The Government agency responsible for ensuring the designs framework enables rights holders to protect designs and enforce their rights has launched a call for views ahead of a review.

Proposte, the northern Italian textiles exhibition popular with sofa makers and other buyers of furnishings fabrics, has rescheduled its spring 2022 edition by a few weeks.

Colour Marketing Services (CMS), which supplies a diversified range of sampling services and products to the furniture, flooring and interiors sectors, has appointed Caroline Adams as sales and marketing director. It has also moved into larger manufacturing premises.

Furniture and furnishings test house FIRA International has rescheduled its planned winter Open Day events to the spring, citing visitor and staff wellbeing.

Invite-only trade exhibition BFM Fabric Show London 2022 will take place at a new venue, the ILEC Conference Centre near Earls Court, when it returns this spring.

The next edition of Salone del Mobile (The Furniture Show) in Milan will take place in the summer after organisers canned the traditional April show dates because of Covid.

Organisers of Heimtextil, the international trade fair for the textiles industry held annually in Frankfurt, have rescheduled the cancelled event for the summer of this year.

The chairman of the Furniture Industry Research Association says the not-for-profit organisation expanded its membership base last year, giving the trade a bigger voice in shaping its own destiny.

Organisers of the Scottish Interiors Showcase, an annual trade furnishings event dating back 14 years, says the 2022 edition will take place as scheduled next month.

Associated Independent Stores (AIS) says all of its planned winter show series, including its INDX Furniture event which starts in 10 days' time, will go ahead under current Government guidance for large indoor events and trade shows.

Preview22, the planned online bridge for retailers and suppliers ahead of the live trade show period, is to become The Online Furniture Show instead and will run later this month, organisers have announced.

Furniture, flooring and furnishings insolvencies jumped both sequentially and on an annual basis in the final quarter as state support measures such as the furlough scheme were brought to an end.

More U.K. home and interiors exhibitions have been delayed as a result of either Government restrictions or the threat of them being introduced amid concerns over the spread of the Omicron Covid variant.

The return of the January Furniture Show will be delayed by a further three months after organisers rescheduled the dates amid concerns over the Omicron Covid-19 variant.

SATRA, the research and testing organisation, has appointed Tristine Hargreaves to lead its furniture and flooring section as divisional manager. It also announced a new tie-up to provide services to the National Bed Federation (NBF).

Furniture fair IMM Cologne has become the latest big international German trade show to cancel plans to return in January, with the event now pushed out to 2023.

Heimtextil, the international trade fair for the textiles industry held annually in Frankfurt, has been cancelled, with organisers citing the worsening pandemic situation in Germany.

Nick Garratt, the outgoing managing director of the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), says the association is primed to expand and that his successor can build on the achievements of the past three years.

More than 400 U.K. and international brands have signed to exhibit at the January Furniture Show, which returns to the NEC in Birmingham next month after the pandemic prevented the 2021 edition from taking place.

Montgomery Group, organiser of joinery and furniture manufacturing trade show W Exhibition, has cancelled the planned February 2022 edition, citing Covid, Government restrictions, and an ever-shifting calendar of European exhibitions.

Designer Contracts, the national flooring supplier to the house-builder market, is to sponsor the services of Childline for a day next month. It is the fifth time it has done so.

The 48th edition of the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) is to take place online next month rather than as a live event in Shanghai, because of the pandemic.

Bespoke kitchens and cabinetry manufacturer Parlour Farm has been awarded the Manufacturing Guild Mark from The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and furnishing industry charity.

FIRA International will open the doors to its new furniture testing facilities in Stevenage early next year after announcing the dates of its first four Open Day events.

The achievements of leaders at emerging and established home furnishings businesses were recognised at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, whose 2021 winners were announced Monday night.

The return of Domotex, the Hannover based trade show for carpets and other floorcoverings, will be further delayed after organisers cancelled the January 2022 edition.

The U.K. and Ireland were responsible for the largest decline in attendees at the Brussels Furniture Fair, held earlier this month at Brussels Expo in the Belgian capital.

How furniture companies are adapting their sales approach to meet the needs of customers following the pandemic is the theme of the latest webinar in the building back better series organised by The Furniture Makers’ Company.

FIRA International, which delivers testing, inspection, certification and training to the furniture industry along with being the service provider to the Furniture Industry Research Association, has moved to new premises in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

Organisers of INDX Furniture, formerly the AIS Furniture Show, say they they are looking forward to resuming a more usual format as the exhibition returns in Solihull early next year.

