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Business Insight from Bed Makers Harrison Spinks

Mr Ruairi Giles, Commercial Director at Harrison Spinks.

CTEC Business students were glad they got out of bed on the day Harrison Spinks came to Notre Dame.

Mr Ruairi Giles, Commercial Director at Harrison Spinks, visited college on 19 November to talk about the company, which operates from a site on Westland Road, Leeds. They have been bed makers for 178 years, and currently have more than 600 employees, including some of Notre Dame’s ex-students!

Mr Giles explained the work of different departments within the company, allowing our students to understand how their theoretical learning in lessons could be put into practise. Students found his description of the Research and Development Department particularly interesting, learning about the development of spring technology and recyclable mattress fillings. For those considering a career in digital marketing, the information that Mr Giles provided about the company’s use of social media was particularly insightful.

Students were surprised to discover that Harrison Spinks have a 300-acre farm in North Yorkshire where their farmers rear sheep for wool to be used in their mattresses. They also fell their own woodland, and have staff who work on their mattresses by hand. More information about the company can be found here: https://www.harrisonspinks.co.uk/

On behalf of Notre Dame’s Business Department, we’d like to thank Mr Giles for taking time out of his busy schedule to further develop our students’ understanding of how a business operates.