14 Dec A little bit more history…
Proud to remain a big part of Bury St Edmunds, the Denny family roots are firmly entrenched in the county of Suffolk.
As is the sense of entrepreneurship, as Graham Denny, managing director of Denny Bros Ltd, explains.
In addition to going back 16 generations to John Denny in the early 1500s, the first signs of entrepreneurism came in 1711 when Thomas Denny was given £100 by his father, also named Thomas, to set up a tan yard at Combs. The two men ran the business until 1776 when it was leased to Joseph Antrim Webb. Today, Webb & Son is recognised as one of Suffolk and Norfolk’s oldest established business.
I recently discovered that a house which forms part of the old tannery site is called ‘Denny House’ and is my ancestral home dating back 400 years or more. We’ve been in Suffolk more than 500 years and only moved about 10 miles.
Another Denny entrepreneur was Russell and Doug’s grandfather, Cornelius, who was the butcher, postmaster and shopkeeper in Lawshall.
Joy Denny, managing director of DB Supplies, said:
We’re very much a Suffolk family through and through. Business is a big feature in our family and that ties you down to the area, as it’s a wrench to move away and do something else, somewhere else.
Understandably, Denny Bros’ loyalty to Suffolk has been matched by their customers – right from day one.
One of their earliest customers in the late 1940s was the owners of the West Suffolk Greyhound Stadium in Spring Lane, Bury, who asked Russell and Douglas whether they could print 1,000 programmes in time for a meeting the next day. The brothers worked all night to meet the deadline – a work ethic that led to them producing two programmes a week for the stadium for the next 20 years.
These principles of flexibility, customer care and innovation still resonate within every aspect of the Denny Bros group today.