This is the story of a firm founded two centuries ago which flourishes today as the international leader in its industry. Newey is probably the world's largest manufacturer of pins and haberdashery. In attaining this position the company acquired companies who had emerged as substantial manufacturers over the same period. The history of the firms that constitute the Newey Group is thus, in a real sense, the history of the pinmaking and haberdashery industry in Britain. The opening chapter describes the growth of pinmaking from its centres in Gloucestershire and Birmingham. Starting with Richard Newey it goes on to cover other pioneer companies - Tayler, Kirby Beard, Goodman, and Edelstein & Williams - whose descendants were eventually to join the Newey Group. The book provides information about the evolution of the technology and management of the industry. It had a central role in the industrial revolution and after. The account also describes changes in fashion and the tremendous consumer demand which led to inventions such as the Swan Bill Hook and the Kirbigrip - household names throughout the world.
This is especially a story about the people who made the success of the Newey companies. The account refers to changes in management style and the transformation in working conditions over the years. There are plenty of human anecdotes. This is also a modern success story. As part of the William Prym-Werke Group, Newey have, over the past decade, flourished as never before. The profitable growth of the business in the UK and its outstanding export record justify the title of this book.