David Fletcher has joined diversified Wakefield based manufacturer GNG Group as key accounts director for its beds division, including its Komfi brand.

West Yorkshire bed manufacturer Duvalay has strengthened its senior leadership team with appointments that bolster its family-owned and run credentials.

The chairman of Harrison Spinks says the pandemic has accelerated the bed maker's pace of innovation with it having launched a product at "hyper speed" when it was forced to close last March.

A rush of imports in the final quarter meant Britain brought more foreign-made mattresses into the U.K. for the seventh year in a row in 2020.

Shares in direct-to-consumer brand Eve Sleep reached their highest level since July 2019 after a tie-up between the mattress and ancillary products company and a wellness cannabis distributor was revealed.

U.K. furniture manufacturers' output was down by more than a fifth in 2020 after falling in 11 of the 12 months of the year as the industry grappled with the virus and restrictions on trade.

Profits fell at Silentnight last year as the U.K.'s largest bed manufacturer incurred higher costs including one-off legal expenses, a sign that its legacy pension challenges may be reaching a conclusion.

Britain's biggest bed maker Silentnight has confirmed that all bar one of the retail showrooms it has launched in the past three years will not reopen once restrictions are eased.

Dreams, Britain's largest beds retailer, is pushing ahead with store expansion including stores in North West and North East England.

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 National Bed Federation (NBF) has developed a "bomb-proof" marketing pack to support retailers' efforts to promote sales during National Bed Month in March, irrespective of whether stores are open or closed.

Historic bed maker Sleepeezee is to issue a legal challenge to a trademark application made by a West Yorkshire rival.

Mattress and foam products maker GNG Group has taken delivery of new automated machinery for its beds division in a move that ramps up its production capacity.

Privately-owned retailer Sussex Beds will open its eleventh store this spring and continues to lay the groundwork for expanded distribution across the South East of England.

Direct-to-consumer brand Emma - The Sleep Company says its recently signposted new smart mattress featuring artificial intelligence technology will arrive on U.K. shores this year.

Routine factory maintenance in the upstream foam supply chain could lead to further disruption for furniture manufacturers and their retail customers later this year, BFM has warned.

The National Bed Federation (NBF), the trade association representing U.K. bed manufacturers, has announced four key hires to its 12-strong marketing committee.

Direct-to-consumer mattress company Eve Sleep has appointed logistics expert and longtime retailer Masood Choudhry as independent non-executive director.

Hypnos, the Buckinghamshire based bed maker, has further bolstered its sustainability credentials with The Planet Mark - Carbon Neutral certification.

The number of upholstery, beds and cabinet related trademark applications filed by Next in recent weeks is more than double the combined total lodged by the retail giant across those categories over the past five years.

Flooring and beds retailer United Carpets Group will delist from the Alternative Investors Market (AIM) on Friday as it returns to private ownership.

GNG Group, the West Yorkshire maker of mattresses and other performance foam products for sectors ranging from sports to healthcare, has promoted Darren Potterton to group managing director.

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

Direct-to-consumer brand Emma - The Sleep Company is to stretch its price architecture with a new smart mattress programme set to retail for upwards of £2,000. It follows exponential growth last year that saw the business reach revenue of €405 million worldwide.

Full year sales climbed for Eve Sleep with the direct-to-consumer mattress and ancillary products company saying it had cut losses too on the revenue tailwind and business model adjustments.

Consumers pivoting to ecommerce last year boosted U.K. revenue and profitability for the company behind the DreamCloud and Nectar Sleep mattress brands.

The value of foam and sprung mattress imports into the U.K. slumped in November, arresting a two-month return to growth across the combined categories.

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.

Factory investment didn't immediately yield the expected jump in sales for Dura Beds, according to just-filed accounts for the Batley mattress maker in the period leading up to 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.

The privately-owned retailer that operates Dreams beds stores in Northern Ireland along with a separate co-located upholstery fascia says trading in 2020–21 made a strong start.

Profits up by half for 20-store adjustable furniture and mobility products retailer in 2019–20 on continued revenue growth.

The diversified furniture, mattress and home accents distribution group Gallery Direct built out revenue in 2019 including a 50 percent rise in U.K. sales. Profits fell on higher costs.

Furniture retailer Loaf has appointed David Meredith, the former head of operations at John Lewis & Partners, as operations director.

The company behind the Balmoral Furniture operation in Northern Ireland says it should break even in the year to March 2021 despite sales being hit by the pandemic.

British consumers and importers are on track to buy up more China-made mattresses than ever before in 2020 despite the pandemic holding back goods from almost all other countries.

Mansion House Bedding Group, the Suffolk based bed manufacturer, entered the pandemic with no bank debt after robust cashflow enabled it to deleverage.

The chief executive of Bensons for Beds says there is no discernible logic to the decision to treat all non-food retailers the same way as the bed specialist and many of its contemporaries grapple with enforced store closures.

The md of Savoir Beds, the ultra high-end manufacturer and retailer, says its dealers in the Far East delivered an improved performance this year but sales have fallen overall as footfall declined in the world's great metropolitan cities because of the pandemic.

The National Bed Federation (NBF), the body representing U.K. bed manufacturers, has launched The Suppliers Council, which will focus on the interests of the association's component supplier and support services membership.



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