Meltham-based commercial property company Towndoor Ltd has been chosen as the Eaton Smith Solicitors’ Business of the Month.

Towndoor is a family-run business set up in April 1988 and started when Stuart and Lucy Bamforth acquired a significant portion of J.I. Case’s Meltham Mills factory.

Although Stuart passed away in 2002, his legacy lives on through Towndoor. Today, Towndoor are one of West Yorkshire’s leading businesses for commercial property lettings.

With Stuart and Lucy’s eldest son, Dan Bamforth, now at the helm as managing director, Towndoor continues to thrive and grow.

The company’s success is a testament to the family’s unwavering dedication to providing high-quality commercial property solutions to businesses in the region.

In 2022, Towndoor introduced Lu’s Place, a purpose-built café nestled within the heart of Meltham Mills.

Operated by Towndoor’s sister company, Bamforth Leisure Ltd, this establishment was designed with a particular vision in mind – to offer a warm and welcoming space for the community to gather.

Lu’s Place also went on the win the Business of the Month Award for July.

Towndoor executive director Jack Dixon said: “We’re delighted to be chosen as Business of the Month.

“Our recent and ongoing business efforts span property upgrades, refining internal systems and enhancing our tenant experiences. We’ve also focused on staff training to boost job satisfaction. Awards like this motivate our team to keep excelling.”

Deborah Melluish, senior partner at Eaton Smith Solicitors, and member of the judging panel, said: “We were really excited to read Towndoor’s application. It is a brilliant story of a family run business continuously expanding over the years.

“They have worked on some really exciting projects, including fellow Business of the Month winners, Lu’s Place! We are very excited for what the future holds for Towndoor Ltd.”

Deborah Melluish chaired the judging panel and was joined by Rachel Helliwell (Yorkshire Children’s Centre), Martin Hathaway (Mid Yorkshire Chamber) and Annie Bradley (Department of Business & Trade).

To apply for the Business of the Month Award go to