Kent bed maker Sleepeezee says nearby Romney Marsh Wools is its new supplier of wool, and will be the provider for all mattresses containing wool material.

Henry Tadros will take over as chairman at heritage furniture maker Ercol [ercol] this summer, the Princes Risborough manufacturer has announced. He succeeds his father, Edward Tadros.

Surrey furniture maker moves to South Coast and rebrands while its predecessor operating company was placed into administration earlier this week.

Net profits more than doubled for the second straight year for West Yorkshire mattress manufacturer Apollo Beds through 2020/21.

Cost cutting and a five percentage point improvement in gross margin lifts Wiltshire carpet group back into profit after a circa £300,000 bottom line turnaround.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) says it expects to attract more than 1,500 visitors to the 2022 Bed Show, with online registration now open ahead of the autumn event.

Benelux investment fund chaired by floorcoverings manufacturing scion reallocates shareholdings to newly-created holding company.

Jim Gerety, md of bed maker Vispring, has been elected president of the National Bed Federation (NBF) at its Annual General Meeting. He succeeds David Moffitt, CEO of Kayfoam Woolfson.

The global bedding giant behind the Mlily brand enjoyed double-digit revenue growth in the first quarter, driven largely by success in North America. Sales in Europe were close to flat.

Gilles Bonan, the former chief executive and chairman at French furniture group Roche Bobois, has been appointed to the board of Natuzzi.

Guest bed, mattress and sofabed maker Jay-Be said it limited supply to certain export markets to ensure its home market demands were met first as it grappled supply chain challenges through 2020/21.

U.K. upholstery group TCM Living found big sales growth in the first quarter of 2022 on the back of increased demand and the delivery of orders carried over from the end of last year.

An increase in the value of goods arriving from close-to-home markets lifted foam and sprung mattress imports in March, new data shows. Volumes declined.

Revenue from European markets including the U.K. have jumped by half for upholstered furniture conglomerate Man Wah Holdings in the past year, driven largely by output from its Far East factories.

Volume declined for Leggett & Platt's bedding business in the first quarter but the diversified spring maker and supplier of other mattress components successfully passed on higher raw material costs.

The value of carpet imports advanced in high single digit percentages in March, masking a fall in the quantity of goods arriving at U.K. borders. Turkey proved the exception, delivering an increase on both counts.

The carpet and rugs business bought by Victoria in a carve-out of Balta Group's operations booked thinner margins in the first quarter as higher costs countered the impact of rising sales.

An overhaul of the National Bed Federation's (NBF) annual bed industry awards will see first-time winners in categories for the best individual bed store or department and sales representative.

Shire Beds' sales and marketing director Fara Butt was named Business Woman of the Year 2022 at the Yorkshire Choice Awards during a ceremony held earlier this month in Leeds.

Kitchen maker and retailer Wren grew sales and profits by almost a third as it shrugged off the impact of three months of store closures at the beginning of the year — a period when rival DIY sheds continued to trade.

Italian and Polish sofa factories led a sharp increase in imports at the end of the first quarter with the total value of upholstery arriving at U.K. ports up by more than £50 million compared with last year.

Scandinavian dining and lounge furniture source issues clarion call for new partners.

Decision, widely anticipated, follows divestment of certain I.P. and other soft flooring divisions.

A U.K. ready-to-assemble cabinet furniture manufacturer that has supplied the likes of Argos for many years has divested 25 percent of the business to an East of England group with an expanding roster of interests in the furniture sector.

Natuzzi, the Italian upholstered furniture conglomerate, has sold a fifth of the Singapore based business unit that runs its non-Chinese stores in the Asia-Pacific region under a plan to expand its retail footprint. The deal was first disclosed last year (see related).

Inside tips to help furniture manufacturers attract the best talent and get the most from their training programmes will be delivered at an inaugural regional industry networking event, organised by the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) at Ercol.

Italian furniture conglomerate Calligaris Group is to launch a third ecommerce platform with the introduction of a direct-to-consumer website for its Connubia brand.

The combined turnover of U.K. furniture manufacturers reached a ten-figure total in a month for the first time in history as factories continued to be busy fulfilling outstanding orders taken late 2021 and into the early weeks of this year.

The managing director of the business behind the historic Relyon and Dunlopillo brands says growth with independent customers was a standout as it laid down a marker in the first period since its 2020 buyout.

Restructuring advisors offer bullish outlook for creditors of East Midlands supplier after co-owner's death prompted eventual closure last year.

Upholstery vertical Sofa.com is to make a quick return to Yorkshire after plans by a former landlord prompted the closure of its hitherto sole standalone store in the North of England earlier this spring.

David Roberts has been named chief financial officer at TCM Living, the upholstery group that owns Ashley Manor, Alexander & James, Alstons and AMX Design.

