Upholstered furniture vertical Sofa.com has launched a capsule collection of sofas covered in fabrics borne out of a collaboration with the William Morris At Home brand.

Upholstery manufacturer Whitemeadow Furniture has again become a corporate member of The Furniture Makers' Company (TFMC), the industry charity and livery company.

Litigation funders are preparing a winding up petition against the private furniture investment company of one-time Wesley Barrell and Collins and Hayes (C&H) owner Ayiaz Ahmed.

Classic recliners were a "major success" for upholstery brand Stressless as its U.K. and Ireland business recovered in the fourth quarter of last year, parent company Ekornes said on Monday.

Imports of sofas and sofabeds declined for the first time in three years in 2023 but still remained at the second-highest ever level. Volumes were only fractionally lower than the previous year.

Upholstered furniture fabrics supplier Mobus has promoted Sam Thornber from sales manager to sales director.

Kellie Oliver has become managing director of import/export at upholstery group TCM Living in an expanded role that now also includes responsibility for its Alexander & James and James Alexander business units.

Upholstery market leader DFS has revealed it had more than £96 million of available liquidity heading into the final days of winter after positive cashflow in the past four months.

Dudgeon Sofas, the high-end London upholstered furniture manufacturer, recorded a small loss in the period that saw it sell a further stake in the company to the Halo/Timothy Oulton group.

The high-end upholstered furniture manufacturer and retailer that took over the former Heal's store in Brighton hopes it will have a galvanising effect on both revenue and potential investment.

Profits declined for upholstery vertical Sofa.com last year as demand for its products abated amid a tough macro-economic backdrop and the cost-of-living crisis.

Vertically-integrated upholstered furniture manufacturer Andrew Paul has posted its first full-disclosure accounts, confirming its status as Long Eaton's largest remaining independent sofa maker supplying the retail market.

Fibreline, the privately-owned upholstery fillings and cushion manufacturer, has begun work on its long-awaited warehouse expansion as it responds to elevated demand from U.K. sofa makers.

Pan-European upholstered furniture retailer and wholesaler Sofacompany said a loss of earnings and revenue last year was partially the result of the collapse of Made.com, its largest B2B customer.

The new owner of ScS is to cut a cheque for each of the last remaining exiting shareholders after the take-private deal for the U.K.'s second largest upholstered furniture retailer cleared another administrative hurdle on Tuesday.

Upholstery and cabinet wholesale and manufacturing group Actona says furniture sales volumes across Europe fell sharply last year, putting its own revenue and profits under elevated pressure.

Andrew Martin International, the London based retail and wholesale company, has relaunched its designer sofas and chairs programme and invested in increased production capacity at its U.K. upholstery factory.

Man Wah Holdings, the world's largest recliner manufacturer, has resumed its share buyback programme in a bid to improve returns for shareholders.

Upholstered furniture conglomerate La-Z-Boy Incorporated has appointed ADA, Austria's largest sofa producer, as its licensee for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia and Serbia.

A legal row over who owned the intellectual property rights and brand of Maker&Son following its pandemic-era travails was last year settled, staving off an expensive High Court battle.

Upholstery retailer Sofas & Stuff has reaffirmed its manufacturing commitment by becoming a member of British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), the trade association.

October saw a first rise in sofa imports in 11 months but it was quickly followed by a return of the negative trend in November, according to new figures.

Sales and profits reached all-time highs for the third straight year at sofa maker Ashwood Designs ahead of the South Wales company being sold to outside investors last summer.

A Chinese upholstery producer with sales equivalent to £79 million that sells into furniture markets worldwide including the U.K. and Ireland is planning to build a new factory in Vietnam.

Ekornes, the upholstery, furniture and beds group behind the Stressless, Svane and IMG brands, is to make a series of temporary redundancies in its native Norway in response to challenging market conditions.

Ashwood Designs has promoted Darren Baird to managing director in a move that co-founder Richard Smart described as the next chapter in building a new executive management team following the sale of the business last year.

Motion upholstery giant La-Z-Boy plans to reorganise the corporate structure of its U.K.-based activities in a move that will streamline its operations here and further improve its trading results.

Inaugural full-disclosure accounts confirm West Midlands based Alpha Designs Upholstery to be among the largest owner-operated sofa manufacturers in the country.

Italian upholstered furniture giant Natuzzi plans to remain master tenant of its High Point property despite plans to sell the iconic building, senior executives have said.

The leadership team at Long Eaton sofa supplier Siren Furniture have taken a step closer to paying off the outstanding takeover consideration following its management buyout two and a half years ago.

