Profits were two-thirds lower at regional beds retail chain Sussex Beds through 2020/21 as narrower gross margin and higher administrative expenses countered record revenues.

Mattress and upholstered beds brand Button & Sprung is to relocate into a new and larger showroom in London next week.

Quick-ship sofa brand Swyft has diversified with the launch of its first programme of upholstered beds and roll-pack mattresses.

Television and radio presenter Colin Murray will be the host of the National Bed Federation (NBF) Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, taking place September 20 at the Telford International Centre.

About one in four products bought by the National Bed Federation (NBF) as part of its ongoing due diligence finished product testing programme revealed major flammability and trade descriptions issues.

Savoir Beds co-owner Alistair Hughes has stepped down as managing director having hired former Maker&Son executive Nicholas Alexandre as his successor. Mr Hughes remains a director, focussed on long term strategy and growth.

Rotherham based Mattress Online was the highest placed company from the home furnishings sector at the Northern Tech Awards, which recognised fast-growing companies.

Premium bed maker Savoir repaid debt, built cash and found gross margin gains as it worked through a bulging worldwide order book last year.

Britain's leading bed makers are turning increasingly bearish amid the unwind of previously-bulging order books, rising costs and a less-rosy demand outlook.

National retailer Bensons for Beds has launched a new line of mattresses and beds under the historic Staples & Co brand with an option count north of 28,000 combinations.

Foam and sprung mattress imports into the U.K. continued their ascendancy at the beginning of the second quarter driven by a mix of established and emerging suppliers.

Devon bed manufacturer Vispring is to open a flagship store in central London, its first standalone showroom anywhere in the world.

Keen & Toms Holdings, parent to bed maker Hypnos and white glove delivery company Keen & Able, remained cashflow positive through the height of the pandemic as supply chain challenges hindered its ability to turn strong demand into profit.

The operators of bed brands that have no direct manufacturing of their own will be able to apply to join the National Bed Federation (NBF) after the U.K. trade body widened its membership criteria with a new category.

A director of the business now trading the semi-national multichannel retail brand Bedworld has been fined and had his van seized and crushed after admitting fly-tipping.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has named the eight independent judges for the 2022 Bed Industry Awards across the five manufacturer and component supplier categories.

Dreams, the U.K.'s biggest bed retailer, has appointed global creative network Iris as its new agency with a brief to create a new brand vision for the future, post-pandemic.

The National Bed Federation has announced the five judges for the retailer categories of the 2022 Bed Industry Awards, which will be announced at its gala dinner on September 20.

Leading British bed manufacturers have agreed a five-point commitment to take steps in unison that will address global environmental damage. It is part of a new National Bed Federation (NBF) initiative called Pledge for Our Planet.

Minimum high six-figure profits for West Yorkshire based ecommerce mattress and beds retailer with close ties to the manufacturing sector.

Restructuring advisors have achieved a third substantial return for creditors of the predecessor Silentnight company, more than eleven years after its business and assets were sold in a prepack deal to its current owner.

Britain's largest bed maker Silentnight has launched a marketing campaign to promote Sleepunique, the new interactive mattress recommendation tool it introduced last month.

Kent bed maker Sleepeezee says nearby Romney Marsh Wools is its new supplier of wool, and will be the provider for all mattresses containing wool material.

Net profits more than doubled for the second straight year for West Yorkshire mattress manufacturer Apollo Beds through 2020/21.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) says it expects to attract more than 1,500 visitors to the 2022 Bed Show, with online registration now open ahead of the autumn event.

Benelux investment fund chaired by floorcoverings manufacturing scion reallocates shareholdings to newly-created holding company.

Jim Gerety, md of bed maker Vispring, has been elected president of the National Bed Federation (NBF) at its Annual General Meeting. He succeeds David Moffitt, CEO of Kayfoam Woolfson.

The global bedding giant behind the Mlily brand enjoyed double-digit revenue growth in the first quarter, driven largely by success in North America. Sales in Europe were close to flat.

Furniture Village sleep and wellness ambassador Dr Ranj Singh is visiting schools across London to talk to pupils and parents about the importance of a good night’s sleep, as part of a new collaboration with The Sleep Charity.

Guest bed, mattress and sofabed maker Jay-Be said it limited supply to certain export markets to ensure its home market demands were met first as it grappled supply chain challenges through 2020/21.

An increase in the value of goods arriving from close-to-home markets lifted foam and sprung mattress imports in March, new data shows. Volumes declined.

