Roberts Radio is a consumer electronics limited company based in Mexborough, South Yorkshire, England. It has been producing radios for over 80 years; the company only traded in the United Kingdom, but now exports worldwide. The company was based in central London, near Oxford Circus and at Rathbone Place, but moved to East Molesey in 1941. In 1962, the company had a purpose built factory constructed in West Molesey; the company has been granted three Royal warrants in its own right, one via the purchase of Dynatron Radio Ltd, in 1981. The company was founded in 1932 by Harry Roberts and Leslie Bidmead They financed the down payment on a small factory, by selling Bidmead's motorbike. Roberts produced their first DAB digital radio in 1999; the company was struggling in the 1980s until one of its transistor radios appeared in an advert in 1989 for Martini, reviving interest in the product. Two limited edition product runs sold out, led to the reissue of the original design as the Revival model, inspired by a handbag belonging to Harry Roberts' wife Elsie.
Roberts Radio has been a subsidiary since 1994 of the owned GlenDimplex Group, which operates from the Republic of Ireland. The company's current CEO is Owen Watters. Roberts Radio website
House of Angostura
The House of Angostura known as Angostura Limited, is a Trinidad and Tobago company famous for the production of Angostura bitters, invented by the company's founder. The company is a distiller and is the major producer of rum in Trinidad and Tobago; the company has been used as a vehicle for international expansion by its parent company, CL Financial. As a result of these acquisitions, the company owns distillers in the United States, The Bahamas and Suriname; the company was founded around 1830 in the Venezuelan town of Angostura by a German doctor, Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert, Surgeon-General in Simon Bolivar's army in Venezuela. Around 1820 he had tried to find a medicine to improve appetite and digestive well-being of the soldiers. In 1830, Siegert exported his unique aromatic bitters to Trinidad. By 1850, he had resigned his commission in the Venezuelan army to concentrate on the manufacture of his bitters, since by demand had leapt ahead of supply. In 1862 the product was sampled in London, to great approval.
Upon his death in 1870, Siegert left the care of the company to his younger brother and son, who subsequently moved it to Port of Spain, Trinidad six years in 1876. Over the course of time, Angostura bitters and Dr. Siegert's company alone became purveyor to the King of Prussia and King George V. Today, angostura bitters are produced by various other vendors, some of which add the bark of the angostura tree. Angostura bitters are a key ingredient in many cocktails, for example in the Manhattan. Angostura brand bitters do not contain any angostura bark. There are several other companies that make bitters containing this bark, notably Fee Brothers and Riemerschmid; the word "Angostura" is the founding name of Ciudad Bolívar along the narrows of Venezuela's Orinoco River where Dr. Siegert was based, it was an important trading town with river access to the sea. In December 2016 questions arose regarding the integrity of Angostura rum, with CEO Robert Wong sent on administrative leave for two months.
Reports say Angostura breached EU rules of origin laws by purchasing bulk rum and repackaging it, without making any substantial changes. Javeed, Asha. "Audit into Angostura rum". Sunday Express. Sunday Express. Retrieved 11 December 2016. Forres Park Puncheon Rum: An over-proof rum developed for the exclusive use of the Fernandes family and their estate workers. White Oak: A white rum aged in American white oak barrels. Sold within the Caribbean and the top selling rum in Trinidad and Tobago. Fernandes Black Label: A golden rum, produced by Fernandes Distillers. Single Barrel Reserve: A blend of rums aged in single select bourbon oak casks for a minimun of five years. Angostura Reserva: A white rum sold internationally, aged for a minimum of three years before being filtered. Angostura 5 Year Old: A golden rum, available internationally aged for a minimum of five years. Angostura 7 Year Old: A dark rum, available internationally and aged for a minimun of seven years. 1919: A specially blended multiple award-winning rum, named for the year that it was blended.
