The Furniture Makers' Company, the trade charity and livery company, has enlisted captains of industry to be panellists on the first of its four webinars launching this month.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has developed a "bomb-proof" marketing pack to support retailers' efforts to promote sales during National Bed Month in March, irrespective of whether stores are open or closed.

Joules Group, the fashion and lifestyle company, has taken a decisive step into the furniture and home sector after agreeing to buy The Garden Trading Company, a fast-growing online retailer with a substantial wholesale arm.

General merchandise retailer Next put more upholstery volume through its own Yorkshire sofa factory in the run up to the pandemic while expanding headcount by 35 percent.

Department store retailer Menarys is to reconfigure its store network in Northern Ireland as a result of Covid-19 and the closure of partner retailers.

The plug was pulled on the U.K. operation of a leading maker of high-end furniture for luxury yachts and private planes after it was adversely impacted by a range of factors including Covid-19.

Lectra, a major supplier of machinery, software and consultancy to U.K. and global sofa manufacturers, has agreed to acquire rival Gerber Technologies in a deal worth €300 million.

Timothy Oulton is taking its recently-acquired Sofa Workshop brand into international markets for the first time. Here in the U.K., it also plans to add a second London showroom for its Noble Souls brand.

Historic bed maker Sleepeezee is to issue a legal challenge to a trademark application made by a West Yorkshire rival.

Harvey Roberts has been appointed managing director at upholstery manufacturer and distributor Hydeline Furniture.

Turnaround work led to the privately-owned retailer behind the Oldrids and Downtown fascias returning to profit in 2019–20, two years ahead of its forecasted timeline.

Flooring contractor Designer Contracts has appointed Simon Westley as logistics manager and promoted three managers to new roles.

Mattress and foam products maker GNG Group has taken delivery of new automated machinery for its beds division in a move that ramps up its production capacity.

Revenue, adjusted profits and cash climbed for East of England furniture retailer Glasswells in the period leading up to the first lockdown last year. Statutory earnings were impacted by property revaluation.

Privately-owned retailer Sussex Beds will open its eleventh store this spring and continues to lay the groundwork for expanded distribution across the South East of England.

Direct-to-consumer brand Emma - The Sleep Company says its recently signposted new smart mattress featuring artificial intelligence technology will arrive on U.K. shores this year.

The Proposte fabrics show will take place at the same time as Salone del Mobile (Milan furniture show) with organisers hoping visitors will be able to visit both fairs in a single trip to northern Italy.

The U.K. arm of kitchen conglomerate Nobia was loss making last year as the pandemic hindered its project business.

Routine factory maintenance in the upstream foam supply chain could lead to further disruption for furniture manufacturers and their retail customers later this year, BFM has warned.

Inaugural full disclosure accounts reveal West Yorkshire ecommerce retailer Furniture and Choice to be among the largest businesses of its type operating in the U.K.

Home and garden retailer Taskers says it is on track to deliver a return to profit in 2020–21 after exceptional trading during the pandemic, including a record Christmas.

Balta Group, the major Belgian carpet manufacturer and one of the largest suppliers to the U.K. floorcoverings market, plans to refinance its long-term borrowing.

The National Bed Federation (NBF), the trade association representing U.K. bed manufacturers, has announced four key hires to its 12-strong marketing committee.

Direct-to-consumer mattress company Eve Sleep has appointed logistics expert and longtime retailer Masood Choudhry as independent non-executive director.

Cashflow and orders were strong as the group behind custom cabinet maker and retailer Neville Johnson bounced back from the early months of the pandemic.

Surging U.K. order intake in the third quarter wasn't enough to mitigate the full year impact of Covid-19 here according to high-end French furniture brand Roche Bobois.

Experienced marketer Laura Sutherland has joined West Yorkshire children's bedroom retailer Room To Grow with a brief to scale up its marketing and develop its product range.

The flooring industry has found growth despite difficult trading conditions according to retailer Calverts Carpets, one of the largest regional chains in the U.K.

Furniture, design and lifestyle retailer The Conran Shop is to name a new chief executive to lead a reshaped management team following its takeover just under a year ago.

A review into the unsecured consumer credit market has called for buy-now pay-later (BNPL) unsecured lending to be regulated for the first time.

