FIFTEEN of Stockton-on-Tees’ oldest businesses have been recognised for their contributions to the Borough.
The companies, which have a combined age of 1,950 years, were commended for their efforts in employing local people and helping put the Borough on the map.
And they were presented with special awards by the outgoing Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, Councillor Maurice Perry, at the Council’s Annual Meeting yesterday.
The Mayor said: “It was a privilege to present these awards to such a fantastic group of businesses that have worked so hard for so long. I know there’ll be a lot of the Borough’s residents who have worked for one or more of the companies at some point in their lives and that goes to show how much of a widespread impact they have had on the Borough across the decades.”
The oldest company to be recognised was Newbys Solicitors. The business, based on Stockton’s Finkle Street, was established in 1725 by attorney Thomas Raisbeck, who later became the Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees.
Which other longstanding companies were recognised?
- JB Smith Ltd, Stockton – established 1832
- Pickerings Lifts, Stockton – established 1854
- Strickland & Holt, Yarm – established 1854
- Jacksons Law Firm, Stockton – established 1876
- Harrison Packaging, Thornaby – established 1882
- M. Arrowsmith Ltd, Stockton – established 1885
- Francis Brown Engineering, Stockton – established 1903
- Tomlinson Hall, Billingham – established 1919
- Baines Jewitt, Stockton – established 1907
- Amos Swift & Co. Ltd, Stockton – established 1926
- Lucite International, Billingham – established 1933
- KW Devereux, Billingham – established 1937
- Billingham Press, Billingham – established 1942
- Stockton Castings, Stockton – established 1947
Photograph of the Billingham Press composing room circa 1962 is courtesy of Ivan Harrington.