The next edition of the IMM furniture fair in Cologne looks set to sell out with under a fifth of stand space remaining, according to organiser Koelnmesse.

Furniture and home department store retailer Glasswells has paid tribute to its operations director Robert Hawkins, who died last week following a short illness. He was 72 years old.

A new resource for manufacturers looks at how to incorporate ergononics, health and well-being considerations into the design of home furniture.

Rising demand from core export partners in Europe drove a 9.8 per cent increase in furniture exports from the UK in the second quarter of 2015.

vietnamImportsImports climbed strongly in the second quarter of 2015 as British retailers and wholesalers bought more Polish sofas and Vietnamese dining sets.

Robert Bashford, founder of Chelford Fabrics and former buying director at Debenhams, has died after a long illness. He was 79 years old.

Exhibition space has sold out for next month’s South West Furniture Show, with approaching 50 leading furniture brands to be represented.

Last month’s Manchester Furniture Show featured more visitors and bigger orders, according to event organisers and exhibitors.

The British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA) has appointed Jeremy Stein as its new managing director.

Consumer confidence has risen to its highest level in nearly a decade, according to global research consultancy Nielsen.

Beds and components group Harrison Spinks was the top ranked home industry company in a list of the top 200 privately-owned UK exporters.

vietnamImportsFurniture imports rose 5.1 per cent in May thanks to demand from UK buyers for Vietnamese cabinet and Polish upholstery.

The number of buyers pre-registering to attend the Manchester Furniture Show is up on last year, with greater interest from visitors in the South of England.

Retailer ScS is raising funds for children’s literacy charity Springboard for Children by selling bookmark designs created by two school children.

The BFC has lauded the work of Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland, saying he has done more than any other politician to champion the industry over the past half decade.

Sentiment among furniture manufacturers remains positive despite lower-than-hoped-for output and order levels, according to trade association BFM.

The organisers of the January Furniture Show are to expand the available space to exhibitors in Hall 5 of the NEC following demand and market confidence.

Collins and Hayes md Matt O’Flynn has been confirmed as the new chairman of the Association of British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

excelExhibitions company UBM EMEA Built Environment says it plans to focus on niche events and has closed its May Design Series show.

Furniture firms placed big orders beefing up production last year, to be the benefit of one of Europe’s largest machinery manufacturers.

Furniture test house FIRA International has announced the dates for furniture flammability training courses at its Hertfordshire HQ.

Dids Macdonald has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to the design industry.

The last remaining exhibition stands for next month’s Manchester Furniture Show have been sold, organisers have confirmed.

British furniture manufacturers grew exports in April thanks to strong demand from the US and gains in key European markets.

The Manchester Furniture Show is to support a local social enterprise furniture upcycling scheme that provides opportunities for unemployed young people.

Chinese furniture importsChinese furniture imports into Britain dropped 4 per cent in April as UK retail buyers and importers bought more from other Far East nations and Europe.

Furniture manufacturers wanting to show at this autumn’s I Saloni Worldwide event in Moscow can cut costs after the BFM secured grant funding.

Visitor numbers were up sharply at furniture technology and materials fair Interzum this month with international attendance behind the increase.

ukFurnitureManufacturingUK furniture exports dipped fractionally in the first quarter of 2015 despite strong demand from Ireland.

Chinese furniture importsBritain’s furniture retailers and wholesalers imported more than £220m more in the first quarter of 2015 compared with last year.