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Owen Organisation

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February 1952.
October 1955.

The Owen Organisation was a diversified firm built up from its origins in Rubery Owen with Alfred George Beech Owen and Ernest William Beech Owen (1910–1967) as managing directors; the other third of the company was owned by their sister, Jean. The managing directors remunerated themselves modestly and the company paid no dividends.

By 1950 the Owen Organisation had been formally established, holding Rubery, Owen and Co and presumably other companies.

1952 The Owen Group of Companies supplied components to the motor trade (see advert)

1957 The Owen Organisation consisted of:

1959 Companies forming the Organization:

1967 Cash problems faced Rubery Owen and Co due to the death of Ernest Owen who owned one-third of the shares[1]

1969 The organisation was one of the biggest private businesses in Britain, with a workforce of about 16,000. Alfred Owen retired due to ill-health.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Dec 18, 1967
  • Biography of Sir Alfred George Beech Owen, ODNB