Industry trade association the National Bed Federation (NBF) has revealed the finalists for the three retail categories of its annual Bed Industry Awards, with the winners to be announced next month.

Foam and sprung mattress imports were up by a third year-on-year in the six months to June, buoyed by arrivals from China and Poland.

Paul Little, one of the best-known executives in the U.K. bed manufacturing industry, has joined Wiltshire's Airsprung Group as commercial director for its Airsprung Beds division.

Harrison Spinks is launching in North America with an eight-strong collection of beds. It has already signed up its first U.S. customer for the new programme.

Experienced home appliance executive Gareth Berry has joined the Silentnight group, Britain's largest bed manufacturer, as chief operating officer.

Historic bed manufacturer Relyon has disclosed the full ownership makeup of the business for the first time, with the man who led the summer 2020 buyout holding a majority shareholding.

Burnley bed maker Sweet Dreams has paid tribute to its customers as it retained its title as Best Bed Manufacturer (Value) in the Interiors Monthly annual awards.

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has handed KPMG and one of its former partners heavy fines and severe reprimands for their conduct in relation to work ahead of the prepack sale of Silentnight to investment firm H.I.G. in May 2011.

Regional beds retailer Mattressman has kept to the revised terms of a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) agreed with creditors three years ago, according to a third annual report from restructuring advisors.

Harrison Spinks, the family-owned Leeds beds and components manufacturer, has promoted Chris Townsley to operations director for its beds division.

Leggett & Platt (L&P), the global components conglomerate, says the acquisition of Irish foam and beds group Kayfoam Woolfson will be a benefit for its customers across Europe.

Dreams, Britain's largest beds retailer, is now officially part of Tempur Sealy International, the world's biggest bedding company announced Monday night.

Regulators have approved the takeover of Britain's largest bed specialist Dreams by Tempur Sealy International (TSI) with completion of the deal now just days away.

The CEO of foam company Recticel said it is difficult to predict when raw material challenges will normalise and cautioned customers that this may yet result in further price increases.

GNG Group, the West Yorkshire maker and supplier of foam-based products, has launched its first ever line of carbon neutral certified mattresses.

Simba Sleep said it was profitable at the EBITDA line for the fifth straight quarter as it reported accelerating sales growth amid the easing of store restrictions in the three months to end June.

Feather & Black has showcased the inside of its first new store since Dreams acquired the brand and its Internet operation last year. It says two more will follow before the year is out.

Revenue declined at Harrison Spinks in 2019/20 amid the impact of the pandemic but the Leeds mattress and components manufacturing group continued to generate cash and remain profitable.

Revenue in the U.K. and Ireland jumped by almost a fifth for direct-to-consumer mattress company Eve Sleep in the first half of 2021, with the business also investing in stock.

South Yorkshire bed company Aspire Furniture has taken a large warehouse near Leeds as it puts in place the foundations for planned growth over the next few years.

Foam and sprung mattress imports jumped 90 percent on 2020, new figures show, with the total for the year to date now almost matching comparable data for 2019.

Visitors are now able to register to attend the 2021 Bed Show, the National Bed Federation has announced.

Retailers have fewer than three weeks to enter the National Bed Federation's (NBF) annual Bed Industry Awards, which are scheduled to return in a physical format at the Bed Show later this year.

Consumer home show Grand Designs Live will this autumn host The Great Sleep Quality Experiment 2021 — where major bed brands will showcase their products in what has been described as the U.K.'s biggest blind mattress test.

Bensons for Beds said its decision to grow the headcount at its Huntingdon factory by 13 percent is a response to rising demand, with the retailer and manufacturer concurrently adding more warehouse capacity.

Britain's bed industry will be required to demonstrate how it will handle product recalls as a result of the latest update to the National Bed Federation's (NBF) Code of Practice.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds has relocated its Stockport store, having previously traded from a unit co-located with its former sister furniture chain Harveys.

Dreams, the U.K.'s largest bed specialist, has formally launched its dedicated ecommerce brand Sleep and Snooze, saying it will be distinct from its core business.

Tempur Sealy International (TSI) and Leggett & Platt (L&P) both have long track records in the U.K. bedding market but their importance will be elevated further following deals for Dreams and Kayfoam Woolfson respectively.

Leeds direct-to-consumer mattress brand Otty Sleep achieved its first full year profitability milestone last year on the back of improved marketing efficiency. But it said stock shortages impacted delivered turnover.

