Curtain firm is drawing trade

St Helens Star: Richard Potter, MD of Ena Shaw, says company may soon recruit 20 new starters Richard Potter, MD of Ena Shaw, says company may soon recruit 20 new starters

WHEN you talk about the legacy of London 2012, images of youngsters being inspired on the sports fields come to mind.

But for one St Helens-based family company, the Games has provided them with their very own legacy – and it is driving their growth.

Ena Shaw’s successfully delivered a contract to fit curtains in tens of thousands of rooms at the Olympic Village, as reported in the Star three years ago.

The size and timely completion of the work enhanced the Lea Green based company’s reputation, helping them win more contracts.

With business at the refurbished Duke Street shop improving significantly over the past year and deals to provide made-to-measure curtains for big name retailers such as Next, the company’s bosses have ambitious plans.

A grant from the St Helens Chamber Jobs and Growth Fund and the desire to take on more contracts are driving plans to expand the workforce of the company, which was founded in 1932.

MD Richard Potter said: “We’ve had a really good run and are hoping for more. Since last September things have started to fall nicely into place with all sides of the businesses performing well.

“The shop on Duke Street is doing well, the normal business sales to retailers is strong, as is the contract side of things. There is every chance we will be able to take on 20 people, including machinists and office workers.”

Contracts secured by Shaws include providing curtains and blinds for hotel chains such as Hilton.

Mr Potter says the manufacturer is looking for people with “willingness and enthusiasm”.

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