The furniture industry's biggest fundraiser takes place in June, one of three late spring/early summer events signposted by the trade's dedicated charity.

The China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) attracted all-time high visitor and exhibitor numbers last month with organisers saying it had cemented its position as the world's largest furniture event.

A record 20 people working in the U.K. furniture and furnishing industry were last night admitted as freemen of The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and industry charity.

Fast growth over the past decade has propelled India into one of the largest worldwide furniture markets, with the trend set to continue this year and next.

Quarterly insolvencies across the U.K. furniture, furnishings and floorcoverings sectors have declined for the first time since the end of 2022.

The Furniture Makers' Company has joined high-end design and joinery brand Artichoke to organise the third New Makers' Conference, taking place later this spring.

Melinda Whittington, who runs the $2.35 billion turnover upholstery conglomerate La-Z-Boy, is to speak at the next Women In Furniture event, which takes place at the Manchester Furniture Show this summer.

Furniture repair company becomes corporate member at The Furniture Makers', while Dunelm hires non-exec to new exec role as customer director.

The Women in Furniture Network (WIFN) has launched a Mentorship Platform as it builds on the success of its third networking event, held at the January Furniture Show earlier this year.

The eighth annual Curry Night, organised by the Yorkshire Region of The Furniture Makers’ Company (TFMC), has raised £2,000 for the industry charity.

Heavyweight upholstery brands Lebus and La-Z-Boy are among the early confirmed signups to exhibit at The Manchester Furniture Show, scheduled to return this summer.

Margaret Miller, the first female master of The Furniture Makers' Company and industry leader with Knightsbridge Furniture, has died. She was 87 years old.

Profits declined at buying group Associated Independent Stores (A.I.S.) as events revenue growth was balanced by higher costs, a property write down, and a decline in the value of invoices processed via its Cenpac paying agent.

Trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has named the second annual winners of its Future of Furniture Awards, celebrating businesses it says are blazing a trail in education and sustainability.

British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has agreed a partnership with Verisio that gives its members a cost effective route to tracking ethical compliance.

The Flooring Show, the dedicated trade show for the U.K. floorcoverings industry, is to be 30 percent bigger this year after organisers agreed to take on additional space.

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishings industry, has launched a corporate video telling the organisation’s story through the voices of several prominent members.

Sofa suppliers including Buoyant Upholstery, Alpha Designs and Whitemeadow dominated the winners podium at The January Furniture Show's two award programmes earlier this week.

Organisers have opened pre-registration for Scottish Interiors Showcase, the long-running accessories, fabrics, finishings, flooring, furniture, lighting and wallpaper exhibition.

The number of furniture, furnishings and floorcoverings companies filing for insolvency reached a record high for the second straight year in 2023, with each quarter of last year progressively worse than its predecessor.

Core furniture exports out of the U.K. declined for the fourth straight month in October despite higher demand from the number one export market.

Sleepeezee has produced and donated limited edition children's books to The Children's Hospital Charity as part of the launch of Little Bedz, its new kids beds product line.

The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry charity and livery company, has raised over £11,000 from its festive online auction, beating the target set before it began last month.

The Furniture Makers' Company (TFMC), the industry charity and livery company, on Tuesday night named the recipients of its 60 for 60 Awards — championing a potential new generation of future leaders.

Global foam manufacturer Carpenter has become the latest headline sponsor of the Furniture Component Expo, the new event organised by the British Furniture Manufacturers' (BFM).

Beds market leader Dreams and housing and homelessness charity Shelter have launched a children's book aimed at breaking the stigma of families who are homeless in temporary accommodation.

Clarion Events says exhibition space in Hall 1 of the January Furniture Show has now sold out, more than two and a half months before the doors to the event open.

The Furniture Makers' Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, is launching a month-long Online Christmas Charity Auction, with the hope of raising at least £10,000.

British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) latest Industry Matters podcast is now available online, featuring an all-female lineup discussing the recent launch of the Women in Furniture Network.

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, has announced the winners of its 2023 Young Furniture Makers Awards and Prizes.

Event organisers are rebranding the Buying Groups National Flooring Show (BGNFS) exhibition as the INDX National Flooring Show as part of an overhaul for 2024 that opens it up to more retailers.

