The Joe Lyons Story – Food for Thought
||Thursday 18th May 2017
BCS, 5 Southampton St, London WC2E 7HA
About the seminar
The Lyons Teashops, the Corner Houses and, of course, the Nippy waitresses
have become part of social history. But this is only part of the story....
The power point presentation, with archival photos, stretches from 1887 to 1990s,
from the time when Joseph Lyons, a born entrepreneur, but with no previous experience
of the catering industry, co-founded a company to sort out the indifferent catering
at national exhibition halls of the late Victorian era.
From small beginnings, the company progressed into catering for the general public
and was to become the first ‘food empire’ in the world.
We shall hear about all the main activities throughout the history of the company,
including those that are not so well known, such as catering for the
British Empire Exhibition at Wembley, for 15,000 guests at Royal Garden Parties,
for management of a wartime ordnance project and the in-house development of the
first ever business computer, LEO.
The talk includes amusing anecdotes and many surprises along the way.
2017 marks a double anniversary for Joe Lyons.
He was born some 170 years ago and died 100 years ago
so the talk is particularly appropriate.
About the speaker
The speaker is Neville Lyons.
There is a family relationship in that his grandfather and Sir Joseph Lyons
(knighted in 1911) were first cousins.
Although Neville was not personally involved with the company business,
this relationship was a driving force towards the research that led to the talk.