Lord Kirkham, DFS founder and president of The Furniture Makers' Company, has been nominated to become the first Honorary Freeman of Doncaster since it was awarded city status.

Discount claims made by Emma Sleep in the U.K. did not stack up according to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which also has concerns that certain marketing practices may breach consumer protection law.

Bensons for Beds has extended the debt maturity profile of tens of millions of pounds of outstanding borrowings and confirmed the size of additional finance provided by its owner Alteri Investors last year.

Bedroom furniture manufacturer and retailer Hammonds built sales, cash and profits last year and used some of the proceeds to retire outstanding debt.

National beds and mattress retailer Bensons for Beds has appointed Lindsay Haselhurst, currently chief operating officer at Currys, as a non-executive director.

Danish furniture retailer JYSK has issued a clarion call to property owners in Ireland, saying it wants to establish a state-of-the-art 540,000sqft distribution centre servicing its expansion across the British Isles.

Tempur U.K. made its first major product launch in eight years at an event in London on Thursday night attended by over 100 of the country's elite independent and multiple furniture retailers.

Jason Bannister has taken a board seat on the Oak Furniture Superstore trading company for the first time since he and others acquired an equity stake in the challenger case goods retailer.

New equity issued in The Conran Shop has taken total shareholder investment in the modern furniture, lighting and homeware retailer to £8 million so far this calendar year.

Acquisitive flooring retail and wholesale group Nestware Holdings has disclosed the terms of the early 2021 buyout of TradeChoice Distribution for the first time.

The majority of Ideal World's 275-strong workforce have been laid off after the TV shopping retailer ceased broadcasting earlier this week and was placed into administration on Wednesday.

Profits were flat at high-end engineered and solid wood flooring supplier V4 last year as double-digit cost inflation countered rising sales.

Upholstered furniture and flooring retailer ScS has followed DFS in withdrawing its four years' interest free credit (IFC) option, with qualifying customers now limited to a maximum three years instead.

The Symphony fitted kitchen, bedroom and bathroom furniture manufacturing group took two-year capex to nearly £50 million and expanded its staff headcount through 2022.

Restructuring advisors were called in as administrators at TV shopping network Ideal World on Wednesday with staff to find out later today whether their jobs are to be saved.

Sales in the U.K. tumbled for French furniture and home décor retailer Maisons du Monde last year, ahead of it deciding to close its business here in the spring.

Gary Lasham and David Meltham have made quick returns to the industry after leaving Belfield Group, with the pair taking non-exec posts at contract furniture maker Barons as part of an MBO led by its hitherto sales director.

One of Victoria's largest European floorcoverings subsidiaries is proposing the closure of its carpet tile manufacturing facility in South Wales, saying it is no longer viable.

Staff at TV shopping channel Ideal World were sent home and all broadcasting pulled, including its lucrative ITV early morning slots, as stakeholders work to tie up a transaction that will rescue the Peterborough retailer.

Sofa retailer ScS began a roll out of the Paloma Home upholstery collection across its retail stores on Monday, part of an exclusive tie-up with Paloma Faith, the singer, actor and creative director.

Keswick Flooring, part of the Nestware Holdings group that also owns Carpetright, has acquired the business of UK Flooring Direct in a deal that saves jobs and ensures outstanding orders will be fulfilled.

National beds and mattress specialist Bensons for Beds says it maintained its upwards momentum shift from the first half with high single-digit sales growth in the third quarter of its financial year.

Bradbeers, the southern England furniture and department store retailer, booked a record top and bottom line in the past year as it shrugged off the last effects of Covid-related disruption.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS has named Mark Fleetwood as successor to outgoing chief financial officer Chris Muir. He takes up the role from early September.

Industrial giant The Vita Group is simplifying its corporate structure following the 2021 acquisition of the Usleep mattress making business from Belfield Group.

Argos, one of the U.K.'s largest retailers of entry-level beds and furniture, recovered some of the ground lost in the first quarter of last year, citing strong demand in non-home goods categories.

The parent company of upholstery brands Alstons, Alexander and James, Ashley Manor, and AMX Design has joined The Furniture Makers’ Company (TFMC), the City of London livery company and charity to the furnishing industry, as a corporate member.

The managing director of Relyon and Dunlopillo has hailed the progress the company behind the heritage bed brands has made since its 2020 buyout, despite a more difficult trading backdrop last year.

