Joseph Rank (28 March 1854 – 13 November 1943) was the founder of Joseph Rank Limited, once one of Britain's largest Flour milling and bakery companies. He built his company into a leader in all aspects of the industry including the operation of Flour Mills, Bakeries and Retail outlets. After Rank's death in 1943 the company continued to grow under his son's stewardship before merging with Hovis MacDougall in the 1960s to form Rank Hovis McDougall (RHM).
In 1875, he established his own business when he rented a small windmill. Then in 1885 he installed a mechanically driven flour mill at the Alexandra Mill in Hull. His approach was to establish mills close to ports around the United Kingdom so expanding the business until it was the largest flour-milling business in the Country.
During the 1880s he became a staunch Methodist. He was also a lifelong cricket fan. He established various charities which have now been consolidated into the Joseph Rank Trust and also supported the Hull Royal Infirmary. He gave more than £3.5 million to Methodist charities.
- Joseph Rank at Oxford Dictionary of National BiographySubscription or UK public library membership required
- The Joseph Rank Trust
- R.G. Burnett: Prologue
- Through the Mill - The life of Joseph Rank by R.G. Burnett, Published By The Epworth Press, 1 January 1945
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