Radio amateur Alan Wood G4EEE started his business from his back room in the year of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee – now 36 years later, his company has received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise
Wood & Douglas Ltd gets its name from the original partnership between amateur radio enthusiasts Alan Wood G4EEE and John Douglas.
Both were employed in government service, John as a draughtsman and Alan as a physicist, when they began trading as a design consultancy in March 1977. Initially they provided PCB design and manufacture on a subcontract basis.
By 1979 the Company had leaped ahead, with designer Mike Telkman G8DCA, a work colleague and fellow radio-amateur, joining the business. Mike designed a range of products to be sold by mail order, aimed at the radio amateur hobbyist market. In 1981 John Douglas resigned with Alan becoming the first full-time employee of Wood & Douglas, followed by Mike in July 1983.
The supply of "kit of parts" to radio amateurs grew into providing complex, high quality RF design solutions to commercial customers.
Wood and Douglas - http://www.woodanddouglas.co.uk/