Four major Chinese furniture manufacturers saw their share prices fall to a year-long low on Monday as a sell-off among the country's largest companies spread across the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

CPS, the multi-faceted print specialist that majors in providing services to beds and furniture industry clients, says it is on a path to net zero after making sustainability core to its business processes and products.

The owner of the Stockholm Furniture Fair and dozens of other trade shows has hoisted the for sale flag above its events business, and plans to build homes and offices on the site of the current venue.

British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) will bring a new approach to connecting buyers and sellers at its inaugural Future Component Expo (FCExpo) next year by hosting an Innovation Trail.

The annual Teesside Golf Day organised by privately-owned furniture retailer Barker and Stonehouse raised £14,000 for The Furniture Makers’ Company, the dedicated industry charity and livery company.

Trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has opened the entry process for its second Future of Furniture Awards, celebrating education and sustainability across the industry.

Peter Kelsey, md of Chesterfield-based Designer Contracts, has been made a patron of North Derbyshire’s Ashgate Hospice, in recognition of the floorcoverings supplier's longstanding support for the charity.

The co-founder of Anti Copying In Design (ACID) says there is still much to be done to "change the pervading culture of design theft" as the organisation celebrates its 25th anniversary.

The Furniture Makers’ Company has unveiled the logo for MyFurnitureCareer.org.uk, the new early careers website launching later this month.

British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) is moving its longstanding fabric show to a new dateline and venue and will run it alongside the inaugural Furniture Component Expo in 2024.

Two furniture industry organisations have teamed to launch a free service that will support furniture and furnishing businesses in closing their skills gaps and recruiting new apprentices.

BeA Group U.K. has become the second headline sponsor of Furniture Component Expo, the new trade show taking place next spring.

The Furniture Makers’ Company (TFMC) is launching MyFurnitureCareer.org.uk, an early careers website that aims to reduce the growing skills gap and attract young people into the industry.

New or smaller British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) members looking to exhibit at the January Furniture Show for the first time will be offered discounted rates as part of a tie-up between organiser Clarion Events and the trade association.

Upholstered furniture retailer ScS has donated another £27,000 to Shelter, taking the total monetary value of its partnership with the homelessness charity north of £100,000.

Furniture trade show organiser Clarion Events has lined up three more meeting dates for Women in Furniture, the new industry network which was launched earlier this summer.

Carpet Recycling U.K. (CRUK) has become the sixth trade association from the furniture and furnishings sector to become a member of the British Furniture Confederation (BFC), the organisation which liaises with, and lobbies, Government on behalf of the industry.

Stakeholders including furniture retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers are being encouraged to provide their views on a proposed new approach to the fire safety of domestic upholstered furniture and furnishings.

The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry charity and City of London livery company, will next month host an event called Embracing Neurodiversity in the Workplace.

U.K. furniture insolvencies plumbed new depths in the second quarter with the number of companies calling in restructuring advisors reaching record levels.

FIRA International, the product testing and furniture services provider, has disclosed the financial impact of the closure of its Service Technicians business unit two years ago.

Upholstery and furnishings fabrics exhibition Proposte is returning to its historic late spring dateline for its 2024 edition.

The Manchester Furniture Show is to return in 2024, organiser Clarion Events has announced, alongside a roster of well-known industry suppliers that have already signposted their intention to exhibit.

Four companies from the U.K. furniture and home sectors have landed spots in The Sunday Times Hundred 2023, which ranks the country's fastest growing private businesses by sales.

The Northpoint Furniture Show will return to its historic January dateline in 2024 after several years that had been interrupted by Covid-19 and its associated lockdowns.

Registration is open ahead of the inaugural Women In Furniture Network event, which will take place next week at Furniture Makers' Hall in London.

The Vita Group, the diversified supplier of foam, underlay and maker of finished mattresses, is to be the headline sponsor of the inaugural Furniture Component Expo.

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, has launched a call for entries for its 60th anniversary campaign honouring 60 outstanding young people working in the furniture and furnishing industry.

The 28th edition of Big Shots, the annual clay pigeon shoot organised in aid of The Furniture Makers’ Company, raised £35,000 for the charity.