Adjusted profits rose for Fairway Furniture in the past year amid the unwind of its order book and investment in renewable technology across its retail estate.

Furniture import and wholesale company Bentley Designs (U.K.) maintained profits last year as exchange gains helped counter the impact of lower sales and the inflationary trading environment.

Four companies from the U.K. furniture and home sectors have landed spots in The Sunday Times Hundred 2023, which ranks the country's fastest growing private businesses by sales.

The Northpoint Furniture Show will return to its historic January dateline in 2024 after several years that had been interrupted by Covid-19 and its associated lockdowns.

Direct-to-consumer mattress and sleep company Brook & Wilde (Brook + Wilde) is close to the completion of a restructure of the business and has called on a supplier to withdraw a potentially disruptive winding up petition.

Frasers Group, owner of retailers including Sofa.com, Amara and House of Fraser, has increased its significant minority shareholding in Ideal World, a little over a year after the TV shopping network was rescued out of administration.

Profits declined at Lincolnshire furniture wholesaler Classic Furniture (Binbrook) last year as thinner margins countered rising output.

Upholstered furniture producer Leisure Furnishings shrugged off rising costs to return to profit last year on the back of a £4.3 million jump in sales.

Furniture and homeware retailer Homesense on Thursday opened its first store in Stevenage in a unit co-located with TK Maxx, its sister brand.

Bricks-to-clicks beds and mattress retailer Bedstar was profitable for at least the eighth straight year through 2021/22, booking its largest gain yet throughout that period.

Soft furnishings and household textiles supplier Ulster Weavers has pinned a 2021/22 loss on supply chain pressures including artificially high freight costs and a deteriorating exchange rate.

Delivery company DX has reached an agreement to take over 15 U.K. sites previously operated by Tuffnells, the flat-pack furniture delivery specialist that entered administration earlier this month.

The retail company operated by the Bristol franchisee of BoConcept recorded a loss ahead of the modern furniture brand relocating to a new store in the city at the turn of the year.

Expanding flooring distributor Likewise Group said it had maintained high double-digit revenue growth in the first half of 2023 as it delivers on its strategy of increasing market share.

Skandium, the modern furniture, lighting and accessories retailer that trades online and from a central London showroom, found trade tougher in 2022 but remains well placed to thrive in the long term, according to its owner.

The North West retailer behind the Online Home Shop (OHS) brand booked higher profits last year in a period in which category expansion saw it enter the beds and bedroom furniture market for the the first time.

The turnaround investment firm that rescued Homebase five years ago is reorganising the corporate structure of the home improvement chain in a move that will cut costs.

IKEA's largest two-person delivery partner is to invest £3 million in new electric vehicles to be used exclusively as part of its logistics partnership with the home and garden retail giant.

Wade Spring's output climbed by almost a third last year as the Long Eaton supplier fed high customer demand at the time from the upholstery and bedding manufacturing sectors.

Wilton Carpets says a seven-figure investment in new state-of-the-art high speed loom technology has cut power consumption by 15 percent and boosted production capacity by 500,000sqm per year.

The management team that acquired Acclaim Upholstery Company just over three years ago are hoping to complete a restructure of the private-label Long Eaton sofa maker after it late last week filed a notice of intent to appoint administrators.

The group behind regional carpets chain Wilsons and national ecommerce flooring brands such as Online Carpets booked lower profits last year as revenue declined.

Carpet manufacturing giant Cormar made a conscious decision to absorb some rising costs to remain competitively priced and protect sales last year. It was a period that coincided with heavy investment and shareholder returns.

Heritage high street furniture retailer Brittains of St Neots will this weekend begin clearing stock at its Cambridgeshire store ahead of its planned permanent closure.

HM Revenue & Customs is chasing a furniture retail company based in the East End of London through the courts for unpaid tax.

North West bedding supplier Comfy Quilts found top and bottom line growth in the year to January 31, 2023 despite lower sales to a significant related party customer.

Rising revenue was not enough to prevent profits falling at the group behind the 57-store United Carpets & Beds franchise last year. Cash also declined, in part down to loans to related party companies.

A buyer has been found for the Co. Monaghan factory of cabinet furniture manufacturer Gola Wood Works after the company succumbed to market pressures earlier this year.

Bedding giant Comfy Quilts has invested heavily in new production assets in the past year during a period in which the company returned to earnings growth.

Contract and domestic upholstered furniture company South West Upholstery has secured almost £1 million in new debt funding to build production capacity.

