GUESTS converged on a city industrial estate to celebrate the expansion of a local furniture company.
MP Stephen Mosley officially opened the new premises of Contract Furniture Specialists (CFS) at the Quad, off Sealand Road.
He was joined by Cllr Mike Jones, leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, and David Jones, of Lloyds Bank, which advised and supported the company through its expansion.
Joint owner of the company Andrew Argyle said CFS had outgrown its current premises, also on the Quad, and had to buy another unit to use as a showroom, office suite and warehouse space.
The move has created four new jobs and doubled the space owned by the company, which has received praise for its work to improve school dining facilities in the area.
“It was only a question of moving a few yards, but in reality it is worlds away from what we had previously,” Mr Argyle said. “The business needed it to continue the growth of recent years and this opportunity was too good to miss.”
Mr Mosley said: “I was delighted to officially open the CFS building and it is another success story for the city of Chester business community.
“It is so encouraging to see that entrepreneurial skill, vision and no small amount of hard work is being rewarded and in my capacity as a Small Business Ambassador for the Government it is good to see the banks supporting businesses that show ambition.”
Mr Jones, said: “CFS is not only a local-born company but a company that is flourishing and supporting the local economy as it does so.
“Andy’s team has worked with a number of schools throughout our borough to improve dining facilities and we as the council continue to work closely with them.
“I am delighted that their hard work has paid off and the business is going from strength to strength.
“I’m sure this will continue as they move into new and improved premises and increase their number of staff.”
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