The year-on-year number of U.K. home furnishings companies that appointed insolvency practitioners was flat in the third quarter of 2021, though the figure crept higher on a sequential basis.

The company behind The Online Furniture Show is launching a new digital event called Preview22, which it hopes will act as a bridge for retailers and suppliers going into the live trade show period.

Exhibition organiser Clarion Events has launched the pre-registration process ahead of the return of the January Furniture Show at the NEC, Birmingham next year.

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has appointed an association leadership specialist as its new managing director while current incumbent Nick Garratt is to become its chairman.

David Tracey, who over a 40-year senior and director level career has worked with some of the biggest retailers in the furniture sector, has raised £11,000 for charity by trekking one of the U.K.’s longest hiking trails, the 192-mile Coast to Coast walk.

Carolyn Mitchell, sales and marketing director for the contract division of Buckinghamshire headquartered bed maker Hypnos, is to chair the British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA) for a second time.

Clerkenwell Open, a showroom trail event that featured 62 companies across the furniture and furnishings sector, is to take place again in 2022 after the success of the inaugural edition this year.

Bensons for Beds will become Bensons for Heads across its social media channels this Sunday to mark World Mental Health Day and celebrate its raising of £500,000 for Mind, the mental health charity.

The director of sustainability and innovation at Leeds bed and mattress manufacturer Harrison Spinks has joined the roster of experts speaking at The Furniture Makers’ Company’s webinar on sustainability next week.

The Young Furniture Makers exhibition, a product showcase from the next generation of innovators organised by The Furniture Makers’ Company, is this year taking place as a month-long virtual event.

Monty Kutas, who represented a number of furniture companies with distinction over a long career, died peacefully at Northampton General Hospital on September 27. He was 98.

The Furniture Makers’ Company’s (TFMC) industry webinar series returns this autumn with three more episodes, the first of which will explore what the trade is doing to combat climate change.

Vaccinated U.K. furniture buyers will now be able to visit next week's Milan furniture show after the Italian Government this weekend ended a longstanding requirement for arrivals from here to quarantine.

British furniture makers are on track to recover all of the lost revenue from a fall in exports last year with a double-digit climb in the value of goods sent overseas in the first six months of 2021.

Rotherham based retailer Mattress Online is supporting Zarach, a Yorkshire charity that aids families living in poverty by helping them access beds, bedding and other household essentials.

The China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) in Shanghai has postponed its early autumn exhibition by several weeks to new dates in late September.

The Furniture Industry Research Association has published new guidance for companies in the upholstery and mattress sectors with regard to understanding and complying with chemical regulations.

BFM, the association of British Furniture Manufacturers, has lined up online seminars for its members to be delivered by experts in patent law and dispute resolution.

Barker and Stonehouse and supporters have raised £10,000 at the family-owned furniture retailer's longstanding annual golf tournament, with the proceeds to be donated to charity.

Liveryman Cherrill Scheer has been awarded the inaugural Stanley Wharton Award for her services to The Furniture Makers’ Company (FMC), the industry charity and City of London livery company.

FIRA International, the Stevenage based furniture test house and industry service provider, will next month host a webinar focusing on safety and compliance for domestic furniture.

Wayfair is partnering Shelter, the U.K. charity tackling homelessness and housing issues, with the ecommerce home giant to donate a proportion of profits among a series of initiatives.

The number of furniture, furnishings and flooring companies filing for insolvency in the U.K. continues to fall sharply as a result of strong consumer demand and Government support measures.

Exhibitors have already pledged their support to the Autumn Furniture Show after its sister Summer Furniture Show successfully heralded the return of trade events earlier this month.

The Manchester Furniture Show, this year to be held in Harrogate alongside the Home & Gift Buyers' Festival, has been selected to be part of a limited number of pilot events in the third phase of the Government's Events Research Programme (ERP).

Organisers of the Manchester Furniture have reaffirmed that the event, this year co-located with the Home & Gift Buyers' Festival in Harrogate, will be going ahead as planned.

Five well known industry figures are cycling from Axminster to London this month as part of The Furniture Makers' Step 2 It campaign.

The value of furniture imports into the U.K. may have risen in the past decade but new data indicates that buyers are coalescing around fewer, larger manufacturers as a result of global consolidation.

