Ercol Furniture (ercol) has announced the departure of longtime creative director Rachel Galbraith, with chairman Henry Tadros to now take an active role in the creative direction of the brand.

Designer Contracts last year booked its highest sales and profits since before the pandemic as it benefitted from elevated demand, inventory capacity, and long-term energy contracts.

Higher operating and sales costs harmed profit margins at Elland based furniture supplier Andy Thornton last year, negating a large increase in output.

Classic recliners were a "major success" for upholstery brand Stressless as its U.K. and Ireland business recovered in the fourth quarter of last year, parent company Ekornes said on Monday.

The U.K.'s largest dedicated ecommerce home goods retail platform says it is managing "without issue" the elevated freight costs associated with attacks by Houthi rebels on container shipping.

A small West Midlands contract furniture manufacturer has returned to court to get renewed protection from creditors while it seeks a restructuring of the business, or a sale.

The value of floorcoverings imported into the U.K. fell high single-digits in 2023 with wood and vinyl flooring dropping at a faster rate than carpets.

A newco created by a multi-million pound Derbyshire kitchen worktop company has bought the business and assets of a nationally-operating competitor out of administration.

The Rug Company, the private equity backed rug supplier targeting wealthy consumers and interior designers, will next month open its fourth London showroom.

A fall in the final two months of last year was not enough to prevent mattress imports from reaching an all-time high in 2023 — the tenth consecutive year they have increased on a value basis.

Imports of sofas and sofabeds declined for the first time in three years in 2023 but still remained at the second-highest ever level. Volumes were only fractionally lower than the previous year.

Nobia, owner of U.K. kitchens retailer Magnet, has agreed a second major disposal inside a week after agreeing to sell Austrian business unit ewe in a deal worth up to €26.5 million.

Upholstered furniture fabrics supplier Mobus has promoted Sam Thornber from sales manager to sales director.

A North West company that describes itself as the U.K.’s leading supplier of loose contract furniture has successfully applied to court for protection from creditors.

Insolvency comes within seven months of Manchester based company being sold.

Designer furniture and homeware retailer The Conran Shop has appointed Tom Bettinson as head of wholesale with the aim of building out its presence and product offering in the U.K. and worldwide.

Profits fell sharply for soft furnishings supplier Rapport Home Furnishings last year, but a strong focus on working down stock levels helped to boost liquidity.

Mohawk Industries, the world's largest floorcoverings company and a major supplier in the U.K. across multiple product categories, says it expects the recovery of demand in Europe to lag other territories worldwide.

Kitchen conglomerate Nobia is selling its Dutch manufacturing business Bribus for €64 million and says it will now be wholly-focused on the U.K. and Nordic markets.

Restructuring advisors at Leonard Curtis lined up as potential administrators.

Category demand for beds is stabilising according to the CEO of Tempur Sealy International (TSI), the world's largest bedding company and owner of U.K. retailer Dreams.

Fabrics and wallpaper supplier Sanderson Design Group said a strong performance from its high-margin licensing business has continued to mitigate the impact of challenging U.K. trading conditions.

Aspire Furniture, a growing supplier to the ecommerce mattress sector in the U.K., is planning to build its international business after agreeing new trade finance.

Axminster Carpets has become the latest home furnishings industry manufacturer to feature on Inside The Factory, the BBC documentary series.

Neville Johnson, the upmarket fitted furniture vertical that sells direct to the consumer, said it has cut costs to align with reduced demand after a challenging year where revenue and margins took a hit.

Midlands kitchen manufacturer Mereway Kitchens has ceased trading after a second insolvency inside six months for a company operating the brand.

The Gangani family, who sold home textiles supplier Bridstock Gate back in 2017, is to relaunch its flagship bedding brand after re-acquiring the intellectual property (I.P.) rights last year.

René Nieuwendijk, international commercial director at the Dutch-owned Leolux Furniture Group for most of the past decade, has joined office furniture maker Humanscale as vice president, global retail sales.

A large South East floorcoverings contractor with four offices around the U.K. warned it is on the brink of insolvency in a court filing on Thursday.

Evans Textiles, one of the U.K.’s leading soft furnishings and window hardware suppliers, booked a net loss last year as it wrote down the value of its investment to nil in a bedding business it bought seven years ago.

Pan-European upholstered furniture retailer and wholesaler Sofacompany said a loss of earnings and revenue last year was partially the result of the collapse of Made.com, its largest B2B customer.

