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1932 to Present
Mr WR Swann, Mr JA Morton and Miss D Fairweather founded the business in August 1932 to manufacturer and sell razor blades. True to their philosophy, even before they began trading, the founders drew up four statements to guide them in their entry into the capitalist world. Mr Swann's founding principles
Claims of individuals producing in an industry came first, before anything else, and must always remain first. They are the human beings on which everything is built.
If the industry cannot pay the rightful reward of labour (while they are producing for profit for the owners) then a new policy is required on the part of the management to make it do so.
If the management can't do the job, then a new management is required, as well as a new policy.
Individuals in any industry have a perfect right to demand and see that this objective is reached, because they produce the goods.
These four statements, written in Walter R Swann's handwriting, are displayed at Swann-Morton's head office and remain the principles that guide the business today.
After many years of research and development the emphasis was changed from razor blades to surgical blades. With the market for surgical blades growing considerably. By 1957 Swann-Morton was manufacturing over 38 million blades each year. During the mid 40's Mr JA Morton decided to leave the company to pursue other interests leaving Walter Swann and Doris Fairweather as remaining co-directors. Mindful of the future security of the company, the workforce and its founding principles a trust was formed to administer the company within which the employees had a 50% share and the remaining 50% placed in a charitable trust. It is this unique culture that inspires quality and commitment, and Swann-Morton's staff are very proud to be a part of this.