John Malone started working life in the drawing office at Blaw Knox in Watford. Three years later the family moved to Chelmsford where my father and myself started the toolmaking firm of The Malone Precision Tool Co Ltd. It later moved to Witham, Essex, where we built our own factory. We grew to employ 70 people. After a number of years we sold to a much larger company.
I now joined up with 2 friends to form a company selling industrial sewing machine parts and needles to clothing and shoe factories, etc. This was MEC (Sewing Machines) Ltd. We started with £1,500 and sold it 8 years later for £240,000 to Willcox & Gibbs of America where I stayed on as MD when it became MEC Willcox.
I left some years later to set up a company to sell scissors and needles under the name of Newpart Associates which I still own with my wife Mary. These are items I was selling in MEC.
Further to this we now thought it was time to open a website on these products, hence the start of the Scissor Shop.