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7 things you might not know about Elliotts

2. Elliotts was once in the alcohol business

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.

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4. The original Elliotts head office was bombed

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.

Southampton Head office
5. Elliotts may not have made it to 175 years old…

...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.

6. Elliotts first female employee was...

...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.

7. Our Chairman has raised over £4million for great causes

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.

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