A Social Enterprise Mattress Company
In 1818, Miss Christian Cruickshank gifted money for an organisation to provide work to unemployed and disadvantaged people residing in Scotland. This then led to Glencraft opening in 1843. Glencraft is a UK based, with a mission to ensure the sale of every hand-crafted product makes a positive social impact. Our craftsmanship and Royal Warrant are testament to the exceptional quality of our products and production process, which are continually evolving to ensure the best possible product and experience for our customers.
20 years later, as this fund was accumulating interest, it enabled the organisation that would become Glencraft to open its doors in 1843. During the first 60 years the trust fund provided a school, workshops and allowed the company to employ over 300 people. Until the end of the 19th century part of the building was also leased as a hospital for the orphans of Aberdeen.
Our main objective as a social enterprise and business is to continue to provide “Dignity through Work” to our passionate, skilled colleagues. Consequently we have in place a strong staff training system which allows open discussion on training needs and developing our staff in both craftsmanship skills, administration and business skills.
People come to Glencraft because they trust the quality of our products and because of the emphasis that we place on excellent customer service. As a social enterprise the sale of every mattress makes a positive impact on the lives of all Glencraft employees and the wider community.
Glencraft is also proud to be recognised as a disability confident employer.
Disability Confident organisations play a leading role in changing attitudes for the better.
The Disability Confident scheme helps employers recruit and retain great people, and to:
- challenge attitudes and increase understanding of disability
- draw from the widest possible pool of talent
- secure high-quality staff who are skilled, loyal and hard working
- improve employee morale and commitment by demonstrating fair treatment
It also helps identify those employers who are committed to inclusion and diversity in the workplace. You can learn more about the scheme here.