The National Bed Federation (NBF) has suspended the membership of Dura Beds after the West Yorkshire manufacturer failed its Code of Practice audit. The company is appealing the decision.

Containers of China-made mattresses led the way as bed imports into the U.K. returned to growth in July, according to new Government figures.

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Left–right: Managing director Simon Spinks and chairman Peter Spinks of Harrison Spinks with Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Ed Anderson.
Leeds bed maker Harrison Spinks hosted the Queen’s representative in West Yorkshire to its headquarters to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development.

The Sleep Council — which raises awareness of the importance of sleep on behalf of the U.K. bed industry — has joined forces with Penguin Random House to develop a range of 10 ‘Sleep Tales’ that have been designed to help people relax before they go to bed.

The National Bed Federation has named the finalists for its 2019 Bed Industry Awards across the retail and manufacturing categories with the winners to be named later this month.

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New product lines proved a winner for Tempur.
Memory foam pioneer Tempur outgunned the wider mattress market in the U.K. in 2018 after new products launched in the previous year gained traction with customers.

Two major European foam companies are in dispute after one accused the other of overstepping the mark in the region where the pair have operated a joint venture since the 1990s.

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Hush-a-Bye is becoming hushabye (new logo, inset). Its new edj mattress is pictured.
Bed business Hush-a-Bye is rebranding as hushabye with a refreshed identity that better reflects the brand's "tone of voice" according to Nick Gigg, md at the Airsprung Group owned manufacturer.

Mattress brand Emma is selling its products through John Lewis & Partners after agreeing a tie-up with the department store chain across selected shops and online.

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Sales continued to build for Mlily.
Output continued to ramp up for the company behind the Mlily mattress and pillow brand in the first half of 2019 despite growth slowing in the second three months of that period.

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Dura Beds' West Yorkshire factory.
Batley mattress maker Dura Beds returned to growth in 2017–18 and says investment at its West Yorkshire plant will result in a further build out in sales.

Customers of prestige British bed maker Savoir can buy certain products online from the company for the first time after it added transactional functionality to its website.

Lancashire manufacturer Burgess Beds appointed from within the bed trade when hiring its new managing director earlier this summer.

Britain's biggest bed maker Silentnight will today open a fourth retail brand showroom with a new unit at one of the biggest shopping destinations in the South West of England.

Keen & Able, the two-man home delivery company that specialises in beds, will this autumn add a fourth U.K. depot and a first in Scotland.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners has agreed to sell Casper products in its stores and online in the first U.K. retail partnership secured by the American mattress company.

The highest factory gate mattress inflation for nearly three years was the principal reason furniture producer price inflation ticked up in July, according to new Government figures.

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Weak end to the first half for mattress imports.
Mattress imports into the U.K. are barely above year-earlier levels at the half-year stage, threatening a first full year drop in the category for six years.

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Sleepeezee is in line to reverse a 2018 top line decline this year.
The CEO of Sleepeezee says sales are tracking well ahead of 2018 as it annualises the announcement of the heritage British bed maker's owner plan to invest heavily in the business.

Eve Sleep says it is in "very early stage discussions" to acquire its rival Simba in a deal that would consolidate the direct-to-consumer mattress market.

Sales fell for the second straight year at East of England beds manufacturer Mansion House Bedding Group in 2018–19 but it hopes to reverse that this year with a strengthened sales team.

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An estimated 1.75 million of over 8 million mattresses disposed of in 2018 escaped landfill.
The bed industry's efforts to reduce the amount of end-of-life mattresses ending up in landfill is paying off with recycling numbers having doubled in the past four years, new research suggests.

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Silentnight is headquartered at Barnoldswick.
Silentnight Group, Britain's largest beds manufacturer and a key bellwether for the sector, posted lower sales and profits in 2018–19. It remained cash generative and cleared the last of its shareholder debt.

Millbrook Healthcare, the largest division in the family-owned group that includes Millbrook Beds, has been sold to a specialist private investment firm. The bed manufacturing unit is unaffected.

The U.S. headquartered group behind the Nectar Sleep brand is launching a new high-end bed-in-a-box brand in the U.K. market which it says can upset the status quo in the premium bedding sector.

Diversified mattress maker and foam product supplier Comfortex bucked market headwinds to grow sales and profits in 2018, new accounts show.

Worldwide sales advanced for Tempur Sealy International in the second quarter after its fast-growing direct business outpaced declining wholesale revenues.

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Mike and Caroline Murray, directors at Land of Beds
Third generation Land of Beds, one of the country's largest privately-owned specialist retailers, won Silver in the retail section of the National Family Business Awards.

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Buyers are interested in the circa 800-store chain.
Pan-European retailer Beter Bed Holding says it has received "serious interest" from several parties for its Matratzen Concord chain with a full or partial exit likely before the year is out.

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Otty Sleep CEO Michal Szlas, one of three finalists from the beds, bedding sector.
The founders behind three emerging companies in the mattress and bedding sectors have been shortlisted for NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

No foam or glue will be used in the production of all new mattresses going into development from now onwards, Leeds bed maker Harrison Spinks has pledged.

Producer price inflation for mattresses widened to its highest level since the beginning of 2017 last month but, as the chart below shows, remains at a low level.

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First half sales advanced 305% year-on-year, Emma said.
Direct-to-consumer mattress brand Emma says a three-fold rise in first half sales has put the bed-in-a-box business on target to hit full year U.K. sales of £45 million in 2019.

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Eve said it narrowed half-year losses, but sales also fell.
Mattress brand Eve Sleep has agreed retail partnerships with three of the biggest names in the sector as it adds to existing tie-ups and replaces exposure lost following the end of trading relations with Dreams.

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New advertising campaign goes live for Eve Sleep.
Eve Sleep has launched a new television advertising campaign and is following a well-trodden promotional path in the home goods industry, with the use of a fictional sloth.

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Optimism among bed makers has fallen according to new data from the National Bed Federation.
Like-for-like bed sales fell 5 percent in the first quarter of 2019 according to the National Bed Federation's latest State of Trade report, though the volume fall was less severe.

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Imports of foam and sprung mattresses climbed in May, new figures show.
An upshift in the value of mattresses arriving from Denmark, home to Tempur's European manufacturing unit, helped power imports to their biggest growth since December last year.

Profits climbed at West Midlands motion furniture manufacturer Furmanac in 2017–18 after margin improvement from taking its fleet inhouse and a tax credit countered the impact of lower sales.

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Baring its teeth: The NBF has been randomly purchasing and testing mattresses to expose and root out bad practice. This mattress didn't contain the advertised fillings.
16 of 49 mattresses, beds and headboards bought randomly and tested by the National Bed Federation (NBF) either failed flammability checks, or were borderline failures. Some didn't contain the fillings advertised.

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The Spinks Springs factory in Leeds.
The components arm of the Harrison Spinks mattress and bed technology group says its new spring system could redefine the beds sector in the same way bonnell springs and memory foam did years before.



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