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Sales were up 2.7 percent last year at Hypnos
Profits jumped by a fifth as bed maker Hypnos widened margins and grew sales in 2016–17.

Bed maker Millbrook has named longtime Breasley executive Mark Hughes as sales director with a brief to expand the brand and build its rapport with independent retailers.

Casper, the emerging mattress retailer, has hired Greg Macfarlane as its first chief financial officer amid a board strengthening that sees it fill its chief marketing officer (CMO) vacancy.

The pan-European mattress retailer behind the Matratzen Concord chain pinned a 9.4 percent slide in final quarter sales on weakness in Germany, its number one market.

The liquidation of Birmingham bed maker Dream Masters Limited will cost creditors more than £650,000, with a series of businesses majoring in supplying components to the mattress trade hardest hit.

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Mattress imports into Britain were down by more than a fifth heading into peak season
Late autumn mattress imports into Britain fell by a fifth in the weeks after Europe's manufacturers were hit by out-of-spec foam components threatening to get into the supply chain.

Beter Bed Holding, the circa 1,200 store pan-European mattress retailer, has hired John Kruijssen as its new CEO, replacing Ton Anbeek.

Rob King has been promoted to sales director at Breasley Consumer Products, with the bed maker also having recruited Louise Chung as key accounts manager.

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Dreams will continue opening stores this year as well as investing in its existing estate
National bed specialist Dreams is planning to invest another £10 million this year but CEO Mike Logue says the business will heed the lessons of the past.

Anti Copying In Design (ACID) has revoked the membership of Platinum Enterprise (UK) with immediate effect after the company and one of its directors were found guilty of trademark infringement.

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Legal dispute centred on sale of Torino daybeds on Amazon; Photo: Birlea Furniture
Bedroom furniture company Platinum Enterprise (UK) has been found guilty of trademark infringement with a judge ruling it sold beds on Amazon under the Birlea name that were not Birlea beds.

The National Bed Federation, the UK bed industry trade association, will make its debut at the Northpoint trade show in Edinburgh later this month.

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Birlea Furniture's Torino Daybed is at the centre of an IP dispute. Image: Birlea
Birlea Furniture has accused bedroom importer Platinum Enterprise (UK) of trademark infringement and passing off for goods sold through an Amazon storefront.

Mattress maker and retailer Warren Evans is considering external investment or a sale of the business as part of plans to build out from its South East base.

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Rest Assured's British Wool Collection includes bedframes and accessories
Heritage bed brand Rest Assured has expanded its partnership with independent retailer Cousins, and says it is the start of a series of retail tie-ups planned for 2018.

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For 2018, Tempur UK has signed up Olympic gold medalist Callum Skinner
Mattress giant Tempur UK is to ramp up its television advertising and has signed up an additional sports star to support its This Sleep is Power campaign.

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Mattress brand Zommos has launched in the UK
An independent bed specialist with three decades in the trade has launched the Zommos brand, claiming it breaks new ground as the "UK's first adjustable firmness mattress."

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Dreams' new advertising campaign explores sleep and relationships
Bed specialist Dreams last Friday launched its new advertising campaign, moving its Replace Every 8 initiative on to a new phase that explores the link between sleep and relationships.

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Mattress brand Simba is targeting expansion outside Europe
Mattress brand Simba Sleep is said to have raised another £40 million from investors as it looks to expand operations outside Europe, with the U.S. and China on its radar.

The rise in overseas-made mattresses arriving in Britain continued in October with imports up by nearly a third year-on-year.

Direct-to-consumer beds brand Simba Sleep among several new signups to NEC show.

Plan to build out stockist base to retailers across the North West of England

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The UK mattress market grew last year
The UK beds supply market is consolidating with major mattress suppliers increasing their combined share by 5.4 percent in 2016–17.

A number of the UK's top drawer independent retailers have begun selling the Simba bed-in-a-box product now the brand's exclusivity agreement with John Lewis has expired.

The multi-million pound marketing spend is paying off with consumers entering furniture stores and asking for Simba or products like it, independent retailers say.

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Eve Sleep says UK trading momentum has continued
Mattress retailer Eve Sleep said today that its strong first half trading momentum has continued, adding that its UK business will be profitable by the final quarter of next year.

Bed maker Silentnight group generated strong sales, profits and cash last year and used the proceeds to deleverage, clearing all bank debt and a chunk of cash owed to its owner.

Award win for Rochester bed maker

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Silentnight achieved its highest profits since the turn of the century
Britain's biggest bed maker has posted its largest profits since the turn of the century as Silentnight group revenue reached its highest level in twelve years.

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Jones & Tomlin's Worthing Bedding Centre store
South East England independent beds retailer Jones & Tomlin made gains in the year to end March, building cash and deleveraging in the process.

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Shire Beds celebrates opening of its new Dewsbury HQ
Suppliers, supporters and local dignitaries joined Shire Beds as it held a grand opening event at its new Dewsbury headquarters.

Consumer flight to value and convenience is evident in the beds sector with more shoppers seeking out lower priced items bought through distance selling channels, according to new research.

More mattresses arrived from Poland, Denmark and China as the value of foam and sprung units arriving on British shores jumped 23 percent year-on-year in September.

Sales near doubled for the UK arm of European mattress brand Dormeo last year, ahead of it expanding its physical presence here with a first UK showroom.

Belgian mattress ticking giant BekaertDeslee is investing more than $4 million (£3 mill.) expanding its production capability in North America.

The National Bed Federation is to step up efforts to keep end-of-life mattresses out of landfill, saying the industry has a "moral and ethical duty" to find solutions.

Pan-European mattress retailer Beter Bed Holding has blamed lower footfall at stores in its largest market to the 'negative consequences of the foam issues at suppliers.'

Bedding giant Tempur Sealy International said third quarter sales advanced in high single-digit percentages outside North America though its CEO said the UK market was impacted by Brexit.

National Bed Federation members are now automatically part of a Primary Authority Partnership (PAP) scheme with West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service.

Chris Francis has been named national sales manager at Steinhoff UK Beds with responsibility for the Huntingdon bed maker's Myers and Slumberland brands.

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