Upholstery and cabinet wholesale and manufacturing group Actona says furniture sales volumes across Europe fell sharply last year, putting its own revenue and profits under elevated pressure.

There is no change of landlord for Bensons for Beds' manufacturing operations in Cambridgeshire despite the sale of the factory propco by Bensons' owner Alteri Investors last year.

Longtime bed industry executive Jason Lowdon is joining Kent bed maker Sleepeezee with a brief to further develop its overseas business as export director.

Andrew Martin International, the London based retail and wholesale company, has relaunched its designer sofas and chairs programme and invested in increased production capacity at its U.K. upholstery factory.

The closure of a North East smooths floorcoverings distributor has left its closely-affiliated Belgian supplier nursing a sizeable six-figure debt.

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishings industry, has launched a corporate video telling the organisation’s story through the voices of several prominent members.

The owner of direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress brand Nectar Sleep pumped more cash into the U.K. business in the post-pandemic period as revenue fell sharply and impacted the bottom line.

Man Wah Holdings, the world's largest recliner manufacturer, has resumed its share buyback programme in a bid to improve returns for shareholders.

Upholstered furniture conglomerate La-Z-Boy Incorporated has appointed ADA, Austria's largest sofa producer, as its licensee for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia and Serbia.

Sofa suppliers including Buoyant Upholstery, Alpha Designs and Whitemeadow dominated the winners podium at The January Furniture Show's two award programmes earlier this week.

Industry suppliers and retailers have questioned the legitimacy of elevated container shipping rates amid the ongoing crisis in the Red Sea.

The West Yorkshire rug and mat manufacturer behinds brands such as Howler & Scratch and Rug Guru plans to invest another £3 million on factory upgrades having spent a similar sum last year.

A legal row over who owned the intellectual property rights and brand of Maker&Son following its pandemic-era travails was last year settled, staving off an expensive High Court battle.

A second straight sharp rise in revenue helped filled bedding, bedlinen and soft furnishings supplier Richard Haworth to maintain profits last year, despite input cost pressures.

Experienced furniture industry manufacturing executive Chris Box has been appointed managing director at Dreamworks Beds, the Gallery Direct-owned mattress maker.

Direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress brand Casper Sleep has appointed Joe Megibow, the former CEO at competitor Purple Innovation, as its new chief executive.

Rising costs outweighed record revenue last year for Lars Larsen Group, the Danish conglomerate with myriad furniture industry interests spanning retail and wholesale brands.

CEVA Logistics, a subsidiary of French shipping conglomerate CMA CGM, has agreed to buy U.K. delivery company Wincanton in a deal worth £566.9 million.

Living and dining cabinet shipments declined by more than a quarter in November on weak data from Malaysia, Singapore and the U.S.

Upholstery retailer Sofas & Stuff has reaffirmed its manufacturing commitment by becoming a member of British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), the trade association.

Floorcoverings distributor Headlam Group is expected to post profits down by more than two thirds when it releases full year results for 2023 in the spring.

The value of foam and sprung mattress imports arriving into the U.K. declined in November despite a large upswing in Tempur products landing at U.K. ports.

Floorcoverings distributor Likewise Group has paid the former owners of the Valley Carpets business it acquired at the start of 2022 a further £3.86 million in contingent consideration, meaning no further payments are now due.

Earnings before non-cash costs were positive for the second straight year for Ercol Furniture in the immediate post-pandemic period as the Buckinghamshire manufacturer recorded its narrowest net deficit in five years.

Components supplier Leggett & Platt is to reduce its bedding manufacturing and distribution footprint as part of a programme of restructuring measures designed to cut costs and boost profits.

The average pay award for workers at U.K. furniture factories will be 4.9 percent this year, according to the British Furniture Manufacturers' (BFM) latest Wages Survey.

The Belgian carpet manufacturing group behind brands including ITC, Modulyss and Bentley has agreed a new revolving credit facility as part of a wider refinancing of the business.

Output at the furniture factory gate was lower for the eighth consecutive month in November as U.K. producers continued to struggle for new orders.

Revenue, profits and cash all climbed for furniture importer Seconique through the year to end June with the West Midlands distributor saying it has made further gains since.

Mattress and bedding company Mammoth Sit and Sleep will bring in a number of new managers this month ahead of plans to invest in new distribution and display assets.

Designers Guild, the designer, wholesaler and retailer of diversified home products spanning furnishing fabrics to upholstery, booked a £2.04 million net loss in the year to March 31, 2023 on lower demand and higher costs.

