Company History

We’ve come a long way over the last 160 years, building a reputation as a world leader in the development and supply of specialty soap bases.

Manufacturing Soap Bases Since 1856


Stephenson Group was formed in Bradford, Yorkshire, England in 1856 originally manufacturing soap based agents for the processing of wool, along with Furniture Wax and Polish products. Over the course of the last 50 years Stephenson Group has diversified and opened up new markets with new creative chemistry and innovation.

The amalgamation of Thos. Bentley & Son with Stephenson Bros and the subsequent takeover of J.C. Thompson Ltd formed the foundation of the current Stephenson Group; and the manufacturing operations were focused on a state of the art facility in Horsforth, Leeds.

In the late 1990s Stephenson Group transformed with the introduction of Personal Care products focused on speciality soap bases using saponification technology.

This brought a new dimension to the company and now forms a key part of the group’s operations. Stephenson Personal Care is now well established as one of the world’s leading speciality soap base manufacturers and continues to meet the demands of customers worldwide.

Stephenson Group Ltd is run by CEO Jamie Bentley – now the fifth generation of the family to lead the company.

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