Matthew Crew Joins Bill Beaumont Textiles as MD

December 2, 2019


Matthew Crew Joins Bill Beaumont Textiles as MD

CHORLEY, U.K. -- Bill Beaumont Textiles has appointed textile veteran Matthew Crew as managing director.

Crew will be taking over from Daniel Beaumont, who has left the company to pursue other interests. Beaumont joined the family business in 2011 and was appointed the managing director in 2015. The company’s founders Bill and Hilary Beaumont have already retired.

Prior to joining Beaumont, Crew was managing director of Crowson Fabrics Ltd. for almost 16 years, from 1985 to 2001, where he facilitated the rapid growth of the business when the company to become a market leader in the 1990s.

Crowson ceased doing business in 2014 when founder Derek Crowson retired.

Crew held other positions after leaving Crowson, including managing director of his own company, TRU Textiles, for nearly 10 years.

Since then, he has gone on to hold other marketing and sales positions with Ian Mankin Ltd. in Burnley and Rufflette Ltd. and Pavillion Textiles Ltd. in Manchester.

Prior to his new post at Beaumont, Crew was the marketing director of Pure Contract Furniture in Hiderstone.

The Beaumont textile firm was purchased by Mohamed O. Al-Guthmi Co., a major fabric wholesaler based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in May 2017. The Arabic wholesaler reports sales worth approximately $150 million. Crew reports to Al-Guthmi’s board of directors in Jeddah. The board is headed by Ahmet Al-Guthmi but Al-Guthmi’s son, Omar, is playing an increasingly important role in the company’s growth, as evidenced through his spearheading of the Beaumont acquisition.

With Crew’s appointment, the group says that it has ambitious plans for growth and diversification into new global markets, the implication being that Beaumont is the beginning of a new era for Al-Guthmi.

Crew says, “Ironically, back in my Crowson days in 1994, some 25 years ago, I used to travel to Saudi and sell to Mr. Al-Guthmi Sr., so it’s ironic that I find myself in this unique position.”

The new managing director has an extensive history of experience in branding, marketing, design, export distribution, and general sales.

Bill Beaumont Textiles will be holding an exhibition at Heimtextil, hall 4.1. at G40, which will be Crew’s first opportunity to meet with the new team.


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