According to familybusinessunited.com, Elliotts is the 112th oldest family-owned company in the world. Elliotts was first established in October 1842 by Thomas Elliott and is now being run by 6th generation, Tom Elliott.
Thomas Elliott linked up with Captain Vincent to brew their own pale ale in the 1870s, and Elliott even owned 4 pubs around Southampton – one of them being The Hobbit.
From 1954 to 1985, Elliotts halted the selling of timber due to a struggling market post-WW2. Timber is now one of our biggest areas.
Not only did Elliotts lose a lot of its staff during WW2 to military duties, but it also lost its head office. Bombed during 1941, the rebuilt of the block wasn’t completed until 1950.
...if Walter Elliott, Managing Director In 1917, had accepted an offer of £36,000 from the Seamless Steelboat Company to buy the premises, freehold and stock at Millbank Wharf.
...Isla Richmond, who took the role of receptionist and secretary to the MD in 1954.
Fast forward 63 years, almost 20% of Elliotts employees are female, with Lauren Haines as one of the directors. Starting her career with Elliotts as a typist in 1973, Lauren worked her way up the ranks to become a director, overseeing the Sales Hub at our head office in Southampton.
Stuart Mason-Elliott, current company Chairman and Elliotts 5th generation, founded Challenge Adventure Charities in 1996 and has since raised over £4million for good causes. The foundation raises money each year by organising 3-day cycle challenges through France. This year, Elliotts took 3 teams to raise money for our charity of the year, Jo’s Trust.
October 1st marked our 175th birthday and we celebrated by going back in time to 1842, delivering materials to a customer by horse and cart. Read all about it and see more photos from the day here.