Lower input costs helped Lancashire foam, fillings and mattress supplier Platt and Hill grow profits last year.

The Oldham based company—which also sells mattresses direct under the English Mattress Company brand—near doubled pre-tax profits to £427,294 in the year to end December.

Privately owned Platt and Hill said it had benefited from falling raw material prices but cautioned that labour had been adversely affected by some serious machine issues during the year.

It added that it had significant investment plans for the automation of its main labour intensive operations and processes during 2015.

Turnover—which has risen every year since 2009—maintained its recent run by inching up 0.7 per cent to £9.7m last year.