Deliveries in the U.K. and Ireland grew at a faster pace for Stressless in the first quarter of 2022 than in any other of its main reporting geographies, with the value of sales reaching almost half of the total for the entirety of last year.

The historic building housing the Beales department store in Peterborough is to be transformed if proposals soon to be put in front of town planners are given the green light.

A British company incorporated in December 2020 has been told to change its name after an objection raised by Italian furniture giant Natuzzi.

Britain's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an inquiry into the planned takeover of Recticel's engineered foam unit by Carpenter Co., the U.S. conglomerate. Both are key cogs in the U.K. furniture supply chain.

The threat of expensive litigation threatened the future of Clive Christian Furniture ahead of a sale of the business and assets of the company earlier this spring, according to a new report.

96 percent of British furniture manufacturers responding to a closely-followed trade poll said they have raised their prices in the past six months. They are also concerned regarding new order intake.

A southern England maker of bespoke furniture including wardrobes, kitchens and panelling has folded a little over a year after it changed owners.

Restructuring advisors says there is unlikely to be enough cash raised from the sale of The Foam Company's assets to enable a return to unsecured creditors.

Mohawk Industries, the world's largest floorcoverings company and a major supplier to the U.K. market, says it anticipated supply chain challenges resulting from the Russian invasion of Ukraine ahead of time to eliminate production downtime.

Yorkshire manufacturer Shire Beds won the Best of British category of the Furniture Awards 2022, the second major prize it has claimed in under a year.

Tempur Sealy International has put a new annual run-rate figure on Dreams after saying the British beds retailer has outperformed the world's biggest bedding company's expectations since its takeover last year.

West Yorkshire guest bed, mattress and sofabed maker Jay-Be has agreed a new seven-figure funding package with Santander U.K. to support its growth plans.

Trade kitchens and joinery supplier Howdens will build its depot-network this year along with refurbishing a slew of its older customer-facing U.K. properties.

Belgian foam conglomerate Recticel found big sales growth in the first quarter driven by higher volumes and an inflationary price backdrop.

Global mattress textiles company BekaertDeslee found revenue and profit growth last year buoyed by emerging economies and continuing success with ready-made mattress covers.

The value of the deal that saved prestige cabinetry and interiors brand Clive Christian has been disclosed publicly for the first time, along with some of the terms of the takeover.

Leeds bed maker Harrison Spinks has appointed sustainability and social responsibility advisor Dr Louise Ellis as a non-executive director among two initiatives designed to further its sustainability credentials.

The group behind G Plan, Parker Knoll and Collins and Hayes found big growth and a profit turnaround in a second year heavily impacted by Covid with its CEO saying further gains will follow this year.

High-end furniture company Timothy Oulton has strengthened its U.K. board with two senior appointments from within.

The global sales director of high-end cabinetry and interiors company Clive Christian Furniture and a U.S. franchisee have combined to acquire the business and assets of the company out of administration.

Major U.K. carpet maker Cormar has welcomed its new managing director into the business, bringing with him a deep knowledge of British and international textile manufacturing.

Furniture services and testing provider FIRA International will open its doors to the trade on Wednesday, May 18 as part of its ongoing Open Day programme of events.

Paul Solly has joined Dreams as chief commercial officer, succeeding Jonathan Hirst, who held the role prior to becoming CEO. The retailer has also hired a 30-year bed industry veteran to run its West Midlands factory.

Bedroom, home office and lounge furniture maker Strachan enjoyed a sales bounce and stronger margins last year as it recovered from the early impact of the pandemic.

A West Yorkshire bedroom cabinet furniture maker and the jobs of its 26 employees were saved earlier this spring after restructuring advisors brokered a prepack sale.

The U.K. arm of contract furniture maker KI saw revenue jump by almost a third here last year as it rebounded strongly from the early part of the pandemic.

Colne upholstered furniture maker Furnico found near double-digit sales growth in the last full year before the business was sold to U.S. giant La-Z-Boy in the autumn.

Trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) will look to sell the benefits of membership to the thousands of micro-entities operating across the country when it exhibits at the January Furniture Show from Sunday.

Harrison Spinks has acquired new North Yorkshire farmland in a move that will make it the U.K.'s largest industrial grower of hemp, one of the principal fillings in the bed maker's mattresses.

Upmarket cabinet maker and interiors company Clive Christian Furniture, bought by its management team almost three years ago, has been placed into the hands of restructuring advisors.

Living, dining and bedroom wood cabinet furniture imports jumped by a quarter in February driven by an increase in the value of shipments arriving at U.K. ports from Vietnam.

Consumer furniture retail price inflation climbed again in March but the biggest pain was felt by the industry's manufacturers, whose input costs jumped more than a fifth on last year.

