I have been at pains to keep the ‘B’ word out of my blogs but I received an impressively upbeat message from UK bed

and mattress maker Hypnos recently.

Here are some extracts from the statement issued by Managing Director James Keen:

‘As a responsible business and the bed industry’s leader in sustainability, with an 8 year legacy of carbon neutrality, we remain focused on ethical production and putting the customer first. So naturally we have been planning for Brexit, and a No Deal Brexit, for some time to ensure no disruption to our delivery promises.

‘The Directors and a dedicated cross-functional team have been engaged in Brexit planning, exploring all options, analysing and modelling different scenarios and assessing their risks and impacts. We have taken positive and early actions to minimise the risk of any raw material delays in order to maintain lead times.’

The statement went on to confirm that the company have been investing in new warehousing and a more versatile home delivery fleet of vehicles, as well as increasing their stock of raw materials.

The message continued:

‘Our Brexit team will continue to discuss the different No Deal scenarios with our suppliers, including duty paid deliveries to cut out administration at our end. We are also working closely with our professional advisors, HMRC, and the UK Haulage Association to keep abreast of the developments.

‘So, sleep soundly in the knowledge that in these uncertain times you can be certain that Hypnos will continue to expedite your orders without delay and to the high standards that the Hypnos brand is renowned for.’

It is good to know that someone seems to have a handle on this awful business and to have planned for every eventuality.