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Royal Ordnance Factory
Royal Ordnance
Royal Ordnance
Factories (ROFs) was the collective name of the UK government's munitions factories in and after World War II. Until privatisation in 1987 they were the responsibility of the Ministry of Supply and later the Ministry of Defence.Contents1 Origin 2 Development2.1 Other WW II explosive factories2.1.1 Agency Factories3 Siting of the ROFs 4 Responsibilities and functions4.1 Management of the ROFs5 Post-war history5.1 Closures of temporary ROFs 5.2 The Trading Fund 5.3 Privatisation of the remaining ROFs6 See also 7 References7.1 References 7.2 BibliographyOrigin[edit] Prior to the 1930s Britain's ordnance manufacturing capability had been concentrated within the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich
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Royal Ordnance Factories F.C.
A factory or manufacturing plant is an industrial site, usually consisting of buildings and machinery, or more commonly a complex having several buildings, where workers manufacture goods or operate machines processing one product into another. Factories arose with the introduction of machinery during the Industrial Revolution
Industrial Revolution
when the capital and space requirements became too great for cottage industry or workshops. Early factories that contained small amounts of machinery, such as one or two spinning mules, and fewer than a dozen workers have been called "glorified workshops".[1] Most modern factories have large warehouses or warehouse-like facilities that contain heavy equipment used for assembly line production
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English Midlands
The Midlands
The Midlands
is a cultural and geographic area roughly spanning central England
England
that broadly corresponds to the early medieval Kingdom of Mercia. It borders South East England, South West England, North West England, Yorkshire and Humber, East of England
England
and Wales. Its largest city is Birmingham, and the region was important in the Industrial Revolution
Industrial Revolution
of the 18th and 19th centuries. In modern terms the Midlands comprises the English statistical regions of the East Midlands and West Midlands
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Courtaulds Ltd
Courtaulds was a United Kingdom-based manufacturer of fabric, clothing, artificial fibres, and chemicals. It was established in 1794 and became the world's leading man-made fibre production company before being broken up in 1990 into Courtaulds plc and Courtaulds Textiles Ltd.Contents1 History1.1 Foundation 1.2 Expansion 1.3 Post World War II 1.4 Break-Up 1.5 Courtaulds plc 1.6 Courtaulds Textiles2 Brands 3 Production sites 4 References 5 Further reading 6 External linksHistory[edit] Foundation[edit] The Company was founded by George Courtauld and his cousin Peter Taylor (1790–1850) in 1794 as a silk, crepe and textile business at Pebmarsh in north Essex trading as George Courtauld & Co
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Co-operative Wholesale Society
The Co-operative
Co-operative
Group, trading as The Co-op, is a British consumer co-operative with a diverse family of retail businesses including food retail; electrical retail; financial services; insurance services; legal services and funeralcare, with in excess of 4,200 locations. It is the largest consumer co-operative in the UK and owned by more than 4 million active members.[4] Membership is open to everyone, provided they agree to subscribe £1 sterling in the capital of the society out of their first share of the profits and share the values & principles upon which the group was founded. Members are democratically involved in setting business strategy, decide how social goals are achieved, and share in its profits - in the 2016 £19m was returned to members and their chosen local community causes via the 5+1 scheme
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Lever Brothers
Lever Brothers
Lever Brothers
was a British manufacturing company founded in 1885 by brothers William Hesketh Lever (1851–1925) and James Darcy Lever (1854–1916). They invested in and successfully promoted a new soap-making process invented by chemist William Hough Watson. In 1930, Lever Brothers
Lever Brothers
merged with Margarine Unie to form Unilever.Contents1 History 2 Employee welfare and use of forced labor2.1 Use of forced labor in the Congo3 Brands 4 Unilever 5 Presidents 6 See also 7 References 8 External linksHistory[edit] Starting with a small grocery business begun by his father, William Lever and his brother James entered the soap business in 1885 by buying a small soap works in Warrington. The brothers teamed up with a Bolton
Bolton
chemist, William Hough Watson, who became an early business partner
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Bristol
Urban Chris Skidmore
Chris Skidmore
(Con) Jack Lopresti
Jack Lopresti
(Con)Area • City and county 40 sq mi (110 km2)Elevation[1] 36&#
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Weston-super-Mare
Weston-super-Mare
Weston-super-Mare
/ˈwɛstən ˌsuːpər ˈmɛər/ is a seaside town in Somerset, England, on the Bristol Channel
Bristol Channel
18 miles (29 km) south west of Bristol
Bristol
between Worlebury Hill
Worlebury Hill
and Bleadon
Bleadon
Hill. It includes the suburbs of Oldmixon, West Wick and Worle. Its population at the 2011 census was 76,143.[2] Since 1983, Weston has been twinned with Hildesheim, Germany.[3][4] Although there is evidence in the local area of occupation since the Iron Age, it was still a small village until the 19th century when it became a seaside resort, and was connected with local towns and cities by a railway, and two piers were built. The growth continued until the second half of the 20th century, when tourism declined and some local industries closed
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Haltwhistle
Haltwhistle
Haltwhistle
