• Hardy’s up for sale

    by  • October 23, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Hardy & Greys is up for sale. The world’s most famous tackle company is seeking a new owner “following a strategic review of the business that has identified major investment in export markets as the key to its continuing success”, a statement issued last night said.

    Harris & Sheldon, of which Hardy is a subsidiary, has instructed business advisors Grant Thornton to look for a potential buyer. It has been wholly-owned by the  private investment group for the past 45 years. But Harris & Sheldon’s owner is nearing retirement and is looking to sell all his manufacturing interests.

    Hardy’s has been based in Alnwick, Northumberland, since its formation in 1872.  It became Hardy & Greys in 2004. The change of name followed its takeover of Greys, and later it acquired Chub too. This gave it coverage in all branches of the sport, from sea and coarse to game and carp. It also set up subsidiaries in the US and Germany that have gone on to become key markets.



    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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