Lars Larsen Group, the Danish conglomerate behind some of the largest furniture retail and wholesale operations in the world, booked highest-ever sales and profits last year and said it also paid a record amount of tax.

The Chinese furniture manufacturing conglomerate that bought HTL in 2016 says it will sustain a financial hit after writing down the value of its investment in the leather sofa maker.

Hypnos, the Buckinghamshire based bed maker, has further bolstered its sustainability credentials with The Planet Mark - Carbon Neutral certification.

The number of upholstery, beds and cabinet related trademark applications filed by Next in recent weeks is more than double the combined total lodged by the retail giant across those categories over the past five years.

Diversified homewares distributor Sabichi booked seven-figure profits after a sharp rise in revenue in the year to October 31, 2020.

Upholstery conglomerate Man Wah Holdings successfully raised HK$2.36 billion (£222m) from investors following the planned share placing it had earlier signposted mid-January.

Norwich department store, business services and property group Jarrold has reorganised its non-executive director team, making two senior board appointments.

The co-founders of soft seating category leader Bazaar Group have sold a majority stake in the business to Comhar Capital to help fund expansion in the U.K. and mainland Europe.

Heritage bed maker Relyon returned to private ownership last summer and the restructuring advisor that handled the sale has disclosed takeover terms for the first time. But whether they clarify or confuse is a moot point.

New financial statements underscore comments made by senior Wayfair officials last summer that revenue in the U.K. and Germany combined is tracking over $1 billion, with the former making up the biggest proportion of the total.

Ecommerce sales climbed 41 percent in the final three months of 2020 for Maisons du Monde as the multinational furniture and home accents retailer gained a bigger slice of the British market.

The company that last summer bought the business and assets of one of the U.K.'s first vertically-integrated direct-to-consumer sofa brands has booked six-figure profits.

National kitchens vertical Harvey Jones forecasts a return to profit in 2021, but says it has the resources to survive a worst scenario this year should the need arise.

This is a pivotal period in time for ScS, Britain's second largest upholstery retailer, as it adjusts to the departures of a long-time financial backer and its highest ranking executive.

Colefax Group, the fabrics and wallpaper company with a big international business, says sales have been more resilient despite the imposition of new restrictions across the U.K. and export markets.

Half-year EBIT trebled as high-end upholstery manufacturer Kingcome Sofas found extra margin in the six months to end October.

Furniture and flooring retailers face a wait of nearly a month before being able to either reopen stores or, more likely, see a roadmap for when they may be able to do so.

Fashion and lifestyle brand Joules said licensing income has more than doubled citing the impact of its partnership with DFS, the upholstery market leader.

More than 1,200 people from across the industry had visited the inaugural Online Furniture Show by the halfway stage, organisers said today (Wednesday).

A strong bounce back out of the first two lockdowns has left upholstery and carpets chain ScS cautiously optimistic for the weeks and months ahead.

Furniture and interiors brand OKA will make its bricks-and-mortar entrance in the U.S. in a building familiar to the executives running the retailer.

The Great Little Trading Company, the youth-oriented mail-order and Internet retailer, says it is well positioned to benefit from the rise in online shopping resulting from the pandemic.

One of the executive directors at high-end British furniture and lighting company Established & Sons now owns almost a fifth of the business following a share issue last year.

Manufacturers face short-term challenges but order books are strong and hopes for the future are high, says Nick Garratt, md at trade association BFM.

Furniture makers' price inflation climbed for the sixth straight month at the end of 2020 suggesting fears from within the sector of forceful headwinds ahead are well founded.

Danetti, the ecommerce furniture retailer that opened its first bricks and mortar showroom late last year, booked rising profits in the year to March 31, 2020.

Flooring and beds retailer United Carpets Group will delist from the Alternative Investors Market (AIM) on Friday as it returns to private ownership.

GNG Group, the West Yorkshire maker of mattresses and other performance foam products for sectors ranging from sports to healthcare, has promoted Darren Potterton to group managing director.

Jenners department store in Edinburgh will close for good in the spring after its owner failed to agree new terms with the landlord. It has been trading for 183 years.

Brooke and Wilde (Brook + Wilde) has become a corporate supporter of The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry charity and livery company.

Fashion retailer Boohoo Group has acquired the Debenhams brand and other intellectual property for £55 million, heralding its entry into the furniture and homeware market.

