Stedman, Ronald (30 of 32). Food: From Source to Salespoint
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1999-09-08, 1999-09-30, 1999-10-28, 1999-11-17, 2000-04-20
Interviewee's home and Butchers' Hall, London
Stedman, Ronald, 1917-2009 (speaker, male)
Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)
Part 30: Tape 15 Side B: More about names – relationships between children then and now – Judy’s personality and her employment with firm of solicitors. Problems with shop manager. Explains why he sold the shop (but not the freehold) and when. Details of shops he later bought in Croydon, Norwood , Orpington and Warlingham – latter still has name Stedman over it. Paying back bank loan over several years. Managed his finances himself and admits to making mistakes, gives examples. Crash in 1987 losses amounted to about £120,000. 1989 thought about buying factory. Previous arrangements for trip around world with wife so cancelled purchase. Talks about his residential properties in Uckfield, Sussex, how and when he decided to get out of the meat trade. His realisation of advantages of supermarket shopping and how it would affect small shops. Selling group of his shops to another chain – policy of his shops, quality of meat etc – changes in selling and in cuts of meat in the current trade. RS’s office in Smithfield (Boundary House). Manages business from own home. Appointed someone to buy meat for his own shops. Lists advantages of his £10,000 a year salary from Rowlandson in 1960’s. Describes organisation of his working day. Leaving employment with GR. Effect on their relationship when GR brought his own son into business to take over RS’s position. Family holidays at Elmer Sands, took housekeeper with them. Help in house cleaning and looking after children. Talks about 8 years in first house then 8 years in Victorian house then moved to East Sussex farm to Stonehouse estate in 1970 same year he left GR. Love of sailing - details of experience. Details of RS’s 50-60 acre farm – big house useful to children and grandchildren, there 13 years. Says buying farm new route for him as he wanted to try his hand at sheep-farming. Energy required at lambing time.