Booker Group

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Booker Group Limited is a food wholesale operator, offering branded and private label goods to over 400,000 customers, including independent convenience stores, grocers, pubs, and restaurants.wikipedia
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Jock Campbell, Baron Campbell of Eskan

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In 1952, Jock Campbell took over the chairmanship of the company and his Fabian social politics transformed it dramatically into a benevolent force providing major benefits for sugar workers.
John "Jock" Middleton Campbell, Baron Campbell of Eskan (8 August 1912 – 26 December 1994) was the Chairman of Booker Brothers, McConnell and Co (Later Booker-McConnell) in British Guiana (now Guyana) between 1952 and 1967.

Booker Prize

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The company also founded, and was previously a sponsor of, the Booker Prize (originally the Booker–McConnell Prize) for literary fiction, which was established in 1968.
The prize was originally established as the Booker–McConnell Prize, after the company Booker, McConnell Ltd began sponsoring the event in 1969; it became commonly known as the "Booker Prize" or simply "the Booker".

Tesco

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In January 2017, it was announced that the British multi-national supermarket retailer Tesco had agreed to purchase the company for £3.7 billion.
On 27 January 2017, it was announced that Tesco had reached an agreement to merge with Britain's biggest wholesaler Booker Group to create the UK's largest food group, there are however concerns over market dominance with Tesco being Britain's largest food retailer and Booker being the UK's largest wholesaler.

British Guiana

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Among other interests, it operated the sugar industry in Guyana (British Guiana before independence in 1966), running five Booker Line ships, until it was nationalised around 1970.
The London-based Booker Group of companies (Booker Brothers, McConnell & Co., Ltd) dominated the economy of British Guiana.

Happy Shopper

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In November 1996, Booker bought Nurdin & Peacock, taking ownership of the convenience store operator and brand Happy Shopper.
The brand was originally owned by cash and carry company Nurdin and Peacock, who were subsequently acquired by Booker Group in November 1996.

Iceland (supermarket)

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In May 2000, Booker was purchased by Iceland Supermarkets, via its Big Food Group vehicle.
In May 2000, Iceland merged with Booker plc with Booker's Stuart Rose taking the role of CEO of the merged company.

Budgens

In May 2015, Booker Group confirmed it had reached an agreement with Musgrave Group to buy the Budgens and Londis grocery chains, for £40 million.
The company is a subsidiary of Booker Group.

The Big Food Group

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In May 2000, Booker was purchased by Iceland Supermarkets, via its Big Food Group vehicle.
It was created in 2000 when the supermarket chain Iceland merged with Booker Cash & Carry plc.

Baugur Group

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Then, in December 2004, Big Food Group was in turn bought by acquisitive Icelandic group, Baugur, which split Booker and Iceland again into different companies.

Makro

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In May 2012, Metro Group sold the thirty stores of Makro in the United Kingdom and all operational assets to Booker Group Plc, in return for 9.99% of Booker's share capital, plus £15.8 million in cash; although the merger was referred to the Office of Fair Trading it was cleared by the Competition Commission in April 2013.
In 2012, Metro sold the Makro UK business to Booker Group; and Makro-Habib in Pakistan became Metro-Habib.

Londis (United Kingdom)

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In May 2015, Booker Group confirmed it had reached an agreement with Musgrave Group to buy the Budgens and Londis grocery chains, for £40 million.
Since May 2015, the company has been owned by Booker Group, which purchased Londis and its sister company Budgens from the Musgrave Group for £40 million.

Calon (TV production company)

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In 1986, the company set up a short lived co venture between the directors of Siriol Animation to create Kalisto.
Kalisto Ltd. is a short lived co-venture between the directors of Siriol Animation and Booker Group.

Agatha Christie

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This purchase was the foundation of the Authors' Division, which also acquired rights to some well known authors' works, such as Dennis Wheatley, and the 64% stake in Agatha Christie's works not controlled by her family.
In 1968, when Christie was almost 80 years old, she sold a 51% stake in Agatha Christie Limited (and therefore the works it owned) to Booker Books (better known as Booker Author's Division), a subsidiary of the food and transport conglomerate Booker-McConnell (now Booker Group), the founder of the Booker Prize for literature, which by 1977 had increased its stake to 64%.

Symbol group

In the 2010s there was significant consolidation in the sector, as Tesco purchased Booker and the Co-operative Group purchased Nisa.

Musgrave Group

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In May 2015, Booker Group confirmed it had reached an agreement with Musgrave Group to buy the Budgens and Londis grocery chains, for £40 million.

Guyana

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Among other interests, it operated the sugar industry in Guyana (British Guiana before independence in 1966), running five Booker Line ships, until it was nationalised around 1970.

Indentured servitude

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Booker had a long history of exploitation of sugar workers through the indentured labour system during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Fabian Society

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In 1952, Jock Campbell took over the chairmanship of the company and his Fabian social politics transformed it dramatically into a benevolent force providing major benefits for sugar workers.

Fantastic Max

Kalisto also developed a show called Space Baby (which eventually became Fantastic Max), along with another series called Satellite City (which was co produced with Fairwater Films) and the animated film The Little Engine That Could.

Satellite City

Kalisto also developed a show called Space Baby (which eventually became Fantastic Max), along with another series called Satellite City (which was co produced with Fairwater Films) and the animated film The Little Engine That Could.

Fairwater Films

Kalisto also developed a show called Space Baby (which eventually became Fantastic Max), along with another series called Satellite City (which was co produced with Fairwater Films) and the animated film The Little Engine That Could.

The Little Engine That Could (1991 film)

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Kalisto also developed a show called Space Baby (which eventually became Fantastic Max), along with another series called Satellite City (which was co produced with Fairwater Films) and the animated film The Little Engine That Could.

Convenience store

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Happy Shopper's products are sold by Booker to independent convenience stores and off licences.

Alternative Investment Market

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In June 2007, Booker reversed into an AIM listed wholesaler of groceries Blueheath, to form Booker Group plc.