John Laing (businessman)

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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.[1]

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.[1]

His sons William Kirby Laing and John Maurice Laing and his grandson Martin Laing continued the family business.

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  1. ^ a b "Laing, Sir John William". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • 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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