Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 132,217 pages of information and 209,721 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
of 344-360 South Lambeth Road, SW8. Telephone: Macaulay 4561/6. Telegraphic Address: "Scaffixer, Claproad, London"
1920 The Tubular Scaffolding Co Ltd was incorporated to acquire the plant and material used in the scaffolding business of the Patent Rapid Scaffolding Tie Co Ltd, and to acquire and develop a patent for a coupler to join metal tubes together to form tubular scaffolding.
1922 Public company. The company was floated on the Stock Exchange as Scaffolding (Great Britain) Ltd.
1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Principal exhibit the materials originated by this firm for Patent Steel Tubular Scaffolding and similar constructions. Other proprietary materials are: Adjustable Steel Gantry - heavy and light duty, suspended Scaffolding, and General Builders' Plant. (Stand No. B.312).
Widely known as SGB
By 1960 the company was the largest scaffolding company in the United Kingdom and, in addition to supplying the full range of scaffolding requirements, also supplied a large range of building equipment for sale or hire.
1961 Divisions and subsidiary companies cover the following activities: scaffolding, shoring, suspended scaffolding, cradles, shows and exhibitions, temporary structures, shuttering, metal lathing, building equipment for hire and sale, including scaffolding, shuttering, timber plant, mechanical plant, protective clothing, sundry plant. 3,000 employees.
1964 Began to diversify and expand further.
1965 SGB opened an equipment hire shop. SGB also acquired a minority interest in Boulton Scaffolding Ltd, one of SGB's principal suppliers of scaffold fittings and other scaffolding products. Boulton became a wholly-owned subsidiary of SGB
Late 1960s: SGB started a mechanical plant hire business, hiring lorry-mounted hydraulic work platforms and small plant including generators and compressors.
1968 Hire Shops Ltd and Hire Service Co (London) Ltd were still not in profit but this was not unexpected for a new way of doing business; the 2 companies had been brought together to trade as Hire Service Shops
1969 Acquired W. C. Youngman Ltd which manufactured, hired and sold ladders, steps, trestles and aluminium alloy access towers, distributed space heaters and manufactured and supplied mobile accommodation. SGB's existing ladder manufacturing activities were transferred to Youngman.
1969 Acquired Peter Cox Ltd, a company which specialized in the restoration of historic buildings and monuments, stone cleaning and damp-proofing
1970 Formal change of name to SGB Group Ltd
1973 As a result of consolidating the organisation of Hire Service Shops Ltd this segment of the business was in profit
1974 Acquired the Hardun Group of companies, manufacturers of timber building systems and temporary and mobile site accommodation, and vendors of an extensive range of small tools, protective clothing and site equipment.
1974 Planning to achieve national coverage of Hire Service Shops Ltd within 5 years
1974 Acquired Contractors' Services Group Ltd, which provided a comprehensive range of plant for hire from depots throughout the United Kingdom; this created a major national plant hire company.
1978 Reorganised plant hire division to form CSG Plant Hire
1978 All SGB's hire shops and related activities were brought together to form HSS Hire Group Ltd.
Subsequently SGB acquired companies specialising in heavy earth-moving equipment and in the supply of mechanical hoists for goods and passengers.
1985 A strategic review led to identification of core businesses:
1985 HSS had 100 shops nationwide
1985 BET plc made a take-over bid for the company which was referred to the Competition Commission.
1994 Mowlems still owned SGB which helped return the group to profit
1997 Mowlems floated SGB which was valued at about £130M