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Jeyes Sanitary Compounds Co

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Advertising sign for Jeyes Fluid.
1938.
1947. Streph Antiseptic.
April 1954.
July 1954.
December 1954.
December 1954.
February 1955.

of 64 Cannon Street, London. Works: Richmond Street, Plaistow, Essex.

of Millbrook, Manor Road, Chigwell, Essex. Telephone: Hainault 2763. Cables: "Jeyes, Chigwell, Essex". (1947)

of Thetford, Norfolk.

'The Jeyes business was originally founded by John Jeyes who first patented a disinfectant fluid in 1877 which is still marketed today as Jeyes Fluid. Jeyes was granted the Royal Warrant in 1896 and is still a proud supplier to the Royal Household. Since those early years, many products have been developed which have met with huge approval from consumers and users for their effectiveness in solving many household and industrial cleaning and germ-killing problems.' [1]

1877 John Jeyes patented the disinfectant fluid still sold today as Jeyes Fluid. Jeyes produced his disinfectant in response to the poor social conditions prevalent in Britain at that time.

1881 Jeyes Sanitary Compounds Co registered a trademark for disinfectant, although this trademark is no longer in use.

1885 The company was registered on 11 November. [2]

1914 Specialities: Jeyes' Fluid, and other Disinfectants.

1947 British Industries Fair Advert by Jeyes Laboratories for 'Streph' the Complete Antiseptic. Safe in use - Sure in action and 'Suleo' (DDT) Hair Emulsion to Eradicate and Prevent Head Pest Infestation of Pediculosis Capitis. Undetectable in use. (Chemists' Supplies Section - Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. A.1309) [3]

1955 Acquired the Ibbetson Group, companies that made disinfectants, etc[4]

1960 Maker of Ibcol, Jeyes Fluid, Jeypine, Jeyes Toiler Paper, Sanilav, Miraglo; AGM told about interchange of shares with Peter Dixon and Sons[5]

1963 Acquired Three Hands Ltd

1964 Acquired Serta Ltd[6]

1968 Acquired Brobat, a private company making bleach and plastic bottles[7]

1971 Acquired Associated Aerosol Industries from Thomas Tilling, to form a new business Aerosol International[8]

1972 Cadbury Schweppes acquired the company.

Name changed to Jeyes Ltd

c.1978 The Hygiene division was sold as Jeyes Hygiene[9]

1985 Cadbury Schweppes planned to sell its Jeyes consumer, industrial and aerosol packaging businesses in 3 management buyouts expected to raise £19 million[10]

1986 The consumer company, with products including Jeyes Fluid, Parozone, Sanilav and Bloo, was bought out by its management and became Jeyes Group. The industrial division, Jeyes Hygiene, provided cleaning services and machines to offices, hospitals and hotels. The third business was Aerosol International [11]

1986 Acquired Izal household products maker (a merger that had first been discussed in 1967)[12]

1988 Company shares listed on the Stock Market

1990 Acquired Kleenoff, household cleaning and health products,[13] from Bale and Church of Crawley[14]

1990 Sold the blow-moulding factory at Thetford[15]

1998 Jeyes was acquired by IWP of Dublin[16]

2002 The company was bought out a second time by its management.

Products included Jeyes Fluid, Parozone, Bloo, Easy, Quickies, Kleen Off

2011 Registered office moved to Cambridge

2015 Registered office moved back to Thetford

Jeyes Ltd was renamed Easy Cleaning Solutions, part of the Aromair Group

2016 Jeyes Group was acquired by Henkel. Jeyes Ltd was acquired by Broomco Ltd, another member of the Aromair Group, and would continue toll manufacturing for Henkel for 3 years; Jeyes Ltd would also continue to make and sell products under the Easy, Quickies and Kleenoff brands as well as manufacturing private label products[17]


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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Jeyes Fluid website
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  3. 1947 British Industries Fair Advert 286; and p148
  4. The Times Mar. 10, 1955
  5. The Times Apr. 8, 1960
  6. The Times Jan. 2, 1964
  7. The Times Oct. 11, 1968
  8. The Times Jan. 16, 1971
  9. 1978 Annual report
  10. The Times Dec. 17, 1985
  11. The Times Dec. 17, 1985
  12. The Times Dec. 10, 1986
  13. The Times Feb. 26, 1990
  14. The Times Jan. 11, 1990
  15. The Times Oct. 12, 1990
  16. The Times May 8, 1998
  17. 2016 Annual report
  • Trademarked. A History of Well-Known Brands - from Aertex to Wright's Coal Tar by David Newton. Pub: Sutton Publishing 2008 ISBN 978-0-7509-4590-5