U.K. furniture manufacturers' combined turnover climbed for the ninth month straight in November, new figures released Friday morning show.

Strong post-lockdown demand and unwinding its large order backlog last year put Tempur U.K. on track to recover sales lost to the early months of the pandemic.

Kent bed maker Sleepeezee has taken centre state in a mini-documentary as part of a new TV campaign from the joint Natwest and ITV Backing Business Initiative.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) is calling on bed manufacturers and retailers to support its annual National Bed Month awareness campaign, and is providing a range of multi-media tools to enable them to do so.

Legislators have criticised a leading accountancy body after it confirmed the £13 million fine handed to KPMG for its conduct in the sale of Silentnight a decade ago will not be used to compensate pensioners impacted by its insolvent restructure.

Just one in 20 consumers is unsatisfied with the comfort and quality of their just-purchased mattress, according to the latest National Bed Federation (NBF) biannual consumer survey.

Liquidators finalising the affairs of a mattress company that filed for bankruptcy late 2020 owing millions to creditors say a number of matters warrant further investigation.

Recticel shareholders have green-lighted the disposal of the company's mattress division to Aquinos, the Portuguese upholstery and bedding manufacturing conglomerate.

A successful project reorganising and galvanising the delivery operations of a prominent bed retailer has led to the launch of a new large-parcel one-man furniture delivery business called Solo Home Delivery.

Yorkshire mattress maker Highgrove Beds said the global increase in raw material costs eroded gross margin last year but it still posted class-leading profits and further built its cash pile.

Store sales halved for retail chain Mattressman in the year to end March but it still managed to find double-digit growth as its customers pivoted online. Profits climbed sharply.

The rebuild of Feather & Black's store footprint has gathered pace with two new showrooms opening this past weekend to double the size of the bedroom retailer's physical estate.

The CEO of Tempur Sealy International's longtime Sealy Australia, Asia-Pacific and now U.K. joint venture partner is one of two new senior independent board members at the world's biggest bedding company.

Moffett and Sons, the company behind the diversified upholstery, bed and cabinet manufacturer and wholesaler Balmoral Furniture, says it is on target to return to growth in 2021/22 after seeing sales and profits fall in the past year.

SATRA, the research and testing organisation, has appointed Tristine Hargreaves to lead its furniture and flooring section as divisional manager. It also announced a new tie-up to provide services to the National Bed Federation (NBF).

Wolf Components, the South Yorkshire pocket spring maker started three years ago by two former Leggett & Platt executives, almost doubled sales in the past year and says it is on target to deliver again in 2021/22.

A lack of skilled workers has forced furniture production wages higher, according to the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), the industry trade association.

Upholstery and beds company HSL has strengthened its retail presence in the North West of England, with a new unit opening Thursday to the north of Manchester.

Foam and industrials group Greiner is for now pressing ahead with plans to acquire what will remain of Recticel even though the Belgian company has agreed deals to dispose of two sizeable chunks of its business.

The price of raw materials and inputs used in the production of furniture rose to another record level in November according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Foam and sprung mattress imports fell for the fourth straight month on an annual basis at the start of the final quarter of 2021, according to HM Revenue & Customs figures.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's largest bedding company, has increased the authorisation under its share repurchase programme to a total of $1.5 billion (£1.14bn), it announced Monday.

Buckinghamshire bed maker Hypnos says a three-month programme of recruitment and factory investments has helped boost mattress capacity by 50 percent as it looks to satisfy retailer demand for its goods.

Direct-to-consumer mattress and ancillary products company Eve Sleep said it managed to grow ecommerce revenue through November despite lapping difficult comparatives from last year.

Retailer Mattress Online was last week named 2021 Large Business of the Year at the Sheffield Business Awards at a black tie event held in the South Yorkshire city.

British furniture manufacturers' combined turnover rose on an annual basis for an eleventh month straight in October, but fell against pre-Covid levels.

Profits and cash climbed for the group behind adjustable beds and riser recline chair brand Willowbrook in 2020/21 ahead of its disposal to a venture capital and private equity group.

Bed retailer Dreams has appointed Jo Martin as chief marketing officer and promoted Kal Singh to chief operating officer. Both will report directly to Jonathan Hirst, who takes over as CEO from Mike Logue on January 1.

The company behind the Slumber Slumber online beds and bedding business and prominent independent department stores in Northern Ireland and Wales found profit growth despite lower sales in the past year.

Recticel has entered into a binding agreement to sell its Engineered Foam unit to Carpenter Company after shareholders yesterday backed the disposal of the division for €656 million.

Adjustable furniture and mobility products retailer CareCo has acquired a warehouse near Leeds that will support its showroom rollout as it builds a national presence.

The rebuild and reconfiguration of the Bensons for Beds national store portfolio will gather pace with eight new and relocated stores to open by the end of this year and a further 35 units through 2022.

Bed components company Spinks has appointed Emma Davidson as commercial director. Her duties include overseeing a just-launched distribution centre facility that will free up additional manufacturing capacity.

Optimism is building among U.K. bed manufacturers as future sentiment regarding demand outweighs concerns over input costs and the availability of labour.

Profits dropped by a third for West Yorkshire mattress manufacturer Dura Beds in 2019/20 on lower sales and rising costs.

Airsprung Group was cash generative and boosted profitability in 2020/21 on the successful execution of a limited restructuring programme designed to "better align the needs of the business to the new reality."

Mattress, components and bed fillings group Harrison Spinks says it is looking to hire 40 new workers in response to high demand for its products.

Third-generation retailer Land of Beds has introduced a new marketing campaign, which it described as the most expensive advertising venture made by the business in its 50-year history.

Mandated store closures gifted sales to ecommerce retailers through the early months of the pandemic but the momentum has slowed in 2021 as U.K. shoppers returned to brick-and-mortar retail environments.

The achievements of leaders at emerging and established home furnishings businesses were recognised at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, whose 2021 winners were announced Monday night.



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