EBITDA was almost two thirds higher for Bentley Designs last year as the furniture importer deleveraged after it kept a tight rein on costs and revenue recovered, countering weaker gross margin.

Construction is underway at distribution centres in Scotland and the Midlands as national flooring wholesaler Likewise Group looks to double its logistics capacity this year.

Stock levels at Cleland McIver more than doubled by the end of its 2020/21 financial year as the soft furnishings supplier invested further in distribution capacity with a new 75,000sqft facility.

Lincolnshire cabinet importer and wholesaler Classic Furniture battled rising shipping costs and limited container slot availability as it booked its highest profits since 2014 last year.

Wood flooring specialist Havwoods will open its second store this year and its fifth overall as it continues expanding its retail footprint in wealthy parts of the country.

National floorcoverings distributor Carpet & Flooring has appointed a new md with a raft of home improvement industry experience following the planned departure of longtime leader Lisa Tomlin.

A seven-figure reorganisation saw Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland wholesaler Flanagan Flooring bring a property investment joint venture under its control last year.

Britain's biggest flooring wholesaler will enable independent retailers and one-man-and-a-van installers to hit sub-£15sqm price points after launching a new brand with a supporting micro-site.

Bedeck returned to profit last year as the Northern Ireland based bedding company benefitted from a lower administrative cost burden of almost £2 million, including non-recurring exceptional items and a currency gain.

Furniture and home accents wholesaler Coach House smashed through a high ceiling to record largest-ever profits at its trading arm last year as it recovered strongly from the first year of the pandemic.

Revenue jumped to nearly £90 million and losses were reversed for the U.K.'s self-described largest independent floorcoverings distributor last year.

A South East freight forwarding and third-party logistics (3PL) provider has gained a 10-day stay from creditor action after it filed a notice of intent (NOI) to appoint administrators.

Investment helped the soft furnishings group behind the Iliv brand find further margin gains in a strong trading period during which it grew profits and repaid debt.

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.

Foam and sprung mattress imports into the U.K. continued their ascendancy at the beginning of the second quarter driven by a mix of established and emerging suppliers.

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.

The value of carpets imports dropped by almost a fifth at the start of the second quarter while volumes were down at nearly twice that rate on a year-on-year basis.

The company that completed an insolvent buyout of a prominent North London furniture wholesaler whose products were sold on platforms such as Wayfair has a new name.

Floorcoverings suppliers and their customers must work in unison amid rising prices and an expected fall in demand, according to a worldwide collective representing companies in the sector.

Ministry of Furniture (MoF), the contract manufacturer that emerged from Remploy in 2014, has moved to a new head office and showroom facility in Neath, South Wales.

Costco levered the power of brands such as Natuzzi, Thomasville, Bentley Designs and Silentnight on the way to strong growth in the U.K. which it has followed up with further gains in the period since.

The failure of a West London soft furnishings supplier dating back to the mid 1980s leaves creditors facing a large shortfall.

Direct-to-consumer mattress and ancillary products retailer and wholesaler Eve Sleep has launched a review and formal sale process, saying it wants to explore its strategic and financing options.

Mike Scott will retire as chief financial officer at diversified flooring conglomerate Victoria later this year after six years in the role. His replacement joins from outside the industry.

Online vendors offering the goods of a North Yorkshire based wholesaler of occasional furniture and rattan home and garden goods which collapsed earlier this year are clearing the last remaining items from their platforms.

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.

Neptune reinvested strong cashflow back into the business amid rising sales and profits last year, but the furniture, home and garden brand says it has since encountered supply chain constraints.

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.

Buy-and-build flooring group Likewise says it has established a trade brand in most geographical areas of the U.K. as new results confirm its annual revenue run-rate has breached nine-figures for the first time.

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.

Majority position in East Midlands furniture wholesaler was sold to the Swedish investor Storskogen Group last year.

The global bedding giant behind the Mlily brand enjoyed double-digit revenue growth in the first quarter, driven largely by success in North America. Sales in Europe were close to flat.

The U.K.'s largest flooring wholesale group believes ecommerce and a growing cohort of multiple retail customers can help it counter a weaker market this year.

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

Guest bed, mattress and sofabed maker Jay-Be said it limited supply to certain export markets to ensure its home market demands were met first as it grappled supply chain challenges through 2020/21.

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.

Rollie Attard, chief operating officer at fabrics supplier Panaz, is to become chief executive in place of his father and company founder Tony Attard, who will become chairman.

Cabinet imports from China fell at the end of the first quarter on a volume basis with only higher prices lifting the value of shipments arriving at British ports.

An increase in the value of goods arriving from close-to-home markets lifted foam and sprung mattress imports in March, new data shows. Volumes declined.

Circa £16 million turnover Midlands 3PL and group logistics provider targets early next year to be fully operational.

The carpet and rugs business bought by Victoria in a carve-out of Balta Group's operations booked thinner margins in the first quarter as higher costs countered the impact of rising sales.

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.

Scandinavian dining and lounge furniture source issues clarion call for new partners.

A U.K. ready-to-assemble cabinet furniture manufacturer that has supplied the likes of Argos for many years has divested 25 percent of the business to an East of England group with an expanding roster of interests in the furniture sector.