Sofa maker Tetrad has completed the remodel of its Preston showroom ahead of the launch of a series of new collections.

Furniture and department store retailer Bradbeers says it is positive it will be able to extend its debt maturity profile for a second time if the pandemic further delays plans regarding investment property.

Dorchester, Sidmouth and Weymouth retailer outlines initial impact of pandemic on revenue, profitability and working capital.

It is counter intuitive that on the day that the highest-ever single-month reading for furniture retail sales is released, we also report a drop in big-ticket consumer confidence sentiment.

Steps taken to broaden the appeal of the heritage Nathan brand have paid dividends according to the furniture company, with a new generation of social media-savvy consumers now following the business.

Big-ticket spend sentiment weakened at the beginning of the year as the country entered its latest lockdown, according to a closely-followed consumer confidence survey.

December furniture and lighting sales were higher than in any other month since records began, and by some margin, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Furniture maker Ercol returned to profit at EBITDA level in 2020 after orders and delivered turnover outperformed levels management were budgeting for during the first lockdown, its chairman said.

Arlo & Jacob, the upholstery retailer, is turning its stores into virtual showrooms using live video chat powered by Go Instore software.

Direct-to-consumer brand Emma - The Sleep Company is to stretch its price architecture with a new smart mattress programme set to retail for upwards of £2,000. It follows exponential growth last year that saw the business reach revenue of €405 million worldwide.

Headlam Group, Europe's largest collective of floorcoverings wholesalers, says strong demand for residential flooring products in the second half of last year helped negate weaker earlier trading.

The already-revised international home and contract textiles show Heimtextil has been cancelled until 2022, with organisers saying there is nothing to be gained by a further delay to later this year.

"When we opened our new Leicester store we did two weeks' business in just four days," said Furniture Village CEO Peter Harrison, who says the industry should look forward with optimism for when the lockdowns are eased.

Full year sales climbed for Eve Sleep with the direct-to-consumer mattress and ancillary products company saying it had cut losses too on the revenue tailwind and business model adjustments.

Profits at Sanderson Design Group, the luxury interiors manufacturer and wholesaler formerly known as Walker Greenbank, will rise after the company outperformed expectations.

The South Wales carpet manufacturing arm of flooring giant Victoria returned to profit in 2019–20 as it annualised millions of pounds of restructuring costs.

Danish furniture retailer JYSK will build critical mass in the North of England with all five new stores it plans here in the next eight months to be located across Lancashire, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

Consumers pivoting to ecommerce last year boosted U.K. revenue and profitability for the company behind the DreamCloud and Nectar Sleep mattress brands.

The value of foam and sprung mattress imports into the U.K. slumped in November, arresting a two-month return to growth across the combined categories.

Port delays and container shortages didn't stop a third consecutive rise in cabinet furniture imports as wholesalers and retailers replenished stock ahead of Christmas.

Furniture makers are facing unprecedented increases in the cost of key raw materials according to trade association BFM, and retailers should brace for some of that to be passed on.

Factory investment didn't immediately yield the expected jump in sales for Dura Beds, according to just-filed accounts for the Batley mattress maker in the period leading up to the pandemic.

The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry charity and livery company, made hundreds of surprise pre-Christmas grants to struggling furnishing industry workers in December.

Major U.K. flooring contractor Designer Contracts has donated more than £100,000 to a local hospice that has been hit hard by the pandemic.

British retailers and wholesalers imported more upholstery ahead of Christmas than in any other month since records began, new data compiled by The Furnishing Report shows.

Upminster retailer Roomes Furniture & Interiors says it has undergone a year of improvement with the pandemic having reinforced the need for the changes it has subsequently made.

U.K. imports of carpets and rugs advanced high single-digits according to newly-released November data as China, India and Turkey made gains while traditional manufacturing powerhouses continued to toil.

London furniture company E & A Wates will bring the curtain down on 120 years of trading in the spring with the planned, permanent closure of its retail arm. It hopes to find a buyer for its other activities.

MadeiraMadeira, a Brazilian furniture and interiors ecommerce marketplace, has raised $190 million (£140m) from investors as it looks to capitalise on the surge in online sales.

Efforts to meet pre-Christmas delivery deadlines after strong demand through the summer and autumn meant U.K. furniture manufacturing output reached a year-long high according to new Government figures.

