memories of younger days. I would love to hear from anyone who worked there, or how about a get-together for old time's sake. With kind regards to all. Kevin Dowd. kevindowd@btinternet.com

By Kevin Dowd (27/09/2009)

Does anyone remember Bert George at Gross Cash Registers? He was the foreman there when we worked at Cross Lane, Hornsey, North London. This is a long shot but maybe somebody will remember him. Perhaps Bill Pentecost. Send me an email kevindowd@btinternet.com

By Kevin Dowd (16/10/2009)

I remember Bert George as he re-employed me at Gross after I left to work for A & T Music for about eighteen months. My wife and I saw him a couple of years ago in the (Waitrose) car park in Burgess Hill. He was fit and well and frankly didn't look much different.

By Dave Cresdee (12/11/2009)

Hi everybody, I know my Dad worked at Gross Cash Registers, I wonder if anybody remembers him? His name is Sergio Quarleri, Italian, I'd be pleased to share information with any of his old friends. Regards, Malcolm

By Malcolm (19/12/2009)

Hi Everybody. I started working with Gross in 1974, initially as a scale engineer, Gross having a department selling Bizerba Scales, Tarematic prepacking scales and Bizerba coffee grinders. I was based in the West Country working from the Plymouth office. By 1978 I transferred to the Register department and trained at the factory at Hanger Lane on the North Circular in London and at the factory in Hollingbury Brighton. Whilst training there we used to stay at a Hotel on the seafront 'Claridges' owned by Dora Brian; lots of memories about that place. Bob Latter who has been mentioned in posts was the Service Director. Whenever Bob left his office, the message went out and all the engineers in the field, disappeared, all frightened to death of Bob. I came across him many years later when he had retired to Seaton in Devon, he remembered fondly his days with Gross and his power over the service division. Great guy; he passed away about 4-5 years ago. After the take over of Gross by Chubb I continued in the business working from the Chubb Cash Registers office in Bristol. I was eventually made redundant in 1986 when Chubb sold out to Hugin. Since that day I have been self employed selling TEC cash registers and in the last 10 years touch screens by Toshiba. Happy Days. I would be interested if anyone has any pictures of the Gross Ambassador.Happy New Year to all. Dave Lee: g6xuv@hotmail.com

By Dave Lee (30/12/2009)

Hi, I have just found this site; very interesting comments. I used to work at Pullars before it became Smith's Industries. One of the ealier comments made by Dave Cressdee brings back memories - he used to be in a group called the Polygons. My wife often went to some of his gigs at the Mile Oak pub. He played the clarinet brilliantly. He was always asked to play Strangers on the Shore. Great group. Hope you are well Dave. All the best Mike and Brenda Hale.

By michael hale (22/02/2010)

Just stumbled across this site and what memories it brings back as I recall most of the people mentioned. Like one or two others I started with Gross Cash when it was at Cross Lane, Hornsey before moving on to North Circular Road and then to Brighton. I did a tool making apprenticeship and then seemed to work in every department up until it finally went bust shortly after it was taken over by Chubb. Dave (Cresdee) are you still drumming in your rock band?

By Terry Martiny (10/03/2010)

I was a Chubby from 1977 almost to the very end of the Hollingbury factory in 1982. Having joined after the 'glory years' of decimilisation, this was a time of decline and industrial unrest. Every year there were redundancies and you dodged the bullet by changing jobs. I started in Progress, under Mick Pentecost and working with Bob Weight (now deceased) and James Stromhold, who I still occasionally see. I later worked in the Export in that fine 'secret' office with Alf(?) Robinson, a lovely man and Nat Falco, an Italian who ran on very strong Italian coffee. I remember Bert George (claims he played for Arsenal) and Harry Tuhil, a much feared manager who also took bets. Word had it that once, in a progress meeting, Harry was raving about a particular part being a 'line stopper', the others were quite bemused until somebody said " But Harry, that's not a part number...that's the date!" Too many names to mention but some not previosly, Bob Sutton and his mum, Milly Parsloe, Wendy Best, Margarite Stubbs and so very many. I later worked on security at the factory with Roy Harrington, Dave Thomas. Mick Toner and Haslam. Sorry to any I've missed, am rather rushing. I did save some old pictures of the production lines, factories and certain machines. I'll try and dig them out for those who have asked above.