Italian furniture conglomerate Calligaris Group is to launch a third ecommerce platform with the introduction of a direct-to-consumer website for its Connubia brand.

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.

Restructuring advisors offer bullish outlook for creditors of East Midlands supplier after co-owner's death prompted eventual closure last year.

The investment conglomerate that bought British furniture wholesaler Julian Bowen last year has strengthened its home interest portfolio with the acquisition of a compatriot floorcoverings company.

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.

Nascent lifestyle brand Jasper Conran London is to expand an existing agreement with general merchandise retail giant Next into furniture and homeware for the first time.

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.

Supply chain provider Wincanton is to hire 175 of lifestyle retailer The White Company's employees across fulfilment and warehousing roles as part of a new five-year partnership between the companies.

Tempur Sealy International has put a new annual run-rate figure on Dreams after saying the British beds retailer has outperformed the world's biggest bedding company's expectations since its takeover last year.

West Yorkshire guest bed, mattress and sofabed maker Jay-Be has agreed a new seven-figure funding package with Santander U.K. to support its growth plans.

Trade kitchens and joinery supplier Howdens will build its depot-network this year along with refurbishing a slew of its older customer-facing U.K. properties.

Higher sales flowed to the bottom line for mattress retail and wholesale company Emma - The Sleep Company last year as it expanded and rolled out its business model in more countries worldwide.

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

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

The global sales director of high-end cabinetry and interiors company Clive Christian Furniture and a U.S. franchisee have combined to acquire the business and assets of the company out of administration.

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.

The U.K. arm of contract furniture maker KI saw revenue jump by almost a third here last year as it rebounded strongly from the early part of the pandemic.

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.

Flooring group Victoria says its ability to deliver while others couldn't because they were short of stock enhanced its reputation and has led to market share gains over the past year.

U.K. carpet imports climbed double-digit in February despite flat trade with Belgium, historically the largest trading partner for British buyers.

Direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress company Emma Sleep U.K. has strengthened its U.K. and Ireland retail team with the appointment of a fifth member.

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.

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.

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.

The number of furniture and flooring industry companies filing for insolvency continued to normalise in the first quarter, up sharply on last year but below historic trends.

The U.K.'s antitrust regulator has found that Där Lighting restricted retailers' freedom to set their own prices online between 2017–2019 and fined the company £1.5 million.

Sales jumped by almost half for major rug distributor Flair Flooring last year to help counter the impact of rising costs and inflationary pressures.

Tempur Sealy International will delay the launch of a new programme of products designed to bring the Tempur brand to a wider customer base because of the economic fallout from Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Bedlinen and homewares company Bedeck has renewed a licensing agreement with soft furnishings supplier Sanderson Design Group for a further three years and widened it to include new markets.

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.

Likewise Group has agreed to buy West Yorkshire flooring distributor Delta Carpets from its private shareholders in a cash and shares deal worth £3 million.

West Yorkshire furniture wholesaler Andy Thornton enjoyed a seven-figure profits turnaround last year after sales rebounded and it found cost savings.

Revenue at Nottinghamshire furniture wholesaler Julian Bowen was even stronger in 2020/21 than that indicated by its new majority shareholder when it completed a buyout last autumn.

Fast-growing U.K. floorcoverings distributor Likewise Group has moved to incentivise key officials across the business with the granting of new share options.

Case goods manufacturing and wholesale giant Samson Holdings reversed early pandemic losses to return to profit last year, driven by lower costs and success in its largest market.

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

West Midlands furniture wholesaler ASR Interiors has successfully won the first of two legal challenges against companies it alleged had copied its dining ranges.

Direct-to-consumer brand Eve Sleep says it hopes to achieve a bottom line at its U.K. business this year while simultaneously expanding into adjacent markets to the mattress sector.

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.

Living, dining and bedroom furniture distributor Devonshire swung back to profit last year as sales recovered strongly in the year to July 31 after falling in the early part of the pandemic.

Organisers of The Furniture Awards have revealed the shortlist of 16 potential winners across four categories ahead of The January Furniture Show, this year taking place April 24–27, 2022 at the NEC.

U.K. importers brought in more living, dining and bedroom wood cabinet furniture than ever before in January as shipments rose from source nations near and far.

British homewares and lifestyle brand Sophie Allport has appointed Richard Bell as its chief executive officer (CEO) with a brief to take the fast-growing business to the next level.

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.

Mattress brand Emma - The Sleep Company has been told to ensure future savings claims can be substantiated and don't mislead after complaints from the public and one of its largest U.K. rivals in the sector.

Darren Crowshaw will spearhead the launch of an in-store mattress programme for Nectar Sleep after he joined the homeware company behind the ecommerce bed-in-a-box brand late last 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.

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.

Strong order growth since April last year has put the privately-owned group behind West Midlands furniture manufacturer Boss Design on the path back to profit.

Furniture supplier Global Home Group has appointed highly-experienced industry executive Julian Cox as commercial director, working across both its Global and Corndell business units in the U.K.

A circa £10 million office furniture manufacturer based in the West Midlands has formally entered administration and its remaining employees made redundant.

