‘Put The Flags Out’ We’re 120 Years Old.
Brook International celebrates 120 years!
“Brook International is a family business, and having been established in 1898 has been producing and selling textiles for 120 years. We have seen wars, world cups, recessions and premises moves, but, we still attract discerning customers worldwide who recognise our trademark textiles for Flags and Banners!
The first mill, in Bradford, was established as a worsted weaving factory in 1898. The company was incorporated in 1928, and was supplying worsted and panama cloths. There followed a boom in shipbuilding and the British Admiralty had a high demand for flags and flag fabrics. This led to the company concentrating its efforts on textiles for the worldwide flag market.
Brook International moved to our current, custom built facility in Cross Hills in 2003. The company has evolved into the leading supplier of textiles for the wide format digital print market. Key products now include textiles for Flags, Stage and Theatre backdrops, Exhibition Signs and Graphics, Advertising in Front and Backlit Light Boxes, Promotional Textiles, and textiles with a myriad of end uses.
To celebrate our birthday we’ve compiled a display showing the Company’s history, with photographs and paperwork, dating back to 1898.”
The secret of our success:
“We keep evolving. Although we are 120 years old as a business, we are bang up to date with our marketing and products. Staying very close to our customers and suppliers, and responding to both their needs, we are always looking to evolve, and work with the technology of the times.”
Fun with flags
This is a big year for flags! We’ve had the Winter Olympics, and we’ve got lots to look forward to, such as the Royal Wedding and the World Cup.
Did you know?
1898 was a big year! Not only was Brook International founded but Henry Linfield became the first fatality from an automobile accident when his car ran away on a hill in Surrey and hit a tree!
Science also had some big break throughs with it being the year that the submarine test run was successful and French scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovered radium.
It was also the year that Kellogg’s Corn Flakes were invented.