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By the middle of the 18th century, the Industrial Revolution was transforming Britain. Wolverhampton had over 100 foundries and it was the hub for light metal trades. The Briscoe family owned a lot of property so William Briscoe was able to set up his own business with family money.

In 1781 at the age of 22, William opened his first premises. He supplied materials to saddlers, builders, architects, gun smiths and toy makers. His business boomed, and soon he expanded to the Caribbean and Latin America. In 1863 Briscoes made it to the other side of the world when it set up shop in Dunedin. The Otago and West Coast gold rushes were great for business and Briscoe warehouses, selling a wide range of industrial and farming equipment, were soon seen across the country. read more