Rediffusion Business Electronics Litchfield.
In 1983, Business Electronics created a separate division called Field Engineering - FED for short to handle all of it's installation and maintenance work. Employing 130 people at six branches, it initially worked just for RBELs communications, Music and Business Video divisions. Later it is exploited its skills and experience by getting work outside the Rediffusion group.
Lichfield employed four office staff and 13 technicians, all who had to be versatile in their field.
Turnover in 1984 was close to £2 million.
Peter Miller, the Field Engineering Manager, headed up the Lichfield branch with over 25 years experience
in the Rediffusion group. The service work was generally based around Installations from Rediffusion Group companies such as, CCTV, Communications Networks, Computer Systems, Public Address etc. Some third party service work was also undertaken.
Covering a large service area from Oswestry in the west to Skegness inthe east and Scotland in the north, FED could complete 80% of their service calls within 24 hours.
Major customers inluded: Wilkinson Transport, TNT, West Midlands Fire Service, Allied Brewery.
Field Engineering Division
Unit 1a Trent Valley Works
Trent Valley Road
Litchfield Staffs. WS13 6EU
Telephone: 0543-256277 25771/2
Rediffusion Business Electronics Limited
Peter Miller with secretary Margaret Scott 1984
Birmingham Airport Information and Display Terminals 1984
Roger Hine making adjustments to one of Birmingham Airports Information Display
The Field Engineering Division had additional ofices and workshops in the following locations:
Surbiton, Camberley, Bristol, Wetherby, Tranent, Macclesfield, Tamworth and York.
In 1989 RBE was divided up with the CCTV contracts being managed by Shorrocks, a seperate division of the BET group.
The Hotel and in house movie contracts were sold to Thorn EMI Business Electronics for £13 Million.