|Headquarters||Merchant House, Binley Business Park, Binley, Coventry|
|Parent||Saint-Gobain Building Distribution Group|
Jewson is one of the largest chains of British general builders' merchants, selling to small and medium building contractors and the general public with over 600 branches across the country.
George Jewson bought a business in Earith in 1836 to trade goods in the Huntingdonshire Fens of East Anglia. His son John Wilson Jewson (b. 1817) had 13 children: the eldest, George, at the time working with a timber merchant in Norwich, suggested expansion there.
John Jewson bought a house in Colegate in Norwich in 1868, and he moved there where he developed a successful timber, coal and builders' merchant business. The family played a role in civic service in Norwich and Norfolk.
Of John's eight sons:
Frank became a partner in a solicitors, Cozens-Hardy & Jewson.
Percy Jewson was Lord Mayor in 1934 and Liberal MP for Great Yarmouth during the Second World War. His son, Charles Jewson, son of Percy, was a writer on the history of Norwich and its buildings and Lord Mayor in 1965.
On 14 May 2008, it was reported that Jewson had dismissed two members of staff and contacted police after an internal investigation revealed evidence of an alleged £1m fraud at the firm.
On 2 April 2012, before Birmingham Crown Court, the case was dropped, when the prosecution offered no evidence against defendant who was acquitted of all charges.
Jewson Ltd -v- Jewson's Drives Ltd
On 15 May 2009 Jewson Ltd applied under s.69(1)Companies Act 2006 for a change of name of Jewson's Drives Ltd which had been registered since 18 March 2009.
Jewson Ltd argued that they enjoyed goodwill under the name "Jewson" since 1836 and that they were the UK's leading timber and builders' merchant. Jewson Ltd alleged that Jewson's Drives Ltd had been offering flagging, paving, fencing and related services and that their own customers had been misled by the respondent.
However, as long as Jewson's Drives Ltd had actually been operating as a business and there was no evidence to show they only registered their name for the purpose of obtaining (valuable) consideration from Jewson Ltd or for the sake of obstructing their own registration of a name, then they could have a defence to the application.
Jewson Ltd's application was struck out by the adjudicator.
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