Remember the days when ……..
….you could show your Marconi ID card in a shop and get a discount?
I had forgotten them too, until I went to buy a new car. At the showroom, we were struggling to bridge the gap between the price of the car and what I could afford to pay. We then got to talking about who I had worked for before I retired and, when I said that I had worked for SELEX Communications, suddenly there was an extra discount available from Vauxhall.
Apparently there is a â€˜Partnersâ€™ scheme whereby employees and pensioners of certain companies receive a discount from the list price of a new car before you start beating the dealer down.
So, if you want to buy a new Vauxhall, go to County Motors and ask if you qualify for the extra discount under the Partners Scheme. I think BAE was another of the companies and it shouldnâ€™t be too difficult to link Marconi Communications with its new name of SELEX. Mention The Marconi Veteransâ€™ Association if you do and, maybe, Vauxhall will make us a Partner.
It makes me wonder if there are any other traders who would still give discount to employees (past and present) of the old Marconi empire. Although I doubt it in these difficult times, it might be worth asking.