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Heenan Spark

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Holding company, of Tonbridge (1961)

of St James, London

1946 Incorporated as a private company[1], presumably Spark Alloys

1946 Public company

1951 British Flint and Cerium Manufacturers was owned by Spark Alloys which then sought a quotation on the Stock Exchange[2]

1957 Spark Alloys, manufacturers of cerium alloys and lighter flints, changed its name to Spark Holdings; acquired Swedish Turnery and Plywood Co[3]

1960 Major expansion began, acquiring companies with good names but in poor condition - Hall and Kay, T. R. Creffield and Son, G. Hastings and Co[4], Hawke Cable Glands, J. T. Price and Co (brass and aluminium founders)[5] and Ductwork[6]. Hall and Kay was later known as Kempergate (Ashton) Ltd, maker of heating and ventilation systems[7]

1961 Acquired Bonsoir[8]

1962 Acquired Blackstock Engineering Co of Enfield, a public company, doubling the group's precision engineering interests[9], and Printing and Allied Holdings, which controlled James Upton, of Birmingham, and Surrey Fine Arts[10]

1970 The engineering activities continued to dominate the results of the company, producing 70 percent of overall profits[11]

1972 Heenan Beddow arranged a reverse take-over of Spark Holdings, an industrial holding company with interests in engineering, merchanting, textiles and printing, to form Heenan Spark[12]

1973 Sold printer James Upton, of Birmingham, to Tinsley-Robor[13]

1973 The group consisted of 2 divisions[14]

  • Financial - Banking, Property
  • Industrial - Consumer Goods, Engineering

Consumer Goods included:

Engineering included:

1974 Bill Switchgear acquired the interests of Heenan Spark in the Monmer Foundry[15]

1974 The company acquired the plastic profile and sheet extrusion business at Stroud of BP Chemicals, which would be renamed Stroud Extrusions[16]. Sold Hawke Cable Glands to McKechnie Metals[17] but several of the main subsidiaries were making losses.

1975 Receiver appointed at Rosedale Industries[18], at Tan-Sad[19], and at Conway Stewart and Co[20]. Sold Bonsoir to Celestion[21].

1975 Rosedale Group including Conway Stewart and Co was acquired by Linpak, a private company[22]

1976 The company was compulsorily wound up[23]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Mar 20, 1976
  2. The Times, Jul 23, 1951
  3. The Times, Oct 21, 1957
  4. The Times, Feb 19, 1960
  5. The Times, Jun 24, 1960
  6. The Times, Nov 07, 1960
  7. The Times, Jul 03, 1976
  8. The Times, Apr 05, 1961
  9. The Times, Jan 29, 1962
  10. The Times, Aug 24, 1962
  11. The Times, Oct 01, 1970
  12. The Times, Nov 29, 1972
  13. The Times, Jul 04, 1973
  14. The Times, Sep 12, 1973
  15. The Times, Jan 16, 1974
  16. The Times, Jun 19, 1974
  17. The Times, Oct 11, 1974
  18. The Times, Jun 04, 1975
  19. The Times, Jul 08, 1975
  20. The Times, Sep 05, 1975
  21. The Times, Aug 30, 1975
  22. The Times, Nov 26, 1976
  23. The Times, Nov 07, 1975