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Harrison Spinks and Millbrook Beds named as bed manufacturers of the year

Harrison Spinks and Millbrook Beds were named as bed manufacturers of the year at last night’s Bed Show Awards.

This year’s Large Bed Manufacturer of the Year (over £10m turnover) prize went to Harrison Spinks (pictured), which was praised for its strategic pursuit of vertical integration. In the past year, it has started weaving its own cloth (including its own FR chemical free one), cutting its own timber from its own forests and spinning its own wire for its own springs. It also has won two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and a host of other accolades.

The runner up in this category was Hypnos. With a year that saw significant overseas growth, investment in internal process improvements and impressive careers outreach to students, schools and the Armed Forces, the company was also named one of 10 Rising Stars in The Sunday Times Profit Track.

Taking the Small Bed Manufacturer of the Year (under £10m turnover) trophy was Millbrook Beds. It impressed the judges for investing in service and marketing in a difficult market with a new team in place and an impressive set of high profile partnerships to align themselves with a healthy active lifestyle.

Highly commended went to Duvalay for capitalising on the successes of recent years, expanding its capacity and increasing exports into SE Asia and China.

The awards are judged on performance over the period of June 2017-June 2018. The awards were judged by Peter Mallinson, AIS merchandise director – home; Roy Beagent, Minerva Group business manager; Bernard Eaton, Greenwood Retail md; Richard de Melim, Furnishing Report editor and Jessica Alexander, NBF executive director.

Winning Bed Component Supplier of the Year was Maes Mattress Tickings. It has developed a product, for the UK market, that is non-toxic, biodegradable and contains no FR chemicals, yet meets the UK FR requirements. It’s a product that has already been taken up by five bed manufacturers.

Praise was given to John Cotton Group which came highly commended in the category for consistently delivering high standards, getting under the skin of its customers’ needs and adding to its portfolio of commercially attractive, environmentally conscious and unique inventions.

‘It is the eighth year of honouring the industry’s stars and another wonderful year of high calibre entries,’ said Tony Lisanti, NBF president. ‘It is brilliant to see the winners’ hard work and innovative ideas rewarded on such a special night in the bed industry calendar.’