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“Tetco”, Tower Hamlets: corporate thrust

“Tetco” burglar alarm, Tower Hamlets • This thrusting, self-piercing arrow is either strangely phallic or reminiscent of a devil’s tail. It has a late 1980s corporate feel: something Margaret Thatcher would have approved of on a BA plane’s tailfin, or the door of a privatised BT phone box. Calling your company “something-co” is equally corporate, but a risky strategy: it can sound impressive if the image is good enough, but it can also look pathetic with a shonky design. This just about falls in the former camp, so I assumed Tetco was quite a big operation. However Google only throws up a Tetco Security Systems in Deal, Kent that exists solely on business directory sites (aka business graveyards), and another registered in Cheshire that appears equally inactive. So despite its professional image and name, this firm is presumably defunct. • Spotted: Redchurch Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E2, England, 2006 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of Bethnal Green and Bow

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  1. I think business graveyards is a bit harsh, I know a few small companies, thriving in this shoddy economy, that simply do not have a web presence. I would say that a company dealing in technology of some form that hasn’t got a web presence is somewhat odd though.

    • I’m certainly not having a go at small companies. But there seem to be a lot of random business directories that stopped updating a few years ago – what I mean by business graveyards – and they clog up the search results. Although they’re quite useful for hunting defunct security companies!

      So far I’ve found that if a company doesn’t turn up on any web searches EXCEPT very old business directories, and doesn’t even seem to have an email address, it’s always turned out to be defunct (or bought out by ADT & co). If a firm’s still operating, there’s always an email address or basic holding page to be found at the very least. I really don’t think anyone would trust a security firm who didn’t have some kind of web presence, in this day and age.

      • Ah, well if you really look at the results that crop up in any search engine for any search string most of the results are something graveyards then! Basically the internet is 99% complete bollocks.

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