John Laing (businessman)
Sir John William Laing (1879–1978) was a British entrepreneur in the construction industry. He inherited his father John's building business – that is now known as John Laing plc – in the early 1900s.
Laing gave the company its evangelical direction, which included pioneering ideas that nurtured staff, such as paid holidays, in the early part of the 20th century.
In 1922 he gave almost 40% of his shareholding in the business to a charitable founation. He retired from the business in 1957, was knighted in 1959 and died in 1978.
- "Laing, Sir John William". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
- Coad, Roy (1979). Laing: The Biography of Sir John W. Laing C.B.E (1879-1978). Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 0 340 23985 9.
- Harrison, Godfrey (1954). Life and Belief in the Experience of John W. Laing C.B.E. Hodder & Stoughton.
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