With the Lawton Tube Company celebrating its centenary, David Todd visited Coventry to discover more about a rich industrial past and ambitions for the future.
Cousins Oliver and Giles Lawton are the fourth generation of their family to head the UK’s leading independent manufacturer and distributor of copper tube. They are, officially, Joint Managing Directors of the Lawton Tube Company, yet that barely scratches the surface of their true roles.
“The greatest reward of working in this company,” says Oliver, “is being able to see the business flourish, to see people grow their careers, and continue to develop the Lawton brand.
“We have grown in strength because of the actions of the three previous generations. There has been an underlying strategy of re-investing profit back into the business. This has been absolutely crucial to our success for the last 100 years.”