A number of Britain's premier independent furniture retailers have signed up to the Government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme, providing a hoped-for footfall boost through August.

The privately-owned franchisee behind the BoConcept brand in Canterbury has partnered a local property developer and builder for a high-end housing scheme in Kent.

James Gillies Lornie, the third-generation former managing director of privately-owned Scottish furniture retailer Gillies, has died. He was 84 years old.

A Lancashire and Yorkshire department store business with a large online operation said it has enjoyed a sales fillip thanks to more people being at home this year.

Developers keen to acquire the Manchester site housing the 50,000sqft Stocktons designer furniture store have a little over a week to make their bids. Interest is high, according to the agents charged with finding a buyer.

Privately-owned retailer Fairway Furniture reversed a skinny four-figure deficit to return to profit in the year to January 31, 2020 as sales inched forward and the value of its investments climbed.

Independent furniture retailer Michael O'Connor will rebuild store numbers with the opening of a second North East showroom later this summer.

The group behind the privately-owned Morleys department store network in London and South East England bolstered its balance sheet last year, leaving it well positioned ahead of the pandemic.

Privately-owned South East retailer Sussex Beds opened its long-planned tenth store last weekend after its launch had been delayed because of the pandemic.

The owner of four-store furniture retailer Alan Ward, one of the largest independent retailers in the country, has told employees that its stores will not reopen following the lockdown.

Industry insiders are hopeful that Alan Ward's flagship Shrewsbury store will remain a landmark furniture site despite the planned closure of the four-store retailer's shops.

The managing director of Stocktons, one of the country's largest retailers of modern furniture, says it is considering all available avenues as it progresses long-established plans for its Manchester store.

Durham Bed Centre, a chain of inexpensive mattress stores based largely in the North East, is to add two new units as it expands beyond its heartlands.

The company behind East of England furniture and homeware retailer Aldiss said it entered its 2019–20 year with a bigger order book, putting it on track to grow for a third straight year before the pandemic struck.

A furniture retailer forced to close one of its four Kent stores after the local council bought it for redevelopment has found a new site in Ashford and will then add a fifth showroom in the county.

Lower pension costs and an uptick in revenue helped furniture retailer Gillies of Broughty Ferry record higher profits in the year to August 31, 2019.

Underlying profits returned for the company behind regional home retailer Gardiner Haskins in a year that saw it reduce the scope of its Bristol operations by selling its Grade II listed Soapworks store building.

Higher costs and a slight fall in sales meant profits were lower but still class-leading at South East furniture retailer Vale Furnishers last year.

The new owner of the 90,000sqft Greater Manchester superstore of independent furniture retailer Cousins has timetabled its plans for the site and disclosed the value of its investment in the property.

A business retailing high-end designer furniture brands online and from premises in North Yorkshire folded last month leaving nearly 200 consumers owed an average of about £2,000 apiece.

A Glasgow based upholstery, window-dressings and interior fabrics retailer has been placed into administration after closing its three stores and ceasing trading a week ago.

Two of the largest privately-owned furniture and beds retailers in the South East have opted to close stores amid the unfolding coronavirus crisis, among the first major independents in England to do so.

Andersons of Inverurie, one of the largest single-store furniture retailers in the U.K., last night closed its store to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Creditors of the no-longer-trading independent furniture retailer Holdens of Newark face an expected shortfall north of £800,000, the biggest sum being a collateralised intra-group balance.

Ashford retailer Ashbury Furniture will close for good today (Feb. 17) after the privately-owned company suffered a downturn because of extended roadworks.

Executive departs Lincolnshire independent for St. Helier department store.

West Midlands and North West independent furniture retailer Cousins is to permanently close its Greater Manchester store, and will kickstart a closing down sale tomorrow morning.

The managing director of Cookes Furniture, one of the largest independents in the country, says he is confident the market will improve in 2020 after last year proved "undeniably challenging for retail."

Profits jumped for Ponsford, one of the largest furniture retailers of its type in the country, as the privately-owned company found savings and margin improvement in 2018–19 amid lower turnover.

Bath furniture retailer Silcox Son and Wicks is planning a major refurbishment project at its New Street store that will see it close for the bulk of the year ahead.

Alan Ward, one of the U.K.'s most prominent independent furniture and floorcoverings retailers, has sold its shareholding in its standalone storage business for £6 million.

Glasswells, one of the U.K.'s largest independent furniture retailers, completed another four-figure fund raise at its annual quiz night, generating money this year for the My WiSH charity.

Upmarket Scottish retailer Shapes Furniture, based just outside of Edinburgh, is clearing all stock ahead of its planned permanent closure.

Taskers, the major Liverpool based furniture and home improvement retailer, says the early signs of its restructured operations are encouraging. It follows the business narrowing its net loss in 2018–19.

The company behind the Fields of Sidmouth and Goulds of Dorchester stores in southern England initiated a cost-saving exercise in 2018–19 amid tough trading conditions.

The closure this autumn of furniture retailer Richard Lefton Furnishings leaves creditors facing a combined six-figure shortfall according to statutory filings.

Revenue dipped at heritage department store retailer Austins of Newton Abbot in 2018–19, ending a half decade run of consecutive growth.

Privately-owned high-end home retailer and design company Day True has opened a third London showroom with a space in the heart of Wimbledon Village.

Sales advanced for the second straight year at the privately-owned group behind three heritage department stores and the Slumber Slumber ecommerce beds website.

Sales climbed at Sussex and Surrey retailer Collingwood Batchellor in the year to January 27, 2019 with the furniture and department store operator having since gone on to find additional ways to deploy its assets.



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