Bed manufacturer Harrison Spinks has donated dozens of mattresses and divan bases to a pioneering new development in its home city that will positively support homeless people as they move back into communities.

Ecommerce bed retailer Mattress Online enjoyed exponential sales and profits growth in the past year and is to up its bricks-and-mortar presence with a store opening programme.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has told the Government a sector-specific Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme will work better than adopting a one-size fits all approach in its response to a consultation that will have widespread consequences for the furniture sector.

U.K. tax authorities have refunded just over £1 million in VAT as restructuring advisors continue to work on the estate of the predecessor company to Silentnight, whose business and assets were sold in a prepack deal ten years ago.

April saw another eight-figure shipment of mattresses arrive at U.K. ports but the total in the year-to-date remains lower than in comparable periods.

Mattress supplier Mammoth has backed the Pickstar Rugby Players Association 2021 Awards by sponsoring the England Men’s Player of the Year category.

Dreams launched its new advertising campaign in partnership with the British Olympic Association (BOA) and British Paralympic Association (BPA) on Monday ahead of the Olympics and Paralympic Games this summer.

Britain's bed industry is ready to move forward, says the National Bed Federation, which at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) vowed to continue to put sustainability at the heart of its activity.

U.S. bedding and components conglomerate Leggett & Platt has acquired Kayfoam Woolfson, the Ireland based foam producer and bed manufacturer behind brands including Kaymed.

The newly-formed enterprise that emerged from the ashes of a regional beds chain in the North East of England has made a positive start, new figures show.

A West Yorkshire mattress, bed and headboard maker will begin taking new orders again from Friday as it recovers from its factory being partially destroyed by a fire earlier this year.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's largest bedding producer, has chosen a 130-acre site at Crawfordsville, Indiana as the location for a previously-announced domestic foam-pouring factory.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has announced the categories for its 12th annual industry awards, including a new category — the NBF Retail Champion of the Year.

The owner of the M Line mattress wholesale brand that was once ubiquitous across British retail parks is launching a new bed subscription service in the hope of generating lifetime relationships with customers.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's biggest bed company, has agreed to acquire U.K. bed specialist Dreams in a takeover worth an expected £340 million.

Dewsbury guest bed, mattress and sofabed maker Jay-Be said it had a solid year in 2019–20 thanks to the can-do attitude of its colleagues. It added that it is on track to deliver a record top line this year.

Direct-to-consumer mattress brand Simba Sleep says it enjoyed a record first quarter while one of its private equity backers has exercised an option to invest further funds that will be used to expand internationally.

A series of newly-formed entities signpost the biggest change in Silentnight's structure since H.I.G., the U.S. investment group, took control of the bed manufacturer a decade ago.

Silentnight joint group md Neil Anderson is to become chief executive at the U.K.'s biggest bed maker with the company's executive chairman one of two senior figures who are stepping down.

Year-on-year foam and sprung mattress imports rose 11 percent in the first quarter of 2021 on higher shipments from Turkey and China. They remain down on a two-year basis.

The company behind the Beds.co.uk ecommerce website trebled profits on a big jump in sales in the period leading up to the pandemic hitting U.K. shores.

Britain's bed industry is warning of further prices rises and extended lead times as it grapples continued cost pressures and reduced availability of raw materials, says the National Bed Federation (NBF).

North West mattress maker and foam converter Comfortex maintained its circa mid-single digit net margin in 2019–20 despite the impact of the pandemic.

A switch to manufacturing personal protective equipment for the NHS was among the factors helping mitigate the impact of customer store closures during the pandemic for bed manufacturer Millbrook.

A majority of online bed buyers would prefer to return to shopping in store for their next mattress, according to consumers polled by The National Bed Federation (NBF).

The Spanish owner of bed maker Vispring and bedroom retailer And So To Bed has adjusted the ownership structure of its U.K. bedding interests.

Online sales and the unleashing of pent-up consumer demand helped keep a lid on the order decline at high-end bed maker Vispring last year.

Sales in the U.K. have benefitted from pent-up demand in the three weeks since stores reopened according to the CEO of Tempur Sealy International, the world's largest bedding business.

Widening its network of suppliers and rationalising some raw material products has helped Hypnos steer a course through supply chain challenges, the company has said in just-filed accounts.

