Delving back into the past in firm’s archives

Looking back: Arden Winch managing director Steve Barker with the old archive books.               PICTURE ALAN JANASZEK
Looking back: Arden Winch managing director Steve Barker with the old archive books. PICTURE ALAN JANASZEK
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There aren’t many companies that can trace their history back over 200 years – and fewer that have letters and ledgers dating back to within two years of being founded.

Arden Winch’s archive also contains the unexpected – copies of racy novels by Lawrence Arden Winch’s son Richard, who served in the Intelligence Corps in Palestine before becoming a writer.

His TV credits include three episodes of Colditz, the Inspector Waugh series and Return to the Regiment, which starred Michael Redgrave, Nigel Davenport and Barry Foster and won a Screenwriters Award.

His last major series, Blood Money, was also published as a novel and was followed by another novel, the Rape of Aphrodite.

Although Richard Arden Winch’s literary and screen career limited his involvement in the business, his son, Nicholas, is a non executive director, together with one of Robert Wetherill’s son Richard,who is company chairman, and daughter Anne.

The firm also boasts a long-serving workforce, including quite a few people with family ties.

“We try to promote from within, from among people who have grown with the company, know the business and the service we like to give,” says managing director Steve Barker, who, himself, joined as a 17-year-old office boy.

“The workforce has extremely long service – even the newcomers have been here nearly 20 years.”