The First Agent outside of the USA was William Parnall a shopfitter of Bristol but
he sold only a few machines. The First Active Agent was J.W.Allinson, a Publican
and Wine Merchant of the American Bar, Lorne Street, Liverpool, who saw a Cash register
on a visit to Chicago and wrote the following testimonial to the company:-
June 9, 1885.
To THE NATIONAL CASH REGISTER COMPANY
Dayton, U.S. A.
When I first saw one of your Self-adding Wheel Cash Registers at Hannah & Hoggs when
in Chicago in Feb'y last, I was so impressed with its utility that, as you know (after
ascertaining whether they could be adapted to the currency of this country), I ordered
one, which has duly arrived and more than answers my expectations, the only regret
being that I had not seen and had one here years ago.
For a day or two mistakes occurred, owing to carelessness, etc., but my people and
the "machine" as they term it now, thoroughly understand each other and there is
but one opinion-that despite the insular prejudice to "Yankee Inventions" they are
bound to come into general use in this country.
A Cash Register is indeed "invaluable to every business man."
J. W. Allinson.
In 1885 J.W. Allinson had become the first Active sales Agent in Great Britain in
his home town of Liverpool. In 1886 he was appointed sales agent for Great Britain,
France, Belgium and Holland. One of his first actions was to open a London Office
in 1886 which was established in one room at 95 The Strand under the name of the
"National Cash Register Till Co"..
The first Cash Registers to be used in Great Britain were at the refreshment stands
at the International Exposition, Liverpool.1886
Mid-to-late 1880's Innovative sales techniques were instituted: guaranteed sales
territories, quota and point systems, sales conventions, conservative dress. Also,
advertising, direct-mail, publications for agents, customers and employees were instituted
on a massive scale.
The Strand & Charing Cross
An expansion of the Business meant more room was required and in 1889 Allinson moved
his showroom to 376 The Strand where Class 3 No. 20583 was sold in 1890. This Cash
Register, the oldest known Register in Great Britain, was purchased for the NCR Heritage
Collection by Ian Ormerod in 1991 from the same company that bought the Register
from NCR in 1890. This register was in use in the same Company Office for 101 years.
In 1891 Allinson's territory was limited to Great Britain
The First Headquarters of the NCR Company . 1895
In the summer of 1895 Patterson arrived in England terminating the Contract of J.W.Allinson
and setting up the National Cash Register Company Limited with a working capital