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Scribbans and Co

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July 1912. Sidney Straker and Squire 20-cwt van for Scribbans Rich Cakes.

Wholesale bakers

1927 Public company incorporated to take over what was claimed to be the country's leading producer of slab cake[1]. Its success had been achieved without advertising or use of travellers and the company was largely unknown to the general public[2]

1931 Expansion of the main factory at Smethwick and planned extension in Dublin[3]

1938 Multiple-store customers were cutting their orders as they were obtaining more supplies from their own bakeries[4]

1939 Created a large sales organisation to win business from general stores in view of the loss of custom to the multiples[5]

1942 Acquired more shares in the main subsidiary George Kemp Ltd[6]

By 1945 the company owned George Kemp Ltd in London (manufacturer of biscuits) and Scribbans-Kemp (Scotland) Ltd, which had a factory at Leith making cakes and biscuits, and Scribbans-Kemp (Northern Ireland) which also made cakes and biscuits; also owned the transport company Hurst and Payne of Birmingham, and Meesons, retailers in Manchester[7]

1946 Name changed to Scribbans-Kemp Ltd[8]

1947 Established a research department under the control of a distinguished scientist[9]

1951 Expanded the retail side of the business with the acquisition of a further 31 shops[10]

1952 Acquired Barker and Dobson of Liverpool, confectionery makers[11]

1956 Acquired Gardiners Ltd of Northern Ireland and Bensons of Bury and A. E. Smith and Co of Manchester[12]

1957 Solartron Electronic Group were developing and manufacturing for sale the electronic check-weigher developed in the company's laboratories. Acquired London Kiosks Ltd[13]

1960 Acquired cake makers Oliver and Gurden of Oxford[14]

1961 Acquired H. H. and S. Budgett of Bristol, wholesalers and retailers, and Hughes Brothers of Liverpool, makers of processed meat products[15]

1964 Sold Kemps Biscuits to Wright's Biscuits[16]

1969 Sold the bakery business to J. Lyons and Co including the Smethwick factory; acquired several small chains of stores[17]. Name changed to S & K Holdings.[18]

1972 Name changed to Barker and Dobson[19]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times May 16, 1927
  2. The Times, Jul 22, 1927
  3. The Times, Jun 25, 1931
  4. The Times, Jul 16, 1938
  5. The Times, Jul 27, 1939
  6. The Times Jul 30, 1942
  7. The Times, Aug 09, 1945
  8. The Times, Sep 21, 1946
  9. The Times, Sep 17, 1947
  10. The Times, Sep 21, 1951
  11. The Times Oct 03, 1952
  12. The Times, Oct 12, 1956
  13. The Times, Oct 08, 1957
  14. The Times Oct 18, 1960
  15. The Times, Oct 10, 1961
  16. The Times Oct 22, 1965
  17. The Times, Jun 30, 1969
  18. The Times, Nov 27, 1969
  19. The Times, Jun 26, 1973