Group    From 1750 

Finlays

From Finlays we learn that: James Finlay (d. 1790) began his career in Glasgow in the family textile business selling cotton goods. He moved into embroidered muslins and also manufacture. His son KIrkman (d.1842) expanded the company taking over 3 mills in Scotland and selling the produce to Europe, the Americas and India. Initially the cotton came from the Americas but with the civil war there Finlays began acquiring their cotton from India. Their tea business started in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and expanded into Africa. 2000 taken over by the Swire Group (see the Swire war memorials).

A small office was opened in London in 1871 but the head office did not move from Glasgow to London until 2007.

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Finlays

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Tea trade - St Katharine Docks

The Tea Trade at St Katharine Docks This plaque commemorates 335 years of th...

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John Lewis Partnership

John Lewis Partnership

Retail group. Founded by John Spedan Lewis after his father John Lewis gave him control of the Peter Jones department store in Chelsea. All its employees (known as Partners) are co-owners. The comp...

Group, Commerce

3 memorials
John Reynolds Roberts

John Reynolds Roberts

Shopkeeper and philanthropist. Born Camberwell. Aged 17 he and his brother Thomas, left their home in Newington Green and began work in London as errand boys in a drapers. In 1870 he opened a store...

Person, Commerce, Philanthropy

2 memorials
Lord Ritchie of Dundee

Lord Ritchie of Dundee

Chairman of the Port of London Authority in 1935.

Person, Commerce, Politics & Administration

1 memorial
Lloyds Coffee House

Lloyds Coffee House

Edward Lloyd first opened his coffee house on Tower Street in 1687 but had to move to larger premises in Lombard Street in 1691. It was a meeting place for businessmen where information was exchan...

Building, Commerce, Community / Clubs

1 memorial
Dairy Supply Company Limited

Dairy Supply Company Limited

Establihsed by George Barham in the late 19th century to sell milk-related things, such as the milk churns which Barham had invented.

Group, Commerce, Food & Drink

3 memorials