The number of U.K. mattress manufacturers with relatively modest sales and fewer than 50 employees has risen exponentially in the past decade while the total of larger enterprises has remained broadly unchanged.

Profits remained robust through 2022/23 for the North East company that describes itself as the first affordably-priced memory foam mattress competitor to market leader Tempur.

Exports of core furniture products such as mattresses, sofas and dining sets inched higher in the first quarter of 2023, rising to the highest level in four years.

Mattress and ancillary sleep products retailer Woolroom maintained a positive bottom line last year after a break-out period in the run up to and through the pandemic.

Import volumes of foam and sprung mattresses into the U.K. climbed for the third straight month in March, but the value of those products was lower compared with last year.

Raw material price inflation has eased only to be usurped by rising costs elsewhere, according to a poll of U.K. producers by the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

Restructuring fees are expected to swallow up most if not all of the agreed consideration for mattress machinery maker MPT Group following its insolvent rescue last month.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has paid tribute to its past president and bed industry great John Hancock MBE, who has died aged 84.

Higher prices and the completion of winter sales orders kept U.K. furniture factories busy as turnover at the factory gate reached an all-time high landmark in March.

The write-off of a related party loan was behind furniture and flooring rental retailer Pay Weekly Carpets & Vinyl reporting a loss last year despite rising output from its in-house sofa manufacturing unit.

U.K. sales jumped for mattress brand Emma Sleep according to just-filed figures that take in some of the most lucrative months of the pandemic for large players in the ecommerce home sector.

The National Bed Federation’s (NBF) consumer arm Bed Advice U.K. has sponsored The Sleep Charity’s new adult sleep eBook, which aims to help the nation sleep better.

Global supply chain delays ratcheted up the pressure on mattress machinery maker MPT Group ahead of an insolvent restructure that has seen all jobs saved.

The leader of Tempur Sealy International (TSI) says the takeover of U.K. market leader Dreams augurs well for the much-larger planned acquisition of its compatriot retailer Mattress Firm in a deal worth $4 billion.

Tempur Sealy International (TSI), the world's largest bedding company and owner of U.K. bed market leader Dreams, has agreed to acquire Mattress Firm, the largest bed retailer in the U.S., in a cash and shares deal worth $4 billion.

The London based company that claims to offer the world’s most advanced, breathable bamboo mattress returned seven-figure profits for the second straight year through 2021/22.

The issue of newly-allotted shares helped fund the Cotswolds-based ecommerce bedding brand Bedfolk last year as it sustained a trading deficit.

Jones & Tomlin, one of the country's largest privately-owned bed specialists, is to expand its store footprint beyond its home county after it acquired the freehold to a former Bathstore unit.

A director and shareholder of MPT Group, a well known North West manufacturer of machines used in the production of mattresses, has acquired certain assets of the company via an insolvent buyout.

Industrial conglomerate Leggett & Platt, a key cog in the U.K. mattress supply chain, posted a weaker first quarter performance as it lapped a record period last year.

Google and HM Revenue & Customs stand to lose most from the insolvency of the company that until a few days ago ran the Divan Bed Warehouse ecommerce mattress and bedding retail business.

Dubious traders tricking U.K. consumers into buying cheap mattresses that purport to be made with much higher specifications are costing the bed industry £100 million a year, says the National Bed Federation (NBF).

Ecommerce retailer Divan Bed Warehouse is now trading through a different corporate structure after a tax demand from HM Revenue & Customs prompted a predecessor operating company to enter liquidation.

Industrial conglomerate Recticel says foam company Carpenter has communicated its intent to pay less than had been previously agreed to acquire its Engineered Foams business.

Privately-owned ecommerce retailer MattressNextDay has begun listing the Simba Sleep mattress programme among its product offering for the first time.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) is launching a month-long campaign called May Be Time for a new Mattress through May with the aim of supporting retail marketing efforts through what is often a slower trading period.

Bed spring maker Leggett & Platt Springs U.K is reorganising its commercial department in preparation for the planned retirement of longtime executive David Nuttall.

A long-awaited Register of Approved Mattress Recyclers is now live in a major development in the industry-led effort to divert old mattresses from entering the waste disposal stream.

Bed maker Sleepeezee says investment at its Kent factory along with supporting overseas carbon offsetting projects have helped it achieve key sustainability targets and maintain its carbon neutral status.

Seven companies from the across the U.K. furnishings sector claimed King's Awards for Enterprise, including two for the Harrison Spinks beds, components and fillings group in Leeds.

The multi-million pound launch of Strandfoam U.K. into the British market has driven down prices in the foam supply sector and disrupted the status quo, according to its owner.

Consumer price inflation for household furniture eased to a 19-month low in March while input cost inflation at the furniture factory gate fell to its lowest level in over two years.

Revenue growth accelerated for Bensons for Beds in the three months to end March with the vertically-integrated retailer announcing plans to step up its store expansion programme.

Imports of foam and sprung mattress imports into the U.K. increased on the back of shipments from China almost doubling compared with the same period last year.

Sleep Expo Europe, a new exhibition and conference for the European mattress, bedding and sleep tech industries, is to take place in the Netherlands in just over a year from now.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has appointed Tristine Hargreaves as its new executive director, succeeding Jessica Alexander whose decision to stand down was announced last October.

High-end bedroom furniture and mattress retailer And So To Bed achieved wider gross margin last year as it adjusted its sales strategy to reflect the inflationary cost backdrop.

Profits at Vispring jumped by more than a quarter as the Devon bed maker enjoyed rapid growth in mainland European export markets last year.

The value of U.K. furniture manufacturing turnover declined on an annual basis for the first time in two years in February, official data out Thursday morning showed, but January figures were better than first reported.

Kent bed maker Sleepeezee Holdings has agreed an £18 million buy-in transaction with Legal & General Assurance Society, securing the pension benefits of around 200 retired and deferred scheme members.



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