Royal recognition for Batley-based furniture manufacturer HSL

The chairman of a Batley-based furniture manufacturer and retailer has spoken of his delight at the "humbling and amazing achievement" of being honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 6:00 am
Pictured from the left are Debra Burrows (William Burrows' wife), Patricia Burrows (founder of HSL) and William Burrows (chairman and owner of HSL) in front of HSL headquarters in Batley

HSL, which has more than 50 years’ experience hand-crafting chairs, sofas and beds, is one of 205 organisations nationally to be recognised with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Announced today (Thursday, April 29), the family-run business has been recognised for its excellence in innovation for its patented "innovative frame design", which allows the attachment of a wooden knuckle (armchair handle) using a different technique to the methodology used historically by other furniture manufacturers.

HSL operates in a highly specialised niche of the wider upholstery furniture market, with a specific focus on customers aged 65-plus as well as those with additional physical, comfort or medical needs.

The wooden knuckle armchair handle

The long-established business has been steadfast in creating products that are tailored to the specific needs of this demographic. Its focus is on providing comfortable furniture, fitted to the customer’s size, and supporting the whole body; thereby improving seated posture and enhancing overall personal well-being.

William Burrows, chairman of HSL, said: "I am delighted and hugely proud, as is my mother who founded HSL with my father 53 years ago, and to win a Queen's Award for Enterprise for our innovation is an amazing and humbling achievement.

"It not only reflects the skill, passion and commitment of our team, but is testimony to our craftsmen and women, who design, develop and beautifully handcraft our range of CleverComfort sofas, chairs and beds."

The innovative frame design was born from extensive development and testing, creating a knuckle which is ergonomically designed to perfectly fit the customer’s hand when seated, while also being able to be retro-fitted, removed and/or replaced.

This innovation enhances the experience for customers, and the furniture’s environmental credentials and manufacturing efficiency.

Now in its 55th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country, with winning businesses able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years.

Applications for the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2022 open on May 1, 2021. For more information, visit