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.

Australian furniture and electricals retail giant Harvey Norman says the launch of a new store planned for Ireland has been delayed into its next financial year.

The Carpet Foundation will launch a national consumer advertising campaign on Monday March 7 with 1.5 million advertisements to appear across a 10-week period spread through the year.

Global sales reached €645 million in 2021 for direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress business Emma The Sleep Company, making it the world's leading DTC sleep brand, it claimed.

Handy, which supplies components to the upholstery and bedding sectors, is to host a 24-hour table tennis tournament later this month in aid of The Furniture Makers' Company's (TFCM) Step 2 It campaign.

Oxfordshire OEM and branded mattress manufacturer placed into the hands of restructuring advisors.

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.

Ecommerce demand for home goods is trending lower and is unlikely to reverse in the near term according to the retailer behind the JD Williams and Home Essentials home shopping brands.

Harrison Spinks has partnered with a Liverpool based not-for-profit social enterprise to tackle furniture poverty, donating more than 100 mattresses to support those in need in the local community.

Independent furniture and homeware retailer Graham & Green booked a near three-fold rise in profits last year as it continued to trade strongly through the pandemic despite store closures.

A national pay weekly retailer of upholstery, casegoods, flooring and window dressings filed for insolvency with debts of £3.8 million after falling foul of supply chain challenges, chargebacks and accounting errors.

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

Upmarket furniture retailer BoConcept is 70 years old this year and the Danish company is launching a new brand campaign to mark its heritage.

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.

One third of the total number of active U.K. mattress manufacturing companies have been formed since the beginning of the spring 2020 lockdown, and 59 percent of those are based in West Yorkshire.

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.

Flooring suppliers have rejected an early autumn Domotex exhibition in Germany in favour of the event returning next January in its traditional dateline.

Privately-owned retailer Furniture Village is to relocate its Slough store with a new-look showroom to open in just under a month's time.

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.

European carpet, rugs and smooth floorcoverings manufacturer Balta booked higher profits in 2021, a year that saw it decide to sell more than half of its business.

The company that ran TV shopping network Ideal World before its sale to a private investor has been subsequently placed into administration.

John Lewis & Partners will no longer price-match store-based rivals on branded goods, retiring its Never Knowingly Undersold promise in favour of a new commitment to everyday Quality & Value. It is also introducing new suppliers including Julian Bowen.

Sales at furniture and home goods retailer Wayfair fell last year but the ecommerce giant says all the conditions remain for a long-term shift towards digital channels.

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

Off-price furniture and homeware retailer Homesense gained market share in 2021 and increased basket sizes at the same time, according to its American owner.

Kitchen vertical Howdens believes there is scope to grow its U.K. depot network by more than a fifth as it revealed it had doubled profits on a big leap in sales last year.

The owner of Sofa.com and House of Fraser has added value retailer Studio to its roster of retail brands after cutting a deal with restructuring advisors and the ecommerce brand's creditors.

Consumer sentiment towards high-value purchase intention dropped to its lowest level in 12 months in February according to a closely-watched poll of U.K. shoppers.

Ecommerce retailer Studio Retail Group (SRG) has been formally placed into administration with restructuring advisors in advanced talks regarding the sale of its business and assets.

The md of Cheshire based Arighi Bianchi, one of Europe's most storied independent furniture retailers, says demand has been sustained since the end of the spring lockdown last year.

Bedding conglomerate Hilding Anders' latest venture into the U.K. beds market is gathering pace with its sixth showroom—all in southern England—now open.

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.

An ecommerce-led furniture company with sales of nearly £14 million has refurbished its sole retail showroom.

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

The chairman and CEO of Dreams owner Tempur Sealy International (TSI) says the U.K. bed retailer strongly grew like-for-likes in the final three months of 2021 and has outlined group-wide store growth plans.

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.

Private equity backed outdoor furniture retailer Moda Furnishing will early next month open the doors to its fifth U.K. showroom as it continues to build a bigger offline business.

A circa £8 million carpet producer is to make a seven-figure manufacturing investment upgrading plant and machinery.

Oxfordshire mattress maker Foam Company has filed a notice of its intent to appoint administrators ahead of what it hopes will be a going concern sale of the business.

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.

An online lighting retailer has ceased trading and filed for insolvency with consumers being warned that products they have bought may pose a serious risk of electric shock, fire or injury.

Beter Bed has completed the conversion of all its sites in the Netherlands, including over 100 bed shops, to green electricity. It is part of a wider plan to become climate-neutral by 2030.

Steve Goulder has stepped down from the board of Oldrid & Co (Oldrids), the Lincolnshire furniture, garden and department store retailer behind the Oldrids and Downtown fascia.

A £150 million TV shopping network that sells home products ranging from branded mattresses to leather recliners has been sold by its German investment group owner after earlier court filings indicated it was under financial pressure.

Philippe Chainieux is to step down as chief executive officer at ecommerce-led furniture and home retailer Made.com Group (Made) on Monday for family reasons.

