Leeds firm receives royal recognition for sustainable development

Three generations of the Spinks family – Daniel Spinks (Buyer), Simon Spinks (Managing Director) and Peter Spinks (Chairman). Harrison Spinks has been granted a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development.

Harrison Spinks has received a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development, bringing the total number won by the company to five. The 179-year-old-family bedmaker was granted awards for Innovation and International Trade in 2018 and now is one of just six companies awarded the prize for Sustainable Development in 2019.

The company, which manufactures luxury beds in Leeds, was granted the award in recognition of a number of ecologically friendly innovations which make the mattresses and beds it produces and the process by which they are created more sustainable.

This includes reusing waste from the production process, replacing synthetic materials with natural, recyclable products and reducing CO2. The company believes it is the only furniture maker to hold three Queen’s Awards and the only specialist bedmaker to win the Sustainable Development award twice.

Simon Spinks, Managing Director of Harrison Spinks, said: “We’re delighted to be granted another Queen’s Award for Enterprise and are honoured that the efforts we’ve made to make our business more sustainable have been recognised.

“We take our responsibility to act sustainably very seriously and we’ve been proud to challenge the market to make beds and mattresses in a different way, avoiding the need to use chemical products like foams that are difficult to recycle.

“We’ve worked hard to diversify our business to become one of the most vertically integrated furniture makers in the UK and this has helped us look at the way we run our business and reduce reliance on non-recyclable materials, waste, energy consumption and CO2.”

Over 600 companies applied for Queen’s Awards in 2019 with 201 being granted an award. Just six companies were awarded the accolade for Sustainable Development.

Harrison Spinks has won Five Queen’s Award for Enterprise in total:

  • 2019 – The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development
  • 2018 – The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation
  • 2018 – The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade
  • 2013 – The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development
  • 2013 – The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation

Harrison Spinks employs 600 people in Leeds and all of its products are made in Yorkshire.