Our History

OUR STORY. BY MR MARTIN GEORGE, CHAIRMAN

“We are absolutely dedicated to the highest standards in quality and customer service.”

1886

The Whitworth Bros first built a mill at Wellingborough in 1886. My Grandfather, Frank, was born the year after. 18 years later, in 1905, he joined Whitworth Bros. Ltd. as a milling apprentice and was soon running the mill for the family. When the original owners came to retire in the late 1920s, it was no surprise that they sold their business to Frank.

1936

In 1936, my Grandfather bought Cadge and Colman, a similar sized mill in Peterborough which my Father Tony was sent to run.

At that time, the milling business traded very locally and flour was either sold as packet flour or delivered to local bakers.  So the Company built a modern plant bakery and a quarter of sales went to that unit.

1997

In 1997, I and my son Michael bought the remaining family and trusts to become the sole shareholders of Whitworth Bros. Ltd. and our business started to flourish. It was clear that customers wanted flour produced from the safest and most up to date plants. So we built two mills at Wellingborough followed by two more plants on a new site at Peterborough along with two heat treated flour plants. Our business continued to prosper as we were the only miller prepared to invest heavily in modern mills with the latest technology.

2012

A third, larger plant was constructed at Wellingborough in 2012.

Whitworth Bros. Ltd. has a history of acquisitions to strengthen our product range and geographical coverage, to better serve our customers.  The business acquired the assets of Smiths Flour Mills in 2012 which set us on a path of growth through acquisition.

2016 – 2018

We bought two heat treatment plants and other assets from Jas Bowman & Sons at Whitley Bridge in 2016 which expanded our speciality flour range.

2018 brought the opportunity to acquire two mills from Ranks Hovis at Selby, with another at Trafford Park in Manchester which again grew our milling footprint and range of functional flours.

Today

We have constructed a brand new mill at Whitley Bridge in Yorkshire, which encompasses the very latest milling technology which allows us to provide our customers with world beating quality and service.

I am proud to say that in approximately 15 years, we grew our 1% share of the market to nearly a third and have become the UK’s largest miller.

Our growth is due to the fact that we have always sought to employ the very best people available. We have invested heavily in the best plants, machinery and vehicles. And we are absolutely dedicated to the best standards in quality and customer service.

“The owners really care about their people and make us feel part of the family. It means so much to have a Chairman that is so proud.”

Supply Chain Manager, 45 years’ service.