By Ken Valder (03/04/2010)

My father Bert Smith worked for Gross, I think he was a Supervisor. Does anyone remember him?

By kevin smith (15/04/2010)

In response to Mike and Brenda Hale. So nice to hear your pleasing comments, it's great to be remembered. The Polygons, with gradual changes, went on for a total of 23 years and although we're no longer playing I still manage to keep in touch with some of the other guys. My wife and I hired, what used to be, the public bar at The Mile Oak for our 25th anniversary, the rest of the band were there (minus instruments). The place hasn't changed that much and it brought back some fond recollections. Sadly it wasn't quite the same without the presence of Gib, Audrey and Rinty behind the bar, but we did manage to sneak in a couple of old recordings of the group amongst the recorded music. The clarinet has long passed on I'm afraid and totally beyond repair. Funny though, I still have it in its case. I'll leave it for my kids to dump after I've popped-me-clogs.

By Dave Cresdee (25/04/2010)

I worked in the Loughborough Sales/Service division. I was interviewed by John Adams and John Schmidt. Sales personel at that time were: Dave Baxter, Doug Miles, Nick Field, Brian Everett, Bill Johnson, Dave Price, Jim Patterson, Pete Forman, Allan Hay, Colin Dorsett, Ronnie Cook, Barry Baggott, Mike Chown, to name but a few. I remember the TTT competition and the dinners at the Dorchester Hotel London. Gross was, for me, an apprenticeship in speciality selling. Been selling ever since. I was 23 yrs old then. I'm now 64. Good old days. I remember vividly, at the training school, being told by Pete Foreman that I had joined the most prestigious company in the country. I believed him until I went to Brighton on that grey wet Friday to pick up my knackered, clapped out old Gross Ford Anglia van. I drove back home in that jalopy thinking, Yes, Gross Crap Registers Ltd. I remember the times spent pencilling in the street maps as we canvassed each area systematically. The 'Approach' 'Four dems' one sale'. 'Positive suggestion' 'The golden handshake close' (Still use it today) Because of the Gross training I have successfully run my own marketing business for the last 38 years. Lovely to have found this site. Hope to hear from anyone associated with Gross over the decimalisation period 1970-1971. Alan Sear (Salesman of the week)

By Alan Sear (18/02/2011)

I joined Gross Cash Registers as a Salesman in 1970 and worked with Alan Sear (the last contributor). Although Alan and I were not in the same sales team we become friends and still are to this day. There are lots of familiar names on Alan's list and here are a few more, the one and only Ron Yates, Alec Cannon, Bill Bromley, Dave Wainwright, John Chaplain, John Parkinson, Bill Betts and John Hickman and for those who we have forgotten let us know where you are. The highs and lows of the job are still fresh in my mind, the lows, the BLANK after a week without a sale, the highs top man in the team that week or the dizzy heights of salesman of the week for the Loughborough Branch, also trading in an old till driving round the corner with the anticipation of taking the draw out and finding a crumpled fiver or a tenner. My training started at Newmarket and on my first day we were all given a small sheet of paper with the following typed on it "Good morning Sir, You are Mr. Jones. My name is Roberts from Gross Cash Registers who have ask me to call and ask your opinion of our new Decimal Machine. Would you like to look at this Mr. Jones while I fetch it in" I still have that sheet of paper to this day, it may sound a bit out of date with e-mail, voice mail, mobile phones, laptops etc but those few words have given me and my family a good living dare I say it for the last forty years in selling and business. Colin Dorsett.

