john-cottonBedding entrepreneur John Cotton received his MBE at Buckingham Palace yesterday after being named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List earlier this year.

Mr Cotton — who increased the eponymous filled bedding manufacturer’s sales from £4m to £160m after taking over from his father — was honoured for services to business in Yorkshire.

The John Cotton Group has grown to become the largest filled bedding manufacturer in Europe, and Mr Cotton has been chairman since 1958.

He said: “I am immensely proud to receive this honour, but am equally proud that the John Cotton Group is, after nearly 100 years, continuing to grow and is still a major part of the local community.”

He was joined at the ceremony held at Buckingham Palace by his wife Barbara and sons Nicholas and Mark.