West Yorkshire upholstered furniture manufacturer Sherborne says it is budgeting for a further decline in sales through 2023/24 with expectations for future trading levels to be lower than in its just-reported financial year.

Upholstered furniture imports into the U.K. climbed for the first time in 11 months in October, propelled by trade with Italian and Chinese producers. Imports from Poland continued to lag year-earlier levels.

The decision to absorb rising raw material and labour costs saw La-Z-Boy's wholly-owned U.K. manufacturing company slip to a loss last year, but cash generation was strong and underlying sales were up double-digit.

Ross Fabrics, a key cog in the U.K. sofa manufacturing supply chain, said volumes returned to pre-Covid levels in the year to end March, adding that the cost-of-living crisis was starting to have an impact towards the end of the period.

The West Midlands manufacturing group behind contract seating brands Boss Design, Jack Cartwright and Lyndon Design booked higher profits through 2022/23 but says repeating the feat will be trickier in the new financial year.

Upholstery and curtain fabrics wholesaler Fryetts said it continued to perform well through 2022/23 despite the recent economic uncertainty, with net margins remaining in double-digit percentages.

Polish sofa manufacturer Tessa Group has taken a significant minority stake in Sofa Club, the fast-expanding upholstered furniture retailer that sells online and through lounges in major U.K. shopping centres.

Experienced furniture industry executive Bo Simonsen has become group sales director at The Sofa & Chair Company, the London based upholstered furniture manufacturer and retailer.

The carve-up of the adjustable furniture retail group that until earlier this year traded as Middletons and Oak Tree Mobility has led to improved profitability and a better-equipped platform for growth, its owner has said.

A Worcester company incorporated at the turn of the year has been formally told to change its name at the behest of La-Z-Boy Manufacturing U.K., the Lancashire manufacturing arm of U.S. upholstered furniture brand La-Z-Boy.

The chief executive of Natuzzi has detailed other assets that the Italian sofa maker and retailer might consider selling to raise cash, in addition to its iconic High Point building.

Incanto Group, once one of the largest upholstery suppliers to the U.K. market, will bring its Sofitalia brand back to these shores for the first time in ten years in early 2024.

Natuzzi said it did not deliver enough revenue to break even in the third quarter as it lapped an exceptional period last year and endured weak macro economic conditions in markets worldwide.

Output declined double-digit through 2022/23 for Flameproofings, a market leader in the supply of flame retardant fabric coatings for the upholstered furniture industry.

A small West Yorkshire manufacturer of modular sofas and upholstered bed frames has been placed into liquidation within eight months of an ownership change.

JPL Upholstery, a circa £5 million turnover recliner and sofa maker that was producing three models for one of the country's largest furniture retailers, has been placed into liquidation.

Flexlux, the modern chair and sofa brand from Danish upholstery producer Theca, will enjoy its largest U.K. retail trade audience yet when its makes its January Furniture Show debut early next year.

A fourth West Midlands upholstery company managed by former suppliers to Walmsley's has entered insolvency, leaving creditors owed the thick end of £1 million.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Man Wah Holdings has confirmed it plans to appeal a judge's ruling in the U.S. that it should pay damages to a former supplier after an intellectual property (I.P.) dispute.

U.K. and Ireland revenue almost halved for the owner of the Stressless and IMG upholstered furniture brands in what proved a challenging third quarter.

Upholstered furniture imports into the U.K. continued to trend down in September as they lapped record levels of trade last year.

Near £1 million gain for the Cradley Heath supplier to U.K. upholstered furniture manufacturers and re-upholsterers.

Man Wah Holdings, the Hong Kong listed upholstered furniture conglomerate, booked higher first half profits despite revenue continuing to slide on the back of weaker trade with its biggest export market.

A summer softening in demand impacted third quarter revenue at the upholstered furniture group behind Alstons, Ashley Manor, AMX Design and Alexander & James, but margin expansion mitigated the effect on earnings.

The Manchester upholstered furniture manufacturer behind brands including The English Sofa Company and The Chesterfield Company paid down debt last year as it continued to register six-figure profits.

Upholstery market leader DFS is expanding its store footprint in the capital after agreeing to take over a former Argos unit.

The scion of a Chinese domestic appliance conglomerate is to acquire a controlling stake in Jason Furniture (Hangzhou) Co, one of the world's largest upholstery producers and a major white-label sofa source for large U.K. retailers.

