As British governments have not interfered much with the running of most businesses, other than those which have been nationalized, few public records are available for study. The records of individual firms have often been deposited at local record offices. They include board minutes, accounts, and correspondence, but on the whole they are not as well preserved as deeds and other estate records. Annual reports and unusual activities are reported in local newspapers. The histories of many individual businesses have been published. See the articles and reviews in the journals Business History and Business Archives. See also Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Guides to Sources for British History, viii: Records of British Business and Industry, 1760–1914: Textiles and Leather (1990). For studies of a range of local businesses, see John Chartres and Katrina Honeyman (eds), Leeds City Business, 1893–1993 (1993). For general background, see Julian Hoppit, Risk and Failure in English Business, 1700–1800 (1987), and Peter L. Payne, Studies in Scottish Business History (1967).
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