Vita Group, the diversified industrial giant with operations spanning the supply of foam to the manufacture of finished mattresses and underlay, booked lower profits in post-pandemic trading, just-filed consolidated accounts show.

The takeover of delivery and logistics company DX (Group) by the private equity firm that has owned bed maker Silentnight for over a decade has moved a step closer after shareholders approved the deal.

Fast-growing outdoor furniture supplier Akula Living has become the latest home industry company to receive financial backing from BGF, a growth capital provider for U.K. and Irish small and mid-sized businesses.

A drop in revenue and continued pressure on costs impacted profitability at the Osborne & Little furnishings fabrics and wallpaper group in the six months to end September last year.

Ekornes, the upholstery, furniture and beds group behind the Stressless, Svane and IMG brands, is to make a series of temporary redundancies in its native Norway in response to challenging market conditions.

The shareholders of furniture, beds and home accents distributor Gallery Direct have acquired retailer Willow and Hall through a separately-held group that majors in the supply of lighting.

Designer Contracts, the circa £40 million turnover floorcoverings contractor that majors in supplying the new-build property sector, has launched an in-house sustainability initiative, empowering its employees to further build its eco credentials.

The number of furniture, furnishings and floorcoverings companies filing for insolvency reached a record high for the second straight year in 2023, with each quarter of last year progressively worse than its predecessor.

Shares in rival U.K. floorcoverings distributors Likewise and Headlam gained as the former delivered an upbeat assessment of last year and its outlook for the period ahead in a trading update on Thursday.

Direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress and ancillary products company Simba Sleep has agreed a seven-figure, one year partnership with Channel 5 in what was described as the channel's largest-ever sponsorship deal.

Motion upholstery giant La-Z-Boy plans to reorganise the corporate structure of its U.K.-based activities in a move that will streamline its operations here and further improve its trading results.

North West lighting supplier Cascade says it is putting liquidity before profit as it grapples a tough market backdrop that has seen falling demand combine with rising costs.

The group behind the Sofa & Chair Company is pushing forward with its Larkbury London brand as it seeks to bounce back from a year that was below expectations and ended with a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) agreed with its creditors.

Cabinet furniture wholesaler Papaya Trading has further strengthened its sales force with the appointment of a third new agent inside a few months.

A furniture family that majors in the supply of upholstery and mattresses to IKEA has joined forces with a private equity group to acquire wood-based panels supplier Pfleiderer Polska from Strategic Value Partners (SVP).

A large positive swing in gross margin helped rug wholesaler Asiatic Carpets shrug off the impact of output falling to more normal trading levels through 2022/23.

North East living, dining and bedroom wholesaler Baker Furniture has taken two-year capital expenditure to over £1.7 million as it continued to invest against a backdrop of rising costs and decelerating demand.

Core furniture exports out of the U.K. declined for the fourth straight month in October despite higher demand from the number one export market.

Furniture wholesaler and bed manufacturer Balmoral saw revenue return closer to pre-pandemic levels in the year to end March, but rising costs hit the bottom line.

The group behind Decorative Panels Furniture, the U.K.'s largest flatpack cabinet maker, stepped up investment through 2022/23, with the highest capital expenditure programme in its history.

Italian upholstered furniture giant Natuzzi plans to remain master tenant of its High Point property despite plans to sell the iconic building, senior executives have said.

Spinks, the Yorkshire manufacturer best known for supplying bed components, has secured a £250,000 research contract to bring its EcoSeat spring technology to U.K. rail seating.

The leadership team at Long Eaton sofa supplier Siren Furniture have taken a step closer to paying off the outstanding takeover consideration following its management buyout two and a half years ago.

Upmarket cabinet maker and retailer Martin Moore Furniture slipped to a loss through 2022/23 after rising operating costs negated the impact of higher output.

Nobia CEO and president Jon Sintorn will leave the kitchen group next June, sparking a recruitment process for a successor.

The CEO of Simba Sleep says the mattress brand is working closely with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to ensure best practice after the U.K.'s competition regulator launched an investigation into whether the company is misleading consumers.

West Yorkshire upholstered furniture manufacturer Sherborne says it is budgeting for a further decline in sales through 2023/24 with expectations for future trading levels to be lower than in its just-reported financial year.

Imports of wood bedroom cabinet into the U.K. fell for the second straight month in October on weaker data from trading partners in mainland Europe. Despite the decline, they remain at a historically elevated level.

Swoon is entering the kitchen furniture market after launching a product collaboration with Harvey Jones, the semi-national high-end kitchen retailer.

