Oldest Family Firms In Yorkshire

1783 – AW Hainsworth & Sons Ltd

A specialist textile company, AW Hainsworth has been an unrivalled market leader for over 230 years. From the time Abimelech William Hainsworth started manufacturing woollen cloth in Yorkshire in 1783, investing in people and maintaining strong partnerships with customers and suppliers have been the cornerstones of their success.

In Tudor England, wool was an important commodity that signified both power and influence. So much so that Queen Elizabeth I insisted nobility took their oaths of loyalty kneeling on a woollen sack. Today, the Woolsack remains at the heart of Britain’s democracy and is now the seat of the Lord Speaker in the House of Lords, the Upper House of Parliament in the United Kingdom. The Woolsack is covered in Hainsworth cloth.

Their ceremonial cloth has been at the heart of national pride, the world over; their protective fabrics safeguard emergency services in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and North America; their interior fabrics furnish Royal palaces and homes throughout Europe and the Middle East; their snooker and pool cloth is undeniably the best in the world; and their award-winning innovation centre is an internationally recognised authority in the design and development of woven textiles.

Hainsworth fabric has clothed royalty and the military for full-dress ceremonial occasions and has embellished and enriched the furnishings of palaces across the world.

Hainsworth also delivered the first inherently heat and flame-retardant fabrics in the UK and now protect emergency services and military personnel around the world from the damaging effects of fire. Hainsworth even enables musicians, designers, tailors and world championship snooker players to reach the pinnacle of their professions.

Today, they integrate the traditional qualities of craftsmanship with cutting edge innovation and product development to meet the needs of a growing and diverse global customer base. Their patented products, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation and the granting of their Royal Warrant, to supply HM The Queen, demonstrate an ability to deliver fabric to the highest possible standards. The ever changing needs of their apparel, technical, and interior fabric customers drive a commitment to maintaining the Hainsworth name as the benchmark in all textile manufacture.

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