The quantity of mattresses arriving in the U.K. from overseas has declined for the first time this year amid a shift to higher-priced products.

North West mattress and comfort seating products supplier Comfortex found top and bottom line growth in a year that saw it invest in third-party beds and sleep products brand Brook + Wilde.

Recticel's U.K. comfort foams business is now in the hands of a Midlands-based investment firm after the Belgian conglomerate closed out the sale of the rest of its global engineered foam units to Carpenter for a revised-down price.

East Midlands manufacturer Vogue Beds has appointed experienced furniture industry executive Marc Cotton as its new national sales manager.

A U.S. bankruptcy court has approved the Chapter 11 reorganisation plan for Serta Simmons Bedding (SSB), shunting the bed manufacturing giant further along the path to recovery.

South Coast bed manufacturer Millbrook has launched a programme of wool bedding after partnering with white-label producer Sleepsense International.

Unsecured creditors of the historic former Silentnight entity whose assets were sold to a U.S. private equity company more than a decade ago received a third seven-figure payout last year.

Richard Gretton has joined GNG Group as commercial director. He arrives at the West Yorkshire manufacturer from Hypnos Beds, where he has spent the past half decade as global retail sales director.

High end Swedish brand Carpe Diem Beds has added a third London touch point after agreeing a tie-up with designer furniture and homeware retailer Heal's.

Stakeholders at Keen & Able have reassessed the viability of the specialist white-glove home delivery company's operations following the loss of several large customers. A staff consultation process is underway.

The Jay-Be group booked larger profits last year as a seven-figure upwards property revaluation helped counter the effect of rising costs and supply chain challenges on the business.

Silentnight has embarked on a new marketing campaign to promote its quick-ship Just Sleep programme including television advertising and the unveiling of a mattress vending machine in a London train station.

A new era has begun at the National Bed Federation (NBF), according to its president Jim Gerety, with its recent appointment of a new executive director followed by the election of four replacement Council members.

U.K. consumers are being sold mattresses, sofabeds and headboards that either fail flammability regulations or have serious trade descriptions issues, according to new research by the National Bed Federation (NBF).

The number of U.K. mattress manufacturers with relatively modest sales and fewer than 50 employees has risen exponentially in the past decade while the total of larger enterprises has remained broadly unchanged.

Profits remained robust through 2022/23 for the North East company that describes itself as the first affordably-priced memory foam mattress competitor to market leader Tempur.

Import volumes of foam and sprung mattresses into the U.K. climbed for the third straight month in March, but the value of those products was lower compared with last year.

Restructuring fees are expected to swallow up most if not all of the agreed consideration for mattress machinery maker MPT Group following its insolvent rescue last month.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has paid tribute to its past president and bed industry great John Hancock MBE, who has died aged 84.

U.K. sales jumped for mattress brand Emma Sleep according to just-filed figures that take in some of the most lucrative months of the pandemic for large players in the ecommerce home sector.

The National Bed Federation’s (NBF) consumer arm Bed Advice U.K. has sponsored The Sleep Charity’s new adult sleep eBook, which aims to help the nation sleep better.

Tempur Sealy International (TSI), the world's largest bedding company and owner of U.K. bed market leader Dreams, has agreed to acquire Mattress Firm, the largest bed retailer in the U.S., in a cash and shares deal worth $4 billion.

The London based company that claims to offer the world’s most advanced, breathable bamboo mattress returned seven-figure profits for the second straight year through 2021/22.

Jones & Tomlin, one of the country's largest privately-owned bed specialists, is to expand its store footprint beyond its home county after it acquired the freehold to a former Bathstore unit.

A director and shareholder of MPT Group, a well known North West manufacturer of machines used in the production of mattresses, has acquired certain assets of the company via an insolvent buyout.

Industrial conglomerate Leggett & Platt, a key cog in the U.K. mattress supply chain, posted a weaker first quarter performance as it lapped a record period last year.

Google and HM Revenue & Customs stand to lose most from the insolvency of the company that until a few days ago ran the Divan Bed Warehouse ecommerce mattress and bedding retail business.

Dubious traders tricking U.K. consumers into buying cheap mattresses that purport to be made with much higher specifications are costing the bed industry £100 million a year, says the National Bed Federation (NBF).

Ecommerce retailer Divan Bed Warehouse is now trading through a different corporate structure after a tax demand from HM Revenue & Customs prompted a predecessor operating company to enter liquidation.

