Strong results in 40th year

Andy Thorntons, West Vale.
Andy Thorntons, West Vale.

Elland-based contract furniture and lighting supplier Andy Thornton Ltd recently celebrated reaching 40 years in business with a party for nearly 200 people, including staff and partners, past employees and suppliers.

As well as that milestone, the company are also celebrating a 50 per cent increase in sales between July 2013 and July 2015, standing at £12.6m for the latest financial year, while annual profits after tax have more than doubled.

This has resulted in the company employing an extra 25 people over the two year period, and investing heavily in production, office and warehousing facilities.

Managing director Charles Tolley said: “On top of these two consecutive years of fantastic financial results, we have the comfort of a record order-book of £3.3m to take into our new financial year. This shows a 24 per cent increase on the same period last year and gives us great confidence for another successful year. We are maintaining a strong foothold in our core market, the hospitality sector, whilst continuing to develop relationships in a relatively new market to us, the retail design sector.”

The company employs 105 people and has workshops, showrooms and offices in Elland and Greetland. As well as being a major manufacturer and supplier of furniture and lighting, they remain one of the largest suppliers of architectural antiques and original props in the world and its customers including Heineken, Morrison’s and Hugo Boss.