Records of The Sewing Cotton Agency, selling agents, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Minute book 1889

Administrative / Biographical History

The Sewing Cotton Agency , selling agents, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, was set up between J & P Coats Ltd , thread manufacturers, Paisley, and Clark & Co Ltd , thread manufacturers, Paisley, in 1889  . By the 1880s both firms were the only major competitors in the field of thread manufacturing and were major rivals. Both were reducing their prices in order to compete in a limited market for custom. In early 1889, an amicable agreement was reached between the two firms for the setting up of a selling agent, named The Sewing Cotton Agency. In 1890  , the arrangement was formalised and the name changed to The Central Agency , with its main office in Glasgow, Scotland.


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Acquisition Information

Indefinite loan : J & P Coats : Glasgow : c1984

Indefinite loan : Coats Viyella plc : London: 1991 : ACCN 0146 (Additional Deposit)

Indefinite loan : via Business Archives Council in Scotland : 1993 : ACCN 0198 (Additional Deposit)

Indefinite loan : 1995 : ACCN 0240 (Additional Deposit)

Indefinite loan : 1996 : ACCN 0255 (Additional Deposit)

Indefinite loan : Coats Viyella plc : Swinton, Manchester: 2000 : ACCNs 1887, 1925, 1926, 1996

Indefinite loan : ACCN 0054

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Related Material

GB 248 UGD 199/1 Records of J & P Coats Ltd and CoatsPatons Ltd

GB 248 UGD 199/6 Records of Clark & Co Ltd

GB 248 UGD 199/2 Records of The Central Agency Ltd

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