RECORD global sales have seen a Steeton company climb ten places in a prestigious league table.

Acorn Stairlifts is now ranked at 127 in the Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250.

The table, published annually, lists Britain's privately-owned mid-market-growth companies according to their latest publicly-available sales figures.

Latest statistics reveal that international sales of Acorn's stairlifts reached £211.8 million, with an operating profit of £22 million.

When the firm first featured in the table in 2016, it was ranked at 183, with worldwide annual sales of £149 million.

Last year – which saw the award-winning company celebrate its 25th anniversary – it climbed to 137th place, with sales rising to £177.2 million.

The table also shows that Acorn has seen continued growth in workforce levels, from 1,192 employees two years ago to the current 1,485.

More than 500 of those staff are based at the firm's head office and factory, on Steeton's Millennium Business Park.

Acorn also has factories in Shipley and at Haddington, in Scotland.

And it employs surveyors, installers and service engineers, based across the UK.

Company finance director, Joanne Richardson, said she was delighted with the continued rise up the table.

She added: "Since making our Top Track 250 debut only two years ago we've climbed almost 60 places, reflecting significant and sustained growth in sales both here in the UK and in our thriving overseas markets.

"In just over 25 years, Acorn has grown to become the world's biggest business concerned solely with the manufacture, supply, installation and maintenance of home stairlifts.

"That level of growth is a credit to our expanding workforce and to our ongoing programme of investment targeted at being the world's best stairlift provider.

"Our continued growth is underpinned by industry-leading response times and a one-stop business model, selling our own-brand stairlifts direct to consumers and providing a fully in-house installation and aftercare service."

Acorn manufactures more than 70,000 stairlifts a year at its UK factories.

Over 70 per cent of its revenue now comes from export sales, to countries including the USA, where it is a market leader.