CLITHEROE-based conservatories group Ultraframe is predicting further growth after announcing increased profits for the first half of the year.

The company said its pre-tax profits had risen to £9.1 million from £8.8 million on a turnover of £63 million.

And for many of the 800-strong workforce in Clitheroe, there was more good news with the announcement of an increased dividend of 3.24p per share.

Chairman Rod Sellers, said the company was well placed for continued growth both in the UK and in North America.

"We believe our continuing sales and marketing initiatives, together with the ability to drive operational efficiencies and margins in both the UK and North America, will deliver further growth in the second half and give the board confidence for the full year outlook."