Volume declined for Leggett & Platt's bedding business in the first quarter but the diversified spring maker and supplier of other mattress components successfully passed on higher raw material costs.

An overhaul of the National Bed Federation's (NBF) annual bed industry awards will see first-time winners in categories for the best individual bed store or department and sales representative.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has revamped its popular awards programme with the introduction of seven categories for 2022 including the return of awards for the best bed manufacturer and largest retailers.

Shire Beds' sales and marketing director Fara Butt was named Business Woman of the Year 2022 at the Yorkshire Choice Awards during a ceremony held earlier this month in Leeds.

The managing director of the business behind the historic Relyon and Dunlopillo brands says growth with independent customers was a standout as it laid down a marker in the first period since its 2020 buyout.

Restructuring advisors says there is unlikely to be enough cash raised from the sale of The Foam Company's assets to enable a return to unsecured creditors.

Yorkshire manufacturer Shire Beds won the Best of British category of the Furniture Awards 2022, the second major prize it has claimed in under a year.

Tempur Sealy International has put a new annual run-rate figure on Dreams after saying the British beds retailer has outperformed the world's biggest bedding company's expectations since its takeover last year.

West Yorkshire guest bed, mattress and sofabed maker Jay-Be has agreed a new seven-figure funding package with Santander U.K. to support its growth plans.

Higher sales flowed to the bottom line for mattress retail and wholesale company Emma - The Sleep Company last year as it expanded and rolled out its business model in more countries worldwide.

Global mattress textiles company BekaertDeslee found revenue and profit growth last year buoyed by emerging economies and continuing success with ready-made mattress covers.

A Yorkshire direct-to-consumer mattress brand delivered a second straight year of profitability and upped investment in stock amid the challenging environment regarding shipping.

Commercial recycling and circular economy specialist The Furniture Recycling Group (TFRG) is expanding its mattress rejuvenation service to help retailers recoup millions of pounds lost to returns each year.

Leeds bed maker Harrison Spinks has appointed sustainability and social responsibility advisor Dr Louise Ellis as a non-executive director among two initiatives designed to further its sustainability credentials.

Paul Solly has joined Dreams as chief commercial officer, succeeding Jonathan Hirst, who held the role prior to becoming CEO. The retailer has also hired a 30-year bed industry veteran to run its West Midlands factory.

Harrison Spinks has acquired new North Yorkshire farmland in a move that will make it the U.K.'s largest industrial grower of hemp, one of the principal fillings in the bed maker's mattresses.

Devon bed manufacturer Vispring delivered a net margin of 27 percent last year as markets worldwide recovered and as it benefitted from earlier cost-saving measures initiated through the pandemic.

February mattress imports were up 39 percent on last year as rises from Ireland, Denmark and Poland negated weaker figures from China and Turkey.

Direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress company Emma Sleep U.K. has strengthened its U.K. and Ireland retail team with the appointment of a fifth member.

Princes Risborough bed manufacturer Hypnos has bolstered its sustainability team with the appointment of Gary Mitchell to the newly-created role of sustainable development manager.

Bed maker Sleepeezee is bringing its brand ambassador Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, the Olympic champion heptathlete, to the INDX Beds and Bedroom show later this month.

RA Irwin & Company said its mattress ticking operations continued to perform strongly in what was a year of change for the Craigavon supplier.

Tempur Sealy International will delay the launch of a new programme of products designed to bring the Tempur brand to a wider customer base because of the economic fallout from Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The mattress making and components arms of Leeds beds group Harrison Spinks found big growth last year, citing the impact of product development through the pandemic.

Portugal's Aquinos Group, one of Europe's largest sofa and bed manufacturers, has completed the takeover of the bedding division of Belgian foam conglomerate Recticel.

Red Tractor, the U.K.'s biggest farm and food assurance scheme with 50,000 British farmers accredited to its standards, has returned to TV advertising, providing an expected boost to suppliers such as bed maker Hypnos.

Direct-to-consumer brand Eve Sleep says it hopes to achieve a bottom line at its U.K. business this year while simultaneously expanding into adjacent markets to the mattress sector.

Cumbria-based Sealy U.K. last week officially opened its new spring plant at Aspatria, a facility it says will allow the bed maker to manufacture spring units unique to the company.

A longtime business leader at OEM and branded mattress maker The Foam Company (TFC) along with other key officials at the business have all made rapid returns to the sector.

