Simon Spinks, group chairman of bedmaker Harrison Spinks, was last night awarded the prestigious Ambassador accolade at The Business Desk’s Yorkshire Business Masters Awards, recognising his work to continually promote innovation and lead the Yorkshire manufacturer for over 35 years.

The awards ceremony, which saw sustainability take centre stage, is a key event in the Yorkshire business calendar, and Simon's commitment to promoting sustainability and innovation within the manufacturing industry, while maintaining the brand’s heritage and being the fifth generation to lead the business, was noted by the judges.

Says Simon: “I’m surprised, but very proud. This is for what our team has achieved.

“We’re developing mattresses which are fully recyclable at the end of their life because we aren’t using glue, thanks to our sustainable Cortec glue-free spring system. Right now, 120,000 mattresses go to landfill every week just because there’s no way of having them taken apart or they’re made using unsustainable materials.

“We’re developing a recycling plant where we can have mattresses taken apart. And we’ve bought a farm where we can grow our own materials to put into mattresses. It’s both a good story and it’s a reality.”

Simon has spearheaded the development of a series of new spring solutions.