Warm tributes after death of Bettys family stalwart who did so much to shape Harrogate business

Tributes have been paid to a much-loved and key figure in the family that owns and runs Harrogate's most popular and famous brand.

Thursday, 16th April 2020, 11:09 am
Victor Wild, former Chairman of Bettys & Taylors Group in Harrogate, who passed away earlier this week aged 96.
Victor Wild, former Chairman of Bettys & Taylors Group in Harrogate, who passed away earlier this week aged 96.

Victor Wild, former Chairman of Bettys & Taylors Group, passed away on April 11, after a short illness. He was just short of his 97th birthday.

As the nephew of Frederick Belmont, Bettys founder, Victor joined the family business in 1943, becoming Managing Director in 1952 and Chairman in 1972.

During his five decades of service, Victor supported the business through the difficult war years and post-war period and, in 1962, set the foundations for the future of the business by purchasing C E Taylor & Co, a tea and coffee importer with a number of tea shops.

Chair of Bettys & Taylors Group, Clare Morrow, stated: ‘Victor was known by his colleagues and those who worked with him for his warmth, charm, creativity and entrepreneurialism.

"Victor truly shaped the business Bettys & Taylors is today and his contribution can’t be overstated. He was one of the best and will be much missed.

"Our thoughts are with Victor’s family, including his children, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren."

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