Mattress brand Emma - The Sleep Company has been told to ensure future savings claims can be substantiated and don't mislead after complaints from the public and one of its largest U.K. rivals in the sector.

Foam and sprung mattress imports into the U.K. shot up by almost a third in January on the back of rising shipments from China.

Leeds manufacturer Harrison Spinks has launched a new programme of mattresses designed exclusively for the non-U.K. European market.

Dreams is partnering Special Olympics GB, adding to the retailer's existing and now renewed tie-ups with the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association.

Darren Crowshaw will spearhead the launch of an in-store mattress programme for Nectar Sleep after he joined the homeware company behind the ecommerce bed-in-a-box brand late last year.

West Yorkshire mattress and foam products manufacturer GNG Group has acquired certain assets of Abingdon based The Foam Company out of administration.

Diversified mattress and foam products manufacturer GNG Group has appointed Neil Kenderdine as operations manager. He will head up the expansion and operations of its medical and consumer mattress division.

Asset realisation specialists marketing The Foam Company cited rising raw material costs combined with the loss of its largest client as factors that prompted the hoped-for sale of the Oxfordshire mattress manufacturer.

Global sales reached €645 million in 2021 for direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress business Emma The Sleep Company, making it the world's leading DTC sleep brand, it claimed.

Handy, which supplies components to the upholstery and bedding sectors, is to host a 24-hour table tennis tournament later this month in aid of The Furniture Makers' Company's (TFCM) Step 2 It campaign.

Oxfordshire OEM and branded mattress manufacturer placed into the hands of restructuring advisors.

Harrison Spinks has partnered with a Liverpool based not-for-profit social enterprise to tackle furniture poverty, donating more than 100 mattresses to support those in need in the local community.

One third of the total number of active U.K. mattress manufacturing companies have been formed since the beginning of the spring 2020 lockdown, and 59 percent of those are based in West Yorkshire.

Comfortex, a maker of finished and semi-finished products across the mattress, upholstery and healthcare markets, remained profitable last year despite input cost pressures.

Bedding conglomerate Hilding Anders' latest venture into the U.K. beds market is gathering pace with its sixth showroom—all in southern England—now open.

Oxfordshire mattress maker Foam Company has filed a notice of its intent to appoint administrators ahead of what it hopes will be a going concern sale of the business.

Mattresses from direct-to-consumer and wholesale brand Emma are now available in all JYSK stores across the U.K. and Ireland after the two parties extended a partnership that has already flourished in mainland Europe.

Millbrook Beds built enjoyed double-digit sales growth in 2020/21 as it widened its independent retail customer base and continued to support the NHS' pandemic efforts.

Mammoth is to build on an existing partnership with Airsprung that will see the latter assume responsibility for manufacturing and distribution across the former's national and independent brick-and-mortar retail accounts. Benefits will include shorter lead times, it said.

Paul Little has become deputy managing director at Airsprung Beds, the value beds division of the Wiltshire based Airsprung furniture group.

Family-owned bed maker Harrison Spinks has donated 40 single mattresses to Zarach, a Leeds charity that helps children living in poverty.

Mattress imports into the U.K. set a new record high after climbing for the eighth year in a row in 2021, with December figures confirming a recovery in momentum.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has defended its decision to keep the £13 million in fines handed to KPMG following its conduct in the sale of Silentnight more than a decade ago amid increasing pressure to share the funds.

U.K. mattress sales growth accelerated amid the early months of the pandemic for the owner of the patented Octaspring technology, increasing its share of the British bed market.

The group behind the Komfi brand is to quadruple mattress manufacturing capacity with a new West Yorkshire factory and warehouse unit that is due to be operational within weeks.

Privately-owned retailer Mattress Online has recruited for a number of newly-created roles in response to industry shifts and in anticipation of further growth.

Spinks has secured grant funding to support a push into the automotive sector for its spring technology in a move it says could accelerate a shift away from the use of foam in automotive seating.

Ticking supplier BekaertDeslee says it has become the leading mattress fabric supplier in North America after it completed the takeover of Canada-based Maxime Knitting.

Longtime Silentnight owner H.I.G Capital sold Britain's largest bed manufacturer to a different fund under common control last year as part of a corporate reorganisation that saw it concurrently refinance its debts.

Britain's largest bed manufacturer Silentnight has revealed the financial impact of the ending of its longstanding licensing arrangement with the Sealy brand.