Foam and sprung mattress imports into the U.K. climbed for the fourth straight month in October, reaching the second highest level in history.

Shipments of wood living and dining cabinet fell by just over a third on last year in October as weak demand combined with strong comparative figures.

Upholstered furniture imports into the U.K. climbed for the first time in 11 months in October, propelled by trade with Italian and Chinese producers. Imports from Poland continued to lag year-earlier levels.

Britain's biggest floorcoverings wholesaler has agreed a settlement with insurers, nearly two years after the fire that destroyed its MCD Kidderminster distribution centre in December 2021.

A large increase in trade with Turkey helped power a first rise in the value of carpet imports in four months in October. Volume growth was even stronger.

Ross Fabrics, a key cog in the U.K. sofa manufacturing supply chain, said volumes returned to pre-Covid levels in the year to end March, adding that the cost-of-living crisis was starting to have an impact towards the end of the period.

Losses narrowed at the David Phillips Furniture group in the year to end March as it found margin after a price reset and placed greater emphasis on residential real estate such as supplying the build-to-rent sector.

David Phillips, the specialist furnishing services provider for developers, investors, estate agents, property managers and landlords, has disclosed the terms of its buyout of furniture rental provider Monty Space.

The West Midlands manufacturing group behind contract seating brands Boss Design, Jack Cartwright and Lyndon Design booked higher profits through 2022/23 but says repeating the feat will be trickier in the new financial year.

The integration of an acquisition and a new startup soft furnishings manufacturing venture helped North West fabrics group Panaz grow through 2022/23. But rising costs meant profits flatlined.

The take-private deal of mainland European retail and wholesale group Beter Bed Holding by a venture capital group is substantially complete after almost all existing shareholders agreed to tender their shares.

Multi-site flooring wholesale group Likewise said year-to-date revenue remained up double-digit by November but the rate of growth has fallen 4 percentage points since the date of its half-year results.

The Furniture Makers' Company (TFMC), the industry charity and livery company, on Tuesday night named the recipients of its 60 for 60 Awards — championing a potential new generation of future leaders.

Outdoor furniture supplier Alexander Rose has cut inventory levels by more than a third over the past six months as the business returned to profit after the disruption of the immediate post-Covid period.

Workplace furniture maker Orangebox returned to profit through 2022/23 as the impact of increased top line activity and royalty revenue filtered through the income statement.

Upholstery and curtain fabrics wholesaler Fryetts said it continued to perform well through 2022/23 despite the recent economic uncertainty, with net margins remaining in double-digit percentages.

The largest private shareholder in Established & Sons has increased the size of his stake in the designer furniture, lighting and homewares company.

Industrial giant Vita Group, whose diversified activities span semi-finished and finished products ranging from PU foam to mattresses and underlay, has disclosed the sale price for the disposal of a French subsidiary which completed earlier this year.

Experienced furniture industry executive Bo Simonsen has become group sales director at The Sofa & Chair Company, the London based upholstered furniture manufacturer and retailer.

Outdoor furniture supplier Alexander Rose booked a large deficit in the 18 months to end February 2023 as delayed containers led to cancelled orders along with elevated demurrage and storage costs.

Lancashire fitted furniture components supplier HPP booked lower profits through 2022/23 as higher output was outweighed by rising costs.

Victoria sold 175,000sqft former Westex carpets factory last year, but sale price hadn't previously been disclosed.

Optimism among furniture makers about the trading environment has faded according to an updated poll of its members by the trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

Flooring conglomerate Victoria last week recouped tens of millions of euros after closing a transaction to sell off surplus property in Belgium acquired as part of its takeover of Balta's rugs and U.K.-oriented broadloom carpet activities last year.

The executive chairman of Victoria has moved to reassure investors regarding the resignation from the board last week of the co-founder of one of the flooring group's largest shareholders.

Revenue returned closer to pre-pandemic levels for Suffolk bed maker Mansion House Bedding Group through 2022/23 thanks to increased demand from the contract sector. Profits declined on higher costs and investment.

JPL Upholstery, a circa £5 million turnover recliner and sofa maker that was producing three models for one of the country's largest furniture retailers, has been placed into liquidation.

Flexlux, the modern chair and sofa brand from Danish upholstery producer Theca, will enjoy its largest U.K. retail trade audience yet when its makes its January Furniture Show debut early next year.

Floorcoverings conglomerate Victoria has reported a half-year net loss of £22.5 million on weak demand, higher finance costs and a slew of underlying restructuring line items.

