Barratt, the classic UK confectionery brand, was founded in 1848 by George Osborne Barratt (one out of ten for coming up with that name for the business there, George).  By 1901 they had over 2,000 employees making 350 tonnes of sweets per week and they were the largest confectioner in the world.  Bought by Bassetts (the guys with the liquorice) in 1966, and ending up as part of Cadbury’s Schweppes, there’s a collection of photographs, letters and brochures from the business and its staff in the archives at Bruce Castle museum in London.  Be sure to check that out if you’re in the vicinity, sounds like a riot.