The Rug Company, the private equity backed rug supplier targeting wealthy consumers and interior designers, will next month open its fourth London showroom.

Pooky Lighting, the highly-profitable lighting brand launched a decade ago by Sofa.com co-founder Rohan Blacker, has launched in the U.S. market.

Upholstered furniture fabrics supplier Mobus has promoted Sam Thornber from sales manager to sales director.

Profits fell sharply for soft furnishings supplier Rapport Home Furnishings last year, but a strong focus on working down stock levels helped to boost liquidity.

Fabrics and wallpaper supplier Sanderson Design Group said a strong performance from its high-margin licensing business has continued to mitigate the impact of challenging U.K. trading conditions.

The Gangani family, who sold home textiles supplier Bridstock Gate back in 2017, is to relaunch its flagship bedding brand after re-acquiring the intellectual property (I.P.) rights last year.

Evans Textiles, one of the U.K.’s leading soft furnishings and window hardware suppliers, booked a net loss last year as it wrote down the value of its investment to nil in a bedding business it bought seven years ago.

The West Yorkshire rug and mat manufacturer behinds brands such as Howler & Scratch and Rug Guru plans to invest another £3 million on factory upgrades having spent a similar sum last year.

A second straight sharp rise in revenue helped filled bedding, bedlinen and soft furnishings supplier Richard Haworth to maintain profits last year, despite input cost pressures.

Organisers have opened pre-registration for Scottish Interiors Showcase, the long-running accessories, fabrics, finishings, flooring, furniture, lighting and wallpaper exhibition.

Designers Guild, the designer, wholesaler and retailer of diversified home products spanning furnishing fabrics to upholstery, booked a £2.04 million net loss in the year to March 31, 2023 on lower demand and higher costs.

A drop in revenue and continued pressure on costs impacted profitability at the Osborne & Little furnishings fabrics and wallpaper group in the six months to end September last year.

North West lighting supplier Cascade says it is putting liquidity before profit as it grapples a tough market backdrop that has seen falling demand combine with rising costs.

A large positive swing in gross margin helped rug wholesaler Asiatic Carpets shrug off the impact of output falling to more normal trading levels through 2022/23.

The company behind multi-million pound direct-to-consumer bedding brand Groove Pillows has stopped taking orders and been placed into liquidation.

The ambitious ecommerce homewares retailer that rescued £2 million furniture retailer Shabby in early 2022 slipped to a deficit in the first full year since completing the asset buyout.

The integration of an acquisition and a new startup soft furnishings manufacturing venture helped North West fabrics group Panaz grow through 2022/23. But rising costs meant profits flatlined.

Upholstery and curtain fabrics wholesaler Fryetts said it continued to perform well through 2022/23 despite the recent economic uncertainty, with net margins remaining in double-digit percentages.

The insolvent restructure of the Pagazzi Lighting retail business earlier this autumn resulted in the closure of three of its stores, administrators have said in a new report.

Upholstery and furnishings group Belfield said strong credit control helped narrow its operating cash burn last year in a period where the industry-wide chronic shortage of foam led to production disruption and inefficiencies.

Premium lighting, homeware and occasional furniture supplier Porta Romana delivered class-leading profits in the year to end April on the back of sales growth and its ability to pass on price rises to customers.

Risings costs and weaker sales hit profits at Riva Home ahead of the Yorkshire soft furnishings supplier's buyout of upmarket fabrics producer Voyage Maison earlier this year.

The Fine Bedding Company found trade tougher through 2022/23 but still allocated six-figure resources to both capital expenditure and charitable endeavours.

Retail and wholesale brand Habitat is to create a range of tableware and kitchen products based on Sanderson's National Trust collection of fabrics, after the parties signed a licensing agreement.

U.K. sales returned closer to pre-pandemic levels for high-end Italian designer lighting company Artemide last year, but at a cost to margins.

Wider gross margin helped the North West supplier of bedding and household textiles under brands spanning Dorma to Content by Conran find a big performance boost through 2022/23.

Half-year profits advanced for Sanderson Design Group (SDG) as the premium interior design and furnishings supplier enjoyed the benefit of new licensing agreements.

Profits declined but remained class-leading at global fabrics giant Romo last year ahead of a transaction that saw of one of the founder's great-grandsons buy out another.

Lighting, home accents and furniture retailer Pagazzi has effected a corporate reorganisation that looks to have secured its future.

Alessi, the Italian designer homeware company, saw revenue drop back at its wholly-owned U.K. operation in 2022. Sales still remained ahead of the preceding seven years.


