Happy Birthday, Coinadrink!

Coinadrink, the vending company based in Walsall, is celebrating its 55th anniversary in business this week and its founder, Roger Williams, is still at the helm.

Roger’s career began in 1956 as a Commercial Apprentice with Joseph Sankey of Bilston. In 1957, the company produced its first vending machine under license from the US based Vendo corporation and by 1960, it was the UK market leader in drinks vending. Continue reading “Happy Birthday, Coinadrink!”

1962? I Remember You!

2017 marks a significant milestone for Coinadrink.

On 2 February, we’ll be celebrating our 55th birthday and even as we’ve been planning how we’ll celebrate and commemorate this auspicious event, my mind has been taking me back to the world as it was when first we opened for business.

Much as I’d like to think otherwise, the foundation of Coinadrink doesn’t quite make it into the list of 1962’s Top Ten events! We didn’t realise it at the time, but 1962 was an eventful year; one which would have an enduring impact on the world.

When we opened for business, Harold Macmillan was PM and according to him, ‘we’d never had it so good’. I suppose he had a point: inflation was low, at just 1.1% and pretty much everybody was in work. The average price of a house was £2,670 – although such a sum would have bought you something pretty impressive in Walsall – and the average wage was £799 a year. A pint of milk cost 1/4d (that’s 6.5p in ‘new’ money!) and a pint in the pub would set you back 2/4d, (11.5p).

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