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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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The Hongqiao National Exhibition and Convention Center
The 42nd edition of the China International Furniture Fair in Shanghai (CIFF Shanghai) attracted record attendance across the four-day event, organisers have said.

Decorex International, the interior design event taking place in London this week, has announced a new autumn dateline and a change of venue for next year's edition.

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The new-look identity features a contemporary interpretation of a D that subconsciously references innovation while retaining historic signature features such as the gold colourway.
The Design Guild Mark has relaunched its brand identity as part of a move it hopes will lead to higher consumer recognition and greater resonance among new and established designers.

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London Fabric takes place at Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge stadium
London Fabric, the trade event aimed at buyers of fabrics for upholstery, beds and soft furnishings, has moved its show dates to avoid a potential fixture clash for venue host, Chelsea FC.

The Furniture Makers’ Company (FMC) has launched a free human resources toolkit as it looks to support the hiring and development of industry talent among smaller furniture companies.

The British Furniture Confederation (BFC) has backed Government plans to increase exports but says its words need to be backed up with action, saying industry concerns are yet to be addressed.

BFM, the trade association for UK furniture makers, has introduced a weekly foam chemical price market report in a bid to help members negotiate the best possible rates with suppliers.

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Carl Davidson (above, left) receives his prize from past winner Lees Whitehead
Manchester home department store retailer Housing Units has raised another four-figure sum for Kidscan, the children's cancer charity, at its annual golf day.

An official opening event for The Exchange, the new Long Eaton headquarters for trade association BFM, will be held next month, to coincide with Long Point.

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Furniture Makers’ Hall and the Dutch Church in Austin Friars will host the 2018 exhibition
The next generation of furniture designers and makers will showcase their talents at the 12th edition of the Young Furniture Makers exhibition, which takes place Wednesday, October 10 in London.

Industry charity The Furniture Makers' Company has launched the entry process for its seventh annual Sustainability Award, which was last year won by bed maker Silentnight.

BFM says it can support UK companies planning to show in Cologne next year after it was appointed delivery partner for funding from the Department for International Trade.

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More than 5,000 attended the Manchester Furniture Show last month
More than 80 percent of suppliers at last month's Manchester Furniture Show have already rebooked to exhibit at next year's event, organisers have said.

Trade association BFM, the British Furniture Manufacturers, has appointed Annie Porter (below) as marketing and administration coordinator, based out of its new Long Eaton HQ.

The furniture skills body set up last year to support the industry as the Apprenticeship Levy came into existence is introducing a new initiative to help companies find and manage the next generation of employees.

Wakefield supplier W.E. Rawson has been fined £600,000 plus costs following the death of an employee at its premises in 2014.

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The BFC 2018 Manifesto
The British Furniture Confederation (BFC), the representative body whose members comprise the sector's leading trade associations, has sent its 2018 Manifesto to key legislators as it looks to highlight the importance of the £17 billion industry to the economy.

Retail buyers have signalled their intent ahead of the industry's lead summer trade event with visitors pre-registering for the Manchester Furniture Show up nearly a quarter on last year.

Five more companies announced for July 15–17 exhibition in all.

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Furniture Village is the main sponsor of Big Shots
Clay pigeon shoot Big Shots, the biggest fundraiser in The Furniture Makers Company calendar, generated £24,000 for the industry charity earlier this month.

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The January Furniture Show 2019 will feature the Bed Zone
A significant part of Hall 5 at the NEC will be allocated to a new Bed Zone as the next edition of the January Furniture Show hosts its largest concentration of mattress companies since its inception.

The Furniture Makers' Company has issued the clarion call for entries to its Export Award, with the deadline less than a month away.

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Sarah and Nick Bianchi of Arighi Bianchi with the award
Bed maker Harrison Spinks and retailer Arighi Bianchi were furniture industry winners at the Family Business of the Year Awards 2018, announced last week.

Organisers are calling for entries for this year's Sealy Cup, a five-a-side football tournament that raises cash for industry charity The Furniture Makers' Company.

Seven European partners including furniture makers' trade body BFM have combined to develop the content for an International Masters Degree, part of a wider plan to tackle the furniture industry skills shortage.

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Darren Marcangelo skydives to raise cash for The Furniture Makers' Company
Managers at Leeds beds and components group Harrison Spinks raised £1,400 for industry charity The Furniture Makers' Company after completing a tandem skydive.

Space is running out for exhibitors looking to exhibit at international furniture fair IMM Cologne, event organiser Kölnmesse has said.

An industry-specific Level 3 Furniture Apprenticeship — backed and funded by BFM and The Furniture Makers' Company — has gained official approval.

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