The Furniture Ombudsman, the independent, not-for-profit provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services, has been renamed and launched an updated brand identity.

Nick Garratt, md of the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), is authoring a new economic review document that will pull together analysis relevant to the furniture industry on a monthly basis.

Furniture inspection and repair experts are to host a series of digital workshops designed to support retailers and manufacturers as FIRA International takes its popular Open Day format online.

Organisers of the January Furniture Show say the 2021 iteration will take place as scheduled after the Government green-lighted events from October and decommissioned the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the event venue.

Many but not all skilled furniture production operatives will be able to apply for a visa to work in the U.K. once the country's new points-based immigration system kicks in, says the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

The late summer edition of Las Vegas Market, one of the world's largest international furniture exhibitions, will take place as planned but as a showroom-only buying opportunity organisers have said.

British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) says it can support producers' efforts to return to work safely with advice on creating Covid-19 secure working environments.

Industry charity and City of London livery company The Furniture Makers' Company is to hold a month-long auction fundraiser to raise money to support people in the trade who have been hit hardest by the Covid-19 crisis.

The Furniture Industry Research Association has created a toolkit designed to support its members in meeting the requirements of CE Marking Directives, including their often complex technical file aspects.

The next edition of international workplace furniture exhibition Orgatec is now more than two years away after organisers pulled this year' event.

Organisers of the home and gift show Autumn Fair have cancelled the 2020 edition because of the pandemic and will deliver virtual content instead.

Interior design show Decorex says its November event will transition to an all-virtual format instead of being held in person at Olympia this year.

Phil Reynolds, one of Europe's foremost experts on furniture regulation, standards and testing, has left his roles at FIRA International and the Furniture Industry Research Association.

Organisers have pushed back the relaunch of Design London, the rebranded event until now known as 100% Design, to September of next year.

The Furniture Industry Research Association, the membership organisation, has published its latest Standards Summary, including details on three new standards and an appraisal on other topics affecting industry stakeholders.

The retail and wholesale sector has furloughed more employees than any other U.K. industry since the Government launched the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) has become the latest trade association to join the Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (Fiesta).

FIRA International, the Stevenage based furniture services provider, says its FIRA Service Technicians team is to begin a phased resumption of in-home customer visits.

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and industry charity, has increased the support package available to employees and sole traders struggling financially because of Covid-19, and urged people to spread its message.

The British Furniture Confederation (BFC) has published the recommendations to emerge from a Parliamentary Inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 on the U.K. furniture industry.

The British Furniture Manufacturers' (BFM) trade association is canvassing the opinion of stakeholders as it prepares a new push to encourage consumers to buy U.K. made furniture.

At least 42 entrepreneurs and families with ties to the U.K. furniture and furnishings industry are among the 1,000 richest people in the country, according to The Sunday Times Rich List 2020.

David Woodward, founder and director of upscale sofa maker and logistics company Celtheath, has been installed as the 59th Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, the industry's dedicated charity and livery company.

BFM, the British Furniture Manufacturers, says the Government's decision to extend the Job Retention Scheme has avoided a "looming cliff edge" for U.K. manufacturers.

Organisers of The Malaysian International Furniture Fair have given up their bid to host the event this year, cancelling its already-revised 2020 edition fearing travel disruption.

There was a drop in the number of U.K. furniture and furnishings companies filing for insolvency in the first quarter of 2020 but early April data has already overtaken the same month a year ago, with still a week to report.

Business leaders will this week join politicians and senior trade association officials to agree the key impacts of Covid-19 on the furniture and furnishings sector in the hope of bolstering Government support for the industry.

Bed makers Hypnos and The Natural Mat Company were among at least eight industry concerns to receive Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2020, which recognises business achievement across various criteria.

Organisers of the Manchester Furniture Show have postponed this summer's exhibition as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, with the next edition now to take place July 2021.

Applications for the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme opened yesterday (April 20) and companies will have to be organised and prompt if they wish to secure cash in time for April's payday runs.

Organisers of the twice-yearly High Point Market in the U.S. have cancelled the spring edition, having earlier rescheduled the furniture exhibition from its original April dateline to June.

The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry's dedicated charity, has issued a new clarion call highlighting financial support it can provide to hard-hit furnishing industry workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

An estimated 100,000 jobs across the furniture and furnishings sector have either been furloughed or eliminated since the coronavirus crisis began, with the future of many now dependent on Government funds.

The release of January furniture and flooring trade data offers insight into inventory levels ahead of feared supply chain disruption out of China and subsequent demand concerns with enforced store closures.

Organisers of the U.K.'s leading summer trade furniture exhibition says they "fully support the need to prioritise the greater good" as the event venue was named a temporary NHS field hospital. Preparations for the July furniture event continue.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has been urged not to forget furniture manufacturers when evaluating state support for U.K. industry amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The organiser of the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) has rescheduled the dates of its postponed spring exhibitions.

Organisers of the Milan furniture fair (Salone del Mobile) have cancelled the rescheduled exhibition. It will now not take place at all in 2020.

BFM, the association for British Furniture Manufacturers, wants members to make contact to highlight the biggest issues they face because of the coronavirus pandemic after a Government call to arms.

Hard hit employees whose welfare is affected by the spread of coronavirus should contact The Furniture Makers’ Company for support, the City of London livery company and industry charity says.



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