Layton Blackham will launch a broker partnership scheme this year for roll out next year after reporting growth in both profits and turnover.

Its parent, Earlyweigh, reported gross profits up by 5.6% and turnover up by 7% for 2002. Turnover increased to £17.6m from £16.4m and gross profit, which excludes the effects of goodwill amortisation, was £17m against £16.1m. Pre-tax profits rose by 126% to £308,000, up from £136,000 in 2001