Associated British Foods Pension Scheme collection catalogued - February 2012

Posted: 13 February 2012

Work on cataloguing the collection of the Associated British Foods Pension Trustees Limited has recently been completed. The collection (reference LMA/4545), which dates back to the establishment of the Allied Bakeries Pension Scheme in 1941, demonstrates how Associated British Foods’ pension schemes operated, and in particular how the company coped with the expansion of the company and assimilating other schemes into its administration.

The original Trust Deeds and Rules state its intentions and ambitions, and the minutes of the trustee’s meetings and Pension Manager’s papers illustrate how the Fund was administered. Minutes and ledgers regarding the Fund’s property investments are also included. In addition to providing an insight into how the Fund invested its money, the property ledgers also provide information on a variety of properties and business premises across the UK which were often located centrally within communities. The collection also includes publicity material send to scheme members.

The range of records available demonstrate how the operations of the pension fund were affected by the fortunes of the company, which has now expanded to include operations in 44 countries around the world. The collection includes records relating to the pension schemes of many subsidiary companies, including those of British Sugar.

The collection is accessible to all interested researchers via the reading rooms at London Metropolitan Archives. Please see the Using our collections pages for more details.