Against soft comps, Headlam made gains in early 2019 trading.
Flooring conglomerate Headlam Group said it made top line gains in the first four months of the year with customers spending more in both the residential and commercial sectors.

Victoria, the U.K. headquartered floorcoverings manufacturer and distributor, has further strengthened its ties with the U.S. with its latest board appointment.

Carpet imports into Britain rose at their fastest rate in 17 months as Belgium's manufacturers got their mojo back to help put a miserable 2018 behind them.

Administrators have found a buyer for £12 million carpet equipment manufacturer Sellers Global Engineers after completing a deal with a consortium of investors to save the business.

Carpet and flooring distributor Victoria says it is "well placed for organic and acquisition-led growth" after giving its finances and trading performance a clean bill of health.

Designer Contracts, the national floorcoverings contractor, says it has near-doubled the size of its North East depot to accommodate an increase in volume.

Likewise Group has made its first international move after acquiring H&V Carpets BVBA, a Belgium based supplier of full rolls of carpet to flooring retailers in the UK and Germany.

Victoria, the Kidderminster headquartered manufacturer and distributor that has been buying up floorcoverings companies in recent years, says it has agreed new long-term debt finance.

Floorcoverings retailer United Carpets & Beds has opened a new store with a unit at one of the North East's most significant home furnishings retail destinations.

The intellectual property (IP) of Allied Carpets and Floors-2-Go — the one-time market leaders in the carpets and wood flooring retail sectors respectively — is up for sale.

UK like-for-like sales trend improved significantly, Carpetright said.
Floorcoverings market leader Carpetright says returning customer confidence in the chain after its 2018 restructure has delivered a sales boost and put it "on the path to sustainable profitability."

Ball & Young, the carpet underlay maker behind the Cloud 9 brand, returned to growth last year after taking action to offset the impact of rising input costs.

Sales grew at a faster rate for national floorcoverings supplier Designer Contracts in 2017–18 as the business continued to build out its depot network.

Topps Tiles, the market leader in the UK wall and floorcoverings retail sector, has agreed to buy commercial tile supplier Strata Tiles from its private shareholders.

British retailers and wholesalers bought more carpets from Belgium — the largest foreign source of the product — in February, ending a negative stretch going back to July last year.

Neil Rylance, CEO of flooring group Airea, has sold 2.5 million shares at 72 pence per share to the company's recently-created Employee Benefit Trust (EBT), the company has announced.

Balta Group, the Belgian carpet manufacturing giant and a major supplier to the British market, has appointed interim boss Cyrille Ragoucy as chief executive on a permanent basis.

Expanding floorcoverings retailer FlooringSuperstore.com continued its store rollout programme, opening a second showroom in the Midlands last weekend.

Likewise Group will complete its biggest deal yet with the takeover of Heatseam, a £21 million turnover distributor of residential floorcoverings throughout England and Scotland.

The new year began as the last one ended for Belgium's carpet manufacturers as imports from the country into Britain fell for the seventh month in a row.

Kidderminster carpet maker Brintons says planned tariffs will hurt rivals while the private equity firm that bought the business in a secondary buyout has disclosed the sale price for the first time.

United Carpets Group, the flooring and beds retail chain, says profits could fall more than 60 percent in 2018–19 as it reconciles tough trading conditions with the need to spend more supporting franchisees.

Carpet equipment manufacturer Sellers Global Engineers has been placed into administration with insolvency practitioners planning to trade the business with a view to finding a going-concern buyer.

Balta is one of the world's largest carpet companies with the UK a major market.
Belgian carpet maker Balta says it remains committed to the UK market despite suffering a fall in sales here through 2018 and being unable to pass on rising costs amid intense competition.

Headlam first announced plans to build the Ipswich facility back in the autumn of 2014.
Headlam's long-held desire to build a new regional distribution centre in the East of England will finally come to fruition after the flooring giant received planning approval and acquired land for the site in February.

Carpetright, Britain's biggest floorcoverings retailer, has hired Jeremy Maxwell, who has held senior posts across the home improvement retail sector, as group commercial director.

One of Britain's largest independent carpet manufacturers was back in the black last year after it shrugged off a "challenging retail environment" and market uncertainty to post near double-digit growth.

Headlam bought Rackhams and Garrod Bros last year.
Competitors and other interested parties have been invited to have their say on the takeover of two distributors bought by floorcoverings wholesale giant Headlam last year.

Victoria, the acquisitive floorcoverings conglomerate, says its South Wales carpet factory will produce higher volumes despite recent headcount reductions, with a new backing line now in full production.

Carpet makers in Belgium — home to some of the world's largest manufacturers in the category — have endured a miserable year for exports to Britain, with December proving to be among the worst months of all.

Profits declined in 2018 at Mohawk Industries, the world's largest floorcoverings business, as the diversified supply giant battled inflation and rising costs.

Victoria, the acquisitive floorcoverings manufacturer and distributor, has landed a seven-figure windfall after selling off land that had not been used for more than 20 years.

Like-for-like sales remained negative, Carpetright said in a Q3 trading update
Carpetright, Britain's biggest flooring retailer, said it continued to trade below year-earlier levels in the period taking in pre-Christmas trading and the January sales.

Neil Page is to retire from full-time plc duties after ten years as chief financial officer at Carpetright, the retailer has announced. His replacement is Jeremy Simpson, who joins from outside the industry.

Likewise Group has made its first move into the wall-to-wall floorcoverings category after completing the acquisition of South East London based distributor Lewis Abbott.

Platinum Event 2019 takes place June 22, 2019
Associated Carpet Group (ACG), a buying group for privately-owned floorcoverings retailers, will host the second edition of its Platinum Event later this summer.

LikewiseHQ 2019
Likewise is aiming to consolidate the distribution sector of the floorcoverings market
Likewise, the new business led by former Headlam directors Tony Brewer and Andrew Simpson, has raised equity finance as it looks to build a floorcoverings group of 'meaningful' size and scale.

Headlam, Europe's largest floorcoverings distributor, is building inventory of best-selling products as it looks to minimise disruption from Britain's planned EU exit.

Belgium, the biggest source of overseas-made carpets sold in Britain, continued to flounder despite a second straight rise in overall carpet imports into Britain according to late-2018 data.

New hire at floorcoverings contractor.

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