Heavyweight upholstery brands Lebus and La-Z-Boy are among the early confirmed signups to exhibit at The Manchester Furniture Show, scheduled to return this summer.

Profits declined at buying group Associated Independent Stores (A.I.S.) as events revenue growth was balanced by higher costs, a property write down, and a decline in the value of invoices processed via its Cenpac paying agent.

Trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has named the second annual winners of its Future of Furniture Awards, celebrating businesses it says are blazing a trail in education and sustainability.

The Flooring Show, the dedicated trade show for the U.K. floorcoverings industry, is to be 30 percent bigger this year after organisers agreed to take on additional space.

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishings industry, has launched a corporate video telling the organisation’s story through the voices of several prominent members.

Sofa suppliers including Buoyant Upholstery, Alpha Designs and Whitemeadow dominated the winners podium at The January Furniture Show's two award programmes earlier this week.

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

Shipments of wood living and dining cabinet fell by just over a third on last year in October as weak demand combined with strong comparative figures.

Flooring trade buyers looking to comprehensively scour the market for new products face a tight January schedule with two major concurrent international events each saying they will host a wide array of exhibitors.

Incanto Group, once one of the largest upholstery suppliers to the U.K. market, will bring its Sofitalia brand back to these shores for the first time in ten years in early 2024.

Flexlux, the modern chair and sofa brand from Danish upholstery producer Theca, will enjoy its largest U.K. retail trade audience yet when its makes its January Furniture Show debut early next year.

Global foam manufacturer Carpenter has become the latest headline sponsor of the Furniture Component Expo, the new event organised by the British Furniture Manufacturers' (BFM).

Clarion Events says exhibition space in Hall 1 of the January Furniture Show has now sold out, more than two and a half months before the doors to the event open.

British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) latest Industry Matters podcast is now available online, featuring an all-female lineup discussing the recent launch of the Women in Furniture Network.

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, has announced the winners of its 2023 Young Furniture Makers Awards and Prizes.

Event organisers are rebranding the Buying Groups National Flooring Show (BGNFS) exhibition as the INDX National Flooring Show as part of an overhaul for 2024 that opens it up to more retailers.

The owner of the Stockholm Furniture Fair and dozens of other trade shows has hoisted the for sale flag above its events business, and plans to build homes and offices on the site of the current venue.

Belgium, habitually the largest exporter of carpets to the U.K., slipped to third in the rankings at the height of summer as it was usurped by near-neighbour Netherlands and fast-emerging rival Turkey.

Stakeholders seeking to reshape the U.K.'s furniture fire regulations have a diminishing window in which to influence change, with a Government consultation due to close in under two weeks.

British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) will bring a new approach to connecting buyers and sellers at its inaugural Future Component Expo (FCExpo) next year by hosting an Innovation Trail.

Trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has opened the entry process for its second Future of Furniture Awards, celebrating education and sustainability across the industry.

The co-founder of Anti Copying In Design (ACID) says there is still much to be done to "change the pervading culture of design theft" as the organisation celebrates its 25th anniversary.

The Furniture Makers’ Company has unveiled the logo for MyFurnitureCareer.org.uk, the new early careers website launching later this month.

British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) is moving its longstanding fabric show to a new dateline and venue and will run it alongside the inaugural Furniture Component Expo in 2024.

The largest owner of IKEA stores worldwide is expanding mattress recycling to more European markets but says not enough is being done to disincentivise others from incinerating old goods.

The Furniture Makers’ Company (TFMC) is launching MyFurnitureCareer.org.uk, an early careers website that aims to reduce the growing skills gap and attract young people into the industry.

New or smaller British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) members looking to exhibit at the January Furniture Show for the first time will be offered discounted rates as part of a tie-up between organiser Clarion Events and the trade association.

Furniture trade show organiser Clarion Events has lined up three more meeting dates for Women in Furniture, the new industry network which was launched earlier this summer.

Carpet Recycling U.K. (CRUK) has become the sixth trade association from the furniture and furnishings sector to become a member of the British Furniture Confederation (BFC), the organisation which liaises with, and lobbies, Government on behalf of the industry.