Turnover was down 12 percent to £4.26 million at Alessi (U.K). in the 12 months to December 31, 2022, with the business unit delivering profits down 5.7 percent to £78,693.

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Alessi (U.K) revenue: 2013–2022 (£m)


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The Italian company's products are sold via its own channels as well as through third parties spanning department store retailer John Lewis to design retailers including Heal's and SCP.


Net assets for the U.K. subsidiary increased to £1.12 million (2021: £1.05m), which largely reflects £1.3 million of historic shareholder equity funding.

Sofa covers, re-upholstery and curtains company Plumbs made headcount reductions as it sought to find cost savings amid an increasingly challenging market last year.

Restructuring advisors have been called in at Bridstock Gate, the bedding suppler that trades as Portfolio Home, after the company was hit by a downturn in trade.

Wallpaper company Graham & Brown has begun a consultation with employees after proposing to close a manufacturing facility in Blackburn, the Lancashire town where it was founded in 1946.

Sanderson Design Group has cut costs after the multi-faceted fabrics and furnishings supplier took steps to streamline its U.K. support function.

A large independent rugs retailer trading from one of the main roads in and out of London has folded leaving large debts, mainly to the tax authorities and financial creditors.

Kitchenware supplier Sabichi Homewares claimed market share gains last year but higher costs meant profits declined.

Fabrics and window dressings retailer and distributor Terrys cut costs and made business model adjustments as it mitigated a market downturn in the second half of last year.

Upholstery and furnishings fabrics exhibition Proposte is returning to its historic late spring dateline for its 2024 edition.

The unwind of an elevated stock position helped rug distributor Flair Flooring bolster its cash levels last year, despite recording lower profits.

Bradford rugs and homewares supplier Melrose Interiors found trade more challenging last year ahead of its sale to the U.K.'s largest floorcoverings distributor.

Soft furnishings and household textiles supplier Ulster Weavers has pinned a 2021/22 loss on supply chain pressures including artificially high freight costs and a deteriorating exchange rate.

North West bedding supplier Comfy Quilts found top and bottom line growth in the year to January 31, 2023 despite lower sales to a significant related party customer.

Cleland McIver more than doubled profits last year as it benefitted from growth at retail giant Dunelm and its earlier investment in building distribution capacity.

Coach House, the £64 million furniture, interiors and giftware wholesaler, has expanded its footprint in London with the opening of a new, larger trade showroom in Chelsea.

Closing stock levels at Bedeck reached almost double the prior five-year average as the home textiles company allocated cash to inventory building through 2021/22.

Soft furnishings distributor Riva Home has followed its buyout of cushion maker Evans Lichfield during the pandemic with the acquisition of Glasgow fabrics producer Voyage Maison.

South Coast bed manufacturer Millbrook has launched a programme of wool bedding after partnering with white-label producer Sleepsense International.

A court filing has put creditors of a heritage producer and distributor of table, dining and homeware products on high alert ahead of a possible insolvent restructure.

The write-off of a related party loan was behind furniture and flooring rental retailer Pay Weekly Carpets & Vinyl reporting a loss last year despite rising output from its in-house sofa manufacturing unit.

Gallery Direct has expanded its home accents business with the acquisition of Art Marketing, a wall art, clocks and photo frames supplier. The Kent company has also announced a management reorganisation that will see md Peter Delaney take on a new brief.

The issue of newly-allotted shares helped fund the Cotswolds-based ecommerce bedding brand Bedfolk last year as it sustained a trading deficit.

National soft furnishings, lighting and home accents brand Julian Charles Home has laid down a marker in a profitable first full year since a private equity backed buyout.

Pooky, the lighting brand created by one of the co-founders of Sofa.com, is opening its first retail showroom in the North of England and its third overall.

Fabrics and wallcoverings supplier Sanderson Design Group shrugged off the impact of flat sales and rising input costs to find profit growth in the year to January 31, 2023.

Profits declined sharply at Elstead Lighting last year as narrower gross margin and rising administrative costs countered the positive impact of sales growth, particularly in export markets.

Seven companies from the across the U.K. furnishings sector claimed King's Awards for Enterprise, including two for the Harrison Spinks beds, components and fillings group in Leeds.

The family of one of the great-grandsons of the founder of fabrics group Romo has bought out another great-grandson and his family in a transaction that concentrates ownership of the circa £100 million business.

Higher sales to the residential and hospitality markets along with an uplift in demand from U.K. interior designers serving customers in the Middle East boosted a top-end rug distributor last year.

Rising costs countered higher sales for upholstery and drapery fabrics supplier Warwick last year while cash declined after a large share buyback.

