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Family businesses

Saturday, 22 October 2011

The Institute for Family Business has published research which reveals the 10 oldest family businesses in the UK.  Nine of these had been trading for over 200 years and the Financial Times highlights the oldest which is a butchers called R.J. Balson & Son that started trading in in 1535. Another article about it is available here.

The ten companies are:

  • RJ Balson and Son (butchers)
  • R Durtnell & Sons (construction)
  • C Hoare & Co (private bank)
  • Morning Foods (cereals)
  • Aspall Cyder (juice & vinegar)
  • Lock & Co (hat maker)
  • Toye, Kenning & Spencer (military manufacturer)
  • Folkes Group (real estate)
  • Berry Bros & Rudd (wine merchant)
  • Salts Healthcare (surgeons’ instrument manufacturer)


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This blog will provide information about the development of a National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland. It will also be used to provide general updates about Business Archives in Scotland.

This blog is written by Kiara King, the Ballast Trust archivist. Updates on the Data Mapping Project are written by Cheryl Brown, project officer.


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