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Roll out the red carpet – Hartley & Tissier win Queen’s Award for Enterprise

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Hartley & Tissier have been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category International Trade 2015.

It is the first company to win such an award in their industry for the international trade category in over 20 years.

Hartley & Tissier, a household name amongst French interior decorators is recognised for their high quality British wool carpets and avant garde style.

Its carpets are produced in the UK through a number of specialised sub-contract manufacturers in Yorkshire.  It oversees the entire manufacturing process from beginning to end, purchasing the wool, the spinning, dyeing and the delivery of the raw materials to their manufacturers. The finished product is sold through UK retailers and interior designers and their French subsidiary showroom in Paris.

The Hartley & Tissier reputation stems from the fact that their carpets are made to their own specifications using only the highest quality British Wools and Italian Silks.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise recognise outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of innovation, international trade and sustainable development. Each entrant must be able to demonstrate substantial growth in overseas earnings and in commercial success for their business size and sector.

Andrew Suddard Hartley said: “We are delighted to win this award, particularly in the International Trade sector.  This industry has been in my family for many generations.

“My mothers’ side have been Bradford wool merchants since the 18th Century and silk weavers on my father’s side. We feel that it is hugely important that the Yorkshire textile industry after decades of decline can lead the way for the sale of quality product to overseas markets.

“We look forward to continuing the relationship with our Yorkshire suppliers and increasing the business.”

Hartley Tissier has a large number of suppliers throughout Yorkshire and has been working with Calderdale Carpets in Dewsbury, Woollen Spinners in Huddersfield, Trendytuft at Cleckheaton and Jorgus Carpets in Chorley for over 20 years.

In terms of overseas business, Hartley Tissier works with individuals such as Alain Ducasse (who advertises that his carpets are Hartley & Tissier). The company supplies all Relais and Chateaux restaurants in Paris as well as over one hundred other 4 and 5 star independent boutique hotels.

With Paris being a major hub for interior design, and their design reputation as such, this Parisian market has given Hartley & Tissier contracts for projects all round the world; Claridges in London, Koffmans restaurant in The Berkeley Hotel and the Christoffe showroom in New York to name a few.

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Andrew Suddard Hartley and Stephanie Tissier, founders of Hartley Tissier

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