Algeos History

John Algeo established a leather dealing business at 97 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool in 1881. John was born in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland in about 1847-8 and his wife was from in Liverpool. It is thought that they married about 1876.

The first record of John Algeo shows him trading as a Boot Maker in 1879, at 7 Trafalgar Street, Liverpool. His son, Arthur Algeo was born in 1883 and other children followed including William.

In 1896, part of the business was moved to 326 Upper Parliament Street in Toxteth. This prominent building was erected in about 1880 on land that had been owned by the Earl of Sefton

It was at this point that Algeos first called themselves 'Leather and Grindery Merchants' (a traditional term used by wholesalers to the shoe repair industry). In 1910, John Algeo had at least two of his sons working in the business, William and Arthur. 

In 1947 the founder's son, Arthur, gave his name to the present firm A. Algeo Ltd when it became incorporated as a company with Limited Liability on the 16th June 1947 (Registered Number 437100).

Alan Sheridan Takes Control of Algeos
Following the deaths of Henry Senior and then at an early age, Henry Junior, the business was run by the latter's widow Betty until February 1990, when it was bought by the John Joseph Trust and the management transferred to the current chairman: Alan Sheridan.

In 1991 the sales team was expanded with the view to build on the local Orthopaedic market already supplied by the company within a fifty mile radius. Without initial specialist knowledge they were able to introduce the company and to develop good working relationships with new customers throughout the United Kingdom.

Originally concentrating on two or three main products (including Cork) the company expanded their range as demand grew. Customers warming to the concept and convenience of a “one stop shop”.

New Premises:
In 1997 the company expanded into a larger 6,000 square foot factory in Speke (Liverpool), employing eight new staff and investing in new manufacturing machinery. A factory manager was also employed to run the ever-growing logistics operation.

The move allowed the business to withdraw from the ailing shoe repair trade and to concentrate on new markets such as Podiatry and Physiotherapy.

These specialist markets complemented Algeos' supply of orthotic & prosthetic materials and in 1998 a specialist manager was recruited to consolidate and build sales in these areas.

Following the liquidation of a locally based supplier of shoe-sundry retail items, (Luckings) the manufacturing assets were bought from the liquidator and Algeo’s continued supplying its former shoe repair wholesale competitors.

Continuing sales growth led to an inevitable move to larger premises and the company re-located around the corner to its current premises in 1999 (a 15,000 square foot industrial unit with bulk material handling machinery).

Business Acquisitions Stimulate Growth
In September 2003, Algeos acquired Footwear Findings Ltd of Somerset, UK. This was a strategic move by the company to assist business growth and gain full UK distributorship of PORON Urethanes – the world’s leading comfort material produced by the Rogers Corporation of Connecticut USA.

In March 2004, the company purchased BC Leathers of Essex from the owner Brian Cordery (ex Pangbourne Leathers), in a move to expand its leather customer base and acquire strategic suppliers.

In January 2005, Algeos gained an extra 10,000 square foot through the acquisition of the adjacent building at their current warehouse location in Speke. The additional space is integral to Algeos' growth strategy, which should satisfy logistical requirements for up to 5 years.

In 2006 Algeos celebrates its 125 year anniversary.

In March 2008 Algeos went global with the opening of its first satellite operation in Melbourne, Australia. 

Parliament Street 1900

Speke Premises 1997

Algeos 1997

Algeos 2001

Award Winners 2001

Algeos EVA Warehouse 2002

Additional Building 2005

BAPO 2005