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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.

Hypnos is celebrating seven years of carbon neutrality, saying that in that period it has cut its carbon emissions by almost 70 percent.

GNG Group, the foam products company behind the Komfi mattress brand, will bring its Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) to an end ahead of plan after it negotiated a final settlement with creditors.

Breasley Consumer co-founder and former md Stuart Hibbert has become managing director of HS Footwear, the mini-spring business aiming to shake up the shoe industry.

International expansion helped the Germany-based ecommerce group behind the Emma mattress brand grow last year.

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CEO David Moffitt and CFO John Sexton collect the award on behalf of Kaymed
Bed and foam manufacturer Kaymed has been recognised on the Deloitte Best Managed Company list for 2018.

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Timber felled in the woodland will be kiln-dried and ready for use from the end April
Bed maker Harrison Spinks says it has felled the first trees from its wholly-owned and responsibly-managed Yorkshire forest.

Sleepeezee say it has been verified as carbon neutral by Carbon Footprint Limited, an organisation that works with companies to minimise their environmental impact.

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Dreams posted fourth straight year of growth in 2017
Bed specialist Dreams posted bigger profits as sales trended up in high single-digits in 2017, a fourth straight year of growth.

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Bed maker Silentnight is adding to its Trafford Centre, Manchester showroom
Silentnight, Britain's largest bed manufacturer, is opening a second flagship showroom and its first in the South East of England.

The numbers remain modest, but 2018 began with a continuing trend for mattress resellers to stock up on overseas-made merchandise.

The operating company housing Millbrook's bed making business posted rising profits as revenue jumped by a fifth in 2016–17.

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Eve Sleep: Losing nearly 69 pence for every pound it generates in sales
Eve Sleep posted a bigger loss in 2017 but says it is targeting UK profitability late this year and that the overall group can be earnings positive by the end of 2019.

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Leeds Rhinos players joined Fara Butt, sales and marketing director of Shire Beds, (right) and Rob Oates, commerical director of Leeds Rhinos (left) at the launch event last week
Bed manufacturer Shire Beds this week launched the second year of its marketing partnership with Leeds Rhinos, the Super League winning rugby league team.

Motion furniture brand Adjustamatic is opening its second consumer showroom with a retail store in Cheshire.

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The video is available via the NBF and Sleep Council YouTube channels
The National Bed Federation has created a new video for National Bed Month underscoring how an old mattress can negate other positive sleep-related behaviour.

Millbrook Beds has appointed Nigel Hillier as agent for Birmingham, South Wales and the South West of England, further expanding its sales team.



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