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9:52 PM 9th September 2019

Royal Visit For Harrison Spinks

From left: Managing Director Simon Spinks, chairman Peter Spinks and Lord Lieutenant Mr Ed Anderson.
From left: Managing Director Simon Spinks, chairman Peter Spinks and Lord Lieutenant Mr Ed Anderson.
Fifth-generation family bedmaker, Harrison Spinks, has welcomed the Queen’s representative in West Yorkshire to its Leeds Headquarters to receive the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: Sustainable Development.

Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Mr Ed Anderson, visited the 179-year old bed manufacturer’s brand new £2.5 million Innovation Centre to present the award to chairman, Peter Spinks and Managing Director, Simon Spinks.

The prize for Sustainable Development was granted in April in recognition of a number of eco-friendly and sustainable innovations within the company’s process of mattress manufacturing and within the mattress products themselves.

This includes growing hemp and using natural fibres to replace synthetics, reusing waste from the production process, designing truly recyclable products and reducing CO2 emissions. The company believes it is the only furniture maker to have won five Queen’s Awards and the only specialist bedmaker to win the Sustainable Development award twice.

Simon Spinks, Managing Director for Harrison Spinks said: “We are delighted and humbled to have welcomed Mr Ed Anderson to our Harrison Spinks headquarters to receive our third current Queen’s award. Having seen the factory, he was blown away by the amount we do here on site.

In recent years we have invested significantly in areas that have made our business more sustainable and vertically integrated – including weaving and wire drawing – and are proud to be leading the way and setting the standard in the furniture making industry.”