West Yorkshire manufacturer Spinks Springs, supplier of unique, micro pocket springs, has won The Furniture Makers’ Company’s third annual Export Award.

Three businesses – Gosling Limited, Ocee International and Spinks Springs – were shortlisted for the award, and attended a judging day at Furniture Makers’ Hall, London, this month.

The judges were impressed how, through the development of an international strategy and continuing to increase investment in the people within each new market, Spinks Springs’ export business has grown by +500% since 2015, with export sales in 2017/18 reaching £4.89m and now accounting for 17% of its sales.

Ian Owen, European sales manager at Spinks Springs, says: “We are delighted to have been granted The Furniture Makers’ Company’s Export Award. We feel that this award reflects our commitment to exporting quality components for bedding, furniture and other markets and the hard work of the Spinks Springs team. We’re pleased to see that our strategy of taking patented innovative components into new international markets has been recognised by such an iconic and prestigious body.”

Hayden Davies, master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, adds: “By implementing a clear export strategy, Spinks Springs has quickly positioned itself as a world leader in innovative spring technology and seen subsequent rapid growth. The key when entering new markets is having the expertise to understand the landscape and through the recruitment of agents and undertaking market research within new territories, Spinks Springs has achieved this. We salute the company’s success in flying the flag for British innovation abroad and Harrison Spinks’ ambition to increase turnover to £100m by 2022, aided by the success of its export business.”