Britain’s biggest beds manufacturer is to open a Silentnight Sleep Centre in a prominent former furniture store as a brand showcase for both consumers and trade customers.

Double-digit profit margins returned at the UK arm of mattress springs and machinery business Leggett & Platt in 2014 as a result of higher output and non-recurring bad debt.

simonSpinksHarrison Spinks md Simon Spinks says the beds, springs and upholstery group is committing £5.5m to capital projects over the next 12 months.

WarrenEvansChelmsfordLondon and South East beds and mattress retailer Warren Evans says a bumper sales performance in the early part of 2015 has put it in line to return to profit this year.

HRH The Countess of Wessex officially opened luxury bed manufacturer Vispring’s new showroom at its Devon factory last week.

Tempur Sealy International has settled a longstanding antitrust investigation alleging vertical price fixing at its German Tempur subsidiary.

dreamsSolihullextCoBeds specialist Dreams has posted sales of £193.6m in the year to 24th December in accounts that confirm its strong profits turnaround.

airsprungFactoryAirsprung’s mattresses and bed bases sold strongly in the year to end March as the Trowbridge group posted a five-fold profits uplift.

Luxury beds manufacturer Vispring grew profits by 16 per cent in 2014 on the back of higher sales and a 70 basis point improvement in gross margin.

andSoToBedStoreMarket conditions in the bed sector remained challenging in 2014, according to premium bedroom retailer and franchisor And So To Bed.

Leeds mattress and bed technology manufacturer Harrison Spinks was last night named bed manufacturer of the year for 2015.

EBITDA will reach £18m at beds retailer Dreams in 2015 as it continues to benefit from internal self-help measures and strong customer demand.

Hypnos has been named AIS Bed Supplier of the Year following a vote of its independent retail membership.

The world’s biggest bed company Tempur Sealy International has a new leader following the high-profile ousting of former CEO Mark Sarvary earlier this year.

Multi-fascia beds retail group Beter Bed said it made market share gains across Europe in the first half despite net store closures across its circa 1,100 store estate.

East of England beds retailer Mattressman is raising cash for a new children’s hospice, by donating a percentage of the proceeds of its in-house produced Nook mattress.

The company behind the SleepShaper mattress brand has developed a grading system for its memory foam programme and says others in the industry should follow its lead.

East of England mattress and bed base manufacturer Mansion House posted strong sales, profits and cash growth in the year to end March.

highgroveExhibDivan and mattress maker Highgrove Beds has invested heavily through a mix of new debt and self-generated cash flows after posting record sales and profits.

sleepeezeeBedRising short term costs meeting supply deadlines pushed the Simmons Bedding Group into deficit in the year to end December, despite sales being ahead of plan.

National beds specialist Dreams launched its ‘Replace Every 8’  campaign yesterday, its largest marketing initiative outside of Christmas.

RiazAhmedScholefieldMillSweet Dreams has invested in growing its workforce as strong demand helped sales reach an eight-year high in the 12 months to end March.

Retailers and manufacturers have until tomorrow night to enter the 2015–16 National Bed Federation Industry Awards.



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