Nottingham company sales soar
As the whole world now knows, when Prince Louis appeared on the steps of St Mary’s Hospital in London, he was wrapped in a shawl made by Chilwell firm G H Hurt & Son.
The company immediately was catapulted into the world’s spotlight – but then again they are used to this attention as they had previously made shawls for Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The family run business, based in High Road since 1912, houses a collection of vintage hand frame machines working alongside the most modern knitting technology.
As well as baby shawls, the company designs and manufactures ladies shawls and scarves, christening shawls and a variety of heritage knitted lace products celebrating over 400 years of this proud British industry.
GH Hurt Director Gillian Taylor, who is fourth generation of the family run business, said that the business had seen orders increase significantly since Louis’ birth.
Gillian added: “We feel very honoured that we have been chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to provide the shawls for their children’s first, high profile appearance.
“The Nottingham Lace knitted baby shawl for Prince Louis is now being exported across the world, which is great for our business and for Nottinghamshire as a whole.”