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Making Things Happen, Famous Names from Ealing Studios

By Louise Penn for her blog. Louise is part of our Famous Names project.

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Famous Names from Ealing Studios – new local project

Ealing, West London, is the home of the iconic Ealing Studios, and during the stewardship of Will Barker, Basil Dean, and Michael Balcon, produced some of the most iconic and well-loved films to come out of British cinema, especially in the 1940s and 1950s.

In more recent years the studios have become a place where both films and television have been created, and you can still see the ‘White House’ adminstration building as you walk from High Street towards St Mary’s Road.

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For the last ten years Ealing town centre has not had a permanent cinema; there is the local Film Club, which meets in the Town Hall, and there has been a travelling van showing up-to-date titles, first on Haven Green, and later within the perimeter of the demolished Empire/ABC.

There have been plans afoot for some time to develop a lifestyle quarter within Ealing, emcompassing retail, residential, and cultural spaces (including that long-awaited replacement cinema). This is where the Famous Names from Ealing Studios comes in.

The brainchild of Tony Moore, this project now has a dedicated public Facebook group and has attracted interest from Ealing Council, Ealing Regeneration, Ealing Highways, Rupa Huq M.P., Ealing Today, the Ealing History group, Ealing Department of Works, Talking Pictures TV, with other potential supporters already approached.

Ealing, with its importance not just to the history of cinema, but also to television (Monty Python filmed many sketches within the borough, Downton Abbey’s ‘downstairs’ scenes were all filmed at the Studios), and to music (‘The Ealing Club’ was instrumental to the careers of The Who, The Rolling Stones, and Cream), should be a popular stop on the tourist trail, and a Walk of Fame would attract interest, investment, and a financial boost for the area between Ealing Broadway, Bond Street, and Mattock Lane.

Many performers have been linked with Ealing or been in residence here: Sid James, Tony Hancock, George Formby, Gracie Fields, Dick Emery, Earl Cameron, Freddie Mercury, Dusty Springfield, Julian Clary, Arthur Haynes, Googie Withers, Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sam Kydd, director Steve McQueen, Matt Monro, Liz Sladen, John Gregson, Stewart Granger, Maurice Chevalier, Gloria Swanson, Tommy Trinder, Will Hay, Ivor Novello, Harry Fowler, Jack Hawkins, Joan Greenwood, Gordon Jackson, and Mervyn Johns, to mention just a few.

What better way to remember them, and put Ealing firmly on the destination map?

The Famous Names from Ealing project needs publicity, awareness, and the backing of the local community and business owners to make this work. Please consider joining the project – for more information follow the link above to the Facebook group, or contact Tony Moore directly by Email 

 

se Penn, for her blog that reaches 16,000 people.

 

Making Things Happen!

Ealing_Studios_London_England  Ealing Walk of Fame

Those who know me, or who have read my book, “One Of A Kind Making Things Happen,” know that my life’s motto is “Make Things Happen” and to this statement I am part of a group called Ealing History. Ealing is where I grew up and where I have a large family and also where my heart is.

Recently I formed this group, Famous Names of Ealing Studios,” to honor the link that Ealing has with its world famous Ealing Studios, which are by the way the oldest working studios in the world dating back to 1910. The group I have formed is going to lead the implementation of a “Famous Names of Ealing Studios “walk of fame” where the names of the many many actors and actresses, names  from the bygone times and present day films, TV shows and famous Ealing Comedies, will be indelibly linked to Ealing by having their names set into paving stones.

Ealing’s Walk of Fame

The artist’s impression above shows Ealing’s new Multiplex, an area for the arts with cinemas, apartments, cafes and shops. The famous names will appear in this courtyard, down from Ealing Broadway Station and will lead on to the world famous Ealing Studios on Ealing Green.

I am very happy to be part of this project and will for sure make this happen, together with my project group.

To make things happen, all we need to do is to imagine being there and seeing the finished project which I have done since the onset of this concept.

This idea is gaining traction, support, financial help and will for sure, happen!

Interview on Fox News Inspirational Entrepreneurs

This was an interview I was asked to do for a Fox News program called “Inspirational Entrepreneurs” where I was interviewed about my first book One Of A Kind. My interview, in this program , hosted by Lauren Simonetti, in New York, is about making a new business concept work in a global market. We also discuss how a difficult upbringing can help motivate success. Fox News Interview with Tony Moore Lauren referred to me as a “Serial Entrepreneur” now that’s funny!

