GB Foam From Humble Beginnings
Founded in 1976 by Clive Bailey, GB Foam was established as a means to provide high quality foam to High Wycombe’s, then thriving furniture industry. Starting out with just two members of staff and a few pieces of foam cutting machinery, we have evolved a considerable amount since our humble beginnings.
GB Foam began by supplying raw foam materials to High Wycombe’s once immensely popular furniture trade. Nowadays however, High Wycombe’s furniture trade is sadly but a shadow of its former self. A few furniture manufacturers still remain; however, these numbers are extremely small in comparison to the past.
When we began trading, there were eleven independent converters of foam in the town, however now there are just three. Determined to never abandon his vision and be defeated by this Clive and his team strived to expand GB Foam in order to cater to numerous, newly emerging areas of the foam market; helping it to become what it is today.
in 1977, GB Actions was established, which provided high quality foam for chair and office furniture manufacturers. Just a year later, in 1978, GB Van Hire was founded as a means to hire out small VW transporter vans for a variety of uses.
In 1980, Gemini Bedding a subsidiary of GB Foam was formed. This brand, would later transform into what it is today, namely Lion Mattresses. Gemini Bedding fabricated some of the finest foam mattresses, using the best materials available at the time. These mattresses were supplied unmarked to the likes of companies such as Dreams. A personalised range, was also supplied for sale in other independent bed stores. We Make Beds was established in 1991 and acted as a factory outlet, which supplied the Gemini range of mattresses as well as bed frames.
Around this same time, GB Foam also had a retail store named Beds and Bunks, which supplied some of the best foam mattresses to the people of Maidenhead and beyond.
Later in 1993, Möbella was formed. Möbella was a retail store specialising in a vast range of furniture including beds, mattresses, various bedroom furniture, sofas and more! Möbella was formed around the same time as when MFI flatpack furniture was becoming more prevalent. Many consumers at the time disliked the low quality and amount of time it took to make this furniture. Möbella offered furniture of superior quality, that came pre-assembled, which many customers preferred.
GB Foam Expanding to Meet Demand
Clive’s son, Ben was brought on board with GB Foam in 2007, to further aid in the promotion and expansion of the company. It was but a year later that the first GB Foam website was created. This further helped to push the company into the modern era, enhancing GB Foam’s presence on the market and helping to source numerous new and exciting clients.
Soon after, more websites began to emerge, including a website for Gemini Bedding in 2009. In 2011, Gemini Bedding was rebranded to become Lion Mattresses and remains the same today. With this rebranding, came a fresh new website, which offered customers the ability to order luxury memory foam mattresses online and delivered directly to their door.
Soon after, more subsidiary brands began to emerge in order to cater for the growing demand for foam through numerous industries. This included Gym Pit Foam in 2013 as well as GB Foam Direct and GB Healthcare in 2014. In 2017, we introduced even more foam brands, these being Soundfix for the supply of acoustic foam and GB Foam Packaging for bespoke foam packaging.
The Future of GB Foam
GB Foam celebrated 40 years of trading in 2016. The company has come an exceedingly long way from the supply of raw foam materials to a singular county’s furniture trade. Nowadays GB Foam supplies high quality foam products to numerous high profile clients worldwide.
Company Director Ben Bailey says “It’s been an honour to see our products used and enjoyed by so many people throughout the years. GB Foam may have come a long way since 1976, however we’ve never forgotten our roots or abandoned our company values. I’m extremely proud to be running the business my father began all those years ago, I only wish that he could still be here to see how far we’ve come.”
The future of GB Foam right now, remains a mystery. Who knows what direction the company will take next? Or what areas of the market will see an increasing demand for foam products? The mystery remains; however, it certainly is an exciting prospect indeed.
Who We’ve Worked With
We’ve worked with many influential companies over the years, all of whom have sought expert knowledge and high-quality foam products at affordable prices. We’re proud to say that these clients all found and received what they needed working with us. Take a look for yourself and see the brands that have benefited from our expertise. For a full list of our clients, make sure to visit our clients page.