This company specialises in providing technical fabrics for use in hospitals, on public transport and in military equipment. Redwood Distribution’s design engineers endeavour to make the fabrics to each client’s specification, whether this means they are fireproof, waterproof, or just plain tough. In 2008 the Lancashire business bought the soft-furnishings distributor Edmund Bell, under which brand it now markets a popular range of decorative textiles. The company says it is the biggest distributor of curtain linings in Europe. Overseas sales grew 198% a year, from £674,000 in 2007 to £6m in 2009, under chief executive Brian Atherton.
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