Independent retailer M6 Bed Warehouse is targeting the Early May Bank Holiday weekend for the launch of its second store, doubling its footprint.

Mark Slater, who oversaw a redesign of the product proposition of case goods giant Howdens, has been appointed as the new chief commercial officer at Bensons for Beds.

SleepSoul, the hybrid mattress brand developed by furniture supplier Birlea, has agreed an exclusive distribution tie-up that takes it into the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.).

Mattress imports continued to climb in the early months of 2024 thanks to an outsized impact from premium bedding producer Tempur.

But revisions mean earlier declines were not as bad as first reported, new and updated figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

National bed retailer Bensons for Beds says it plans to open more than 30 stores over the next two years as it looks to return its footprint back to historic levels.

Ownership of Vispring has now yielded north of £100 million in dividend payments for the Spanish beds group that acquired the Devon bed maker back in December 2005.

Revenue climbed for the third year straight at beds and bedroom retailer And So To Bed last year though rising costs meant it was reliant on lower director pay to deliver earnings growth.

Bed retailers are being urged to support the National Bed Federation's (NBF) May Be Time for a New Mattress campaign running through May in order to galvanise awareness and demand for replacement products.

The disposal of the longtime East Anglia factory site of a bedding supplier that unexpectedly closed in 2022 leaving large debts owed to creditors has landed the former owners a seven-figure windfall.

Experienced industry executive Rob King has been appointed sales director at Vogue Beds Group, the East Midlands-based beds manufacturer.

Specialist private equity firm Alteri Investors provided national bed specialist Bensons for Beds with another high seven-figure chunk of debt and equity funding last year.

Relyon Beds says major customer wins and new product development have put the bed maker on the path for strong growth this year as it looks to build on progress made through 2022/23.

Wider gross margin helped negate softer sales in a challenging market at Leeds beds maker Harrison Spinks last year.

National retailer Bensons for Beds has brought all eve mattress production in house as part of the biggest product launch for the brand since its acquisition two years ago.

The owners of expanding South West manufacturer Enchanted House Beds have created a new corporate structure to hold their combined business interests.

The success of bedroom products sold and shipped by third party vendors has catapulted furniture into one of the best-selling ecommerce categories for B&Q, the retail giant best known for DIY and home improvement.

General merchandise and food retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) is to cut the number of furniture products it sells, leading to a reduction in hitherto key product categories such as sofas and beds.

Former Steinhoff chief executive Markus Jooste has died, a day after being handed a record fine by regulators following the accounting scandal that led to the break up of the one-time furniture conglomerate.

Nearly a dozen members of the leadership team now have skin in the game at Bensons for Beds following changes in the U.K.'s second-largest beds specialist's share structure late last year.

Duxiana, a premium-pitched Swedish bed manufacturer operating own-brand stores and supplying third-party distributors across Europe, is opening its second brand store in the U.K.

Beds and furniture retailer Barnes of Ipswich, better known as The Bed Factory, is to call time on nearly 100 years of trading next month after announcing its planned permanent closure.

Ashley Home has acquired Resident, owner of Nectar Sleep, the direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress brand with a multi-million pound U.K. business.

The former Recticel-owned East Midlands business that pours foam used to make fillings for beds and mattresses has formalised its corporate name change.

Kent bed manufacturer Sleepeezee has provided an all-new uniform to its employees as part a continuing commemorations of its 100-year anniversary.

National retailer Bensons for Beds says it traded positively at the EBITDA line through 2022/23 after an expanded store footprint and self-help measures contributed to an improved performance.

The quantity of mattresses imported into the U.K. climbed for the ninth straight month as January saw a double-digit rise in volumes arriving into the country.

U.K. furniture manufacturers' output declined for the third straight time in January, but the rate of decline was shallower than in each of the two preceding months.

The U.K. beds market declined but still outperformed all of the upholstery, cabinet and carpet markets last year according to provisional 2023 data that combines production for domestic consumption with goods brought in from abroad.

Clicks-to-bricks beds retailer Mattress Online will later this month open its fourth store and its third in its South Yorkshire heartland.

Happy Beds, one of the U.K.'s largest ecommerce beds retailers, continued to book strong profits last year but gains receded from the Covid-era highs of nearly £2 million.

Direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress brand Emma Sleep booked double-digit revenue growth in 2023 but said it was a year of disruption as it encountered challenges implementing new systems.

Flair Furniture, the fast-growing retail and wholesale company behind the Bed Kingdom brand, has acquired certain assets of Cuckooland, an ecommerce furniture retailer that ran into problems in post-Covid era trading.

East of England beds retailer Mattressman is to spend £50,000 upgrading its store in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

Hypnos, the U.K.'s largest family-owned bed manufacturer, is to consolidate all production at its wholly-owned Buckinghamshire headquarters, leading to the closure of its leased East Midlands factory.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has revealed a new online parody-style video for its National Bed Month campaign that it hopes will support retailers looking to drive sales of beds this spring.

The CEO of Mattress Online says the beds retailer addressed unprofitable marketing expense in a period where it kept hold of market share amid changing consumer spending patterns.

Independent retailer M6 Bed Warehouse is to open a second store after taking possession of a purpose-built unit in Northwich.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) was named winner of the ESG* Initiative of the Year at the Trade Association Awards 2024 on Thursday evening.

Revenue continued to climb for beds specialist Archers Sleepcentre in the first complete 12-month period since its managing director led a buyout of the business in late 2021.



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