Stakeholders including furniture retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers are being encouraged to provide their views on a proposed new approach to the fire safety of domestic upholstered furniture and furnishings.

FIRA International, the product testing and furniture services provider, has disclosed the financial impact of the closure of its Service Technicians business unit two years ago.

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

The Manchester Furniture Show is to return in 2024, organiser Clarion Events has announced, alongside a roster of well-known industry suppliers that have already signposted their intention to exhibit.

Four companies from the U.K. furniture and home sectors have landed spots in The Sunday Times Hundred 2023, which ranks the country's fastest growing private businesses by sales.

The Northpoint Furniture Show will return to its historic January dateline in 2024 after several years that had been interrupted by Covid-19 and its associated lockdowns.

Registration is open ahead of the inaugural Women In Furniture Network event, which will take place next week at Furniture Makers' Hall in London.

Tickets are now available to book for the Bed Show Gala Dinner and Bed Industry Awards Ceremony at the Telford International Centre later this year, the National Bed Federation (NBF) has announced.

The Vita Group, the diversified supplier of foam, underlay and maker of finished mattresses, is to be the headline sponsor of the inaugural Furniture Component Expo.

Halo and Michael Tyler Furniture will be among the debut upholstery exhibitors as the INDX Furniture Show returns at the West Midlands home of Associated Independent Stores (AIS) next week.

Homeserve Furniture Repairs has rebranded as Emmiera Group in a transformation designed to better reflect both its values and its wide-ranging activities that transcend its core furniture repair services.

The value of wood living, dining and bedroom cabinet imports dropped for the fourth month in a row in March on the back of lower figures from China and Vietnam.

The former owner of the Conran & Partners interior design and architecture practice has disclosed the terms of the sale of the business to its management team for the first time.

An interior design portal acquired by the co-founder of online estate agent Purplebricks last year has raised new equity funding from shareholders.

Furniture and home furnishings industry news headlines in brief.

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.

Sleep Expo Europe, a new exhibition and conference for the European mattress, bedding and sleep tech industries, is to take place in the Netherlands in just over a year from now.

Visitor numbers soared to well north of pre-Covid levels at the Guangzhou-based China International Furniture Fair last month, organisers have reported.

Industry news from Tapi Carpets, BFM, Whitemeadow and The Branded Furniture Company; and Silentnight.

The Northpoint Furniture Show will open its doors to retail buyers later this spring with representatives of more than 30 household names from the U.K. and international furniture and bed sector having signed up to exhibit.

Furniture Village and ScS, two of the largest furniture retailers in the country, are among the first companies to become Approved Retailer members of the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

Creditors of Mark Harris Furniture, the furniture wholesale and retail company whose assets were sold via a prepack buyout last month, were owed more than £14 million at the time of the restructure.

The value of case goods imported into the U.K. fell to its lowest level in 18 months at the beginning of 2023 after overstocked distributors and retailers put the brakes on orders last autumn.

British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) is expanding its events portfolio with the launch of Furniture Component Expo, an event it hopes will connect manufacturers with companies from across the upstream supply chain.

The Furniture & Home Improvement Ombudsman, (FHIO) has appointed four new new members to its Standards Board including key officials from major retailer DFS, Tapi Carpets & Floors, and B&Q.

The two-phase China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) returns next month after an enforced in-person hiatus caused by Covid-19 and local restrictions that prevented buyers from travelling.

Exports of core furniture categories including upholstery, beds and cabinets reached all-time high levels in 2022, breaking a record that had stood for the past four years.

Trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has launched Industry Matters, a new podcast that looks to offer insight and analysis across issues affecting its membership base.

Associated Independent Stores (A.I.S.) said last month's open-to-all INDX Furniture Show — the tenth anniversary edition of the show — was one of its best-ever attended events.

The organiser of a key trade show targeted at the furniture manufacturing and joinery industries has announced the scheduled return of the exhibition in the spring of next year, alongside the appointment of two senior hires to run it.

James Keen, the chief executive of Hypnos Beds, has been elected to the board of the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), the trade association representing the interests of furniture makers.

