Creditors have backed a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) that puts an end to a two-year administration process for a one-time £55 million upholstery group.

Designer furniture and homeware retailer Heal's has opened a new clearance unit on the King's Road, London in a space that was until late 2020 occupied by upholstery retailer Sofa Workshop.

The md of furniture components supplier Wade Spring says the combination of new export business and an expanded engineering offer were a major driver in increased profitability last year.

Russell Harte is now chief operating officer at upholstery market leader DFS after the retailer redistributed management duties across its senior leadership team.

Upholstery vertical Sofa.com has followed the opening of its new store in York with more new space as it presses ahead in partnership with sister retail brands. Sofas & Stuff is also expanding with a new East Midlands store.

Quick-ship sofa brand Swyft has diversified with the launch of its first programme of upholstered beds and roll-pack mattresses.

North West upholstered furniture manufacturer Buoyant will book a sharp decline in profits in the year to September 2022 after higher raw material costs combined with recruitment challenges.

Man Wah Holdings says the company will appeal after a jury awarded more than $100 million in damages for the alleged infringement of a former supplier's intellectual property. A judge will now decide the actual figure, likely to be a fraction of that amount, pending an appeal.

Upholstered furniture brand Snug has launched a new eco-friendly sofa cover option across its entire programme of sofa models.

A prominent U.K. ecommerce sofa retailer is unaffected by the insolvency of the company that operated the brand for almost four years until the beginning of 2022.

Top-of-the-market upholstered furniture maker George Smith recorded a fourth straight bottom line improvement and third consecutive profit as it traded strongly last year.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS says Andy Kemp will join its board as non-executive director next year ahead of the planned departure of one of its existing officers.

Expedient fit-out of high-profile London showroom followed Sofa Workshop ceasing to trade back at the end of March.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Roger Lewis is to concentrate its activities in the contract arena following a restructuring process that sees it exit the retail sector.

Actona has agreed to buy Polish sofa maker SITS in a deal that means the design, wholesale and manufacturing group has added about £180 million in upholstery revenue through acquisitions in the past year alone.

Upholstery import volumes from China fell by almost a quarter in April as retailers and wholesalers grappled with the rising cost of shipping products in from the country.

Man Wah Holdings, the world's largest motion furniture maker with operations across the Far East and Europe, is considering the spin-off or separate listing of a component subsidiary.

Well-known upholstery industry executive Daniel Feltham-White has acquired sought-after intellectual property of historic retail brand Sofa Workshop.

The value of U.K. furniture production remained at a historic high level in April but fell below revised record figures for the end for the first quarter.

Upholstery market leader DFS has cut its full year profit expectations as a result of continuing supply chain disruption and a slowdown in order intake. It said it still expects to take market share.

Furniture exports out of the U.K. continued their recovery in the first quarter of 2022 but still have some distance to travel to return to historic highs.

Upholstery supplier Nicoletti Home is building further manufacturing capacity nears its southern Italy headquarters with a new factory coming on stream in the next month.

Upholstered furniture chain Sofology has timelined the planned opening dates of both of the latest locations in its new store pipeline.

Italian upholstered furniture giant Natuzzi says it has been scouting new vendors in more stable geographic areas as it looks to plot a course through supply chain challenges.

Sofa company Arlo & Jacob is to be the lead sponsor of the National Premier League tennis finals at the historic St George's Hill Lawn Tennis Club in Surrey.

The insolvency of a direct-to-consumer upholstered furniture company making armchairs, sofas and dining chairs from its factory in the Cotswolds leaves creditors, chiefly the bank, facing a shortfall.

Henry Tadros will take over as chairman at heritage furniture maker Ercol [ercol] this summer, the Princes Risborough manufacturer has announced. He succeeds his father, Edward Tadros.

Fallen upholstery retailer Sofa Workshop sustained losses of £5.5 million last year and would have needed even more than that in funding to see out the remainder of 2022, had the plug not been pulled.

Benelux investment fund chaired by floorcoverings manufacturing scion reallocates shareholdings to newly-created holding company.