Furniture and lighting retail volumes declined for a fifth straight month in May, but the drop was the shallowest reported so far this year.

June brought an end to a four-month run of improving big-ticket consumer confidence according to new figures out Friday morning from GfK, the polling company.

Upholstery manufacturer Celebrity Motion Furniture has successfully completed its company voluntary arrangement (CVA) with a better-than-forecast return for its creditors.

Cleland McIver more than doubled profits last year as it benefitted from growth at retail giant Dunelm and its earlier investment in building distribution capacity.

Manufacturing giant Ulster Carpets will broaden its offer after agreeing to buy Alternative Flooring, the Hampshire based supplier of natural fibre carpets and rugs.

A vertically-integrated bed company that describes itself as Ireland’s largest online bedding retailer has continued the buildout of its physical footprint with the opening of a second showroom.

Privately-owned furniture retailer Loom Loft will this summer open its third store since the business was launched ahead of the pandemic.

Registration is open ahead of the inaugural Women In Furniture Network event, which will take place next week at Furniture Makers' Hall in London.

The emergence of a new 35-store floorcoverings retail chain would ordinarily be a concern for the market leader in the category. Unless they both happen to share the same owner.

The Floor Room is taking over the running of the floorcoverings departments across the John Lewis estate but there are no plans to mirror that in other key home categories such as furniture or beds.

Upholstered furniture market leader DFS has re-energised its presence on a key Scottish retail park after moving into a larger store.

Upholstery fabrics supplier Mobus found profit growth last year as wider gross margin helped counter the impact of a return to pre-Covid level output.

Tickets are now available to book for the Bed Show Gala Dinner and Bed Industry Awards Ceremony at the Telford International Centre later this year, the National Bed Federation (NBF) has announced.

Consumer furniture price inflation eased to a 21-month low in May as shallower input cost pressures combined with stressed demand for retailers across the category.

The Yorkshire group behind the LPD Furniture business has agreed amended banking facilities following a covenant breach last year, during which it invested heavily in building stock.

A foam and fibre conversion business part-owned by one of the U.K.'s largest upholstered furniture manufacturers has returned to profit in the past year.

Heritage independent furniture retailer Southons of Salisbury booked a fourth straight profit according to just-filed figures for 2022/23.

The value of the worldwide upholstered furniture market is back to pre-pandemic levels but will still fall back in real terms this year, according to a respected source of global industry data.

Former ScS commercial director John Pattison has been appointed chief executive of Sterling Furniture Group, one of the U.K.'s largest privately-owned furniture retailers.

Profits tumbled for class-leading furniture and giftware wholesaler Coach House last year after rising sales costs resulted in a double-digit percentage point narrowing in gross margin.

The company behind The Online Furniture Show has launched Clearance Furniture — a new trade-only website that aims to connect retailers with wholesalers looking to clear excess stock.

Fashion-to-furniture retailer Next has lifted its sales and profits expectations for its 2023/24 financial year after it materially beat its previous guidance in the seven weeks since it was issued.

The Vita Group, the diversified supplier of foam, underlay and maker of finished mattresses, is to be the headline sponsor of the inaugural Furniture Component Expo.

Carpetright has developed a project designed to improve the lives of families living in social housing across the U.K. with the aim of reducing the number of vulnerable people being left living with bare floors.

The private equity owner of Hilding Anders will cede equity in the mattress manufacturing conglomerate as part of a debt restructuring plan being implemented via a U.K. court.

Hundreds of customers of South London bedroom furniture retailer Instrument were owed the thick end of half a million pounds when the business folded earlier this month.

Profits almost halved at North West furniture maker Dams last year as narrower gross margin countered higher output.

Profits declined at Designer Contracts in a year in which the flooring and furnishings supplier said its large stockholding capacity had enabled it to meet customers' requirements.

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, has launched a call for entries for its 60th anniversary campaign honouring 60 outstanding young people working in the furniture and furnishing industry.

Yorkshire comedian Maisie Adam will host the National Bed Federation (NBF) Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony this autumn, the trade association has announced.

Upholstered furniture market leader DFS has revealed a new-look fascia as part of a remodel of one of its stores in the North West of England.

The quantity of mattresses arriving in the U.K. from overseas has declined for the first time this year amid a shift to higher-priced products.

Coach House, the £64 million furniture, interiors and giftware wholesaler, has expanded its footprint in London with the opening of a new, larger trade showroom in Chelsea.

