About us

Regency Bedding is a family run local business, which has been manufacturing and retailing beds and furniture in the Channel Islands for 30 years.

About Us

A Short History

Regency Bedding was initially started by Robert Lee, who had come to Guernsey from the UK for early retirement. After a little gardening/sports ‘holiday’ he decided he required something more challenging to keep him active. Robert began importing mattresses, which he sold successfully in the island. He had a church hall, warehouse and two delivery drivers (one being Sark’s most famous resident and war hero, Fred Teers, currently 97 years old!).

Demand outstripped supply and so Robert moved to larger premises at Church Road and decided to re-start his manufacturing business. So, in 1982, Regency Bedding Ltd. was founded. By this time Stuart Walker had joined him in sales with Philip Swan in production and engineering. After a few years of successful growth, Regency Bedding was purchased by Philip & Nikki Swan in partnership with Stuart Walker. During the late 1990s and early 2000s Regency Bedding designed custom specification boat mattresses exclusively for Aquastar and to this day they still manufacture mattresses to any template for use in unconventional settings.

In January 2000, all departments were brought back under the same roof after Philip & Nikki Swan bought out their partner to become sole owners of the company. On the 25th of October 2007 Philip Swan unexpectedly passed away in tragic circumstances. During this intensely difficult period the whole team, including family members, pulled together in an unprecedented fashion to keep operations running smoothly and work towards a successful future for the company, which is now celebrating its 30th anniversary. The manufacturing of Regency Bedding bespoke beds has continued to build & get stronger.

Regency Bedding has always been a family enterprise. During its history, four generations of the same family have worked at the company at one time or another. The current General Manager, Ben Swan, has also followed in the family tradition, starting part-time when he was 16. The newest member of the management team, Brian Redhead, has brought a wealth of manufacturing and sales knowledge after many years of working for a local manufacturer and retailer of office furniture. Over the 30 years of its existence, Regency Bedding has always had a very loyal, hard working staff. The current staff members have over 200 years of combined experience between them.

The Channel Islands are well known around the world for a number of high quality premium products. In keeping with this convention of excellence, the traditional hand making processes and natural materials that Regency Bedding employ are the same as those used by top echelon bed manufacturers the world over, resulting in a local bed which comfortably competes with the world’s best. Regency Bedding’s beds have been exported all over the world, including countries as far afield as New Zealand and Canada!

Our Team

Ben Swan

Ben Swan

Ben first started working part time for his parents on weekends and during school holidays. After a stint at university followed by travelling the world, he brought his other half back to the Island to settle down and re-join the family business. He's been back at Regency full time since the end of 2010 and is mostly responsible for updating the company into the digital age. His interests include Scuba Diving, martial arts and training his puppy.

Meyrick Simmonds

Meyrick Simmonds

Meyrick’s ability to sell is only out-shone by his perfect etiquette and phone manner. His main responsibilities are looking after customers and the showroom. His interests outside of work include fencing and fishing and he’s accounted one of the best on the Island at both.

Community

Feeling a strong sense of social responsibility, the directors of Regency Bedding have tried, whenever possible, to give back to the community.

Our sponsorships have included:

  • Riding for the disabled.
  • Amalgamated Boys Boxing Club.
  • Heritage Sprint/Hill Climb (CEO Took part).
  • Former General Manager (rider) & CEO (support vehicle) made up 2 of a team of 6 who
  • rode from Guernsey to Gibraltar in 2 weeks for Help for Heroes.
  • Les Bourgs Hospice.
  • Teams in the Everest Challenge.
  • Sylvans football club.
  • Guernsey Light & Motion by Nick Despres, Alex Wallace and Karl Taylor.
  • Our factory 5-a-side team won the Beau Sejour 5-a-side league on 2 occasions.