One of the largest house-builders in southern England bought the Park Furnishers site at Bristol in a property deal that completed in the spring. Leekes, owner of the furniture retailer, announced plans to relocate Park earlier this month.

Privately-owned retailer Archers Sleepcentre is to expand its store footprint with a new unit on "one of Scotland's leading retail parks" this Christmas.

Liquidators were appointed to the trading arm of foam mattress production company Icon Designs late last month.

South Coast furniture retailer Marriotts Furnishers has begun a stock clearance sale ahead of its planned, permanent closure next month.

Designer furniture retailer Heal's says ecommerce sales have doubled since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic as customers pivoted online with stores shut for long period.

The locations of the planned first U.K. retail galleries for RH, the luxury home furnishings retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, have been disclosed for the first time.

Britain's largest bed manufacturer Silentnight Group has given two of its directors an expanded brief following the departure of key executives.

Revenue climbed double-digit for a second straight year at ready-assembled cabinet maker Welcome Furniture in 2019–20. Profits declined on cost headwinds.

Brian Ahern is the new chair of the Furniture Industry Research Association. He is succeeding Charles Vernon, whose four-year tenure came to an end in September.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds has begun a trial delivering goods with all-electric vehicles as it sets in motion more of its plan to become a net zero emissions retailer by 2040.

RH, the prestige U.S. home furnishings retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, has pushed back its eagerly anticipated first U.K. store, citing travel challenges.

Pete Walker, who co-founded Breasley Pillows and was instrumental in building it into one of the largest suppliers in the U.K. bedding industry, has died.

The moratorium preventing commercial landlords from evicting non-paying tenants has been extended until the end of March next year. It is not good news for all furniture retailers.

Large independent retailer says it found an extra £5.3 million of sales online to make up for 54 days of lost retail turnover earlier this year.

Furniture stores in parts of Scotland where Level 4 restrictions had been imposed will be able to reopen from Friday. Most had remained open anyway.

David Amery has joined five-store privately-owned furniture retailer Gillies of Broughty Ferry as bedroom category buyer.

Robust trading through the first wave of the pandemic helped furniture importer Seconique record sales growth and strong cash generation in 2019–20. Adjusted profits were also up on the previous year.

Imperilled retailers unable to pay their rent have been given more time after a moratorium on evictions was extended. The new deadline, however, will be final.

Ecommerce upholstery startup Swyft Homes is this week introducing a rapid turnaround next-day delivery service for customers.

Glasswells, one of the U.K.'s largest independent home furnishers, has completed the remodel of its atrium entrance at its Bury St. Edmunds store.

Listed ecommerce retailer Studio Retail Group (SRG) has launched a formal sale process as part of a planned comprehensive review of options to maximise value for shareholders.

This Friday (Dec. 11, 2020) is the last day to enter The Furniture Makers' Christmas Raffle. The industry charity is calling on companies to help spread the message and encourage entries.

U.K. furniture companies are being quoted sky high prices to ship containers while inbound product is being delayed. Data compiled by The Furnishing Report already shows the strain on upholstery and cabinet at ports such as Felixstowe.

The West Midlands upholstery brands that form the largest part of the Thai-owned TCM Living group look to have outperformed the U.K. sofa market last year, new data shows.

Company voluntary arrangement (CVA) at kitchen cabinet manufacturer, designer and installer.

Britain's bed makers have a big opportunity ahead of them in the rush to develop sustainable products but have been warned consumers will see through non-science based claims.

TCM Corp, the majority owner of U.K. upholstery group TCM Living, has promoted a new group chief executive from within the Thailand based organisation.

U.S. mattress industry veterans Mark Kinsley and Mark Quinn have launched a new book that offers strategies and principles to differentiate a brand, form lasting customer relationships, and drive foot traffic into stores.

Furniture, home department store and leisure group Leekes is to relocate its Park Furnishers business at Bedminster to a retail park site in Bristol early next year.

The Furniture Industry Research Association has published a guide to the new UKCA Mark ahead of it coming into force on January 1, 2021.

A Government minister says he will engage with the U.K. furniture industry as it grapples with the issue of foam shortages.