One-off costs settling a Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) price probe hit profits at the group behind Oxfordshire supplier Där Lighting last year.

Sanderson Design Group has agreed a licensing agreement with J Sainsbury that will see the supermarket group's Habitat brand develop a wide range of products in collaboration with the Morris & Co. and Scion brands.

Sanderson Design Group says it is committed to protecting its interests ahead of a hearing next month regarding an intellectual property dispute with Waltham Forest Council.

Kent bed maker Sleepeezee has diversified its product roster with the launch of a premium-pitched bedding line in partnership with Sleepsense International, the sleep accessories company.

Restructuring advisors have detailed the terms of an asset-only deal for the £52.5 million turnover business that sold Sleepdown branded bedding in the U.K. on retail marketplaces such as Amazon.

Fabrics supplier Blendworth International more than doubled its turnover through Covid after pivoting to making personal protective equipment (PPE) for the NHS. But the abrupt termination of a five-year contract started a spiral towards insolvency.

Decorative lighting supplier Searchlight Electric built stock levels and maintained healthy cash reserves on new borrowing last year against a difficult trading backdrop.

Weaker-than-expected sales and higher costs impacted pro-rata trading profits at the trade and direct home shopping bedding, home textiles and soft furnishings supplier Rapport Home last year.

Contemporary housewares supplier Joseph Joseph Group booked record sales last year as its international business gained further traction.

Revenue climbed by more than a third at British homewares and lifestyle brand Sophie Allport ahead of it appointing a new CEO to elevate the business to another level.

The reopening of the hospitality industry boosted textiles manufacturer and distributor Richard Haworth, one of the largest U.K. suppliers of filled bedding and soft furnishings to the sector.

Upholstered furniture company Kingcome Sofas has completed works at its Devon factory designed to boost capacity and make the business more productive.

Flooring group Headlam has acquired one of the largest independent players in the U.K. rugs market in a deal that bolsters its offer to the ecommerce sector.

A digital challenger bank and the taxman have been left nursing significant debts following the insolvency of a rugs wholesaler based in the South East of England.

A leading rug and mat manufacturer and distributor that has historically sold through retailers such as John Lewis and Dunelm invested and maintained high profits last year on underlying growth.

The combined book value of rug wholesaler Asiatic Carpets and its co-owned property companies climbed by almost £10 million last year as profits increased and real estate was revalued upwards.

Fabrics group Panaz said the decision to diversify its existing supply chain led to more flexibility on cost and helped to shield it from geopolitical risk.

Esselle Retail, a distributor of flooring textiles based in the North West, has acquired Arthouse, the private equity backed supplier of wallcoverings and home décor.

Major U.K. lighting supplier Cascade says its target for the year ahead is liquidity rather than profit after a period in which it encountered cost headwinds.

Pooky, the multichannel lighting business set up eight years ago by Sofa.com co-founder Rohan Blacker, has recruited from the furniture sector for a new chief executive.

The large U.K. affiliate of a South Asian distributor of bedding, quilts and other household textiles has been placed into administration after it succumbed to cashflow problems amid creditor pressure.

Furnishing fabrics and wallpaper supplier Osborne & Little repaid almost £3 million of debt and doubled group profits through 2021/22 as it kept a lid on costs as custom returned.

Longtime md Simon Blackley has led a management buyout (MBO) of John Spencer (Textiles) and Ian Mankin, the two subsidiaries of weaving and fabrics group Ashfield Mill Company.

Panaz Holdings has promoted Nadeem Memon to group chief financial officer with responsibility for the fabrics and furnishings group's expanding roster of business units.

The owner of home and giftware importer Lesser & Pavey found big revenue growth in the past year but underlying profits were hit by skinnier margins.

Restructuring advisors say multi-million pound filled bedding supplier Norfolk Feather is yet to formally enter insolvency despite the reported closure of its business earlier this month.

Filled bedding company Trendsetter Home Furnishings built on a return to profit with an eight-fold rise in earnings in the past year, but cautioned of headwinds in the period since.

Higher costs saw profits almost halve for bedding supplier Comfy Quilts in the year to end January despite sales having climbed thanks to it doing more business with a company under common control.

Adjusted profits jumped by a third at upholstery and soft furnishings fabrics group Romo last year as the company found growth in the U.K. and abroad.

Upmarket interior design and furnishings supplier Sanderson Design Group found profit growth in the first half of its 2022/23 financial year after almost doubling licensing income.

Furniture, mattresses and home accents distributor Gallery Direct pumped cash into stock build last year in a period where it returned to profit on vastly increased output.

