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1851–1899

James Nye.

in A Long Time in Making

September 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Business History; Knowledge Management. 8608 words.

The family roots of the first Samuel Smith are traced from the early nineteenth century, through the founding of a jeweller’s business at Elephant and Castle in 1851, to the end of the...

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1899–1913

James Nye.

in A Long Time in Making

September 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Business History; Knowledge Management. 11995 words.

Issues of succession emerge, and Samuel Smith takes various steps, including incorporating his businesses as limited liability companies, and arranging training for his sons, expected to...

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1914–1928

James Nye.

in A Long Time in Making

September 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Business History; Knowledge Management. 14731 words.

The motor accessories business is a cuckoo, outgrowing the nest of the jewellery business. Needing to expand and requiring external finance, a new motor accessories company is formed,...

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1929–1939

James Nye.

in A Long Time in Making

September 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Business History; Knowledge Management. 12524 words.

With the firm prospering, Gordon Smith makes various acquisitions and disposals, to consolidate strengths, remove competition, and to allow for an evolutionary step—another diversification,...

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1939–1945

James Nye.

in A Long Time in Making

September 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Business History; Knowledge Management. 10867 words.

Smiths’ products are needed in aircraft, ships, and fighting vehicles. It has two shadow factories under way in 1939 and diverts resources into materiel and other war-related production...

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1945–1959

James Nye.

in A Long Time in Making

September 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Business History; Knowledge Management. 16445 words.

With government sponsorship, Smiths plans the (re)creation of a British watch- and clockmaking industry, building factories in development areas, in Wales and Scotland. Four main business...

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1960–1975

James Nye.

in A Long Time in Making

September 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Business History; Knowledge Management. 16381 words.

There is a transition back to strong leadership—tough decisions are taken to address market conditions, despite unpalatable results. A weak Ralph Gordon-Smith allows two broad factions to...

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1976–1990

James Nye.

in A Long Time in Making

September 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Business History; Knowledge Management. 17667 words.

These are the Roger Hurn years. A large evolutionary change is the decision to abandon two of the original core businesses—motor and clocks/watches—shocking the City, and leading to job...

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1991–2000

James Nye.

in A Long Time in Making

September 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Business History; Knowledge Management. 13219 words.

Anticipating an aerospace decline and deploying resources into growing the medical business profitably, Smiths successfully navigates the early 1990s recession. Overall the 1990s represent...

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2000–2007

James Nye.

in A Long Time in Making

September 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Business History; Knowledge Management. 17013 words.

Smiths merges with TI Group in 2000, driven by a desire to bulk up and assemble market ‘firepower’, but the transaction is controversial in the City since a planned sale of TI Automotive...

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