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The development of companies

London Canal Museum - home page Enquiry 6 Growing demand Investment and profits Companies Technical advances Training new people The navigators
  Most canals after the Bridgewater were run by companies. Previously only wealthy individuals like the Duke were able to run big businesses. Companies were formed by issuing shares. The people buying the shares constributed the money for the company to build the canal and owned a part of the company. They also shared the profits. Small image of extract from archive accounts document
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