Halo and Michael Tyler Furniture will be among the debut upholstery exhibitors as the INDX Furniture Show returns at the West Midlands home of Associated Independent Stores (AIS) next week.

Homeserve Furniture Repairs has rebranded as Emmiera Group in a transformation designed to better reflect both its values and its wide-ranging activities that transcend its core furniture repair services.

Registration is now open for the 2023 Bed Show, which takes place at the Telford International Centre from September 26–27, 2023.

Industry charity The Furniture Makers' Company is planning a summer event designed to promote knowledge sharing and elevate the understanding of sustainability issues.

Nearly 20 furniture, flooring and furnishing industry founders, owners and families were named among the 350 wealthiest in the country according to The Sunday Times Rich List 2023, published this weekend.

News in brief from across the U.K. furnishings sector.

Exports of core furniture products such as mattresses, sofas and dining sets inched higher in the first quarter of 2023, rising to the highest level in four years.

Raw material price inflation has eased only to be usurped by rising costs elsewhere, according to a poll of U.K. producers by the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

W Exhibition, the U.K. trade show for the furniture manufacturing and joinery industries, has rebranded as Materials & Finishes Show ahead of its scheduled return in Birmingham next year.

Edward Tadros, chairman of family-owned furniture maker Ercol until the summer of last year, has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and furnishing industry charity.

Amanda Waring, the furniture and garden designer, has been installed as the 61st master of The Furniture Makers' Company, and plans to raise awareness of the industry's future leaders during her time at the helm.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS is partnering Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, by supporting the organisation’s work with donations of cash, unwanted products, and time.

Furniture and home furnishings industry news headlines in brief.

Big Shots, the clay pigeon shoot that is historically the biggest fundraiser in the furniture industry's charity calendar, will this year take place Wednesday, June 7, 2023.

Seven companies from the across the U.K. furnishings sector claimed King's Awards for Enterprise, including two for the Harrison Spinks beds, components and fillings group in Leeds.

Consumer price inflation for household furniture eased to a 19-month low in March while input cost inflation at the furniture factory gate fell to its lowest level in over two years.

Sleep Expo Europe, a new exhibition and conference for the European mattress, bedding and sleep tech industries, is to take place in the Netherlands in just over a year from now.

The value of U.K. furniture manufacturing turnover declined on an annual basis for the first time in two years in February, official data out Thursday morning showed, but January figures were better than first reported.

Visitor numbers soared to well north of pre-Covid levels at the Guangzhou-based China International Furniture Fair last month, organisers have reported.

2024 INDX show dates; Why Rowico U.K. had to close; Recticel updates on the sale of Engineered Foam unit; and Dreams plan to raise cash for homelessness charity Shelter.

The number of furniture, furnishings and floorcoverings companies filing for insolvency reached record high levels in the first quarter of 2023.

Industry news in brief regarding Kave Home, Fabb Furniture, Glasswells, Davidson London and a charity hike in aid of The Furniture Makers' Company.

Industry news from Tapi Carpets, BFM, Whitemeadow and The Branded Furniture Company; and Silentnight.

20 U.K. exhibitors will show at Interzum next month as the manufacturers' event returns with sustainability high on its agenda after a four-year absence.

The Northpoint Furniture Show will open its doors to retail buyers later this spring with representatives of more than 30 household names from the U.K. and international furniture and bed sector having signed up to exhibit.

Furniture Village and ScS, two of the largest furniture retailers in the country, are among the first companies to become Approved Retailer members of the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

Silentnight has delivered more than 900 mattresses and beds to children’s charity Zarach since the start of its partnership in August, the Barnoldswick manufacturer has announced.

British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) is expanding its events portfolio with the launch of Furniture Component Expo, an event it hopes will connect manufacturers with companies from across the upstream supply chain.

The seventh annual Curry Night organised by the Yorkshire region of The Furniture Makers’ Company has raised over £2,500, with more than 100 guests attending the March 2, 2023 event.

The Furniture & Home Improvement Ombudsman, (FHIO) has appointed four new new members to its Standards Board including key officials from major retailer DFS, Tapi Carpets & Floors, and B&Q.

