Hanson Asset Management’s predecessor entity was founded by the Hanson family essentially as a family office before the term became common parlance, with a mandate that embraced the management of liquid and alternate investments with a capital preservation bias.
The Hanson family business originated in the mid 1800′s carrying wool and textiles between Huddersfield and Longwood by packhorse. The current Chairman’s grandfather went onto transform this small haulage business into a concern of international repute.
Lord Hanson, who led the family business prior to his son The Hon. Robert Hanson, set up Hanson PLC with Lord White. Hanson PLC became a multi-billion pound conglomerate before it demerged in the late nineties into Imperial Tobacco, The Energy Group, US Industries, Millennium Chemicals, leaving Hanson PLC containing the aggregates and bricks business. Following the demerger Robert Hanson left Hanson PLC to concentrate on the family’s interests.