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History of Cormar Carpet Company

We’ve been going since 1924. Originally a textile supplier, based in the Rossendale Valley, we traded as Greenwood & Coope Ltd. In 1956, with the advent of a new method of making carpet, called ‘tufted’, Neville Cormack set up Cormar Carpets. For over 60 years now, we’ve been making carpets right here in the UK, at our two Lancashire mills - Brookhouse Mill, in Greenmount and Holme Mill in Ramsbottom. Keeping a local, family feel to our company is important to us. So as a family-run business with family values at heart, we take great pride in understanding the home and creating the final piece of the jigsaw to make our customers homes "just right".

John Cormack, the Finance Director of Cormar Carpets in 1924

1920s

Greenwood & Coope was registered in 1924, with John Cormack (right), as Finance Director. The company was based in Rossendale and produced felts and bindings for the local slipper trade. John’s son, Neville, joined the business in the early 1950’s and started carpet manufacturing under the brand name Cormar Carpets. Though we now trade as the Cormar Carpet Company, our parent company is still Greenwood & Coope Ltd.

The founder of Cormar Carpets, Neville Cormack, at the production line

1950s

Cormar Carpets was founded in 1956 by Neville Cormack, O.B.E. (right). One of the pioneers of tufted carpet in the UK, he bought his first two machines from the United States and started production at Nunn Hills Mill in the Rossendale Valley. In 1959, Cormar Carpets moved into the existing Brookhouse Mill factory in Greenmount, near Bury, to provide more space for storage and production.

Neville Cormack giving Queen Elizabeth II a tour of Brookhouse Mill

1960s

Despite a major flood at Brookhouse Mill, the business continued to expand and thrive, with new offices and warehousing being added to the factory site. We even had a special visit to our stand at the Earls Court Exhibition, by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth (pictured to the left with Neville Cormack and his wife Betty).

Fire services extinguish fire at Brookhouse Mill

1970s

An extensive fire in 1970 destroyed the main warehouse at Brookhouse Mill. Thankfully, no-one was hurt or injured in the blaze and the following year it was rebuilt. In 1973, we purchased Holmbury Carpets and moved the tufted machines and carpet manufacturing to Holme Mill in Ramsbottom. Cormar continued to expand and in 1974, Greenwood & Coope enjoyed its 50 year anniversary.

Warehouse expansion construction at Cormar Carpets

1980s

The delivery fleet, production and warehousing at Brookhouse Mill expanded as the company continued to grow. Neville Cormack was awarded an O.B.E. in 1987 in recognition for his and Cormar’s continued success as well as his work with the Industrial Society in Rossendale. His son David joined the business in 1987 as Promotions Manager.

Cormar Carpets new offices open in 1990

1990s

Our new offices and showroom at Brookhouse Mill, were opened by Lord Derby in 1990. Our new “4-Star” range won the Best Floor-covering Award at the Harrogate Flooring Exhibition. David Judge was appointed Managing Director in 1994, with Neville Cormack appointed Chairman. In 1996 Cormar Carpets celebrated the 40th anniversary.

The Brookhouse Mill Production Plant at Cormar Carpets in the 2000s

2000s

Cormar continued to win awards for market-leading carpets, as the backing plant at Brookhouse Mill was upgraded and further extended. 2006 saw us celebrate our 50th anniversary and appear for the first time in the Sunday Times as one of the top 10 privately owned "Companies To Watch"

The 2010's for Cormar Carpets see the opening of a new warehouse in Holme Hill in 2014

2010s

The awards keep coming with Cormar voted Flooring One’s carpet supplier of the year for the 12th year and winning the Interiors Monthly Supplier award again in 2017. Expansion continued with new warehousing opened at Holme Mill in 2014. Our new £15million distribution centre in Hemel Hempstead opened in January 2018, as Cormar continues to grow and increase our UK service across the south of England & Wales.