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Dreams' Buckinghamshire HQ.
National bed specialist Dreams has appointed Tony Holdway as chief marketing officer, filling the role vacated when Lisa Bond left the business at the end of last year.

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Three generations of the Spinks family: Daniel Spinks (buyer), Simon Spinks (managing director) and Peter Spinks (chairman).
Bed maker Harrison Spinks has received a Queen's Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development, the fifth time the 179-year-old company has been recognised by the awards programme.

A one-time manager of the now defunct Dewsbury mattress maker Hick Lane Bedding has been disqualified as a director for six years following an investigation by The Insolvency Service.

Suppliers, customers and the taxman face a combined seven-figure shortfall from the insolvency of southeast mattress and bedroom furniture retail chain Beaumont Beds.

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Appointment completes management team says CEO James Sturrock.
Eve Sleep, the mattress and ancillary products retailer, has hired the CFO of rival furniture company Loaf as the replacement for its outgoing finance chief Abid Ismail in a coup for the business.

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Imports of foam and sprung mattresses combined are on the rise.
Foam and sprung mattress imports rose double-digit again in February, meaning British buyers have now bought more in from outside the UK in every month since May last year.

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Mike Marshall (left) with Millbrook Beds sales director Mark Hughes.
South Coast bed maker Millbrook has named well-known sales agent Mike Marshall as manager for Scotland as it looks to expand its customer base across the UK.

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Mattress Firm closed 660 stores as part of a Chaper 11 restructuring.
Steve Stagner is stepping down for a second time as chief executive at Mattress Firm, America's largest beds retailer. He had returned last year to oversee the restructure necessitated as part of the fallout from accounting problems at parent company Steinhoff.

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Harrison Spinks has since launched TV advertising for the first time.
Sales and profits advanced for Harrison Spinks Beds ahead of it making its TV advertising debut this Christmas, but it was the Leeds group's components division that delivered the biggest uplift in performance last year.

Beter Bed, the pan-European mattress and beds retail specialist, claims it has become the first to launch a completely circular box spring, saying its new Element programme is fully-recyclable.

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Consumers are buying beds more often, says the NBF.
Efforts to encourage shoppers to replace their mattress more often are working according to new research by the National Bed Federation (NBF).

Major chemicals supplier Dow is investing in new machinery at its research and development facility in Switzerland which it says will put it at the forefront of comfort innovation for the bedding industry.

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MattressOnline is one of the UK's longest established ecommerce businesses. Inset: Steve Adams (left) and Steve Kelly collect the NBF Retailer of the Year award in 2016.
Steve Kelly, co-founder of MattressOnline, is retiring to spend more time with his family and pursue other interests. Co-founder Steve Adams is now sole shareholder after completing a management buyout.

Casper Sleep, the U.S. headquartered mattress and ancillary sleep products business which additionally launched in the UK in 2016, has raised $100 million in a new equity funding round.

Vacuum-packed mattress maker Breasley has invested £300,000 in new CNC foam cutting machinery that it says will allow it to produce faster and in greater quantities.

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Hypnos said revenue grew in line with its business plan.
Higher cost-of-sales weighed on Hypnos profits in 2017–18 with the Princes Risborough bed maker outperforming the wider market after sales grew in both its principal business units.

Boss of UK/Europe of past three years moves on for emerging mattress business.

Both the volume and value of mattress and bed base sales by British and Irish manufacturers declined last year with business optimism also falling, according to new data from The National Bed Federation (NBF).

Mattress imports inched ahead in the first month of 2019 as the three largest sources of foreign-made goods for the UK market countered weaker figures from other countries.

Suppliers of a Dewsbury headboard maker whose goods are sold via platforms such as Amazon face a shortfall of nearly half a million pounds after the company was placed into liquidation.

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All change: (l–r) Eve Sleep chief brand officer Kuba Wieczorek is going part-time; CEO Jas Bagniewski left last year, CFO Abid Ismail is leaving, while COO Felix Lobkowicz has also left.
Chief financial officer Abid Ismail and chief operating officer Felix Lobkowicz are to leave Eve Sleep as the broom sweeping through the direct-to-consumer mattress company delivers more change. The departures were announced alongside 2018 results.

The eponymous founder of South East beds business Warren Evans, which ceased trading in February last year, will today relaunch the brand as an ecommerce pureplay.

Direct-to-consumer mattress business Eve Sleep says its products will no longer be sold in Dreams stores or online after the two companies agreed to end the partnership.

Belgian foam conglomerate Recticel grappled weaker demand in the upholstery and bedding sectors in 2018 but its non-furniture related business insulated its bottom line.

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Clare Taylor has joined Breasley Group as head of marketing.
East Midlands mattress maker and foam converter Breasley Group has appointed Clare Taylor as head of marketing, saying the creation of the new role was sparked by its fast expansion.

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Beter Bed closed a net 150 Matratzen Concord stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
A mid-year decision to cut store numbers cost the Dutch based mattress retailer Beter Bed Holding heavily as it booked a €23.3 million net loss for 2018.

An associated company has acquired certain assets of Beaumont Beds, the southeast England retail chain that entered administration with the closure of its stores earlier this month.

The CEO of Tempur Sealy International says its direct business is unlikely to grow far beyond 20 percent of total revenue for strategic reasons, with the bedding giant committed to third-party vendors.

DBC International, the distributor behind the M Line and Wave mattress programmes, is keen to return to the UK market after earlier supply arrangements came to end.

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The retailer closed 16 stores as a result of its CVA.
Beds specialist Mattressman says it is now in a strong position to "weather the economic storms ahead" after it downsized via a CVA last year when tough trading and the loss of data combined to force a restructure.

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Dr Lindsay Browning is Sleep Ambassador for And So To Bed
Dr Lindsay Browning, author of troublesleeping.co.uk, has been appointed Sleep Ambassador at And So To Bed, the UK and international high-end bedding retailer.

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Beaumont Beds trades from stores across London and southeast England.
Independent specialist retail chain Beaumont Beds has been placed into administration with office holders having already culled a number of its stores on appointment and hired agents to find a buyer for the business.

The diversified manufacturing and services group that lists heritage mattress maker Millbrook Beds among its subsidiaries wrote more business in 2017–18 but higher costs weighed on profits.

Retailers and importers built mattress stocks at the close of 2018 with the value of foam and sprung units bought in from abroad up by a quarter year-on-year in December.

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Double Olympic gold medal winning rowers Helen Glover and Alex Gregory visited Dreams Buckinghamshire HQ to help launch the partnership.
Bed specialist Dreams will become the first-ever official sleep partner of the British Olympic team, agreeing a partnership for the run up and duration of the Tokyo 2020 games, which begin in July next year.

Tempur Sealy International has submitted a stalking horse bid for the assets of one of its biggest customers, a 142-store American mattress retailer that filed for bankruptcy protection last month.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has launched its free-to-download marketing toolkit for retailers to use ahead of National Bed Month, which runs throughout March.

Southern England independent retail chain Beds Are Uzzz is stocking a bed-in-a-box brand for the first time after agreeing a tie-up with Yorkshire based Otty Sleep.

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Silentnight's new South West London showroom
Silentnight, Britain's largest bed maker, has opened a third brand showroom and its second in the south of England.

Dewsbury manufacturer Shire Beds has formed a headboard-making unit within its West Yorkshire factory after deciding to take production in house.

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