Taken from a full page feature from “The Stage” newspaper 1973
During October 1973 THE STAGE newspaper presented a full page feature on THE BAILEY ORGANISATION, one of the largest and fastest growing nightclub operators in Europe.
The company had a chain of almost 20 nightclubs, and plans to use a £3m budget to develop a further 10.
Vice Chairman, JOHN SMITH explained that the success of the company was its ability to recruit a young enthusiastic management team with flair.
“Flair is often of more important than experience”, explained JOHN, “and understanding and willingness to learn are often more useful than knowledge.”
Twenty six year old TONY SPRAGG was the Area Manager for the Midlands. Originally from Cardiff, TONY had been with the company for three years. Prior to this he was a Deputy Manager for the RANK ORGANISATION.
One of the most popular figures in the Lancashire area was 36 year old SID STEWART. SID worked as Area Controller for Lancashire and Yorkshire, and had been with BAILEYS for 10 years.
Tireless charity fundraising had made the BLACKBURN people “adopt” SID as one of their own.
Currently he was taking care of BAILEYS OLDHAM, but would be returning to BLACKBURN when the CAVENDISH was rebuilt after a tragic fire.
Former metropolitan policeman MIKE PAYNE had been with BAILEYS for less than two years when he was made Manager of BAILEYS LEICESTER. MIKE had originally joined as a Trainee Manager but his ability, drive and enthusiasm received quick recognition, and soon became manager of the largest nightclub in the company.
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There were also BAILEY clubs at – HULL – BARNSLEY – SHEFFIELD – DONCASTER – STOCKTON