SATRA Technology Centre will host a Technical Forum for domestic furniture this summer where it will highlight proposed changes to industry standards and legislation and provide an opportunity for delegates to give feedback ahead of their implementation.

FIRA International is conducting a review of its furniture inspection and repair business but says no definite decision has been taken regarding the outcome, rendering closure talk premature.

Now is the time for the furniture industry to shine with consumers expected to pivot discretionary spend to other areas and activities before too long, according to the md of The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

The long-awaited return of trade events ends Monday with the spring edition of the Long Point exhibition seeing showrooms open their doors across the East Midlands.

The organiser of the Manchester and January Furniture Shows is launching Reveal, a new trade ecommerce platform that aims to deliver a permanent digital shopfront for industry retailers and suppliers.

Associated Independent Stores (AIS) is to extend its INDX trade show branding to include furniture, housewares, linens and gift food under the banner of INDX Home. The first dedicated furniture event is scheduled for early autumn.

Organisers of the Manchester Furniture Show have fixed the details for this year's edition. It will take place alongside the Home & Gift Buyers' Festival, in Harrogate, from July 18–21, 2021.

Four key European furniture and bedding trade associations have united to express their concern over the conflicted response across the EU to the coronavirus pandemic, saying it has created added uncertainty and difficulty.

Batley based furniture maker and retailer HSL is among several industry companies claiming a Queen's Award for Enterprise for 2021.

A sponsored run by Phil Reynolds and Emma Delea, managers at furniture test houses SATRA and FIRA International respectively, will begin a year of fundraising for The Furniture Makers' Company's new Step To It campaign.

The partnership between retailer Bensons for Beds and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has raised millions of pounds since it started in 2013, with £90,000 alone generated in the past year.

The Furniture Industry Research Association has published a guide to furniture packaging present and future, exploring existing materials and alternative regulations the industry may be compelled to adopt.

Furniture and furnishing industry failures dropped to a record low in the first quarter of 2021 according to official insolvency filings, we revealed last week. There are only three plausible explanations as to why.

The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry charity and City of London livery company, is launching Step 2 It, the largest fundraising campaign in its 120-year history.

The number of U.K. furniture, flooring and furnishings companies falling insolvent fell to record lows in the first three months of 2021, despite limited trade because of coronavirus restrictions.

The BFM Fabric Show, which had been due to take place at Twickenham in June, has been postponed and will now take place in February/March of next year.

Global furniture production fell sharply last year but the biggest market participants were hit less hard than their smaller contemporaries, according to a new report.

Peter Harrison and Tim Stacey, the CEOs of Furniture Village and DFS respectively, are the two panellists in the final webinar in the Innovation in Times of Crisis series from The Furniture Makers' Company.

The South West Furniture and Bed Show has announced late May dates for its spring exhibition following the planned easing of restrictions surrounding indoor events.

The 15th Scottish Interiors Showcase will rebrand for its first-ever digital event, which has been designed to be the first of many that will run alongside future in-person editions of the exhibition.

The parliamentarian representing one of the bed trade's most industrious areas says the furniture industry needs to take steps to ensure it is not over reliant on E.U. markets.

A combination of high demand and routine maintenance could reignite foam supply issues according to Europur, the European Association of Flexible Polyurethane Foam Block Manufacturers.

Two MPs in furniture manufacturing strongholds will join the heads of Britain's leading industry trade associations for the second episode in the Innovation In Times Of Crisis webinar series.

The lobby group representing Britain's furniture industry has written to the Chancellor calling for support measures such as the furlough scheme to be extended when the Budget is announced next month.

SATRA Technology, the research and technology organisation, has become a corporate member of The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry charity and City of London livery company.

SATRA Technology, whose diversified research and technology services include the testing of furniture and floorcoverings, is expanding its regular programme of technical webinars to include more topics of specific interest to those two sectors.

The Furniture Makers' Company, the trade charity and livery company, has enlisted captains of industry to be panellists on the first of its four webinars launching this month.

The Proposte fabrics show will take place at the same time as Salone del Mobile (Milan furniture show) with organisers hoping visitors will be able to visit both fairs in a single trip to northern Italy.

More than 1,200 people from across the industry had visited the inaugural Online Furniture Show by the halfway stage, organisers said today (Wednesday).

