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Ferguson Industrial (Holdings)

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Builders merchants of Northumberland

of Appleby Castle, Appleby, Cumbria (1974)

1970 Acquired some of the fixed assets and stock of the merchanting division of Henry Foster Building Products[1]

1972 Acquired N. F. Ramsay and Co, architectural ironmongers of Newcastle, and Frost and Murkett, builders merchants of Nottingham[2]

1973 Issue of shares to the public by ICFC[3]

Acquired shares in Liner Concrete Machinery Co

1975 Acquired Wright-Scriven[4]

1976 Acquired Allan Kennedy and Co[5]

1977 Acquired Hindson Print Group[6]

1978 Acquired Harkwell, to extend the specialist printing activities[7]

1980 Acquired Surrey Fine Art Press[8]

1980 Acquired Gosforth Industrial Holdings, the remnant of Swan Hunter after the ship building activities were nationalised[9]

1986 Sold the building supplies division to Bowater in order to concentrate on printing and packaging[10]. Sold Allan Kennedy and Co to TWIL and Hodgetts and Mole to Greengate Woodturning (1940), a subsidiary of the Chillington Corporation[11]

1987 Acquired Berisford Group, maker of ribbons and labels[12]

1999 Reduction in capital approved[13]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Aug 20, 1970
  2. The Times Aug 01, 1972
  3. The Times, Feb 15, 1973
  4. The Times, Aug 21, 197
  5. The Times, Jun 15, 1976
  6. The Times, Sep 08, 1977
  7. The Times Jul 14, 1978
  8. The Times, Nov 11, 1980
  9. The Times, Dec 03, 1980
  10. The Times, February 14, 1986
  11. The Times, September 17, 1986
  12. The Times March 17, 1987
  13. The Times, December 23, 1999