Beds market leader Dreams is closing in on 220 U.K. stores having just opened two new units and as many as five more to launch in the weeks ahead including one this Friday.

Emma The Sleep Company says it achieved sales of €23 million worldwide over its four-day Black Weekend promotion, a rise of 156 percent compared with the same period last year.

Upholstery market leader DFS has expanded its presence in the North West with its already-signposted Barrow-in-Furness unit pulling up the shutters for the first time this weekend.

Exports helped high-margin, premium-pitched bed maker Vispring posts its first top line growth in three years in 2019. And So To Bed, its co-owned sister business, also found growth.

Dreams, already the official sleep partner to the TeamGB Olympic team, has agreed an additional tie-up with ParalympicsGB ahead of the rescheduled Paralympic games next summer.

Harry Corry Interiors, the U.K. and Ireland furniture and soft furnishings retail chain, is closing in on a sales landmark after growing its top line for the seventh straight year.

Earnings grew on higher sales last year for the Yorkshire rugs and soft furnishings manufacturer behind the Howler & Scratch and Rug Guru brands.

KPMG has made a distribution to unsecured creditors of the predecessor company behind the Swoon brand following the insolvent restructure of the furniture retailer this time last year.

It is all change no change at Danish furniture maker Carl Hansen & Søn with control of the majority of shares in the company passing to the next generation.

David Phillips, a major supplier of furniture to the U.K. residential property market, says it hopes to find cost savings after undertaking a strategic review. It follows a year when the pandemic clipped revenue below £40 million but profitability improved.

Designer Contracts, the national floorcoverings contractor, has sponsored a day's services of Childline for a fourth time, and the second time this year.

Rising ecommerce furniture retailer Danetti will open its previously-signposted first showroom this weekend as it takes its business from clicks to bricks for the first time. It follows important personnel hires for the company.

Direct-to-consumer company Eve Sleep said it sold a mattress every three minutes on Black Friday as trading momentum since the autumn continued at elevated levels.

Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) at sofas, sofabeds and upholstered beds retailer that previously featured in Fast Track 100 list of Britain’s fastest-growing private companies.

Privately-owned retailer targets Boxing Day launch for second new store this year.

Major economies will lead a return to growth in the worldwide furniture market next year, according to respected research body CSIL.

Italian upholstery vertical Natuzzi will expand its retail footprint in the U.K. this Christmas amid strong demand so far this year for its Natuzzi Editions brand.

One of the secrets to selling is having both an offer and a deadline, someone who knows a lot about selling once told me.

Bed manufacturing conglomerate Hilding Anders has appointed Jason Forbes to lead a major direct-to-consumer push including the creation of an 80-strong ecommerce and digital team.

Department store chain Debenhams is to be placed into liquidation after FRP Advisory said efforts to find a buyer since it was appointed administrator back in the spring had failed to yield a positive outcome.

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has stressed the need for business owners to have made their factories Covid-secure, not just to protect employees but also to prevent falling foul of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

The British arm of upholstery producer La-Z-Boy has gifted three high-end recliners to the staff wellbeing area at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Upholstery retailer Sofology will take store numbers close to 50 with the opening of three more units this side of the New Year, starting tomorrow on the South Coast.

Sharps, the fitted furniture chain, recorded a 56 percent rise in underlying profits for the three months to end September and says performance should not be unduly impacted by the latest lockdown in England.

Business model adjustments have helped drive major efficiency improvements for Abingdon Flooring, one of the U.K.'s largest carpet makers, parent company Victoria said yesterday.

Orchid Furniture, a high-end interiors retailer specialised in oriental style products, has reorganised with fewer stores under a new owner-operated company.

The executive chairman of flooring conglomerate Victoria says he expects no let up in demand with the group to achieve meaningful organic growth into 2021 as consumers continue to invest in their homes.

Hypnos has co-developed a new eco-packaging solution and wants other companies across the furniture and bed industries to adopt it too.

Sales growth returned for Portadown furniture wholesaler Annaghmore Agencies in 2019 with profits before non-cash and finance costs rising by more than a third.

Diversified interior design brand Andrew Martin International returned to profit after sales in the U.K. jumped almost a quarter in the year to January 31, 2020.

