|Headquarters||Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK
Nottingham, England, UK
|Key people||Thomas Bell, Founder, Inventor|
|Products||Bells Royal Flours, Baking Powder and wholesale.
Be-Ro Flours and other food produce.
Be-Ro is a food manufacturing business based in Newcastle upon Tyne.
The Company was founded by Thomas Bell as a grocery and tea company in Longhorsley north of Newcastle in 1875. Thomas had experimented with rising agents on flour in baking and from that produced the world's first self-raising flour. He founded the Bells Royal works which sold the Bell's Royal Flour. Following the death of Edward VII, Bell decided to merge Bell and Royal into one word which is where Be-Ro came from. Thomas Bell started in his own right in small premises in the yard of the Black Boy Hotel adjoining the Groat Market in the centre of Newcastle. As well as manufacturing baking powder and self-raising flour he produced a health salt which he later discontinued. He also packed and marketed dried fruit, cereals, tea and coffee using such names as T.B. Royalty, Black Diamond and Belsun. He registered the Be-Ro name under the trade marks act of 1905.
The Company then moved into larger premises in Low Friar street and after that to Bath Lane. Thomas Bell died in 1925 and his descendents continued to expand the area covered by the Company to include Carlisle and the whole of County Durham as well as Teesside. Depots were later built at Leeds, Edinburgh, Sheffield and Birmingham and in 1931 they decided upon Nottingham as a base from which to expand into the Midlands. Several dozen more depots were either built, bought or rented throughout England and Scotland.
- Be-Ro Home Recipes: Scones, Cakes, Pastry, Puddings, Thomas Bell & Son Ltd, 18th edition, 1930