The organiser of the January Furniture Show says nearly three quarters of exhibitors have already rebooked for the 2024 edition, and name-checked two large upholstery brands among those that will return after missing this year's event.

Trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) named High Seat (HSL) and Jay-Be as winners of the inaugural Furniture of Furniture Awards at an evening reception at the January Furniture Show last week.

Westbridge, GNG Group, Citibed, Wiemann and Sci-Net have been named winners of The Furniture Awards 2023 by an independent judging panel at the January Furniture Show.

Clarion Events says its January Furniture Show has attracted record Day 1 visitors as the trade exhibition opened its doors for the first day of its 2023 edition on Sunday.

IMM Cologne will return to its historic January dateline next year but plans for a late spring edition this year will still go ahead, organisers have reaffirmed.

The number of furniture, flooring and furnishings companies filing for insolvency climbed to the highest level since records began in 2022 as demand tailwinds receded and Covid-support measures fell away.

Organisers of the January Furniture Show have released the 2023 event Preview Guide ahead of the exhibition opening its doors in just over two weeks time.

West Midlands based Homeserve Furniture Repairs booked record revenue and profit through 2021/22 and said it expects to grow its top line again in the current financial year.

Organisers of the INDX series of furniture, homewares, beds and bedroom trade events have lined up a six-strong programme of exhibitions for 2023.

Hall 2 of the NEC will host the inaugural Home Interiors Show next month, organisers have announced. It will run alongside the January Furniture Show at the Birmingham venue.

Trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) says The Future of Furniture Awards offer the opportunity for its members to highlight their sustainability and employment credentials.

Vida Living, one of the largest suppliers of furniture to the U.K. market, found big sales growth last year but profits declined as rising input costs meant gross margin narrowed.

Trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) is launching a new campaign to highlight the value and variety of careers available within the industry, as well as showcasing the steps the sector is taking to support sustainable manufacturing.

The value of U.K. furniture exports has jumped by more than £200 million so far this year thanks to increased activity with major trading partners including the U.S., Ireland and France.

International Market Centers (IMC), organiser of the biannual Las Vegas and High Point furniture markets, is to add nine new buying events to its 2023 calendar in a build out of its in-person activity.

The British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA) has changed its name to Commercial Interiors UK with its full rebrand to be formally rolled out and complete by November 14.

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, will next month host Routes to Greater Sustainability, a free-to-attend climate change and sustainability event.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has begun a search for a successor to executive director Jessica Alexander, who is to scale back her duties with the organisation ahead of eventually retiring.

The next edition of upholstery, mattress and furnishing fabrics exhibition The London Fabric Show will feature an expanded international footprint, organisers have announced.

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has partnered with leading sustainability and net zero group Planet Mark to help its members and the country’s furniture industry meet its net zero goals.

The value of carpet imports into the U.K. declined to its lowest level since December 2021 after volumes fell by almost a fifth in the latest chronicled month, according to new figures.

The U.K. is the single largest importer of Brazilian furniture across all of Europe despite a decline on last year, according to new figures from a promotional organisation affiliated to the Brazilian Government.

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, has launched a confidential text service to offer support to people working in the sector.

One of the world's most famous furniture and product designers has lent his creative skills to a new sofa model launching in the U.K. this week.

Furniture exports climbed in the three months to end June on the back of strong growth from the two largest buyers of U.K.-made goods.

IMM, the international furniture fair historically held annually in January, will return after a three-and-a-half year hiatus with a one-off dateline in June next year, organisers have decided.

Associated Independent Stores (AIS), the host of the open-to-all INDX Furniture exhibition taking place later this month, has announced the speakers for its Retail Insights: Furniture Focus programme.

Exhibitors and visitors struck an upbeat tone amid high temperatures at Home & Gift, the four-day fair which opened its doors at the Harrogate Convention Centre on Sunday.

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.

The management at two thirds of furniture companies are prioritising sustainability, according to a survey by The British Furniture Confederation (BFC). That is not enough, according to its chair.

Trade show INDX Beds & Bedroom will return this autumn with visitor pre-registration now open.

