York­shire So­ci­ety’s her­itage plaque hon­our for tex­tile com­pany Hainsworth

Yorkshire Post - - BUSINESS -

HIS­TORIC WOOLLEN tex­tile firm AW Hainsworth & Sons has be­come the first com­pany to re­ceive a spe­cial cor­po­rate plaque high­light­ing its her­itage and suc­cess.

The York­shire So­ci­ety has joined forces with plaque man­u­fac­turer MTL of Rother­ham to cel­e­brate suc­cess­ful busi­nesses in the re­gion.

Leeds-based Hainsworth, which has been man­u­fac­tur­ing woollen tex­tiles since 1783, was cho­sen be­cause of its longevity and com­mit­ment to York­shire.

The sev­enth gen­er­a­tion of the fam­ily-owned com­pany con­tin­ues to in­te­grate the tra­di­tional qual­i­ties of crafts­man­ship with de­sign, cut­ting edge in­no­va­tion and prod­uct de­vel­op­ment to meet the needs of a grow­ing and di­verse global cus­tomer base.

Its fab­rics are seen adorn­ing the Queen’s Royal Guard at Buck­ing­ham Palace, grac­ing cat­walks world­wide with their stylish el­e­gance, en­rich­ing the fur­nish­ings of palaces and pro­tect­ing emer­gency ser­vices from the dam­ag­ing ef­fects of fire.

For a num­ber of years the York­shire So­ci­ety has in­stalled plaques to com­mem­o­rate York­shire men and women who gave ex­cep­tional ser­vice or con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to the county and coun­try.

Now it is in­stalling stain­less steel plaques on the build­ings of com­pa­nies founded and still op­er­at­ing in York­shire.

Keith Made­ley, chair­man of the York­shire So­ci­ety, said the idea came af­ter The York­shire Post praised the so­ci­ety for sup­port­ing re­gional busi­nesses when it in­stalled a plaque to cel­e­brate Fox’s Bis­cuits’ 160th an­niver­sary in 2013.

Hainsworth em­ploys over 180 peo­ple in Fars­ley, Leeds. Mr Made­ley said its ethos for in­vest­ing in peo­ple and main­tain­ing strong part­ner­ships had driven its com­mit­ment to main­tain­ing the name as a bench­mark in tex­tile man­u­fac­tur­ing.

He added: “Tex­tiles in York­shire are very dear to my heart so it makes this one par­tic­u­larly spe­cial.”

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