This firm makes comfort footwear for men and women at a factory in Lancashire, outsourcing some of the more labour-intensive work overseas. Founded in 1959 by Tom Houlgrave, a former shoe-factory worker from Skelmersdale, the company is now run by his sons, Paul and Stewart. Selling through specialist retailers and its own mail-order catalogue has boosted profits 52% a year from £1.2m in 2000 to £4.3m in 2003.
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