Millbrook Beds built enjoyed double-digit sales growth in 2020/21 as it widened its independent retail customer base and continued to support the NHS' pandemic efforts.

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.

Furniture and lighting retail sales inevitably climbed sharply in January as they lapped store closures from a year ago. But they were down on January 2020.

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.

Ecommerce-led furniture and homeware brand The Cotswold Company has further expanded its offline presence with the opening of a seventh U.K. showroom.

Former Adam Carpets and Bond Worth director Eamonn Prescott has been named the next chief executive at Greendale Carpets & Flooring, the buying group.

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 owner of Cox & Cox has returned to lead the fast-expanding online furniture and homeware retailer with the CEO who oversaw its growth through the pandemic stepping down.

Consumer price inflation for furniture reached a new record high in January, according to figures out Wednesday morning. Carpet and rug inflation also crept higher.

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.

Paul Little has become deputy managing director at Airsprung Beds, the value beds division of the Wiltshire based Airsprung furniture group.

Kitchen giant Howden Joinery Group (Howdens) has acquired Sheridan Fabrications, a circa £30 million maker and supplier of high-end solid surface worktops.

Family-owned bed maker Harrison Spinks has donated 40 single mattresses to Zarach, a Leeds charity that helps children living in poverty.

Revenue recovered strongly for South Yorkshire furniture retailer Ponsford last year, though higher costs weighed on profits.

Mattress Online generated £4.09 million of EBITDA as revenue snowballed for the Rotherham based ecommerce retailer in the first year of the pandemic.

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.

A new finance company makes its official U.K. launch into the big-ticket retail market on Wednesday with a technological solution it says will result in fewer customers being declined for credit.

Value retailer Studio Retail Group (SRG), which carries extensive furniture and mattress lines among a comprehensive home offer, says it intends to file a notice of its intention to appoint administrators.

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.

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.

Bensons for Beds says its longstanding partnership with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has so far yielded £7.4 million of funds for the charity since it was launched in 2013.

John Cotton Group has become a corporate member of The Furniture Makers' Company (TFMC), the dedicated furnishing industry charity and City of London livery company.

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.

Emilio Foa has decided to stand down as chief executive officer at OKA Direct, with the U.K. and U.S. furniture and interiors retailer promoting its chief product officer to a new leadership role.

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.

The giants of mainland European floorcoverings production endured a fourth straight decline in UK. carpet exports to finish 2021 on a sour note.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has defended its decision to keep the £13 million in fines handed to KPMG following its conduct in the sale of Silentnight more than a decade ago amid increasing pressure to share the funds.

Furniture and department store retailer has been granted outline planning permission to build 34 flats on top of its Horley, Surrey store.

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.

An independent furniture retailer in South Yorkshire says it will reopen no later than early next week despite being hit by a fire at one of its buildings yesterday.

Tiles, wood flooring, bathroom and decorating retailer Fired Earth has exited a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) process after its new owner made a one-off contribution in full and final settlement of its obligations.

National bed and mattress retailer Bensons for Beds has hired the7stars as its media agency to handle U.K. media planning and buying as it embarks on a brand-building programme.

3,809 new furniture retail companies have been incorporated in the U.K. since the beginning of the first lockdown in March 2020, with the total number of newcos reaching never-before seen levels last year.

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

Former DFS marketing director Nick Ashworth has joined outdoor furniture company Moda Furnishings, one of two new senior hires at the Endless-backed retail brand.

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

The business and assets of a company behind brands including the Trueshopping garden, leisure and lighting website have been sold to a £22 million turnover Nottinghamshire retail and manufacturing group.

The U.K. arm of design-led furniture and home furnishings company The Conran Shop has recorded a loss in the first full year since the premium retail and franchise brand was sold by the wider Conran group.

Plans to scale big-ticket sales at Dunelm will gather pace next month when the retailer's new Daventry furniture distribution hub will become fully operational.

Town planners are expected to grant outline approval to furniture and department store retailer Collingwood Batchellor to build flats on top of one of its large shops in the South East of England.

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.

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.

The group behind the Komfi brand is to quadruple mattress manufacturing capacity with a new West Yorkshire factory and warehouse unit that is due to be operational within weeks.

Prestige department store retailer Harrods is to launch the Morris & Co. Home Emporium, a new concept selling products across a range of goods including furniture and soft furnishings.

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.

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) is to organise a series of regional industry events where it hopes the furniture community will be able to network and share best practice.

Kent retailer Clarkes Furnishers is to rebrand as Lenleys Home later this summer as the historic Maidstone store aligns with its co-owned sister business as part of a group rebranding exercise.

Privately-owned department store retailer Fenwick is said to be exploring the sale of its iconic Bond Street store in central London, according to weekend press reports.

The company behind emerging floorcoverings brand Flooring Superstore enjoyed rapid sales growth last year as it invested the best part of £6 million expanding its retail footprint nationwide.

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.

