The National Bed Federation has elected Ebrahim Patel, md at Leicester manufacturer Vogue Beds, as its next president.

The Sleep Council says retailer demand is behind a renewed push to promote British made beds.

Foam based mattress supplier The Foam Company has strengthened its sales force with the appointment of Jon Baker as commercial director and two high-profile external hires.

The National Bed Federation says the industry needs to prepare for a time when it will no longer be acceptable for old and unwanted mattresses to be sent to landfill.

vitafoamBritain’s bed manufacturers helped drive another top line lift at North West foam giant Vita Cellular Foams in the year to end December.

Bed manufacturers, suppliers and retailers are being urged to enter the 2015 Bed Show Industry Awards, with the NBF launching the process yesterday.

relyonBensonsRelyon sales to third party stockists were broadly flat in 2013–14 with sales to other Steinhoff owned businesses rising by close to half.

Belgium headquartered textiles group Bekaert — supplier to many UK mattress manufacturers — has been sold by one investment group to another.

somnusYorkshire beds and components group Harrison Spinks posted record group sales and profits in the year to end June.

Industry backed promotional body The Sleep Council is calling on beds retailers to back its new marketing campaign which starts 1st May.

Furmanac — the West Midlands motion furniture manufacturer behind the Mi-Bed and Mi-Chair brands — maintained its sales momentum in the year to end June.

Expanding the number of retail touch-points through 2014 helped luxury Swedish brand Hästens Beds to high top line growth last year.

Beds retailer Dreams is to increase its presence in and around Birmingham with a new 8,650sqft store opening on Good Friday (3rd April).

millbrookBedsBed manufacturer Millbrook is back on the path to profit after work to restructure the business and find new customers paid off, its owners have said.

Martin Allen is to retire as managing director of Airsprung Group’s headboard division at the end of this month.

recticelBrandedRecticel said its Geltex Inside product line together with foam sales to British customers were bright spots as it narrowed FY 2014 losses.

Luxury beds brand Somnus has promoted a key executive to the new position of European sales and marketing director as part of a series of moves that expands its sales force.

EBITDA climbed 50 per cent at luxury bed manufacturer Hypnos in the year to end June as the group made the most of rising demand.

Trading standards is backing UK bed manufacturers after it awarded the National Bed Federation’s Code of Practice Assured Advice status.

Gainsborough Beds has open a second showroom with a permanent space in the Harrington Mills complex in Long Eaton.

Mattress and bedding giant Tempur Sealy has defended its record and management after coming under fire from an activist shareholder.

hypnosBedSales at Hypnos grew by a fifth for a second successive year in 2014 as the bed manufacturer capitalised on growing demand in the retail sector.

Memory foam pioneer Tempur has launched mattresses featuring springs for the first time, but its UK md says there are no plans to launch the line here.

Premium bedroom and lifestyle retailer Feather & Black is launching the London Collection, a British themed beds range featuring what it describes as the UK’s highest spec mattress.

This year marks the 175th anniversary of premium bed brand Somnus, with celebrations to kick off with two special edition launches today.

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