Gilles Bonan, the former chief executive and chairman at French furniture group Roche Bobois, has been appointed to the board of Natuzzi.

U.K. upholstery group TCM Living found big sales growth in the first quarter of 2022 on the back of increased demand and the delivery of orders carried over from the end of last year.

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

Revenue from European markets including the U.K. have jumped by half for upholstered furniture conglomerate Man Wah Holdings in the past year, driven largely by output from its Far East factories.

Italian and Polish sofa factories led a sharp increase in imports at the end of the first quarter with the total value of upholstery arriving at U.K. ports up by more than £50 million compared with last year.

National retailer ScS has hired a former Allied Carpets, MFI and Habitat executive to the newly created role of flooring director as it looks to bolster its proposition in the category, The Furnishing Report can reveal.

The combined turnover of U.K. furniture manufacturers reached a ten-figure total in a month for the first time in history as factories continued to be busy fulfilling outstanding orders taken late 2021 and into the early weeks of this year.

The U.K. and Ireland distribution arm of global motion furniture giant La-Z-Boy found cost savings in the early stages of trading through a market upended by Covid restrictions.

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.

Upholstery vertical Sofa.com is to make a quick return to Yorkshire after plans by a former landlord prompted the closure of its hitherto sole standalone store in the North of England earlier this spring.

David Roberts has been named chief financial officer at TCM Living, the upholstery group that owns Ashley Manor, Alexander & James, Alstons and AMX Design.

Deliveries in the U.K. and Ireland grew at a faster pace for Stressless in the first quarter of 2022 than in any other of its main reporting geographies, with the value of sales reaching almost half of the total for the entirety of last year.

A British company incorporated in December 2020 has been told to change its name after an objection raised by Italian furniture giant Natuzzi.

Britain's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an inquiry into the planned takeover of Recticel's engineered foam unit by Carpenter Co., the U.S. conglomerate. Both are key cogs in the U.K. furniture supply chain.

One of the U.K.'s largest privately-owned retailers of furniture and flooring sold on a weekly instalment basis has expanded its sofa manufacturing facility.

96 percent of British furniture manufacturers responding to a closely-followed trade poll said they have raised their prices in the past six months. They are also concerned regarding new order intake.

Belgian foam conglomerate Recticel found big sales growth in the first quarter driven by higher volumes and an inflationary price backdrop.

A creditor-backed restructuring process and strong trading helped transform the balance sheet of upholstered furniture and beds retailer Willow and Hall last year.

The group behind G Plan, Parker Knoll and Collins and Hayes found big growth and a profit turnaround in a second year heavily impacted by Covid with its CEO saying further gains will follow this year.

High-end furniture company Timothy Oulton has strengthened its U.K. board with two senior appointments from within.

Restructuring advisors looking to raise cash for the creditors of Sofa Workshop should soon be in a position to name the new owner of the brand after the deadline passed for bidders late last week.

Furniture wholesaler Birlea has agreed a deal that will see it become the U.K. and Ireland distributor of Disney branded furniture and home accessory products.

Strong demand indicates a tailwind for home-related spending remains, according to Colefax Group, owner of high-end soft furnishings brands and a prestige British sofa maker.

Upholstered furniture retailer Sofology has hired a former Currys and Ralph Lauren executive to the newly-created role of digital and business development director.

Colne upholstered furniture maker Furnico found near double-digit sales growth in the last full year before the business was sold to U.S. giant La-Z-Boy in the autumn.

Upholstery imports into the U.K. jumped by more than a quarter in February despite weak figures from China.

Furniture giant Natuzzi has turned to the office furniture sector for the leader of its newly-formed Furnishing and Accessories business unit, which it hopes will boost order values across its retail network.

The value of U.K. furniture manufacturers' combined turnover was the highest ever recorded in February, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.

High demand and wider margins helped Italian furniture conglomerate Natuzzi enjoy a €30 million profit swing last year, with it saying it has continued to write strong business in the early part of 2022.