U.K. listed textiles group says part of its German-based operations has struggled as a result of weak consumer confidence.

Higher output outweighed rising costs and thinner margins as North West household textile supplier Turner Bianca found bottom line growth in the year to end March.

The owner of one of the U.K.'s most prominent rugs businesses has agreed a deal with restructuring advisors to acquire rival rug brand Woven after the company behind the etailer was placed into administration earlier this week.

Soft furnishings retail chain Julian Charles Home followed through on its vow to return to profit through 2021/22 as it continued to bounce back under its new owner.

A North West ecommerce home goods retailer with ownership ties to the supply sector added turnover, profits and employee headcount in a breakout period, its first public-record accounts show.

An Italian design company based on the banks of Lake Maggiore enjoyed its strongest year in the U.K. in almost a decade as home sales surged in the aftermath of lockdown.

Upholstery brand Arlo & Jacob is launching a debut programme of handcrafted rugs designed by Julie Smith, its chief stylist and creative partner.

Underlying sales climbed sharply at Northern Ireland based furnishing fabrics and household textiles supplier Ulster Weavers last year as it benefitted from its relationship with retail giant Dunelm.

The next edition of the London Fabric Show will take place at the ILEC Conference Centre in the capital from February 28–March 1, 2023 organisers have confirmed.

Private equity backed household and contract textiles wholesaler Whyte & Ivory says sales have hit eight figures for the first time after stellar international growth, particular in the U.S.

The managing director of Mobus Fabrics says its sustainable, environmentally friendly flame retardant coating GreenFR has created a buzz in the retail sector and is now the main FR finish applied by the West Yorkshire supplier.

The cash for a new capital raise at an expanding beds and bedding ecommerce business was provided by the company's existing sole shareholder, who has ties to historic furniture industry brands.

Profits more than doubled at the Ashley Wilde group last year as the Hertfordshire headquartered furnishing fabrics group delivered an eighth straight increase in revenue.

Stock levels at Cleland McIver more than doubled by the end of its 2020/21 financial year as the soft furnishings supplier invested further in distribution capacity with a new 75,000sqft facility.

Bedeck returned to profit last year as the Northern Ireland based bedding company benefitted from a lower administrative cost burden of almost £2 million, including non-recurring exceptional items and a currency gain.

Investment helped the soft furnishings group behind the Iliv brand find further margin gains in a strong trading period during which it grew profits and repaid debt.

Former Debenhams and New Look executive holds shares in direct-to-consumer bedding brand following spring 2022 transaction that uprates the company valuation.

Kingfisher, parent to U.K. home improvement chain B&Q, is to start a second £300 million share buyback programme inside a year as part of plans to return excess capital to shareholders.

Rollie Attard, chief operating officer at fabrics supplier Panaz, is to become chief executive in place of his father and company founder Tony Attard, who will become chairman.

Restructuring advisors offer bullish outlook for creditors of East Midlands supplier after co-owner's death prompted eventual closure last year.

Furniture wholesaler Birlea has agreed a deal that will see it become the U.K. and Ireland distributor of Disney branded furniture and home accessory products.

Strong demand indicates a tailwind for home-related spending remains, according to Colefax Group, owner of high-end soft furnishings brands and a prestige British sofa maker.

Furniture giant Natuzzi has turned to the office furniture sector for the leader of its newly-formed Furnishing and Accessories business unit, which it hopes will boost order values across its retail network.

A U.K. bedding retailer chaired for most of the past decade by former Marks and Spencer CEO Sir Stuart Rose is on the cusp of being sold to U.S. furniture and bedding retail and wholesale group Malouf Companies.

Global home furnishings company Designers Guild says a huge amount of re-engineering work has helped position it to emerge from the pandemic as a stronger and more robust business.

The U.K.'s antitrust regulator has found that Där Lighting restricted retailers' freedom to set their own prices online between 2017–2019 and fined the company £1.5 million.

Sales jumped by almost half for major rug distributor Flair Flooring last year to help counter the impact of rising costs and inflationary pressures.

Bedlinen and homewares company Bedeck has renewed a licensing agreement with soft furnishings supplier Sanderson Design Group for a further three years and widened it to include new markets.

Bedding and linen retailer Julian Charles is to become Julian Charles Home as part of a twin-fold strategy that will also see it take store numbers beyond 100 by next year.

The Swedish investment group that acquired a majority stake in U.K. furniture supplier Julian Bowen last year has strengthened its home décor portfolio with the buyout of a compatriot lighting brand.

