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The Growth and Dissolution of a Large-Scale Business EnterpriseThe Furness Interest, 1892-1919$
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Gordon Boyce

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780986497391

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780986497391.001.0001

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Holding Company Investment Activities and Intermediary Operations

Holding Company Investment Activities and Intermediary Operations

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(p.285) Chapter 10 Holding Company Investment Activities and Intermediary Operations
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The Growth and Dissolution of a Large-Scale Business Enterprise
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Gordon Boyce

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780986497391.003.0011

This chapter charts the investment policies and financial operations of both Furness Withy and British Maritime Trust (BMT) as they became the central holding companies within the Furness Group. It is primarily concerned with the shift in management structure within the Furness Group from personal to corporate finance. The first half explores the changes to fund-allocation policy, and the second half analyses how the shift in structure affected the Group’s investments and their range of diversifying services. It concludes that the Furness Group did not embrace new, high-growth sectors but instead relied on prosperous industries they had previously established information networks with.

Keywords:   British Maritime Trust, Furness Withy, Houlder Brothers, Corporate Finance, Maritime Trade Networks

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