Willow basket manufacturer expands into new premises

A Somerset-based willow furniture and basket manufacturing company has expanded into new premises with a seven-figure funding package.
Bridgwater-based Somerset Willow received the package from HSBC UK, which allow it to move into a new purpose-built facility in Bridgwater. The purchase will provide the business with a 60% increase in warehouse space, and the capacity to double its 32-person workforce over the next five years.
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The company, which has been operating for over 60 years, was founded by two generations of the Hill family. The firm initially produced hot air balloon baskets but has since diversified into a wide range of products.
Anthony Hill, managing director at Somerset Willow, said: “We’ve bank …