West Yorkshire bed maker joins NBF following A-rated audit

West Yorkshire-based bed manufacturer Kelcol Bed Company Ltd has announced that it has joined the National Bed Federation (NBF) as a new member after successfully completing an audit process.

Back in June this year, Kelcol, which operates out of its production facility in Mirfield, underwent a “rigorous” audit where the business was graded with an ‘A’ rating.

Amy Wheeler, Managing Director at Kelcol, said: “The audit was rigorous and an all-day job. Mattresses were picked at random as they were going through production and were checked to make sure that they were exactly as listed on composition sheets, labels and fire tests etc.

“At one point, the auditors counted every single spring to make sure the amount specified was correct. We were delighted to be recognised with an A rating.”

The move to join the NBF has been on the cards since Amy took over the family business back in December 2021. She continued: “We are a family run business and have been established since 1979.

Having worked for the company for 13 years, my family and I purchased it in December 2021. We really wanted our customers to know that we do things the right way and give them the peace of mind that they are buying a quality product that we are proud to call a Kelcol Bed.

“We hope that becoming an NBF member will open doors for further business with retailers.”

In between taking over the company and joining the NBF, Amy also revealed that there has been lots going on behind the scenes, making significant investments across the business.

“Over the last 12 months we have put a lot back into the business premises. We have had LED lighting throughout (165 lights in total) and new heating systems. We have fully refurbished our meeting room and acquired three new vehicles, as well as upgrading our flood defences as we are at the side of the river Calder.

“Alongside further on-going maintenance, we’re also investing in a visitor car park project, which is developing well.”

Amy added that despite the cost-of-living crisis, business has been steady. “Business has been fairly consistent for us this year. We expected to be much quieter mainly due to the ever-increasing interest rates and the continued cost-of-living crisis but we continue to stay busy… Touch wood!

“I think it helps that we have a niche market in the fact that we are fully bespoke when it comes to bed shapes and sizes and our lead times are usually no more than a couple of weeks. We are a normal family striving to build our future and our kids future doing something that we love.”

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