Bed market leader Dreams has agreed a three-year partnership with housing and homelessness charity Shelter to raise funds and awareness to address the housing emergency.

Kent bed maker Sleepeezee has taken the total amount it has donated to The Children's Hospital Charity into six figures with its latest annual contribution.

The two-phase China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) returns next month after an enforced in-person hiatus caused by Covid-19 and local restrictions that prevented buyers from travelling.

Trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has launched Industry Matters, a new podcast that looks to offer insight and analysis across issues affecting its membership base.

Associated Independent Stores (A.I.S.) said last month's open-to-all INDX Furniture Show — the tenth anniversary edition of the show — was one of its best-ever attended events.

The organiser of a key trade show targeted at the furniture manufacturing and joinery industries has announced the scheduled return of the exhibition in the spring of next year, alongside the appointment of two senior hires to run it.

The organiser of the January Furniture Show says nearly three quarters of exhibitors have already rebooked for the 2024 edition, and name-checked two large upholstery brands among those that will return after missing this year's event.

Dewsbury MP Mark Eastwood, who also chairs the All Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group, is to be the special guest speaker at the seventh annual Yorkshire Curry Night, organised by the Yorkshire Region of The Furniture Makers’ Company.

Organisers have launched the pre-registration process for this year's London Fabric Show, which takes place at the ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court on February 28 and March 1.

Trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) named High Seat (HSL) and Jay-Be as winners of the inaugural Furniture of Furniture Awards at an evening reception at the January Furniture Show last week.

Westbridge, GNG Group, Citibed, Wiemann and Sci-Net have been named winners of The Furniture Awards 2023 by an independent judging panel at the January Furniture Show.

Clarion Events says its January Furniture Show has attracted record Day 1 visitors as the trade exhibition opened its doors for the first day of its 2023 edition on Sunday.

IMM Cologne will return to its historic January dateline next year but plans for a late spring edition this year will still go ahead, organisers have reaffirmed.

Most furniture makers plan to make pay awards to staff this year according to the annual wages survey carried out by British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), the trade association.

The number of furniture, flooring and furnishings companies filing for insolvency climbed to the highest level since records began in 2022 as demand tailwinds receded and Covid-support measures fell away.

Retailers will be able to join British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) for the first time with the trade association planning the introduction of a new membership category this month.

Organisers of the January Furniture Show have released the 2023 event Preview Guide ahead of the exhibition opening its doors in just over two weeks time.

West Midlands based Homeserve Furniture Repairs booked record revenue and profit through 2021/22 and said it expects to grow its top line again in the current financial year.

Organisers of the INDX series of furniture, homewares, beds and bedroom trade events have lined up a six-strong programme of exhibitions for 2023.

Hall 2 of the NEC will host the inaugural Home Interiors Show next month, organisers have announced. It will run alongside the January Furniture Show at the Birmingham venue.

Trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) says The Future of Furniture Awards offer the opportunity for its members to highlight their sustainability and employment credentials.

Bensons for Beds is partnering homelessness charity Crisis via a series of initiatives spanning donations from mattress sales to fundraising and volunteering.

Furniture and homewares retailer Loaf is partnering St Mungo's, a charity working to end homelessness and transform the lives of people facing and experiencing homelessness in the U.K.

The Cornish Bed Company has been awarded the Manufacturing Guild Mark from The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry.

Trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) is launching a new campaign to highlight the value and variety of careers available within the industry, as well as showcasing the steps the sector is taking to support sustainable manufacturing.

The January Furniture Show returns at the NEC in Birmingham next month (Jan. 22–25, 2023) with an expanded international exhibitor roster and a series of new partnerships.

3CAD, a visual configure, price, quote (CPQ) software provider, has joined The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity to the furnishing industry, as a corporate member.

International Market Centers (IMC), organiser of the biannual Las Vegas and High Point furniture markets, is to add nine new buying events to its 2023 calendar in a build out of its in-person activity.

The chairman of the British Furniture Confederation (BFC) has highlighted the significance of the sector for the economy on two of the U.K.'s highest-profile radio broadcast programmes.

Two companies from the home and garden furnishings sectors were named winners in the Scale-Up Awards, which recognise growing businesses across the country.

