Shortly before the launch of the British Bed Company last Saturday, Andrew Kerry: the company’s founder, was invited on to the radio for an interview with producer Wally Webb.
The pair began by talking about the lack of manufacturing still present in Norwich, and indeed the UK. The road where the company is based: Avian Way, off Salhouse Road, was a major part of aeroplane construction during the second world war, but has since lost its industrial sway.
The British Bed Company factory is the first mattress factory in Norwich. Andrew explained that when you own a retail store, you can happily order some mattresses and they will turn up 7 days later, in a neat plastic bag. Since the turn in the economy, it’s been evident that a number of mattress suppliers have been put under heavy economic pressure, and the best course of action would be to maintain a bespoke mattress factory.
Andrew was eager to point out that the factory would still be highly intent on creating mattresses for other companies, even adding that any design or build could be created to the an individual’s specifications.
With growing prices in Turkey and China, mattress production has become more and more costly in recent times. By basing the factory here in Norwich, the company aims to cut out expensive shipping costs. Another benefit is the growth to the local economy, with the factory now employing ten members of staff, with more to follow.
Ultimately, the goal is to get British Bed Company mattresses into the high street, with mattresses under a number of monikers.
As a parting gesture, Wally mentioned that with the current economic state, the only way from here is up! Let us hope that’s the case!
Listen to the 5min interview in full on Youtube below:
Andrew is Interviewed on the BBC