With a sewing machine and a degree in economics, Tony Caldeira was well equipped to start a business making cushions to sell at a local market. Twelve years on, the firm’s two factories supply stores such as BHS, Matalan and Homebase. It also has its own brand called The Cushion Factory. The Merseyside company is a rare success story in the declining British textiles industry. Its sales have grown 67% a year from £895,000 in 1999 to £4.2m in 2002.

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Company details
Year2003
Rank85
CompanyCaldeira
ActivityCushion maker
LocationMerseyside
Annual sales rise over 3 years66.99%
Latest sales £000s4,166
Staff119
Founded1991
Websitewww.caldeira.com

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