Sofa Club, the upholstered furniture retailer that sells online and through seven sites across U.K. shopping centres, has reimagined its brand image and product offer.

The price instability in the crude oil and natural gas markets has triggered the introduction of phenomena that the foam industry has not seen for decades, according to the head of the organisation that represents the principal actors in the sector.

Upmarket outdoor dining and indoor lounge furniture company Bridgman has opened a new showroom in Kent, taking its nationwide store count to six.

BFM says U.K. furniture retailers should prepare for further price rises after its members were hit by a slew of rising input costs amid an already inflationary environment.

Global home furnishings company Designers Guild says a huge amount of re-engineering work has helped position it to emerge from the pandemic as a stronger and more robust business.

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.

Upholstery chain Sofa Workshop ceased trading on Thursday and has been placed into administration, owner Halo Group has said.

Startup venture Homebound is targeting renters and frequent movers with monthly furniture packages spanning a full array of living, dining, home office and bedroom products.

A North West sofa wholesale business along with two connected companies including a retail business have been placed into liquidation.

Leaders, colleagues and family members at upholstered furniture maker Whitemeadow have raised money for The Furniture Makers' Company's Step2It campaign after completing a charity abseil.

Experienced manufacturing executive Richard Carr has become managing director at West Yorkshire contract furniture manufacturer Craftwork Upholstery after he led a management buy-in (MBI).

Letters promising further price rises have landed in British furniture makers' inboxes in recent days just as official figures indicated the worst may have passed for raw material price inflation.

Upholstery market leader DFS will have transformed well over half of its store estate by this time next year with plans to continue remodelling showrooms through 2022 and beyond.

Supply chain challenges in the six months to end January hit ScS' profits but the sofas and carpets retailer hopes to claw that back in the second half as it unwinds its big order book.

West Yorkshire furniture maker Sherborne Upholstery said demand was high throughout the past year as it found profit growth against softer comparatives and supply chain challenges.

The chief executive officer of global upholstered furniture maker Man Wah Holdings has left the company and will be replaced by its majority shareholder and founder.

A longtime business leader at OEM and branded mattress maker The Foam Company (TFC) along with other key officials at the business have all made rapid returns to the sector.

Wider margin and higher sales helped upholstery vertical Sofa.com record highest-ever profits last year as it put behind it a long-running series of trading losses.

Italian sofa maker Nicoletti Home says meeting customers' delivery expectations was among the three principal factors that helped it achieve high U.K. and worldwide growth last year.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS is to close its Greenock store later this spring after it decided not to renew the lease on the property.

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.

Profits declined at sofa market leader DFS Group in the six months to Boxing Day on lower delivered revenue, operational cost headwinds and the falling away of some Covid-support measures.

DFS has begun a consultation with employees regarding the closure of its loss-making Netherlands operation, saying the planned exit would allow it to focus on higher returning activities.

Upholstered furniture specialist Sofology is putting the finishing touches to its seventh and final new store of its 2021/22 financial year.

Upholstered furniture imports into the U.K. advanced 76 percent year-on-year in January and at an even faster pace compared with pre-Covid trading.

Buoyant Upholstery will make further environmental, social and governance (ESG) improvements this year as the Lancashire sofa maker looks to continue to lead in the furniture manufacturing sector.

Furniture manufacturers' turnover was higher on a year-on-year basis for an eleventh straight month in January, but it was also the weakest growth recorded since March last year.

Modern upholstery manufacturer Michael Tyler Furniture has promoted its production director ahead of the planned retirement of its longtime managing director and former co-owner.

The upholstery group behind the Alexander & James, Ashley Manor, AMX Design and Alstons businesses found big revenue gains last year but rising costs weighed on profits.

Upholstery company Arlo & Jacob is launching Arlo & Design, a newly refurbished studio and designer fabric upholstery service based at its Fulham showroom.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Ekornes has ceased distribution to Russia and Belarus in solidarity with Ukraine while IKEA has closed all 17 of its stores in what is its 10th largest global market.

