West Yorkshire contract furniture group Thornton EME posted high top and bottom line growth in the year to end December 2014.

Sales grew 16.4 per cent to £20.1m for the Keighley based group, which runs school and healthcare furniture manufacturers British Thornton ESF and EME Furniture.

Gross margin declined 420 basis points to 36.3 per cent though the privately owned firm’s high turnover growth helped pre-tax profits to climb 38 per cent to £371,097.

Thornton EME Group — which in the past few days has changed its corporate name to Worthside Group Ltd — generated a net £711,983 cash from operations (2013: £1.2m) and cut year end net debt to £984,133 (2013: £1.3m).