Category Archives: Lotus

Evode Ltd

On 3rd June 1932 Spic and Span Shoe Polishes Ltd of Glover Street, Stafford was set up to supply shoe polishes for Lotus Ltd, who were part owners. The company was formed by Adolph Axelrath, the owner of the Yankee … Continue reading

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Lotus Ltd

For most of its life, Lotus Ltd was the biggest shoe manufacturer in Stafford and Stone. The closure of the Stafford factory in late 1998 effectively ended the area’s long history of shoemaking. The company’s origins lie with Thomas Bostock … Continue reading

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Vik Supplies Ltd

Vik Supplies Ltd was formed in Stafford in 1912 by Lotus Ltd as the Patent Non-splitting Wood Heel Co Ltd. The name was changed in 1921 to Vik Heels Ltd, and again in 1930 to Vik Supplies Ltd. The company … Continue reading

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Stafford Tool & Die

In 1957 the Engineering division of Lotus Ltd was subject to a management buy out, and a new company, Stafford Tool and Die, set up a factory on Rowley Street, Stafford. The company continued to supply the shoe industry, specialising … Continue reading

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