Industrial conglomerate Recticel says foam company Carpenter has communicated its intent to pay less than had been previously agreed to acquire its Engineered Foams business.

Privately-owned ecommerce retailer MattressNextDay has begun listing the Simba Sleep mattress programme among its product offering for the first time.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) is launching a month-long campaign called May Be Time for a new Mattress through May with the aim of supporting retail marketing efforts through what is often a slower trading period.

Bed spring maker Leggett & Platt Springs U.K is reorganising its commercial department in preparation for the planned retirement of longtime executive David Nuttall.

A long-awaited Register of Approved Mattress Recyclers is now live in a major development in the industry-led effort to divert old mattresses from entering the waste disposal stream.

Bed maker Sleepeezee says investment at its Kent factory along with supporting overseas carbon offsetting projects have helped it achieve key sustainability targets and maintain its carbon neutral status.

Privately-owned West Yorkshire mattress maker Apollo Beds maintained elevated profits last year after earlier doubling net income during the pandemic.

The multi-million pound launch of Strandfoam U.K. into the British market has driven down prices in the foam supply sector and disrupted the status quo, according to its owner.

Revenue growth accelerated for Bensons for Beds in the three months to end March with the vertically-integrated retailer announcing plans to step up its store expansion programme.

Imports of foam and sprung mattress imports into the U.K. increased on the back of shipments from China almost doubling compared with the same period last year.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has appointed Tristine Hargreaves as its new executive director, succeeding Jessica Alexander whose decision to stand down was announced last October.

Profits at Vispring jumped by more than a quarter as the Devon bed maker enjoyed rapid growth in mainland European export markets last year.

Kent bed maker Sleepeezee Holdings has agreed an £18 million buy-in transaction with Legal & General Assurance Society, securing the pension benefits of around 200 retired and deferred scheme members.

The family investment group that acquired half of Emma Sleep at the start of the pandemic increased the size of its holding in the direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress business last year.

Revenue advanced for mattress ticking conglomerate BekaertDeslee last year on the back of the pass-through of higher input costs, and a major acquisition.

Sleep Country Canada has agreed to buy the Canadian assets of Casper Sleep, the U.S. bed-in-a-box brand often cited as the pioneer in the product category.

A North West mattress and comfort seating products supplier became a minority shareholder in direct-to-consumer beds and sleep products business Brook and Wilde [Brook + Wilde] last year in what both parties have described as a strategic partnership.

The financial period leading up to the divestment of Millbrook Beds by the Croll family was a year of two halves, according to commentary in newly-filed accounts.

The group md of Hypnos says the high-end bed maker has managed to build further top line momentum through 2022/23 despite the loss of a high-profile hotel contract and the tough economic backdrop.

A hiring surge saw the Harrison Spinks group add over 100 new jobs in a period when revenue growth at its beds division outpaced that of its co-controlled components and fillings business unit. Higher costs meant EBITDA dropped by more than a fifth.

A multi-million pound turnover Birmingham based ecommerce beds retailer has been landed with a winding up petition from HM Revenue & Customs for unpaid tax.

A seven-figure vendor of mattresses, divans, headboards and bed sets on the Amazon marketplace platform has a new shareholder following ownership adjustments.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has boosted its retailer support offering with five marketing toolkits to increase awareness of the NBF-approved tick, and to share advice around the bed-buying process, after-purchase care, and mattress settlement.

Bensons for Beds has launched a variable support mattress that is softer on one side and firmer on the other with the aim of meeting the changing needs of children as they grow towards adulthood.

Harrison Spinks Beds is upgrading its U.S. stock programme with a Los Angeles distribution centre leased in partnership with logistics specialist Rhenus Group. The move will help it drastically cut lead times.

Foam and sprung mattress imports into the U.K. fell high single-digits in January as a result a weaker figures from all three of the habitually largest origin countries.

Naturalmat, the Devon manufacturer and retailer of mattresses and bedding made from organic materials, maintained profitable momentum last year as it invested online and in people.

Shareholder equity at mattress company Dormeo U.K. was wiped out through the second part of the pandemic ahead of its business and assets being sold to a supplier for £800,000 last month.

Silentnight has appointed a new chief executive officer, with Neil Anderson to step down after four years with the U.K.'s largest bed manufacturer.

Tempur Sealy International and Sealy Australia have provided an additional £9 million of debt investment into their Sealy U.K. joint venture in the past four months to support its Cumbria-based manufacturing operations.

