Britain’s oldest family business opened when Henry VIII ruled

November 7, 2011

RJ Balson & Sons' butcher shop in Bridport, Dorset - the oldest continuously trading family business in the United Kingdom

RJ Balson and Sons, a butchers based in Bridport, Dorset, boasts an astonishing history that is almost 500 years old. Experts have traced the businesses roots back through 25 generations to when founder John Balson opened a stall in the town’s market on South Street in 1535. Since then dozens of family members have worked as butchers in the market town, passing their skills down the generations. And 476 years later, the shop remains a thriving business and has been named Britain’s oldest family run retailer.

Balson & Sons' exports 20 types of specialty sausages around the world, including the United States.

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