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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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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