1960 Public company incorporated
1960 Issue of preferences shares in the main parts of the Sears group, the British Shoe Corporation Ltd and a new company Sears Engineering Ltd, both of which were subsidiaries of Sears Holdings. The Sears Engineering company consisted of Haverton Holdings, which owned Furness Shipbuilding Co and controlled Bentley Engineering Co as well as other subsidiaries:
- Wildt Mellor Bromley Ltd
- Mellor, Bromley and Co Ltd
- William Cotton Ltd
- George Blackburn and Sons Ltd
- Bentley Machine Development Co Ltd
- T. Grieve and Company Ltd
- W. Hammond and Sons (Bearded Needles) Ltd
- Economic Stampings Ltd
- George Woodcock and Sons Ltd
- Bentley Martin Ground Form Cutter Co.
- Bentley Knitting Machine Organisation Inc
- Pegson Ltd of Coalville
- Samuel Pegg and Son Ltd
- Brown and Green Ltd of Luton.
- Mellor Bromley (Air Conditioning) Ltd
- Clarendon Engineering Co Ltd
- Parmeko Ltd
- Alexander Findlay and Co Ltd
- Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd
- Shaw and McInnes Ltd
- Peter Johnston and Co (South Shields) Ltd
- Haverton Holdings Ltd
together with 11 insignificant subsidiaries.
1966 Acquired Scottish Motor Traction Co, including Shaw and Kilburn and S. M. T. Sales and Service Co, from Sears Holdings; Furness Shipbuilding Co was transferred to Sears but not Peter Johnston or Shaw and McInnes
1967 Sears had disposed of the shipbuilding activities.
1974 Downturn in the market for knitting machinery hit Bentley's profits
By 1983 activities were the vehicle distribution businesses and a "rump of engineering interests"
Sources of Information
- The Times, Sep 09, 1960
- The Times, Aug 29, 1966
- The Times May 04, 1967
- The Times Jun 06, 1967
- The Times May 01, 1974
- The Times, Oct 05, 1983