London based upholstered furniture manufacturer and retailer The Sofa & Chair Co has so far kept to the terms of a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) agreed with HM Revenue & Customs and other creditors a year ago. It follows the finding of cost savings and space consolidation.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Buoyant has bolstered its design and development team with two key hires arriving from rival sofa companies.

Next's wholly-owned South Yorkshire sofa factory has registered its highest output since the general merchandise giant first started the endeavour seven years ago.

Upholstery and furnishings group Belfield said strong credit control helped narrow its operating cash burn last year in a period where the industry-wide chronic shortage of foam led to production disruption and inefficiencies.

Westbridge says the closure of one of its North Wales factories earlier this summer will bring operational benefits as the Belfield-owned sofa maker looks to bounce back from a challenging 2022.

Revenue reached its highest level since the credit crunch for Tetrad last year, but rising costs weighed on the bottom line.

Raft will officially open the doors to its first designer furniture outlet on Saturday morning (Nov. 4, 2023), the upholstery vertical and cabinet retailer has announced.

Expanding upholstery brand Swyft reversed seven-figure losses to wash its face through 2022/23 as it benefitted from sales growth, a debt-for-equity swap, and a restructured cost base.

Upholstery manufacturer and distributor TCM Living has appointed Andy Kennaugh as group chief executive with immediate effect.

Market leader DFS has added to its branded upholstery programme with the launch of a new line of sofas and chairs under the iconic Ted Baker label across selected stores and online.

The chairman of TCM Corporation, majority owner of U.K. upholstery group TCM Living, says the company remains in the market for more takeovers, including from outside the sofa sector.

Pimol Srivikorn, chairman and major shareholder in TCM Living, says it is time the industry heard about the takeovers of two of the U.K.'s largest sofa makers "from the horse's mouth." As well as telling us what is coming next.....

Asset disposal specialists have begun a six-day sell-off of manufacturing equipment following the planned closure of the smallest production facility of a major upholstery vertical.

Rachael Nevins has decided to leave Belfield due to personal circumstances after a year as chief executive at the upholstery and furnishings group. Chief operating officer Tom Prestwich has become group md with immediate effect.

Jonathan Fearn has left his post as chief executive of TCM Living, the upholstery group behind the Alexander & James, Alstons, AMX Design and Ashley Manor businesses.

Upholstery manufacturer and distributor La-Z-Boy U.K. has promoted Tristan Pyke from sales director to managing director.

Sofas & Stuff established its own manufacturing facility last year in a period in which the upholstery retailer booked record revenue and made seven-figure investments.

The management-owned rise and recline chair manufacturer behind the Recliners brand bolstered its balance sheet with high six-figure profits last year.

Revenue climbed to record levels for the second straight year at Colchester upholstered furniture manufacturer Alstons in 2022.

Stressless owner Ekornes delivered record revenue in the U.K. and Ireland last year, breaking a landmark that had stood for the upholstery giant since 2011.

Sofa imports declined for a ninth straight month in August primarily as a result of weaker trade with European partners including Poland, Italy and Romania.

Profits declined but remained class-leading at global fabrics giant Romo last year ahead of a transaction that saw of one of the founder's great-grandsons buy out another.

Stakeholders seeking to reshape the U.K.'s furniture fire regulations have a diminishing window in which to influence change, with a Government consultation due to close in under two weeks.

Profits returned for TCM Living group last year on the back of sales growth, a strong performance from its Alstons business unit, and the disposal of Arlo & Jacob.

Emerging branded upholstery and furniture specialist Designer Sofas has opened its previously-signposted new Fosse Park store as it continues its national showroom buildout.

A major Chinese upholstered furniture producer that once owned a 22-store U.K. furniture chain is to invest in land in Cambodia as part of plans to shift part of its production from its homeland.

West Midlands sofa manufacturer Ashley Manor Upholstery more than halved its net loss last year after a large reduction in sales costs.

Upholstered furniture vertical Sofa.com has reached out to apologise and reassure customers amid delivery issues brought about by a warehouse move and switch to a new logistics partner.

Halo Creative & Design, the circa £150 million turnover international furniture group, has increased its equity position in South East sofa manufacturer Dudgeon.

Expanding South East upholstered furniture chain Designer Sofas has emerged one of the largest and most profitable in the category in the country.

Wider gross margin helped mitigate a sharp fall in sales for upholstery vertical Natuzzi in the second quarter as revenue fell at a steeper rate than in the first.

Sofa manufacturer and wholesaler Scan-Thors (U.K.) returned to profit last year after a decision to bring more of its production in house yielded big margin improvements.