By Colin Dorsett (14/03/2011)

Please can anyone sell to me a handle for my beloved Gross till - a ribbon would be handy too. I don't want a modern till they have no character!

By J Richards (17/04/2011)

I wonder if anybody can help? I am trying to locate a Peter Beck who worked at Gross Cash Registers in Hollingbury. Unsure of the exact period he was there entirely, but he was certainly there in the mid-sixties. Would anybody remember him and if he's still perhaps in the Brighton area? I would also be interested in contacting his family. Many thanks if you can help.

By Martin (29/04/2011)

I worked with Gross Cash in Scotland, our branch was in Irvine, Ayrshire. I was a service engineer trained by Gross. I started repairing pressdowns, electric switch total and decimal machines, then the downfall Gross electronic. Tried a few different models but were all very bad even the Chubb ones. I loved every day I worked there in the 70s.

By David Blair (02/06/2011)

My mum and dad met at Gross in the '70s. If anyone remembers Tom Jones or Vivien Newman - give me a shout.

By Michael Jones (11/06/2011)

I joined Gross in 1968 and spent 9 years in the Ulster region ending as regional sales manager. I remember many of those mentioned in previous messages and would be pleased to hear from anyone who may remember me (I can be contacted on 07909-784909). I am now 65 and still in the cash register trade.

By Jim Parkes (05/07/2011)

I joined Gross in Jan 8th 1968 and worked there untill the redundencies in 1980. A great place to work. I was based in Grangemouth with a short spell in Newcastle branch 1970/71 . Jimmy Anderson was the boss; great man. The Manager, Nen Porter Pat,  Marshall Ken Edge was the office manager and many more good salesmen. I worked as a distributor till I retired in 2009 and it was Gross training that was the key to my success.

By Tom Hailstones (04/10/2011)

I was a salesman for Gross in the 1970s and my father (Geoff Hogg) was the area manager for north Lancs. We worked from Raikes Lane, Bolton. Many happy days. I  also remember picking up a blue Ford Anglia from Brighton. Dad worked for Gross in the 1960s- his manager was Frank Prout a lovely man.

By Malcolm Hogg (16/11/2011)

I worked for Gross Cash Registers from 1974 working out of Mirfield depot, West Yorkshire. Trained by Cyril Ackhurst and initially under Barry Baggot, General Manager. We had a host of high achievers ... Harry Hill, Earnie Gill, and myself were all TT winners and in the same sales team which was headed by Alan Whitaker. Other names which some of you may have heard of: Ken Eyre, Derek Hill, Paul Connolly, Alan Turner, Tom Hailstones, Dennis Booth and Barry Jones who sadly died earlier this year. Many of the former members of Gross went on to form their own business and had good success probably down to the great training Gross provided - which wasn't everyone's idea of fun I might add. You were only as good as your last sale and it wasn't easy to be consistent. The fail rate was exceedingly high but a strong nucleus of salesmen with ability evolved and tended to stay the course until Chub took over the company which sadly failed following the development release of the 148 terminal and the sales force was dissolved and a terminal from Japan (Kingtronic) was brought in to cover the remaining period of warranty of the last sold Gross/Chubb terminals. The company ceased to trade within 2 years. Alan Prior was the MD at the time together with Don Cherry who later left to join TEC. I still have a nice telegram from Alan Prior and 2 silver TTT salesman of the year cups which were presented to me at the Metropole Hotel at Brighton. Working for Gross as a salesman was a job people either loved or hated. The good times were good sales ...the bad times was tramping around in all weather wondering who the hell was going to buy a mechanical box weighing 1/2 a ton! I took an early retirement from the cash register industry and am now a pro musician scoring music and enjoy performing at top venues with my own function bands. I'm delighted to be out of the rat race....at last! My best regards to anyone who may remember me, I can be contacted by email tymeglobe@aol.com

By Geoff Burrows (17/12/2011)

My name was Pat Downton before I got married and my father Sidney Downton was managing director of the factory at Hollingbury, Brighton until he retired. Sadly he passed away about 4 years ago but my mother Muriel is still alive and kicking and living in a retirement village in Northampton. During the school holidays I used to work in the canteen, helping with the prep of food and taking the tea/coffee trolley around the offices and the factory floor. Many of the old faces are no longer with us, but my mother is in contact with Daphne, Sam's wife. Henry passed away last year. If you remember me please get in touch, Mum still talks about the good old days.

