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.

MattressOnline, one of Britain's largest online pureplays, says it is on track to return to growth in 2018–19 with its focus on margins and working smarter.

Bed manufacturing giant Tempur Sealy International and Mattress Firm, which was until 2017 its largest customer, have agreed to a stay of proceedings in their ongoing legal dispute.

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The Eve Mattress as offered by Dreams, the UK national beds specialist
National beds specialist Dreams says it will make the Eve mattress line available on its website again with both parties currently in discussions over the commercial terms of their partnership.

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Some of the cash raised is earmarked for advertising
Channel 4 has agreed to take equity in mattress and ancillary products brand Eve Sleep in lieu of payments for television advertising spend with the broadcaster.

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The Beter Bed group, operator of formats including Matratzen Concord, said back in 2017 it had seen reduced footfall as a result of foam supply issues.
Beter Bed Holding, the multi-format mattress retailer with over 1,000 stores across Europe, is taking legal action against the chemicals giant that was at the centre of foam supply issues back in 2017.

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Marshall Mattress employs 35 people and is based in Toronto
Flex, the £300 million bedding group that owns And So To Bed and Vispring, has agreed to buy Canadian bed maker Marshall Mattress from its private shareholders.

Direct-to-consumer mattress business Emma says it racked up nearly £10 million in sales in the UK in the fourth quarter of 2018, with one of its co-founders forecasting consolidation in the sector in the near-term.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) is calling on companies across the beds supply chain to participate in a survey that will inform future planning policy with regard to used mattresses and improving recycling rates.

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Imports climbed from all the main supply sources
The value of mattresses imported into Britain in November 2018 was higher than any other month in history, new figures show.

Tempur Sealy International has agreed to provide debtor-in-possession finance to one of its major customers in the U.S after the retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

New product line consists wholly of reusable materials, European mattress maker says ahead of launch.

High-end bed maker Vispring has laid the groundwork for widespread sales growth overseas after agreeing a formal distribution contract with France's largest bedding retailer.

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Expanded remit for Tempur UK md
Tempur Sealy International has appointed the head of its Tempur UK operation to a newly-created position.

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The first Silentnight concession is slated for North London
Silentnight, Britain's biggest bed maker, is to expand distribution further after signing an agreement to open concessions inside home improvement chain Homebase.

New hire at And So To Bed, the high-end bedding chain with stores nationwide.

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The range provides the consumer with a heat-regulating and breathable mattress using cashmere, wool and silk
Sleepeezee's Natural Collection has been named the inaugural winner of the Bedding Product of the Year category by Harvey Norman Ireland at the retailer's annual awards ceremony.

Unrelated third-party buys assets of circa £42 million turnover operation.

New one-size-fits-all mattress brand to drive international wholesale business for European bedding business.

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The 30-second ad takes the viewer on a farm-to-factory journey, highlighting Harrison Spinks' vertically-integrated credentials
Harrison Spinks today launches its first-ever television advertising campaign as the Leeds bed maker bids to drive customers into retail stockists' stores and ask for its products.

Suffolk bed manufacturer invested in new assets against a backdrop of market uncertainty in 2017–18.

Mattress and ancillary products business Eve Sleep has enlisted the former marketing director at the Automobile Association (the AA) as its new chief marketing officer, after the previous incumbent left in October.

Profits more than doubled at privately-owned mattress maker Apollo Beds in the year that saw its owners invest in a new multi-million pound Batley property.

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Though its introduction impacted profits, Tempur said the new line has been well received
Profits at memory foam mattress pioneer Tempur's UK arm declined last year after the cost of a new product range rollout to stockists impacted gross margin.

After cutting its teeth in Germany, direct-to-consumer mattress startup Hilding Sweden is considering international expansion with the UK on its radar.

Motion beds and upholstery maker Furmanac has appointed Philip George as national sales manager. Sales director Stuart Page is to leave at the end of the year for personal reasons.

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Mattress imports are still rising
British retailers and distributors imported more foreign-made foam and sprung mattresses at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but the rate slowed compared with the year so far.

Southampton based Millbrook has become the latest bed maker to sign to exhibit at the January Furniture Show, which takes place next month at the NEC.

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Paula Nickolds cuts the ribbon at Harrison Spinks' new Innovation Centre
John Lewis & Partners managing director Paula Nickolds was guest of honour as bed manufacturer Harrison Spinks officially opened its new £2.5 million Innovation Centre at its Leeds headquarters last Friday.

Profits at Burnley bed manufacturer Sweet Dreams advanced as wider gross margin helped counter the impact of lower turnover in the year to March 31, 2018.

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Eve Sleep updates on plans for £15m of fresh investment
Eve Sleep has extended its cash runway in the past month and revealed it has received commitments from investors for about two-thirds of the hoped-for £15 million in fresh equity investment.

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Recticel supplies foam used as comfort fillings by mattress and upholstery manufacturers
The UK arm of foam giant Recticel slipped to a loss last year after squeezed margins combined with millions of pounds of customer claim costs because of a supply chain issue.

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Silentnight's new Healthy Growth mattress line
Silentnight, Britain's largest bed maker, has introduced a new kids-oriented mattress line after commissioning research it describes as the "first major UK study to characterise children's sleep habits."

Accountancy regulator delivers disciplinary formal complaint against KPMG and one of its partners alleging misconduct for work prior to Silentnight's sale in 2011. The complaint is "wholly without merit" according to KPMG.

Shire Beds has invested nearly £750,000 on new mattress making equipment for its Roll and Rest programme with the product line responsible for an increasing proportion of its business.

The company behind the direct-to-consumer bed brand Emma says it shifted €5 million of mattresses across Europe over the Black Friday weekend (Nov. 23–26).

Sleepeezee is to exhibit at the IMM Cologne exhibition for the first time ever as it looks to escalate the size of its international business, part of a plan to double its revenue over the next four years.

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Sleepeezee wants to build brand awareness
Bed maker Sleepeezee is to allocate nearly £3 million towards building up brand awareness among consumers as it looks to get more customers asking for its products by name in partner retail stores.



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