Tributes paid to Black Country business pioneer Mr Poundland

8/18/2022 9:35:00 PM

It was the moment that would change Keith Smith's life forever.

Tributes have been paid after the death of Keith Smith, who started out as an engineering apprentice and went on to co-found the retail giant Poundland. He died at his Shropshire home just days before his 80th birthday.

It was the moment that would change Keith Smith's life forever.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter! Sign Up Keith Smith with a picture of himself as an apprentice at Wellman Smith Owen in 1960.House Of The Dragon star Rhys Ifans said acting in the Game Of Thrones prequel was a great opportunity to work with “incredibly talented” actors he admires, including Northampton's Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Olivia Cooke.Max George has reportedly turned down a “£160,000 deal to appear on Celebs Go Dating ” as he continues to grow closer to Eastenders actress Maisie Smith.Image caption, A video of Marina Smith, at the celebration of her life last month Holocaust campaigner Marina Smith appeared able to answer questions at a funeral celebration of her life, thanks to new technology - her son has said.

.His teacher had told him to learn his times tables, and as a rebellious young man, he naturally ignored this instruction.House Of The Dragon is a fantasy tale based on author George RR Martin’s Fire And Blood which is set 200 years before the events of Game Of Thrones.So he was given the cane.Producers even reportedly offered him a six-figure fee to appear on the show in an attempt to entice him, yet sadly they had no luck, after he was seen enjoying a holiday with his Strictly Come Dancing co-star Maisie."I got punished for it and learned them in two days after that," said the Black Country retail magnate in a 2005 interview.Ex-Time Lord and The Crown star Smith stars as Prince Daemon Targaryen, younger brother of King Viserys and heir to the throne, while Cooke plays Alicent Hightower."The experience completely changed me.Mr Smith, the chief executive and co-founder of StoryFile, told the BBC the technology meant, once a person had died, it was possible to have a conversation with them "as if they are there, and they will answer you".

" Mr Smith, best-known as the co-founder of Poundland with his son Steve, has died two days before his 80th birthday.“I think what defines a great actor is creative generosity and every single actor who I worked with on this show has that in bounds.“He's found the past few days tough.Steve said his father died at Ludstone Hall, Claverley, last Friday shortly after being diagnosed with lung cancer.At Ludstone Hall, Claverley Keith grew up in Willenhall, where he attended Central School.” Follow NorthantsLive At NorthantsLive we're more than just news.He said he had no interest at all in education until his experience of the cane.Yet things are thought to have hotted up between the pair, with rumours of a romance between the talented stars kicking off in January as the Strictly Live tour got underway.After leaving school he studied at Wednesbury College, and at the age of 16 he followed in the footsteps of his parents by landing an apprenticeship with Willenhall engineering firm Wellman, Smith and Owen.Follow us on Facebook here and Twitter here.Later, after that person's death, an AI system selects appropriate clips to play in response to questions from people viewing a remembrance video; the person in the video appears to listen and reply.

Keith Smith as an apprentice at Wellman Smith Owen in 1960 He didn't stay there long.While wife Maureen was expecting son Steve, he bought a gross of pens to sell to workmates and neighbours.I think Paddy Considine, Matt Smith and Olivia Cooke were already on board, three actors I really admire, they’d obviously read it and liked it, so I thought ‘if they’re in, I’m in’.” It has come at a difficult time for Stacey, too, as her ex-husband Ryan Giggs, 44, is currently on trial accused of using controlling and coercive behaviour and assaulting his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville.So successful was the enterprise, that he decided there was more money to be made as a trader on Bilston Market."It turned out I was right," he said.” The big-name series also stars Line Of Duty, Doctor Who and Death In Paradise actor Steve Toussaint, who plays Lord Corlys Velaryon, a famed nautical adventurer who has built his house into a powerful and wealthy seat.Keith Smith with his father in 1958 After 15 years on the market, he realised there might be more money to be made supplying the retail trade.She always had a feeling there was something between them because she saw their chemistry.The founders of StoryFile hit upon the idea for the company while working on creating interactive holograms of Holocaust survivors for the USC Shoah Foundation.