1824: A premium Rum aged for a minimum of 12 years from casks specially selected by the master-blender. The name of this rum commemorates the year. 1787: A super-premium 15 year-old aged rum launched in 2016. 1787 marks the beginning of sugar production in Trinidad. Angostura No. 1 Premium Rum Cask Collection Batch: No. 1 is the first premium rum to be unveiled in The Cask Collection, a new limited-edition range dedicated to rums aged in special French bourbon casks. Aged 16 years. Only 15,030 bottles are available worldwide. Angostura No. 1: No. 1 is the first premium rum to be unveiled in The Cask Collection, a new limited-edition range dedicated to rums aged in special casks. Only 9,600 bottles are available worldwide. Legacy: A special blend of seven of the brand’s most rare and precious rums. Only 20 bottles have been produced and until 2014, this was the most expensive rum in the world. Media related to House of Angostura at Wikimedia Commons Angostura website
DAKS is a British luxury fashion house, founded in 1894 by Simeon Simpson in London. DAKS holds royal warrants granted from three members of one of 15 firms to do so. Granted to DAKS' Simpson Piccadilly store in 1956 was the royal warrant of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, followed by that of HM The Queen in 1962 and HRH The Prince of Wales in 1982. Worldwide, DAKS is exported to 30 countries and sold in over 2,000 specialty shops, major stores and concessions; the name is a combination of the initials of Alexander Simpson and an initial and final letter of his business associate Dudley Beck. In 1894 Simeon Simpson, aged 16, rented a room on Middlesex Street, East London, with the intention of setting up a business in bespoke tailoring, focused on high standard craftsmanship. Several innovations of technology at the time were being introduced with machinery capable of making buttonholes and electric powered saws to cut many layers of fabric at once – Simpson saw the potential for such equipment for producing garments in higher quantities while still upholding quality tailoring techniques, aiming to improve ready-to-wear standards as no male or female professionals considered ready-to-wear for suitable attire at the time.
Simpson's methods proved successful in speeding up the process and he set up several factories within London, which soon required expansion in its early years through popularity of the label. Alexander Simpson, his second son, joined the business aged 15 in 1917, by 1929 had planned and opened a larger factory in Stoke Newington where production could be centralised, this again had to be enlarged a few years later. With the continued growth of the company Alexander Simpson began to take more control of the business, in 1935 DAKS gained further fame for the S Simpson brand as an innovation in the tailoring world of the first self-supporting trouser, he went about to invent a way to support his trousers that wouldn't need braces as these interrupted his swing whilst playing golf and caused his shirt to become untucked. The DAKS trouser was invented – it had a channel within the waistband at the back wherein an elasticated strip was attached at the sides with tabs attached to one of two buttons for adjustment.
On the inside of the waistband were sewn-on rubber pads that gripped the shirt and stopped it from becoming loose. This happened in a world where to buy a pair of trousers of high quality one would have to have a bespoke pair made by a tailor, thus this new design allowed the ease of ready-to-wear trousers. Simpson was so sure of his new design that he had 100,000 pairs made before being introduced to the public at a high price of 30 shillings in a time when a whole bespoke suit would cost 50 shillings; the trousers were available in many colours and fabrics that weren't associated with menswear. They became so popular that the trousers were incorporated into suits and soon after a DAKS womenswear line was released, using the patented waistband for skirting; the inception of the DAKS name was aiming to be something short and eye catching and is an arrangement of initials from the two men involved in its development –'AS' for Alexander Simpson and'DK' for his business associate Dudley Beck hence why the name is capitalised.
The advertising agent involved for the promotion of these new trousers, Sir William Crawford of WS Crawford Ltd thought up the idea to market them as'Dad's Slacks' as it had connotations of reliability and comfort whilst sounding similar to the name DAKS. At the turn of the 21st century when the company was acquired by Japanese group Sankyo Seiko Co. Limited in 1991, the S Simpson name was dropped and DAKS became the new brand name; the ease-of-wear of the trousers and how they allowed movement, as intended from Simpson's invention, led to DAKS being popular in sporting wear – kitting tennis, motor racing, football players, for the British Olympic team in 1960. The quality of S Simpson tailoring was such that the company was commissioned by the British Government at the time of the Second World War to produce military uniforms for officers in the Army, Royal Airforce and Women's Services despite the semi-destruction of the Stoke Newington factory due to bomb damage and loss of electricity – with about seven million garments made for military services being produced.
