Timeline

The Bed Man

May 1957

Alan Fawcett, fondly known as “The Bed Man”, spent his youth perfecting his craft within large bed manufacturing firms in the “Bed Valley” – the name given to Batley and surrounding areas within West Yorkshire.

Divan production line

March 1958

Divan production line

Alan progresses into the divan assembly production line.

Traditional mattress assembly

July 1962

Traditional mattress assembly

Alan is introduced to the skills of assembling mattresses using traditional methods and materials.

Management Promotion

August 1975

Alan takes promotion from the production line to management, overseeing production and over 100 employees.

Alan co-founds the business

April 1984

Alan co-founds the business

Alan co-founds the business and sets up shop at our current location. Halcyon Beds is born whilst trading under the name Beds Direct. In true Yorkshire fashion, a no frills, honest approach is at the heart of the operation. A small team of skilled craftsmen is established, manufacturing in house and supplying direct to the public.

Alan’s son joins the business

June 1984

Alan’s son joins the business

Alan’s son Steve is roped in to paint the window frames. 2 weeks’ work is offered to the then teenager. Little did Steve know, he wouldn’t leave!

Beds Direct become a sponsor

May 1985

Beds Direct become a sponsor

Beds Direct sponsors local football team.

Beds Direct Expansion

February 1990

Beds Direct Expansion

Beds Direct expands to premises under the railway arches in Leeds. Alans daughter, Dawn, joins the family team. Meanwhile, in Batley, Steve works in manufacturing during the week and in the shop on a Saturday.

Bespoke Dog Bed

June 1996

Bespoke Dog Bed

A bespoke bed with a space to accommodate a dog is designed and produced in house.

Machinery Upgrades

2000 - 2005

Machinery Upgrades

New and upgraded machinery is installed in the workshops.

Tim Joins the Team

May 2006

Tim Joins the Team

Our experienced tape edger Tim begins his employment at Beds Direct. Now part of the furniture, Tim is regarded as an adoptive member of the Fawcett family.  

Alan Retires

August 2007

Alan retires after spending (in his words) “well over fot’ty years” in the industry. Steve follows as the managing director of the business, maintaining his father’s values and outlook.

Naturally Comfy is born

May 2010

Naturally Comfy is born

Our range expands with the launch of a flagship collection of natural fibre beds

30 Years of Trading

April 2014

30 Years of Trading

Beds Direct celebrate their 30th year of trading. 

Third Generation Joins the Business

September 2014

Third Generation Joins the Business

Steves eldest son, Ben, joins the Beds Direct team with manufacturing and delivery responsibilities.

Christie Joins the Family Team

May 2016

Steves eldest child, Christie, joins the team. Taking on roles in sales, admin and bringing the company up to date with the online world!

Present Day

2nd and 3rd generation family members make up the small team at Beds Direct Batley. Our family working for your family.  

and the rest is history…