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Abbatt [née Cobb], (Nora) Marjorie (1899–1991), promoter of toy design and businesswoman, was born on 18 March 1899 at 12 Lovelace Gardens, Surbiton, Surrey, the elder daughter of Edward Rhodes Cobb (1872-1965), a well-to-do fur broker, and his wife Marion Murray ...

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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 Andrews (1807–1873) and his wife, Isabella Hopkins (bap. 1809, d. 1892). His father was a Scot, a former regular soldier, and, as a master tailor, a small businessman in ...

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See Ashley [née Mountney], Laura

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Sir Lawrence Arthur Barratt (1927–2012) by Mike Owen, c.1985 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barratt, Sir Lawrence Arthur [Lawrie] (1927–2012), house builder, was born on 14 November 1927 at Eskville, Warrington Road, Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne, the son of William Arthur Barratt (1893–1971), an electrical engineer on the municipal trams, and his wife, Florence Mary, née Jagger (1900–1987)...

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Barratt, Thomas James (1841–1914), soap manufacturer and pioneer of advertising, was born on 16 May 1841 at 25 Tottenham Place, St Pancras, London, the son of Thomas Barratt, a piano maker, and his wife, Emma Price. He was educated at a private day school, and at fifteen was apprenticed to a firm of ...

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Batley, Lawrence (1911–2002), businessman, was born on 15 February 1911 at 37 Bland Street, Lockwood, Huddersfield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the elder son of John Arthur Batley, iron moulder, and his wife, Beatrice, née Fawley, weaver. Although he passed the entrance examination for ...

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Beckett, Sir Terence Norman (1923–2013), industrialist and business leader, was born on 13 December 1923 at 41 Tasker Street, Walsall, the son of Horace Norman Beckett (1901–1979), a junior civil servant, and his wife, Clarice Lillie, otherwise Clarice Lillian, née Allsopp (1892–1967), both from ...

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Birley, Marcus Oswald Hornby Lecky [Mark] (1930–2007), club owner, was born at midnight on 29–30 May 1930 (his birth was recorded as 30 May), at the Corner House, 62 Wellington Road, St John's Wood, London, the only son of Sir Oswald Hornby Joseph Birley (1880–1952)...

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Boizot, Peter James (1929–2018), restaurateur, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, was born at 13 Council Street, Walton, Peterborough, on 16 November 1929, the son of Gaston Charles Boizot (1907–1964), an insurance inspector, and his wife, Susannah, née Culshaw (1907–1995). He had a younger sister, ...

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Christopher William Brasher (1928–2003) by unknown photographer, 1956 © Popperfoto

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Brasher, Christopher William [Chris] (1928–2003), athlete, journalist, and businessman, was born on 21 August 1928 in Georgetown, British Guiana, the son of William Kenneth Brasher, a Colonial Office engineer, and his wife, Katie Howe Brasher. His family moved to Jerusalem and then, when ...

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Briscoe, John (d. 1697), merchant and projector, is described in many records as a merchant, although little is known of his trading activities. He was apprenticed to a member of the London Salters' Company, although his name does not appear in that company's serving registers. He may have been the ...

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Brooks, Robert (1790–1882), businessman and trader, was born in Laceby, Lincolnshire, and baptized there on 5 April 1791 at St Mary's Church, the second son of William Brooks, yeoman farmer at Laceby, and his wife, Ann Ostler. He was apprenticed to the wealthy ...

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Budge, Richard John (1947–2016), entrepreneur and coal owner, was born on 19 April 1947 at 19 Friar Way, Boston, Lincolnshire, the youngest of three sons of Frederick Thomas Frank Budge (1905–1985), housebuilder, and his second wife, Charlotte Constance Annie, née Parker...

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

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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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Caldcleugh, Alexander (1795–1858), businessman and traveller, was born on 17 June 1795 in London (where he was baptized at St Olave's, Hart Street), the only son and fourth of five children of Alexander Caldcleugh (d. 1809), shipowner and merchant, of Broad Green, Croydon, Surrey...