Peggy Nisbet as as Business woman
Peggy was energetic, determined and confident. She had lots of flair and lots of ideas which she tackled with enthusiasm, seeing them through to the very end.
On 14th May 1970 disaster struck. The factory at Whitecross Road was burnt down. Pattern books, customer details, supplier's information and stocks were lost. It was thought the business would end, but Peggy was determined to carry on. With the support of Weston Borough Council, land was given on the Oldmixon commercial estate, and a new factory opened in January 1971.
In the early 1980s Peggy handed the business over to her son‑in‑law and daughter, Jack and Alison Wilson, although she continued to take an active part for some while. The company moved again, this time to a campus in Winscombe. The new site was spacious enough to cope with what was by now a comparatively large and busy enterprise. At this time a contract was signed with Royal Doulton to clothe their china dolls, in a "Birthday" range, (based on the well known nursery rhyme). Also there was more emphasis on the making of soft toys including lovely, cuddly, good quality teddy bears.
Peggy had by now retired, and immediately turned her energies to writing a book about her life, her experiences and of the many who helped her, and the interesting people she met through her dolls. Over the years she became a well known personality in the international world of dolls, especially in the USA, where she was in great demand to speak at doll collectors' conferences. She also gained a national reputation as being an expert on national and historical costume, and was regularly consulted on the subject.
Peggy had a presence, and was never backward in coming forward.
"She started out when there weren't many woman business people around, and became well‑known all over the world. She was a large‑built lady with a presence to match." quote from the obituary printed in the "Bristol Evening Post", October 1995.