Liverpool based home and garden retailer Taskers booked lower profits as administrative expenses climbed and Covid financial support measures fell away through 2021/22.

A Yorkshire bedroom furniture retailer leaves creditors facing a seven-figure shortfall after it ceased trading earlier this autumn.

Heritage North West independent furniture and furnishings retailer Arighi Bianchi appointed Susie Harding from Tetrad as finance director, it has just announced.

Second company for large Northern Ireland based retailer.

Almost 70 percent of the employees of furniture retailer Made.com (Made) have left the company following the appointment of administrators on Tuesday, restructuring advisors have said.

Independent South Coast department and garden centre retailer returns to profit as it recovered most of the business lost to Covid.

Profits were two-thirds higher at independent retailer Fairway Furniture through 2021/22 as it navigated supply chain challenges to deliver its order book.

Furniture and home retailer Collingwood Batchellor reversed a seven-figure deficit to book record profits through 2021/22 amid wider plans to progress its diversification strategy.

The historic Derbyshire store of the hitherto highly-regarded independent furniture retailer Eyres of Chesterfield was sold ahead of the business permanently closing its doors earlier this year.

Trading profits returned at Jarrold & Sons through 2021/22 as the diversified Norwich group kept a lid on costs and saw revenue recover, particularly within its retail business.

Independent furniture retailer Lukehurst is upgrading the exterior of one of its two Kent stores with a six-figure investment in the external fascia.

U.K. tax authorities face the largest shortfall after the planned permanent closure of privately-owned Leicestershire retailer Furniture Loft went awry earlier this summer.

Award-winning independent retailer Surrey Beds has closed following a planned shutdown on the expiry of its lease. Its owner cited the prospect of rising costs as a disincentive to continue.

A three-store sofa retailer with branches across the East Midlands has deleveraged its business after paying down long term debt during a profitable year to April 30, 2022.

Narrower gross margin and the write down of a loan balance from a company under common control softened the impact of a return to top line growth for the group behind Andersons of Inverurie last year.

Thinner gross margin and higher costs impacted furniture trading profits at Surrey retailer Vale Furnishers last year, though an asset disposal meant its net result was still stronger.

North West whole-home retailer Ashton Discount Warehouse is closing down permanently to facilitate its owners' retirement, bringing an end to almost 60 years in business.

Privately-owned furniture and flooring retailer Toons Home Furnishers traded strongly through 2020/21 with six-figure profits and strong cash generation.

Arighi Bianchi will supply furniture to the show homes of a new local development by David Wilson Homes, with the housebuilder to promote the properties from inside the heritage independent's iconic store.

Furniture retailer Hatfields says it remains focused on delivering an online trading platform before the end of March next year as the reopening of stores after the latest Covid lockdown helped it recover sales lost to enforced closure.

Furniture, home and department store retailer Barkers of Northallerton saw revenue recover to pre-pandemic levels last year with its dedicated Barkers Home store among the standout performers. Gross margin widened by 380 basis points.

The first phase of a major refurbishment of the former Clarkes Furnishers store in Maidstone is complete with it now open again to customers and trading as Lenleys Home.

A North West independent retailer with ties to the once-national Durham Pine brand has ceased trading after filing for insolvency late last month following its planned closure.

Privately-owned Kent furniture retailer Gerald Lukehurst & Son (Lukehurst) made its largest gain on public record in the past year after accelerating a store expansion programme.

High six-figure profits for the second straight year at privately-owned Leicester furniture retailer.

Privately-owned furniture and department store retailer Browns enjoyed a £1.6 million bottom-line turnaround in the past year as it emerged strongly from lockdown.

South West furniture and home improvement retailer Gardiner Haskins booked larger profits last year as it recovered some of the business lost in the early part of the pandemic.

Upmarket privately-owned furniture and lighting retailer Holloways of Ludlow has opened its fifth store, and the first of two launching outside the South East of England.

Steve Goulder has stepped down from the board of Oldrid & Co (Oldrids), the Lincolnshire furniture, garden and department store retailer behind the Oldrids and Downtown fascia.

Revenue recovered strongly for South Yorkshire furniture retailer Ponsford last year, though higher costs weighed on profits.