Restructuring advisors say all outstanding orders will be fulfilled following the buyout of the business of Dormeo U.K. last week in a deal that effectively saves hundreds of jobs.

Major direct-to-consumer mattress business Dormeo U.K. has traded continuously through an insolvent restructure after a diversified international bed industry supplier came to its rescue.

Mattress and bedding manufacturer Duvalay has expanded into the baby sector after buying cot mattress specialist Nursery Connections out of administration.

Insolvency practitioners at the London and Manchester offices of Mazars are handling the insolvency of Dormeo U.K., the circa £40 million mattress company placed into administration last week.

A debt owed to mattress retailer Dormeo U.K. by a co-controlled entity increased by a seven-figure sum in the period leading up to that company calling in restructuring advisors last month.

The Chinese conglomerate behind the Mlily mattress and bedding brand says it was profitable again in 2022 thanks to manufacturing efficiencies and an improved situation in Europe following the pandemic.

Mattress supplier Dormeo U.K. is on the verge of completing a restructuring process after it filed a notice of intent to appoint an administrator (NOI) late last week.

Lawyers acting for two emerging mattress brands will go head-to-head in a U.K. court hearing next month as they look to resolve a branding disagreement.

The value of foam and sprung mattress imports into the U.K. was close to flat in December after an increase in the value and volume of goods crossing the Irish Sea compensated for weakness elsewhere.

A deal to sell Sleep.8, the international bed retail brand that has been rapidly expanding its store footprint in the U.K. and other markets, is almost complete.

Mattress and bedding brand Tempur brand will take its products to a wider profile of customer as it undertakes the largest international rollout in the company's history through 2023.

Kent bed maker Sleepeezee has diversified its product roster with the launch of a premium-pitched bedding line in partnership with Sleepsense International, the sleep accessories company.

James Keen, the chief executive of Hypnos Beds, has been elected to the board of the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), the trade association representing the interests of furniture makers.

Bed retailer MattressNextDay has begun selling Tempur branded goods for the first time as it embarks on a 2023 expansion programme, the South East ecommerce-led company has announced.

Leggett & Platt, the largest supplier of mattress springs to the U.K. bed industry and a bellwether for the sector, says European markets are now more secure after a rocky period when volumes declined last year.

An already-closed Edinburgh mattress retail company has been temporarily prevented from being struck off from the company register following an objection.

Yorkshire mattress springs and bed components manufacturer Spinks has secured an internationally-renowned accreditation for its pocket spring products.

Most bed makers who responded to the National Bed Federation's (NBF) latest State of Trade poll said a lack of orders is the biggest factor likely to limit output in the first half of 2023 with many supply chain challenges having now abated.

Martin Gill, the new managing director of Vispring, will continue to run the high-end bed maker's co-owned sister retail business, whose sales director is to have elevated responsibilities to provide support.

Jim Gerety is to retire as managing director at Vispring, the Devon bed manufacturer has announced. Operations director Chris Harrison is also retiring.

The value of mattress imports jumped by nearly a third in November as volume growth also returned for the first time since the summer of last year.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has launched this year's free multi-media marketing toolkit for bed retailers to download ahead of National Bed Month in March.

Airsprung says it is in the process of financially leveraging surplus land and buildings owned by the diversified beds and upholstery group at its Wiltshire headquarters.

Ecommerce-led beds retailer MattressNextDay recorded seven-figure profits for the second straight year in the lead up to a major investment in distribution and fulfilment, new figures reveal.

The principal U.K. subsidiary of global mattress innerspring maker Leggett & Platt (L&P) benefitted from higher sales and lower costs as it landed bumper profits, new accounts show.

The disposal and closure of one of its Kent stores helped bed retail chain Hamseys Sleep Centres cut bank borrowing and boost working capital last year.

Adjusted profits inched forward at West Yorkshire mattress manufacturer Highgrove Beds last year as single-digit sales growth and wider gross margin countered rising overheads.

A serial buyer of fashion and furniture retail companies has been confirmed as the new owner of ecommerce mattress and bed base retailer Crazy Price Beds in a deal brokered by restructuring advisors.

A third generation of family members has joined Ramsey Timber Group, the West Yorkshire timber component supplier to the U.K. bed industry, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The value of foam and sprung mattress imports into the U.K. declined at the start of the fourth quarter as the effects of price changes began to drop away.

