Furnishing company's royal seal of approval

WHAT do Kylie Minogue, Katie Price, Twiggy and Linda Barker all have in common? Answer: They have all released a line of home furnishing products through a company based in Times Territory. And now, The Ashley Wilde Group can add another name to its illustrious list of admiring celebrities

WHAT do Kylie Minogue, Katie Price, Twiggy and Linda Barker all have in common?

Answer: They have all released a line of home furnishing products through a company based in Times Territory.

And now, The Ashley Wilde Group can add another name to its illustrious list of admiring celebrities: the Queen.

The soft furnishings company has just picked up one of the most prestigious awards in business, a 2009 Queen's Award for Enterprise.


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Staff members were on hand to receive the trophy at their showroom in Travellers Lane, presented by the Countess of Verulam, who is the current Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire.

Chief executive Ashley Brodin reflected on the company's achievement: "We've been given this beautiful glass dish," he said.

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"And we're going to the Palace next week to meet the Queen.

"We're a design company that produces textiles for 60 countries around the world, but we're still a real part of the community.

"We're a local service for

people from Hertfordshire, and we're very proud to receive this great accolade."

The company specialises in high quality, bespoke home furnishing including towels, bed linen, cushions, throws and curtains.

It was established in 1950 by Mr Brodin's grandfather, and to this day, Ashley Wilde remains very much a family-run business.

The chief executive's son, Simon, is the company's managing director.

"Hopefully, it will remain a family business for a long time to come," Mr Brodin said.

For more information about Ashley Wilde, visit www.ashleywildegroup.co.uk

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