Starting out from a garage in his mother's garden, he expanded to take on a 2,000 sq ft unit at Five Ways in Tipton.“When you walk up to the sets and see all the wonderful work that has been done it is a bit awe-inspiring, but the actual work of acting is exactly the same, you look into another actor’s eyes, extract truth from them.He soon ran out of space, and after moving to the Coneygre Industrial Estate and then a former Vono factory, he set up the famous Hooty’s cash and carry store on the Longacres Estate in Willenhall.Son Steve, who had been attending Bilston Market with his father from the age of two, followed in the family business, before they sold the business and planned to retire.He told the PA news agency: “I am not going to shy away from talking about it, it is a fact, certainly people have let it be known that they aren’t happy in no uncertain terms.Keith and wife Maureen moved to Majorca, and the plan was for Steve and his wife Tracy to join them 12 months later, having agreed to stay behind for the handover of the business.But at the last minute Tracy broke down in tears and revealed she couldn't bear to be apart from her mother, so the couple visited Keith and Maureen to explain they would be staying the in UK.“If you feel the need to broadcast to the world that you don’t like the show or, in fact, as some people have, get in contact with me on my timeline and tell me how much you don’t want me to not be in it then there is something wrong with your life, you need to get out and do something.But Mr Smith rejects the idea that current technology is capable of this: "Everything about us is so absolutely unique to us," he said.

Sitting round the pool in Spain, Keith recalled a trader on Bilston Market who had a box in which everything cost a shilling."Out of everything he sold, it was this box that made him all his money," recalled Keith.” The series also features Emma D’Arcy, who plays Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the king’s first-born child, who is of pure Valyrian blood and a dragon rider, Considine as King Viserys Targaryen and Eve Best, who plays Princess Rhaenys Velaryon in the new series."So I thought we could do the same with a pound." Keith gave Steve £50,000 to open their first shop in Burton-on-Trent just before Christmas 1990, which took £100,000 in the first 10 days.“They all make me look better as a writer, they are all wonderful to work with, they’re smart, most of them come from a theatre background, so they really get into the work of the character.The business headquarters was a £30-a-week office in Dudley Street, Sedgley, equipped with a second-hand desk and fax machine.

As Poundland became a staple of the high street, the company needed more storage space.Co-creator Martin, who served as executive producer on the series, was forced to miss the world premiere of HBO’s House Of The Dragon on July 28 after testing positive for Covid-19 and did not appear at the London premiere.And in an amazing twist of fate, the company opened a new warehouse on the site of the Wellman, Smith and Owen engineering works in Willenhall, where Keith had done his apprenticeship.By this time he was living at Ludstone Hall, which he bought for £2 million in 1997.READ NEXT:.Keith Smith at the museum in the grounds of Ludstone Hall, Claverley.The museum raised thousands of pounds for charities in the village, including All Saints' Church.

Keith and Steve sold their business for £50 million in 2002, turning the pair into multi-millionaires.In 2014, Keith opened a Poundland Museum in the coach house at Ludstone Hall, chronicling the family's rags-to-riches story.Among the items are Keith's first business computer, complete with an 8in black-and-white screen and floppy disc drive."We had a client list of 19,000 stored on those discs," recalled Keith at the opening of the museum."It was all about getting return business so the computer was a godsend.

Computers were a completely new thing back then but we always tried to be up with the times." All of Keith's business enterprises are documented through a series of photographs and newspaper articles decorating the walls of the museum.They included a 1974 cutting from the Express & Star, documenting complaints about delivery wagons blocking the roads around his 'fancy goods and popular toys retailer' in Poplar Avenue, Tipton."That was my first warehouse and we were ridiculously busy," he recalled in 2014."I always had the view that where business is concerned no news is bad news, so I never minded being in the paper.

"Some of the residents got fed up for a few weeks but it all died down eventually." Keith Smith at the museum in the grounds of Ludstone Hall, Claverley.The museum raised thousands of pounds for charities in the village, including All Saints' Church.But for Keith, the most significant photograph in his museum depicted the huge interior of the Poundland distribution depot in Wellmans Road, which, by a strange twist of fate, was built at the site of the Wellman, Smith & Owen factory he started out at in 1960."You could say I came full circle," he said.

"Both myself and my dad worked at that factory and my nan had a house on the same piece of land."Then years later we ended up knocking it down.It's funny how life goes sometimes." He leaves a widow Maureen, 79, and sons Steve, 60, and Sean 51, and daughter Mandy, 57..

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