Furniture and department store retailer has been granted outline planning permission to build 34 flats on top of its Horley, Surrey store.

An independent furniture retailer in South Yorkshire says it will reopen no later than early next week despite being hit by a fire at one of its buildings yesterday.

Town planners are expected to grant outline approval to furniture and department store retailer Collingwood Batchellor to build flats on top of one of its large shops in the South East of England.

Restructuring advisors have written to creditors of a now-closed heritage furniture, flooring and department store business saying it may be necessary to revise the terms of a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) agreed just over a year ago.

Historic furniture, department and garden centre retailer Oldrid & Co said it expects to return to profit on the back of pent-up demand and the closure of loss-making parts of its business.

Work is underway to transform a former printworks into a second store for independent retailer Hafren Furnishers, which already operates one of Wales' largest grossing furniture stores.

Family-owned retailer Cousins booked a large increase in sales and profits in the period after it acquired flagship assets of the now-defunct Alan Ward furniture business.

Staff at Oldrids of Scunthorpe are said to be advising customers of the department store's planned permanent closure early in the new year.

Furniture and home department store retailer Housing Units found top and bottom line growth in 2020/21 with its CEO saying more is to come as it unwinds its strong order book.

Investment ahead of the pandemic helped Glasswells, one of Europe's largest privately-owned furniture retailers, mitigate the impact of enforced store closures on its business.

The launch of ecommerce and a diversified product strategy are helping three-store independent Goulds return to profit and shield itself from potential further impact from the pandemic.

The disposal of the long-closed Tudor Williams department store in New Malden raised £3.5 million for its former owner, helping it to reduce borrowings and boost liquidity.

Jarrold & Son, whose diversified operations include The Granary furniture showrooms and its large Norwich department store, saw the value of sales fall by almost half amid pandemic-related store closures.

South East furniture and home department store retailer Collingwood Batchellor recorded a loss on the impact of lockdowns and a non-cash impairment in the value of its freehold property.

Furniture and furnishings retailer Liberty Furnishings has begun a closing down sale at its Newtown store ahead of plans to trade with an adjusted business model in the future.

Six-store independent retailer HomePlus Furniture has agreed a 15-year lease on the former Marks & Spencer store in the centre of Ashford, Kent.

Privately-owned department and furniture store retailer W.P. Brown says it will launch a debut online platform for the first time saying it is vital to take an omnichannel approach to the new modern retail environment.

The recapitalised Lee Longlands group bounced back strongly from the impact of the initial spring lockdown to put it firmly back in profit through the 2020/21 trading period.

Independent furniture retailer Harrison & Brown has expanded the display area of its Sunderland store by converting the top floor of its city centre building.

The owner of home, furniture and department store retailer Bakers and Larners says it endured one of its most challenging years on record as it grappled with both the impact of Covid and a serious fire, which destroyed one of its supermarkets.

Bury St Edmunds independent retailer Direct Furniture has acquired the freehold to a former garden centre in the town. It will become its second store.

North West home department store retailer Housing Units has revamped part of its ground floor with the launch this week of a new concept targeting the urban living market.

Sales, rental income and profits declined at Andersons of Inverurie in 2019/20 amid the impact of coronavirus restrictions. However, cash generation was stronger.

Development work to complete an online trading platform is continuing at pace says South East furniture retailer Hatfields, with the pandemic having reinforced the urgency of an ecommerce channel.

Independent retailer Hafren Furnishers will open a second store in Mid Wales after town planners approved proposals for the conversion of a former print works near Aberystwyth.

The new company behind the renascent department store retailer Beales is to reopen in a third site formerly occupied by its predecessor operation.

North Yorkshire retailer Barkers (Northallerton), operator of one of the largest furniture and home stores in the country, said the support for and from key stakeholders was important as it traded through the pandemic.

The sale of its self-storage business helped the parent company to former furniture retailer Alan Ward record seven-figure profits in 2019–20, ahead of the brand disappearing from the industry.

The company behind four-store independent retailer Fairway Furniture grew profits in 2020–21 and said the pandemic has left some regional competitors vulnerable.

WJ Aldiss, one of the U.K'.s largest privately-owned furniture retailers, said it remained profitable in 2019–20 despite the 10-week lockdown last March hitting the usually-strong spring promotional period.

