From the story "": "As the fifth plate of his 10-course, $150 prix fixe tasting menu dinner was carefully placed on the manicured table in front of him, Kohl-Strauss Media Group CEO Tom Byatt reportedly told a colleague Tuesday that in order for the company to stay afloat in this adverse economic climate, staff layoffs would likely be necessary." [The Onion]
Tom Byatt (Engineers) Ltd was bought out by the Bristol Street Group in 1972 and one of its divisions, Truck Bodies Ltd, was merged with another company called Welford Engineering Ltd to become Welford Truck Bodies Ltd. It remained on Victoria Road and John carried on his role as coach builder at the new company. His General Manager there was a young man called Donald Burton.
Tom Byatt Ltd., Fenton, distributor : Proposed formation of new company (Abandoned)" : file incl. notes of mtg., of May; copy of lease of NCB land for proposed new building; financial proposals by Malpas, Simmons & Co. (B50.d.9)
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In John’s early days at Tom Byatt, the build process was a lot different from what we see today. Other than the odd bit of steelwork prepared by the blacksmith, each worker was given a job to build and they would manufacture it themselves from start to finish.
Ray first stepped into the transport industry in the World Cup winning year of 1966 as a painter and coach builder at Tom Byatt Engineers. As understudy to Don Burton since the early days of Welford Truck Bodies, Ray has worked his way through several key roles in both production and manufacturing and has been critical to the success of Don-Bur since its inception. As Production Director, Ray oversees the entirety of production.