Textile manufacturing firm boosts earnings

Camira Group's Steve Bullas and Nick Brown.
Camira Group's Steve Bullas and Nick Brown.

A textile firm celebrated its 40th anniversary by posting record financial results.

Camira Group Limited, whose headquarters are in Mirfield, boosted sales by 9.3 per cent to £60.1m in 2013 as it sold into 69 countries.

The company, which makes upholstery fabrics for offices and auditoriums, has become a leader in the European market.

It also expanded its trade in North America and Asia Pacific.

Camira sold 7.5m metres of contract interior fabrics and finished 2013 with record operating profit of £5.3m.

The firm now sells more fabrics overseas than into its home UK market, with exports accounting for 60 per cent of total turnover.

Camira chairman and chief executive Steve Bullas said: “Every one of our 600 strong workforce has worked extremely hard to contribute to our continued growth and profitability.

“We have remained profitable throughout the recession and saw a very strong final quarter of 2013 which has continued into the first half of 2014.”