Timothy Oulton, the founder and chief executive officer of the Halo and Timothy Oulton furniture and interiors design, manufacturing, wholesale and retail group, has died.

Flokk Group has doubled the size of its U.K. operations after agreeing to buy West Yorkshire furniture manufacturer Connection Seating from its private shareholders.

Australian furniture maker King has formally announced its launch in the U.K. with the opening of its first King Living showroom here, on Tottenham Court Road in London.

Norwegian upholstery producer Ekornes, owner of the Stressless and IMG brands, made gains worldwide last year including a double-digit uplift in delivered revenue across the U.K. and Ireland.

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.

Adjusted profits at Belgian foam conglomerate Recticel more than doubled last year while its CEO says the business will continue to adapt pricing where necessary.

Comfortex, a maker of finished and semi-finished products across the mattress, upholstery and healthcare markets, remained profitable last year despite input cost pressures.

Profits at the U.K. arm of foam pourer Recticel jumped in the period taking in the early months of the pandemic, just-filed accounts show.

The expansion of sofa market leader DFS into other home categories will see it partner Eve Sleep (eve) to sell mattresses and bed frames, initially online.

Revenue soared to record levels at furniture manufacturing and wholesale group Actona last year as it bounced back from a blip during the early months of the pandemic.

The U.K.'s largest privately-owned upholstered furniture manufacturer has promoted its head of group I.T. to a newly-created role encompassing a wider remit.

Input cost inflation for U.K. furniture manufacturers last month eased to its lowest level since July 2021, but remains at a historically high level.

Sofa market leader DFS has launched DFS Vegan, a programme of upholstery that is both 100 percent animal free and approved by PETA, the charity dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals.

Upholstery company Arlo & Jacob is independent again after Mark and Julie Smith re-acquired the business from sofa group TCM Living (TCML), parent to Ashley Manor, Alstons, AMX Design and Alexander & James.

Direct-to-consumer upholstery brand Snug achieved a more than four-fold rise in sales last year as it benefitted from a mix of high demand and good product availability.

Shipping problems and higher costs failed to quell demand for overseas-made upholstery through 2021 as imports reached their highest-ever level over a full year.

Full year furniture makers' combined turnover failed to recover all the revenue lost to lockdowns as supply chain challenges hindered producers' efforts to meet demand.

Privately-owned upholstery retailer Sofas & Stuff will take its store network to 20 nationwide with its latest opening, primed to open next month.

Direct-to-consumer and wholesale upholstery brand Swyft Home has signed a lease on a new and larger distribution centre facility.

Half-year revenue at ecommerce-led home and garden products retailer and wholesaler The Garden Trading Company trended up in mid single digits in the first half, according to its new owner.

Privately-owned heritage manufacturer Ercol Furniture (ercol) has promoted finance director David Finch to managing director with immediate effect.

Upholstery brand Swyft Home has more than doubled its footprint in John Lewis stores nationwide after the department store chain introduced new displays last week.

Upholstery producer and distributor La-Z-Boy U.K. has become a Business Club Plus member, a form of sponsorship, at Burnley Football Club.

Upholstery and carpets retailer ScS said it has traded well through the important winter sale period and is working with its supply chain to mitigate challenges that have pushed out lead times.

U.K. upholstery market leader DFS has agreed a long lease on a large speculatively-build warehouse unit to the west of London.

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

Colefax Group, owner of multiple high-end furnishing fabric brands and prestige Devon sofa maker Kingcome, booked profits up by more than a third on higher sales in the six months to October 31.

The company behind Far East upholstery giant Kuka Home says profits doubled in a year bookended by planned manufacturing investments totalling the equivalent of more than £400 million.

Furniture conglomerate Lars Larsen Group booked net income of 5.14 billion Danish kroner (£581m) last year as it benefitted from both organic growth and acquisitions powering top line growth.

South Wales sofa maker Ashwood Designs booked record sales last year amid investment in additional manufacturing capacity and frame production.

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.

Upholstery retail and wholesale brand The Lounge Co has opened a second standalone showroom in London as it looks to boost its business in the capital.

