Why we are proud to be a second-generation family run British business

Why we are proud to be a second-generation family run British business

When our owners, Dick and Pauline Beijen, founded Devon Duvets, they were living on a smallholding on Dartmoor, having given up their busy international careers to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.

By the time Monty Don featured them in ‘My Dream Farm’, and the handcrafting of our award-winning duvets was underway, their two children, Anna Rose and Jake, were still young and at Primary School - but old enough to hear all about how beautiful British wool can be turned into duvets, toppers and pillows. Sitting at the kitchen table, they would listen to Dick and Pauline talk to local farmers, the British mill that would clean and prepare the wool and to customers who wanted to chat about their ‘sleep stories’ and find out how wool could help them to sleep better.

Fast forward 12 years and Devon Duvets is still proud to be individually handcrafting duvets, toppers and pillows made from natural, sustainable materials, including our recently launched and innovative, patented THREE Duvets range.

Although no longer based at Dick and Pauline’s home, our workshops are tucked away in an eco-friendly building at the end of a wooded valley on the edge of Plympton, complete with our talented, highly skilled seamstresses and our dispatch and customer care teams.

Anna and Jake initially started out by helping every so often, such as during the school holidays, but now having reached 21 and 20 respectively, they made the decision to join their parents and learn all about the business.

Jake is learning the ropes on the management team and works with Dick on planning production each week, liaising with our brilliant suppliers in ensuring our materials continue to be sustainable and responsibly sourced. Jake also studied IT and so brings this experience to the business, with regards to systems and processes.

Anna is helping to oversee the day-to-day production schedules, making sure that all our products in the Devon Duvets and THREE Duvets ranges are crafted to the highest possible standards and as efficiently as possible. She’s on hand to ensure the laying up of materials and fillings is meticulously and skilfully done and that this is consistent across the thousands of products we are making every year. A keen and experienced horse rider, Anna combines her role at Devon Duvets during the week with show jumping and training at weekends.

Dick and Pauline are delighted that their children share their passion for the business and the products we make.  They said: “When you start something, you always hope that your children will eventually run the business, to continue all the hard work and look after customers. We always believed our children should determine their own path in life, but it makes it very exciting that they have decided to join us. Wool duvets must be in their DNA!”

If you have any questions about our duvets, toppers and pillows then please do get in touch. We’re here to help!