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HSL Receives Royal Recognition With Queens Award Honour

We’re delighted to announce that HSL has been honoured with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation. Now in its 55th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country.

Announced today (Thursday 29 April 2021), HSL has been recognised for excellence in Innovation for our 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.

The Innovative Frame Design was born from extensive innovation and testing, as well as input from our independent Occupational Therapist, Julie Jennings, Dip COT, HCPC prior to being launched onto the market. Our knuckle is ergonomically designed to perfectly fit the customer’s hand when seated, which offers comfortable leverage for sitting or standing without risk of the hand slipping and can take weights much higher than projected. Another fundamental advantage of the knuckle is that it can be fitted easily at a later date if necessary, which enhances its manufacturing and environmental credentials.

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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 here in Britain.”  

William & Debra Burrows


At HSL, we take great pride in continually pushing the boundaries of furniture design. We don’t just ‘sell furniture’, we make it our mission to find the best ways of enhancing our customers’ lives, and in so doing, changing the way people think and feel about comfort.



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