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The history of Pace

Salts Mill reborn as a centre of new technology

Salts Mill was reborn from the late 1980s onwards as a centre for innovative industrial, recreational and cultural businesses. The story of this renaissance would not be complete without an account of Pace Micro Technology Limited, one of the earliest, and largest, tenants of the mill.

Mike Farren has now provided that account. Step through the timeline below to follow the development of Pace, and select the More links to read Mike’s in-depth research, including interviews with the three founding directors of PACE.

1970s – present


1970s – early 1980s










1983 – 1984




1986 – 1987


1986 – 1987










Present day



With grateful thanks to the founding directors of PACE, who shared memories and notes:

David Hood – PACE Joint Chief Executive

Barry Rubery – PACE Joint Chief Executive

Rob Fleming – PACE Operations Director.

Author: Mike Farren, May 2021

Download a PDF of the whole story

Mike’s account above can be viewed or downloaded as a single document from the Saltaire Collection catalogue. 

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