• Hardy’s sets up offshoot in France

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    Hardy & Grays is setting up a subsidiary in France, building on the success it has had with offshoots in the US and Germany. The company, the most famous in fishing, is being sold by its owners, Harris & Sheldon, but that is not preventing it from pushing ahead with expansion. Hardy’s has been owned by H&S for the past 45 years.  It has endured tough trading conditions over the past three years and made a £476,000 loss in 2011 despite improved turnover of £13.36m. Its latest accounts state: “Global sales grew by 4.1%, with the group’s brand continuing to take market share in the European and North American markets. The directors are optimistic that significant future sales will continue through 2012 and beyond.” Read the next issue of Classic Angling, out next week, for latest news on possible new owners.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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