Devon bed manufacturer Vispring delivered a net margin of 27 percent last year as markets worldwide recovered and as it benefitted from earlier cost-saving measures initiated through the pandemic.

February mattress imports were up 39 percent on last year as rises from Ireland, Denmark and Poland negated weaker figures from China and Turkey.

Upholstery imports into the U.K. jumped by more than a quarter in February despite weak figures from China.

Furniture giant Natuzzi has turned to the office furniture sector for the leader of its newly-formed Furnishing and Accessories business unit, which it hopes will boost order values across its retail network.

Flooring group Victoria says its ability to deliver while others couldn't because they were short of stock enhanced its reputation and has led to market share gains over the past year.

The value of U.K. furniture manufacturers' combined turnover was the highest ever recorded in February, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Princes Risborough bed manufacturer Hypnos has bolstered its sustainability team with the appointment of Gary Mitchell to the newly-created role of sustainable development manager.

Bed maker Sleepeezee is bringing its brand ambassador Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, the Olympic champion heptathlete, to the INDX Beds and Bedroom show later this month.

High demand and wider margins helped Italian furniture conglomerate Natuzzi enjoy a €30 million profit swing last year, with it saying it has continued to write strong business in the early part of 2022.

The price instability in the crude oil and natural gas markets has triggered the introduction of phenomena that the foam industry has not seen for decades, according to the head of the organisation that represents the principal actors in the sector.

RA Irwin & Company said its mattress ticking operations continued to perform strongly in what was a year of change for the Craigavon supplier.

BFM says U.K. furniture retailers should prepare for further price rises after its members were hit by a slew of rising input costs amid an already inflationary environment.

The number of furniture and flooring industry companies filing for insolvency continued to normalise in the first quarter, up sharply on last year but below historic trends.

Curve Craft, a custom manufacturer of curved doors and cabinetry used in the installation of high-end kitchens, is expanding into new East Midlands premises.

Tempur Sealy International will delay the launch of a new programme of products designed to bring the Tempur brand to a wider customer base because of the economic fallout from Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

FIRA International, the furniture test house and services provider, says it has gained accreditation to the Irish Government's equivalent to the U.K. fire regs in a move it hopes will make exports easier for British manufacturers.

The mattress making and components arms of Leeds beds group Harrison Spinks found big growth last year, citing the impact of product development through the pandemic.

Portugal's Aquinos Group, one of Europe's largest sofa and bed manufacturers, has completed the takeover of the bedding division of Belgian foam conglomerate Recticel.

Case goods manufacturing and wholesale giant Samson Holdings reversed early pandemic losses to return to profit last year, driven by lower costs and success in its largest market.

Red Tractor, the U.K.'s biggest farm and food assurance scheme with 50,000 British farmers accredited to its standards, has returned to TV advertising, providing an expected boost to suppliers such as bed maker Hypnos.

Northwest flooring manufacturer Penthouse Carpets said it achieved a "remarkable performance" in 2020/21 despite a challenging second half to its financial year beset by issues outside its control.

Leaders, colleagues and family members at upholstered furniture maker Whitemeadow have raised money for The Furniture Makers' Company's Step2It campaign after completing a charity abseil.

West Midlands furniture wholesaler ASR Interiors has successfully won the first of two legal challenges against companies it alleged had copied its dining ranges.

Experienced manufacturing executive Richard Carr has become managing director at West Yorkshire contract furniture manufacturer Craftwork Upholstery after he led a management buy-in (MBI).

Letters promising further price rises have landed in British furniture makers' inboxes in recent days just as official figures indicated the worst may have passed for raw material price inflation.

Cumbria-based Sealy U.K. last week officially opened its new spring plant at Aspatria, a facility it says will allow the bed maker to manufacture spring units unique to the company.

Organisers of The Furniture Awards have revealed the shortlist of 16 potential winners across four categories ahead of The January Furniture Show, this year taking place April 24–27, 2022 at the NEC.

Longtime supply partners Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare (Drive) and GNG Group have worked together to send a consignment of beds and mattresses to support victims of the war in Ukraine.

West Yorkshire furniture maker Sherborne Upholstery said demand was high throughout the past year as it found profit growth against softer comparatives and supply chain challenges.

The chief executive officer of global upholstered furniture maker Man Wah Holdings has left the company and will be replaced by its majority shareholder and founder.

Revenue jumped by almost a third for bedroom cabinet maker and retailer Hammonds Furniture last year with adjusted profits almost three-times higher as it managed its growth effectively.

Brintons is facing a potentially expensive demand from a former landlord but the international carpet maker is not unduly concerned about its financial impact.

Premium wood flooring and wall cladding company Havwoods has opened the first of what it hopes will be a slew of new retail showrooms planned for 2022.

U.K. importers brought in more living, dining and bedroom wood cabinet furniture than ever before in January as shipments rose from source nations near and far.

