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of Wren Nest Mills, Glossop, Derbyshire.
1891 Directory (Glossop): Listed as Cotton spinner and manufacturers. More details
c.1920 Public company incorporated
1957 Acquired Marshall Weatherproof of Manchester. Capital raising to fund acquistion of companies to "restore the fortunes of the company". Acquired the share capital of M. Adler, and M. and H. Raphael, manufacturers of rainwear.
1958 Acquired J. Bender and Co and D. and I. Gordon, makers of ladies dresses. Merger proposed with Ewart Holdings but this did not proceed. Acquired a majority interest in Brough, Nicholson and Hall. Masteradio was part of the group
1966 Sold the 2 rainwear businesses
1967 Telefusion acquired the Fleet group of companies - Fleet Electrics (retail), View Rentals (City), Reliance T.V. Service and Wiggs Ltd - so the Francis Sumner group was entirely a textiles business