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Darrell cooper (AIS) with Jennifer Williams and Keith Barlow from Ena Shaw Home

North West-based independent home furnishings retailer Ena Shaw Home is celebrating after being named Member of the Year by Associated Independent Stores (AIS).

The family-run company picked up the accolade for the first time at this month’s Furniture and Furnishings Show, marking a successful 2016 so far for the store, with year-on-year sales on furniture and beds increasing by 14%, growing to over £1.5m.

Ena Shaw Home, which is based on Duke Street in St Helens and has been established since 1929, now aims to expand its supplier partnerships, hoping that the recognition aids its plan.

Keith Barlow, retail director at Ena Shaw Home, said: “As a local family-run business, we’re extremely proud to be recognised in such a way by the AIS. We strive to offer both customers and suppliers the best possible service, so it’s reassuring to know that we’re hitting the mark with the right people.

“Despite growing significantly since our launch, we’ve retained our heritage and worked hard to champion St Helens as a thriving town centre. While the larger multiples certainly have their place on the high street, independent stores are the backbone of any town and we have plans in place to continue business growth over the coming year.”