Big win for social enterprise

Royal mattress maker secures city deal

Alastair DavisA company which has provided mattresses to generations of the Royal Family has won a contract with from City Building Glasgow.

Glencraft, the Aberdeen-based social enterprise, has been manufacturing handcrafted mattresses since 1843.

It has secured a two -ear agreement to supply 190 mattresses a week to City Building Glasgow. The contract was won through the Scottish Government’s Supported Business Framework. 

The company has supplied mattresses to four generations of the Royal Family, and is known for employing blind and partially-sighted workers. Glencraft currently has about 45 members of staff, around 80% of whom are disabled or come from a disadvantaged background.

The company’s growth, since re-launching its workshop six years ago, has been supported by investment of £230,000 from Social Investment Scotland, the leading lender to the third sector in Scotland. 

Graham McWilliam, managing director, said: “Winning this contract is a great boon for Glencraft.

“We handcraft our mattresses and spring units to ensure they are of the highest quality made by our loyal and dedicated team. This two year contract will provide the business with stability and allow us to hopefully win further work with other organisations looking to collaborate with social enterprises.”

Lesley Quinn, head of client management and communications at City Building Glasgow said: “Where possible we look to work with social enterprises and supported businesses, as part of our high standards for responsible business practice and Glencraft are a quality business making a quality product.”

Alastair Davis (pictured), chief executive, Social Investment Scotland said: “Glencraft has rightly earned its reputation for providing high quality products so it’s gratifying to see them winning major contracts such as this.

“We’ve worked with Glencraft for over six years to help build the business and maximise its social impacts within the local community. By winning more business, Glencraft can continue to grow, which will mean taking on more staff who might struggle to find employment elsewhere.”


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