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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Savoir will host a Moon Party on the eve of the World Cup
Savoir is opening a showroom in Moscow, the city that is home to Russia's top ten billionaires and a growing roster of the premium British bed maker's clientele.

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Otty plans to take its business into mainland Europe
Otty Sleep, the Yorkshire mattress brand that launched in 2016, is expanding into the German market as it looks to build a £10 million business this year.

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Mattresses will be checked to ensure the specifications are as claimed
The National Bed Federation has launched a due diligence programme that will see it purchase and test mattresses of both member and non-member manufacturers.

Somerset and Staffordshire retailer In2Beds has closed its stores citing circumstances beyond its control.

John Cotton Nonwovens and BekaertDeslee, both major suppliers to the bed manufacturing sector, will again sponsor visitor and exhibitor refreshments at this autumn's Bed Show.

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Prestige Beds won the sub-£5m beds turnover retail award in 2017
This autumn's Bed Industry Awards — organised and run by the National Bed Federation — have been expanded with the retail categories split by both size and channel.

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Silentnight ending multi-year absence from UK's biggest furniture trade event
Silentnight, Britain's biggest bed maker, has agreed to exhibit at next year's January Furniture Show, marking its return to the NEC after a multi-year absence.

Bed specialist tells Irish Times that Ireland expansion under consideration.

The value of mattress imports advanced by more than a quarter in the first three months of the year driven by increases from all five of the main source nations.

The business and assets of North West mattress maker Babywise have been sold to one of the children of the late founders.

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Bed brand adds hybrid foam/spring mattress
Eve Sleep has ended its one-mattress approach to market with the launch of a second, after it introduced a new product that marries foam and springs.

Beds group Breasley has appointed Paul Gammon and Mike Fitzgerald as areas sales representatives, bolstering its sales force.

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Sales were up sharply at VCF (UK) though input costs hit profits
Input cost headwinds and one-off factors dented earnings at Vita Cellular Foams (UK) last year. The company, a major foam supplier to Britain's mattress and sofa makers, continued to grow sales.

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Tony Lisanti, Airsprung CEO, has been elected NBF president
Tony Lisanti, the longtime CEO at Airsprung, has been elected the new president of the National Bed Federation, the trade association has announced.

Worldwide sales jumped double-digit at Tempur Sealy International in the first quarter though the bedding giant said higher advertising spend proved a drag on margin.

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Philip George has joined Dreamworks Beds
Dreamworks Beds has named Philip George as area sales manager with responsibility for the west of England, from Manchester down to Cornwall.

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Former Rugby star and TV presenter Martin Bayfield
Former England rugby player and TV presenter Martin Bayfield has been confirmed as the host of the 2018 NBF Bed Show Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony.

Pan-European mattress retailer Beter Bed Holding says sales declined in the first quarter after double-digit falls in its number one market.

Data showing how consumers are spending their money on mattresses.

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More than half of those surveyed bought online, says a new NBF report
More than half of bed-buying shoppers surveyed by the National Bed Federation bought online, according to the trade association's biannual consumer research report.

Reveals more detail in new, amended accounts.

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80% of new jobs created last year were in production roles
Higher export sales boosted Jay-Be last year as the privately-owned guest bed maker invested in people at its West Yorkshire factory.

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Tulo is available through a range of distribution channels
Conforama, Steinhoff's largest European furniture retail business, has entered the rolled, folded and boxed mattress segment.

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(Left–right): Three generations of Harrison Spinks; Peter Spinks, chairman; Simon Spinks, md; and Daniel Spinks, buyer
Bed maker Harrison Spinks has doubled its tally of Queen's Awards for Enterprise, receiving another two on top of those already awarded four years ago.

Potential suitors put off by current status of IP rights registration.

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Chief operating officer Jonathan Hirst (far left), CEO Mike Logue (second left) are pictured with Dreams colleagues as the Camden store opened; Image: Dreams
Bed specialist Dreams has picked up a fourth former Warren Evans store, acquiring the now-defunct retailer's London showroom headquarters.

Shire Beds has widened the sales brief of one of its sales executives after a spike in demand from customers in Ireland.

Registration is live for the ninth Bed Show, which takes place September 18–19, 2018 at the Telford International Centre.

Furmanac, the company behind the Mi-Bed, Mi-Chair and Hestia brands, implemented lean manufacturing techniques and outsourced transportation as it cut costs last year.

Hampshire bed maker recruits new agent.

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Greg Suthern has returned to Studio Moderna Brands International
Greg Suthern has returned to Studio Moderna Brands International as CEO with a brief to drive its foam spring technology into new geographical markets and into different product sectors.

Mattress import growth into Britain continued in February despite declines from established supply countries.

Beds, sofas and foam group Airsprung says it last month achieved its long-stated aim of reducing waste sent to landfill to zero.

Revenue advanced for a fifth consecutive year at privately-owned bed maker Harrison Spinks as it looked to build market share in 2016–17.

Paul Ridgway joins Leicestershire based bed maker.

Experienced bed industry sales executive James Appleyard has joined West Yorkshire manufacturer Deluxe Beds as sales director.

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