This West Yorkshire company designs, manufactures, installs and services more than 50,000 stairlifts a year, enabling those with restricted mobility to stay in their homes for longer. To deal with increasing international demand, Acorn has opened offices in America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Europe, and exports to 82 countries. It claims one of its stairlifts is installed somewhere in the world every eight minutes. Founder John Jakes, 61, is chairman and managing director.
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