Charlies Stores are pretty good. I've never used the website, but the shops are local, and we get most of our stuff from there.
As for beds, personal pref really. I like a blow up bed, but dh swears by thermarests when he goes off on his lonesome adventures. There was a thread recently about someone freezing with a blow up bed, and everyone had lots of good advice about putting blankets beneath the mattress, and on top (but beneath you IYSWIM). It would depend on cost for me, to be honest.
ahhh! thank you as i need to do some camping retail therapy...!!! think i have also decided on a fat airic as i've read a fair few threads on them... all pretty positive... although alpkit seems to be the only place where you can get them... does anyone know if this is correct?