Financial metrics for the privately-owned company behind the ecommerce beds brand MattressNextDay climbed to record levels including a seven-fold rise in cash.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has relaunched its Introduction to Beds course, a fast-track learning module targeting new industry entrants or those looking to enhance or refresh their knowledge of the sector.

Natural wool mattress and bedding company Woolroom has agreed a six-figure funding package as it looks to build a bigger international business after breakout profitable growth last year.

Eve Sleep says early 2022 trading is ahead of what were challenging comparatives as it targets a break-even position for its U.K. and Ireland business this year.

Foam and sprung mattress imports have climbed for the first time since the early summer according to new figures, ending a five-month stretch of year-on-year declines.

Shareholders at Simba Sleep have backed plans to balance purpose with profits as the direct-to-consumer and wholesale company looks to put its commitment to sustainability alongside financial reward.

Strong post-lockdown demand and unwinding its large order backlog last year put Tempur U.K. on track to recover sales lost to the early months of the pandemic.

Kent bed maker Sleepeezee has taken centre state in a mini-documentary as part of a new TV campaign from the joint Natwest and ITV Backing Business Initiative.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) is calling on bed manufacturers and retailers to support its annual National Bed Month awareness campaign, and is providing a range of multi-media tools to enable them to do so.

Legislators have criticised a leading accountancy body after it confirmed the £13 million fine handed to KPMG for its conduct in the sale of Silentnight a decade ago will not be used to compensate pensioners impacted by its insolvent restructure.

Just one in 20 consumers is unsatisfied with the comfort and quality of their just-purchased mattress, according to the latest National Bed Federation (NBF) biannual consumer survey.

Liquidators finalising the affairs of a mattress company that filed for bankruptcy late 2020 owing millions to creditors say a number of matters warrant further investigation.

Yorkshire mattress maker Highgrove Beds said the global increase in raw material costs eroded gross margin last year but it still posted class-leading profits and further built its cash pile.

The CEO of Tempur Sealy International's longtime Sealy Australia, Asia-Pacific and now U.K. joint venture partner is one of two new senior independent board members at the world's biggest bedding company.

Wolf Components, the South Yorkshire pocket spring maker started three years ago by two former Leggett & Platt executives, almost doubled sales in the past year and says it is on target to deliver again in 2021/22.

Foam and sprung mattress imports fell for the fourth straight month on an annual basis at the start of the final quarter of 2021, according to HM Revenue & Customs figures.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's largest bedding company, has increased the authorisation under its share repurchase programme to a total of $1.5 billion (£1.14bn), it announced Monday.

Buckinghamshire bed maker Hypnos says a three-month programme of recruitment and factory investments has helped boost mattress capacity by 50 percent as it looks to satisfy retailer demand for its goods.

Retailer Mattress Online was last week named 2021 Large Business of the Year at the Sheffield Business Awards at a black tie event held in the South Yorkshire city.

The rebuild and reconfiguration of the Bensons for Beds national store portfolio will gather pace with eight new and relocated stores to open by the end of this year and a further 35 units through 2022.

Bed components company Spinks has appointed Emma Davidson as commercial director. Her duties include overseeing a just-launched distribution centre facility that will free up additional manufacturing capacity.

Optimism is building among U.K. bed manufacturers as future sentiment regarding demand outweighs concerns over input costs and the availability of labour.

Profits dropped by a third for West Yorkshire mattress manufacturer Dura Beds in 2019/20 on lower sales and rising costs.

Airsprung Group was cash generative and boosted profitability in 2020/21 on the successful execution of a limited restructuring programme designed to "better align the needs of the business to the new reality."

Mattress, components and bed fillings group Harrison Spinks says it is looking to hire 40 new workers in response to high demand for its products.

Third-generation retailer Land of Beds has introduced a new marketing campaign, which it described as the most expensive advertising venture made by the business in its 50-year history.

Tempur has launched a sofabed, a first for the high end bedding brand best known for its memory foam mattresses and pillows.

A €370 million turnover upholstery and bed manufacturing group has agreed to buy Recticel's Bedding division, which makes finished mattresses and bed frames primarily sold into mainland European markets.

The value of foam and sprung mattress imports into the U.K. fell on a year-on-year basis for the third month in a row according to new HM Revenue & Customs figures.

Casper Sleep, the direct-to-consumer brand that was at the vanguard of the bed-in-a-box movement, is to be taken private after it signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Durational Capital Management.

National retailer Bensons for Beds has opened a distribution hub in the North East that will provide home delivery to customers across large parts of the North of England.