The British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA) has changed its name to Commercial Interiors UK with its full rebrand to be formally rolled out and complete by November 14.

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, will next month host Routes to Greater Sustainability, a free-to-attend climate change and sustainability event.

Furniture industry colleagues last month helped raise £6,000 at The Furniture Makers' Company's National Golf Day, the trade charity's longest-running fundraising event.

The next edition of upholstery, mattress and furnishing fabrics exhibition The London Fabric Show will feature an expanded international footprint, organisers have announced.

The Young Furniture Makers exhibition, organised by The Furniture Makers’ Company, returned after a three-year hiatus earlier this month to showcase and celebrate the work of 100 emerging designers and makers.

Industry clay pigeon shooters raised £8,000 for The Furniture Makers' Company charity at Northern Big Shots last month.

The Furniture Makers' Company will next month host a free-to-access webinar called Designing Out Waste, exploring what the furnishing industry needs to do in order to achieve greater waste reduction.

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has partnered with leading sustainability and net zero group Planet Mark to help its members and the country’s furniture industry meet its net zero goals.

The rate of British furniture manufacturing growth climbed for the first time in three months in August, according to official data released Wednesday morning.

The U.K. is the single largest importer of Brazilian furniture across all of Europe despite a decline on last year, according to new figures from a promotional organisation affiliated to the Brazilian Government.

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, has launched a confidential text service to offer support to people working in the sector.

The third quarter of 2022 saw more than twice the number of furniture and furnishings companies call in restructuring advisors compared with the same period last year.

Furniture makers' output remained positive on a year-on-year basis during the height of the summer though growth was the weakest since lapping the start of the pandemic.

Leading companies and institutions across Britain's furniture and floorcoverings industries have responded quickly in paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II following her death on Thursday.

Maison Shanghai 2022 and China International Furniture Expo, better known as Furniture China, have been postponed, a little over two weeks before they were scheduled to open.

The first Covid lockdown heralded a mass launch of new enterprises across U.K. furniture and flooring production, wholesale and retail. More than 2,600 of those companies have already folded.

IMM, the international furniture fair historically held annually in January, will return after a three-and-a-half year hiatus with a one-off dateline in June next year, organisers have decided.

Associated Independent Stores (AIS), the host of the open-to-all INDX Furniture exhibition taking place later this month, has announced the speakers for its Retail Insights: Furniture Focus programme.

Some of the brightest new designers entering the industry will showcase their talent as The Young Furniture Makers Exhibition returns for the the first time in three years this autumn.

The furniture market worldwide has already rebounded well above pre-pandemic levels according to specialist research consultancy CSIL Centre for Industrial Studies.

Twice as many furniture, flooring and furnishings companies called in restructuring advisors in the second quarter compared with the same period last year as the market took a downward turn.

Industry charity The Furniture Makers' Company is inviting the trade's human resource professionals to a free conference to learn about the charity’s welfare support and how it can benefit the lives of employees who might be struggling due to the cost of living crisis.

La-Z-Boy is to expand a 14-year partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities by fundraising for the organisation in this year’s TCS London Marathon.

Exhibitors and visitors struck an upbeat tone amid high temperatures at Home & Gift, the four-day fair which opened its doors at the Harrogate Convention Centre on Sunday.

Two of the largest fundraisers in the furniture industry calendar have yielded close to £40,000 for The Furniture Makers' Company, the charity and City of London Livery.

The next edition of the London Fabric Show will take place at the ILEC Conference Centre in the capital from February 28–March 1, 2023 organisers have confirmed.

Online interior design platform My Bespoke Room saw a big downturn in demand ahead of a cut-price deal to sell the business to an emerging property portal late May.

Cyclists from retailer Mattress Online have completed a 140-mile bike ride across the width of the country fundraising for Zarach, a charity that fights against child bed poverty in the U.K.

Industry charity The Furniture Makers’ Company is issuing a final call for teams to participate in Big Shots 2022, its annual charity clay pigeon shoot.

The management at two thirds of furniture companies are prioritising sustainability, according to a survey by The British Furniture Confederation (BFC). That is not enough, according to its chair.



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