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Redundant worker talks about new success

Winston Churchill had one, Kylie's got one and they are handmade in Wales. They are the most expensive beds in the world and the manufacturer has just expanded into new premises in Treforest.

That success is down to the vison of two men who were made redundant when the Rest Assured bed factory was closed in the Rhondda in 1997. They set up the Bed Company Wales with their redundancy payments which was then bought out in 2005 by Savoir who made beds for the Savoy hotel.

Jeff Richards is the works manager:

New Treforest base for luxury bed company

A company which makes luxury beds worth up to £40,000 and supplies London's famous Savoy Hotel is opening a new workshop and showroom in Treforest, near Pontypridd.

Savoir Beds was founded in 1905 as the Savoy's own bed company. Its history in Wales dates to 1997, when the Rest Assured factory in the Rhondda closed. Workers pooled their redundancy money, bought bed-making machinery and created The Bed Company Wales, which was bought by Savoir in 2009.

The new works are four times the size of Savoir's previous base in Taffs Well, and produces half of the company's total output worldwide.

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