Good snooze as Bensons for Beds grows jobs and facilities
Britain’s largest bed retailer Bensons for Beds has launched a recruitment drive after stepping up production at its dedicated manufacturing site to meet pent-up demand from consumers.
It has increased output at its Huntingdon factory and opened a new warehouse as orders have poured across its nationwide network of stores following the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Bensons is undergoing a major transformation after a £25 million refinancing a year ago when it emerged as a standalone company. In addition to investment in the factory, it has revamped its digital store, begun reshaping its store portfolio and invested in new products including the Rollo by Slumberland mattresses.
Bensons is recruiting another 45 production operatives at the factory in Huntingdon. It employs 325 people on the site where it took on 45 staff last October following the introduction of a second shift in the wake of the launch of its new Rollo by Slumberland mattresses.
To ensure there is no interruption to the manufacturing process, it has taken a lease on an additional warehouse in the town’s nearby Stukeley Meadows Industrial Estate. The 37,018 sq ft unit will complement the existing distribution centre for goods and raw materials. It was let through Eddisons, acting as sole agent on behalf of the landlord. Bensons is looking to recruit new staff at the warehouse and in the meantime will redeploy people from the main factory site.
Bensons’ factory manager Matt Richardson said: “We need to take on more staff at the factory because we’re making more product to keep up with demand from our customers. We’ve seen a strong increase since stores reopened in April when lockdown restrictions were eased.
“We also need extra warehouse capacity for raw materials coming in and goods going out so that we can maintain a steady flow of production and make sure we maintain our industry-beating lead times.”
The factory site, which opened in 1962, makes BSI Kite Mark mattresses under the Slumberland and own-brand Bensons labels. Last year it installed a state-of-the-art Mammut VMK quilting machine dubbed ‘Big Benson’.
• PHOTOGRAPH: TV personality Stacey Solomon, Bensons for Beds brand ambassador, during a recent visit to the factory.