A high-end East Midlands fitted furniture manufacturer says its balance sheet remains robust despite a six-week factory shutdown and it reporting a loss last year.

Product sales have fallen by more than a third since February 1, high-end interior furnishings group Walker Greenbank said yesterday.

John Lewis of Hungerford, the manufacturer and retailer of prestige fitted furniture sold via its own showroom network, has refinanced its debts.

French cabinet maker's London based subsidiary secures company voluntary arrangement (CVA) after only non-connected creditor declines to vote, objecting to amount ascribed to outstanding debt.

Neptune, the upholstery, furniture and home furnishings vertical, will pay £17,350 to the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust after its failure to register as a packaging producer prompted enforcement action from the Environment Agency.

The return to market of cabinet furniture brand Willis & Gambier will gather momentum with already-previewed product lines to be available ahead of the start of the golden quarter.

Revenue jumped double-digit for a key soft furnishings supplier to Dunelm as it supported the out-of-town home retailer's growth plans on the way to completing ten straight years of top line improvement.

Britain's furniture factories helped grease the wheels of the manufacturing economy in April despite lockdown, as companies assembled and supplied essential products.

Long before Covid-19 entered the vernacular, another form of virus had a negative effect on one major general merchandise wholesaler's revenue in the 2018–19 financial year.

The long-planned closure of Brintons' yarn-spinning manufacturing facility in Telford was confirmed late last week, impacting more than 70 employees.

New senior internal sales appointments at cabinet furniture brand Kettle Interiors.

Shipments of sofas and mattresses arriving at U.K. ports halved in April as the two categories continue to lag compared with imports of living, dining and bedroom cabinet.

A shift in consumer behaviour during lockdown has prompted Portmeirion, the tableware, dining, gifts and home fragrances manufacturer, to look to boost its ecommerce business.

The U.K. Government has formally launched its Trade Credit Reinsurance scheme, which will protect furniture suppliers in the case of customer default and boost confidence along supply chains.

Tariffs on the imports of selected furniture products into the U.K. will be reduced from January 1, 2021, making them cheaper to buy for distributors and retailers.

Lightmakers, the company behind the multinational Light & Living wholesale brand, has acquired the business and assets of Gloucestershire home accents and décor supplier Parlane International.

Samson Holding, the Far East furniture conglomerate that ran case goods distributor Willis & Gambier for 11 years until spring 2019, has disclosed the price achieved for the sale of its U.K. company assets.

Almost a quarter of the workforce at the Laura Ashley-owned South Wales soft furnishings manufacturing business Texplan returned to work in order to produce scrubs for NHS staff.

Litmus Furniture, the U.K. sole agent for bedroom manufacturer Wiemann, says it will resume operations next week. It will take orders and begin delivering and installing product from Monday June 1.

High-end furniture and lighting brand Gabriel Scott is expanding its U.K. and European distribution after it agreed a partnership with designer furniture retailer Nest to sell its products online.

Parlane International, the home accents and décor wholesaler bought by Gallery Direct early last year, is for sale after being placed into administration.

The W Exhibition, the furniture manufacturing and joinery trade fair held every other year in Birmingham, has been postponed until September next year.

Floorcoverings and furnishings distributor Designer Contracts, a major supplier to the housebuilder industry, doubled profits last year after a large spike in output.

A small Cheshire wholesaler of household goods including bedroom storage is in administration and up for sale despite wiping out earlier deficits in recent years.

Sales climbed at Knowsley furniture maker Dams last year as it continued its programme of upgrading its factory and equipment across upholstery and cabinet production.

Lower turnover last year didn't prevent furniture wholesale group Seconique booking underlying EBIT up two-thirds. Net income advanced higher still on an annual basis after an upwards property valuation.

Prestige kitchen brand Poggenpohl could have a third owner in as many years after the company filed for a German insolvency process similar to administration.

The loss of a contract to supply retail giant Next and the ill-fated acquisition of the Montgomery brand contributed to the insolvency of Ena Shaw, the heritage soft furnishings manufacturer and home store retailer.

Andrew Porter, the storage and fulfilment specialist, has repurposed part of its warehouse to provide emergency furniture storage to companies unable to take in incoming stock.

Luxury interior furnishings group Walker Greenbank says it has reduced its cash burn after many employees, including those not furloughed, accepted a temporary salary reduction.

Some of the highest profile names in worldwide designer furniture manufacturing have issued a plea to legislators, fearing the loss of 7,000 businesses in the sector across Italy because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Secretary of State for Business and Industrial Strategy has written an open letter to U.K. manufacturers across all sectors paying tribute to the work being done to keep the economy moving.

Cabinet furniture maker and distributor Devonshire incurred a bigger loss on lower sales ahead of its sale last autumn and subsequent relaunch earlier this year.

Living, dining and bedroom furniture supplier Bentley Designs recorded lower sales in 2018–19. It continued to generate profits and boosted its balance sheet with a capital contribution.

Some of Britain's largest upholstery and mattress manufacturers have decided to close their factories and stop delivering following the lockdown announced Monday night as the country tries to stem the spread of coronavirus.

Furniture wholesaler Julian Bowen, one of the largest companies of its type in Britain, recorded higher profits last year after it grew sales and achieved wider gross margin.

A Staffordshire furniture manufacturer that had been restructured via a prepack administration process late 2018 has filed for insolvency for a second time in a little over a year.

A dissenting taxman almost scuppered the company voluntary arrangement (CVA) between furniture wholesaler Content by Terence Conran and its creditors.

Clarke & Clarke, the soft furnishings brand owned by interiors group Walker Greenbank, is collaborating with TV personality Tess Daly on the launch of her first homeware collection.

The reshaping of the board of luxury fabrics and interior furnishings group Walker Greenbank has continued with the appointment of a new chief financial officer.



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