After the war when DAKS clothes were announced to start selling to the public again queues of people would form down Piccadilly, to which Simpson tailors would measure them in line and present suitable pairs of trousers to them when they got into the Simpsons of Piccadilly store. Simeon Simpson's son Alexander Simpson, owner of the company, decided he wanted to find a'window' for Simpson clothes in the heart of London, he founded Simpsons of Piccadilly when the Geological Museum had closed and the site to be auctioned. The new building was designed by architect Joseph Emberton as a new and revolutionary retail establishment, the shop front windows exhibited the first curved glass display in Great Britain and the largest in the world at the time, these were designed so that no reflection would be cast to obscure the displays inside; the outstanding feature of the shop's interior was the travertine staircase that ran up through the centre of the store lit by a continuous window up the height of the building.
The current lighting structure suspended through the staircase centre is the original from the 1930s as the building has since become a listed building. The store opened in April 1936 by the world-famous motor-racing driver, and was famed for its visual merchandising and window displays by László Moholy-Nagy, a former director from the Bauhaus school. Opening the s
Martini & Rossi
Martini & Rossi is an Italian multinational alcoholic beverage company associated with the Martini brand of vermouth and with sparkling wine. It produces the French vermouth, Noilly Prat; the company started in the mid-19th century, as a vermouth bottling plant in Pessione — the Distilleria Nazionale di Spirito di Vino. Three men came to dominate the company, businessman Alessandro Martini, winemaker Luigi Rossi and accountant Teofilo Sola, in 1863 they changed the name to Martini, Sola & Cia; the Sola family sold out in 1879, the company became known as Martini & Rossi. 1892 – The business is taken over by Rossi's four sons. 1929 – The Martini Ball & Bar logo is registered for the first time. 1930 – Rossi's grandsons take over control of the company. 1977 – The company is restructured with the creation of the General Beverage Corporation. 1993 – Martini & Rossi merged with Bacardi. Since the earliest days of the company, Martini have marketed their products aggressively, with some memorable TV advertising and sponsoring events under their MARTINI Terrazza logo.
The company has been involved in motor racing sponsorship under the Martini Racing banner since 1968, was a minor sponsor of Scuderia Ferrari until 2008. From 2014 - 2018 Martini was the title sponsor of Williams F1, with the team called "Williams Martini Racing", the car in the traditional Martini racing colors. Vermouth is made from wine with added sugar and botanicals. Martini Rosso — 1863 Martini Bianco — 1910 Martini Extra Dry — This was launched on New Year's Day 1900. Martini Rosato Martini D’Oro — 1998 Martini Fiero Martini Gold Martini Royale Martini Bitter Noilly Prat, a French vermouth owned by the company Their sparkling wines are all from northern Italy, are sold under the Martini & Rossi brand: Martini & Rossi Asti from Piedmont Martini & Rossi Prosecco from Veneto Martini & Rossi red wine & gin List of Italian companies Martini Racing Martini, the brand of Vermouth produced by the company. Official website Martini & Rossi SpA, history of the company from fundinguniverse.com
Burberry Group PLC is a British luxury fashion house headquartered in London, England. Its main fashion house focuses on and distributes trench coats, ready-to-wear outerwear, fashion accessories, fragrances and cosmetics. Established in 1856 by Thomas Burberry focusing on the development of outdoor attire, the fashion house has moved into the high fashion market, developing a first of its kind fabric called Gabardine, breathable and waterproof, made for the brand, their pattern-based scarves, trench coats, other fashion accessories are unique. The first shop opened in the Haymarket, London, in 1891. Burberry was an independent family-controlled company until 1955. In 2005, it completed its demerger from the company's former majority shareholder; the company is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. In 2015, Burberry ranked 73rd in Interbrand's Best Global Brands report, alongside Louis Vuitton and Prada. Burberry has stores in 51 countries. Burberry was founded in 1856 when 21-year-old Thomas Burberry, a former draper's apprentice, opened his own store in Basingstoke, England.