Trade show INDX Furniture takes place at the Cranmore Park Conference & Exhibition Centre over three days later this summer with pre-registration now open, organisers have confirmed.

Mark Eastwood MP has been appointed chair of the All Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group (APPFIG). The Dewsbury official takes over from fellow Conservative Mike Wood, who has led the group since it was reformed after the General Election.

Show organisers have rescheduled the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF Guangzhou) and a sister event for next month after they were postponed because of Covid earlier this year.

Furniture testing and services provider FIRA International has gained UKAS Accreditation to the main flammability regulation for the American market.

Inside tips to help furniture manufacturers attract the best talent and get the most from their training programmes will be delivered at an inaugural regional industry networking event, organised by the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) at Ercol.

FIRA International, the furniture industry testing and services provider, is to host an online session taking in a broader look at flammability regulations incorporating the rules for Ireland, California and the U.K.

The January Furniture Show will return to its usual dateline with show organisers on Monday confirming dates of January 22–25, 2023 for next year's exhibition.

Furniture services and testing provider FIRA International will open its doors to the trade on Wednesday, May 18 as part of its ongoing Open Day programme of events.

FIRA International, the furniture test house and services provider, says it has gained accreditation to the Irish Government's equivalent to the U.K. fire regs in a move it hopes will make exports easier for British manufacturers.

Organisers of The Furniture Awards have revealed the shortlist of 16 potential winners across four categories ahead of The January Furniture Show, this year taking place April 24–27, 2022 at the NEC.

BFM Fabric Show organiser British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) says it is committed to re-investing in the event for next year after last week's return for the exhibition met with a positive response.

Organisers of two leading international furniture fairs in China have been forced to postpone their events just days before doors opened after the local Government banned exhibitions, citing a renewed Covid threat.

The Furniture Makers' Company is holding a black-tie charity ball to celebrate the successful culmination of its 12-month fundraising campaign, Step 2 It.

Flooring suppliers have rejected an early autumn Domotex exhibition in Germany in favour of the event returning next January in its traditional dateline.

The BFM Fabric Show London event has attracted almost a third more exhibitors than previous editions after an increase in supplier interest ahead of its return next week.

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) is to organise a series of regional industry events where it hopes the furniture community will be able to network and share best practice.

Uptake of Level 2 Furniture Standard Apprenticeships has snowballed amid worker shortages according to the Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (FIESTA).

The Government agency responsible for ensuring the designs framework enables rights holders to protect designs and enforce their rights has launched a call for views ahead of a review.

Proposte, the northern Italian textiles exhibition popular with sofa makers and other buyers of furnishings fabrics, has rescheduled its spring 2022 edition by a few weeks.

Colour Marketing Services (CMS), which supplies a diversified range of sampling services and products to the furniture, flooring and interiors sectors, has appointed Caroline Adams as sales and marketing director. It has also moved into larger manufacturing premises.

Furniture and furnishings test house FIRA International has rescheduled its planned winter Open Day events to the spring, citing visitor and staff wellbeing.

Legislators in Vietnam imposed some of the most severe Covid restrictions worldwide last year with widespread factory shutdowns, but they are yet to materially damage furniture exports to the U.K.

Foam and sprung mattress imports have climbed for the first time since the early summer according to new figures, ending a five-month stretch of year-on-year declines.

The total value of carpets imported into the U.K. fell for a third month in a row in November according to new HM Revenue & Customs data.

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.

U.K. retailers and wholesalers imported more upholstered furniture into the country in November than in any other single month in history, new official data shows.

The next edition of Salone del Mobile (The Furniture Show) in Milan will take place in the summer after organisers canned the traditional April show dates because of Covid.

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 chairman of the Furniture Industry Research Association says the not-for-profit organisation expanded its membership base last year, giving the trade a bigger voice in shaping its own destiny.

Organisers of the Scottish Interiors Showcase, an annual trade furnishings event dating back 14 years, says the 2022 edition will take place as scheduled next month.

Associated Independent Stores (AIS) says all of its planned winter show series, including its INDX Furniture event which starts in 10 days' time, will go ahead under current Government guidance for large indoor events and trade shows.

