THE GEORGE A MOORE FOUNDATION Established 1970 Charity
Registration No. 262107
4th Floor 10, South Parade Leeds LS1 5QS
Registered in England
Welcome to the The George A. Moore Foundation
George Albert Moore was born at the Mitre public house in Knaresborough in 1928 where
his father was landlord. On leaving the local Secondary Modern School in 1945 he
formed his first company - a joinery and coach-building business located in Cottingley
near Bingley, West Yorkshire. From these small beginnings the company continued
to expand from the manufacture of prepared joinery for the maintenance of Local Authority
Housing to the manufacture of high quality kitchen furniture.
Mr. Moore’s success and entrepreneurial flair soon necessitated the company to move
to larger premises which he purchased on the derelict wartime Royal Ordnance Factory
site at Thorp Arch near Wetherby, but he also saw the potential for the rest of this
425 acre site which he later purchased and which is now known as Thorp Arch Trading
The George A. Moore Foundation was founded in 1970 by Mr. Moore, initially as a welfare
fund for the hundreds of people he employed in his factories. The Foundation’s funds
were greatly enhanced in 1987 when Mr. Moore sold his business and today, this well
respected Grant Making charity continues to operate from the monies which were privately
invested by the Moore family.
Mr. Moore and his wife Elizabeth are now enjoying a well-earned retirement at their
home on the Isle of Man.
Over the years the Foundation has provided £millions of much needed support to hundreds
of charitable organisations, both large and small, operating in many different spheres
- from education to health and the armed forces to community and sporting projects.
The Foundation is now concentrating its efforts almost exclusively in Yorkshire and
the Isle of Man.