Last week, fifth-generation bedmaker Harrison Spinks welcomed the Queen’s representative in West Yorkshire to its Leeds headquarters to receive a Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: Sustainable Development.

Lord lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Ed Anderson, visited the 179-year old bed manufacturer’s new £2.5m innovation centre to present the award to chairman, Peter Spinks, and MD, 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 furnituremaker to have won five Queen’s Awards, and the only specialist bedmaker to win the Sustainable Development award twice.

Simon Spinks says: “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 furnituremaking industry.”

Pictured: MD Simon Spinks, chairman Peter Spinks, and lord lieutenant Ed Anderson