Whitemeadow managing director Ian Oscroft is pictured with head of group human resources Karen Clarridge.
Nottinghamshire furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow has achieved Investors In People status, having met the requirement criteria and successfully passed an assessment for the people management standard.

Rival bed makers to Harrison Spinks, who might be a tad green with envy after watching TV Tuesday night, will not feel any better when they read the following story.

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Upholstery giant Natuzzi announced a new business plan is on the way to mitigate the impact of tariffs imposed on China-made goods arriving into the U.S.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) is calling on companies across the beds supply chain to participate in a survey that will inform future planning policy with regard to used mattresses and improving recycling rates.

Ecommerce retailer MattressOnline is raising money for Crisis, a charity supporting homeless and vulnerable people, with the cash to be used to provide a bed for the night and meals this Christmas.

BFM, the trade association for UK furniture makers, has introduced a weekly foam chemical price market report in a bid to help members negotiate the best possible rates with suppliers.

New design director for G Plan, part of Sofa Brands International
Former Ashley Manager design and development manager returns to Sofa Brands International.

Weaker volumes in its comfort foams business failed to prevent Recticel achieving top and bottom line growth in the first half as it managed to mitigate some of its own input cost pressures.

John Lewis' negative home streak is over, with the department store chain posting rising sales in the Bank Holiday week that preceded yesterday's formal introduction of its new name.

Harveys' bold plans
Steinhoff-owned furniture chain Harveys is expected to unveil a major celebrity tie-up tonight as it looks to instil fresh impetus into its business.

Poco trades from more than 100 stores, most of which are in Germany
Steinhoff International Holdings has moved a step closer to ridding itself of Poco, the circa €1 billion German furniture discount chain, but faces a legal battle to bank the proceeds.

AHF trades from 19 stores across the UK
Furniture and flooring retailer AHF has appointed former DFS and Fabb Sofas executive Laura Chiddey to the newly-created head of commercial role.

The retailer's Harrogate store follows its recent launch at Bristol, above
Emerging upholstery business Arlo & Jacob will follow up its summer showroom launch at Bristol with a new store at Harrogate, its first in the North of England.

JYSK's new format and (inset) its existing Lincoln unit, from where it will relocate in 2019
Danish value furniture chain JYSK will continue rolling out its new-format stores in 2019, confirming another two locations in the East Midlands.

Pubs and food shops enjoyed the benefit of higher consumer spending in August as non-food retailers missed out, according to new data from the BRC and Barclaycard.

Yorkshire retailer ceased trading this summer.

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Steinhoff's UK household goods business includes Harveys and Bensons for Beds
Furniture chain Harveys bore the brunt of market headwinds as parent Steinhoff International Holdings reported a high single-digit decline in nine-month UK household goods revenue.

More on UK furniture, bedding performance at Steinhoff.

James Sturrock starts at Eve Sleep on September 10
Direct-to-consumer bedding brand Eve Sleep has appointed Moonpig md James Sturrock as CEO. He replaces Jas Bagniewski, who left the business earlier this year.

Bed brand Casper Sleep has temporarily ceased selling goods to consumers on credit, parking an agreement with its finance partner while it clarifies its regulatory obligations.

Peter, Simon and Daniel Spinks together with other management and colleagues as they collected the Queen's Awards for Enterprise from Tim Hare
Harrison Spinks welcomed the Vice Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire to its Leeds headquarters last week as it collected its third and fourth Queen's Awards for Enterprise.

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ScS has made two key senior boardroom hires
ScS has strengthened its senior management team, hiring a former Fabb Sofas and DFS executive as HR director and a commercial director following Kevin Royal's retirement.

Upholstery suppliers Nicoletti Home and Man Wah Holdings have agreed a strategic partnership that will see the latter expand the former's brand presence across China.

Consumers are ready to splash out on big-ticket bulky goods such as furniture after a big improvement in sentiment between July and August, according to new consumer confidence data.

Lincolnshire sofa maker Lebus Upholstery has become the latest business to achieve 'Certified Company' status, underscoring its commitment to producing safe products.

Ian Topping, inset, is joining clicks-to-bricks furniture retailer The Cotswold Company
Seasoned furniture and bed industry executive Ian Topping is returning to the sector after being installed as chairman at private-equity backed retailer The Cotswold Company.

Sales of Tempur branded products declined in Europe last year as higher levels of competition impacted demand, according to accounts for the Danish factory where they are produced.

Love Sofas is trading via the LoveSofas.co.uk and has exited its Huddersfield showroom
Yorkshire upholstery retailer Love Sofas has restructured the business in order to exit a large retail property and warehouse. It says customers are unaffected.

The private-equity backed furniture group behind brands including Spaceslide wardrobes and Optiplan Kitchens has re-engineered its cost base after registering a bigger loss last year.

John Lewis home sales have fallen for a thirteenth consecutive week though its new-look House brand and sofas were categories that made gains on year-earlier trade.

A global investment fund management firm has upped its position in DFS, with funds under its control now holding 10 percent of the UK sofa market leader's shares.

Alstons taking bigger share of sofa market in 2018
Sofa maker Alstons Upholstery built on mid single-digit sales gains last year with even higher growth in the first half of 2018, according to new figures from its Far East owner.

Half-year 2018 figures for DM Midlands, owner of upholstery brands Ashley Manor and Alexander & James.

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Profits jumped by nearly a third for Atlantic
Online furniture retailer Atlantic Shopping, which majors in dining furniture including bar stools, chairs and tables, made nearly 20 percent net as sales advanced double-digit last year.

Maisons du Monde announced deal for modern retail chain back in May this year.

Dunelm has begun the search for a new non-executive director
Rachel Osborne, the new CFO at department store chain Debenhams, has resigned as a non-executive director of Dunelm, the furniture and homewares retailer.

The retailer's Bury store and an investment property in Norwich (inset), which it sold last June
Glasswells recorded higher profits during a year where it incurred significant disruption to trade as it began a major refurbishment of its flagship store.

Natuzzi's new Reading, Berkshire store
Sofa giant Natuzzi opened a new Berkshire showroom this Bank Holiday weekend, the second of four new units planned for the second half of 2018.

Carl Davidson (above, left) receives his prize from past winner Lees Whitehead
Manchester home department store retailer Housing Units has raised another four-figure sum for Kidscan, the children's cancer charity, at its annual golf day.

Ecommerce retailer Oak Furniture Direct has opened a first physical showroom, taking a unit on a busy Lincolnshire arterial road.