With the 1971 postal strike threatening the future of his business, the entrepreneur adapted and thrived.
On the strike, he said: “That was a bit disturbing, because all our income was then coming from the mail order company. And with an eight-week postal strike we faced going out of business.
“We headed off down Oxford Street one day and went into various shops, and ended up in a shoe shop.
“I walked upstairs and saw they had an empty space and went up to the manager and said, ‘How about letting us have that space for a record shop? You’ll sell lots of shoes, and we’ll sell lots of records.’
“He said yes and about a week or two later, we opened our first record shop, and we sold a lot of records.”