Marshall of Cambridge raises the flag on its centenary


Marshall of Cambridge, the region’s most successful privately owned family company and one of the largest engineering employers in the region, celebrates its centenary in 2009. To mark the start of the centenary, the Company’s new Centenary Flag has been hoisted to the top of the Company flagpole.

Present at this special event was Mr Michael Marshall, Chairman and Chief Executive of Marshall of Cambridge (Holdings) Ltd, accompanied by a number of the Company’s senior directors and managers.

Michael Marshall said: 'This is a significant milestone for the Company, of which we are all very proud. We are looking forward to hosting a number of celebratory events during 2009 with which we intend to involve our employees, our customers, members of the Marshall Family and the local community.

'My grandfather founded us with little capital and some borrowings from Barclays Bank in 1909. One of our celebratory events will be a dinner on 17 September, which is intended to raise £100,000 for the Prince’s Trust to provide similar opportunities today for young people to make a start in business.'

Photo caption: With Michael Marshall (left) is Grahame Nix, Chief Operating Officer of Marshall Aerospace , who was awarded the OBE in The New Years honours list, and Christopher Walkinshaw of The Marshall Motor Group.

Marshall of Cambridge was founded on 1 October 1909 by David Gregory Marshall. MBE, grandfather of Mr Michael Marshall. His son Arthur Marshall (later Sir Arthur Marshall, who died in 2008) joined the family business in 1926 and remained with it until his retirement in 1989. Mr Michael Marshall, the third generation of the Marshall Family, joined the private family group of companies in 1955. Mr Michael Marshall’s son Robert, the fourth generation of the Marshall Family, is working within the business together with Mr Michael Marshall’s stepson Christopher Walkinshaw. Marshall moved into the retail motor business in 1910, obtained the Austin Distributorship for Cambridgeshire in 1920 and entered the aviation business in 1929. With all its growth funded by ploughed-back profits, the Marshall Group, remains a privately owned family Company, with a turnover of over £700M per annum.

The Group of Companies is chaired by the third generation of the Marshall family, and employs members of the fourth generation. The Group currently has an employment of over 3,700 working in the fields of aerospace engineering; design and manufacture of specialist vehicle applications, military mobility shelters and hospital surgical units; motor vehicle sales and after sales support; refrigerated transport sales and support; and property ownership and management.

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For further information contact:

Group Support Executive
The Marshall Group of Companies
The Airport
Newmarket Road

Tel: 01223 373227 (Office)
07785 316763 (mobile)
Fax: 01223 373472


Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.

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