Organisers of the BFM Fabric Show London have opened the registration process for upholstery and bed fabric buyers to attend the 2020 edition.

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has unveiled a new brand identity which it says has been designed to take the trade association forward and ensure it remains at the heart of the British furniture industry in the long term.

Organisers of The Furniture Awards have opened the entry process for the 2020 edition and confirmed who will be the judges. Winners will be named at the January Furniture Show.

U.K. bed retailer Time4Sleep donated over 650 blankets to Barnardo’s as part of a world-record attempt by the children's charity to construct a gigantic blanket fort.

Business confidence among U.K. furniture makers has improved in the past four months according to the latest survey from trade association BFM, British Furniture Manufacturers.

Ian Peers of Ercol and Paul James of One-Call Furniture have been elected board members of trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

Events and administration specialist Niki Rodhouse has joined British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) to support the trade association's expanding calendar of activities across the sector.

The British Furniture Manufacturers' (BFM) association has updated its legal advice service, which offers members access to support geared to the specific needs of the sector.

Wincanton, one of the leading providers of warehousing and delivery services to the U.K. furniture industry, has renewed two major contracts with companies in the sector.

Organisers of the January Furniture Show have opened pre-registration ahead of the next iteration of the U.K. furniture industry's largest trade-only event.

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has expanded the scope of its commodity price tracker, a tool used by its members to support their buying negotiations with suppliers.

Furniture makers from across Ireland will descend on Dublin next month to discuss and plan ways industry participants can collaborate to rebuild the sector.

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Now and in the future: How the office block might look and (inset) FIRA's familiar entrance.
The FIRA building in Stevenage — one of the furniture industry's most recognisable landmarks — will be demolished if redevelopment plans put forward by the property owner go ahead.

The 42nd edition of premium interior design show Decorex International takes place in just over a month's time in London with 50 new exhibitors among the lineup.

Manufacturing tech group Biesse is to host an Open Day this autumn pushing the benefits of the Manufacturing Guild Mark, the mark of excellence awarded by The Furniture Makers' Company.

Wellwishers and mourners have raised the equivalent of more than £72,000 for the Danish Cancer Society following the death of JYSK founder Lars Larsen earlier this month.

Shop prices fell at their fastest rate in more than a year this month on the back of retailers discounting non-food goods and clearing stock earlier than was the case this time last year.

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Michael Boyle is presented with the Housing Units green jacket.
North West home department store retailer Housing Units raised more cash for Kidscan at its annual golf day, taking the total raised for the children's cancer charity to £50,000 in the past four years.

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Andrew Mitchell (left) of the Long Eaton Guild and Artistic Upholstery alongside Orbital's Rob Walker.
The Long Eaton Guild of Furniture Manufacturers has a new website and the fee for the project has been donated to St. Michael's Hospice, in memory of longtime Guild chairman Matt O'Flynn.

The Young Furniture Makers exhibition returns to the City of London this October, offering the industry opportunities to connect with a new generation of designer-makers looking to make an impact on the sector.

The Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (FIESTA) is urgently appealing to U.K. furniture makers to financially support work needed to renew the level 2 Furniture Manufacturer Apprenticeship Standard.

Organisers of the International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS) have canned the 2020 edition of the event, saying they will take a break to "rethink, recharge and revitalise" the exhibition.

Decosit, the one-time dominant European trade fair for upholstery fabrics, will return this autumn after the show that succeeded it was cancelled.

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16 industry companies filed for insolvency in the week to July 19.
The insolvencies of well over a dozen furniture, furnishings and floorcoverings companies were announced last week in one of the worst periods for the sector since records began.

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Stamford Bridge, Chelsea will host the event again in 2020.
The 2020 edition of BFM London Fabric, the upholstery and soft furnishings fabrics exhibition formerly called London Fabric, will take place February 25–26, 2020.

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Visitor numbers were in line with last year's edition.
Organisers of the Manchester Furniture Show say they will build on the event's decades of heritage, with planning for the 2020 edition next summer already underway.

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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