The U.K. arm of Rhenus Logistics is preparing to add new furniture warehousing capacity after taking a former Wayfair distribution centre in the heart of England.

Danish ready-to-assemble furniture manufacturer Tvilum has closed the U.K. sales office of its compatriot Steens business and has put new procedures in place for customers.

Flooring supplier Headlam Group says it has historically under-indexed in sales to the multiple retail sector, and plans to address that by building a bigger business with larger chains.

Headlam Group, the flooring wholesaler with 66 business units across the U.K. and mainland Europe, swung back to profit last year on higher revenue and a big swing in gross margin.

Sales jumped by a third and profits climbed for Oldham domestic decorative lighting supplier Cascade in 2020/21 as it lapped a prior year-end impacted by the first lockdown.

The U.K.'s largest floorcoverings wholesale group has named Chris Payne as chief executive officer with immediate effect, ending a six month hunt for a successor to Steve Wilson. It has also announced a new chairman.

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.

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.

Monty Space, a subscription furniture rental service, is to become part of the David Phillips group, a major supplier of furniture to the residential real estate sector.

Joseph Joseph Group, the contemporary housewares designer and distributor, posted record sales and profits as customers pivoted online and towards home products last year.

One of the U.K.'s largest suppliers to the floorcoverings sector has written to customers outlining planned price increases across more than a dozen items ranging from underlays to adhesives.

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.

House of Isabella, a fast-growing and now decade-old furniture retailer, has appointed Panther Logistics as its two-person delivery partner.

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.

Mattresses from direct-to-consumer and wholesale brand Emma are now available in all JYSK stores across the U.K. and Ireland after the two parties extended a partnership that has already flourished in mainland Europe.

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.

East Midlands textiles manufacturer and distributor VM Fabrics has been placed into administration and ceased trading following the death of its co-owner and md last year.

A fast-growing flatpack furniture and homeware importer with a co-owned ecommerce operation has acquired the former Westex Carpets factory at Cleckheaton.

Mammoth is to build on an existing partnership with Airsprung that will see the latter assume responsibility for manufacturing and distribution across the former's national and independent brick-and-mortar retail accounts. Benefits will include shorter lead times, it said.

The value of living, dining and bedroom wood furniture shipments into the U.K. declined for a third straight month in December, paring back full year growth in imports.

Mattress imports into the U.K. set a new record high after climbing for the eighth year in a row in 2021, with December figures confirming a recovery in momentum.

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.

U.K. mattress sales growth accelerated amid the early months of the pandemic for the owner of the patented Octaspring technology, increasing its share of the British bed market.

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

Funds managed out of Alabama in the U.S. now own more than 10 percent of flooring supplier Victoria after doubling the size of their investment this week.

Textile manufacturer Ulster Weavers has revealed a first-ever home furnishings collection as the 140-year-old company repositions as a contemporary homeware brand targeting millenials.

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.

A rug and mat supplier which has historically listed retailers including Dunelm and John Lewis among its stockist base landed a net margin north of 20 percent as it traded strongly through the first year of the pandemic.

Yorkshire based ceramic, stone and timber flooring supplier Verona Group is now wholly-owned by the same investment company as retail chain Tile Giant after Travis Perkins disposed of its shares.

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.

Flooring conglomerate Headlam Group says it is close to naming a new chief executive, ending a four-month hunt for a successor to Steve Wilson.

The Government agency responsible for ensuring the designs framework enables rights holders to protect designs and enforce their rights has launched a call for views ahead of a review.

Cabinet furniture manufacturer Qualita has taken over production and distribution rights for Winsor Furniture's bestselling Stockholm range.

Nobia, the Swedish kitchen conglomerate and owner of retail chain Magnet, has named XPO Logistics as the sole U.K. transport provider for all its British-based brands.

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.

U.K. flooring contractor Designer Contracts has taken on a new cohort of apprentice fitters as part of a continuing plan to directly employ more fitters amid industry-wide shortages.

The Swedish investment group that acquired U.K. furniture wholesaler Julian Bowen last year has tapped debt investors for more cash to fund further buyouts.

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.

Natural wool mattress and bedding company Woolroom has agreed a six-figure funding package as it looks to build a bigger international business after breakout profitable growth last year.

More details on late 2021 buyout of remaining shares in upmarket interior design and furniture retail company.

Legislators in Vietnam imposed some of the most severe Covid restrictions worldwide last year with widespread factory shutdowns, but they are yet to materially damage furniture exports to the U.K.

Eve Sleep says early 2022 trading is ahead of what were challenging comparatives as it targets a break-even position for its U.K. and Ireland business this year.

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.

Shareholders at Simba Sleep have backed plans to balance purpose with profits as the direct-to-consumer and wholesale company looks to put its commitment to sustainability alongside financial reward.

Fast expanding floorcoverings distributor Likewise Group has completed its previously signposted takeover of Valley Wholesale Carpets and installed a longtime industry executive to run the business.

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

A corporate reorganisation encompassing Karndean's global interests has revealed the floorcoverings supplier to be far larger than previous disclosures had indicated, and value the group north of £400 million.



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