Manufacturers face short-term challenges but order books are strong and hopes for the future are high, says Nick Garratt, md at trade association BFM.

Brooke and Wilde (Brook + Wilde) has become a corporate supporter of The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry charity and livery company.

The already-revised international home and contract textiles show Heimtextil has been cancelled until 2022, with organisers saying there is nothing to be gained by a further delay to later this year.

Furniture makers are facing unprecedented increases in the cost of key raw materials according to trade association BFM, and retailers should brace for some of that to be passed on.

The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry charity and livery company, made hundreds of surprise pre-Christmas grants to struggling furnishing industry workers in December.

Major U.K. flooring contractor Designer Contracts has donated more than £100,000 to a local hospice that has been hit hard by the pandemic.

Efforts to meet pre-Christmas delivery deadlines after strong demand through the summer and autumn meant U.K. furniture manufacturing output reached a year-long high according to new Government figures.

W Exhibition & Elements, the trade show for the furniture manufacturing and joinery industries, has been postponed until February 6–9, 2022, organisers have announced.

Leading minds from the across the industry will tackle topics ranging from innovation in manufacturing to sector survival and retail in a new series of webinars to be hosted by The Furniture Makers' Company.

Furniture Show Birmingham at the NEC will return in a year's time after organisers rescheduled the April event to January 23–26, 2022 as a result of the current restrictions designed to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Organisers of the Online Furniture Show have issued another call to potential exhibitors ahead of the launch of the inaugural event.

There will be no physical Domotex exhibition in Germany this year after organisers postponed the rescheduled floorcoverings event.

44 fewer U.K. furniture, floorcoverings and furnishings companies filed for insolvency in 2020 despite the pandemic hitting businesses across the country since the early spring of last year.

Retailers will be able to access one-off lockdown grants of up to £9,000 per store as part of a £4.6 billion package of measures announced by the Chancellor.

Every furniture and flooring store in the U.K. will again be closed from today (Jan. 5) after the Government last night announced a new lockdown to last until at least the middle of February.

Clarion Events has expanded and reorganised the management of its Retail portfolio, which includes its furniture shows at both the NEC, Birmingham and Manchester Central.

Organisers of the Online Furniture Show are to allow exhibitors to the inaugural event to display their products for free when it goes live for the first time next month.

SATRA, the testing and technical services provider, has appointed standards and testing expert Phil Reynolds to lead and expand its furniture and floorcoverings division.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds has helped raise more than £370,000 to support Mind, the mental health charity.

Brian Ahern is the new chair of the Furniture Industry Research Association. He is succeeding Charles Vernon, whose four-year tenure came to an end in September.

This Friday (Dec. 11, 2020) is the last day to enter The Furniture Makers' Christmas Raffle. The industry charity is calling on companies to help spread the message and encourage entries.

The Furniture Industry Research Association has published a guide to the new UKCA Mark ahead of it coming into force on January 1, 2021.

A Government minister says he will engage with the U.K. furniture industry as it grapples with the issue of foam shortages.

Designer Contracts, the national floorcoverings contractor, has sponsored a day's services of Childline for a fourth time, and the second time this year.

Major economies will lead a return to growth in the worldwide furniture market next year, according to respected research body CSIL.

Organisers of the Salone del Mobile furniture exhibition in Milan have fixed the dates for the 2021 edition, moving the event to an autumn dateline for the first time.

Master David WoodwardThis time last year no one could have foreseen the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent disruption to life that we still find ourselves coping with, writes David Woodward, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, the industry charity and City of London livery company.

Organisers of the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) have penned in the dates for the spring 2021 editions, which take place in two tranches next March. In Europe, the timeline of another important event has been shifted.

Koelnmesse, organiser of the IMM Cologne international furniture fair, has cancelled the 2021 edition. The next iteration of the event will now take place in January 2022.

FIRA International, the Hertfordshire based testing and furniture services provider, has named John Hubbard as its new technical consultant.

Organisers of the Online Furniture Show say they will postpone the inaugural event to early next year as a result of ongoing supply chain issues that mean many companies are focussed on existing orders.

It is crucial all organisations start to prepare for the U.K.’s departure from the E.U. at the end of the year, writes Pamela Dennison, chair of the Northern Ireland Freight Transport Association (FTA) and development manager at furniture storage and logistics provider WS Dennison.