Upholstered furniture giant Man Wah Holdings has made its second major land acquisition announcement inside a week, this time for a vast plot of land in Mexico on which it plans to build more factories.

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.

Italian upholstered furniture conglomerate Natuzzi has appointed Giuseppe Cacciapaglia as replacement for Vittorio Notarpietro pending a search for a new permanent chief financial officer.

Man Wah Holdings, the Hong Kong listed upholstery producer, is to build a new factory in Wuhan, China that will becomes its manufacturing base in the centre of the country.

U.K. furniture manufacturers' combined turnover climbed for the ninth month straight in November, new figures released Friday morning show.

Hydeline Furniture, the Buckinghamshire upholstery producer and distributor, has appointed Jonathan Burrage as its new managing director, succeeding Harvey Roberts in the role.

Upholstery group DFS has named the new managing director for its Sofology retail chain, succeeding the brand's CEO Sally Hopson, who left after retiring last year.

Paul Myerscough has been promoted to managing director at North Wales upholstery manufacturer Westbridge Furniture, a major supplier to national, DTC and independent retailers.

West Midlands upholstery manufacturer ACL 2002 built on a return to profit last year but says it is facing intense cost pressures and labour shortages because of Covid-19.

Furniture and homeware company Swoon has become the latest third-party brand to have its products offered on the platform of DFS, the U.K.'s upholstery market leader.

Rise-and-recline upholstery producer Celebrity Motion Furniture says it is optimistic it will clear the remainder of its CVA debt in the next year, saying the business has continued to prosper since its restructure.

ScS, the national upholstery and flooring retailer, has relocated its Doncaster store to a different retail park in the South Yorkshire town.

Large upholstery retail warehouse Vine Mill Furniture is clearing stock ahead of its planned closure with owners instead to focus on the group's wholesale operations supplying other companies.

Recticel shareholders have green-lighted the disposal of the company's mattress division to Aquinos, the Portuguese upholstery and bedding manufacturing conglomerate.

Omnichannel furniture and homeware retailer Loaf plans to expand its store footprint into Scotland for the first time with the opening of a ninth showroom next year.

Natuzzi has announced the resignation of chief financial officer Vittorio Notarpietro after 20 years service with the Italian upholstery maker and retailer across two separate spells.

International furniture brand Timothy Oulton has in the past few days expanded its London store footprint with the opening of two further showrooms while its eponymous owner is now majority shareholder in Andrew Martin International, the high-end retail and wholesale company.

Upholstery retailer Sofology has revealed two further new store locations for its 2022 pipeline as it continues to reconfigure its national network.

Southern Italian upholstery manufacturer Incanto group will next month reintroduce its upmarket Incanto Italia brand to the U.K. and Irish markets after a multi-year absence.

Moffett and Sons, the company behind the diversified upholstery, bed and cabinet manufacturer and wholesaler Balmoral Furniture, says it is on target to return to growth in 2021/22 after seeing sales and profits fall in the past year.

A lack of skilled workers has forced furniture production wages higher, according to the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), the industry trade association.

Upholstery and beds company HSL has strengthened its retail presence in the North West of England, with a new unit opening Thursday to the north of Manchester.

Foam and industrials group Greiner is for now pressing ahead with plans to acquire what will remain of Recticel even though the Belgian company has agreed deals to dispose of two sizeable chunks of its business.

North West upholstery and curtain fabrics wholesaler Fryett's widened gross margin in 2020/21 as it increased its market share in the supply of cut length products.

The price of raw materials and inputs used in the production of furniture rose to another record level in November according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Upholstered furniture import growth slowed at the beginning of the final quarter despite continued robust figures from both China and Poland, the U.K.'s largest trading partners.

Halo Creative & Design, parent to premium pitched furniture brand Timothy Oulton, has acquired a country house hotel comprising a 17th century manor after securing new finance worth tens of millions of pounds.

British furniture manufacturers' combined turnover rose on an annual basis for an eleventh month straight in October, but fell against pre-Covid levels.



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