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RINGTONS was founded in Heaton, Newcastle, in 1907 by Samuel Smith.

He scraped together pounds 250 for a single shipment of tea, and then sold it on with door-to-door sales.

The business grew rapidly and became a huge family enterprise focusing on community values, which saw it employ ex-servicemen and disabled soldiers after the end of the 1914-18 war.

Although the company now uses vans instead of horse and carriages, its principle of delivering direct to customers' doors has not changed.

Ringtons now has a network of 26 offices across the country stretching from Edinburgh to East Anglia.


FLASHBACK: A Ringtons van in 1957
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 20, 2008
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