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.

The owners of the largest furniture, home accents and gift trade fairs in the United States are to merge, creating the world's largest operator of home goods events.

Hayden Davies, the former longtime leader of furniture test house FIRA International, has been installed as the Master of The Furniture Makers' Company.

Attendance at CIFF Guangzhou — one of the most important trade fairs for the global furniture industry — increased this year, according to data released by show organisers.

BFM, the British Furniture Manufacturers association, has supported the launch of an online database that will help companies to employ disabled people.

Chelsom is to make its Manchester Furniture Show debut this summer, exhibiting as part of the Midpoint event that co-locates for the first time.

Attendance was up double-digit on recent editions
Salone del Mobile, the furniture design event widely considered the most important in the world, closed Sunday with attendance up sharply on last year.

European Furniture Promotion, the company behind Home & Retail, has been placed into administration
The specialist furniture logistics company trading as Home & Retail has ceased trading, leaving customers with a longer wait for orders and retailers with a distribution headache.

Maggie Throup MP is the new chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group, succeeding Stephen McPartland MP, who has stood down after eight years in the role.

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The Design Guild Mark judging panel (left–right): Peter Thwaites, Fiona Knight, Natasha Marshall, Professor Clare Johnston, Rodney McMahon, Linzi Coppick and Corinne Pringle.
Industry charity The Furniture Makers' Company (TFMC) has announced the inaugural holders of the Design Guild Mark's new 2D category.

New corporate members for industry charity.

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Bed retailer Dreams was placed first in the list of Britain's 100 private companies with the fastest-growing profits
Dreams ranked first in The Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100 league table with four others from the furniture sector also celebrated, including two in the main list and another pair who were named Ones to Watch.

Manchester Furniture Show 2018 will be the first to incorporate MidPoint
Organisers have launched the online registration facility for visitors to attend this summer's Manchester Furniture Show.

The two editions of industry fundraiser Big Shots are fast approaching while June will also see the return of the Furniture Industry Sailing Regatta after a ten-year hiatus.

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LIGHT will launch within the January Furniture Show 2019
January Furniture Show is partnering the Lighting Industry Association to launch LIGHT, a new event aiming to fill a gap in the UK market for decorative lighting.

Left–right: Student Maciej Dynos, John Hampden Grammar School headteacher Tracey Hartley, Master Dr Tony Smart MBE, Mayor of High Wycombe Cllr. Brian Pearce, education chairman at The Furniture Makers’ Company Charles Vernon
The Furniture Makers' Company yesterday launched a new initiative to support schools that teach design and technology, saying the courses are critical to the industry's future.

London Fabric takes place in the corporate boxes at Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge Stadium
London Fabric, a key trade show for the sofa manufacturing industry, attracted record visitor numbers to its 2017 edition, organisers say.

Trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) is to host a half-day seminar on the global demand for certified wood products.

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20,000 attended the January Furniture Show
Visitors numbers at last month's January Furniture Show matched year-earlier attendance as the industry turned out in force for the four-day event.

Trade association British Furniture Manufacturers' (BFM) has announced a partnership with Treniq, the online networking platform that puts buyers and sellers in touch with each other across the world.

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The eleventh Scottish Interiors Showcase launches at a new venue next month with event organisers promising more space, light and easier access for both visitors and exhibitors.

Jonathan Hindle, seated centre bottom, addresses the Trade Bill's Public Bill Committee, on behalf of the furniture industry
A lack of clarity on what the post-Brexit system will look like and the effect of a weak pound are among the chief concerns of the UK furniture industry, the British Furniture Confederation told Parliament last week.

Recycling Lives charitable programme supports vulnerable and marginalised people
Britain's biggest bed maker is supporting vulnerable and marginalised people by donating beds and mattresses to a charitable programme run by local company Recycling Lives.

Visitor numbers jumped at an increasingly international IMM Cologne in a sign the global furniture trade is ready to invest in new products.

Trade association BFM has introduced a Code of Practice amid renewed vigour for its long-running Great British Furniture campaign, which is being relaunched.

Tetrad's Constable model won the living section
Tetrad, Wiemann and Gallery Direct were named winners of The Furniture Awards as the January Furniture Show opened its doors yesterday morning.

London Fabric takes place at Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge Stadium
London Fabric, the trade show for the upholstery industry taking place in the capital next month, has revealed its full exhibitor line-up after selling out exhibition space.

The newly-founded Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (FIESTA) has launched a dedicated website at

The 2018 edition of the IMM Cologne event launches today with a leap in exhibitor numbers buoyed by a greater number of non-German participants.

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Winners will be announced at the January Furniture Show, which takes place Jan. 21–24 at the NEC, Birmingham
Organisers of the fourth edition of The Furniture Awards have announced the shortlist in each category ahead of naming winners at the January Furniture Show later this month.

A longstanding furniture agents collective will introduce a dedicated beds trade event this spring, aiming to incorporate mattress makers unable to show at its existing autumn furniture show.

The Furniture Makers' Company is calling on all businesses in the furniture industry to print out and display its new poster to help spread the word that it can help workers past and present if they have fallen on hard times.

Britain's furniture makers represent an increasing share of overall UK manufacturing output, according to a new report by the Furniture Industry Research Association.

The British Furniture Confederation (BFC) is calling on the Government to conduct urgent research to shut down 'scaremongering' regarding the UK's furniture fire regulations.

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The January Furniture Show takes place Jan. 21–24, 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham
January Furniture Show has partnered with the Society of British & International Design (SBID) to offer insight for professionals in the furniture and interior design sectors.

Current affairs television programme Newsnight yesterday broadcast an investigation into Britain's furniture and furnishings fire regulations in a report that questioned whether they may be doing more harm than good.

Scan the Touchpoint for information and contact details
Organisers of the January Furniture Show have invested in contactless event technology that will help visitors quickly and easily collect information about exhibitors.