Dewsbury manufacturer The Shire Bed Company has spent nearly £70,000 upgrading staff facilities as well as kitting out its employees with new uniforms.

Direct-to-consumer mattress brand Simba Sleep has appointed Allan Leighton, former CEO at Asda, as its new chairman, replacing Tom Teichman.

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Argos is matching competitors such as direct-to-consumer brands
General merchandise giant Argos, one of the UK's largest retailers of beds, is taking the fight to upstart mattress rivals by introducing a 100-night trial across its mattress product range.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's biggest bed company, earlier this year formed a joint venture that saw it take a majority stake in a new premium beds retail business in Sweden.

Adjustamatic, the motion beds and chairs brand, has opened a third retail showroom amid an expanding physical presence that also takes in sales via third-party operated stores.

Leeds beds business Otty Sleep has agreed a debt funding package with FW Capital Debt Finance, part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

Executives of a West Yorkshire bed outfit have launched a fresh trademark application of their own, following an earlier unsuccessful bid to quash a rival's mark.

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Ian Owen, European sales manager at Spinks Springs, left, with Ben Burbidge, chairman of the Manufacturing Guild Mark
Spinks Springs, the West Yorkshire maker of micro-springs used in beds and other applications, has won The Furniture Makers' Company's third annual Export Award.

Tough trading conditions in Germany thwarted international bedding giants Tempur Sealy International and Beter Bed Holdings, the two companies said in trading updates.

Foam and sprung mattress imports into Britain declined according to new official figures, bringing an end to 19 straight months of year-on-year growth.

Creditors of West Yorkshire mattress maker Luxury Beds face a shortfall of nearly £1 million after the company entered insolvency proceedings last month.

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The UK bed market advanced again in 2017 as higher mattress production and imports offset a fall in the value of the divan category.

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Dunelm acquired the Fogarty IP three years ago
Home furnishings retailer Dunelm is leveraging the Fogarty brand it acquired in 2015 into a complete sleep solutions offer, adding products such as mattresses as part of a co-ordinated approach.

Bed specialist Mattressman has achieved the backing of creditors for its Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) proposal, securing its near-term future.

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Rochester based Sleepeezee says conditions have softened after strong first quarter
Sleepeezee, the South East bed maker, says first quarter 2018 sales jumped nearly a fifth but it cautioned that consumers have been more reticent to spend in the period since.

Motion beds and upholstery maker Furmanac has appointed Stuart Page, most recently at Dreamworks Beds, as sales director.

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An appeal to invalidate the Zero Gravity trademark has failed
Highgate Beds group retains the ownership of the Zero Gravity trademark — registered by its Matza & Co business — after a rival's efforts to have the mark invalidated failed.

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Wiltshire bed maker Dreamworks is to be integrated into the Gallery Direct business
Gallery Direct is to integrate the Dreamworks Beds operation it bought in 2015 into the Gallery business in a move it says will benefit both parties and eliminate duplication.

Margins weakened by rising costs including stock write downs.

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Jas Bagniewski has left Eve Sleep, which launched an IPO last year
Mattress brand Eve Sleep has parted company with CEO and co-founder Jas Bagniewski with immediate effect. The company says its performance fell short of expectations in the six months to end June.

Eve Sleep will sell its heavily-promoted mattresses and other ancillary products in Dreams stores, after agreeing a partnership with the national bed specialist.

Retailer closes doors for the final time.

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18-store retailer Feather & Black has a new md
Beds and bedroom furniture retailer Feather & Black has appointed its first permanent md since Hilding Anders acquired the company at the turn of the year.

Carpetright is adopting a new two-fold strategy for its beds and mattresses programme, after conceding its earlier approach was not yielding the desired results.

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The China launch by a licensee follows that of its second UK showroom, at intu Lakeside (pictured) last month
Silentnight, Britain's biggest bed maker, will have half a dozen Chinese brand showrooms by the end of the year as part of an international licensing agreement.

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Alan Colleran (far left), Liz Colleran (left) and Tom Colleran (far right) with representatives from China
Duvalay has signed a licensing agreement that allows Chinese producers to promote and sell one of its mattress ranges in East Asia. It also plans to export its Hilary Devey line in China.

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The diversified Leeds group grows its own fillings and makes its own springs as well as producing mattresses such as this one from its Somnus brand
Group consolidated revenue at Leeds bed manufacturing and components group Harrison Spinks has passed £50 million for the first time.

Bedding components supplier Latexco is to supply a range of FSC-approved latex after gaining certification from the Forest Stewardship Council.

Mattress imports continued to rise in double-digit percentages at the start of the second quarter despite a fall in the amount shipped across from China.

High-end company launches here saying it will hold stock and limit product prices because it won't overspend on marketing.

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The Zommos mattress is being sold by retail giant Next
Zommos, the mattress brand that claims to offer the UK's first adjustable firmness product, has agreed a distribution arrangement with national retail giant Next.

Mattress brand Casper wants to have an offline presence in the UK and will consider opening either its own-run showrooms or working with another retailer.

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Mattressman will close the majority of its stores through a CVA process
Privately-owned Mattressman is to downsize via a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), closing the majority of its stores and retreating to its East Anglia heartland.

Ecommerce pureplay Wayfair has launched its Nora bed-in-a-box mattress, already sold in its native North American market, into the UK.

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Retailer Beds 'R' Us generates multi-million turnover
The company behind predominantly online mattress brand Bedz 'R' Us is to be liquidated after problems migrating its web platform led to a fall in its search rankings.

Bed wholesaler and retailer Simba Sleep has secured an exclusive distribution partnership with Sleep Country, Canada's largest bedding specialist.

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Feather & Black's new Bath store; Photo: Feather & Black
Premium bedroom retailer Feather & Black is back on the expansion trail, opening its first store since the takeover by Swedish beds conglomerate Hilding Anders six months ago.

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Wolf Components' Rob Shuttleworth
Rob Shuttleworth has been promoted to technical sales director at Wolf Components, the Yorkshire maker of mattress springs.

The National Bed Federation is adding feature areas to the Bed Show 2018, including Business, Knowledge and Services Hubs.

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