A West Midlands mattress and bed manufacturing company has been placed into liquidation leaving high six-figure debts but none to the supply chain.

Harrison Spinks, the Leeds bed manufacturer and mattress components and fillings supplier, is partnering a building materials provider to use a by-product of one of its mattress fillings in construction and refurbishment projects.

Direct-to-consumer company Eve Sleep has launched new non-mattress products as it continues endeavours to position itself as a sleep wellness brand rather than a pureplay bed trader.

Global bed spring and components group Leggett & Platt said raw material-related selling prices increases meant revenue rose in the third quarter despite lower sales volumes.

Mike Logue will step down as chief executive of Dreams at the end of the year, handing over the business to successor Jonathan Hirst in a very different state to the one that he inherited.

Silentnight Group, the U.K.'s largest bed and mattress manufacturer, has named the successor to Adrian Fawcett, who ended his decade-long stint as chairman earlier this year.

Harrison Spinks products are now available through ecommerce retailer Mattress Online, with the bed maker citing the two companies' aligned approach to innovation and sustainability.

Kent bed maker Sleepeezee said it is extremely confident with regards to its future outlook and business performance after the reopening of retail earlier this year helped it quickly pick up where it left off before the pandemic.

A second straight month of weaker data from European factories squashed the air out of what had been a buoyant mattress import market until the summer months.

The achievements of Harrison Spinks chairman Simon Spinks and West Yorkshire bed maker Duvalay were among those from the industry recognised at the Yorkshire Business Masters 2021 awards last week.

Mike Logue is stepping down as chief executive at Dreams, the U.K.'s largest beds retailer. He will be succeeded by Jonathan Hirst, its chief operating officer since 2017.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled a half-price TV mattress advert as misleading after a challenge from a single, unspecified complainant.

Consumers pivoting online amid the early months of the pandemic provided a tailwind to the Midlands company behind the Beds.co.uk ecommerce operation.

Leeds bed maker Harrison Spinks has been awarded Investors in People’s We Invest in People standard accreditation, recognition of its leadership and management practices and how it motivates and supports its employees. 

Geert Geerkens, sales and marketing director at Belgium's Veldeman Group, has been named the new president of the European Bedding Industry Association (EBIA).

Construction is underway at Tempur Sealy International's 700,000sqft factory at Crawfordsville, Indiana — plans for which were first disclosed this summer.

Hypnos and The Eden Project, the educational charity and social enterprise, are to work together on charity, community and sustainability initiatives that focus on the importance of the environment and creating sustainable sleep solutions.

Vita Group has acquired Belfield's Usleep business unit from NorthEdge Capital in a deal that makes the diversified foam conglomerate one of the country's largest manufacturers of finished mattresses.

Silentnight Beds has been awarded the Manufacturing Guild Mark (MGM) by The Furniture Makers' Company, the furnishings industry charity and City of London livery company.

Retail conglomerate Beter Bed Holding will next month open a large new warehouse dedicated to ecommerce, part of a plan to hit at least €100 million in web revenues by 2025.

First half losses widened at mattress and ancillary products brand Eve Sleep as it front-loaded marketing investment in the U.K. and spent more upfront abroad.

A new plant that will recycle the foam from as many as 200,000 end-of-life mattresses per year has opened in France, chemicals giant Dow and its partners including foam producer Vita Group have announced.

Shire Beds won Bed Product of the Year at the National Bed Federation (NBF) Industry Awards last night while Hypnos and John Cotton Non-Wovens were successful in the Sustainability and Component Product categories.

Sales more than doubled for manufacturer and retailer Get Laid Beds in 2020/21, making it one of the largest ecommerce players in the sector. Profits also jumped sharply.

Harrison Spinks has appointed Scott Hollis as its first-ever U.S. sales manager with a brief to drive the bed maker's business in North America.

The md of Savoir Beds says the luxury brand is back in investment mode and trading at never-before-seen levels after what proved a tough 2020 amid the disruption of the pandemic.

Imports of foam and sprung mattresses declined at the start of the second half despite arrivals from Denmark—home to the factory making Tempur products for the U.K. market—rising to a nine-month high.

Accountants have signposted the increased output of an emerging bed manufacturer in just-filed financial statements for the Birmingham-based company.

Harrison Spinks has unveiled the first of what will become an annual Sustainability Report, highlighting initiatives it says have kept the business at the vanguard of sustainable bed making for years.



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