R.J. Taylor (Televisions) Ltd
Ron served his five year apprenticeship at Carr & Carr, Great Yarmouth, attending Southtown and Lowestoft Colleges. He met Gillian at Carr & Carr and they were married on October 17th 1967. After finishing his apprenticeship he moved to RC Snelling of Blofield Heath, later moving to Panks of Norwich. He obtained a City & Guilds pass with distinction in colour television at Norwich College in 1972.
In 1972 Ron opened R.J. Taylor (Televisions) Ltd at a corner shop in Southtown, with Gillian as company secretary and Ron’s parents helping in the shop. With old fashioned service, the business grew, establishing a name in the Great Yarmouth area. The boat television business was taken over from Roy Snelling and was built up with over 1,000 Mitsubishi 12 volt colour televisions being rented out to Norfolk Broads boatyards. R.J. Taylor (Televisions) Ltd joined a buying group and with the extra benefits matched the big boys on price in their showroom.
The business prospered and was moved to larger premises on North Quay where the domestic rental side of the business flourished to find itself in the 1990’s with 15 staff. Ron’s interest in Radio and Television led to a museum being established within the shop premises, this was used in a Pontins Exhibition in the early 1990’s.
Ron was now concentrating more himself on computers and established RJT Internet Services with its own ISP which supplied internet and email to its users.
As 2000 was reached non traditional outlets began trading in electrical goods and the prices of television was slashed, making it a throw away article, with this service diminished.
By this time Ron had established a good computer customer base. Selling the North Quay premises, R.J. Taylor (Televisions) Ltd was moved to a smaller premises on Ormond Road with Tim and Colin (two of the firms ex-apprentices) running the television business. Tim started his apprenticeship with R.J. Taylor (Televisions) Ltd in 1981 straight from school, Colin starting 2 year later. RJT Internet Services was moved to Ron’s house which traded from a newly built workshop, making the computers for Tim and Colin to sell in the shop.
With 2007 approaching and Tim and Colin not wanting to take R.J. Televisions) Ltd over completely, a tough decision had to be made. After 36 years of trading RJ Taylor (Televisions) Ltd will close its shop doors at Ormond Road for the final time on 26th January 2007.
Colin is now moved to Sussex, working for the Sussex Police Force as an IT engineer, Tim has had interviews and will remain in the Great Yarmouth area.
The computer side will carry on trading from Ron and Gillian’s home at Stokesby under RJT Internet Services, with an online computer shop, selling computers and accessories. Ron’s museum pieces are being moved to Roy Snellings museum at Blofield Heath.
For all those customers who have supported R.J. Taylor (Televisions) Ltd over the years:-
Thank you, we appreciate your custom, but most of all the lifelong friendships made