Batley bed maker Apollo Beds bolstered its balance sheet after landing an increase in profits in the period taking in the first few months of the pandemic.

Mattress retail and wholesale brand Emma - The Sleep Company says U.K. sales almost doubled in the first quarter as it continued to benefit from competitor withdrawal.

Savoir Beds, the prestige bed manufacturer and retailer, is this week opening a new flagship showroom in the heart of Mayfair, London.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) is hosting and streaming regular video podcasts online as it looks to harness the expertise of leading industry professionals across the mattress sector.

Foam and sprung mattress imports into Britain climbed for the third straight month in February and have now trended lower only once in the past six reported periods.

Keen & Toms Holdings, parent to bed maker Hypnos and bed delivery company Keen & Able, cut its net loss in half in 2019–20, a year it described as challenging but with many sustainable accolades.

The biggest challenge for bed manufacturers is not demand, but how to fulfil it and make a profit in the process, according to new data from the National Bed Federation (NBF).

Bed manufacturer Burgess Bedding and pocket spring maker Wolf Components have joined the National Bed Federation (NBF), the trade association has announced.

Kent bed manufacturer Sleepeezee has launched a spring price promotion for National Health Service (NHS) staff running throughout April.

A small mattress business in West Yorkshire has changed its company name following an objection from Belgian bedding and components company Latexco NV.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has launched Associate Supplier Membership, a new category aimed at suppliers of component parts and services to bed manufacturers and retailers.

North East bed manufacturer Palatine Beds enjoyed positive trading in 2019–20 after it completed the delivery of a large-scale contract.

Direct-to-consumer brand Emma - The Mattress Company has added more bed industry knowhow to its UK. and Ireland sales force as it looks to build a larger wholesale presence on the shop floors of key retailers.

Gomersal mattress, bed and upholstered headboard maker MA Living has has acquired additional business space in nearby Leeds ahead of anticipated growth.

Sweet Dreams says actions to mitigate the impact of reduced consumer confidence as a result of Brexit and the loss of sales to Bensons for Beds have yielded a positive impact. It has also helped it deal with the pandemic, it said.

Mattress and sleep brand Mammoth and the British Athletes Commission (BAC) have extended their long-running partnership for an additional year.

Burnley bed manufacturer Sweet Dreams has appointed Bradley Ravenscroft as its agent for the West Midlands.

Direct-to-consumer mattress and sleep company Eve Sleep cut losses and was cashflow neutral for the first time in its history as market tailwinds accelerated its turnaround last year.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) is to talk to parents and professionals working with children and young people in the Lincolnshire area as part of an online conference organised by The Sleep Charity.

Dreams, the U.K.'s largest beds retailer, has added the Sleep and Snooze brand to an expanding roster that already includes its core offer and the premium-pitched Feather & Black business.

Rises from both inside the E.U. and out powered an increase in foam and sprung mattress imports in January, according to new figures.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds has donated £34,810 to Mind, the mental health charity, as a result of sales of the Rollo by Slumberland rollup mattress over the winter period.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's largest bedding producer, plans to extend the maturity profile of its long term debt with a new $800 million (£572m) senior notes offering.

Carpetright is testing two separate mattress and beds formats across 20 of its stores nationwide and online. It includes a revamped Sleepright proposition and a new retail brand concept called MattressStoreU.K.

Kent bed maker Sleepeezee has donated £18,000 to The Children's Hospital Charity in Sheffield, part of its commitment to share a cut of all sales from its Jessica mattress.

Ecommerce retailer MattressOnline recorded double-digit revenue growth and higher profits last year and said its inventory strategy helped it navigate the supply chain challenges thrown at it by the pandemic.

Italian mattress and sleep brand Dormeo continued to build momentum at its U.K. business last year saying the Covid situation has worked in its favour.

H.I.G., the U.S. headquartered investment group that bought Britain's biggest bed maker Silentnight a decade ago, has agreed a £25 million settlement with The Pensions Regulator (TPR).

Recticel, the Belgian foam conglomerate, has begun plans to offload its dedicated finished bedding manufacturing business following a strategic review.

Steve Warren has become sole managing director at heritage U.K. bed maker Sleepeezee with Howard Wilson having decided to take the first steps towards retirement after 45 years in the mattress industry.

Almost all U.K. bed manufacturers have already or will soon pass on rising input costs to retailers, according to a new poll by the National Bed Federation (NBF).

