MOBILITY retailer Ableworld has brought forward its annual pay review on the back of record sales and profit figures last year.

Ableworld was founded in 2001 in Nantwich and wanted to reward its 120 staff members early to round off another successful year of trading.

The company decided that pay reviews should be brought forward from April to January, with any pay increases back-dated to January 1.

Ableworld has stores in London Road, Northwich, and Mill Street, Crewe.

MD Mike Williams said: “As we all know trading conditions in the country generally were very tough in 2017, and so to have achieved the increases we did means our staff have worked exceptionally hard over the last 12 months.

“With so many people feeling the pinch at present, partly because of rising inflation, the Board felt that this year we could afford to bring forward our annual pay review.

“It’s doubly nice that any pay increases will be in people’s pay packets at the end of January when the Christmas and winter fuel bills come in.”

Ableworld operates 34 stores across the UK, with half of the modern one-stop mobility retail outlets being run by the company and half under the franchise model.

Overall sales and profits across the group were at record levels in 2017, and like-for-like sales in the first quarter of their new financial year increased by more than 16 per cent.