Profits at The White Company doubled despite stores being shut for months.

The group  made £31million in the year to July 2021 as shoppers snapped up scented candles,  pyjamas and loungewear as they worked at home.

Turnover jumped by more than a fifth to £273million, according to accounts filed on Companies House, while online sales rose worldwide.

The retailer said the pandemic had affected trading but the shift in office working conditions led to recovery for its business.

Despite missing out on what it described as the ‘valuable last minute Christmas rush’ because of tightening Covid restrictions in 2020, trading was so strong that the firm said it did not need to cut prices as much as normal during sales.