Although founded in 1895 by Percy Ritherdon, Ritherdon & Co became Ritherdon & Co Limited by registering as company number 126330 with Companies House in January 1913. 100-years down the line and Ritherdon & Co remains a family-run business, with original founder Percy Ritherdon’s great-grandson, Ben Ritherdon, now heading the company as Managing Director.
Ritherdon & Company has witnessed two World Wars, the Great Depression and the most recent global recession, yet three generations of the resilient Ritherdon family have managed to guide the company through some of the most uncertain and testing periods of modern history.
The key to Ritherdon & Company’s longevity may well be its ability to adapt, be flexible and move with the zeitgeist. Over the years, Ritherdon & Company have not been afraid to change direction and enter new industries, sectors and markets – producing a vast array of products over the past 100-years.
When the company was founded by Percy Ritherdon in 1895, Ritherdon & Co produced magic tricks for professional magicians. To ensure optimum quality and precise fabrication for these magic tricks, Percy worked closely with Chung Ling Soo – an American-born magician who rose to prominence in the UK and Europe during the late 19th and early 20th Century.
100-years later and Ritherdon & Company still continue to produce a variety of products for a variety of industries; from meter boxes and meter box repair units for the Housing industry, to passive safe products, feeder pillars and electrical enclosures for the Highways industry.
To mark our 100-years of Incorporation, Ritherdon & Co were awarded with a Centenary Certificate by Companies House to commemorate our Centenary year. The award was unexpected but well-received by Ritherdon & Co’s Managing Director, Ben Ritherdon.
He said of the milestone and Centenary certificate: “It was a pleasant surprise to receive the 100 year achievement certificate from Companies House – a bit like getting your telegram from the Queen I imagine! However, it does make me very happy to think of all the people we must have employed and all the different products we have made since Percy Ritherdon founded the company all those years ago.”
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