By 1870, the business had established itself by focusing on the development of outdoors attire. In 1879, Burberry introduced in his brand the gabardine, a hardwearing, water-resistant yet breathable fabric, in which the yarn is waterproofed before weaving. "Burberry" was the original name until it became "Burberrys", due to many customers from around the world calling it "Burberrys of London". In 1999, the name was reverted to the original, "Burberry". However, the name "Burberrys of London" is still visible on many older Burberry products. In 1891, Burberry opened a shop in London. In 1901, the Burberry Equestrian Knight logo was developed containing the Latin word "Prorsum", meaning forwards, registered it as a trademark in 1909. In 1911, the company became the outfitters for Roald Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole, Ernest Shackleton, who led a 1914 expedition to cross Antarctica. A Burberry gabardine jacket was worn by George Mallory on his attempt on Mount Everest in 1924. Adapted to meet the needs of military personnel, the "trench coat" was born during the First World War due to its being worn by British officers in the trenches.
After the war, it became popular with civilians. The iconic Burberry check has been in use since at least the 1920s as a lining in its trench coats. Burberry specially designed aviation garments. In 1937, A. E. Clouston and Betty Kirby-Green broke the world record for the fastest return flight from London to Cape Town in The Burberry airplane, sponsored by the brand. Burberry was an independent family-controlled company until 1955, when Great Universal Stores assumed ownership. Stars of the modern world began wearing the Burberrys brand. During the 1970s and 1980s, Burberry signed agreements with worldwide manufacturers to produce complementary products to the existing British collection such as suits, shirts, accessories, for men and children; these products, designed under the strict control of headquarters in London, were produced and distributed through independent retail stores worldwide as well as the Burberry stores, contributed to the growth of the brand in sales and profits through to the late 90s, although the full extent of sales was not apparent in the parent company accounts since much was done through licensed agreements.
The company had signed Lord Litchfield as photographer, Lord Wolfson was Chairman and Stanley Peacock OBE Managing Director. In May 2001, Christopher Bailey joined Burberry as creative director. Christopher Bailey has been the Chief Creative Officer since 2014, as well as CEO from 2014-November 2017. Bailey will step down as Chief Creative Officer in March 2018 and will leave the brand by the end of 2018. Between 2001 and 2005, Burberry became associated with football hooligan culture; this change in the brand reputation was attributed to lower priced products, the proliferation of counterfeit goods adopting Burberry's trademark check pattern, adoption by celebrities prominently identified with "chav" culture. The association with football hooliganism led to the wearing of Burberry check garments being banned at some venues. GUS divested its remaining interest in Burberry in December 2005. Burberry Group plc was floated on the London Stock Exchange in July 2002. In 2005, Sanyo-shokai was the Burberry ready-to-wear licence holder in Japan with retail value of €435 million.
In 2006, Rose Marie Bravo, who as Chief Executive had led Burberry to mass market success through licensing, decided to retire. She was replaced by another American, Angela Ahrendts, who joined from Liz Claiborne in January 2006, took up the position of CEO on 1 July 2006. Ahrendts and Bailey turned around the Chav-like reputation that the brand had acquired at the end of Bravo's tenure and cheapening effect of the brand's omnipresence, by removing the brand's check-pattern from all but 10% of the company's products, taking the fragrance and beauty product licenses back in-house and buying out the Spanish franchise, worth 20% of group revenues. Burberry first sold online in the US in the UK in October 2006, the rest of the EU in 2007. Bailey became Chief Creative Officer in November 2009, it was reported in 2012 Ahrendts was the highest paid CEO in the UK, making £16.9m, the first time an English woman has held that title. In October 2013, it was announced that Ahrendts would take up the position of Senior Vice President of retail and online at Apple, Inc. from April 2014, be replaced as CEO by Bailey.
James Purdey & Sons
James Purdey & Sons, or "Purdey", is a British gunmaker of London, specialising in high-end bespoke sporting shotguns and rifles. Purdey holds three Royal Warrants of appointment as gun and rifle makers to the British and other European royal families. James Purdey founded James Purdey & Sons Limited in London, England in 1814, locating his business on Princes Street. Prior to starting out on his own, Purdey worked as head stocker for Joseph Manton, the foremost gunmaker of his time. In 1826 the company moved from the Princes Street location to Manton's former premises in Oxford Street; the founder's son, James Purdey the Younger, took over the running of the company from his father in 1858. James the Younger saw rapid change in the development and design of guns and rifles during his lifetime moving from muzzle loading flintlocks in the 1820s to breech loading hammerless ejectors by the 1880s. James the Younger was always at the forefront of advances in the design and building of his guns and rifles, took out several patents for technical innovations over the years.