The owner of adjustable beds and riser chair maker Sitting Pretty had its business recapitalised last year in a transaction that vaporised £11 million of debt.

Employee-owned sofa maker Lebus Upholstery says its objective is to reduce debt amid a backdrop of more expensive borrowing costs following recent interest rates rises.

The build-out of upholstery brand Snug is gathering momentum with new monobrand stores and concessions inside branches of its owner ScS opening at a rate of one per week.

A U.K. operator of Natuzzi upholstery stores that is majority-owned by a franchisee delivered seven-figure profits and bolstered its balance sheet last year.

Upholstery group Belfield has appointed a new chief financial officer, filling a role that has been vacant since the departure of former Vita Group finance director David Meltham late last year.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow cemented its position as the U.K.'s largest wholly-independent sofa maker last year, outperforming its domestic peers.

DFS has signposted the expected financial costs associated with the planned closure of its 24,000sqft Long Eaton manufacturing site, the smallest of the retailer's three sofa factories.

The buildout of the retail footprint of Sofology can lead to the brand becoming the second largest upholstered furniture retailer in the country, according to parent company and market leader DFS.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer and retailer The Sofa Library is to double store numbers with the opening of a new store on the South Coast.

Weak figures from key European source markets sent sofa imports to an eighth consecutive year-on-slide in July. Chinese imports also fell, but at a shallower rate.

Upholstery market leader DFS plans to consolidate production at its larger factories resulting in the planned closure of its Berkeley Magna plant in Long Eaton, and a nearby woodmill that supplies it.

Upholstery market leader DFS has agreed £250 million of new credit facilities in a refinancing that provides additional liquidity.

Sofa covers, re-upholstery and curtains company Plumbs made headcount reductions as it sought to find cost savings amid an increasingly challenging market last year.

Upholstered furniture giant Ekornes booked higher year-on-year revenue in the U.K. and Ireland in the second quarter of 2023 as it recovered from a slow start to the year.

Upholstered furniture vertical Arlo & Jacob is expanding its retail footprint with the opening of new showrooms in Cambridgeshire and Surrey in addition to a previously-announced store in Cheshire.

Falling orders and rising costs meant Acclaim Upholstery was unable to service its debts ahead of the private label sofa maker being placed into administration earlier this summer, according to a new report by restructuring advisors.

Heritage leather specialist Pittards, whose diversified activities include the supply of upholstery leather to sofa makers, has obtained more time to get a rescue deal completed.

Upholstery market leader DFS will later this year expand its footprint in the capital with a new store in the London Borough of Greenwich.

One of the largest suppliers of foam and fibre interiors used in U.K. upholstery production battled upstream challenges ranging from price hikes to chemical shortages through 2021/22, according to new accounts.

A second former colleague of CEO Rachael Nevins has taken a senior C-suite post at Westbridge and Tetrad owner Belfield amid a number of structural and functional changes at the private equity backed upholstery and soft furnishings group.

A combination of weak demand and key stakeholders working stock levels back to historic norms meant sofa imports dropped by almost a quarter in the first half of 2023.

Expectations that sofa production will resume at the Acclaim Upholstery plant have been raised locally after actions taken by the company that acquired its assets in the past week.

The closure of a southeast England vertically-integrated upholstered furniture maker has left HMRC with an unpaid debt north of £500,000.

Second quarter profits recovered for TCM Living as the upholstery group behind Dudley and Colchester sofa makers Ashley Manor and Alstons saw gross margin recover and mitigate lower sales.

Administrators handling the insolvency of Acclaim Upholstery have completed the sale of certain assets of the Long Eaton sofa manufacturer.

South West England upholstered furniture manufacturer Kingcome Sofas booked higher profits in the past year thanks to rising sales and the non-repeat of certain costs.

ScS said it expects to report full year profits in line with market expectations after it enjoyed improved trading in the second half of its financial year.

Donna Bellingham has returned to the furniture industry after being appointed chief executive at heritage Yorkshire furniture manufacturer Shackletons.

Danish upholstery conglomerate Hjort Knudsen recorded its first deficit in a quarter of a century last year as its manufacturing operations were disrupted by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. It says it is already trading profitably again.

A near year-long slide in the number of sofa units arriving at U.K. ports came to an end in May after an increase in container loads of goods arriving here from China.

Cousins Olivier and Antoine Roset have succeeded their respective fathers Michel and Pierre Roset as co-CEOs of Ligne Roset as the high-end furniture company enters a new phase in its near 100-year long history.

