The 1950s: Perkins as a Public Company

Throughout the decade growth of the Eastfield plant was continuous, with manpower and production increasing rapidly - from 25,000 engines and 2,850 employees in 1950 to 75,000 engines/year and over 7,000 employees by 1960. In the same period, sales turnover rose from £6.5 million to over £25.0 million, with exports accounting for over 70%. Amongst the significant events in this period, Mr M I Prichard joined the Company, initially as PA to Frank Perkins in 1953. Perkins recognised the importance of training and opened its own Apprentice School in 1956, and announced the Suggestion Scheme in 1957.

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