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Bristol Street Group

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1913 Business established as Ford car dealers in Bristol Street, Birmingham

c.1924 Public company incorporated

1959 Shares listed on the Stock Exchange[1]

1963 Bristol Street Motors Ltd reported increased car sales and hire-purchase finance[2]

c1964 Name changed to Bristol Street Group

1964 Acquired Spurling Motor Bodies[3]

1973 Offered to acquire Griffiths Bentley but the offer was turned down by one of the directors, Stephen Proctor, whose family had sold the Britax-Excelsior safety equipment firm to Griffiths Bentley in 1969[4]. Eventually BSG were successful[5]

1974 The name of Bristol Street Group, the holding company of Bristol Street Motors, was changed to BSG International because only 30 percent of the group's business was in the motor trade; the group was Europe's largest seat belt manufacturer, through Britax, a producers of caravan lighting, supplier of the North Sea oil industry, maker of nuts and bolts and metal gantries, and a metal finishing specialist[6]

1997 Management buyout of the Bristol Street car dealerships[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Thursday, July 9, 1959
  2. The Times Apr. 30, 1963
  3. The Times Dec. 17, 1964
  4. The Times Sept. 12, 1973
  5. The Times y, Oct. 20, 1973
  6. The Times June 18, 1974
  7. The Times, Mar. 19, 1997