The ceremony for the Young Furniture Makers' Awards will this year be sponsored by the January Furniture Show for the first time.

National homeware retailer Dunelm Group has appointed Paula Vennells to its board as a non-executive director.

Greenwood launched its 1,000th event last month, with independent retailer Jones & Tomlin.
Greenwood Retail, which organises and co-ordinates sales promotion events for leading U.K. independent retailers, last month held the 1,000th event in its history.

Well-known Sterling Furniture buyer David Amery has become president of the Scottish Furniture Trades Benevolent Association (SFTBA), the industry charity.

An artist's impression of Ashgate Hospice's revamped patient bays.
Designer Contracts, the national floorcoverings contractor, is to donate £100,000 to support a hospice close to its Chesterfield, Derbyshire headquarters.

Timothy Rhys-Evans MBE (far left) with members of the Leekes finance team.
Leekes Retail and Leisure Group has been named Medium/Large Finance Team of the Year at the second annual Finance Awards Wales, which were announced at Cardiff’s City Hall earlier this month. and Littlewoods owner Shop Direct says it will change its corporate name to The Very Group to bring its name and identity in line with its flagship consumer brand.

Retailer Bensons for Beds is moving to new Accrington headquarters in order to accommodate a number of new hires, according to regional newspaper The Lancashire Telegraph.

Flacks Group, the investment firm that last month said it was considering bidding for Laura Ashley, now says it will not press ahead with a takeover attempt.

London Fabric took place Mar. 4–5, 2019.
BFM, the lead trade association for British furniture makers, says its two-day London Fabric exhibition covered all bases this week with it getting praise from both exhibitors and visitors.

Burnley bed manufacturer and furniture distributor Sweet Dreams aims to build its business in the Republic of Ireland after engaging Declan McCarville as sales agent.

The National Bed Federation's updated Code of Practice — its third iteration since it launched in 2013 — has been accepted as Assured Advice by trading standards, as the previous two versions were before it.

London Fabric, the annual upholstery and soft furnishings fabrics event held in London early spring, has signed two more exhibitors to its 2019 edition.

Ian Oscroft and Whitemeadow colleagues celebrate their award win
Sofa maker Whitemeadow has been awarded the ‘Excellence in Manufacturing’ award at the 10th annual Chad Business Awards, organised by local newspaper the Mansfield & Ashfield Chad.

Industry charity The Furniture Makers’ Company has launched a Christmas fundraising campaign and is asking for the entire furnishing industry to sponsor a School Design Prize.

Two furniture businesses have taken the last available space at Anchor Brook, an industrial park at Walsall in the West Midlands.

Travis Perkins may sell its Wickes DIY, kitchens and bathrooms chain as part of a plan to focus on trade customers and simplify its business.

Chesterfield based Designer Contracts is celebrating its 25th year in business
Floorcoverings supplier Designer Contracts has featured in The Business Reporter’s ‘Best of British Business’ campaign, which highlights nationwide success stories across all industries.

Lighting from Calex Holland
Dutch LED lighting specialist Calex Holland, one of Europe's key suppliers in the category, has joined the roster of brands to exhibit at Light, the new dedicated event at January Furniture Show 2019.

The supervisory board of Koelnmesse has decided to "terminate the working relationship" with chief operating officer Katharina Hamma with immediate effect.

Half-year profits jumped for Wincanton with the logistics business citing the growing impact of ecommerce and the success of its business in the home and DIY retail segments.

Howden Joinery Group, which sells kitchens to consumers via small builders and installers, likely gained market share in summer/autumn trading as sales climbed.

London Fabric takes place March 4–5, at Stamford Bridge
Visitors can now signal their interest in attending the BFM-organised London Fabric trade event next spring following the launch of the pre-registration process online.

Rest Assured, the Silentnight-owned bed maker, has expanded its retail footprint with brand showrooms inside new partner stores.

The John Lewis Partnership, parent to department store retailer John Lewis & Partner and supermarket chain Waitrose & Partners, says chairman Sir Charlie Mayfield will step down during 2020.

Like-for-like sales inched 0.1 percent ahead in October according to the BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor, a closely-watched retail survey.