Click here to see the interview Interview with Inspirational Entrepreneurs

 

 

What Does It Take – Managing A New Product amidst Tough Competition

My Article published in Business View Magazine:

Article  published in Business Magazine View (BMV)

18 Business View – January 2015
By Tony Moore
NOTE: This is an excerpt from Tony Moore’s book, “One of a KindTony Close Up – Making  Things Happen,” which is available on Amazon.com
With so many U.S. companies facing competition from overseas; what does it take to produce excellent U.S. made products competitively priced to compete. I was General Manager of a U.S. glove company when a new glove came into the market from Pakistan. Within a short time it had
taken 20% of our sales, and with such tight margins, it wasn’t long before we were facing losses that would shut the company down unless we did something fast. I had some seventy staff that would be left jobless as a result so urgent decisions had to be made. I could either go offshore (they lose their jobs anyway) or I could try to make a better product here in the USA. Going offshore has very high set up and initial delivery costs plus the transfer of information leading to a completed and acceptable ready to sell product. We were in the certified firefighting glove market requiring that all of our products had to be tested and certified annually. I called a meeting with all my factory staff and laid out not only our firefighting gloves but those of our competitors. In most cases factory or production staff seldom, if ever, actually see competitors’ products to compare them to what they are making. I laid out both our products and our U.S. competitor’s products alongside. I invited my staff to see for themselves the differences and to show them the comparison of our products with these less expensive and very comparable products. 

I had already taken this U.S. manufacturing company from Batch into continuous LEAN manufacturing, that had reduced our production costs by 33% with a streamlined operation, but we were still more costly than these imports.  I shared my vision of what it would take to produce a superior and more competitive product that would enable our customers to choose a U.S. made product, reasonably priced and one that could be chosen in preference to these less expensive products now coming into our market. Sharing this vision of what it would take was key if this company was to survive and prosper against less expensive imported products. I began the design process focusing on nothing else but I also involved the entire factory in this solution as their ‘buy in.’ My factory staff, with their own knowledge of production and sewing techniques, helped me to produce the best sewing processes into the new glove design, so that it could be produced cost effectively, with as few production steps as possible to be produced in potentially large quantities.

The outcome was that, after many hours of focusing on designing a brand new and state of the art product, that matched the vision I shared with my entire company; we finally had exactly what we needed. The final product was better I had envisioned and was very different from all other products in the current U.S. market. Cash was now very tight and we could not afford to promote the new glove, so, instead we made 80 pairs and sent them out to the top 80 distributors for feedback.
The finished glove had the best dexterity, feel, grip and form fit of any existing product in the U.S. firefighting market. I focused on keeping to standard components but developed a state of the art adhesion system that had never before been used in U.S. glove making. I
targeted the manufacturing costs to an end product that would be priced in the mid-range of all competitive products so that initial end user cost would not become a barrier for a new product entry. Over time, and with the gloves increasing success, I raised the
price, to where I had planned it to be, with no market resistance at all, due to its increasing popularity.
Not only did the glove do exceptionally well, but it became the biggest selling firefighting glove in the entire U.S. firefighting glove market.
Within six months of its launch we had sold $1 million in sales and the sales continued to climb as more and more distributors came back on board. I firmly believe that U.S customers should not choose a U.S. made product solely because it was U.S. made; but should choose the best product at the most acceptable price. I set out to make a more desirable and a more competitive U.S. made product that my customers would choose over a less expensive imported product.
What can be learned from this highly competitive issue:
Share the existing problem with your staff and let them be part of the winning strategy.
Show a comparison; if you can, with your competition’s products explaining why yours is losing market share.
Ask for your co-workers help ; With the solution and involve them in the process.
Share your vision, of what will be required to stay in business, and no sugar coating the issues, as they will help drive the energy required to complete the process.
Focus, focus, focus, on the task at hand and do not become sidetracked with interim issues. It’s hard to focus on a solution while sales and profits are diminishing but if you allow other problems to take precedence you will lose.
It is not easy to develop a new product against a backdrop or losing market share, profits and reputation, but what’s the alternative? With so many U.S. companies losing control of their markets to offshore production we should absolutely endeavor to keep the technology, innovation and above all jobs, here in the U.S. and this is just one example of success in doing so.