Profits climbed for the U.K. operation of French furniture and home décor retailer Maisons du Monde last year despite its ill-fated Debenhams concessions costing the business 75 pence for every pound of sales.

U.K. competition watchdog opens investigation into lighting company, but says no view has yet been taken on how or whether to progress.

Revenue fell mid-single digits for Natuzzi in the third quarter but the Italian upholstery manufacturer and retailer said the order outlook is brighter.

Privately-owned furniture and department store retailer Bradbeers could open a new store in the former Debenhams branch in Salisbury, according to regional press reports.

Bed industry executive has spent the past decade in the industry, with Hypnos and Silentnight.

We are about to enter a key period for the U.K. furniture trade and anxiety levels are understandably high.

Organisers of the Salone del Mobile furniture exhibition in Milan have fixed the dates for the 2021 edition, moving the event to an autumn dateline for the first time.

Master David WoodwardThis time last year no one could have foreseen the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent disruption to life that we still find ourselves coping with, writes David Woodward, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, the industry charity and City of London livery company.

Revenue climbed 74 percent across the merged U.K. and Irish retail operation of value furniture and furnishings chain JYSK in 2019–20 as it added new stores and grew online.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has named the seven winners of its 2020 Bed Industry Awards during a live-streamed YouTube ceremony earlier today (Nov. 26, 2020).

Profits advanced at North West destination home department store retailer Housing Units in 2019–20 despite sales being impacted by the pandemic and flooding.

Output soared as the Chinese mattress and foam conglomerate behind the Mlily brand near doubled sales in the three months to end September.

The mandated closure of furniture and bedding departments did little to quell demand across Harvey Norman's stores throughout the island of Ireland through the autumn.

Stanley Pauley, the longtime leader and majority shareholder of foam conglomerate Carpenter Co, has died aged 93, the company has announced.

The National Bed Federation (NBF), the trade association representing the interests of U.K. bed manufacturers, will later today announce the winners of its 2020–21 awards.

ScS, Britain's number two upholstery retailer, has recruited a former Home Retail Group executive as the successor to David Knight, its longstanding CEO.

Sofa and carpets retailer ScS said like-for-like order intake was up nearly a third going into the second lockdown in England earlier this month.

Molteni&C, the Italian designer furniture manufacturer whose products are sold through high-end retailers worldwide, has launched a first-ever ecommerce store.

Third quarter sales jumped for European ready-to-assemble cabinet furniture maker Forte but remain well down in the year so far, including the region taking in the U.K.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) is to direct consumers to their nearest NBF stockist through a new website providing advice about beds and mattresses.

Plans by Endless to invest in Silentnight back in 2011 were so far advanced that the turnaround firm had already drawn down funds, its managing partner has told a Disciplinary Tribunal investigating the conduct of advisors to the bed maker.

Headlam, Europe's largest floorcoverings distributor, says it thinks a small amount of data has been extracted following what it called a cyber security incident.

The head of the company behind furniture and home retailer West Elm says the business could look to a path well-trodden in the U.K. as part of its international expansion plans.

Catalogue and Internet retailer's new chief financial officer joins from home shopping competitor.

Emma says sales almost doubled in the U.K. and were up more than three-fold in Ireland after it enacted a new pricing strategy for its flagship mattress model, upped marketing investment and added new sizes.

Stokers Group, one of the U.K.'s largest privately-owned furniture retailers, said it was trading ahead of last year until the pandemic interrupted trade in the final weeks of its financial year.

South East furniture and department store retailer Collingwood Batchellor says the decision to diversify its operations will leave it in a strong position in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Furniture and lighting sales continued to climb in October though the U.K.'s official statistics body revised downwards earlier record-breaking figures for September.

Executives behind the Jane Clayton home furnishings business are to launch a dedicated ecommerce store for the youthful mid-market Scion brand after striking a deal with the brand-owner Walker Greenbank.

Silentnight, Britain's largest bed manufacturer, has extended its longstanding partnership with Panther Warehousing, the specialist two-man, white-glove carrier.

Consumer confidence declined in November including a fall in the Major Purchases Index according to new figures from GfK, the polling company.

