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Shipping house, colliery owner, merchant, of St Helens Place, City of London
1895 William Mitchell Cotts recognised the potential for South African coal and developed the port of Johannesburg for exporting Natal coal
Shipping house established in London, serving South Africa
1932 Name changed to Mitchell Cotts and Co; owned 90 percent of the shares in Alldays and Onions
1935 Took over the shares of the Saint Line which carried out the shipping for the company
1936 Public company
1963 Started growing plants in Ecuador to provide pyretherum extract to make insecticide from natural sources; this was intended to diversify production from the initial source, Kenya
1968 Expanded into warehousing, cold storage and transport in Britain as well as expanding its engineering interests
1969 Combined Alldays and Onions and another of its subsidiaries, J. C. Peacock (Engineers), both involved in industrial fans, in a new company called Alldays Peacock. Acquired Prestage Holdings, a Bedford/Vauxhall dealer
1972 Offer of rights to shares in Mitchell Cotts Transport to existing shareholders
1981 The company made virtually all its profit from its engineering and transport activities and nothing from trading It had made 75 percent of its profits in South Africa but this was declining.
1982 As part of its strategy to increase the business in Britain, the company acquired private company Howard Humphreys, consulting engineers, but sold its 75 percent in Mitchell Cotts-Lennon, project contractor, because it could not acquired full ownership
1980s Alldays Peacock was acquired by the Spire Group.
1986 Acquired Wharton and Wilcocks, maker of modular work holding systems