|Headquarters||Derby, United Kingdom|
|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.
It started to focus on security in the 1990s, selling its paints business to Akzo Nobel in 1990. In February 1997, it bought Chubb Security for $2.1bn. It changed its name to Williams plc in 1998 and sold Yale Lock Company to Assa Abloy in March 2000.
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
- "Chubb Group Limited - Filing History". Companies House. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
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