The cost price of the average U.K.-manufactured sofa declined last year according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in a sign end users were trading down to more inexpensive models.

Trentside Products, a key supplier of components to the U.K. sofa manufacturing sector, has agreed to buy fellow upholstery supplies business Allsave Textiles in a deal that expands its product offer.

U.K. manufacturing group Dunham Massey has acquired sofa maker Ashwood Designs from its private shareholders in a deal that represents its second takeover in the furniture sector inside eight months.

Sofa market leader DFS says it expects underlying 2022/23 profits to meet previous guidance despite the market being "significantly worse than expected."

The layoff of the entire workforce of private-label sofa maker Acclaim Upholstery doesn't mean manufacturing operations will not be resurrected, according to people briefed on the situation.

A Derbyshire sofa maker set up two years ago by the former works manager of one of DFS' largest manufacturing plants is looking to expand the scope of the business by collaborating in direct partnership with retailers for the first time.

All 128 employees of private-label sofa maker Acclaim Upholstery Company have been made redundant after the company was placed into administration last week, restructuring advisors have now confirmed.

Employees of private-label Long Eaton sofa manufacturer Acclaim Upholstery were told of the company's insolvency at a meeting last week.

Sofa retailer ScS began a roll out of the Paloma Home upholstery collection across its retail stores on Monday, part of an exclusive tie-up with Paloma Faith, the singer, actor and creative director.

The parent company of upholstery brands Alstons, Alexander and James, Ashley Manor, and AMX Design has joined The Furniture Makers’ Company (TFMC), the City of London livery company and charity to the furnishing industry, as a corporate member.

Upholstered furniture producer Leisure Furnishings shrugged off rising costs to return to profit last year on the back of a £4.3 million jump in sales.

Wade Spring's output climbed by almost a third last year as the Long Eaton supplier fed high customer demand at the time from the upholstery and bedding manufacturing sectors.

The management team that acquired Acclaim Upholstery Company just over three years ago are hoping to complete a restructure of the private-label Long Eaton sofa maker after it late last week filed a notice of intent to appoint administrators.

Contract and domestic upholstered furniture company South West Upholstery has secured almost £1 million in new debt funding to build production capacity.

Upholstery manufacturer Celebrity Motion Furniture has successfully completed its company voluntary arrangement (CVA) with a better-than-forecast return for its creditors.

Upholstered furniture market leader DFS has re-energised its presence on a key Scottish retail park after moving into a larger store.

Upholstery fabrics supplier Mobus found profit growth last year as wider gross margin helped counter the impact of a return to pre-Covid level output.

A foam and fibre conversion business part-owned by one of the U.K.'s largest upholstered furniture manufacturers has returned to profit in the past year.

The value of the worldwide upholstered furniture market is back to pre-pandemic levels but will still fall back in real terms this year, according to a respected source of global industry data.

Janus Cooper, the former owner of heritage sofa manufacturer Tetrad, has become a shareholder in Contrast Upholstery, the new supplier formed last year.

Upholstered furniture imports into the U.K. declined again in April on weak figures from all three of the country's largest trading partners in the category: China, Poland and Italy.

Upholstery brand Sofa.com will build its concession footprint back closer to pre-pandemic levels with the opening of a remodelled space later this autumn.

Jane Bednall is stepping down as a non-executive director at DFS Furniture later this month, the upholstery market leader announced Friday morning.

Delcor, the manufacturer and retailer of premium sofas and armchairs, has launched into the riser recliner chair market in one of the biggest changes at the company since a takeover two years ago.

The U.K. sofa industry faces a severe shortage of upholsterers in the next decade according to data that shows how around one in five of all exponents of the profession are fast approaching retirement age.

Mobus Fabrics has opened a distribution office in North Carolina, describing it as a strategic move designed to better serve its growing regional customer base across the residential, contract and hospitality sectors.

Natuzzi chairman Pasquale Natuzzi said revenue was "not at the level we aspire to" as the Italian upholstery conglomerate recorded a €3.3 million net loss for the first quarter of 2023.

Upholstery brand Zofa has followed its ecommerce launch earlier this year with the introduction of a flagship showroom in the North of England.

Norwegian furniture conglomerate Ekornes has appointed experienced branded consumer goods leader Tine Hammernes Leopold as its new CEO.

Higher costs hit Buoyant Upholstery's profit margins during a period of supply chain upheaval in which the Nelson sofa maker said it managed to successfully keep disruption to customers to a minimum.



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