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A royal bonanza for East Lancashire bunting firm
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has given an East Lancashire firm a boost that has secured jobs and increased turnover.
Rosettes Direct of Oswaldtwistle has seen a big upturn in trade because of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne and the summer of Sport that has followed with the Euro 2012 soccer tournament and London Olympics.
The company – which makes everything from Rosettes for Agricultural Shows and political elections, bunting for celebrations to banners for Hen Parties – has seen thousands of pounds of extra business come its was this year enabling it to give two young seasonal employees an extra month’s work each.
And managing director David Wallace believes the celebrations, which have seen his 46 staff at the factory in The Old Chapel, York Street and more than 20 home workers produce miles of bunting and thousands of more rosettes this year.
Mr Wallace said that the extra trade was so far worth more than £6,000 to the company of which £4,000 was clear profit because the high fixed overheads of the business.
The 45-year-old said: “It has been a really good year for us with the Diamond Jubilee followed by the football and Olympics coming on top of the local elections.
"We made the rosettes for George Galloway in the Bradford by-election as well.
“We have had a bunting bonanza and a rosy outlook on rosettes.
"This is really good for business with our £1.5million annual turnover up on last year.
“A lot of our business comes from word of mouth and this is a really good marketing opportunity for the future.
“We have been supplying local clubs and the Oswaldtwistle hospice and getting order from all over East Lancashire and nationwide on top of our normal orders for rosettes, badges, banners and bunting for country shows and horse race meetings like those at York and the local elections.”
A strong Royalist himself, he has been delighted that he and his firm have been able to prosper while celebrating with staff, half of whom have been with the company for more than a decade.
Longest serving employee Susan Lane, 56, celebrated 30 years last December and said: “I just enjoy working here and we have had a really good year."
The youngest member of staff, 19-year-old Rebecca Connell, followed her grandmother Kathleen Clark into the firm two years ago.
She said: “I like it here and have really enjoyed the Diamond Jubilee and the extra work and overtime it has brought.”
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