Vispring Welcomes the Countess of Wessex For a Factory Tour

Vispring was pleased to welcome Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex, to its factory on Ernesettle Lane in Plymouth. The Countess of Wessex enjoyed a tour of Vispring’s factory and met many of its master craftsmen before officially opening the company’s new showroom.

As active supporters of the Campaign for Wool, both Her Royal Highness and Vispring are passionate about the use of British wool. Vispring is proud to use more Platinum Certified pure British fleece wool than any other bed maker in the world and the factory team was able to show The Countess of Wessex exactly how the precious fiber is used within Vispring’s luxurious beds. Chris Harrison, Vispring’s Operations Director, explained the benefits of using wool for bed making, before Kevin Webb, who has worked in the natural fillings section for more than 15 years, explained how he creates unique blends of materials to generously hand-fill Vispring’s mattresses.

As a major local employer, Vispring was also keen to highlight its apprenticeship program and commitment to ensuring that its specialist bed-making skills are passed on to future generations. Vispring’s Training coordinator, Jenny Lambert, explained the company’s training initiatives before its newest recruit, Radoslav Grudlev, demonstrated how to side-stitch a mattress by hand.  Her Royal Highness then took the opportunity to try her own hand at side-stitching.

“We are very grateful to The Countess of Wessex for taking the time to visit our factory,” said Vispring’s Managing Director, Mike Meehan. “We are devoted to using only the finest natural materials and highest standards of craftsmanship to make our bespoke beds and mattresses, so it has been a great honour to have the opportunity to show Her Royal Highness the process first hand.”

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About Vispring: Vispring believes that your bed is a catalyst for a wealth of enticing possibilities. All Vispring mattresses are handmade to order in the company’s factory in Devon. It’s an uncompromising approach, but because sleep is such a deeply personal part of life, Vispring believes it’s the only way to guarantee that every bed is exquisitely comfortable and fits its owner like a glove. Founded in 1901, Vispring now exports across the globe. Renowned as the first bed maker to produce an interior sprung mattress using a system of individually pocketed springs, it changed the way beds are made to this day. Vispring has never wavered from its original philosophy of using the best craftsmanship and quality materials to produce the finest beds in the world.