The privately-owned retailer that operates Dreams beds stores in Northern Ireland along with a separate co-located upholstery fascia says trading in 2020–21 made a strong start.

Follows December issue of new shares in British upmarket ecommerce furniture and homewares etailer.

Profits up by half for 20-store adjustable furniture and mobility products retailer in 2019–20 on continued revenue growth.

W Exhibition & Elements, the trade show for the furniture manufacturing and joinery industries, has been postponed until February 6–9, 2022, organisers have announced.

Nobia, the kitchen conglomerate, says its fourth quarter performance for 2020 will exceed expectations because of strong trading in the Nordic and Central Europe regions.

Man Wah Holdings, the upholstery and recliner giant with manufacturing operations across the Far East and Eastern Europe, hopes to raise the equivalent of £224 million to fund expansion and modernisation activities.

A downsized Ponden Home Interiors will live on after parts of the bedding and household textiles chain were rescued along with its larger sister business, Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM), out of administration.

Strong trading in the back half of last year enabled flooring retail chain Tapi Carpets & Floors to pay off short-term lending from key investors.

Home shopping group N Brown says a bigger proportion of revenue is coming from sales of home goods after customers pivoted spend away from other categories.

The circa 1,000 store Dänisches Bettenlager retail chain is to rebrand as JYSK later this year, parent company Lars Larsen Group has announced.

Leading minds from the across the industry will tackle topics ranging from innovation in manufacturing to sector survival and retail in a new series of webinars to be hosted by The Furniture Makers' Company.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has confirmed plans for its eleventh Bed Show, due to take place September 21–22, 2021 at the Telford International Centre.

Furniture retailer The Cotswold Company said its decision to invest in inventory ahead of the pandemic has aided strong growth in 2020–21, mitigating the impact of Far East factory closures and enabling it to meet demand and fulfil orders.

Major U.K. carpet and flooring distributor says it had seen little investment in three decades before it set about transforming its business under new ownership.

Dunelm Group, the out-of-town homeware and furniture retailer, said disruption shipping product from the Far East is beginning to normalise with delays shortening compared with before and the outlook improving.

Nigel Graham, the former co-owner of a Yorkshire carpet manufacturer bought by flooring conglomerate Victoria in 2019, has left the company.

Dunelm Group has appointed experienced retail executive Arja Taaveniku as a non-executive director. She will join the furniture and homeware retailer's board from the middle of February.

Furniture Show Birmingham at the NEC will return in a year's time after organisers rescheduled the April event to January 23–26, 2022 as a result of the current restrictions designed to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The diversified furniture, mattress and home accents distribution group Gallery Direct built out revenue in 2019 including a 50 percent rise in U.K. sales. Profits fell on higher costs.

Bankers, employees and the mattress supply chain were owed most after the insolvency of Blackburn supplier Icon Designs, which folded late 2020 after seeing a substantial reduction in trade in the period leading up to its collapse.

Furniture retailer Loaf has appointed David Meredith, the former head of operations at John Lewis & Partners, as operations director.

Online retailer Very.co.uk booked near 50 percent growth in furniture and mattress sales in the run-up to Christmas as the ecommerce brand made the most of rivals' store closures and increased interest in home categories.

The Disciplinary Tribunal that heard The Financial Reporting Council's (FRC) complaint against a restructuring adviser accused of misconduct ahead of the sale of bed maker Silentnight a decade ago should deliver its verdict no later than early spring.

Mike Coupe, who retired as Sainsbury's CEO after six years last spring, has become chairman at Oak Furnitureland, the hardwood furniture chain has announced.

Designer furniture retailer Heal's slipped to a loss last year because of the impact of the pandemic along with one-time items. Online growth helped partially mitigate the impact of store closures on revenue.

Profits jumped five-fold for West Yorkshire bed maker Highgrove ahead of the pandemic despite the company's 15-year run of rising sales coming to an end.

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) giant Karndean International says there are positive demand indictors with the sector so far resilient during the pandemic. Its comments came as it filed accounts showing record sales.

A gain on the sale of freehold property softened the impact of a weaker trading for The Sofa & Chair Co. in the period leading up to the arrival of the pandemic.

Danish furniture chain JYSK will take store numbers in Ireland to 12 with the addition of three more branches by the early summer.

