Beaumont Textiles can trace its history back to 1888, when Towns Green Mill on Dole Lane, Chorley was taken over by Joseph Hargreaves and his weaving operation began.
At the time, Lancashire’s 2,500 plus mills produced over half of the World’s cotton.
The business began to turn profit in the early part of the twentieth century under the proprietorship of Joseph Hargreave’s nephew, Joseph Blackledge.
The Company, then called J. Hargreaves & Co, came to an effective end in 1913 when part of the mill collapsed.
By this time, Joseph Blackledge’s collateral was good enough to allow him to buy land nearby and build a new mill, and despite being closed for over a year, the Company welcomed back practically all its workforce.
This business was re-named J. Blackledge & Son. Weaving took place at Park Mills, Chorley, from 1914 up until the mid 1960s, when cheap foreign imports made weaving in the UK unsustainable.
The company re-established itself as a textile converter and supplied the apparel trade for many years until the late 1990s.
During this time, the business passed from Joseph Blackledge’s son William, to his son Joseph, and then upon his retirement, his nephew Bill Beaumont took over the Company.
Bill had joined the family business from school and balanced his full time job with his hobby and passion of playing rugby at Fylde Rugby Club in Lytham, Lancashire.
From starting his first game in the 6th XV at the age of 17, Bill captained England 21 times and won the Grand Slam with England in 1980.
He won 34 caps for England and 7 for the Lions between 1975 and 1982, where injury forced his premature retirement.
Bill always worked in the family business, which he eventually bought from the family in 1998 and renamed the business Bill Beaumont Textiles, to take advantage of his high profile name gained from his sporting achievements.
When Bill took the business over, his wife Hilary joined the business as Design Director and the business moved away from apparel and into the soft furnishings industry.
They moved from Park Mills in 2011 and are now located in modern warehousing and office units in Chorley.
In 2017, Bill Beaumont Textiles became part of the Al Guthmi Group of companies.
Al Guthmi are a Saudi Arabian textile wholesaler with annual revenues in excess of $150m.
The business was then run by Bill and Hilary’s eldest son Daniel, the sixth generation of the family to run the business.
In December 2019 Matthew Crew took over from Daniel Beaumont, who left the company to pursue other interests.
Beaumont joined the family business in 2011 and was appointed the managing director in 2015. The company’s founders Bill and Hilary Beaumont had already retired.
Prior to joining Beaumont, Crew was managing director of Crowson Fabrics Ltd, for almost 16 years, from 1985 to 2001.
Matthew & Al-Guthmi group have ambitious plans for growth and diversification into new global markets, the implication being that Beaumont is the beginning of a new era for Al-Guthmi.
Steps included a rebrand of the current name Bill Beaumont Textiles to Beaumont Textiles. The classic branding has changed from black to white and the company is taking steps to elevate new collections offering affordable luxury.