- Sector: Manufacturing
- Country: UK
Founded in 1840 and run from a 300-acre farm in Yorkshire, manufacturer Harrison Spinks produces luxury mattresses under the Harrison, Somnus, Hybed and Spink & Edgar brands.
“We’re one of the most vertically integrated bed manufacturers in the world,” explains Simon Spinks, Managing Director of Harrison Spinks. “We draw our own wire for our unique spring technology and grow natural fillings on our farm in Yorkshire. We are one of the most established and innovative bed makers in the UK.”
Simon believes this vertical integration is what sets Harrison Spinks apart. By owning and managing the entire supply chain, Simon and the team have total control of the production process, right down to component level, ensuring quality is maintained throughout.
This level of control enables the nearly 200-year old business to keep innovating, seeing it through tough economic times and helping it react to market pressures and trends. “Our ethos is to constantly reinvest to innovate,” says Simon.
Recent innovations include the firm’s HerdySleep collection – a high-end natural bed-in-a-box – designed to compete in the growing online compact bed market. “We developed the HerdySleep collection to enter this market, but we continue to work closely with quality independent retailers who can provide customers with a ‘bed fitting’ to ensure that the mattress they choose is right for them,” adds Simon.
Now the team is working towards building a bed that can be recycled entirely once no longer needed – a complex challenge that involves removing all foam and chemicals from the product and replacing it with eco-friendly, natural alternatives.
“Currently about 90% of the mattress can be recycled. We have started to weave our own fabric that is naturally fire retardant compliant without chemicals, and we have developed pockets for our springs that are welded together, removing the need for glue,” explains Simon.