IPG member Fraser & Ellis, a South London-based plumbers’ merchant, has held an open day to mark the milestone of 100 years in business.
Fraser & Ellis started with two companions who chose to enlist together, fighting alongside each other through the carnage that was The Somme. With the truce, they decided to stick together and formed a business partnership.
Nike Lovell, Head of Marketing at The IPG, said: “It’s great to see an independent merchant celebrating such a big milestone, particularly in today’s marketplace, where it can be tough for local businesses – this is a real success story!”
The open day itself commenced with an early rise and bacon butties, followed by giveaways, raffle, competitions, full BBQ and beverages. There was also horses and dray, wrapped in Fraser & Ellis signage which was paraded across South London, making a stop outside the business’ old premises in Old Church Street, Chelsea, which it occupied for over 70 years.
Other exhibits included a mix of company memorabilia from the last century of trading, including the very first set of accounts from 1920, a range of catalogues and price lists from over the decades, and the original copper printing plates from one catalogue.
The exhibit also showcased some promotional sweatshirts from over the years, and even the original Company seal, complete with two padlocks; one for each director.
The collaboration of all attendees and their efforts was described as a true reflection of the respect the Fraser & Ellis family have earned for leading a company so admirably. Food was donated by customers, products were gifted from suppliers, and family members were sharing stories of their heritage.
Grandson of Founder and now Managing Director of Fraser & Ellis, Paul Fraser, said: “My Father (aged 87), as well as many of the Fraser family, also joined in with the celebrations together with our customers, it was a great day and even better weather.”
For more information, visit www.fraserellis.co.uk.