Albert Haywood & Sons
Ltd was formed in 1920, originally manufacturing work clothing
from a bedroom in Albert and Emma Haywood’s house. The
business was started when Albert was asked to make some
aprons for Bishop & Son Depositories (a removal company). From
this humble beginning the company was born.
Things soon started to grow and it wasn’t long before Albert
needed more help. Jack Haywood (Albert’s eldest son) then
entered the business in the late 1920s. Haywoods continued to
grow throughout the 1930s, however production came to a halt at
the start of the Second World War.
After the war Jack started producing clothing again and moved
the business into a dedicated manufacturing unit at Glenmoor
Works in Armley, Leeds. This was the start of Haywoods
changing from a cottage industry to a professional manufacturing
business. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s the business earned
itself a reputation for manufacturing quality work clothing for the
removals and transportation industries (something we still pride
ourselves on today).
In 1968 the business saw more major developments. The first was
the appointment of David Haywood into the business (Jack’s
eldest son). The second was the formation of Albert Haywood &
Sons Ltd as a limited company (which has been the case ever
since) and the third significant change was the addition, by David,
of packaging materials and handling equipment to the successful
After the introduction of packaging and handling equipment the
business really started to flourish. So much so that in 1969 the
company set on Harry Moyle as a full time sales representative.
This period of growth would see a change of premises and a
move across Leeds to Holbeck. The move lead to further
expansion which saw Philip Haywood (Jack’s youngest son) join
Between 1974 and 1980 the company opened and ran a
dedicated workwear factory in Cumbria, initially from a disused
railway station then later a converted chapel in Cleator Moor.
These years were good but towards the end of the 70s it was
decided a move back to Yorkshire was in the best interests of the
The 1980s proved to be a very successful time in the company’s
history. We moved to Garforth in Leeds and immediately
increased storage space to meet demand. The company
experienced rapid growth through these ‘boom’ years and
cemented itself as the market leading one stop shop for the
furniture, transport and removals industries.
By 1987 the company had outgrown the premises in Garforth and
moved across Leeds to Glenmoor House in West Park where we
are still based today! This move allowed for further expansion to
the packaging range and an increase in production capability. The
extra production capacity allowed the company to develop their
celebrated Haywood Strongwrap covers. Since the late 1980s
Strongwrap has improved and evolved many times to become the
market-leading product it is today.
The 1990s started badly with a recession and housing market
crash. In spite of this however, business increased steadily
throughout the decade, so much so that Martin Haywood (David’s
eldest son) was able to join the business.
In 1996 Haywood’s expanded the production capacity and a
dedicated manufacturing unit was acquired. This enabled the
company to take on larger clothing contracts and increase stock
holdings. An inhouse badgework facility was also added and the
increase in space allowed further development to the Haywood
Strongwrap covers range.
The noughties were a time of change for the business. Increased
competition from the Far East meant we had to change our
manufacturing operation. This resulted in a scaling back of
production and Glenmoor House becoming the centre for all
operations. Packaging equipment, materials handling and
Haywood Strongwrap covers were still going from strength to
The company experienced another property market crash in 2007
and although this was a tough period in the company’s history the
business was strong and continued to trade well through these
difficult times. Since the recession the company has had to
change its approach to business with more emphasis on
technology. We have invested in new computers and a new
computer system, embraced email marketing and added many
more items to our comprehensive range of products.
We are still family run and in our fourth generation with Martin
Haywood at the helm. We have many exciting plans ahead and
intend to take advantage of new opportunities as the come along.
At the same time we will never forget our core values, values set
down over many years by Albert, Jack, David and Philip. These
values still hold true today and are the reason why we have been
successful over the years and why we will be successful in the
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