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History of Riley
Riley was originally established, in 1897, as a humble sports shop in Manchester. By 1912, the Company had diversified into manufacturing Snooker tables in Accrington. It soon produced 4000 full size tables a year and exported to all parts of the globe.
By the mid 1920’s the Riley brand, based upon creative design, quality materials and immaculate craftsmanship had grown into a leading premium snooker tables, cues and accessories brand.
BCE was founded, in 1976. The Company started life as a distributor to the coin operator sector, supplying cues, balls and table spares. By 1980, BCE had diversified into the manufacture of snooker tables. From 1982-1992 the BCE Westbury snooker table was the table being used at all the World professional snooker tournaments and BCE had become one of the biggest names in snooker.
In 2002, Stuart Lacey brought the Riley and BCE brands together within the same Group.
Today, Riley and BCE Snooker tables continue to be made entirely in the United Kingdom. Our products have an aspirational mix of style, craftsmanship, performance and desirability, with many of the sport’s leading professionals endorsing Riley and BCE products.
Our employees will ensure that our story continues by passing our skills and values onto the next generation. Our highly skilled chief fitter, was trained by his father, and is now training his son, who wants to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.