Avoca Handweavers Ltd.
Avoca Handweavers Ltd., started life as a small handweaving business in the small town of Avoca, Co. Wicklow in1723. Faced with closure in 1974 it was purchased by the solicitor employed to sell the mill and two generations of the family has built the business to its current position where last year, the Company saw pre-tax profits soar by 73pc to €2.1m.
The Company, with 665 staff, plans to develop further unique food market and cafe operations and to develop new and distinctive ranges of fashion garments and accessories, according to the director’s report.
Avoca designs and manufactures its own clothing, food and home furnishings from its Wicklow base and it has 11 retail stores and cafes in the island of Ireland.
One of its strengths lies in the Company’s ability to react quickly to market changes, most recently the challenges of the recession, and to adapt its business to remain innovative in its approach to its business model.