Broxburn-based retailer Kitchens International has been acquired by James Donaldson & Sons (JDS), the £268 million turnover Scottish timber merchant.

CFS of Leicester, a large single-store independent furniture retailer, has expanded the showroom space at its East Midlands store.

Revenue fell at the semi-national value retailer W Boyes & Co in the year to January 31 as a result of the impact of store closures during the first lockdown. It later remained open as subsequent restrictions were imposed.

Not Just Beds, a new privately-owned furniture and beds retailer, is completing fit-out ahead of opening its first showroom.

A lower cost base helped Gardiner Haskins Interiors double underlying profits in 2020 despite the impact of the pandemic on the two-store business.

Walsall and Sutton Coldfield retailer Comfort Beds has acquired a third store, buying a South Derbyshire based furniture retailer.

The company behind the three-store beds and department store retailer Daniel of Windsor has resolved to buy out two shareholders in deals worth £6 million.

The pandemic meant Vale Furnishers, which trades from two stores in affluent Surrey towns, lost more than a fifth of its revenue in 2019–20. Cost controls helped it improve its net margin.

Furniture and flooring retailers across all parts of the U.K. will be back open from later today (Friday) as coronavirus restrictions in Northern Ireland are eased.

Privately-owned furniture retailer Hafren Furnishers plans to add to its large 70,000sqft existing store with a second unit in Mid Wales.

JH Cooper & Son, a longstanding independent furniture retailer at Cambridge in the East of England, has closed its doors for the final time, bringing over a century of trade to a close.

Privately-owned Kent furniture retailer Lukehurst has added 4,000sqft of space to one of its southeast stores with the addition of a mezzanine floor.

The md of privately-owned furniture retailer Gillies of Broughty Ferry says the planned expansion of its destination store at Inverness will bring a number of benefits.

Emerging furniture retailer The Designer Rooms has opened a further Glasgow area showroom in a unit formerly occupied by Harveys, the no-longer-trading U.K. retail chain.

East Midlands furniture and furnishings retailer Toons is now delivering nationwide after the launch of a new transactional ecommerce website.

A flood of unforeseen claims will yield no change in outcome for the creditors of a now-long insolvent London furniture franchise as the company doesn't have enough assets to pay even the liquidator or professional advisors.

Privately-owned furniture, furnishings and giftware retailer Baytree Interiors will open an eleventh store when restrictions are eased, strengthening its presence in Yorkshire.

Devon department store retailer Austins of Newton Abbot returned to profit in the year leading up to the pandemic on higher sales and wider margins.

Sheffield furniture retailer Ponsford booked a sharp fall in revenue as a result of the pandemic but the privately-owned business still found earnings growth.

The three-store retailer behind the Daniel of Windsor department store and two dedicated beds and furnishings showrooms in West London slipped to a loss, on paper, in the period leading up to the pandemic.

South East furniture-to-fashion retailer Choice Discount Stores maintained sales in the year leading up to the pandemic and has time-lined when it hopes trade will kick start again.

The group behind the Elphicks of Farnham department store business and a separate bed shop in nearby Dorking says it is positive for the future following the closure and subsequent sale of its New Malden store.

Turnaround work led to the privately-owned retailer behind the Oldrids and Downtown fascias returning to profit in 2019–20, two years ahead of its forecasted timeline.

Revenue, adjusted profits and cash climbed for East of England furniture retailer Glasswells in the period leading up to the first lockdown last year. Statutory earnings were impacted by property revaluation.

Home and garden retailer Taskers says it is on track to deliver a return to profit in 2020–21 after exceptional trading during the pandemic, including a record Christmas.

Norwich department store, business services and property group Jarrold has reorganised its non-executive director team, making two senior board appointments.

Jenners department store in Edinburgh will close for good in the spring after its owner failed to agree new terms with the landlord. It has been trading for 183 years.

Furniture and department store retailer Bradbeers says it is positive it will be able to extend its debt maturity profile for a second time if the pandemic further delays plans regarding investment property.

Dorchester, Sidmouth and Weymouth retailer outlines initial impact of pandemic on revenue, profitability and working capital.