British homewares and lifestyle brand Sophie Allport has appointed Richard Bell as its chief executive officer (CEO) with a brief to take the fast-growing business to the next level.

Sales jumped by a third and profits climbed for Oldham domestic decorative lighting supplier Cascade in 2020/21 as it lapped a prior year-end impacted by the first lockdown.

Joseph Joseph Group, the contemporary housewares designer and distributor, posted record sales and profits as customers pivoted online and towards home products last year.

An online lighting retailer has ceased trading and filed for insolvency with consumers being warned that products they have bought may pose a serious risk of electric shock, fire or injury.

East Midlands textiles manufacturer and distributor VM Fabrics has been placed into administration and ceased trading following the death of its co-owner and md last year.

John Cotton Group has become a corporate member of The Furniture Makers' Company (TFMC), the dedicated furnishing industry charity and City of London livery company.

Prestige department store retailer Harrods is to launch the Morris & Co. Home Emporium, a new concept selling products across a range of goods including furniture and soft furnishings.

Textile manufacturer Ulster Weavers has revealed a first-ever home furnishings collection as the 140-year-old company repositions as a contemporary homeware brand targeting millenials.

A rug and mat supplier which has historically listed retailers including Dunelm and John Lewis among its stockist base landed a net margin north of 20 percent as it traded strongly through the first year of the pandemic.

Colefax Group, owner of multiple high-end furnishing fabric brands and prestige Devon sofa maker Kingcome, booked profits up by more than a third on higher sales in the six months to October 31.

IKEA's long-planned and delayed Hammersmith inner-city store will open next month, the retailer has confirmed, almost a year later than originally hoped.

Invite-only trade exhibition BFM Fabric Show London 2022 will take place at a new venue, the ILEC Conference Centre near Earls Court, when it returns this spring.

Organisers of Heimtextil, the international trade fair for the textiles industry held annually in Frankfurt, have rescheduled the cancelled event for the summer of this year.

The future of garden, outdoor leisure, lighting and home ecommerce brand True Shopping (trueshopping.co.uk) is uncertain after restructuring advisors were drafted in to run its operating company.

Sales climbed by more than a fifth for London based rug distributor and wholesaler Asiatic Carpets last year as it benefited from higher home spend among consumers.

3G Capital, a global investment firm and private partnership, is to acquire a controlling stake in Netherlands based furnishings conglomerate Hunter Douglas, owner of multiple U.K. companies including window dressings giant Hillarys.

Homewares importer and distributor Sabichi saw profits jump 63 percent in the past year as it beat its revenue target by more than £4 million.

National bedding and linen retailer Julian Charles says its online business has exploded after heavy investment in its digital proposition under its new owner.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the U.K.'s antitrust watchdog, has has provisionally found that Dar Lighting has broken competition law by preventing retailers from offering discounts online.

North West upholstery and curtain fabrics wholesaler Fryett's widened gross margin in 2020/21 as it increased its market share in the supply of cut length products.

Italian Design Brands (IDB), a private equity backed collective of high-end furniture and interiors companies that launched a U.K. arm this year, has acquired a minority stake in Axolight, an Italian lighting supplier.

Flooring supplier Victoria is to enter a new product segment after it agreed to buy the rugs division of Belgium's Balta Group. It will also acquire its U.K. polypropylene carpet and non-woven carpet businesses, plus the Balta brand.

Furnishings fabrics business Arley House has successfully defended a copyright infringement claim brought by a minority shareholder and fabric designer.

Suffolk headquartered window fabrics conglomerate Style Group has acquired a stake in 360º Marketing & Communications, a Spain-based marcomms agency.

Trendsetter Home Furnishings, the business behind The Fine Bedding Company brand, said it made a welcome return to profit after it outperformed its budget by focusing on creating a more sustainable business.

Sanderson Design Group (SDG) has appointed former John Lewis Partnership chief financial officer Patrick Lewis to its board as one of two new non-executive hires.

Demand through 2021 has put luxury furnishing fabrics, wallpapers and accessories supplier Romo back on track to recover sales lost through the pandemic, the company said in just-filed accounts.

A major restructuring plan initiated through the pandemic will leave the U.K. arm of designer lighting company Artemide leaner and in better shape to seize future market opportunities, the company has said.

Interiors brand Morris & Co. will deepen ties with general merchandise fashion-to-furnishings retailer Next with an expanded licensing agreement, parent company Sanderson Design Group (SDG) announced Thursday morning.

North West home textiles group Turner Bianca booked lower profits in 2020/21 as rising costs and narrower margins countered the impact of higher sales.



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