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Harrison Wipes celebrates 125 years
Family owned company Harrison Wipes officially celebrated its 125th anniversary on 15th June at a party that included current and former employees, suppliers and local dignitaries including the Mayor of Havering, Cllr Philippa Crowder.
"We're incredibly proud to celebrate 125 years in business," says owner and managing director, Stephen Harrison. "The party made it possible for us to say thank you to our employees, without whom our success would not be possible."
Established in 1891 in Great Yarmouth by the present owner's great grandfather, Saul Harrison, the company is respected as one of the long established and most knowledgeable suppliers of wipes and wiping solutions in the UK.
"When my great grandfather founded this business he put our customers at the heart of all we do," explains Stephen. "We have always remained true to this. We have probably the most comprehensive range of wipes in the UK. We are the sole UK licensed converter of Sontara and the main distributor of Chicopee products as a direct result of our determination to meet customer needs. We can find the right solution, almost whatever the wiping requirement."
From a small venture trading recyclable materials including rags, scrap metal and ropes, the business grew into a UK national company manufacturing more than 300 million wipes a year from its premises in the Harold Hill industrial estate.
In the 1930s, the rapidly growing business moved to London and settled in Stratford.
When Saul Harrison died, his four sons continued to develop the company, taking it from strength to strength by expanding into manufacturing wipes and investing into new technologies.
Harrison Wipes moved from Stratford to Hackney, where it celebrated 100 years of trading, before moving on to Havering in 2002.
Employees remained loyal to the family-venture and many members of staff followed the company into the borough.
The recent move to the new Harold Hill premises has enabled Harrison Wipes to increase the markets it serves to include food service, automotive, industrial and aerospace.
Harrison Wipes' longevity can be attributed to its ongoing commitment to innovation and customer, supplier and employee loyalty.
Stephen expands: "We continually invest in new machinery and product development to ensure our offer meets our customers' evolving needs. We also develop bespoke solutions when required."
In the last three years, the business increased its sales by 25%.
Stephen says: "Our success is rooted in our excellent customer service and product innovation and we ensure all our solutions oriented products are fit for purpose.
"Although the company has made many innovative changes, its principles have remained fundamentally the same over our long history.
"Harrison Wipes' success has been underpinned by the ability to adapt to meet the changing needs of our customers and the positive mentality of our loyal employees. We look forward to the next 125 years."
7th July 2016