Holroyd left School after the Fifth Form to join the Public Assistance
Department of Huddersfield Corporation. Then after a spell as a lorry
driver (no licence being required in those days!) he joined the Navy
and spent over three years travelling around the far east.
At the end of the War, in 1946, he joined a small foundry in
Huddersfield, Crowther & Gee Ltd and in due course became its
owner. The company was sold in 1986, at which point Austin joined
forces with his son and a friend to set up a rubber mouldings company,
Huddersfield Polymeric, which was sold on Austin's retirement in 1992.