Tag Archives: Bell Woven

An Office Life 11: Acquiring Business Intelligence


One of the first lessons I learned was you need to know where you fit in the machine or your effort may be pointless. This is aptly demonstrated by the Sandbox experiment when I went to Fielden House Productivity Centre … Continue reading

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An Office Life 10: What’s in a Label?


What is a Label? There are various definitions for a label, for the purposes of Belwoven a label was a bespoke design and weave job lot for customer purchase. Job size could range from 500 labels to half a million. … Continue reading

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An Office Life 9: Intermission (images)


We rarely keep the things of our lives. Peeking through my archives I came across a little black book with some notes to my earlier blog post:Intermission. I reproduce these below without further comment.

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An Office Life 8: Intermission


1) Learning the work. Work is easy – find the pattern and fit in. Do the job better, faster, more effectively and cover all the bases; create space to do more. Everything that goes without saying. There are barriers to … Continue reading

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An Office Life 7: Stock Take


When I started at Bell Woven (often contracted to Belwoven) textiles was still a significant employer in Lancashire. Although the writing was on the wall for functional specialisation and careers in it, there were still opportunities for those who looked … Continue reading

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The Beast from the East


Due to job searching, a whingey, whiny letter to my local MP, a long drawn out struggle to revive my HTC Desire (‘optimising app’ loop anyone?), reviewing Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Thuvia, Maid of Mars, reading + giving feedback on a … Continue reading

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An Office Life 6: Waste


Waste What is waste? To my teenage self it was rusty bicycle chains, damaged wheels from cars, the occasional battered pram, tangled in rotting fabric, all smeared with orange metallic spill from upstream, the River Calder. The river was a … Continue reading

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An Office Life 5: Temporary Short Time


Temporary Short Time Working Supplement Who remembers that? In Bell Woven it ran from 1979 to 1982. By that time I’d been in their employment for 3 years. 3 yeas is a lifetime if it’s your first job – apart … Continue reading

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An Office Life 4: Form Design


Form Design (by hand) One of the main issues in running a manual reporting system was form design. While at school, I’d taken price in my mathematical, logical approach to… well things. The thing is, this wasn’t adequate preparation for … Continue reading

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An Office Life 3: Office Routine + Jacquard Looms


Office Routine It often seems the case that once you master a technique, you want to apply it everywhere. Harry – I started off calling him Mr. Braithwaite; even though he told me Harry was fine, I always felt more … Continue reading

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