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John Derby Allcroft (1822–1893) by Sir Francis Grant, 1873 photograph by courtesy Sotheby's Picture Library, London

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Allcroft, John Derby (1822–1893), glove manufacturer and entrepreneur, was born in Worcester on 19 July 1822, only son and elder child of Jeremiah Macklin Allcroft (1791–1867), who was a partner in the glove manufacturing firm of J. and W. Dent & Co. His mother, ...

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Andrews, William (1835–1914), industrial designer, entrepreneur, and politician, was born in Coventry on 17 March 1835, the only son of three children of James and Isabella Andrews. His father was a Scot, a former regular soldier, and small businessman of Coventry. Andrews attended ...

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Bulmer, (George Henry) Bertram (1902–1993), cider manufacturer and business entrepreneur, was born on 30 August 1902 at Fair Oaks Cottage, Kings Acre Road, Hereford, the eldest of the three sons of Edward Frederick Bulmer (1865–1941) [see under Bulmer, Henry Percival] and his wife, ...

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(George Henry) Bertram Bulmer (1902–1993) by Bill Warhurst, 1984 © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Carré, Jean [John Carre] (d. 1572), entrepreneur and glass manufacturer, was born in Arras, Artois, the son of Antoine Carré and Dunigell Michell Prevost, probably before 1520. It is likely that he passed at least part of his early working life in the town since his daughter ...

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Clark, Sir Allen George (1898–1962), entrepreneur and industrialist, was born on 24 August 1898 in Brookline, Massachusetts, in the United States of America, the elder child and only son of Byron George Clark, a businessman who travelled extensively in Europe on behalf of the ...

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John Farquhar (1751–1826) by William Thomas Fry, pubd 1823 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Farquhar, John (1751–1826), merchant and entrepreneur, the son of John Farquhar, was born at Bilbo, in the parish of Crimond, Aberdeenshire. Born of humble parents, at the age of fifteen he was awarded a bursary to attend the Marischal College of Aberdeen. After four years of study, he was entitled to the award of MA, and he soon moved on to ...

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Fox, Robert Were (1754–1818), merchant and industrial entrepreneur, was born on 5 July 1754 in Fowey, Cornwall, the second of the five sons of George Croker Fox (d. 1807) and his wife, Mary. The Foxes were a Quaker family holding a long-established and significant position in Cornish commercial life. As mine owner, merchant, and shipping agent, ...

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Gatti family (per. 1847–1981), restaurateurs, theatre owners, and entrepreneurs, came to prominence with Carlo Gatti (1817–1878), who was born into a patrician family in the frazione (district) of Marogno in Dongio, Val di Blenio, Ticino, Switzerland, on 27 July 1817, the youngest of four sons and three daughters of ...

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Haan, Sidney Isaac De (1919–2002), businessman, was born at 21 Mossford Street, Mile End, in the East End of London, on 6 February 1919, one of eleven children of Benjamin De Haan, who worked in the well-established local boot and shoe industry, and his wife, ...

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Holden, Sir Isaac, first baronet (1807–1897), inventor of a wool-combing machine, entrepreneur, and politician, was born on 7 May 1807 at Hurlet, near Paisley, the seventh child of Isaac Holden (d. 1826) and his wife, Alice, née Forrest. His father, a native of ...

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Hoseason, James William Nicholson [Jimmy] (1927–2009), holiday entrepreneur, was born at Keen's Farm, South Cove, near Southwold, Suffolk, on 6 November 1927, the son of William Ballantyne (Wally) Hoseason (1887–1950), a Shetlander, and his wife, Jessie Mary, née Nicholson (1893–1970), a Scottish cousin. His sister, ...

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Julius [née Goldman, afterwards Hille], Rosamind (1923–2010), design entrepreneur and furniture manufacturer, was born on 30 November 1923 at 144 Bethune Road, Stamford Hill, London, the eldest daughter of Morris Goldman (1897–1968), retailer and manufacturer, and his wife, Rachel (Ray), née Hille (1899–1986)...

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Mackworth, Sir Humphry (1657–1727), industrial entrepreneur and politician, was born in January 1657 at Betton Strange or Grange, Little Betton, Shropshire, the second son of Thomas Mackworth (c.1628–1696), landowner, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Richard Bulkeley of Buntingsdale, Shropshire. The ...

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Paley, Richard (bap. 1746, d. 1808), industrialist and entrepreneur, was born in Langcliffe, Giggleswick, and baptized on 10 August 1746 at Giggleswick parish church in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the second of the four children of George Paley (1721–1765), a freeholder, of ...

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(Esther) Janet Reger (1935–2005) by John Stillwell, 1990 PA Archive / PA Photos

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Reger [née Phillips], (Esther) Janet (1935–2005), lingerie designer, was born in Jubilee Street, London, on 30 September 1935, the eldest daughter of Hyman Phillips, textile manufacturer, and his wife, Ray, née Levine. Both her parents were the children of Jewish immigrants; her paternal grandfather, ...