Curtain maker on list of inspiring companies

Richard Potter
Richard Potter

A St Helens curtain manufacturer has been included on a prestigious list of 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain.

Soft furnishings company Ena Shaw was one of just nine Merseyside businesses included in the high-profile report released by the London Stock Exchange.

The inspiring firms were highlighted as the UK’s fastest-growing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) enjoying strong growth and out-performing their competitors.

Family-run business the Ena Shaw group, founded in 1929, has become one of the country’s biggest firms in its sector, with revenue increasing by 20 per cent to £15.9m during the last financial year.

The firm makes made-to-measure curtains and blinds and works with clients ranging from high street chain Next to small independent retailers.

Ena Shaw managing director Richard Potter said: “We’re incredibly thrilled and honoured to be selected for this prestigious list.

“The group has gone from strength to strength and it’s satisfying to see our efforts rewarded. We’ve developed an excellent level of cohesion between the various arms of the business, ensuring that our entire offering works toward the same end goal and follows a clear strategy.

“We’re looking forward to working on a number of exciting projects on the Contract side, while continuing to develop the soft furnishings portfolio, and we’re confident that 2016 will continue to be a successful year for us.”

The group’s Contract arm has worked on projects with international hotel chains such as the Hilton Group as well as Four Seasons Healthcare and Get Living London.

The retail element of the business, meanwhile, consists of St Helens home furnishings store Ena Shaw Home and Curtain Concessions and a presence in 30 shops including Debenhams and independent department stores.

Launching the report, London Stock Exchange Group chief executive Xavier Rolet said: “High-growth SMEs are the driving force behind the UK economy, developing the skills, jobs and growth we need.

“But ambition alone is not enough; their success must be highlighted and their growth properly supported with appropriate finance.

“Today’s celebration is fundamental to London Stock Exchange’s core, the need to support UK high growth companies in their journeys from Start-up to Stardom and create an entrepreneurship revolution.”