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.

Spinks Springs — the components arm of Leeds beds group Harrison Spinks — was an award winner as suppliers exhibition Interzum started in Cologne yesterday.

Prominent BFM members were among a host of British furniture brands to show at last month’s iSaloni series in Milan, which included a BFM stand for the first time.

Organisers of the January Furniture Show have partnered buying group SMG to add a floorcoverings showcase to the 2016 edition.

Colin Watson is stepping down as managing director at the British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA) to return to consultancy.

Membership has swelled at industry trade association FIRA since January with the addition of 16 companies spanning established and new firms across the furniture supply chain.

The future of the high street, instore technology and brand power will be among the retail themes of the Conference and Seminar Programme at next month’s May Design Series.

Thousands of furniture and design professionals trooped through the doors of the Fiera Milano showgrounds at Rho yesterday for day one of the 2015 iSaloni series.

Industry charity The Furniture Makers’ Company (TFMC) has named Hypnos as the recipient of its Sustainability Award for 2015.

The January Furniture Show is to back the next generation of furnishing industry leaders by sponsoring the Furniture Makers’ Company’s Young Professionals course.

InflationMar25Furniture retail price inflation has slipped below zero in eight of the past 18 months but February’s fall was the steepest yet.

Consumers paid less for their furniture in February but retailers and wholesalers had no such luck, with no change to manufacturing output price inflation.

Exhibition organisers say they only have space left in Halls 2 and 3 for next year’s January Furniture Show following strong supplier demand.

Sofas and carpets retailer ScS supported Red Nose Day last Friday by donating cash for every sofa sold via its website.

Chinese furniture importsBritain went shopping in China in record numbers in January as retail buyer demand for furniture showed no sign of capsizing.

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