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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Clarion Events has expanded and reorganised the management of its Retail portfolio, which includes its furniture shows at both the NEC, Birmingham and Manchester Central.

Organisers of the Online Furniture Show are to allow exhibitors to the inaugural event to display their products for free when it goes live for the first time next month.

SATRA, the testing and technical services provider, has appointed standards and testing expert Phil Reynolds to lead and expand its furniture and floorcoverings division.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds has helped raise more than £370,000 to support Mind, the mental health charity.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Industry charity The Furniture Makers’ Company is hosting an online intellectual property (IP) webinar next month with Anti Copying in Design (ACID), the design and intellectual property campaigning organisation.

The next edition of furniture exhibition Long Point will be brought forward by two months to a late winter dateline, trade journal Furniture News reported.

One of the leading sources of foam for Britain's mattress and sofa industry says it is doing everything possible to make good the current problems but its hands are tied until its own supply chain finds solutions.

Temporary foam factory shutdowns will prompt U.K. upholstery and mattress plants to close according to the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), which is urgently seeking clarification from the supply chain.

Upholstery and carpets retailer ScS is to donate £20,000 to help fund meals for disadvantaged children in its home city. It said it was a result of the Government voting against extending free school meals into the holidays.

Homeserve Furniture Repairs, one of the U.K.'s largest onsite furniture repair businesses, has partnered the Furniture and Home Improvement Ombudsman, the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider.

Kölnmesse, organiser of the IMM Cologne furniture exhibition held annually on the banks of the Rhine, say the upcoming edition will be a four-day event rather than seven.

The number of furniture, flooring and furnishings companies filing for insolvency fell sharply both sequentially and on an annual basis in the third quarter including a record fallow period.

Plans to reschedule The Flooring Show to early spring 2021 have been shelved with the event to return to its usual autumn timeline.

The next edition of the Scottish Interiors Showcase will take place early 2022 after this coming February's edition was postponed because of the pandemic.

The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry charity, has outlined the ways in which stakeholders across the trade can spread awareness of Personal Support Grants so more potential recipients are aware of the financial support that may be available.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has fixed the 2021 dates for its Bed Show. It will be held September 21–22 at the Telford International Centre.

The Furniture Makers' Company's National Charity Golf Day and separate Golf Challenge have between them raised £3,000.

Three well-known furniture professionals will this autumn launch the inaugural Online Furniture Show and are urging retailers and suppliers from across the U.K. and international trade to participate.

Stakeholders spanning furniture and bed retailers, manufacturers and an MP have coalesced around the British Furniture Confederation's (BFC) month-long campaign to promote British-made furniture.



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