Our History


1969


The Original Factory Shop was founded by the Black family



The first shop was opened in Keighley





Peter Black handing employees Christmas gifts




1970

Margaret Thatcher visits Keighley store




The chain of shops grow




1985

Ripon store opens





1988


The Black family sell The Original Factory Shop in 1988




1990

The empire grows with more store openings





2004


Barclays capital buy 70% stake in The Original Factory Shop




2004

Duke street buys The Original Factory Shop





2005


Major re-brand to all stores




2009

Turned 35 Woolworths stores into The Original Factory Shop stores





2018


The business went through a CVA and was refinanced




2019

Roll out of store refreshes





2020


Opening of all stores after COVID-19 closure. Matt Williams takes over as executive chairman. Our journey to growth continues.




2020

Matt Williams appointed as new Executive Chairman. Phil Briggs becomes Managing Director and Ian Williams Chief Financial Officer.