Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 163,123 pages of information and 245,598 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

British Bus

From Graces Guide

1992 Company incorporated on 19 October 1992. The founders were the executive management committee which had been created to turn around the fortunes of the bus operating division of Drawlane.

British Bus subsequently acquired the operating subsidiaries and the majority of the assets of Drawlane except for Drawlane's 25 per cent interest in National Express.

Some of the Drawlane businesses acquired by British Bus were unrelated to the core business and were sold.

British Bus made a number of further significant acquisitions in 1993, 1994

1994 British Bus Group Ltd was incorporated and then acquired British Bus and its operating subsidiaries. As a result of this refinancing, the group raised new equity and increased its debt facility to enable British Bus' expansion.

1995 British Bus was one of 7 companies that accounted for approximately 60 per cent of the UK bus travek market[1]

1995 acquired Arrowline (Travel).

1996 The main operating subsidiaries were:

1996 Acquired by Cowie Group


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Sources of Information

  1. Competition Commission report 1996
  • Competition Commission report 1996