Jewson

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Jewson Ltd
Limited company
Industry Building materials
Founded 1836
Founder George Jewson
Headquarters Merchant House, Binley Business Park, Binley, Coventry
Area served
United Kingdom, Ireland
Key people
Peter Stringer
Products Building materials
Plumbers
Electricians
Joiners merchants
Parent Saint-Gobain Building Distribution Group
Website Jewson

Jewson is one of the largest chains of British general builders' merchants, selling to small and medium building contractors, as well as the general public. Over 600 branches are located, all across the United Kingdom.

Jewson, as part of the Meyer group, was acquired by the French conglomerate Saint-Gobain in April 2000.[1]

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

George Jewson bought a business in Earith in 1836 to trade goods in the Huntingdonshire Fens of East Anglia.[2] 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.

Jewson family[edit]

Of John's eight sons:

Frank became a partner in a solicitors, Cozens-Hardy & Jewson.

Richard Jewson (1867–1949) was Lord Mayor of Norwich and the firm became the largest timber merchants between the Thames and the Humber.

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.

Litigation[edit]

Jewson Ltd -v- Jewson's Drives Ltd[edit]

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 United Kingdom'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.[3]

Sponsorship[edit]

Hereford FC[edit]

In June 2015, it was announced that Jewson were to become the main shirt sponsor of newly formed pheonix club Hereford F.C. for at least the upcoming 2015/16 football season.[4]


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