Trevor Storer

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Trevor Storer
Born(1930-07-11)11 July 1930
Leicester, England
Died 31 July 2013(2013-07-31) (aged 83)
Nationality British
Occupation Founder of Pukka Pies
Spouse(s) Valerie Storer
Children Tim, Andrew and Susan

Trevor Storer (11 July 1930 – 31 July 2013) was a British businessman and founder of the Pukka Pies company in 1963, which was originally called Trevor Storer's Home Made Pies. He was the author of Bread Salesmanship, which became the training manual for Allied Bakeries in the 1960s. Originally making his pies in his own home, he built the company up until retiring at the age of 65, but remained chairman until his death. As of his time of his death, the company turned over £40 million a year.

Pukka Pies

Pukka Pies is a manufacturer of pies based in Syston, Leicestershire, United Kingdom. A family company founded in 1963 by Trevor Storer as "Trevor Storer's Home Made Pies", it was named Pukka Pies in 1964. It is currently run by his sons Tim and Andrew. It employs 262 people at its factory in Syston, producing 180,000 pies and pasties per day.


Early life

Storer was born in Leicester on 11 July 1930. He attended Alderman Newton's School, and after leaving school at the age of sixteen he worked in the family bakery, which had been founded by his grandfather in 1899. Following his National service, which he spent as an instructor at the British Army's bakery school, he rejoined the family firm. In 1960, the company was sold to Allied Bakeries and Storer was persuaded to become a trainee manager. He wrote a book entitled Bread Salesmanship, which was used by Allied as a training manual. [1]

Alderman Newtons School

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Pukka Pies

He left Allied Bakeries in 1963, and sold his Austin-Healey Sprite to fund the opening of his own company. Initially called Trevor Storer's Home Made Pies, [1] as they were made in his home in Earl Shilton, [2] he sold 1,200 steak and kidney pies in the first week, mainly to pubs. He expanded the range to include chicken and mushroom pies, [1] turning over £12,000 in the first year. [2] In 1964 the company was renamed to Pukka Pies at the suggestion of his wife. She later explained that it was so named as it was a fashionable term at the time and "represented something that was top-notch". [1]

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Steak and kidney pie British savory pie filled principally with a mixture of diced beef, diced kidney (often of beef, lamb, or pork), fried onion, and brown gravy

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Under Storer's management, the company slowly expanded across the UK and opened a factory in Syston, Leicestershire. He retired in 1995 at the age of 65, but remained Chairman of the company. His two sons, Tim and Andrew, took over the day-to-day running of the business as joint managing directors. [1] The company celebrated its 50th anniversary in early 2013, [3] by which time it was selling 60 million pies a year. [4] Storer died at his home on 31 July 2013, survived by his wife, two sons and daughter Susan. [2]

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