Gawith Re-United

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yorkshirepipe

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Through various enthusiasts and retailers, it appears that the Sam Gawith and Gawith & Hoggarth are going to be co-owned.
I've heard that nothing is likely to change, both brands will still be operating with the same staff and machinery, but under one roof. It is not due to happen for several weeks.
Who knows what will happen going forward, but just wanted to spread some news!

 

yorkshirepipe

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Do you think so?
I quite like the idea of it - although I could see some blends in future suffering which would be a shame.

 

jarit

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Oh dear. I, for one, can't imagine anything good coming out of such a marriage.
Then again, if this move keeps them going under, it's certainly a better outcome.
EDIT: thanks for reporting this, but it would be great to hear the same from either of the Gawiths'.

 

woodsroad

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EDIT: thanks for reporting this, but it would be great to hear the same from either of the Gawiths'
Agreed.

Anything else is wild speculation. I withdraw my rush to conclusion.
Bad news, to be certain.

 

yorkshirepipe

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A retailer here in the UK contacted SG who then confirmed it, whether it will happen or it's just a plan, who knows.

 

desertpipe

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If it allows them to reduce their costs, combine their tobacco purchasing, and keeps their blends from suddenly being made in Denmark....I'm happy to see them making the effort to stay independent.

 

jimbo44

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Glynn Quelch of GQ Tobaccos in UK spoke to Bob (don't know which one - they've both got a Bob!) and posted this on Facebook:
"I can confirm that SG & GH are bringing all production back into one place. The 2 brands will still exist and use their own tobacco, staff and machinery. So from a customers point of view there will be no difference. The only change will be for retailers etc."
The place will be the current (modern) site of GH&Co. and the Kendal Brown House of SG will become a museum.

 

papipeguy

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Very interesting news. In any merger there are winners and losers within the enterprise. I would think saying that all staff will retained is premature at best. consolidations of this nature are usually driven by the efficiencies to be gained and that means cost savings across the board. Employees are the biggest expense in any company so we'll see where this goes.

 

jarit

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Thanks for the update, Jimbo.
Actually that doesn't sound too bad. Not "Cadogan-bad". I don't have to cry myself to sleep tonight.

 

jimbo44

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Just sharing space, I believe - there are very few employees at either present firm.
....and Bob (SG) is getting on (sorry, Bob - just joking!).

 

pylorns

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Guess we should merge the two topics -I've reached out to the companies to try to get an official statement from them directly.

 

peteguy

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Hmmm, I am torn. Half of my favorite tobaccos are Sam Gawith. Even though it is stated that the tobacco, staff and machinery will stay the same, it makes me a bit nervous. On the other hand, if it means they stay the same and stay in production, then I am content. Might be time to stock up a bit. :)

 
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