Rise from ashes — Metfield firm eyes ‘bright future’ after recovering from fire

Bed Down in Metfield have opened their new facilities and launched a new product line

Pictured: James Foster-Clarke (MD) in the new facilities

Bed Down in Metfield have opened their new facilities and launched a new product line Pictured: James Foster-Clarke (MD) in the new facilities

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Six months after being ravaged by fire, the boss of Metfield business Bed-Down believes the firm has a bright future ahead.

The animal bedding manufacturer, which is located at Cherry Tree Farm in The Common, has begun launching new product ranges and is opening rebuilt production units to replace the four buildings gutted by the blaze last July.

Managing director James Foster-Clarke said the process of rebooting the business following the fire had been “full of challenges and ultimately successes”, having now brought out a new line of premium poultry bedding called Cozy Chicken.

“It’s been quite a challenging time. It’s back up and running, but we have still got a fair bit of work to do,” he told the Diss Express. “It gave us lots of time to think.

“When something of that magnitude happens, you have to come back with exciting products that people will be interested in.

“It gave us an opportunity to listen to our customers.

“We have used all of our knowledge and hindsight to produce the products we have available today.”

The family-owned company, which now employs 13 full-time staff and seven part-time workers, is set to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the business’ founding this year.

Mr Foster-Clarke said that despite the setback of the fire, they were able to reassess their aims – leaving the company, in what he hopes will be a better position over the long term.

“We have set our goals a lot higher than we had six months ago,” he said. “Once we have completed the rebuild, we will be in a very good situation.

“We are looking forward to a bright future.”

For additional information on Bed-Down, call 01986 785278, or go online to www.bed-down.co.uk