Hockley & Parker Companies

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These companies had their roots in a small rural butcher’s shop started by Mr. A. Playle in the early 20th century, which developed into a large wholesale butcher’s business and extensive farming interests.

Today, the companies comprise two separate groups, each headed by one of the granddaughters of Mr. Playle and their respective families.

Farming and estate management still form a large part of the groups’ activities, along with diversification into other operations such as the ownership and management of care homes for the elderly.

The various changes over the years have involved more than one demerger as well as other corporate reconstructions, and GSM, who have been the auditors and advisors since the 1950s, have assisted in helping the families through the related complex legislative and tax issues.