Richard Haworth & Co. / Spero

Richard Haworth & Co. / Spero

In 1852 Richard Haworth established a company in Manchester as a yarn and cloth commission agent. The firm prospered and expanded by leasing a large mill at Broughton Bridge and spinning was added to cloth weaving. Further mills were added, Egyptian Mill (1864), Tatton Mill (1870) and Ordsall Mill (1872).

Richard Haworth died in 1866 and his two sons, G. C. And J. F. Haworth took control of the business which they converted into a limited company.

The early part of the 20th century was a boom time for the company. Richard Haworth & Co. Ltd. began to offer a wide range of products under the trade mark Spero, such as dress fabrics, handkerchiefs, corsets, blankets and sheets. The company also produced canvases for tents and sails. The major portion of the manufacturing was carried out at the company’s factories in Salford, Padiham and Hinkley Green, which employed a total workforce of 2,400 people.

Today the company is part of the Ruia Group that comprises of a number of companies that import, supply and distribute household textiles and hosiery. Richard Haworth & Co. Ltd. supplies bed linen, table linen and towels to the hospital and hotel and restaurant markets.