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About Us

As Europe's leading mop manufacturer, Robert Scott & Sons Ltd is one of the first places to go for anyone involved in the cleaning and support services market.

Our family run business, based in the beautiful valley of Saddleworth, began some 80 years ago. Family values and friendly customer service have seen us flourish in this sector.

With many years experience, Robert Scott & Sons Ltd is in a unique position to respond to a rapidly developing market.

The family business was first established in 1925, when a spinning and weaving mill producing cleaning cloths was opened by Robert Scott’s father James Scott. The business passed to Robert in 1939 and he continued running the business until 1959. Then through a government scheme to reduce over capacity in the textile industry the mill was closed.

Robert Scott immediately re-started manufacturing in new premises without the cotton spinning, quickly establishing a small range of cleaning products, including mops. Helped by his sons James and Peter, the business steadily grew until in 1971 they moved to a much larger location, Oak View Mills which created the space for a rapid increase in production. In 1988 Heybottom Mill was purchased which enabled the continuity of expansion for the company. Since then Robert Scotts have acquired Harold Watson in 1999, Contico in 2012 and UTC in 2014.

Oak View Mills
Robert Scott & Sons Head Office - aerial view Oak View Mills (circa 1970)
Oak View Mills Now
Robert Scott & Sons Head Office - Oak View Mills (as it is today)
Heybottom Mills

Heybottom Mill

The 4th generation of the Scott family along with an increased management team have continued to expand the business which now has a workforce of over 250 employees. Over it’s 90 year history, the company has never failed to produce and present products in a fresh and informative manner, which is why it is one of the last remaining set of working mills totalling over 380,000 sq ft in Lancashire. There is much for this family firm to be proud of: It’s a champion for the local economy, the community and the industry.

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