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The Factory Extension Meeting


(In Hector Grant's office) 


Is the Boardroom ready for the meeting, Miss Corby?


Yes, Mr. Grant.


Where's the agenda?


It's in the folder. Also, a copy of the minutes of the last meeting.


I shall need the drawing of the new extension. Where's that?


It's in the folder, too.


You haven't forgotten anything?


I don't think so, Mr. Grant.

(The meeting has just started) 


Well, gentlemen, I don't think we need to read the minutes of the last meeting, as copies of them have already been circulated to you (Murmurs of agreement.) Right. The minutes of the last meeting are taken as read. Now, let's get on. Mr. Wiles, will you report, please, on the result of your interview with the Building Inspector?


Yes. The delay in getting bye‑law approval was largely owing to the fact that the architect had not supplied detailed plans of the foundations of the new building.


I've now given the Building inspector the detailed plans.


May I go on, Mr. Grant?


Yes, Peter.


As you know, at the speed we're growing, I have felt right from the beginning that we ought to have planned a much larger extension.


No. We mustn't grow too quickly. Slow but sure is the way this business will grow. But we went over all this in our original discussion, so there's no point in going over it all again.


But what will happen, Mr. Grant, when we need to expand again? If we have to build another extension in a year or two it will be exasperating to have to go through all this work again. It's taken a long time to get permission to build, and to reorganise the machine layout, not to mention the building costs, which go up every year. Wouldn't we be saving time and money, if, even at this late date, we build six bays instead of only three?


I'd like to have a regional sales office on the new site, too.


If there's any additional space, Martin, I need it for production or stores.


May I remind you, gentlemen, that the space you are arguing about does not exist. We stick to our present plan. Now, time's getting on. The next item on the agenda is the report from the Personnel Manager about the additional labour that's going to be required. So far, lan, we've had no difficulty in obtaining skilled workers, but is this situation likely to continue or not?


Well, the position is this: skilled labour is getting harder to find. There's plenty of unskilled labour, and I think we should start a training programme now. Then, by the time the new extension is ready, we should have the right number of trained men.


Let's see. Phillipson, how long will the factory take to build, once we've got our permission?


If the contractors are very efficient I'd say five months, possibly less.


Well, lan, can you produce enough skilled workers in, say, six months from now?


Yes, I think so.


Very well. I think we all agree that a training programme should be started immediately (Murmurs of assent). Good. You will minute that, Mr. Buckhurst, won't you? Also, that Mr. Hampden will make an estimate of the cost. Now we come to item number three on the agenda. Peter?


Our I.D.C. was granted provided the Fuel and Paint Stores were placed in a different position, to avoid the danger of fire. Mr. Phillipson has now proposed that we rebuild the present Managers' garage as a Paint Store. This would be a great saving in time. It's on the other side of the delivery bay, and would halve the time taken to unload and store the stuff.


Where shall we put our cars?


Well, they can stand in the car park like everyone else's.


Just a minute, gentlemen. What is all this going to cost?


I propose to extend the present garage to meet the west wall of the delivery bay and knock in a door here. The present Paint Store can then be used for other storage.


Splendid. Just what we need.


Very well... yes, this does seem a sensible solution. If we are all agreed...? (Murmurs of “yes”). Right, I presume there is no other business? (Chorus of “no’s”, “don’t think so’s”). Very well, the meeting is over. Thank you very much, gentlemen...





The room in which the board, or group of directors who control a business, meets (sala de directorio).


List of points, items, to be discussed at a meeting (agenda).


A kind of file in which papers can be kept. Usually the papers are loose (carpeta).


A written summary of what is said at a meeting. It is a legal requirement in Great Britain that minutes are kept of board meetings, and all those attending as directors must sign them (minutas de reunión).

taken as read

A phrase used when it is decided not to read the minutes of the last meeting aloud. According to rules governing official meetings, the minutes must be read aloud if they have not previously been circulated (dadas por leídas, se supone que todos están al tanto).

to get on

To start (arrancar, comenzar).

Building Inspector

In Britain, as in most countries, you have to get permission from the local government authority to construct new buildings. The building plans must be submitted and accepted. Later the Building Inspector will come to make sure you build exactly according to the plans (inspector de construcciones).


Building bye-laws are rules and regulations drawn up by the government concerning building in the area (estatuto o reglamento).


All buildings have foundations; nowadays they usually consist of a concrete raft or metal piles driven deep into the ground (cimientos).

to go on

To continue (continuar).

to go over

To check out, to examine (revisar, repasar).

there's no point in

It makes no sense (no tiene sentido).

to go through

To experience (experimentar, volver a pasar).

machine layout

The way in which machines are placed inside a building; the disposition of machines (distribución de la maquinaria).

to go up

To increase, to rise (subir, los precios o costos).

to stick to

To keep, to adhere (mantener, respetar).

item on the agenda

Item means a subject to be discussed; the agenda is the list of these subjects (tema o tópico de la agenda a tratar o discutir).

skilled workers

Workers who are expert in some particular general skill, e.g. capstan-lathe setters, press setters, kiln operators or maintenance fitters. They earn more than unskilled workers. Tradesmen are skilled workers in a specific trade, e.g. bricklayers, carpenters, electricians and painters (trabajadores especializados).

training programme

A plan for training unskilled workers in certain skills (programa de entrenamiento).


An outside firm doing a special job under contract. Usually associated with building work (contratistas, especialmente de la construcción).


A forecast of the cost of goods or services on which a decision to proceed or not can be made (presupuesto, estimación).

to be over

To be finished (dar por terminado, finalizado o concluido).


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