History could view the pandemic as the moment that sustainability issues went beyond awareness to actually influencing consumer decision-making, says a company at the vanguard of the circular beds economy.

A 650 basis point improvement in gross margin helped counter the impact of lower revenue at comfort foam supplier Carpenter in the period leading up to the pandemic.

David Fletcher has joined diversified Wakefield based manufacturer GNG Group as key accounts director for its beds division, including its Komfi brand.

West Yorkshire bed manufacturer Duvalay has strengthened its senior leadership team with appointments that bolster its family-owned and run credentials.

The chairman of Harrison Spinks says the pandemic has accelerated the bed maker's pace of innovation with it having launched a product at "hyper speed" when it was forced to close last March.

A rush of imports in the final quarter meant Britain brought more foreign-made mattresses into the U.K. for the seventh year in a row in 2020.

Shares in direct-to-consumer brand Eve Sleep reached their highest level since July 2019 after a tie-up between the mattress and ancillary products company and a wellness cannabis distributor was revealed.

Profits fell at Silentnight last year as the U.K.'s largest bed manufacturer incurred higher costs including one-off legal expenses, a sign that its legacy pension challenges may be reaching a conclusion.

Britain's biggest bed maker Silentnight has confirmed that all bar one of the retail showrooms it has launched in the past three years will not reopen once restrictions are eased.

Dreams, Britain's largest beds retailer, is pushing ahead with store expansion including stores in North West and North East England.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has developed a "bomb-proof" marketing pack to support retailers' efforts to promote sales during National Bed Month in March, irrespective of whether stores are open or closed.

Historic bed maker Sleepeezee is to issue a legal challenge to a trademark application made by a West Yorkshire rival.

Mattress and foam products maker GNG Group has taken delivery of new automated machinery for its beds division in a move that ramps up its production capacity.

Privately-owned retailer Sussex Beds will open its eleventh store this spring and continues to lay the groundwork for expanded distribution across the South East of England.

Direct-to-consumer brand Emma - The Sleep Company says its recently signposted new smart mattress featuring artificial intelligence technology will arrive on U.K. shores this year.

The National Bed Federation (NBF), the trade association representing U.K. bed manufacturers, has announced four key hires to its 12-strong marketing committee.

Direct-to-consumer mattress company Eve Sleep has appointed logistics expert and longtime retailer Masood Choudhry as independent non-executive director.

Hypnos, the Buckinghamshire based bed maker, has further bolstered its sustainability credentials with The Planet Mark - Carbon Neutral certification.

Heritage bed maker Relyon returned to private ownership last summer and the restructuring advisor that handled the sale has disclosed takeover terms for the first time. But whether they clarify or confuse is a moot point.

GNG Group, the West Yorkshire maker of mattresses and other performance foam products for sectors ranging from sports to healthcare, has promoted Darren Potterton to group managing director.

Direct-to-consumer brand Emma - The Sleep Company is to stretch its price architecture with a new smart mattress programme set to retail for upwards of £2,000. It follows exponential growth last year that saw the business reach revenue of €405 million worldwide.

Consumers pivoting to ecommerce last year boosted U.K. revenue and profitability for the company behind the DreamCloud and Nectar Sleep mattress brands.

The value of foam and sprung mattress imports into the U.K. slumped in November, arresting a two-month return to growth across the combined categories.

Factory investment didn't immediately yield the expected jump in sales for Dura Beds, according to just-filed accounts for the Batley mattress maker in the period leading up to the pandemic.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has confirmed plans for its eleventh Bed Show, due to take place September 21–22, 2021 at the Telford International Centre.

Bankers, employees and the mattress supply chain were owed most after the insolvency of Blackburn supplier Icon Designs, which folded late 2020 after seeing a substantial reduction in trade in the period leading up to its collapse.

The Disciplinary Tribunal that heard The Financial Reporting Council's (FRC) complaint against a restructuring adviser accused of misconduct ahead of the sale of bed maker Silentnight a decade ago should deliver its verdict no later than early spring.

Profits jumped five-fold for West Yorkshire bed maker Highgrove ahead of the pandemic despite the company's 15-year run of rising sales coming to an end.

Newly-created role sees experienced retailer join Kent bed maker, which has also renewed Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill as its brand ambassador for another year.

Sleepeezee remained profitable at the EBITDA line in 2020 and would have achieved a second straight year of double-digit top line growth but for the pandemic, the company says.