The value of wood living, dining and bedroom furniture imports fell for the 13th straight month in April on continued weak trade with the Far East.

Dozens of consumers face a battle to recoup cash after the collapse of an independent carpet retailer based in the North West of England.

Janus Cooper, the former owner of heritage sofa manufacturer Tetrad, has become a shareholder in Contrast Upholstery, the new supplier formed last year.

North West mattress and comfort seating products supplier Comfortex found top and bottom line growth in a year that saw it invest in third-party beds and sleep products brand Brook + Wilde.

Upholstered furniture imports into the U.K. declined again in April on weak figures from all three of the country's largest trading partners in the category: China, Poland and Italy.

Carpet imports into the U.K. declined 15 percent by value in April with lower figures seen across all major source nations. Belgium suffered the largest fall.

W.J. Poland and Son, the Sussex furniture retailer best known as Polands, is to close permanently ahead of the owners' planned retirement from the sector.

The 28th edition of Big Shots, the annual clay pigeon shoot organised in aid of The Furniture Makers’ Company, raised £35,000 for the charity.

Recticel's U.K. comfort foams business is now in the hands of a Midlands-based investment firm after the Belgian conglomerate closed out the sale of the rest of its global engineered foam units to Carpenter for a revised-down price.

U.K. furniture manufacturers' turnover fell on a year-on-year basis for only the second time in 26 months in April, according to new Office for National Statistics (ONS) data.

Furniture distributor Global Home Group has reduced prices across a further half dozen ranges including four Corndell collections as it encourages retailers to "aggressively promote" its products.

Halo and Michael Tyler Furniture will be among the debut upholstery exhibitors as the INDX Furniture Show returns at the West Midlands home of Associated Independent Stores (AIS) next week.

East Midlands manufacturer Vogue Beds has appointed experienced furniture industry executive Marc Cotton as its new national sales manager.

Leekes welcomed customers to its remodelled furniture floor and garden centre at its flagship Llantrisant store in South Wales last week.

Consumers awaiting furniture and mattresses from customers of delivery giant Tuffnells face potential delays after the freight specialist was formally placed into the hands of restructuring advisors on Monday.

South London bedroom specialist Instrument Furniture has ceased trading after heavy losses and a mounting debt burden negatively impacted the business.

One of the U.K.'s largest independent flooring contractors that provides full nationwide coverage has put creditors on alert after it filed a notice of intent (NOI) to appoint an administrator.

The self-styled largest kitchen designer and manufacturer in the South West of England found profit growth last year despite a truncated financial period.

Longtime Dreams chief financial officer (CFO) Kim Zaheer is stepping down, sparking an internal promotion for Petra Kasperova. The U.K. beds retail market leader has also hired its first-ever chief information officer (CIO).

A major delivery company in the flatpack furniture and roll-pack mattress sectors filed a notice of intent to appoint administrators on Friday, leaving many retailers facing uncertainty regarding last-mile fulfilment. It followed a smaller rival doing likewise a day earlier.

Kika/Leiner, the central European furniture retail group formerly owned by Steinhoff International Holdings, is to close more than half of its store network after a transaction earlier this month that split its property interests from its trading operations.

Upholstery brand Sofa.com will build its concession footprint back closer to pre-pandemic levels with the opening of a remodelled space later this autumn.

Ecommerce retail giant Wayfair has launched a new television advertising campaign that urges Brits to ditch samey 'greige' home styling in the first work for the brand by a new agency.

A corner bench set sold by general merchandise retailer Next has been recalled on concerns it may collapse and cause entrapment, or a personal injury.

A modest uplift in mattress sales helped the ecommerce channel return to growth in the first quarter of 2023. But weak store demand meant overall revenue across the wider furniture industry still declined.

Profits declined last year at Lawton Yarns, a key cog in the U.K. carpet manufacturing supply chain, as it made a strategic focus to secure volume to protect the business and position it to grow when economic pressures subside.

The operator of multiple franchised Natuzzi stores across the U.K. is to expand its presence in the Midlands with two new units alongside a new store for beds market leader Dreams.

Closing stock levels at Bedeck reached almost double the prior five-year average as the home textiles company allocated cash to inventory building through 2021/22.

Jane Bednall is stepping down as a non-executive director at DFS Furniture later this month, the upholstery market leader announced Friday morning.

National sleep specialist Bensons for Beds has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Paul Owen as chief retail officer.

