Hypnos and Duvalay named as bed manufacturers of the year
Hypnos and Duvalay were last night named as Bed Manufacturers of the Year at the Bed Show awards.
For the first time two awards were presented: for a turnover above £10m and a turnover under £10m.
Hypnos won the over £10m category and was praised by the judges for continuing to strengthen and build on its domestic and export business in both the hospitality and retail sectors, securing approved supplier status with six international hotel chains, appointing new distributors and agents in Spain, Benelux, South Africa and Germany, and winning a Queens Award for Enterprise.
Duvalay won the under £10m category. From starting out as a caravan mattress manufacturer it has launched itself into the mainstream bed market with the HD collection, designed by Dragon’s Den investor Hilary Devey, which last year won The Independent’s Best Mid-Priced Mattress award. It has earned the Good Housekeeping Institute endorsement and has signed a deal to sell the HD Collection in the Asian market through Chinese distributors.
The awards were announced by Meera Syal at the Bed Show’s Gala Dinner at the Telford International Centre, attended by more than 500 people from the industry.
In the over £10m category Highgrove Beds and Harrison Spinks were runners-up.
The judges felt Highgrove Beds deserved recognition for its recent, successful growth strategy and the three distinct brands that have been created in the past year to cover the value, mid and premium markets – all of which are performing well.
Harrison Spinks has had another prosperous year that has seen, among many other developments, further significant investment in new research and development, production and warehousing facilities – and the launch of virtual reality headsets as part of its retail POS armoury.
In the under £10m category Vogue Beds was named as runner-up for impressing the judges with its solid performance and the successful launch of a new concept in pocket spring technology – found forgotten in a suppliers’ catalogue.
‘We’ve been holding these awards for seven years now and yet it never fails to amaze me what our industry is capable of. The awards just go to show that we are all constantly innovating, strengthening and adding to our offerings – it’s fantastic to see, and be a part of. Well done to all the winners,’ said Simon Spinks, NBF president.
‘The standard of entries, in all categories, was very high and the gap between winners, runners up and other entrants was very small. Everyone who entered should be very proud of their achievements whether or not they were winners. The determination to do better, the innovation, investment and progress being made demonstrates just what a vibrant and exciting industry this is and why we should all be justly proud of it,’ said Jessica Alexander, NBF executive director.
The awards were judged by Peter Mallinson, AIS merchandise director – home; Roy Beagent, Minerva group business manager; Bernard Eaton, Greenwood Retail md; Richard de Melim, Furnishing Report editor and Jessica Alexander, BNF executive director.