Bradford textile firm Bulmer & Lumb Group has bought Huddersfield-based fine worsted manufacturer Taylor & Lodge in a deal that will allow it to expand its export business and develop new business in the domestic market.

Taylor & Lodge's state-of-the-art weaving and finishing plant produces fabric for luxury brands including Italian designer Ermenegildo Zegna, German fashion house Hugo Boss and the British men's outfitter Alfred Dunhill.

The acquisition is expected to boost Bulmer & Lumb's fabric sales up to 50 per cent of its turnover.