The owner of off-price U.K. retailers T.K. Maxx and HomeSense is to launch Internet shopping for its flagship home fascia in the U.S. for the first time.

NorthEdge Capital has strengthened its ties to the home furnishings sector after backing a management buyout (MBO) at an expanding decorative lighting business.

Organisers of the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) have penned in the dates for the spring 2021 editions, which take place in two tranches next March. In Europe, the timeline of another important event has been shifted.

Ecommerce retailer Mattress Online and The Sleep Charity are to work together to co-promote the benefits that good quality sleep can have on health and wellbeing.

The reintroduction of kitchens across the B&Q store network has been accelerated after a glut of orders for the home improvement retailer.

The Very Group, the Speke-based ecommerce group and one of the U.K.'s largest retailers of furniture, has appointed Matt Grest as its chief information officer (CIO).

Family businesses are not uncommon in the furniture retail sector but there is no other operating on the scale of Furniture Village.

An expanded retail footprint helped home and leisure retailer The Range to within a whisker of a turnover landmark ahead of the pandemic, with the chain saying demand since the outbreak started has remained strong.

A two-month run of falling furniture retail price inflation came to an end in October while carpet prices accelerated at their fastest pace in nearly a year.

Furniture retailers across a sizeable part of Scotland are among non-essential businesses that will close their doors at the end of the week after new restrictions were imposed.

U.K. Flooring Direct will open a new sourcing and development office in China and invest in an expanded product offer after agreeing an investment package with Business Growth Fund (BGF).

National retailer Furniture Village is to open two new stores later this year in the first physical expansion of its portfolio in three years.

A Disciplinary Tribunal has convened to consider the conduct of KPMG and one of its partners for work carried out prior to the sale of bed manufacturer Silentnight to H.I.G. Capital nine years ago.

The company behind the online furniture search platform ufurnish.com has hired David Marshall as its chief technology officer.

Koelnmesse, organiser of the IMM Cologne international furniture fair, has cancelled the 2021 edition. The next iteration of the event will now take place in January 2022.

Leeds bed maker and components group Harrison Spinks says it is formulating plans to created a dedicated recycling asset in the North as part of its zero-to-landfill aims.

Upholstery group TCM Living posted high third-quarter growth on the back of a flood of post spring-lockdown orders but said demand has outstripped its capacity, impacting costs.

Foam and sprung mattress imports trended up double-digit on the back of big increases from the U.K's second and third biggest trading partners, new data shows.

China led a return to growth for wood living, dining and bedroom furniture imports as the combined cabinet segment nailed down its position as the category least impacted by the pandemic.

Belgian manufacturer Latexco has launched Suitenings, a new brand comprising bedding products and services designed to be sold into the hotels sector.

FIRA International, the Hertfordshire based testing and furniture services provider, has named John Hubbard as its new technical consultant.

Consumers magazines Women's Health and Men's Health U.K. have launched a licensed mattress programme in partnership with sleep specialist Mammoth. The line is being sold exclusively by Argos.

The National Bed Federation's (NBF) Green Forum — originally slated for an April dateline — has been rescheduled for December 3, 2020.

Orders placed after furniture retailers sprinted out of the first national lockdown resulted in upholstery imports into the U.K. climbing at their fastest pace in 12 months.

Half-year revenue and profits advanced for upholstery giant Man Wah Holdings in the six months to end September despite a big fall in sales across Europe.

The retailer behind the Flooring Superstore retail chain redeployed its store staff to telesales roles as direct sales channels helped the expanding retailer grow revenue in 2019–20.

Demand for overseas-made carpet continued to recover as U.K. distributors and retailers brought in close to year-earlier levels for the first time this year.

Sun Capital Partners has an excellent track record in home furnishings with the 2019 figures from Dreams providing the latest endorsement of its interest in the sector.

The chief operating officer of Ercol Furniture (ercol) has left the manufacturer to complete a PhD with the heritage British brand appointing two senior existing executives to run the business on a day-to-day basis.

National beds specialist Dreams booked higher profits in 2019 as rising sales bolstered its market leadership and outweighed the impact of narrower gross margin.

Organisers of the Online Furniture Show say they will postpone the inaugural event to early next year as a result of ongoing supply chain issues that mean many companies are focussed on existing orders.

