Archive : Leyland may drop the ‘British’


The name “British” may be dropped from British Leyland plants abroad because of its ” bad image.” The company’s deputy managing director Mr George Turnbull, said in Brussels :

“In some countries the word is associated with strikes. And in a number of places where we have political problems it does not help our export drive.” Lord Stokes, the chairman, was also critical of British car men today. He said: “If our workers expect us to create new jobs in England they will have to get their fingers out.”

Lord Stokes was opening an extension to a British Leyland factory in Belgium where, he said, “the workers record is superb , in seven years only one day’s work lost through a strike.”

In London a spokesman for the Confederation of British Industries said: “We are surprised that British Leyland should contemplate dropping ‘ British ‘ from their title.”

Keith Adams

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