• Richard Burdett

Visit by HRH The Princess Royal

We were delighted to receive Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at our workshop on 9 Dec 2020. The visit was a welcome break from the Christmas rush, and highlighted the work of many small companies that are sometimes invisible in small industrial units across the County and Country.

Her Royal Highness was shown into the workshop with social distancing maintained at all times.

Her Royal Highness was shown how we've made beds since 1979, with special focus on the company ethos to ensure manufacturing stays within the UK and sourcing as much of their materials from across the nation. Her Royal Highness met those that support the company, including Janet Coffman, the company founder. Janet was also present with the first bed made from 1975, which is still in daily use.

The company’s sustainability starts with the longevity of its products, however, this visit was important also to highlight the our efforts over the last two years to work on the environmental aspects of our work, such as making their packaging plastic free and introducing the first pet bed with BioFoam© instead of polystyrene as a filling. BioFoam© is an ecological expanded bean made from plant extract, that is carbon neutral in manufacture and compostable. Her Royal Highness was shown this new filling, and presented with two beds containing this material.

We’re not plastic free as a company yet, but we’re on the right path, and making progress.

Whilst at Barka Parka Her Royal Highness heard about our support for the Armed Forces through its signing of the Armed Forces Covenant and their award in the Employer Recognition Scheme.

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