is a small town and civil parish in Northumberland, England, 10 miles (16 km) east of Brampton, near Hadrian's Wall. It had a population of 3,811 at the 2011 Census.[1] Stone-built houses are a feature of Haltwhistle.[2] It is one of two settlements in Great Britain which claim to be the exact geographic centre of the island, along with Dunsop Bridge
Dunsop Bridge
in Lancashire, 71 miles (114 km) to the south.Contents1 The name 2 History 3 Governance 4 Economy 5 Landmarks 6 Transport 7 Religious sites 8 References 9 External linksThe name[edit] The name Haltwhistle
Haltwhistle
has nothing to do with a railway stop. Early forms of the name are Hautwesel (1240), Hautwysel (1254), Hawtewysill (1279), Hautwysell[3] (1381), Haltwesell (Speede 1610). The second part -twistle relates to two streams or rivers
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Linlithgow
Linlithgow
Linlithgow
(/lɪnˈlɪθɡoʊ/; Scottish Gaelic: Gleann Iucha, Scots: Lithgae) is a town in West Lothian, Scotland. It is West Lothian's county town, reflected in the county's alternative name of Linlithgowshire. An ancient town, it lies south of its two most prominent landmarks: Linlithgow Palace
Linlithgow Palace
and Linlithgow
Linlithgow
Loch, and north of the Union Canal. Linlithgow's patron saint is Saint Michael
Saint Michael
and its motto is St. Michael is kinde to straingers
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Birmingham
Birmingham
Birmingham
(/ˈbɜːrmɪŋəm/ ( listen),[3] locally /ˈbɜːmɪŋ(ɡ)əm/ or /ˈbɜːmɪnəm/) is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands of England, standing on the River Rea
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ICI Nobel
Nobel Enterprises (phonetic: [nobél]) is a chemicals business that used to be based at Ardeer, in the Ayrshire town of Stevenston, in Scotland. Specialising in nitrogen-based propellants and explosives and nitrocellulose-based products such as varnishes and inks. It was formerly ICI Nobel, a division of the chemicals group ICI, but was then sold to Inabata, a Japanese trading firm. The business was sold on to Chemring Group in 2005 and is now a Scottish Company (Chemring Energetics UK Ltd), part of Chemring Group.Contents1 History 2 See also 3 References 4 External linksHistory[edit] Nobel Industries Limited was founded in 1870 by Swedish chemist and industrialist Alfred Nobel for the production of the new explosive dynamite
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Explosive
An explosive material, also called an explosive, is a reactive substance that contains a great amount of potential energy that can produce an explosion if released suddenly, usually accompanied by the production of light, heat, sound, and pressure. An explosive charge is a measured quantity of explosive material, which may be composed of a single ingredient or a combination of two or more. The potential energy stored in an explosive material may, for example, bechemical energy, such as nitroglycerin or grain dust pressurized gas, such as a gas cylinder or aerosol can nuclear energy, such as in the fissile isotopes uranium-235 and plutonium-239 Explosive
Explosive
materials may be categorized by the speed at which they expand. Materials that detonate (the front of the chemical reaction moves faster through the material than the speed of sound) are said to be "high explosives" and materials that deflagrate are said to be "low explosives"
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Wales
Wales
Wales
(/ˈweɪlz/ ( listen); Welsh: Cymru [ˈkəmri] ( listen)) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and the island of Great Britain.[8] It is bordered by England
England
to the east, the Irish Sea
Irish Sea
to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel
Bristol Channel
to the south. It had a population in 2011 of 3,063,456 and has a total area of 20,779 km2 (8,023 sq mi). Wales has over 1,680 miles (2,700 km) of coastline and is largely mountainous, with its higher peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon
Snowdon
(Yr Wyddfa), its highest summit
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Lobbying
Lobbying, persuasion, or interest representation is the act of attempting to influence the actions, policies, or decisions of officials in their daily life, most often legislators or members of regulatory agencies. Lobbying
Lobbying
is done by many types of people, associations and organized groups, including individuals in the private sector, corporations, fellow legislators or government officials, or advocacy groups (interest groups). Lobbyists may be among a legislator's constituencies, meaning a voter or bloc of voters within their electoral district; they may engage in lobbying as a business. Professional lobbyists are people whose business is trying to influence legislation, regulation, or other government decisions, actions, or policies on behalf of a group or individual who hires them
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Explosive ROF
An explosive material, also called an explosive, is a reactive substance that contains a great amount of potential energy that can produce an explosion if released suddenly, usually accompanied by the production of light, heat, sound, and pressure. An explosive charge is a measured quantity of explosive material, which may be composed of a single ingredient or a combination of two or more. The potential energy stored in an explosive material may, for example, bechemical energy, such as nitroglycerin or grain dust pressurized gas, such as a gas cylinder or aerosol can nuclear energy, such as in the fissile isotopes uranium-235 and plutonium-239 Explosive
Explosive
materials may be categorized by the speed at which they expand. Materials that detonate (the front of the chemical reaction moves faster through the material than the speed of sound) are said to be "high explosives" and materials that deflagrate are said to be "low explosives"
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