King Cole was founded in 1935 by Reginald Cole. The original name of the company was R J Cole Ltd and the company was based in Bradford.
In the early 1980s King Cole was very successful, particularly with the “Big Value” ranges which are still sold today and another yarn called “Cotton Look”. In 1985 RJ Cole bought the first “Merrie Mills” at Crossflats.
One of the defining characteristics of King Cole’s success is the happy work environment. A good number of staff have worked for King Cole not just for a couple of years but for two or three decades!