Many of James the Younger's patents were adopted by other gunmakers. In 1882 the company moved from Oxford Street to new premises on the corner of South Audley Street and Mount Street, where the company remains to this day. James the younger designed this building to accommodate his showroom, the factory, the building provided living quarters for James' family; the City of Westminster unveiled a memorial plaque on the shop at 57-60 South Audley Street on 30 April 1992. Purdey guns moved briskly from flintlock to percussion cap to hammer centre-fire guns and to the self-opening hammerless gun of 1880; this hammerless self opening mechanism was designed by Frederick Beesley, a Purdey worker of the time, used one limb of a V spring to operate the internal hammers and the other to operate the self opening feature. Beesley sold the patent to Purdey in 1880 for £55; this was followed ten years by the incorporation of ejectors. Apart from continual refinement and the optional single trigger mechanism little change has subsequently been made to the design of the side-by-side gun.
In 1900 Athol Purdey took over from his father and ran the business through the prosperous Edwardian years, as well as supervising Purdey's manufacturing of gun parts and other items of ordnance for the War Department during World War I. Athol's sons and Tom, both of whom had survived serious injuries whilst fighting in France, joined the firm in the 1920s, took over from Athol Purdey on his retirement circa 1929; the Purdey "over & under" gun is a development of the Woodward patent of 1913, incorporated into the company on the purchase of J. Woodward & Sons by Purdey in 1949. Whilst James Purdey & Sons is best known as a maker of shotguns, it produces rifles, both double-barrelled and bolt-action; the guns are custom-made by hand. They are expensive. A new Purdey shotgun starts at around £89,000. Richard Purdey, the sixth generation of the family from the founder, retired as Chairman in February 2007. Nigel Beaumont took over as Chairman until his retirement in 2014; the current Chairman is James Horne.
In 1946, after 132 years of Purdey family ownership, Hugh Seely, 1st Baron Sherwood, purchased James Purdey & Sons Ltd. In 1994, The Hon Richard Beaumont, Chairman since 1970, upon deciding to retire, sold James Purdey & Sons Ltd to Compagnie Financière Richemont SA; as early as 1838, Queen Victoria is recorded as having bought a pair of Purdey pistols. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the company supplied ornate guns and rifles to various Indian princes; the company was granted its first Royal Warrant in 1868 by The Prince of Wales King Edward VII. Official website
Richer Sounds is a British home entertainment retailer that operates online and through a chain of 53 stores in England. The business is 100 % owned by the founder and managing director of the company. Richer Sounds formally began trading in 1978 when Richer aged 19, opened his first shop near London Bridge, with the help of photography retailer Vic Odden. For over 20 years, this shop has been listed in the Guinness Book of Records for the highest sales per square foot of any retail outlet in the world. Richer Sounds was known for selling budget audio equipment in a ‘pile it high and sell it cheap’ fashion, but in recent years it has moved upmarket, expanded its range and service offering from just audio products to encompass television, home cinema equipment and installations. In 2007/8 the company launched ranges of audiophile Hi-Fi, multi-room and high-end home cinema solutions, with some stores providing demonstration rooms for customers; the company instituted a corporate rebrand, redesigning their logo and literature and instituting a programme of facelifts and relocations of their stores.
In November 2013, Julian Richer announced to the press that, upon his death, his testament will bequeath 100% of the firm to a trust that will be co-owned by employees of the company. In January 2011, Richer Sounds received a Royal Warrant. Which? awarded Richer Sounds its ‘Best Retailer’ award for 2010 and 2015, ‘Best High Street Retailer’ for 2011, rated it a Which? Recommended Provider in 2013, 2014 and 2016. In 2018 a survey of its members by Which? Placed Richer Sounds amongst the most popular five online retailers; the Independent: Julian Richer talks about employee suggestion schemes CustomerServiceWorld.com: Julian Richer talks about employee suggestion schemes Managementtoday.com: Ninety-five per cent of this man's staff say they love working for him. What's his secret? TopMBA.com: Increasing human and social capital by applying job embeddedness theory The Guardian: Richer Sounds' charitable donations Trainingmag.com: Richer Sounds' suggestion scheme BBC reports on Richer Sounds being named as winner of the Which?
High Street Shop Survey, 2011 Official website