In April 1972, Sexton, Son and Everard Limited, a Norfolk shoe manufacturer, went into liquidation and its workforce threatened occupation. This was carried out in the small Fakenham factory which employed women on the closing of shoe uppers. Coming as it did after the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders' occupation, the Fakenham women's work-in, which was on a much smaller scale, stimulated support and interest from the trade union movement and women's groups nationally. After 18 weeks of occupation the Fakenham workers received a donation from the Scott Bader Commonwealth and decided to form a co-ownership company on the lines of Scott Bader's own. Their work from that time varied from closing shoe uppers to manufacturing Envopaks (a plastic document case). The company traded successfully for a number of years but went into receivership in August 1977.
Reference: Deposit information; 'Fakenham Enterprises' (Co-operatives Research Unit, Open University, Co-operative Research Monograph No.1, 1978); J Wajcman, 'Women in control', (Milton Keynes, Open University Press, 1983).