SUSTAINED growth in global sales has helped Steeton-based Acorn Stairlifts win the export award at the 2024 Insider Made in Yorkshire Awards.

Founded in 1992, the business now exports its British-made stairlifts to more than 80 countries worldwide, with branches and distribution networks established on four continents. Acorn’s latest set of annual results show that 72.5 per cent of its annual turnover is now generated by overseas trade, amounting to just under £178 million.

The results helped Acorn win the export award at the Made in Yorkshire Awards, organised by national business-to-business media company Insider. The judges commended “Acorn's continued export growth and agility in responding to supply chain issues, as well as its market-leading position in North America – a rare achievement for a UK-based manufacturer”.

Held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, the awards celebrated world-class companies based in Yorkshire and the Humber, across a wide range of categories. Acorn was also shortlisted for the Medical, Life Sciences and Healthcare Award and the Manufacturer of the Year (over £25m) Award.

Acorn's UK and Europe Operations Director Nick Wilson said: “Acorn is very proud of its Yorkshire roots and the global business we’ve built here, so we naturally take great pride in winning the Made in Yorkshire Export Award.”