End of WWII in Europe

2nd September 1945

End of WWII in Europe

Ronald Hey starts work in the local tripe factory at the end of the Second World War.

First Shop

1st January 1953

First Shop

Opportunity for Ronny to buy Whittaker’s tripe business, renting premises on Kirkstall Road, Leeds.

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

2nd June 1953

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

First Market Stall in Dewsbury Market

1st January 1958

First Market Stall in Dewsbury Market

Ronald Hey opens first market stall in Dewsbury Market, West Yorkshire, selling tripe to local butchers and passing trade. Ronald Hey buys first (and existing) site in Dewsbury.

England win the World Cup

30th July 1966

England win the World Cup

Chris Hey Joins the Family Business

1st January 1969

Chris Hey Joins the Family Business

Ronald’s son Chris Hey joins the family business, working alongside his father, expanding further into retail and wholesale, supplying tripe locally.

Neil Armstrong Becomes the First Man on the Moon

16th July 1969

Neil Armstrong Becomes the First Man on the Moon

Heys Tripe Ltd is Formed

1st January 1977

Heys Tripe Ltd is Formed

Ronald Heys leaves the business to Chris as Managing Director working with his brother Nigel, forming Heys Tripe Ltd The business expands to 5 shops strengthening presence across West Yorkshire before opening up in Lancashire.

Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

6th February 1977

Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

Danny Hey joins Heys Tripe

1st January 1996

Danny Hey joins Heys Tripe

Aged 13, Danny Hey joins the family business as a school boy, working at weekends until aged 16 and a full time job. Wholesale tripe continues, whilst retail preferences start to change.

England Host Euro 96

17th August 1996

England Host Euro 96

First Shipments to Europe

1st January 2007

First Shipments to Europe

First shipment of tripe to Europe, initially Bulgaria, followed by demand from Poland, Milan and Frankfurt.

Imogen Hey is born

2nd January 2007

Imogen Hey is born

Lewis Hey is born

1st January 2008

Lewis Hey is born

Asian Market Opens

1st January 2012

Asian Market Opens

Asian market opens with Yorkshire tripe being sought after in Hong Kong. European taste buds for tripe continues to flourish. Win ‘Export Initiative of the Year’ at the Meat and Poultry Awards.

Market in the UK becomes more prominent

1st January 2016

Market in the UK becomes more prominent

African and Asian market in the UK becomes more prominent, Heys Tripe deliver made to order offal packs to major cities across the country. Offal on demand in specialist shops and large, local markets serving international lovers of tripe, fat ends, honeycomb, chicken paws and pork maws.

And the rest is history…