At G. R. Wright and Sons, we focus 150 years of experience and expertise on one objective; your satisfaction. Fundamental to achieving this aim is our obsession with quality.
At G. R. Wright and Sons, we focus our 150 years of experience and expertise on one objective; your satisfaction. Fundamental to achieving this aim is our obsession with quality.
Wright’s were one of the first millers in the UK to achieve accreditation to BS EN ISO 9002 Standard.
Wright’s flour has been renowned over generations for its superior baking characteristics. With the skills and highly sophisticated technology we employ today, our product quality and value for money are better still. We also offer you a much wider choice of flours and bread mixes.
George Reynolds Wright established a simple business principle – products which were to bear his name would be made with only the finest ingredients, using the most modern techniques. Improvements followed quickly on George Reynolds Wright’s arrival in 1867,
Until the eighteenth century, the mill was known as Flanders Mill. The name was changed to Enfield Mill and then again in 1850 to Ponders End Mill.
At the turn of the century, the millstones (except for those kept to grind the Company’s speciality flour, Imperial Wholemeal) were dispensed with and a continental roller mill system installed. The Company purchased its first steam wagon on 31st August 1906, for a sum of £496.
In 1909 the water power from the River Lee which for so long had driven the millstones, was withdrawn for the purpose of supplying the reservoir..
During the first World War, all mills were under Governmental control and a time of cut throat competition began. Wright’s stood four-square and kept going as a family concern.
Being on the edge of London, the mill was constantly under threat of attack and fire watching, nipping into the air raid shelter was the order of the day.
After the war, the plant was hopelessly out of date and wearing out, having worked night and day for more than five years.
In 1957 with the expansion of trade, the question of storage accommodation became acute and a new precast concrete silo
May 1963 Kenneth Wright became Managing Director of G.R. Wright & Sons Ltd. Over the 30 years in which Kenneth Wright ran the business he,
During August 1969, one of the old silo’s dating back to 1925 was burnt down by fire. The fire was noticed by passers?by who woke Mr. Wright at the Mill House.
We were one of the first mills to obtain BS 5750 accreditation from the British Standards institute, recognised worldwide as a measure of indepth commitment to quality.
In July 1996 David Wright collected an award from the Home Grown Cereals Authority for using English wheats.
In February 1998 the company was recognised as an Investor in People
Wright’s new warehouse was completed in November 2000 and opened by cricketer, Nasser Hussain.
In March 2004, three cake mixes were launched; Madeira, Carrot and Ginger.
In May 2005, Wright’s scooped up another award! The UK Trade & Investment Passport to Export Award in the category of Entering New Markets.
2007 marked the 140th year of trading for the company.
Wright’s introduced a range of “artisan” products under a dual branding arrangement with celebrity chef and Judge of Britain’s Best Bakery, Peter Sidwell.
On approach to the Olympic Games in London during 2012, Wright’s found themselves employing over 85 people, many of which have worked at the mill all their life, some in excess of 40 years.
In January 2013 plans were announced to commence the building of the new mixing and packing facility on the land purchased at Delta Park, in Millmarsh Lane.
David Wright, present Managing Director and fifth generation miller, along with his Directors feel that
Our ability to deliver one of the best and most exciting product ranges in the marketplace is in large part owing to the quality of our people. They comprise one of the most highly skilled and dedicated workforces in the industry. Just as we aim to be the miller of choice for our customers, so we aim to be the employer of choice within our sector. We do this by focusing on attracting and retaining the best people, for who we provide rewarding careers – with extensive personal development opportunities – rather than just “jobs”.
A profusion of long-service records, low staff turnover and a genuine team spirit among our people – coupled with pride in the heritage of Ponders End Mills – are a testament to the effectiveness of this approach. Wright’s commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service and product quality is built on firm foundations. Our corporate culture is one in which individuals enjoy excellent lines of communication and have the will and the means to effect improvements.