Bed firm moves into ‘archives’ mill

Work and Pensions Archive Centre
Work and Pensions Archive Centre

Nelson’s Scholefield Mill – home to the Department for Work and Pensions “Archives” storage facility for years - is to have a new use.

The Brunswick Street mill has been bought by Burnley bed manufacturers Sweet Dreams in a deal worth £1m.

Riaz Ahmed

Riaz Ahmed

The 165,000 sq. ft mill, which comprises a three-storey building to the front and single storey former weaving mill to the rear, was built in 1907.

£1m. pricetag for former mill

“We are delighted to have made this purchase,” said Riaz Ahmed, managing director of Sweet Dreams.

“The recent £3m investment in new buildings at our current Primrose Mill premises in Burnley has proved to us how important it is to have appropriate space to allow our business operations to develop and expand.

The recent £3m investment in new buildings at our current Primrose Mill premises in Burnley has proved to us how important it is to have appropriate space to allow our business operations to develop and expand

Riaz Ahmed, managing director of Sweet Dreams

“When we saw this opportunity, we were quick to appreciate how significant it could be as we take our plans for our sister company Comfort Zone Sofas forwards.

“Comfort Zone Sofas has made remarkable strides since we launched the company in January, 2014, and we’re delighted to be able to move the operation to its own premises where it can grow organically without being restricted by limitations of space.

“Similarly, the core Sweet Dreams business will now also be able to evolve as we increasingly focus on our own manufactured beds with all that entails.’

£3m. expansion at Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams expects to move the Comfort Zone Sofas manufacturing operation there over the next few months.