New role for former Silentnight and Harrison Spinks executive.

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The Sleepeezee team presenting a cheque to the British Heart Foundation.
Strood bed maker Sleepeezee says it has given £250,000 to good causes over the past three years, supporting a range of local and national charities as part of its ongoing corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme.

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Dreams was bought by Sun European in 2013.
Bed specialist Dreams says sales and profits advanced again despite a difficult U.K. retail backdrop last year, a fifth straight improvement since it was bought by private equity company Sun Capital Partners in 2013.

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Tempur Sealy products will go back into 2,500 Mattress Firm stores during the final quarter of 2019.
Tempur Sealy International, the world's biggest bedding producer, says it has agreed a new supply agreement with Mattress Firm, the Steinhoff-owned retail giant, in a move that reverses the high-profile split between the parties two years ago.

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Arrivals from China are one of the exceptions, rising compared with 2018.
Bed imports into the U.K. are tracking lower in 2019 after four reported months of the year with April seeing a biggest fall yet in the value of sprung and foam mattress arriving from overseas.

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Brook + Wilde's Elite mattress.
Vacuum packed mattress pioneer Breasley has agreed to be the exclusive supplier of sleep startup Brook + Wilde's Elite mattress range for bricks and mortar retailers, it announced in a press release.

A British court has ruled that a Yorkshire bed maker that collapsed four years ago amid a human trafficking scandal be restored to the company register.

Parisian bed maker unites with historic lighting business in private equity backed merger.

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Silentnight's group HQ and (inset) Steve Freeman.
Steve Freeman is stepping down from day-to-day executive duties and leaving his post as managing director of Silentnight Group, Britain's biggest beds manufacturer.

The new managing director of the Silentnight Group joins from outside the beds industry but with years of high-level home sector experience at Farrow & Ball.

Direct-to-consumer mattress and ancillary products business Eve Sleep will announce new retail partnerships this summer.

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Dreams' new Sleepmotion bed frame.
National bed specialist Dreams has introduced two remote and app-controlled adjustable bed frames across its 195-store U.K. network and online.

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The Bettzeit management team has expanded to include Gastón Tourn, Christian Portz, Philipp Wagner and Vanessa Vollrath; Photograph: Hannes Keller
Bettzeit, the German company behind growing direct-to-consumer mattress brand Emma, says it will continue its recruitment drive as it looks to build on the appointment of a number of C-suite executives.

Mattress Firm, still the largest U.S. beds retailer despite downsizing following a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganisation, has appointed John Eck as its new chief executive.

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The entry-level Skye mattress retails* from £239.99 for a double.
National bed specialist Bensons for Beds has reimagined its own-brand compressed, rolled and folded mattress offer to include a simplified range, new-look and different merchandising.

Jim Gerety, md at high end Devon bed maker Vispring, has been elected to the executive board of the National Bed Federation (NBF), the trade association whose members have a 70 percent U.K. market share.

The march of Chinese mattress maker Mlily continued at the start of 2019 with its parent company posting high first quarter revenue and profits growth.

Revenue jumped more than a fifth for the Yorkshire company behind guest bed maker Jay-Be in 2017–18, a year where margins widened and profits doubled.

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The NBF Code of Practice will go beyond product compliance
Britain's leading bed manufacturers have voted unanimously to further tighten the National Bed Federation's (NBF) membership criteria to raise standards and put more distance between themselves and rogue operators.

Bedding conglomerate Tempur Sealy International bolstered its European manufacturing credentials with the acquisition of a circa €10 million manufacturer producing out of the Baltic region earlier this spring.

Insolvency event is the latest in series of appointments for officials connected to the manufacturer and retailer.

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The Gala Dinner takes place at the Telford International Centre.
TV and radio star Gyles Brandreth is returning to host the National Bed Federation's Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony, this year featuring live musical entertainment for the first time.

Imports of foam and sprung mattresses into the U.K. declined year-on-year in March, the first annual drop across the category since May last year.

Recticel, one of the major foam suppliers to the U.K. upholstery and mattress markets, said comfort foam sales fell sharply in the first quarter on lower volumes and input price erosion.

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Sleepeezee yesterday unveiled its new website, social media and marketing assets and formally launched its association with brand ambassador Dr Ranj Singh.
British bed maker Sleepeezee says it could launch standalone television advertising later this year after TV spots aired last week for the first time in partnership with a retail customer.

High-end bedding brand Tempur is trialling its first mattress-in-a-box offer in its domestic U.S. market.

Visitors can now pre-register to attend the 2019 edition of The Bed Show, the tenth since the event was launched by the National Bed Federation a decade ago.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's biggest bed company, is to extend the European distribution network of its Tempur brand after reaching a sales agreement with Beter Bed Holdings.

West Yorkshire beds retailer Time4Sleep has invested £3.5 million on a Midlands warehouse that will enable it to deliver faster and hold greater quantities of stock.

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Andrew Jackson, Richard Elsey, Tom, Liz and Alan Colleran — all from Duvalay — are pictured with presenter Josh Baterip of Vanilla Tech Solutions.
Duvalay was a winner at the 2019 Made in Yorkshire Awards earlier this spring and was shortlisted, along with another local bed maker, in another category.

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All stores in the national bed specialist's estate will feature the Sleepmatch system.
Retailer Dreams is to install technology that helps consumers select the most appropriate mattress for their own personal characteristics across its entire UK store network after a pilot launched last autumn.

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The group behind the Mlily brand has an increasing presence in Europe.
Revenue jumped by nearly a third for the company behind the Mlily mattress brand as the conglomerate invested in Europe including buying a minority stake in a bed company in the North of England.

Expanding direct-to-consumer mattress and ancillary products business Simba Sleep has extended its already-completed financial year-end by three months.

Management reshuffle at 1000-store pan-European bedding retail group.

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Dreams' Buckinghamshire HQ.
National bed specialist Dreams has appointed Tony Holdway as chief marketing officer, filling the role vacated when Lisa Bond left the business at the end of last year.

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Three generations of the Spinks family: Daniel Spinks (buyer), Simon Spinks (managing director) and Peter Spinks (chairman).
Bed maker Harrison Spinks has received a Queen's Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development, the fifth time the 179-year-old company has been recognised by the awards programme.

A one-time manager of the now defunct Dewsbury mattress maker Hick Lane Bedding has been disqualified as a director for six years following an investigation by The Insolvency Service.

Suppliers, customers and the taxman face a combined seven-figure shortfall from the insolvency of southeast mattress and bedroom furniture retail chain Beaumont Beds.

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Appointment completes management team says CEO James Sturrock.
Eve Sleep, the mattress and ancillary products retailer, has hired the CFO of rival furniture company Loaf as the replacement for its outgoing finance chief Abid Ismail in a coup for the business.

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Imports of foam and sprung mattresses combined are on the rise.
Foam and sprung mattress imports rose double-digit again in February, meaning British buyers have now bought more in from outside the UK in every month since May last year.



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