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.

U.K. furniture manufacturers' turnover fell on a year-on-year basis for only the second time in 26 months in April, according to new Office for National Statistics (ONS) data.

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

Consumers awaiting furniture and mattresses from customers of delivery giant Tuffnells face potential delays after the freight specialist was formally placed into the hands of restructuring advisors on Monday.

Longtime Dreams chief financial officer (CFO) Kim Zaheer is stepping down, sparking an internal promotion for Petra Kasperova. The U.K. beds retail market leader has also hired its first-ever chief information officer (CIO).

A major delivery company in the flatpack furniture and roll-pack mattress sectors filed a notice of intent to appoint administrators on Friday, leaving many retailers facing uncertainty regarding last-mile fulfilment. It followed a smaller rival doing likewise a day earlier.

A modest uplift in mattress sales helped the ecommerce channel return to growth in the first quarter of 2023. But weak store demand meant overall revenue across the wider furniture industry still declined.

The operator of multiple franchised Natuzzi stores across the U.K. is to expand its presence in the Midlands with two new units alongside a new store for beds market leader Dreams.

National sleep specialist Bensons for Beds has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Paul Owen as chief retail officer.

A fifth of the furniture wholesale company Julian Bowen remains in the hands of either management or the founding family following the death of the company's eponymous founder last year.

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.

Home and leisure retailer The Range is making a concerted effort to elevate its beds proposition with a new Sleep Store format inside its general merchandise superstores.

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.

East of England retailer Mattressman is said to be closing its Chelmsford store, one of two the privately-owned bed company currently operates in Essex.

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.

Upholstered furniture and beds retailer Willow & Hall maintained bottom line momentum as it built on a return to profit with another gain last year.

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).

Registration is now open for the 2023 Bed Show, which takes place at the Telford International Centre from September 26–27, 2023.

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.

Exports of core furniture products such as mattresses, sofas and dining sets inched higher in the first quarter of 2023, rising to the highest level in four years.

Mattress and ancillary sleep products retailer Woolroom maintained a positive bottom line last year after a break-out period in the run up to and through the pandemic.

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.

Raw material price inflation has eased only to be usurped by rising costs elsewhere, according to a poll of U.K. producers by the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

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.

Higher prices and the completion of winter sales orders kept U.K. furniture factories busy as turnover at the factory gate reached an all-time high landmark in March.

The write-off of a related party loan was behind furniture and flooring rental retailer Pay Weekly Carpets & Vinyl reporting a loss last year despite rising output from its in-house sofa manufacturing unit.

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.

Global supply chain delays ratcheted up the pressure on mattress machinery maker MPT Group ahead of an insolvent restructure that has seen all jobs saved.

The leader of Tempur Sealy International (TSI) says the takeover of U.K. market leader Dreams augurs well for the much-larger planned acquisition of its compatriot retailer Mattress Firm in a deal worth $4 billion.

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.



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