Leeds-based fifth generation family-run bedmaker Harrison Spinks has achieved two prestigious King’s Awards for Innovation and International Trade, bringing the total number awarded to the company to seven.
The luxury bed brand, which is active in 13 European countries, plus the USA, Canada, Korea, and Australia, secured the King’s Award for Innovation thanks to significant work as an industry leader in innovation and design, including its design and manufacture of revolutionary glue-less fine-wire pocket springs used in its 100% recyclable mattresses.
Since its last successful Award win in 2019 – the Queen’s Award it holds for Sustainable Development – the business has made progressive leaps in innovation, developing and patenting new technology and design. To reach the goal of affordable, ecological luxury, it has focused on developing an innovative pocket-sprung mattress design, leading the way in which it transforms raw materials into world-leading innovation.
Harrison Spinks also secured the King’s Award for International Trade thanks to its continued focus on manufacturing premium, sustainable handmade beds in international markets.
Simon Spinks, Chairman of Harrison Spinks, said: “It is a huge honour to be recognised with two inaugural King’s Awards this year, which sit proudly alongside the Queen’s Award we hold for Sustainable Development. These awards are a reflection of the hard work the team has delivered, ensuring we are constantly championing innovation and high-quality, sustainable design.
“From an international trade perspective, we’re proud that our British values of sustainable innovation and quality have truly set us up for success in a global marketplace.
“These awards are especially important to us as a British business – we are a company that champions homemade and homegrown materials; supports businesses that manufacture in the UK; and one which works with organisations such as British Wool on campaigns like the Traceable Wool Scheme.
Nick Booth, Managing Director at Harrison Spinks Beds, talks about sustainable innovations in production while implementing a four-day week.
“Our team has put in a lot of hard work this year and we’re proud this has been recognised with an award for International Trade. We’re also thrilled to have been awarded the title for Innovation as we continue to be industry leaders while maintaining the highest standards of production.”
The two King’s Awards follow a standout year for the company which saw it awarded Bed Manufacturer of the Year at the 2022/23 National Bed Federation Awards as well as becoming C2C accredited, a process which verifies products are safe, sustainable and ethically sourced, and consists of a rigorous, 18-month third-party product certification program.
The King’s Awards for Enterprise was previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, and the new name reflects His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s by recognising outstanding UK businesses. The Award programme, now in its 57th year, is the most prestigious business award in the country, with successful businesses able to use the esteemed King’s Awards Emblem for the next five years.