Retail designer Attic Room, of Market Harborough, doubles turnover
A retail design specialist has taken on more staff and expanded to meet growing demand from the beauty sector.
The Attic Room almost doubled turnover last year after expanding to more than 20,000sq ft of premises.
The company, based in converted farm buildings at East Langton Farm, near Market Harborough, designs shop displays for clients such as Estée Lauder, L'Oréal, Dolce and Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Dior and Hugo Boss.
Two years ago, the business had about 20 staff, but today employs almost 50. Company owner Tony Best said last year they turned over £9 million – including £1.5 million from a retail manufacturing side of the business – compared with £5.5 million the previous year and £3.5 million the year before that.
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He anticipates turnover will stay around the £9 million mark this year as he takes some time to consolidate the business.
He said: "Business seems to be good. We work in the beauty industry quite a lot, so I think we've been lucky to be in the right sector. However tight things get, I think women will still treat themselves to their lipstick and make-up.
"We also work in the luxury end, which is doing better than ever, because people with disposable income have still got it."
He said the design consultancy was continuing to win lucrative contracts for new product launches, as well as in-store display builds – products which ranged in cost from a few pounds to £200,000.
He said: "We've got 48 people now and we've expanded in all departments.
"I hope 2013 is as good as 2012 for us, as we consolidate and make the business a little bit more efficient and profitable.
"Our premises have doubled in the past couple of years and we were recruiting throughout last year, although to be fair we were a bit short when I would rather have too many staff than too few. We have a new designer starting in a couple of weeks and two project managers, and we are still looking for a couple more people."
He said clients liked the fact that the business was based in a rural location, away from the rat race of London and other cities, and said he believed that had helped them win contracts.
In April 2011, the Attic Room was named best new business at the Leicestershire Business Awards.