Minky is a family owned and run business that was founded in the mid-nineteenth century. In 1987, the company acquired of the Relax Ironing Board Company and expanded its product range to include ironing boards and was re-branded as Minky. In 1993, it acquired Besco Baron for its cleaning cloth range.
The company has two manufacturing units in Rochdale, one in Crumpsall, Manchester and one in Bad Honnef, Germany producing cleaning cloths. The annual turnover of the company in 2012 was £33,771,000.00 and it employed 359 staff.
In 1994, the company was granted a Royal Warrant to manufacture and supply laundry and cleaning products to HM The Queen. A second warrant was granted in 2013 to supply products to HRH The Prince of Wales. A wide range of products is supplied to the Royal Households, including hand made conservation dusting brushes for art and antiques.