Appointment completes senior management team, says Natuzzi.

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The sun set on the Fabb Sofas business last June.
PwC, the big-four consultancy firm overseeing the winding down of the now-defunct upholstery chain Fabb Sofas, says its fees might be higher than first anticipated.

Creditors of the heritage rise and recline chair maker AJ Way, which filed for insolvency last autumn, face a potential seven-figure shortfall according to a report by administrators.

Any lingering doubts over Sports Direct International's involvement with Sofa.com have been put to bed with details emerging of a credit line agreed between the two parties.

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Italian sofa imports were up more than a fifth in December.
Upholstery imports into Britain advanced in December as double-digit growth in the value of goods trucked in from Italy and Poland countered the impact of a fall in Chinese-made goods arriving at British ports.

Aberdare upholstery producer Ashwood Designs has more than trebled its annual revenue since 2013 with the company posting a fifth straight rise in sales, just-filed accounts show.

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Wesley Barrell manufactures and retails premium upholstery
The owner of upmarket upholstery maker and retailer Wesley Barrell says he is not afraid to do "what needs to be done" in response to the economic climate and to ensure the business' survival.

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Sofa.com owner LGT European Capital has been looking for a buyer for the upholstery vertical.
Sports Direct International, parent to House of Fraser and a growing roster of retail brands, was left in prime position to acquire Sofa.com after rival bidder ScS Group exited the process.

Clicks-to-bricks upholstery manufacturer and retailer Sofa.com will not become part of the ScS Group, the UK's second largest upholstery retailer said today.

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Like-for-like order intake climbed in past six months
ScS said same-store orders at its core brand advanced in the past six months with the business primed to take advantage of opportunities as they arise.

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LGT is seeking a new owner for Sofa.com
ScS says it is in talks to acquire the business and assets of Sofa.com, the clicks-to-bricks upholstery vertical. It is reportedly competing with Mike Ashley's Sports Direct International.

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Wesley Barrell now trades from ten showrooms
Wesley Barrell, the high-end upholstery maker and retailer headquartered at Witney in Oxfordshire, has further downsized its retail showroom network.

High-end upholstery business Kingcome Sofas posted double-digit growth in first half sales after it delivered its strong order book going into the period.

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Maggie Throup MP, says Long Eaton sofa manufacturers that may be displaced by High Speed 2 (HS2) need to be financially supported.
Upholstery companies in Long Eaton that face being railroaded out of their factories by High Speed 2 (HS2) routing need assurances over their future and must be allowed to relocate within the strategically-important NG10 postcode area.

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Hastings based B&S Upholstery supplied two well-known retailers
The state is the biggest creditor of B&S Upholstery, the South Coast sofa maker that traded as Billy & Slouch and additionally supplied household names with upholstery on a white-label basis.

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Lisa Broad joined Ashley Manor earlier this month
Lisa Broad, in her second week at Ashley Manor after leaving national furniture retailer Harveys, says the switch to manufacturing will enable her to pursue her passion for upholstery.

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Alexander & James' NEC stand won plaudits
Upholstery business Alexander & James is to open a showroom in Bangkok, Thailand, as the British brand boosts its international presence in the Far East.

Department store chain House of Fraser has walked back a decision to close four shopping centre stores after cutting a deal with Intu, the retail property company.

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Phil Reynolds, director at the Furniture Industry Research Association, is pictured on the right of each picture with ACL 2002's Danielle Watts and Mobus' Ian Bostock.
Sofa maker ACL 2002 and fabrics supplier Mobus have achieved Certified Company status under the Furniture Industry Research Association Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture.

Upholstery market leader DFS has extended the breadth of its Joules-branded upholstery series, as well as launching a new product into the collection.

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Bazaar Group's Northumberland base and the new Wave sofa from its just-launched Ayla brand
"We're probably the biggest furniture manufacturer you've never heard of," says Mark Dolder, md of a North East seating company launching into the retail market with the introduction of the Ayla brand this week.

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B&S Upholstery's Hastings factory
Hastings sofa maker B&S Upholstery is to be liquidated a little over a year after it emerged from the embers of what was once one of Britain's busiest upholstery factories.

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Sofology is introducing 30 new ranges this year
Upholstery chain Sofology has further reshaped its management team with one of the industry's best-known buyers returning to the business in a more senior role.

Beds and furniture group Airsprung has invested £250,000 acquiring new machinery for its Cavendish Upholstery and Swanglen business units, underscoring its commitment to the upholstery and headboard sectors.

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The Santeramo-in-Colle company celebrates 60 years in 2019
Italian upholstery giant Natuzzi will roll out more dedicated Natuzzi Editions stores in Britain by the spring as it follows the launch of the first two units here on Boxing Day.

ACL 2002, a West Midlands sofa maker supplying retailers including ScS, achieved record sales for the third consecutive year in 2017–18. Profits fell because of rising costs.

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Chinese sofa imports climbed along with Italy
Britain's retailers and wholesalers upped upholstery stocks ahead of the festive season with Chinese and Italian products behind the bulk of the uplift.

DFS chief financial officer Nicola Bancroft is to step down from full-time executive duties, sparking a recruitment process for her successor.

Heimtextil launch for performance fabrics maker hoping to woo upholstery companies across Europe.

Profits at West Midlands contract seating manufacturer Boss Design Group fell after expansion costs abroad offset the impact of higher sales.

Second year-end shortening for privately-owned multi-store upholstery manufacturer and retailer.

Plans to construct new offices on state-owned land after buying land-use rights.

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Wesley Barrell changed hands in 2014
The Birmingham showroom of premium upholstery maker and retailer Wesley Barrell has closed a little over a year after it opened, while others in its network are to shut and reopen in nearby units.

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In 2018, Chinese upholstery imports have been in decline. Until now
Retailers upped stocks of foreign-made upholstery at the beginning of the peak trading quarter with a first rise in sofa shipments from China in the entire year so far.

Furniture distributor La-Z-Boy UK will add occasional furniture and dining sets as it diversifies its product offer further at next month's January Furniture Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

New facility for Hong Kong listed Man Wah.

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Sofa.com's Edinburgh showroom
Upholstery vertical Sofa.com booked a consolidated net loss of £38.4 million in the period leading up its change of ownership this summer, largely the result of management writing down the carrying value of its assets.

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Natuzzi is adding new retail space while rationalising its concessions
Italian sofa maker Natuzzi has chosen Cardiff for its first Natuzzi Editions showroom in Europe. It will open alongside a number of new Natuzzi Italia branded stores across the UK within the next few weeks.

North West upholstery fabrics supplier Fryett's said it sees 'significant opportunities' for exports as overseas sales comparatives outperformed its much larger UK revenue base in 2017–18.

Malcolm Nix, the former Sleepeezee, Wood Bros and Michael Tyler Upholstery executive, has been appointed UK main agent for Tuscan sofa maker Gradi Living.



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