By Pat Kilroy (13/01/2012)

I joined Gross in 1975. I was in the engineering design group led by Gerry Bannister, my immediate boss was Brian Marshall. Others in the department included Geoff Smith, Ian Habens, John Cunnell, Peter Bamfield Mustapha, Spiros and in Production Peter Beard. I worked on new equipment with Mr. Sam Gross and salesman Hugh. I only stayed a few months; I got a phone call from Sound Diffusion offering me a job with a company car. I left just in time before the sell-out to Chubb!

By Tony Hill (27/02/2012)

I worked for Mr Bob Latter as his 'PA' for 5 years when he was sent to the Chubb Cash Renovation Centre at Spencer Road, Churchill Industrial Estate, Lancing in the early 80s. I did laugh at the comment by Dave Lee about people being terrified of him, I was too at times! The recon engineers used to superglue coins to the workshop floor and he would be there with a screwdriver trying to get them up. He would hold 'summit' meetings in his office daily midst a room full of houseplants which I was charged with keeping alive. When I handed my notice eventually he had 15 secretaries come and go in as many weeks after me. He taught me so much about the workings of an office such as if you have a miscellaneous file you havent got a filing system, and those blue follow up slips! He was a legend and I did keep in touch with both him and his wife Muriel, who recently died. He wanted us to visit him in Seaton and to come and visit us in Spain, where we now live but sadly it never happened.

By Jan Hunt (01/03/2012)

Lol… Bob Latter. Mmmm! Really was Uncle Bob as I was unfortunate enough to be his nephew. The man was a raving nutcase with a hell of an attitude problem. Hi Janet, I remember those days at Lancing very well but so called renovation centre was more like Bob’s butchers. Prior to this I was at Holllingbury in 75 where I was again under his control as field service engineer. I then went to Lancing before he got put out to grass over there and made our lives a misery.

By Bryan Latter (15/03/2012)

Bryan - I couldn't agree more he was nutter and not very nice either.

By Terry Martiny (01/05/2012)

I was The Bristol workshop engineer starting in 1977. I once went to Lancing with Alf Hart and we were invited into Bob Latter's office and given a cup of tea. Unfortunately I do not drink tea, luckily Bob left the office for a few moments so I was able to “water” one of his plants with it. In 1982 I was a service support engineer/technical trainer officer for the south west and wales until being made redundant in 1986 when hugin-sweda took over. Bob Latter then became involved with a cash register company from York called TKG and offered me a job as service engineer which lasted for about six months. I remember Dave Lee mentioned in an earlier post, Kelvin Carter, Ken Hazlewood, Alf Hart, John Lipscombe, Fred Taylor, John Harrow, Brian Raynor, Jeff Evans, Mike Raybone, Roger Vaughn, Dave Clarke, Steve Francis, Peter Dawson, Bob Lee, Colin Baker. Best wishes 

By Pete Selvey (13/05/2012)

I worked as a field engineer at Gross based in Brighton from 1971 to 1976. Brian Latter, I hope you remember me, I took you out on the road with me when you first came to Gross. I too remember your Uncle Bob, he moaned at me so much I felt deprived if he didn't! I worked with Terry Fensome, Nat Fulco, Bob Howe, Geoff Knight and others whose names I can't remember, and Colin Jones. He and I started Standard Cash Registers in 1980 which is still trading now although Colin retired in 2006 so it's just me now. I also knew Vince Hayden from the Salisbury branch who also started his own Cash Register company but went on to found a highly successful Lotus car dealership in Salisbury. They were good days but was tough on the road sometimes.

