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Post-WWII Mr John James established a chain of radio and TV shops in Bristol
1964 James established an investment trust, a public company, to hold his family's interests in the new Williams Supermarkets, furniture dealers, as well as James' radio and TV shops, and his family's investments; shares would also be available to employees and Bristol residents to invest in the company
1965 Announced intention to buy companies for the trust's new industrial division. The second acquisition by the industrial division was of H. J. Godwin, maker of pumps based in Gloucestershire and Savage Transformers of Devizes
1967 Disposed of its interests in TV sets and rentals in order to invest in industrial interests. Acquired majority interest in Abbot Brown and Sons of Beaminster, and its associate Smiths (Calculators) of Wareham, makers of dials, calculators and name plates, and engravers and printers
1975 The company was largely controlled by the James family; it had a broad range of investments
1977 A mixture of industrial interests and investment portfolio, growth was slowing as it got larger
1979 Acquired by Wolseley Hughes