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Constructional and general engineers of Manchester and Willenhall
1937 Prospectus published to raise capital for a new business Heenan, Beddow and Sturmey Ltd established to acquire the Newton Heath part of Heenan and Froude, constructional engineers, as well as 2 old established businesses: Beddow and Sturmey Ltd of Willenhall (designer and manufacturer of locks), and C. H. Pinson and John Minors and Sons of Willenhall (manufacturer and retailer of locks) which had been carried on in association with Beddow and Sturmey. The issue was heavily oversubscribed.
1945 Strong business; government contracts dominated the business but civilian work would be taken on where there was capacity.
1948 Good order book but business constrained by fuel crisis
1955 Dividend passed; not reinstated for many years
1964 Workload was well below capacity; small increase in orders would improve profitability without increasing overheads
1970 Take-over by merchant bank Innes Segal and Co
1970 Increase in authorised share capital. Change of name to Heenan Beddow. Existing constructional and general engineering activities transferred to subsidiary William Knott and Son who would take on the name Heenan, Beddow and Sturmey to preserve goodwill in that name.