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.

Trade show INDX Beds & Bedroom will return this autumn with visitor pre-registration now open.

Tony Attard, the new master of The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry charity, is organising a 300-mile bike road from Hertfordshire to Lancashire with the aim of raising £50,000.

Trade show INDX Furniture takes place at the Cranmore Park Conference & Exhibition Centre over three days later this summer with pre-registration now open, organisers have confirmed.

Mark Eastwood MP has been appointed chair of the All Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group (APPFIG). The Dewsbury official takes over from fellow Conservative Mike Wood, who has led the group since it was reformed after the General Election.

Stakeholders across the U.K. furniture and furnishings trade have raised £270,000 for the year-long Step 2 It campaign, organised by The Furniture Makers' Company (TFMC), the City livery and industry charity.

Show organisers have rescheduled the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF Guangzhou) and a sister event for next month after they were postponed because of Covid earlier this year.

Furniture testing and services provider FIRA International has gained UKAS Accreditation to the main flammability regulation for the American market.

Family-owned bed maker Harrison Spinks has donated 136 mattresses to The International Charity Fund “For Ukraine”, in order to support the country’s needs within hospitals and refugee accommodation.

Inside tips to help furniture manufacturers attract the best talent and get the most from their training programmes will be delivered at an inaugural regional industry networking event, organised by the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) at Ercol.

Eight employees from U.K. flooring contractor Designer Contracts are in training for a charity challenge to conquer the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

The Furniture Makers' Company has installed Panaz Group founder and chairman Tony Attard OBE DL as its new master during an event that also saw Furniture Village co-founder Peter Harrison recognised for his career to date.

FIRA International, the furniture industry testing and services provider, is to host an online session taking in a broader look at flammability regulations incorporating the rules for Ireland, California and the U.K.

96 percent of British furniture manufacturers responding to a closely-followed trade poll said they have raised their prices in the past six months. They are also concerned regarding new order intake.

Belgian foam conglomerate Recticel found big sales growth in the first quarter driven by higher volumes and an inflationary price backdrop.

Handy, a component supplier to the U.K. furniture and bedding industries, has raised £2,248 for The Furniture Makers' Company's (TFMC) Step 2 It Campaign.

Industry charity and City of London livery company The Furniture Makers' Company will host its eighth five-a-side football tournament this summer — the first in two years because of the pandemic.

The January Furniture Show will return to its usual dateline with show organisers on Monday confirming dates of January 22–25, 2023 for next year's exhibition.

Furniture services and testing provider FIRA International will open its doors to the trade on Wednesday, May 18 as part of its ongoing Open Day programme of events.

Trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) will look to sell the benefits of membership to the thousands of micro-entities operating across the country when it exhibits at the January Furniture Show from Sunday.

David Woodward, master of industry charity The Furniture Makers' Company, has completed a 110-mile hike of the Grand Union Canal, raising £10,000 in the final planned fundraiser in the year-long Step 2 It campaign.

Consumer furniture retail price inflation climbed again in March but the biggest pain was felt by the industry's manufacturers, whose input costs jumped more than a fifth on last year.

The number of furniture and flooring industry companies filing for insolvency continued to normalise in the first quarter, up sharply on last year but below historic trends.

FIRA International, the furniture test house and services provider, says it has gained accreditation to the Irish Government's equivalent to the U.K. fire regs in a move it hopes will make exports easier for British manufacturers.

Organisers of The Furniture Awards have revealed the shortlist of 16 potential winners across four categories ahead of The January Furniture Show, this year taking place April 24–27, 2022 at the NEC.

Longtime supply partners Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare (Drive) and GNG Group have worked together to send a consignment of beds and mattresses to support victims of the war in Ukraine.

Furniture manufacturer Shackletons Group has become the latest corporate member of The Furniture Makers' Company (TFMC), the City of London livery company and charity to the furnishings sector.

Organisers of two leading international furniture fairs in China have been forced to postpone their events just days before doors opened after the local Government banned exhibitions, citing a renewed Covid threat.

Furniture and bed industry colleagues, friends and family raised £3,200 for industry charity The Furniture Makers' Company at the fifth annual Yorkshire Curry Night.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Ekornes has ceased distribution to Russia and Belarus in solidarity with Ukraine while IKEA has closed all 17 of its stores in what is its 10th largest global market.

The Furniture Makers' Company is holding a black-tie charity ball to celebrate the successful culmination of its 12-month fundraising campaign, Step 2 It.

Flooring suppliers have rejected an early autumn Domotex exhibition in Germany in favour of the event returning next January in its traditional dateline.

Bensons for Beds says its longstanding partnership with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has so far yielded £7.4 million of funds for the charity since it was launched in 2013.

John Cotton Group has become a corporate member of The Furniture Makers' Company (TFMC), the dedicated furnishing industry charity and City of London livery company.

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) is to organise a series of regional industry events where it hopes the furniture community will be able to network and share best practice.

Uptake of Level 2 Furniture Standard Apprenticeships has snowballed amid worker shortages according to the Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (FIESTA).

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.



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