The Government has issued its long-anticipated response to a 2016 consultation on U.K. furniture fire regulations, promising new procedures “consistent with those taken for other consumer products.” But change may be some time away.

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BFM drills down into the issues affecting furniture manufacturers.
One in four furniture manufacturers have made redundancies and nearly one sixth introduced short-term working as producers grapple with some of the most challenging trading conditions in years, according to a survey by BFM.

Industry fundraisers in Yorkshire generated over £3,000 for The Furniture Makers’ Company at the fourth annual curry night, which took place June 13.

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From left: Charlie Harrison, director of multichannel at Big Shots supporter Furniture Village, former England rugby player Victor Ubogu, Dids Macdonald OBE and Jonny Westbrooke, master and CEO respectively of The Furniture Makers’ Company.
44 teams and nearly 200 people from across the furniture trade participated in the 25th edition of Big Shots, historically the biggest fundraiser in the annual calendar of The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry's dedicated charity.

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Whitemeadow made the list for the fourth time.
Well over a dozen furniture and flooring industry businesses have been featured in the 1,000 Companies To Inspire Britain 2019 report, including sofa maker Whitemeadow and guest bed producer Jay-Be.

BFM, the trade association representing U.K. furniture manufacturers, says it can support British companies wanting to access funding to exhibit at next year's Milan furniture fair.

Industry concerns ranging from beds retailer Land of Beds to sofa maker Westbridge are among seven companies featured in the latest sector-specific Parliamentary Review documents.

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) is relocating from Long Eaton to Oxfordshire as part of a project to modernise the members' trade association.

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Sherborne's Virginia three-seat sofa and standard recliner.
Motion furniture maker Sherborne Upholstery is among a slew of first-time companies to have signed to exhibit at the Manchester Furniture Show later this summer.

The chairman of the Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (FIESTA) says large furniture companies "need to wake up" or face a looming skills crisis.

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Dids Macdonald OBE, co-founder and CEO of Anti Copying In Design (ACID), has been installed as Master of The Furniture Makers' Company, the city livery company and industry charity.

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Mike Ashley becomes one of U.K. furnishings sector's richest after buying into the industry via House of Fraser and Sofa.com.
The combined wealth of the U.K.'s wealthiest people and families with an interest past and present in the furnishings sector increased 9 percent in 2019.

Attendance spiked at last week's globally-significant Salone del Mobile exhibition in Milan in a sign of healthy spend intention among trade buyers in world furniture markets.

Phil Reynolds has been appointed to the newly-created post of chief operating officer at the Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA).

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The Closing the Gap conference takes place Friday, April 26, 2019 at Furniture Makers' Hall, London.
A new solution to help the furniture industry close the skills gap is to be presented by The Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (Fiesta) next month.

Optimism among UK furniture makers is scarce despite a welcome reduction in cost pressures, according to new research by trade body BFM, the association for British Furniture Manufacturers.

BFM, the trade association for UK furniture makers, says it has an open line into Government to air manufacturers' concerns regarding a potential No-Deal Brexit.

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Big Shots is again sponsored by Furniture Village
Big Shots, the biggest fundraiser in The Furniture Makers’ Company’s calendar, will mark 25 years of raising money for the furnishing industry charity in 2019.

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Additional tariffs were due to come into effect March 1, 2019.
President Donald Trump says the United States will delay the implementation of additional tariffs on Chinese-made goods, including finished furniture, after the two countries made "substantial progress" on trade talks.

Organisers says attendance climbed and exhibitors booked more business at the January Furniture Show, which took place at the NEC last month.

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London Fabric takes place March 4–5, 2019 at Stamford Bridge
OAL (Occupation Awards) and LTS (Lancashire Testing Services) are among the new sponsors of this year's edition of London Fabric, which takes place later this spring.

Parliamentarians lauded the contribution of Britain's furniture manufacturing industry on the economy and debated issues impacting the sector in a Westminster Hall debate last week.

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Parker Knoll's Collection 150 range won the upholstery section
Judges named the winners of The Furniture Awards at the NEC today (Jan. 20) with Parker Knoll — celebrating its 150th year in 2019 — among the winners.

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Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa at Polmont will host the February 19–20, 2019 event, which takes in products spanning fabrics, wallcoverings, furniture, lighting, flooring and accessories.
The 12th edition of the Scottish Interiors Showcase, which brings together 80 suppliers representing 150 leading interior design brands, is scheduled to take place next month.

Furniture makers that are concerned about the potential impact of a disorderly departure from the European Union should be taking preparatory action now, according to the lead trade association representing UK manufacturers.

The companies shortlisted for The Furniture Awards 2019, the winners of which will be announced at the January Furniture Show later this month, have been named.

Ecommerce retailer MattressOnline is raising money for Crisis, a charity supporting homeless and vulnerable people, with the cash to be used to provide a bed for the night and meals this Christmas.

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The Government's Resources and Waste Strategy highlights plans to extend existing producer responsibility schemes
UK furniture and floorcoverings manufacturers could face a new cost headwind under Government proposals designed to increase recycling and limit the amount of furniture and flooring sent to landfill.

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Exhibitors known for supplying the retail sector also serve contract customers. Image: Whitemeadow
The January Furniture Show will — for the first time — feature a Contract Trail as organisers look to make it easier for specifiers to pinpoint the exhibitors with both the capability and interest in supplying them.

FIRA International, the furniture test house and industry services provider, has revealed its new brand identity as it continues its integration with its new owner.

Harrison Spinks is to hold a black tie Northern Winter Ball next year in aid of The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and furnishings industry charity.

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More than 90 pieces of furniture and lighting from GCSE and A Level students through to BA and MA graduates packed out the Dutch Church and Furniture Makers’ Hall in Austin Friars, London, for the Young Furniture Makers exhibition, 2018.

Pre-registration to attend the next edition of the January Furniture Show has climbed sharply in a sign buyers are eager to replenish their product offer, organisers have said.

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Ben Burbidge, (left) Manufacturing Guild Mark chairman, presenting Nick Booth, marketing director at Silentnight Group, and Rob Livingstone, operations director at Silentnight Brands, with the 2018 Sustainability Award
Silentnight, Britain's biggest beds manufacturer, has won The Furniture Makers' Company's Sustainability Award for the second straight year.

Furniture testing company FIRA International torched all past records on its way to its highest ever top and bottom lines in 2017, as commercial revenues escalated.

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Hayden Davies, second right, organised the charity cycling challenge
Eight members of The Furniture Makers’ Company, the industry charity and livery company, have raised nearly £14,000 after between them cycling all three routes of Mont Ventoux, Provence in a single day.

Almost 100 people from across the trade helped raise £8,500 for The Furniture Makers' Company, the furnishing industry's dedicated charity, at its National Golf Day last month.

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The next January Furniture Show takes place January 20–23, 2019
Over 85 percent of exhibitor space has been sold with more than three and a half months remaining before the January Furniture Show opens the doors to its 2019 event at the NEC.

Bed industry trade association The National Bed Federation (NBF) and The Sleep Council, its consumer promotion arm, are official partners to Somnex — The Sleep Show, the UK's inaugural event dedicated to sleep health.

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Nick Garratt joins as BFM md in November
Nick Garratt, whose planned departure as md at furniture maker Ercol was announced this spring, has been appointed to the same post at BFM, the association of British Furniture Manufacturers.



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