In the latest “Sleep Series” film launched today, Stacey Solomon swapped the TV studio for a production line when she spent a day at the Bensons for Beds factory in Cambridgeshire to see how beds and mattresses are made.
The new film, the third in a series covering Stacey’s sleep journey, shows the TV personality was only too happy to lend a helping hand at the dedicated manufacturing site at Huntingdon.
As Bensons’ first brand ambassador, Stacey has visited stores, and this was her first opportunity to see the factory for herself.
The visit, which took place before the latest England-wide lockdown rules, was conducted in line with health and safety guidelines and Stacey wore face protection while on the production line.
During the trip she saw the whole production process, from preparation of fabrics and memory foams to finishing, including the recently installed state-of-the-art Mammut VMK quilting machine dubbed “Big Benson”.
In the film, Stacey helps manufacture a Sensaform Airstream Memory 3000 mattress which now proudly displays a ‘Made by Stacey’ label.
Joe Wykes, Bensons’ chief operating officer responsible for manufacturing said: “We loved having Stacey coming to visit and even though it was under slightly difficult circumstances, we hope it gave her a flavour of what we do here.
“Everyone who works here is very proud of what we do and we were delighted to have Stacey showcase our business through the films we’re making.”
The Huntingdon factory employs over 370 people and has remained in production throughout the pandemic, subject to a robust health and hygiene regime. This has included additional shifts to ensure social distancing between workers, the wearing of face coverings and regular cleaning.
More than 40 new jobs were added at the site in 2020 to meet increased demand for beds and mattresses. The increased production is part of the transformation underway at Bensons since it was the subject of a £25 million refinancing deal last June to grow the business.