Pressure cushion firm sees business boom off back of home worker pains


A firm that makes cushions for wheelchair users has seen sales of its products rocket after gaining a new set of customers during the pandemic.

Derbyshire-based Airospring Medical originally designed its Airospring cushion for Paralympic gold medallist hand cyclist Karen Darke MBE.

But sales have doubled from £30,000 to £60,000 since the first due to demand from people suffering bad backs working at home.

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Charles Wood, the eighth-generation owner of the technical textiles maker, told the Leicester Mercury that the cushions were being purchased by workers from remote workers that want more comfortable back support.

He said: “The pandemic has meant millions of people are now working from home and will probably continue to do so for at least part of the week, well into the future. Our cushions have proven invaluable for so many people working from home.

“Long Zoom and Teams calls can be uncomfortable, and our fabric technology is the best way to avoid ‘numb bum’. We are also receiving a lot of enquiries from HR heads who know they need to give strong consideration to looking after their staff when they are working from home.”

The pressure-relieving cushion is made from layers of fabric, which spread the weight so that pressure is not localised in one area.

The design was the result of a collaboration between the company and Professor Subhash Anand MBE of the University of Bolton, the paper reported.

IMAGE CREDIT: Airospring Facebook

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