|Successor(s)||Chubb and Kidde|
|Key people||Sir Nigel Rudd (Co-Founder and Chairman)
Roger Carr (CEO)
Brian McGowan (Co-Founder)
The Company was established by Nigel Rudd and Brian McGowan in Derby in 1982 to acquire under-performing businesses. Its first major acquisition was J & HB Jackson, a Coventry-based metal business, in 1985.
The company went to acquire Crown Berger, a paints business, in 1987, Pilgrim House in the United States (owners of Kidde) for £331m in 1988 and Yale & Valor, a locks and gas fires business, in 1991.
Demise of the business
- Nigel Rudd, My best deal Management Today, 1 April 1991
- Flint Group: Significant dates
- Williams of Britain to buy Chubb Security New York Times, 15 February 1997
- Swedish firm to buy Williams's Yale Lock Unit Los Angeles Times, 8 March 2000
- Williams plunges 14% as margins shrink Independent, 19 July 2000
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