Our History

a highly diversified business establishment

Founded in 1875

The business was founded in 1875 when the Firm of Geo. W Bennett & Co of St John’s, Antigua opened a branch in Basseterre, St. Kitts. Mr Samuel Lamartine Horsford who was at that time the Accountant at Geo. W Bennett & Co was appointed as Manager of the St. Kitts branch.

In February 1880 the business traded under the name “The Estates Agency Depot” and was a partnership between Messrs Geo. W Bennett & Co and Mr John Hardtman Berkeley, planter of Shadwell Estate, St. Kitts.

In 1885, Mr Samuel Lamartine Horsford purchased the business from its previous owners and started trading as S L Horsford and Co.

On the 31 day of January 1912, a Company Limited By Shares and named S L Horsford and Co. LTD was registered on the island of St Christopher under The Companies Act 1884 (No 20 of 1884) of the Leeward Islands.

In January 1929, Mr B Marshall purchased the shares owned by the late Mrs Alberta Augusta Horsford (widow of Mr S L Horsford Dec’d) and the four surviving offspring of Mr & Mrs Horsford.

The Company became a Public company on 30 July 1990 and on 24 September 1990 it issued a Prospectus which resulted in the issue of 5,500,000 Ordinary Shares of $1 per share. On 1 June 1993 the Company issued its second Prospectus which resulted in the further issue of 2,600,000 Ordinary Shares of $1 per share. In 1999 the Company issued 8,382,810 Bonus Shares on the basis of one share for every two ordinary shares held at the time of the issue. On 1 July 1999 the Company issued its third Prospectus which resulted in the further issue of 5,000,000 Ordinary Shares of $1 per share.

Today, the company is a highly diversified business establishment involved in multiple trading, service and manufacturing activities through its various departments and subsidiary companies. It has traded profitably since its incorporation.

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Servicing the needs of the

Auto-Enthusiasts

Horsford’s AUTOMOTIVE offers vehicles, parts and vehicle servicing and repairs for Nissan, Daihatsu and Hyundai and Kia vehicles, and is located at Wellington Road, Basseterre. Horsford’s Automotive has been dedicated to servicing the needs of the auto-enthusiasts by providing them with a range of vehicles for all tastes, wants and needs. From trucks and vans to sedans and suv’s.