Upminster retailer Roomes Furniture & Interiors says it has undergone a year of improvement with the pandemic having reinforced the need for the changes it has subsequently made.

London furniture company E & A Wates will bring the curtain down on 120 years of trading in the spring with the planned, permanent closure of its retail arm. It hopes to find a buyer for its other activities.

Fishpools says the strength of its online presence was apparent during the first lockdown and facilitated an extremely strong start once deliveries and its store were able to recommence, with demand continuing through 2020.

The md of two-store independent furniture retailer Cookes says the business is trading ahead of plan despite the obstacles thrown at it through 2020.

Privately-owned Aberdare retailer Farrells Furniture has seen its large warehouse-style retail showroom destroyed by fire following a suspected arson attack.

Privately-owned retailer Archers Sleepcentre is to expand its store footprint with a new unit on "one of Scotland's leading retail parks" this Christmas.

South Coast furniture retailer Marriotts Furnishers has begun a stock clearance sale ahead of its planned, permanent closure next month.

David Amery has joined five-store privately-owned furniture retailer Gillies of Broughty Ferry as bedroom category buyer.

Glasswells, one of the U.K.'s largest independent home furnishers, has completed the remodel of its atrium entrance at its Bury St. Edmunds store.

Furniture, home department store and leisure group Leekes is to relocate its Park Furnishers business at Bedminster to a retail park site in Bristol early next year.

Privately-owned retailer targets Boxing Day launch for second new store this year.

Orchid Furniture, a high-end interiors retailer specialised in oriental style products, has reorganised with fewer stores under a new owner-operated company.

Profits advanced at North West destination home department store retailer Housing Units in 2019–20 despite sales being impacted by the pandemic and flooding.

South East furniture and department store retailer Collingwood Batchellor says the decision to diversify its operations will leave it in a strong position in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

East of England department store retailer Jarrold said it received an "amazing uptake from our customers wishing to support us" as it embraced ecommerce demand after the first lockdown.

Glasswells' commercial storage and warehousing facility at Bury St Edmunds has achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification for quality management systems.

Pent-up demand following the first lockdown earlier this year meant the decision to hold a retail sales event soon after stores re-opened proved judicious, according to a large independent in the South East of England.

Four-store independent remained profitable in 2019–20 despite the pandemic interrupting the final quarter of its financial year.

Destination furniture store retailer Andersons of Inverurie brought an end to four years of sliding sales in 2018–19 according to newly-filed accounts taking in the period well in advance of Covid-19's arrival.

The owners of furniture retailer Laws of Perth have announced the planned permanent closure of the business after they accepted an offer on the building premises.

Lukehurst, the third generation Kent home furnishings retailer celebrating its 50th anniversary, says it plans to press ahead with expansion next year.

The company behind department store retailer Browns of York booked a smaller net loss in 2019–20 and says it will explore options for its first-ever ecommerce website.

Glasswells has stepped up work remodelling the atrium entrance of its Bury St. Edmunds store, part of an ongoing series of investments at the flagship site that began in 2017.

Cabinet wholesale and retail company Kettle Interiors U.K. has renamed one of its two residual furniture retail stores after it adapted the available product offer post-lockdown.

Hatfields of Colchester, the major southeast England independent furniture retailer, agreed access to new term and revolving debt as it protected its business from the impact of lockdown.

The privately-owned group that lists heritage retailer Jarrold as its flagship asset is cutting more than a fifth of its workforce including Minnie Moll, CEO at its department store unit.

Independent retailer Taskers of Accrington is to build a new website it hopes will deliver the twin result of higher online sales as well as more customers visiting its North West store.

The net worth of a two-store furniture retailer with a sizeable Internet operation advanced after it kept six-figure profits within the business in 2019–20.

East of England furniture retailer Glasswells will reopen its Bury St Edmunds superstore on Saturday after cleaning up the devastation caused by a storm last weekend.

Independent furniture and department store retailer Barkers (Northallerton) estimates the Government-mandated shutdown of its stores cost the business about £40,000 a day in lost sales.

Glasswells says all hands are on deck as it looks to get its large Bury St Edmunds superstore reopened after it was hit by severe flood damage caused by torrential rain last weekend.

