Edward Naylor is a Cambridge Modern Languages graduate and double-prizewinning Chartered Accountant. He spent the first 8 years of his career in the City with accountants Deloitte, acquiring corporate finance experience and spending time on secondment in Germany. On the death of his father Allan in 1993, he took over as CEO of Barnsley based Naylor Industries plc, which at the time was a loss making £12m manufacturer of clay pipes. A programme of modernisation and diversification followed. The company launched a new plastic pipe business which now accounts for more than half group sales and developed its exporting activities. The Naylor group today is a broad based and profitable business with 5 sites and a turnover of £50m including exports to 65 countries. Its businesses are engaged in the manufacture of clay, plastic and concrete products and whilst it primarily supplies the construction industry, its Yorkshire Flowerpots division is now the UK’s largest manufacturer of terracotta gardenware.
Town Centre Securities PLC is arguably Yorkshire's most successful property company. It owns the Merrion Centre in Leeds and 70 other commercial properties which are located in most of the major cities in the UK. The Company was founded in 1959 by Edward's father Arnold Ziff who was Chairman until his death in 2004. The Company floated on the Stock Exchange in 1960 and its shares have seen a steady increase in value since then. Since Edward became the CEO in 2001, the property portfolio has continued to grow in value as has the share price. £1000 invested in the Company in 1969 would have been worth £562,000 by 1st October 2014 and worth £645,000 by 1st February 2016. During the late 1990's and early 2000's Edward carried out a major restructuring of the property portfolio disposing of smaller properties and purchasing larger ones including car parks.