The UK arm of international foam supplier Carpenter posted strong growth in 2014.

Derbyshire based Carpenter recorded profits north of £11m as sales increased by 4.2 per cent to £89.9m in the year to end December.

Underlying profits were broadly flat against the previous year, when its statutory result had been affected by its European Commission fine.

Carpenter was among a number of foam companies fined by the European Commission following an investigation into pricing practices in the foam sector. It registered a £13.9m pre-tax deficit in 2013 after its US parent company allocated £23.8m of its total €75m fine to its British subsidiary.

Carpenter is a major supplier of foam to Britain’s beds manufacturing sector, while it also produces flooring underlay and has a consumer division selling pillows, toppers and roll-pack mattresses under the sleep better brand.

The company used last month’s NBF Bed Show to introduce new pillows, toppers and mattresses featuring patented technology including thermo-regulating foam and hygiene indicators, which use colour to advise consumers when products need washing.