FW Thorpe's current year trading has started in a pleasing manner for most of the group's companies, shareholders at the annual general meeting were told.
Chairman Andrew Thorpe said Thorlux was particularly busy at this time when there is normally a reducing work load heading towards Christmas.
He said: "Whilst we are relatively confident of the higher order book level continuing, the financial year can be like the proverbial game of football, a period of two halves, and with Brexit, fluctuating currencies and 'The Donald' factor we must keep our fingers crossed for the second half.
"We are optimistic, though, of a satisfactory overall result for the year."
At 3:40pm: (LON:TFW) Thorpe F W PLC share price was +3.26p at 284.13p