Our History

Ena Shaw Home

Ena Shaw (or Shaw’s as we were known then) was founded in 1932 in St Helens, Merseyside by Ena Shaw, a young lady with a big ambition.

A machinist by trade, at 26 years old, she started out in Corporation Street, St Helens, making loose covers and curtains with fabrics that her customers supplied themselves. She continued throughout WW2 selling mainly blackout curtains in exchange for ration coupons.

In 1960 having learned his trade in London, her eldest son and current Chairman Jim Potter joined the business and was soon followed in 1963 by his brother Barrie.

At this time the business had moved to Duke Street, St Helens where our retail store Ena Shaw (now Ena Shaw Home) was established bringing soft furnishings, fabrics, bedlinen and carpets to it customers for the first time.

In the 1980’s we started a mail order business, subsequently started supplying the Trade under our Richard Barrie brand and moved into our current 85,000 square ft. factory in St Helens. This allowed us to expand further via acquisitions of both the Tru and Montgomery brands, via partnerships with several major high street retailers and also via our newly developed Curtain Express brand.

Richard Potter, the third generation of the family and Grandson of Ena Shaw, joined the business in 1998 and is currently Managing Director.