Preview22, the planned online bridge for retailers and suppliers ahead of the live trade show period, is to become The Online Furniture Show instead and will run later this month, organisers have announced.

More U.K. home and interiors exhibitions have been delayed as a result of either Government restrictions or the threat of them being introduced amid concerns over the spread of the Omicron Covid variant.

The return of the January Furniture Show will be delayed by a further three months after organisers rescheduled the dates amid concerns over the Omicron Covid-19 variant.

SATRA, the research and testing organisation, has appointed Tristine Hargreaves to lead its furniture and flooring section as divisional manager. It also announced a new tie-up to provide services to the National Bed Federation (NBF).

Furniture fair IMM Cologne has become the latest big international German trade show to cancel plans to return in January, with the event now pushed out to 2023.

Heimtextil, the international trade fair for the textiles industry held annually in Frankfurt, has been cancelled, with organisers citing the worsening pandemic situation in Germany.

Nick Garratt, the outgoing managing director of the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), says the association is primed to expand and that his successor can build on the achievements of the past three years.

More than 400 U.K. and international brands have signed to exhibit at the January Furniture Show, which returns to the NEC in Birmingham next month after the pandemic prevented the 2021 edition from taking place.

Montgomery Group, organiser of joinery and furniture manufacturing trade show W Exhibition, has cancelled the planned February 2022 edition, citing Covid, Government restrictions, and an ever-shifting calendar of European exhibitions.

The 48th edition of the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) is to take place online next month rather than as a live event in Shanghai, because of the pandemic.

FIRA International will open the doors to its new furniture testing facilities in Stevenage early next year after announcing the dates of its first four Open Day events.

The return of Domotex, the Hannover based trade show for carpets and other floorcoverings, will be further delayed after organisers cancelled the January 2022 edition.

The U.K. and Ireland were responsible for the largest decline in attendees at the Brussels Furniture Fair, held earlier this month at Brussels Expo in the Belgian capital.

How furniture companies are adapting their sales approach to meet the needs of customers following the pandemic is the theme of the latest webinar in the building back better series organised by The Furniture Makers’ Company.

FIRA International, which delivers testing, inspection, certification and training to the furniture industry along with being the service provider to the Furniture Industry Research Association, has moved to new premises in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

Organisers of INDX Furniture, formerly the AIS Furniture Show, say they they are looking forward to resuming a more usual format as the exhibition returns in Solihull early next year.

Exhibition organiser Clarion Events has launched the pre-registration process ahead of the return of the January Furniture Show at the NEC, Birmingham next year.

Carolyn Mitchell, sales and marketing director for the contract division of Buckinghamshire headquartered bed maker Hypnos, is to chair the British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA) for a second time.

Clerkenwell Open, a showroom trail event that featured 62 companies across the furniture and furnishings sector, is to take place again in 2022 after the success of the inaugural edition this year.

The director of sustainability and innovation at Leeds bed and mattress manufacturer Harrison Spinks has joined the roster of experts speaking at The Furniture Makers’ Company’s webinar on sustainability next week.

The Young Furniture Makers exhibition, a product showcase from the next generation of innovators organised by The Furniture Makers’ Company, is this year taking place as a month-long virtual event.

Furniture manufacturing activity in Vietnam is expected to increase after the Government signalled its intent to ease restrictions amid an intention to move away from its zero-Covid strategy.

The Furniture Makers’ Company’s (TFMC) industry webinar series returns this autumn with three more episodes, the first of which will explore what the trade is doing to combat climate change.

BFM, the trade association for British furniture manufacturers, says the BFM Fabric Show London will return next year, taking place in the week commencing March 7.

Vaccinated U.K. furniture buyers will now be able to visit next week's Milan furniture show after the Italian Government this weekend ended a longstanding requirement for arrivals from here to quarantine.

The China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) in Shanghai has postponed its early autumn exhibition by several weeks to new dates in late September.

The Furniture Industry Research Association has published new guidance for companies in the upholstery and mattress sectors with regard to understanding and complying with chemical regulations.

BFM, the association of British Furniture Manufacturers, has lined up online seminars for its members to be delivered by experts in patent law and dispute resolution.



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