Polaris is proud of its roots in the North of England and we have followed the family heritage into business and the media.
Our paternal great grandfather Charles Doyle emigrated to Liverpool from Kiltimagh County Mayo in Ireland in the early 1900s. He set up a construction company CJ Doyle and Co which grew into one of the biggest in the region building commercial and residential property ranging from terraced houses to colleges, cinemas and synagogues. His best-known work was as primary contractor for the Lutyens designed Catholic Cathedral in Liverpool, whose foundation stone he helped lay at an open air ceremony in 1933. A project immense in scale it would have been second only to St Peters in Rome in size. Although the famous crypt was completed the project was shelved with the advent of war. Lutyens’s cathedral is arguably one of Britain and Liverpool’s greatest architectural losses but the crypt is a wonderful reminder of the beautiful design and workmanship. Charles Doyle died aged 77 in 1956 and is featured in the new Museum of Liverpool in timeline of the cathedral.
Our maternal grandfather Philip Lloyd was the third generation to run the family accountancy firm on Merseyside. The company started practising as JB Hughes and Lloyd in in the 1870s with the Birkenhead branch becoming the first to gain chartered brand in the 1880s and kept the name until 1967 when it merged with Blease and Sons and became Blease Lloyd where Philip worked until his retirement in the 1980s. The company later merged with McLintocks in 2008 and we are pleased that the company remains our accountant today with Helen Furlong managing our account who was first interviewed by our grandfather in 1976. Philip served in India during the war as a major in the Royal Army Service Corp in Quetta now Pakistan. The beauty of India left a lasting impression on our grandfather which helped inspire our interest in following his footsteps and working in India.
Our father Phil Pinnington worked as a producer, reporter and presenter on BBC Radio Merseyside in the late 70s and early 80s. Presenting Morning Merseyside he reported on Liverpool during some of its most turbulent times including the Toxteth riots, Militant, the assassination of John Lennon and the visit of Pope John Paul in 1982. He later established the Ariel Trust in Liverpool a charity which helps young people into broadcasting before setting up his own business providing broadcast media training to a range of clients including Merseyside Police, the University of Liverpool and the HSE.