AN international designer and manufacturer of furniture is sitting comfortably after picking up a monthly award.

The YTM Group Ltd, was named winner of the Business of the Month Award run by Huddersfield law firm Eaton Smith after impressing judges with its growth record over the past five years and in the face of a very challenging economic environment.

The Castleford-based business was started in 1981 in Pontefract to supply doors and kitchens to trade and retail customers. The company continued to expand into the manufacture of contract quality cabinet and upholstered furniture into the hotel, healthcare and student accommodation sectors.

The firm moved to new premises in Pontefract during 2006 and set up an additional state of the art factory, studio and headquarters during 2010. This has enabled rapid but sustainable growth of the business which is now known as YTM Group to reflect its more diverse product offering.

Operating from two sites in Castleford and Pontefract, the company has increased staff numbers from 37 in 2006 to 120 and continues to invest in its facilities, equipment and employees.

The Business of the Month Award is run in association with the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and UKTI. It is open to firms in Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. Contact Ian Greenwood on 01484 821389.