• David Footman
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The middle thirties were profitable years for the firm of Besse. Davis’s repeated visits to the United States had resulted in good connections with important American tanners and glove makers: very substantial orders for skins were now coining in. There is a note from AB in late 1935 that a cargo of Polish sugar had been sold with good profit. A little later he was writing:

Thanks to our purchase of Russian Sugar we can sell it at such a rate as to prevent others making anything but a heavy loss, whilst we ourselves make a profit…. As regard X’s competition we have no alternative but to fight and fight and fight. Every time we hear of a sale we should warn the buyer that we mean to see to it that no profit for him results from the transaction. We did this a few years ago with Shell products, and the method proved effective.


Football Club Provident Fund Good Profit Shell Product Revenue Authority 
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