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is extending its 'Remarksable' food marketing campaign into its home division as part of a plan to get millions of its existing clothing and food customers to shop the category for the first time.

Privately-owned retailer Mattress Online has recruited for a number of newly-created roles in response to industry shifts and in anticipation of further growth.

A lower cost base helped profits rise for independent flooring retailer Calverts Carpets in 2020/21 despite store closures impacting sales.

Furniture and home décor retailer Maisons du Monde booked 15.1 percent delivered sales growth last year with uplifts across both its pan-European store network and online, where the U.K. is a key market.

Spinks has secured grant funding to support a push into the automotive sector for its spring technology in a move it says could accelerate a shift away from the use of foam in automotive seating.

Peter Harrison says Furniture Village is investing in supply chain and logistics as it looks to create a seamless customer journey after it booked higher profits in what he described as an "extraordinary year."

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.

Restructuring advisors are looking to sell assets including IP and stock of a £2 million turnover Bradford-based online furniture retailer that has ceased trading.

Ticking supplier BekaertDeslee says it has become the leading mattress fabric supplier in North America after it completed the takeover of Canada-based Maxime Knitting.

Oak Furnitureland is launching a series of initiatives spanning a new leadership role, tree planting and furniture re-use partnerships, all of which are part of a plan to become a more environmentally responsible retailer. It has also signed up to the BRC’s Climate Action Roadmap.

Longtime Silentnight owner H.I.G Capital sold Britain's largest bed manufacturer to a different fund under common control last year as part of a corporate reorganisation that saw it concurrently refinance its debts.

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

Britain's largest bed manufacturer Silentnight has revealed the financial impact of the ending of its longstanding licensing arrangement with the Sealy brand.

U.K. revenue trended higher at high-end French furniture and interiors company Roche Bobois last year, but failed to match the levels achieved by its stores and franchisees elsewhere.

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

Neville Johnson returned to profit in 2020/21 as the pandemic hastened digital adoption and cut the upmarket cabinet maker and retailer's marketing costs.

Timothy Oulton, the high-end furniture, lighting and home accents brand, is to strengthen its North West retail presence with a new gallery in Liverpool.

Ecommerce value retailer Studio Retail Group (SRG), which runs Internet shopping brands Studio and Ace, says it is exploring a range of options to meet a short-term working capital funding requirement.

Restrictions that forced store closures hit sales at department store chain Menarys last year but the retailer maintained profits on a lower cost base.

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.

The pandemic has been a reminder of the importance of long term, prudent management and a strong balance sheet, according to the owner of Fishpools, one of Europe's largest single-store furniture retailers.

Expanding Spanish furniture and home décor retailer Kave Home grew sales 54 percent last year, during which it launched in the U.K. and expanded its international store and web footprint.

Restructuring advisors have written to creditors of a now-closed heritage furniture, flooring and department store business saying it may be necessary to revise the terms of a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) agreed just over a year ago.

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.

Bed retailer Dreams will be the Official Sleep Partner of Great Britain's Olympic and Paralympic teams during the upcoming Winter Games after it renewed an earlier partnership that saw it support athletes during the summer versions in Tokyo.

The value of furniture and flooring supplier invoices processed through Associated Independent Stores' central paying agent jumped sharply last year in a further sign elite retailers bounced back strongly out of lockdowns.

Ecommerce retailer The Very Group is reorganising its category management structure including an adjusted brief for the boss of the merchandise unit taking in furniture and other home goods.

IKEA chief digital officer Barbara Martin Coppola is to leave the home furnishings conglomerate to run Decathlon, the €11.4 billion turnover sports retailer headquartered in France.

Retail giant Next is to remodel its Watford superstore into a next-generation format combining all its product categories for the first time.

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.

Diversified Yorkshire cabinet furniture maker and sheet materials supplier Decorative Panels doubled profits in 2020/21 on wider margins. Group sales were flat.

Privately-owned retailer Sussex Beds is planning to open a new store every quarter for the next three years before accelerating its pace of growth in the period thereafter.

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.

Emerging floorcoverings retailer Flooring Superstore plans to grow its store footprint faster this year having opened 17 showrooms through 2021.

Historic furniture, department and garden centre retailer Oldrid & Co said it expects to return to profit on the back of pent-up demand and the closure of loss-making parts of its business.

Financial metrics for the privately-owned company behind the ecommerce beds brand MattressNextDay climbed to record levels including a seven-fold rise in cash.

German furniture maker Hülsta has confirmed the permanent closure of its store in the Marylebone area of London, leaving it with two of its own retail showrooms in the U.K.

IKEA's long-planned and delayed Hammersmith inner-city store will open next month, the retailer has confirmed, almost a year later than originally hoped.

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.

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.

Ecommerce-led home, garden and lifestyle retailer Home24 was profitable by some measures last year as sales jumped by more than a quarter driven by strategy and Covid tailwinds.

The company behind furniture search website ufurnish.com has raised seven-figure funding through the sale of newly-created shares.

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.



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