Somnus are proud to be recognised by Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II for their integrity and design of their beds and have been granted the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation and Sustainable Development – the UK’s most prestigious business awards.
Queen’s Award for Enterprise In Innovation
Somnus have been presented with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation for their state of the art spring technology. The Somnus sleep specialists are at the forefront of spring development and have designed the technically superior Sensa Intelligent Pocket Spring system, where the springs move independently of each other, dissipating the sleepers’ weight across a higher number of springs to support and contour with the body shape, creating fewer pressure points. The shape and size of each Sensa Intelligent Pocket Spring is unique, allowing a higher number to be incorporated into each hand made mattress. Individual pocket springs are layered, to create a multi-tiered system for total comfort, resilience and support. These unique springs are produced in the dedicated Somnus manufacturing facility, ensuring the very best luxury bed integrity as possible.
Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainability
Sustainability is at the heart of every stage of design and production of a Somnus bed. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development award has been granted for developing innovative, sustainable mattresses and growing resources locally on our farm in North Yorkshire. The farm provides the environment and opportunity to bring the Somnus vision to grow traditional which are sustainable, recyclable and biodegradable, into reality. Natural fibres such as hemp, wool and flax (linen) are grown from seed or raised with the sole intended purpose of becoming comfort fillings in the Somnus range of mattresses. Even the waste products from producing the fibres are used for biomass fuel, animal bedding and building materials. With no pesticides used, the farm helps preserve ancient hedgerows and wildlife too, including 11 threatened bird species that are local to the area. The fact that it takes a year to grow some of the materials for a single mattress is testament to Somnus’s commitment to sustainability.
National Bed Federation Manufacturer of the Year Award
Somnus is also the proud winners of the National Bed Federation’s Bed Manufacturer of the Year 2015-2016 where we were commended as a true leader within the sector for developments in our internationally recognised, world-leading spring technology in the pursuit of greater sleeping comfort. Simon Spinks, Managing Director, said: “We are constantly pushing the boundaries to innovate comfort and lead the industry on new ways of manufacturing beds. We are the most vertically integrated bed manufacturer in the world from drawing our own wire for our springs to growing natural fibres on our own farm, so to be recognised with such a prestigious award for all of our hard work is fantastic.
“While we are way ahead of the competition for high spring counts, luxury natural fillings and high quality products, we are always looking to improve our processes and products to lead the way as Great Britain’s best bed manufacturer.”