Bed maker Sleepeezee says it has made further top line gains in 2022 so far while it has also agreed new finance facilities that give it an increased liquidity buffer.

A West Yorkshire mattress company has been compelled to change its corporate name following a legal challenge by one of the U.K.'s largest bed makers.

The manufacturing and import company behind the Bedmaster brand booked lower profits last year despite a rise in sales.

Direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress company Emma Sleep is being investigated by the U.K.'s antitrust regulator over concerns some of its online sales practices may have breached consumer law.

Spring maker Wolf Components will assemble its pocket units utilising polymer-based glue from the start of 2023 in a move it says will deliver significant recyclability improvements.

Top line growth and the benefits of earlier restructuring helped the Sweet Dreams beds and upholstery group record its smallest deficit in three years through 2021/22, new accounts show.

Burgess Beds, the Rossendale bed manufacturer bought in an insolvent buyout at the start of the pandemic, received renewed financial backing from one of its owners in the past year.

Emerging manufacturing markets helped mattress imports into the U.K. continue to rise in September despite weaker figures from more established sources.

Dreams says the launch of what it described as the U.K.'s first ever king size gaming bed has hit the spot with it selling twice as many as forecast within the first three weeks of its introduction.

Southampton bed manufacturer Millbrook has strengthened its senior leadership team with the appointment of Lee Pharoah as manufacturing manager.

Ecommerce giant Amazon lags only the beds market leader among shoppers searching for a new mattress according to new research commissioned by the National Bed Federation (NBF).

Tempur Sealy International says it is not seeing any signs of trade down among higher-end shoppers as it claimed market share gains against competitors.

Challenging market conditions and a strong dollar impacted the top and bottom lines at Tempur Sealy International, the world's largest bedding company, in the third quarter.

The head of bedding products at mattress springs and foam supplier Leggett & Platt (L&P) says the European market is facing more challenges than the U.S. having previously mirrored one another through the pandemic.

Adjusted earnings climbed for Britain's biggest bed maker in the year to January 29, 2022 but one-off charges related to the settlement of historic pension issues meant its deficit widened at the bottom line.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has begun a search for a successor to executive director Jessica Alexander, who is to scale back her duties with the organisation ahead of eventually retiring.

The Furniture Recycling Group (TFR Group) will grow its dismantling capacity to 1.5 million mattresses per year in England after securing an investment from Netherlands-based mattress recycling company RetourMatras.

Privately-owned Wiltshire mattress manufacturer Moonraker Beds booked six-figure profits for the fourth straight year in the 2021/22 period.

Pocket spring maker Wolf Components achieved a near double-digit net margin as revenue surged through 2021/22 and ahead of it investing in further expansion this summer.

Higher employee-related expenses countered the impact of rising sales and wider gross margin at Batley mattress maker Dura Beds last year as profits declined.

West Yorkshire supplier of mattress ticking and bed components registers smaller profits but margin improvement limits impact of £1.5 million revenue drop through 2021/22.

The sale of the business and assets of Stockport based textiles supplier J.T. Griffiths & Co has protected jobs and ensured continuity of supply, stakeholders in the process have said.

60 members of the furniture trade attended the Barker & Stonehouse annual golf day, which this year raised £12,000 for The Furniture Makers' Company, the furnishings industry charity.

Mattress imports jumped by more than a quarter despite a sharp fall in the value and volume of goods shipped to the U.K. from China, according to new trade data.

The U.K. arm of upmarket Swedish bed maker Hästens came closer to profit than at any time in the past decade last year as revenue growth returned.

Highly-regarded bed industry executive Mark Hughes is returning to the vacuum-packed mattress brand Breasley as sales director for the U.K. market. His appointment takes effect from November.

U.K. revenue reached record levels for mattress and bedding wholesale and retail business Tempur last year with it continuing to trade ahead in the early months of this year.

The U.K. arm of foam conglomerate Carpenter says input cost pressure led to "inevitable and necessary adjustments to selling prices" but they still weren't enough to stop profits here falling to £14.1 million.

The CEO of Simba Sleep says the mattress and bedding company recorded a big jump in U.K. EBITDA after 60 percent sales growth here last year.

A historic North West mattress ticking and upholstery fabrics wholesaler has been placed into the hands of restructuring advisors after weeks spent trying to restructure the company.

The second iteration of erstwhile South East beds retail chain Warren Evans recorded six-figure profits in the second full year since it launched in 2019.

