CTS UK, a specialist in workwear and other business supplies, has reported a “very encouraging” start to 2023.

It has announced “strong trading figures” across all parts of the business plus a healthy order book and margin improvements despite the “challenging economic times”.

Based in Northallerton in North Yorkshire, CTS UK has been boosted by new customers including retailer Sainsbury’s and distribution and outsourcing group Bunzl. The business ranges from personalised workwear and promotional products to cleaning and hygiene products, personal protective equipment (PPE) and office stationery.

It has also reported “rapid growth” for Equithread, its business providing workwear to the equestrian sector, which was relaunched in January.

At a quarterly business update meeting for all staff, CTS managing director Howard Gill said: “There’s no doubt that these are challenging economic times, with an on-going cost-of-living crisis which impacts on businesses across the UK. We are no exception.

“Having said that, we are very encouraged by the progress we have made so far this year, with strong trading figures across all sectors of our business, which are supported by a healthy order book, margin improvements across the board and exciting new customers, including Sainsbury’s and Bunzl.

“At the same time, we are now being included in large tenders for major UK companies and we are establishing a formidable reputation for being a one-stop business supplies company with the ability to meet all the needs of our customers from quality workwear to high-class hygiene products.

“We are also delighted with the rapid growth of Equithread, which specialises in providing high-quality, affordable workwear and uniform to the horse racing and equestrian industry. Equithread is proving to be a resounding success.”

CTS’s senior team has been strengthened by two key appointments: James Smith is the new production manager and Imran Amjad has joined as senior account manager with special responsibility for the cleaning and hygiene sector.

Howard added: “James and Imran are tremendous additions to our tight-knit and hard-working team. Their experience and expertise will be vital in driving our business forward and ensuring that we continue to be the fastest-expanding supplier of business workwear, office supplies and hygiene products in the north of England and a leading player in these sectors in the UK.”

CTS has extensive warehouse and distribution facilities in Northallerton to service clients that also include Sports Direct, WS Transport, Heck, Flamingo Land and Woodsmith Construction.

Founded four years ago, the company has projected turnover of £50 million by 2027. Its Northallerton premises were officially launched in 2021 by then-Chancellor, Rishi Sunak.