The cost of restructuring the furniture wholesale company Kettle Interiors U.K. could swallow up a seven-figure chunk of the hoped-for realisations from the sale of its assets to an entity under common control.

A fifth of the furniture wholesale company Julian Bowen remains in the hands of either management or the founding family following the death of the company's eponymous founder last year.

Kave Home, the Spanish furniture conglomerate that has been selling in the U.K. since 2021, has completed the first phase of a €70 million investment that will see it build out its distribution and sustainability credentials.

An 18-store department store chain headquartered in Northern Ireland plans to expand on the launch of a store in Kent last year with further expansion in England.

A U.S. bankruptcy court has approved the Chapter 11 reorganisation plan for Serta Simmons Bedding (SSB), shunting the bed manufacturing giant further along the path to recovery.

Home sales moderated at John Lewis & Partners in the past year with the department store chain revealing the decline in more detailed figures that followed the release of its unaudited results back in March.

Home and leisure retailer The Range is making a concerted effort to elevate its beds proposition with a new Sleep Store format inside its general merchandise superstores.

Delcor, the manufacturer and retailer of premium sofas and armchairs, has launched into the riser recliner chair market in one of the biggest changes at the company since a takeover two years ago.

Home department store retailer Leekes will tomorrow formally open its new furniture floor at Llantrisant, the first phase of a £4 million remodelling programme at the South Wales flagship store.

Industry trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has appointed Joanna Privett as its membership engagement manager.

The U.K. sofa industry faces a severe shortage of upholsterers in the next decade according to data that shows how around one in five of all exponents of the profession are fast approaching retirement age.

Soft furnishings distributor Riva Home has followed its buyout of cushion maker Evans Lichfield during the pandemic with the acquisition of Glasgow fabrics producer Voyage Maison.

Mobus Fabrics has opened a distribution office in North Carolina, describing it as a strategic move designed to better serve its growing regional customer base across the residential, contract and hospitality sectors.

Ecommerce retailer N. Brown Group said the mix of clothing and home sales rebalanced back towards the former as elevated demand through Covid for furniture and other home goods faded away.

South Coast bed manufacturer Millbrook has launched a programme of wool bedding after partnering with white-label producer Sleepsense International.

A tranche of Made.com stock with a book value north of £6 million has yielded a sub 1 percent return for the estate of the bust furniture retailer after a logistics firm exercised a lien over the furniture held in its warehouse.

Natuzzi chairman Pasquale Natuzzi said revenue was "not at the level we aspire to" as the Italian upholstery conglomerate recorded a €3.3 million net loss for the first quarter of 2023.

Room To Grow has enlisted a business debt specialist to try and agree payment plans with suppliers, with the children's furniture retailer not having the funds to fully discharge what it owes.

Restructuring advisors handling the fallout of Made.com's insolvency have disclosed the terms of the disposal of its Trouva ecommerce subsidiary for the first time, and how much the furniture retailer had originally invested in it.

Upholstery brand Zofa has followed its ecommerce launch earlier this year with the introduction of a flagship showroom in the North of England.

Unsecured creditors of the historic former Silentnight entity whose assets were sold to a U.S. private equity company more than a decade ago received a third seven-figure payout last year.

Restructuring advisors handling the insolvency of Kettle Interiors U.K. say legal action may be necessary to facilitate the collection of a portion of the furniture wholesale company's debtor book.

The owner of The Conran Shop has taken his total investment in the designer furniture, home, lifestyle and giftware retailer to almost £20 million after a new equity issue.

Norwegian furniture conglomerate Ekornes has appointed experienced branded consumer goods leader Tine Hammernes Leopold as its new CEO.

An expanding furniture retailer that launched during the pandemic is to open its debut store in the North of England after a breakout year in which it recorded its first profits.

Kettle Home agreed to buy stock with a book value of £6 million off furniture wholesaler Kettle Interiors U.K. for well under half that amount on March 22, 2023, two days before the latter was placed into administration.

Gillies booked record sales and strong profits last year with md Ian Philp saying the furniture retailer is in a good position going into a more challenging trading backdrop.

U.K. tax authorities face the biggest shortfall from the fallout of the restructuring of the Kettle Interiors U.K. furniture wholesale operation earlier this year, despite being near the front of the queue for a payout.

Shares in the Chinese furniture group that acquired Norwegian furniture giant Ekornes back in 2018 have fallen to their lowest level since an IPO nearly a decade ago.



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