Published on : Monday, October 7, 2013
The winners were Burgess Beds for Bed Manufacturer of the Year; Gateway Systems for Bed Supplier of the Year; Bensons for Beds for Multiple Bed Retailer of the Year; The Bed Chambers for Independent Bed Retailer of the Year and Archers Sleepcentre for E-tailer of the Year.
Now in their third year the highly sought after awards once again invited nominations for the five categories of awards which are designed to recognise the companies considered as “best in class” over the past 12 months. The winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges which consisted of editors from the industry’s trade journals (George Cooper, Cabinet Maker; Richard de Melim, Furnishing Report; Paul Farley, Furniture News; Andrew Kidd, Interiors Monthly) and the Clerk of The Furniture Makers, Jonny Westbrooke.
The awards were announced to the winners by broadcaster Gyles Brandreth at the Bed Show’s Gala Dinner at the Telford International Centre.
Winning Bed Component Supplier of the Year, Gateway Systems demonstrated it was a European leader that is staying at the forefront of bed production – rare for a UK company. For nearly 50 years, it has been supplying the mattress industry with innovative machinery such as Mattress Master tape edge machines.
Competition was strong for the Independent Retailer of the Year category with entries from up and down the country. A special mention must go to Land of Beds, in Cheshire, last year’s winner, and Bold Street Beds of Preston. But the winner of this year’s award goes to The Bed Chambers, based in Retford, a real inspiration to other independents. With an enthusiastic owner, The Bed Chambers has an inventive approach to marketing that has continued to develop over the past year, with celebrity appearances, customer feedback, loyalty cards, online reviews and social media – all of which has led to growth in the business.
And finally the Bed E-tailer of the Year award went to Archers Sleepcentre – which proved it is possible for a small, traditional, regional independent retailer to adapt and respond to the structural change taking place in the retail sector. It has built a sizeable online business that has taken it into the national arena, able to compete on an equal footing with large chains and early stage ventures that are focussed largely on top line growth alone. This was a strongly contested category and the judges singled out twofurther entries as highly commended:- World Stores, which is flourishing within this new business environment; and, again, Land of Beds, which has shown how it has quickly adapted to the online environment.