THE ALAN CARTWRIGHT FOUNDATION
Alan was the father to joint Tiger managing directors John and Steven Cartwright. Both John, Steven, their mother Joyce and sister Alison, wanted to set the foundation up in recognition of everything he achieved in his life. In addition to all his hard work and determination in building his family business, S Cartwright & Sons Ltd now known in the industry as Cartwright. The Foundation will be a charitable organisation, supporting organisations that were close to Alan and also to his family.
The foundation will work alongside Tiger in raising money and awareness for both The Circulation Foundation and The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
The Spirit of Tiger
Alan was one of the most respected coach and commercial vehicle body builders in the UK’s transport industry. He was a real character and dedicated nearly 60 years of his life building the business and the brand that is Cartwright.
Alan started work at the age of 15, working with his father in an open barn in Wythenshawe, building high quality timber framed coachbuilt bodywork. Once they outgrew the barn, they moved to Altrincham, where the business went from strength to strength.
Alan married Joyce in 1963 and went on to have three children, John, Steven and Alison. Alan quite often worked seven days a week, visiting customers, designing the products, planning and working with the shop floor (cigarette in hand!), to ensure the orders were completed to the customer’s satisfaction. Through the 70’s and 80’s the company gained a great reputation attracting well-known names in retail, parcels and the transport industries.
John and Steven both joined the business in the early 80’s and began to learn the skills that have led to their success today. Alan was able to experience a number of his personal interests first-hand as the business established itself and became very successful. He held a keen interest in flying and the RAF, in particular World War 2. During his life he passed his private pilot’s licence - (while building the family home), flew in a twin seat Spitfire (that did a victory roll), flew in Concorde... and then actually flew in Concorde’s flight simulator.
Alan carried on working in the business as Chairman until 2011, until he sadly died at the age of 73. He left the business he had built, with a fine reputation and left his spirit living on with John and Steven. Since the departure of John and Steven from Cartwright in March 2014, his spirit now lives on at Tiger and to recognise this, The Alan Cartwright Foundation has been launched.
The Alan Cartwright Foundation will focus on donating to its preferred charities, the creation of the Alan Cartwright Apprentice Award, for our first, second and third year apprentices, starting in 2016.
In addition, we plan to organise a small number of select events to recognise the Foundation and the great man it represents.