Fritz Hansen, the designer furniture maker whose products are sold through some of the U.K.'s sharpest modern retailers, has appointed Henrik Steensgaard as its new chief executive as it looks to return to profit.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Man Wah Holdings has confirmed it plans to appeal a judge's ruling in the U.S. that it should pay damages to a former supplier after an intellectual property (I.P.) dispute.

U.K. and Ireland revenue almost halved for the owner of the Stressless and IMG upholstered furniture brands in what proved a challenging third quarter.

Upholstered furniture imports into the U.K. continued to trend down in September as they lapped record levels of trade last year.

Shipments of living and dining wood furniture arriving into the U.K. continued their year-long tumble in September, falling sharply on the same month last year.

Man Wah Holdings, the Hong Kong listed upholstered furniture conglomerate, booked higher first half profits despite revenue continuing to slide on the back of weaker trade with its biggest export market.

Foam and sprung mattress imports into the U.K. were higher for the third consecutive month on a year-on-year basis in September.

Bedroom cabinet furniture imports into the U.K. declined double-digits in September with Brazil proving the outlier after a climb in the value of container loads of products arriving from South America's largest country.

Carpet imports into the U.K. declined for the third straight month on a value basis in September and at a steeper rate than in the year so far.

Flooring supplier Victoria received almost universal backing from shareholders to accept the company's 2022/23 accounts and reappoint its auditor on Monday, but its share price fell sharply, paring back recent gains.

Upmarket furniture design, wholesale and retail group Neptune has pinned a hefty 2021/22 loss on shipping cost inflation but says it has made a swift return to profit after making cost savings and restructuring its leadership team.

The privately-owned flooring group behind regional distributors such as Pennine Flooring, Volante and Planners Services booked lower profits last year as rising costs mitigated the impact of higher output.

Global Components (UK), the West Yorkshire based bed, mattress and upholstered furniture components supplier, booked lower profits last year on rising costs and falling revenue.

London based upholstered furniture manufacturer and retailer The Sofa & Chair Co has so far kept to the terms of a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) agreed with HM Revenue & Customs and other creditors a year ago. It follows the finding of cost savings and space consolidation.

YouTube review adverts extolling the virtues of Emma mattresses from a website controlled by an Emma Sleep subsidiary have fallen foul of marketing guidelines, the Advertising Standards Authority has ruled.

Associated Weavers says the launch of its new state-of-the-art warehouse in Northampton can help it recover share lost in the cut-length market segment as a result of events outside its control.

Former England footballer David Beckham has signed to become a brand ambassador for premium bedding brand Tempur Sealy in its Asia-Pacific markets.

Logistics supplier Wincanton has won a contract to carry out white-glove home deliveries for The Conran Shop, the designer furniture, homeware and lifestyle retailer.

Castle Donington furniture wholesaler Birlea has revealed its new-look logotype and corporate identity amid an expanded product roster and new senior managerial appointment.

Premium lighting, homeware and occasional furniture supplier Porta Romana delivered class-leading profits in the year to end April on the back of sales growth and its ability to pass on price rises to customers.

Risings costs and weaker sales hit profits at Riva Home ahead of the Yorkshire soft furnishings supplier's buyout of upmarket fabrics producer Voyage Maison earlier this year.

The Fine Bedding Company found trade tougher through 2022/23 but still allocated six-figure resources to both capital expenditure and charitable endeavours.

British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) latest Industry Matters podcast is now available online, featuring an all-female lineup discussing the recent launch of the Women in Furniture Network.

Mohawk Industries, the world's largest floorcoverings company and a major supplier to the U.K. market, reported a third quarter net loss of $760 million after a non-cash asset write down.

Retail and wholesale brand Habitat is to create a range of tableware and kitchen products based on Sanderson's National Trust collection of fabrics, after the parties signed a licensing agreement.

The chairman of TCM Corporation, majority owner of U.K. upholstery group TCM Living, says the company remains in the market for more takeovers, including from outside the sofa sector.

Asset disposal specialists have begun a six-day sell-off of manufacturing equipment following the planned closure of the smallest production facility of a major upholstery vertical.

Upholstery manufacturer and distributor La-Z-Boy U.K. has promoted Tristan Pyke from sales director to managing director.

Speculation that the qualified audit opinion delivered on the 2022/23 financial accounts of flooring roll-up Victoria would lead to a change of auditor for next year has proved unfounded.

Weaker sales and higher operating costs hampered profits at the U.K. distributor of well-known flooring brands such as Quick-Step, Pergo and Balterio last year.



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