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Kerry's (Great Britain)

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of Stratford, London; of Woodford, Essex; of Warton Road, London E.15. (1964).

Distributors of goods in various sectors and manufacturers of machine tools, cycles, etc

1934 Public company incorporated as East London Rubber Co, wholesale merchants and factors serving a wide range of sectors[1]

1943 Name changed to Kerry's (Great Britain) to reflect the wide range of products and sectors that the company addressed[2]

1944 Bought Northern Factors Ltd[3]

1945 The Kerry-Wickham Cranes had been a great success, reflecting the strategy of selling goods made in their own factories or made for them by others and branded with the Kerry name[4]

1946 Acquired Qualters and Smith Brothers of Barnsley which complemented the Northern Factors business[5]

By 1953 were making machine tools, such as lathes and pillar drills.

1955 Continued high demand for machine tools made by Henry Broadbent; the other manufacturing subsidiaries also experienced increased demand[6]

1956 22nd AGM[7]. Exclusive trading deal with lubricating equipment manufacturer Tecalemit; satisfactory sales by the radio and television, electrical and cycles departments; subsidiaries included:

1957 Acquired Oldfield and Schofield, machine tool makers of Halifax[8]

1959 Acquired Bell and Co (Poole) Ltd to expand distribution network in the south of England[9]

1960 Kerry's (Ultrasonics) were finding increased demand for their products.

1961 Kerry's Tyre Services acquired 2 tyre service companies

1961 Introduced the Capitano light weight moped[10]

1961 Wholesale distributors to the motor, radio, electrical and cycle trades, also machine tool makers, specialising in centre lathes, boring mills, power saws, drills and special purpose machines.

1962 Merged Henry Broadbent with Oldfield and Schofield as Broadbent-Schofield[11][12]

1962 The diversification between distribution and manufacturing continued to produce balanced results; J. Beaumont and Son was part of the Distribution group; increased demand for Kerry Cycles; the moped had sold well initially[13]

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Garage equipment. [14]. Acquired P. G. Day (Electronics) of Hitchin who made electronic equipment for Kerry's (Ultrasonics)[15]

1964 Profits at Kerry's Engineering Co and Kerry's (Ultrasonics) were both affected by the move to Basildon. Heavy machine tools again made a loss; sales of Kerry's Cycles and mopeds had improved; [16]

1964 Formed Kerry-Repco, a JV with Repco, an Australian company, to make and market in Europe the Repco wheel balancing equipment[17]

1966 Corporate reorganisation created Kerry Group as the holding company; Kerry's (Great Britain) became one of the principal subsidiaries. Motor accessories and components, garage equipment, machine tools and engineers' small tools, domestic electrical appliances, radio and television, cycles and cycle accessories, mopeds and marine engines.[18]

Kerry Group had 3 subsidiaries[19]:

1968 Kerry Group was acquired by Quinton Hazell (Holdings)[20]

1969 The Kerry Machine Tools business was sold to Rogers and Jackson, part of the Owen Engineering Group[21]


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Feb 08, 1934
  2. The Times Jul 29, 1943
  3. The Times Aug 26, 1946
  4. The Times , Jul 19, 1945
  5. The Times, Aug 26, 1946
  6. The Times May 25, 1955
  7. The Times May 24, 1956
  8. The Times Oct 21, 1957
  9. The Times, May 25, 1960
  10. The Times, Jun 01, 1961
  11. [1] Malcolm Bull’s Calderdale Companion
  12. The Times, Jan 23, 1962
  13. The Times Jun 15, 1962
  14. 1963 Motor Show
  15. The Times, Oct 30, 1963
  16. The Times , Jun 19, 1964
  17. The Times, Oct 19, 1964
  18. The Times, Jun 13, 1966
  19. The Times , Jun 13, 1966
  20. The Times, Apr 24, 1968
  21. The Times, Sep 16, 1969