Factory shop Xmas boom

Firm’s fast growth

The Original Factory Shop broke its own sales records over Christmas with sales rising by 23%. The Burnley-based group, which operates more than 160 stores across the UK, has now appeared in the Sunday Times Buyout Track 100. The company increased pre-tax profits from £8.9million to £14.9 million on sales of £117million last year, placing the retailer at 71 in the list.

www.theoriginalfactoryshop.co.uk

Brewer wins award

Sales rose 10% at Moorhouses brewery in January and have won their first award for beer brewed at the new brewery. The Blond Witch won Gold for British Bitters and voted Overall Champion at Southport’s Scarisbrick hotel Beer Festival.
www.moorhouses.co.uk

Football uni update plan

Burnley Football Club Chief Executive Paul Fletcher addressed the Employers Forum at Northbridge House in February to give an insight into plans for a Football University. Turf Moor will host the annual star studded Soccer Six charity event on June 5th.

www.burnleyfootball.com

Peacocks confirm town centre store

Fashion retailer Peacocks will open a new store in the former Woolworths unit in Burnley town centre this spring to build on its 550 stores nationwide.
www.peacocks.co.uk

Denwa doubles turnover

Denwa Communications had twice as many reasons to celebrate the end of 2010. The firm, a supplier of phone systems and peripheral equipment, has doubled in size over the last eighteen months and strengthened its skilled workforce to compliment this growth.

www.denwa.uk.com

‘What More’ Gets More

The country’s largest manufacturer of plastic housewares, gardening and storage products, Burnley-based What More UK, has bought a £1million injection molding machine to keep up with increasing orders that stretch to 33 countries worldwide. www.whatmoreuk.com

Expanding at Gee-Force

Burnley-based Gee-Force Northern Ltd, the North West’s only specialist hydraulic bolt supplier, has received finance from Lancashire County Developments Ltd to continue growth in this specialist market. www.gee-forcenorthern.co.uk