Simple Stuff Works, which manufactures specialist pillows for people with disabilities including scoliosis, has received a six-figure funding package from NatWest to purchase its first permanent premises in Tamworth, Staffordshire
The business has used the funding to purchase its new headquarters, encompassing manufacturing, warehouse space and distribution to support the growing business.
The premises on Lichfield Road Industrial Estate will also house a dedicated education space, The Goldsmith Centre, to host specialist training. Fully accessible, it is the ideal environment for the courses, which have been developed to support those caring for children and adults with complex healthcare needs.
The idea for the business began in the 1980s when John Goldsmith, an ex-soldier, invented the world’s first modular alternative seating, allowing people with disabilities or severe injuries to sit comfortably in chairs and in bed. Supported by his wife Liz, a physiotherapist for people with complex disabilities, the pair worked together to bring the product to market.
John and Liz’s children, Anna Waugh and Sarah Clayton, went on to found Simple Stuff Works in 2015, to continue the work their parents had begun. Working in the disability care sector since 2004, Sarah was inspired to create an education programme for those affected by physical disability and her sister Anna developed the multi-award-winning product line inspired by her father’s inventions.
The company currently manufactures a range of positioning equipment for individuals to use in bed, selling directly to the NHS and care homes across the UK. The products can be life-changing for people with conditions such as scoliosis and cerebral palsy, allowing their body shape to be comfortably protected while they sleep.
Simple Stuff Works has major distributors in Australia and plans are underway to distribute to more countries worldwide, while always remaining focused on the educational output of the business in the UK.
James Hellewell, managing director at Simple Stuff Works, said: “Simple Stuff Works is an industry leader in the care of persons with disability and we are passionate about our product line and the education we can offer our customers. The backing from NatWest has enabled us to purchase premises that allow us to not only manufacture and distribute products, but also provide an accessible education space. We hope to expand our distribution network worldwide and our new premises are ideal for accommodating any future growth.”
Daniel Morran, relationship manager at Natwest, said: “Simple Stuff Works is a strong family business with an extensive range of products that are making a life-changing difference to the wellbeing of people across the UK. We are proud to support the business as it grows its distribution and education output and we look forward to working with the team in the future.”
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