Pre-tax profit has grown at the company behind the 'Henry' brand of vacuum cleaners. Numatic was founded by Chris Duncan in Crewkerne in 1969 and moved to Chard in 1990. It launched the Henry vacuum cleaner in 1981 and currently employs about 1,000 staff.

Along with the Henry brand, Numatic also produces a range of domestic, commercial and industrial cleaning equipment.

According to the latest accounts for Numatic International Ltd, pre-tax profit grew to £13.9m in the year ending 31 December 2016, up from £12.9m in 2015. Turnover remained steady at £137.4m.

The company said 2016 was a year of consolidation for the manufacturer following completion of a new 60,000 sq ft central warehouse facility in Chard, Somerset.

Chris Duncan, founder and chief executive of Numatic International, said the improved profitability had been achieved despite worldwide political uncertainty.

"From a Numatic standpoint we are more than confident that the design and quality standards we have established for our product line are well and truly accepted internationally.

"From a corporate standpoint, we have taken the opportunity to strengthen the management of Numatic by the appointment of Simon Lawson, ex-Vax, as managing director and the promotion of Steve Whitlock, the company accountant, to finance director.

"Today we sail under the banner of 'onwards and upwards', continuing the success of the past 40 years with an even stronger management team doing what we do best."

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