The January Furniture Show has been rescheduled to spring 2021 as a result of extended travel restrictions and the re-imposition of lockdown in England. It will be renamed Furniture Show Birmingham.

Industry charity The Furniture Makers’ Company is hosting an online intellectual property (IP) webinar next month with Anti Copying in Design (ACID), the design and intellectual property campaigning organisation.

The next edition of furniture exhibition Long Point will be brought forward by two months to a late winter dateline, trade journal Furniture News reported.

One of the leading sources of foam for Britain's mattress and sofa industry says it is doing everything possible to make good the current problems but its hands are tied until its own supply chain finds solutions.

Temporary foam factory shutdowns will prompt U.K. upholstery and mattress plants to close according to the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), which is urgently seeking clarification from the supply chain.

Upholstery and carpets retailer ScS is to donate £20,000 to help fund meals for disadvantaged children in its home city. It said it was a result of the Government voting against extending free school meals into the holidays.

Homeserve Furniture Repairs, one of the U.K.'s largest onsite furniture repair businesses, has partnered the Furniture and Home Improvement Ombudsman, the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider.

Kölnmesse, organiser of the IMM Cologne furniture exhibition held annually on the banks of the Rhine, say the upcoming edition will be a four-day event rather than seven.

The number of furniture, flooring and furnishings companies filing for insolvency fell sharply both sequentially and on an annual basis in the third quarter including a record fallow period.

Plans to reschedule The Flooring Show to early spring 2021 have been shelved with the event to return to its usual autumn timeline.

The next edition of the Scottish Interiors Showcase will take place early 2022 after this coming February's edition was postponed because of the pandemic.

The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry charity, has outlined the ways in which stakeholders across the trade can spread awareness of Personal Support Grants so more potential recipients are aware of the financial support that may be available.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has fixed the 2021 dates for its Bed Show. It will be held September 21–22 at the Telford International Centre.

The Furniture Makers' Company's National Charity Golf Day and separate Golf Challenge have between them raised £3,000.

Three well-known furniture professionals will this autumn launch the inaugural Online Furniture Show and are urging retailers and suppliers from across the U.K. and international trade to participate.

Stakeholders spanning furniture and bed retailers, manufacturers and an MP have coalesced around the British Furniture Confederation's (BFC) month-long campaign to promote British-made furniture.

An Introduction to the Domestic Flammability Regulations is the fourth in a series of online training courses to be launched by the Furniture Industry Research Association.

Organisers of the January Furniture Show (JFS) say they remain hopeful of delivering a successful event for the furniture community as they await updated Government guidance following the delay in the return of mass gatherings.

Esprit Meuble, the Paris furniture show slated for December 5–8, 2020, has been cancelled because of health concerns surrounding Covid-19.

The Autumn Furniture Show, the exhibition that had been due to kickstart the return of mass gatherings in the U.K. furnishings sector in under a fortnight's time, has been cancelled.

Organisers of the International Furniture Fair in Cologne (IMM) have reaffirmed the event will take place as planned in January amid a backdrop of compatriot events being postponed.

The long wait ends today as furniture shows recommence with the autumn edition of Long Point, the swish trade-only event held in showrooms the length of the East Midlands.

The British Furniture Confederation's Buy British Furniture Event goes live this weekend amid a heightened public desire to support home-grown producers.

Middleton Bespoke Joinery, a custom joinery and furniture maker, has been awarded the Manufacturing Guild Mark from The Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry charity and City of London livery company.

Domotex, the international floorcoverings exhibition held annually every January, has postponed its next edition until May 2021.

The organisers of IMM Cologne, one of the two largest furniture trade shows on the European mainland, have left no room for doubt, saying it is a "certainty" the doors will open on January 18, 2021.

Privately-owned furniture retailer Barker and Stonehouse has raised £10,000 to be shared between charities representing the furniture industry and the NHS after organising a socially-distanced golf competition.

The Belgian exhibition that was due to herald the return of mainstream B2B furniture events in Europe has been cancelled because of health concerns.

Privately-owned furniture retailer Arighi Bianchi has donated furniture worth £32,000 for NHS staff to use during rest periods in wellbeing areas across local hospitals.

Designer Contracts, deVol Kitchens and the founder of a furniture comparison website are among those from the industry to be shortlisted for The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards U.K. 2020.

The Furniture Industry Research Association is launching a series of recorded training sessions on key regulations that impact stakeholders in the furniture sector.



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