Simon Spinks, Group Chairman of luxury bedmaker Harrison Spinks, was last night awarded the prestigious Ambassador accolade at The Business Desk’s Yorkshire Business Masters Awards, recognising his work to continually promote innovation and lead the iconic Yorkshire manufacturer for over 35 years.
The awards ceremony, which saw sustainability take centre stage, is a key event in the business calendar, recognising the achievements of Yorkshire companies.
Spinks’ commitment to promote sustainability and innovation within the manufacturing industry, while maintaining the brand’s heritage and being the fifth generation to lead the business, was noted by the judges.
Commenting on the award win, Spinks said: “I’m surprised but very proud. This is for what our team has achieved.
“We’re developing mattresses which are fully recyclable at the end of their life because we aren’t using glue, thanks to our sustainable Cortec glue-free spring system. Right now 120,000 mattresses go to landfill every week just because there’s no way of having them taken apart or they’re made using unsustainable materials.”
“We’re developing a recycling plant where we can have mattresses taken apart. And we’ve bought a farm where we can grow our own materials to put into mattresses. It’s both a good story and it’s a reality.”
Simon Spinks has spearheaded the development of a series of new spring solutions – from Revolution, a patented spring within spring, which gives more support and a superior feel, to Micro Springs, which can be used as comfort layers and are more sustainable than foam and gel, to Cortec, a ground-breaking glue-free spring system. With Cortec, the springs have a unique heat-sealed design, meaning they are 100% recyclable and zero to landfill because they don’t contain any glue.