A number of Britain's premier independent furniture retailers have signed up to the Government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme, providing a hoped-for footfall boost through August.

The privately-owned franchisee behind the BoConcept brand in Canterbury has partnered a local property developer and builder for a high-end housing scheme in Kent.

James Gillies Lornie, the third-generation former managing director of privately-owned Scottish furniture retailer Gillies, has died. He was 84 years old.

A Lancashire and Yorkshire department store business with a large online operation said it has enjoyed a sales fillip thanks to more people being at home this year.

Developers keen to acquire the Manchester site housing the 50,000sqft Stocktons designer furniture store have a little over a week to make their bids. Interest is high, according to the agents charged with finding a buyer.

Privately-owned retailer Fairway Furniture reversed a skinny four-figure deficit to return to profit in the year to January 31, 2020 as sales inched forward and the value of its investments climbed.

Independent furniture retailer Michael O'Connor will rebuild store numbers with the opening of a second North East showroom later this summer.

The group behind the privately-owned Morleys department store network in London and South East England bolstered its balance sheet last year, leaving it well positioned ahead of the pandemic.

Privately-owned South East retailer Sussex Beds opened its long-planned tenth store last weekend after its launch had been delayed because of the pandemic.

The owner of four-store furniture retailer Alan Ward, one of the largest independent retailers in the country, has told employees that its stores will not reopen following the lockdown.

Industry insiders are hopeful that Alan Ward's flagship Shrewsbury store will remain a landmark furniture site despite the planned closure of the four-store retailer's shops.

The managing director of Stocktons, one of the country's largest retailers of modern furniture, says it is considering all available avenues as it progresses long-established plans for its Manchester store.

Durham Bed Centre, a chain of inexpensive mattress stores based largely in the North East, is to add two new units as it expands beyond its heartlands.

The company behind East of England furniture and homeware retailer Aldiss said it entered its 2019–20 year with a bigger order book, putting it on track to grow for a third straight year before the pandemic struck.

A furniture retailer forced to close one of its four Kent stores after the local council bought it for redevelopment has found a new site in Ashford and will then add a fifth showroom in the county.

Lower pension costs and an uptick in revenue helped furniture retailer Gillies of Broughty Ferry record higher profits in the year to August 31, 2019.

Underlying profits returned for the company behind regional home retailer Gardiner Haskins in a year that saw it reduce the scope of its Bristol operations by selling its Grade II listed Soapworks store building.

Higher costs and a slight fall in sales meant profits were lower but still class-leading at South East furniture retailer Vale Furnishers last year.

The new owner of the 90,000sqft Greater Manchester superstore of independent furniture retailer Cousins has timetabled its plans for the site and disclosed the value of its investment in the property.

A business retailing high-end designer furniture brands online and from premises in North Yorkshire folded last month leaving nearly 200 consumers owed an average of about £2,000 apiece.

A Glasgow based upholstery, window-dressings and interior fabrics retailer has been placed into administration after closing its three stores and ceasing trading a week ago.

Two of the largest privately-owned furniture and beds retailers in the South East have opted to close stores amid the unfolding coronavirus crisis, among the first major independents in England to do so.

Andersons of Inverurie, one of the largest single-store furniture retailers in the U.K., last night closed its store to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Creditors of the no-longer-trading independent furniture retailer Holdens of Newark face an expected shortfall north of £800,000, the biggest sum being a collateralised intra-group balance.

Ashford retailer Ashbury Furniture will close for good today (Feb. 17) after the privately-owned company suffered a downturn because of extended roadworks.

Executive departs Lincolnshire independent for St. Helier department store.

West Midlands and North West independent furniture retailer Cousins is to permanently close its Greater Manchester store, and will kickstart a closing down sale tomorrow morning.

The managing director of Cookes Furniture, one of the largest independents in the country, says he is confident the market will improve in 2020 after last year proved "undeniably challenging for retail."

Profits jumped for Ponsford, one of the largest furniture retailers of its type in the country, as the privately-owned company found savings and margin improvement in 2018–19 amid lower turnover.

Bath furniture retailer Silcox Son and Wicks is planning a major refurbishment project at its New Street store that will see it close for the bulk of the year ahead.



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