Harris & Sheldon Group Limited was formed in 1981 through a management buy-out of the majority of the assets and liabilities of Harris & Sheldon Group plc (a publicly listed company). At that time, the activities of the group consisted of a number of trading companies spanning consumer and capital goods including household names such as English Rose Kitchens, Antler Luggage, Hardy Brothers fishing tackle and Webley & Scott air rifles.

Over the ensuing years, the operating businesses have been sold or discontinued and the group now operates a salmon fishing business and has investments spanning property, listed investments and private equity.