Industry furniture repair specialist FIRA Service Technicians is to expand its service to take bookings directly from consumers.

UK representation at the Paris furniture and home accents trade fair Maison et Objet increased in January with a 4 per cent year-on-year rise.

The January Furniture Show will return to a Sunday start and four day format from 2016, the exhibition organiser has announced.

ukFurnitureManufacturingUK furniture production grew for a fourth successive year in 2014 but remained short of record pre-recession levels racked up in 2007.

Vitra is to relaunch its shopfitting business as part of a plan to harmonise all its component parts — including its Furniture and Office divisions — in the UK.

Britain imported a record amount of floorcoverings in 2014 with the total passing the landmark £800m figure.

Midlands distributor Serene Living will debut at the Manchester Furniture Show later this summer.

British furniture makers grew export output by almost £68m through 2014 thanks to strong sales to markets near and far.

Chinese furniture importsChinese furniture imports into Britain grew for a fourth consecutive year in 2014 with near double-digit growth seeing the total reach record levels.

The organiser of the January Furniture Show has expanded its team into double-figures with two key appointments.

Furniture suppliers Bentley Designs, Henderson Russell and Gallery Direct were the winners of The Furniture Awards, held for the first time at this year’s January Furniture Show.

Vitafoam’s Prima Foam division has been awarded FIRA Gold Certification for its Primalux seat and back cushion.

The organisers of the January Furniture Show — which took place at the NEC last week — say the inaugural show was beyond their wildest dreams.

British buyers spent less on tufted and woven carpets in November, with overall imports only keeping pace with previous years thanks to Far East sourced rugs.

Lower sales to the UK’s largest customer was behind a fall in furniture exports in November, according to new figures.

Imports rose sharply towards the end of 2014 driven by demand for Chinese and Polish sofas and Vietnamese cabinet furniture.

Chelsea Football Club’s Stamford Bridge stadium will host merged textiles exhibitions London Fabric and Sofitel next month.

The final quarter of 2014 got off to a strong start for Britain’s furniture exporters thanks to big orders from far off lands.

Demand for goods made in the factories of Belgium and Holland — the two main overseas sources for carpet sold in the British market — slowed at the start of Q4.

Chinese-furniture-importsUK spend on Chinese made furniture jumped nearly £23m at the start of the final quarter of 2014, new figures show.

Chancellor George Osborne has bowed to lobbying and agreed to review business rates, though wholesale change to the tax is at least a year and a half away.

flammability-vertProposed changes to the furniture fire and flammability regulations are not viable and leading trade associations and manufacturers are against them, according to a Conservative MP.

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