Huthwaite’s Door-Stop is ‘key to UK’s recovery’

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A HUTHWAITE firm topping a £17m turnover inside its first three years has been named among those crucial to the UK economic turnaround.

Door manufacturer Door-Stop was named as one of the country’s 1,000 Brightest Businesses by the Sunday Telegraph.

The Export Drive-based firm was listed by the paper as one of the mid-sized companies which are the ‘foundation of the UK’s recovery’.

It is the second slice of national recognition for the company inside four weeks.

Judges named the company a double finalist in the National Business Awards last month.

The listing was issued in a supplement on Sunday, as part of the broadsheet’s ‘Festival of Business’.

Door-Stop was one of the companies identified by The Telegraph as growing and generating jobs while weathering the economic storm.

Said managing director Nick Dutton: “It came as a complete surprise to us; we had no idea it was coming.

“The real honour in it is Door-Stop has only been going for three years so to be recognised on that stage we feel is testimony to everyone who works here.”

The company, which employs around 150 people, listed a 2010 turnover of £13m for its second year of business, nearly double that of the previous year.

This year’s accounts, due to be posted shortly, will show the third financial year turnover as £17m, with a £1.2m profit.

Founded in 2008, the firm makes more than 1,000 trade composite doors a week, delivering them on its own transport to installers all over the country.

Door-Stop directors Mr Dutton, along with Malcolm Le Masurier and Nick’s father Gary Dutton, previously owned Synseal Extrusions, based on Common Road in the village.

In last month’s announcement, the firm was shortlisted in the categories of WorldPay Online Business of the Year and the Huawei Customer Focus.