Earnings climbed at major U.K. rug distributor Asiatic in 2019–20 after gross margin widened on lower cost of goods sold.

Danish furniture wholesale giant Actona has launched a programme of desks and chairs specially designed for gamers and the home office.

The md of home department store retailer Leekes says the business is in a strong position after navigating the challenges thrown at it through 2020 and as it prepares to reconfigure its store network.

The U.K. trading arm of IKEA booked a £22.6 million net loss in the year to August 31 as surging ecommerce sales declined to mitigate the impact of the enforced closure of its stores through much of the second half of its financial year.

Fishpools says the strength of its online presence was apparent during the first lockdown and facilitated an extremely strong start once deliveries and its store were able to recommence, with demand continuing through 2020.

Retail giant IKEA is to expand its city centre footprint with a new London store later this year.

Organisers of the Online Furniture Show have issued another call to potential exhibitors ahead of the launch of the inaugural event.

Robert Mynett, son of Brian Mynett who passed away last week, shares a letter written by his father to his step-brother Scott Ramsay in August 2006 after he had endured a particularly difficult day.

Brian Mynett, the former Christie-Tyler executive who was later responsible for driving the U.K. expansion of Italian sofa giant Natuzzi, has died. He was 80 years old.

Vita Group has agreed to pay €6.1 million to acquire southern Italian flexible foam producer I.M.P.E from Natuzzi, the upholstery manufacturing giant.

Newly-created role sees experienced retailer join Kent bed maker, which has also renewed Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill as its brand ambassador for another year.

Sleepeezee remained profitable at the EBITDA line in 2020 and would have achieved a second straight year of double-digit top line growth but for the pandemic, the company says.

A multi-billion pound investment fund that supports the work and mission of the Church of England has disclosed a significant stake in ScS, Britain's number two upholstery specialist.

Food and general merchandise retailer Marks and Spencer Group (M&S) described trading as robust in the third quarter of its fiscal year given the one-off restrictions and distortions caused by the pandemic.

The owner of the Trago Mills out-of-town shopping destinations wrote down the value of investment property ahead of the pandemic last year, resulting in a vast accounting loss.

The CEO of Simba Sleep says sales growth accelerated profitably in the second half of last year as the direct-to-consumer mattress company looked to build on a year of consolidation in 2019 that saw it cut losses and cash burn.

Argos found sales growth in the period leading up to and through Christmas despite its standalone stores being unable to trade for long periods.

There will be no physical Domotex exhibition in Germany this year after organisers postponed the rescheduled floorcoverings event.

A management reorganisation helped speed up decision-making and boost profitability at household textiles giant Turner Bianca in 2019–20.

Bensons for Beds, the national beds retailer, has written to legislators across Great Britain offering up all its stores as vaccination centres.

44 fewer U.K. furniture, floorcoverings and furnishings companies filed for insolvency in 2020 despite the pandemic hitting businesses across the country since the early spring of last year.

The company behind the Balmoral Furniture operation in Northern Ireland says it should break even in the year to March 2021 despite sales being hit by the pandemic.

Sales and profits climbed at fashion-to-furniture chain Oliver Bonas ahead of the pandemic but the company said numbers pale into insignificance given the subsequent impact of the virus on its community.

The liquidation of an East Midlands furniture company is the third business failure inside two years for its directors and leaves £1.6 million owing to the French VAT man.

Retailers will be able to access one-off lockdown grants of up to £9,000 per store as part of a £4.6 billion package of measures announced by the Chancellor.

The onset of the pandemic eroded the benefits of stronger earlier trading at Airsprung as the beds and upholstery group reported a bigger loss on lower revenue last year. It said it had found cost savings and improvement in the period since.

Full price sales were fractionally down at general merchandise retailer Next in the run-up to Boxing Day on the back of strong online demand and high home category sales.

The restructuring advisor handling the liquidation of mattress maker Icon Designs says the North West company's problems mounted over an extended period of time. Across the Pennines, another small bed manufacturer has filed for insolvency.

The U.K. arm of the Belgian manufacturer behind the Invictus and Vivendi carpet brands posted a double-digit sales fall in 2019 and incurred higher costs launching new products here.

Every furniture and flooring store in the U.K. will again be closed from today (Jan. 5) after the Government last night announced a new lockdown to last until at least the middle of February.



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