Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 163,352 pages of information and 245,904 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

T. Cowie

From Graces Guide

of Sunderland, car dealer

Founded by T. S. K. Cowie and developed by Tom Cowie

1938 Company incorporated. The Cowie family opened a second-hand motorcycle shop in Sunderland.

1994 Renamed Cowie Group. The group owned many motor car dealerships as well as car rental business and a few bus operations including Grey-Green, Leaside Bus Co

1995 Acquired South London Transport Ltd

1995 Cowie Group PLC, a diversified transport group which operates franchised bus services in London, held 4 per cent of the UK bus travel market.[1]

1996 Acquired British Bus, North East Bus and County Bus, making the group a leading bus operator. Continued to expand the dealerships and the motor hire operations.[2]

1997 Renamed Arriva plc

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Sources of Information

  1. Competition Commission report 1996
  2. 1996 Annual report
  • Companies house filings