Hypnos yesterday welcomed HRH, The Duke of York, to officially open its new factory in Castle Donington. The state-of-the-art premises on Station Road houses the contract arm of the business, which produces beds and mattresses for the hospitality market, including some of the world’s leading hotel chains such as the Marriott.
The new factory has environmentally-friendly technology and has received an investment of over £750,000 to help Hypnos meet growing demand for producing beds. It is now the second site for Hypnos which has a retail factory and showroom in Princes Risborough.
Hypnos has held a Royal Warrant since 1929. The founders – the Keen Family – were honoured to show Prince Andrew around the newly-acquired site. A gathering of local dignitaries, staff and key Hypnos family business members greeted HRH, who was then taken on an informative and educational tour of the factory, before he unveiled a commemorative plaque and officially opened the site.
Hypnos moved to the new 39,000 sqft premises at Castle Donington following substantial business growth, and currently 162 people are based there. Acting as the new facility for Hypnos’ global operations, overseeing and directing activity for a network of 19 manufacturing partners, the site is key in enabling the business to meet international demand and supply hospitality sleep solutions to customers around the world.
Group MD Stephen Ward says: “We are extremely honoured to have HRH officially open our new factory. We have been able to take Prince Andrew around our new premises and show him how our beds are made. He met some of our staff and saw the intricate lengths we go to, to create luxurious, high quality beds and mattresses. It was a very exciting day and a landmark in our business growth.”
Whilst growing and expanding, Hypnos has been careful not to lose its focus on CSR and sustainability. The Castle Donington factory runs on a biomass heating system which was installed as part of the company’s commitment to protecting the environment. This renewable heating source runs on wood pellets meaning no fossil fuels are used. Hypnos aims to save 74 tonnes of carbon a year through this system.