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Prime Minister and Sarah Ferguson help bring up curtain on Churchdown business's new line

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

Operations manager Carole James

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WHAT do Sarah Ferguson, George Osborne, Prince Edward and David Cameron have in common?

Other than knowing the Queen, it’s that they’ve each had the privilege of unveiling numerous plaques, statues, venues and all manner of other things.

And those ceremonies have all needed one thing - a posh pair of curtains ready to be pulled back.

That’s exactly where Churchdown-based Contract Signs comes in.

Curtain hire might sound like the most niche of markets, but it’s quickly developed from a being a simple sideline for the company into a major element of its business.

And Carole James, the hands-on operations manager, is no longer surprised at the extraordinary requests that come her way, from the National History Museum seeking curtains to unveil a life-size framed portrait, or a stately home wanting to unveil a statue, right down to something more at home in a dolls house.

“With our extensive stock range, we rarely need to turn anybody away,” she said.

“Recent jobs have included the freestanding curtains used at Silverstone Race Circuit, Staffordshire Police HQ, Marylebone Magistrates Court, the University of Gloucestershire, West London University, St Thomas’ Hospital and Weston-Super-Mare Town Council.”

All the research, development, manufacturing and maintenance is carried out in-house.

Other hire products they are stocked up on include impressive ribbons and bows for ribbon-cutting ceremonies and giant vintage scissors with which to snip them.

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