More mattresses are being recycled than ever before but the slow pace of change means the National Bed Federation (NBF) says it will likely miss a key target without significant intervention in the form of an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme.

More than 50 jobs have been lost after a privately-owned mattress manufacturer folded earlier this month leaving debts of a little over £2 million.

Private equity backed foam supplier Vita Group has revealed it invested tens of millions of pounds acquiring mattress maker Usleep from the Belfield Group last year.

The sales director of Recticel's comfort foam business in the U.K. has left the business to head up the bedding division of one of its major rivals.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) named the winners of its 2022 Bed Industry Awards on Tuesday night with both Dreams and Glasswells two-time winners among 11 awards handed out in all.

A complaint to the U.K. advertising watchdog by German mattress company Emma has resulted in a rebuke for rival Simba Sleep regarding a price promotion it ran on its website.

Direct-to-consumer mattress and sleep ancillary products brand Eve Sleep says it will take the appropriate steps to preserve value for creditors if further funding or a firm offer to buy the business is not received soon.

A share buyback concentrated the ownership structure of the North Wales manufacturing and retail group behind the Adjustamatic beds and upholstery brand last year.

Nine straight months of value growth mean foam and sprung mattress imports have broken through the £100 million barrier at an all-time earliest point in the year.

Carpe Diem Beds, the Hilding Anders-owned Swedish bed brand, is expanding into the U.K. wholesale market as part of plans to increase its footprint in the British retail sector.

Half-year revenue was close to flat in Europe for the bedding giant behind the Mlily brand as global growth slowed after a double-digit uplift in the first quarter.

The circa £40 million retail business behind the Beds.co.uk ecommerce website is exploring diversifying into other home products beyond the bedroom.

Higher prices saw the U.K. arm of Recticel achieve its widest gross margin in four years on the way to booking record sales and profits in 2021.

Mattress distributor DBC International has signed a partnership deal with Adova that sees it become the exclusive distributor of Simmons' Generation and Beautyrest collections in the Netherlands and Flanders.

Profits reached their highest level in five years for the East of England manufacturing group behind brands such as The Old English Bed Company and Mattison Contract Beds in 2021/22.

Recticel says the disposal of the business unit taking in its comfort foam activities serving U.K. mattress, sofa and direct-to-consumer brands will be delayed, possibly until the first quarter of 2023.

National retailer Furniture Village has introduced The Yorkshire Collection, a programme of nine mattresses and seven divan bases from Leeds bed maker Harrison Spinks.

National retailer Bensons for Beds has launched its first collection of high-end mattresses from bed maker Hypnos as it looks to broaden its offer for higher-spending customers.

Millbrook Beds has agreed a three-year contract for Meachers Global Logistics to fully manage and operate its U.K. transport network on an exclusive basis.

The value of mattress imports into Britain climbed for the eighth month straight in June but the figures belie a downturn in volumes since the late spring.

Pan-European retail group Beter Bed Holding is mulling the launch of a new bedding brand as part of its plan to build a nine-figure Internet business within three years.

Stoke bedding and upholstery components supplier Handy has secured a deal with an Italian partner that will see it offer customers fully-computerised foam cutting machinery on an exclusive basis.

The owner of the Premier Inn hotel chain has appointed Silentnight as its official bed supplier in a contract win that will add millions of pounds of turnover to what is already the U.K.'s largest mattress manufacturer.

National retailer Bensons for Beds has raised £21,370 to help 100 children get a better night's sleep. It is part of a longstanding partnership with Absolute Radio's Cash for Kids charity.

The National Bed Federation (NBF), the trade association for U.K. bed manufacturers and their suppliers, has appointed Tom Williams as its new sustainability and circular economy lead.

West Yorkshire mattress components supplier BC Springs built cash and stock through 2021/22 in a period that also saw the business deleverage.

Value of investments rise for owners of West Yorkshire memory foam mattress and bedding company.

Direct-to-consumer and wholesale company Simba Sleep has launched the Simba Green Organic Go mattress, which it says is a lower impact product with half the carbon emissions of a traditional hybrid mattress.

Restructuring advisors say one of the U.K.'s largest regional bed retailers is keeping to the revised terms of a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) originally agreed with creditors back in 2018.

West Midlands beds and upholstered furniture manufacturer Furmanac Group has appointed an experienced manufacturing executive as its new production director.



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