Retailer Habitat's flagship central London store is to close as part of owner J Sainsbury's wider plans for the iconic furniture and homeware brand. It is one of two stores that will shut.

It is crucial all organisations start to prepare for the U.K.’s departure from the E.U. at the end of the year, writes Pamela Dennison, chair of the Northern Ireland Freight Transport Association (FTA) and development manager at furniture storage and logistics provider WS Dennison.

Bed-in-a-box vendor Casper Sleep narrowed its U.K. deficit in 2019 but it wasn't enough enough to prevent executives back home from deciding to close its operations here and in mainland Europe.

Deal was part of wider transaction that also saw other assets belonging to once-national furniture chain sold on out of insolvency.

Revenue jumped by a third for Jason Furniture Hangzhou Co. in the third quarter as demand skyrocketed for the Chinese upholstery conglomerate's products and brands.

Wholly-owned distributor offers brands such as Quick-Step, Elka, Balterio and Pergo to customers across the U.K. floorcoverings market.

The chief financial officer at Britain's biggest bed maker Silentnight says he looks forward to working with manufacturers across Europe after joining the board of the European Bedding Industries' Association (EBIA).

The turnaround investor that bought Homebase for a pound less than two years ago is considering selling the business after returning it to positive EBITDA in 2019 and reconfiguring its store network this year.

Associated Independent Stores (AIS), the 300-member retail buying group, is to align all its furniture, flooring, linens and homeware brands in a new Furniture and Home division as part of a restructure that "future-proofs the organisation."

Furniture retailer Loaf built sales, profits and cash in the year to March 31 despite the end of its financial year being hamstrung by the pandemic and the first lockdown.

Hardwood furniture retailer Oak Furnitureland has appointed Emily Tate as its new chief financial officer (CFO).

Retailers of furniture and home improvement products are among more than 60 companies to back the British Retail Consortium's (BRC) new Climate Action Roadmap, which aims to get the industry and its supply chains to decarbonise.

Jessica Alexander, executive director at the National Bed Federation (NBF), is to join a 19-strong panel of experts shaping the future of sleep support across the U.K.

Recticel is to launch a strategic review of its bedding business that could result in its sale after announcing the takeover of a Swiss company that will see it further its ambitions in the technical foams segment.

Furniture and interiors brand Timothy Oulton has opened a first-ever gallery in Scotland after taking a first-floor showroom at the prestige Princes Square shopping centre on Buchanan Street in central Glasgow.

Bob Eastoe has stepped down from the board at bed manufacturer Hypnos and parent company Keen & Toms Holdings after a little over 13 years with the group.

A positive swing in gross margin aided by lower input costs helped drive an uplift in profits for The Vita Group last year, newly-filed consolidated accounts in mainland Europe show.

Interior furnishings group Walker Greenbank has signed a licensing agreement with general retailer Next that will see new apparel, homeware and accents lines launched across three of its brands.

Scotland's largest privately-owned furniture and home retailer has refitted and rebranded its Thomsons World of Furniture Store in Dunfermline to its new Home concept.

Upholstery and beds specialist HSL is one of the few nationally-recognised furniture businesses to continue trading from physical stores in England through the latest lockdown.

Technology group ClearCourse Partnership has acquired The Swan Group, which provides furniture retail management software to some of the U.K.'s largest furniture retailers.

The Vita Group has completed its Bedding Innovation Centre at Middleton in North West England, one of four new facilities across the U.K. and Eastern Europe planned for this year.

The January Furniture Show has been rescheduled to spring 2021 as a result of extended travel restrictions and the re-imposition of lockdown in England. It will be renamed Furniture Show Birmingham.

Sales of residential products and rugs helped mitigate continued weakness in the commercial sector at flooring colossus Balta Group in the third quarter of 2020.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds is adding extra headcount to its Huntingdon workforce to help meet rising demand.

The future of Ponden Home, the 73-store soft furnishings retailer, hangs in the balance after the chain was placed into administration on Friday afternoon.

Kitchen vertical Wren has opened its first showroom in the U.S., bringing up a centenary of stores including its U.K. showroom network. It follows the earlier announcement of a first U.S. manufacturing plant.



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