Timeline Story

Timeline

Innovation Never Sleeps

Innovation is at the heart of Harrison Spinks, and it is the continuous investment in technology which has allowed us to become the most vertically integrated bed manufacturer in the world. Not only do we manufacture patented pocket springs, we also have a dedicated team of engineers who design and build the machinery on-site in Leeds which produces our award-winning springs.

In late 2014, we began drawing our own wire from steel rod, which allowed us to produce thinner wire than is commercially available within the market and consequently we have been able to produce smaller springs. These springs have a range of applications, from mattresses and sofas, to cot mattresses, automotive seating and even trainers.

Harrison Spinks has also recently invested in a number of state-of-the-art weaving looms, where we now weave fabric for some of our mattresses in-house. A dedicated in-house laboratory ensures the quality of all our components and products. Our continuous investment in technology was recognised by HM Queen Elizabeth II in 2013, when we were awarded two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, one for Innovation and the other for Sustainable Development.

Comfort from Nature

Our mattresses do not start life in a factory, but on the 300 acre Harrison Spinks farm in North Yorkshire. The farm is home to a flock of Texel, Suffolk, Zwartbles and Wensleydale sheep which we rear in exchange for their quality pure-grade wool. We have also recently acquired Angora goats for their luxurious mohair.

We also grow hemp and flax fibres, both of which are strong and excellent at regulating the body’s temperature when used as a natural mattress filling. Once harvested, these materials travel less than 20 miles to our factory in Leeds, where they are processed and blended in-house to create sumptuous comfort layers for our quality, natural mattresses.

As the only bed manufacturer in the world with its own farm, we can ensure the quality of the fillings which go into our mattresses, as well as reduce our own transport carbon footprint.

In addition to this, we have acquired our own 56 acre wood only 25 miles away from the production site in Leeds, with the aim of sourcing the timber used in the business as locally as possible.

Award-Winning

At Harrison Spinks, we are continuously pushing boundaries and thinking outside the box which has enabled us to become the most vertically integrated bed manufacturer in the world. From drawing our own wire, to growing natural fibres on our farm, we are continuously striving to improve our processes and products.

Our commitment has even been recognised by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II when we were presented with two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in Innovation and Sustainable Development. These prestigious awards are presented to UK businesses for outstanding achievement, and we remain the only bed manufacturer to have won two such awards in the same year.

We also currently hold the award for the UK Bed Manufacturer of the Year 2015-16 which was presented to us by leading industry body the National Bed Federation (NBF). At current, we are proudly named as Family Business of the Year 2016, awarded to us at the UK Private Business Awards.

Hand-Crafted Luxury

Developing quality ingredients for sumptuous comfort layers are meaningless if they cannot be hand tailored into beautiful beds and mattresses.

Whether it is our skilled upholsterers crafting beautiful headboards, or our experts carefully hand-teasing and layering the luxury natural fillings into mattresses, the attention to detail is second to none.

It can take our skilled crafters up to an hour to hand side stitch just one row of one of our luxury mattresses. Years of experience are passed from generation to generation and it is the combination of these time-honoured craftsmanship techniques and ground-breaking spring technology, which creates the perfect recipe for the most luxurious handmade beds.

Yorkshire Born & Bred

Established in 1840, Harrison Spinks is a fifth-generation family business that today has over 600 people working with us, from farmers who rear our prize sheep to craftsmen who still hand side-stitch our mattresses.

We are very proud of our Yorkshire heritage and continue to champion local business wherever possible. For example, we grow 150 acres worth of hemp on the Harrison Spinks farm but require an additional 250 acres worth in order to fulfil production demands. This additional hemp is sourced from other local farms, but it is all processed on the Harrison Spinks farm.

We also aim to source all the timber we use in our frames locally. To help make this a reality, Harrison Spinks acquired a 56 acre wood that is only 25 miles away from the factory. We have also brought weaving back to Leeds once again, with the North of England having once been the centre of excellence for weaving in the UK. We have invested in a number of state-of-the-art weaving looms to weave our mattress fabrics, continuing in our quest to become further vertically-integrated.

We Don’t Just Make Beds

With a 177 year history of bed making, we have perfected the recipe for a good night’s sleep – combining world-leading spring technology with natural fibres. But we do not stop at beds and have applied these same principals of comfort technology to other areas, which has led to the creation of new business divisions.

Harrison Spinks Baby has developed a collection of cot mattresses which contain our patented BabySprings®, the world’ s smallest baby-sized pocket springs. They offer more targeted support than traditional cot mattress springs by gently responding to any change in a baby’s position.

Our components division has even developed a range of unique pocket sprung trainers, working with the University of Central Lancashire. Inspired by the innovative pocket spring technology seen in our mattresses, SPRINGURU contain 34 micro pocket springs in the mid sole of each shoe, providing unparalleled levels of comfort and support.

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