Archive centreWhitehaven
ReferenceYDB 55
TitleWBG PLC, food retailers and hoteliers of Whitehaven
DescriptionMinutes, accounts, shareholding papers
Extent10 boxes
ContextWBG PLC was incorporated on 7 December 1955 as the Buying Group for the Whitehaven and District Grocer's Association. Its main business was the cash and carry wholesale business situated at Sneckyeat Road, Hensingham. Profitable trading during the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s prompted expansion and diversification into the ownership of 'SupaSava' food retail stores at Overend, Hillcrest, Cleator Moor, Distington and Millom. The group also owned and operated the Santon Bridge Inn and the Blackbeck Bridge Hotel, Haile. A subsidiary company, WBG Wholesale Tobacco (later Wholesale Tobacco, Wines and Spirits) Ltd was formed in 1962 and taken over by the parent company as a wholly owned subsidiary in 1974. The UK economic recession of the early 1990s hit WBG particularly badly as catering customers closed and the hotel trade declined, exacerbated by the finishing of the contract workforce at Sellafield. At the same time WBG faced stiffer competition, with the arrival of several national multiple retailers who were able to offer lower prices and withstand reduced profit margins better than an independent. These factors, compounded by problems of poor management, staff difficulties and bad debts, led the company into voluntary liquidation in 2003.
Catalogue levelFonds
Subject termsFood Industry
Hotel Industry

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