Woodhouses 1970 to 1979

Woodhouses 1970 to 1979: The Inflation Years

The 1970’s in the UK were turbulent years characterised by petrol shocks, accelerated industrial change, government change and financial bailouts which collectively led to labour unrest, high unemployment and runaway inflation.  The post WWII expansion finished abruptly as manufacturing costs escalated, product quality plummeted and imports threatened the very markets and products for which the UK was famous. There were strikes all over the public sector including British Coal, British Rail, the CEGB and British Leyland and stretching across the local authority workers who were all on go slow or complete shut down. It was a volatile decade when just staying in business was an achievement of itself.

Gladly, the Woodhouses business of traditional shows and events continued despite the national strife and turmoil. At their offices in Nottingham a second floor of office space was constructed by the site foreman during the winter months.  On completion an adjacent plot of land was bought and the Woodhouse Engineering Works was constructed from where they traded as Tinsley Wire and Weldmesh Distributors and Fabricators of Steelwork.

In this decade the 4th generation Woodhouse brothers were promoted to management roles and in 1976 Robert, Michael and Richard Woodhouse were made Directors of the family  business.  Product renewal, replacement and gradual improvement were the targets of the day as material costs escalated year on year with inflation rising to nearly 15%.

 1974 Covered Grandstand Badminton Horse Trials
1974 Covered Grandstand Badminton Horse Trials
1974 Open Grandstand Badminton Horse Trials
1974 Open Grandstand Badminton Horse Trials
1974 Temporary Stables Badminton Horse Trials
1974 Temporary Stables Badminton Horse Trials
1970’s Iremonger road LH Woodhouse workshops and offices.
1970’s Iremonger Road LH Woodhouse workshops and offices.
The 3rd & 4th Generation Woodhouse Family, Michael, Robert, Leslie, Bruce and Richard in the Iremonger Road workshops.
The 3rd & 4th Generation Woodhouse Family, Michael, Robert, Leslie, Bruce and Richard in the Iremonger Road workshops.
1971 Woodhouse Bedford Truck which cost £876 new.
1971 Woodhouse Bedford Truck which cost £876 new.
Invoice from the 70's for the CLA Game Fair Shotover, Wheatley, near Oxford.
Invoice from the 70’s for the CLA Game Fair Shotover, Wheatley, near Oxford.

 

Woodhouses began contracting as follows:

  • Many thanks for your email and yes everything was great on site with regards to your barns thank you very much.

    Thank you for all your help and assistance prior to the event as well, it was much appreciated, as was the hard work from your guys installing and dismantling.

    Royal Windsor Endurance, May 2014

    Viv, vivevents

  • I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for everything you have done at Greenwich Park for London 2012.

    It has been a pleasure working with you and your team, and I would have no hesitation using Woodhouse again or recommending you to others. I think your stables are first class and you rightfully received great credit from athletes and grooms alike. Your approach throughout the design, installation, use and derig was great. Nothing was ever too much for you. Please pass on my thanks to the rest of your team.

    London Olympics

    Stephen Jepson, Greenwich Park Venue Project Manager

  • As the dust begins to settle on RWHS 2016 & HMQ90 I just wanted to pass on a personal thank you for everything that you did individually and the part your teams played in this years double event.

    Thank you for making it an event to remember forever and my role within the project a lot less challenging and stressful than it could have been.

    The Queens 90th Birthday Celebration & Royal Windsor Horse Show

    Harry Guthrie, Production Manager - 2016

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