The CEO of Simba Sleep says sales growth accelerated profitably in the second half of last year as the direct-to-consumer mattress company looked to build on a year of consolidation in 2019 that saw it cut losses and cash burn.

Bensons for Beds, the national beds retailer, has written to legislators across Great Britain offering up all its stores as vaccination centres.

The onset of the pandemic eroded the benefits of stronger earlier trading at Airsprung as the beds and upholstery group reported a bigger loss on lower revenue last year. It said it had found cost savings and improvement in the period since.

The restructuring advisor handling the liquidation of mattress maker Icon Designs says the North West company's problems mounted over an extended period of time. Across the Pennines, another small bed manufacturer has filed for insolvency.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds is increasing its capacity for virtual customer appointments after more of its stores were forced to close as a result of anti-Covid restrictions.

British consumers and importers are on track to buy up more China-made mattresses than ever before in 2020 despite the pandemic holding back goods from almost all other countries.

Mansion House Bedding Group, the Suffolk based bed manufacturer, entered the pandemic with no bank debt after robust cashflow enabled it to deleverage.

The md of Savoir Beds, the ultra high-end manufacturer and retailer, says its dealers in the Far East delivered an improved performance this year but sales have fallen overall as footfall declined in the world's great metropolitan cities because of the pandemic.

The National Bed Federation (NBF), the body representing U.K. bed manufacturers, has launched The Suppliers Council, which will focus on the interests of the association's component supplier and support services membership.

Mattress and pillow company Tempur is to sponsor women’s road cycling team DROPS Le Col for the 2021 season.

There will be no immediate end to foam supply issues for U.K. sofa and mattress makers, with rising prices and product allocation continuing to bedevil the industry. The credibility of of PU materials is at risk, according to a leading trade body.

The company behind the Nectar Sleep and DreamCloud direct-to-consumer (DTC) mattress brands is to diversify into bedding with a new brand and product launch planned here for next month.

Neil Robinson, the longtime Sealy U.K. sales and marketing director, has joined Emma - The Sleep Company with a brief to strengthen the mattress brand's store presence with third-party retailers.

Millbrook Beds and Eclipse International have agreed a joint venture that will see products from the British company's brand rolled out across the U.S. as well as a new mattress programme sold in the U.K.

Liquidators were appointed to the trading arm of foam mattress production company Icon Designs late last month.

Britain's largest bed manufacturer Silentnight Group has given two of its directors an expanded brief following the departure of key executives.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds has begun a trial delivering goods with all-electric vehicles as it sets in motion more of its plan to become a net zero emissions retailer by 2040.

Pete Walker, who co-founded Breasley Pillows and was instrumental in building it into one of the largest suppliers in the U.K. bedding industry, has died.

Britain's bed makers have a big opportunity ahead of them in the rush to develop sustainable products but have been warned consumers will see through non-science based claims.

Emma The Sleep Company says it achieved sales of €23 million worldwide over its four-day Black Weekend promotion, a rise of 156 percent compared with the same period last year.

Exports helped high-margin, premium-pitched bed maker Vispring posts its first top line growth in three years in 2019. And So To Bed, its co-owned sister business, also found growth.

Dreams, already the official sleep partner to the TeamGB Olympic team, has agreed an additional tie-up with ParalympicsGB ahead of the rescheduled Paralympic games next summer.

Direct-to-consumer company Eve Sleep said it sold a mattress every three minutes on Black Friday as trading momentum since the autumn continued at elevated levels.

Bed manufacturing conglomerate Hilding Anders has appointed Jason Forbes to lead a major direct-to-consumer push including the creation of an 80-strong ecommerce and digital team.

Hypnos has co-developed a new eco-packaging solution and wants other companies across the furniture and bed industries to adopt it too.

Bed industry executive has spent the past decade in the industry, with Hypnos and Silentnight.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has named the seven winners of its 2020 Bed Industry Awards during a live-streamed YouTube ceremony earlier today (Nov. 26, 2020).

Output soared as the Chinese mattress and foam conglomerate behind the Mlily brand near doubled sales in the three months to end September.

Stanley Pauley, the longtime leader and majority shareholder of foam conglomerate Carpenter Co, has died aged 93, the company has announced.

The National Bed Federation (NBF), the trade association representing the interests of U.K. bed manufacturers, will later today announce the winners of its 2020–21 awards.



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