By Terry McCann (01/10/2012)

Hi Terry, yes I remember you very well. You told me that you had had an encounter with my uncle after driving your van into a lamp post. After work you told me not to hit any lamp posts. That following Sunday night I did just that - my girlfriend was killed and the van was a right off. Shortly after I was in Lancing and worked under Colin Jones and Bert Pike, they were great days until Uncle Bob came and took over! Do say hello to Colin for me and what happened to Stephen Howard?

By Bryan Latter (19/11/2012)

I joined Gross in Cardiff in the late 60s to sell cash registers in s Wales working under a manager named Lew Whitman. I met Sidney Downton in Brighton at a training meeting, he was impressive! I never met anyone like him before. Gross took on the mighty national cash register, and from humble beginings they gave ncr a real fight. In 1970 I left to join a German company Anker cash registers, as they were technically superior. They were fun days! Alan.

By Alan Grenville-Jones (20/11/2012)

Hi Brian, thanks for replying. I did hear about your accident and the death of your girlfriend many years ago, but had forgotten about it. That was dreadful, and quite shocking to hear that it happened so soon after such an innocent remark to you. I didn't know you knew Steve Howard but I have a vague idea that you might have had some contact with him when you worked for a company in Surrey somewhere (Horley?). He worked with Colin and I for some years at Standard Cash Registers. He was a great asset to our business but we ran into some hard times about 12-15 years ago (could be more, you know how time flies) and sadly we had to let him go. He worked for a few years at a Safety Equipment Company in Lancing, and then moved to an Industrial Supply Company called Wurth. He still pops in for a cup of tea now and then and my wife Martina and I love to see him. If you would be interested have a search at Standard Cash Registers Worthing. Regards, Terry.

By Terry McCann (29/11/2012)

From 1980 to 1982 I used to work for Kearney Trecker Marwin. I do not know if anybody remembers me or anybody that worked there at Hollingbury?

By John Leach (01/12/2012)

My brother-law worked at gross cash regesters in the 60s-70s. His name is Pat Kelly. Does anybody remember him?

By Stephen Raynsford (18/01/2013)

Hello Steve Raynsford here. I mentioned my brother-law worked at gross at Hollingbury Pat Kelly 1964-1985, he remembers Phil Hill and a few other people. He now works at BQ in Brighton.

By Stephen Raynsford (23/01/2013)

Wonderful to see this photograph, although it was a year or so after my family left for Canada (1957). My father worked at Typewriter Sundries. I still remember walking the footpath from Elsted Crescent over towards the Industrial Estate to meet my dad coming home from work - a less complicated time! Peter.

By Peter Denyer (18/02/2013)

Hi everyone, I'm doing a bit of research into the working conditions of maintenance workers at Gross' Brighton site. Please email me at rhf-howard@hotmail.com. Thanks very much for any help offered.

By Rando Howard (19/07/2013)

I came across this website and must say it is nice to read that most people loved Gross. I joined in 1969 and was there at the end - happy days.

By Laurie Mason (27/09/2013)

I worked at the Salisbury branch and I remember Bob Latter was on the phone giving out b*ll*ck*ngs to someone almost everyday, it seemed like he was running everything. Once I heard some manager ask "what's it got to do with him? He's the service director!" and the person answered back that Latter was in charge of everything - even the toilets! I only ever met him once when I went to Brighton to collect a replacement van after a road accident had written it the van off and he asked to see me. He just wanted to know what happened and only wanted to ask if I was pushing the service maintenance contracts and how much revenue I was collecting. The branch manager was Fred Jones and he was a great boss, I enjoyed working there very much

By Richard Oram (13/02/2014)

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