A longtime business leader at OEM and branded mattress maker The Foam Company (TFC) along with other key officials at the business have all made rapid returns to the sector.

Wider margin and higher sales helped upholstery vertical Sofa.com record highest-ever profits last year as it put behind it a long-running series of trading losses.

Furniture manufacturer Shackletons Group has become the latest corporate member of The Furniture Makers' Company (TFMC), the City of London livery company and charity to the furnishings sector.

Italian sofa maker Nicoletti Home says meeting customers' delivery expectations was among the three principal factors that helped it achieve high U.K. and worldwide growth last year.

Revenue declined at carpet maker Brintons last year but EBITDA and its net margin improved and the international manufacturer said business momentum is accelerating.

BFM Fabric Show organiser British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) says it is committed to re-investing in the event for next year after last week's return for the exhibition met with a positive response.

Leeds manufacturer Harrison Spinks has launched a new programme of mattresses designed exclusively for the non-U.K. European market.

Dreams is partnering Special Olympics GB, adding to the retailer's existing and now renewed tie-ups with the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association.

Upholstered furniture imports into the U.K. advanced 76 percent year-on-year in January and at an even faster pace compared with pre-Covid trading.

January carpet imports into the U.K. jumped almost a third at the beginning of the year on the back of strong figures from the Netherlands, Belgium and India.

West Yorkshire mattress and foam products manufacturer GNG Group has acquired certain assets of Abingdon based The Foam Company out of administration.

Buoyant Upholstery will make further environmental, social and governance (ESG) improvements this year as the Lancashire sofa maker looks to continue to lead in the furniture manufacturing sector.

Furniture manufacturers' turnover was higher on a year-on-year basis for an eleventh straight month in January, but it was also the weakest growth recorded since March last year.

Strong order growth since April last year has put the privately-owned group behind West Midlands furniture manufacturer Boss Design on the path back to profit.

Furniture supplier Global Home Group has appointed highly-experienced industry executive Julian Cox as commercial director, working across both its Global and Corndell business units in the U.K.

Diversified mattress and foam products manufacturer GNG Group has appointed Neil Kenderdine as operations manager. He will head up the expansion and operations of its medical and consumer mattress division.

Bedroom and home office furniture vertical Sharps booked a big increase in profits in the period leading up to its sale from one private equity group to another.

Danish ready-to-assemble furniture manufacturer Tvilum has closed the U.K. sales office of its compatriot Steens business and has put new procedures in place for customers.

Asset realisation specialists marketing The Foam Company cited rising raw material costs combined with the loss of its largest client as factors that prompted the hoped-for sale of the Oxfordshire mattress manufacturer.

Furniture and bed industry colleagues, friends and family raised £3,200 for industry charity The Furniture Makers' Company at the fifth annual Yorkshire Curry Night.

Modern upholstery manufacturer Michael Tyler Furniture has promoted its production director ahead of the planned retirement of its longtime managing director and former co-owner.

The upholstery group behind the Alexander & James, Ashley Manor, AMX Design and Alstons businesses found big revenue gains last year but rising costs weighed on profits.

Upholstery company Arlo & Jacob is launching Arlo & Design, a newly refurbished studio and designer fabric upholstery service based at its Fulham showroom.

Timothy Oulton, the founder and chief executive officer of the Halo and Timothy Oulton furniture and interiors design, manufacturing, wholesale and retail group, has died.

The Carpet Foundation will launch a national consumer advertising campaign on Monday March 7 with 1.5 million advertisements to appear across a 10-week period spread through the year.

Oxfordshire OEM and branded mattress manufacturer placed into the hands of restructuring advisors.

Flokk Group has doubled the size of its U.K. operations after agreeing to buy West Yorkshire furniture manufacturer Connection Seating from its private shareholders.

Harrison Spinks has partnered with a Liverpool based not-for-profit social enterprise to tackle furniture poverty, donating more than 100 mattresses to support those in need in the local community.

One of the U.K.'s largest suppliers to the floorcoverings sector has written to customers outlining planned price increases across more than a dozen items ranging from underlays to adhesives.

One third of the total number of active U.K. mattress manufacturing companies have been formed since the beginning of the spring 2020 lockdown, and 59 percent of those are based in West Yorkshire.

Norwegian upholstery producer Ekornes, owner of the Stressless and IMG brands, made gains worldwide last year including a double-digit uplift in delivered revenue across the U.K. and Ireland.

The BFM Fabric Show London event has attracted almost a third more exhibitors than previous editions after an increase in supplier interest ahead of its return next week.

Adjusted profits at Belgian foam conglomerate Recticel more than doubled last year while its CEO says the business will continue to adapt pricing where necessary.

European carpet, rugs and smooth floorcoverings manufacturer Balta booked higher profits in 2021, a year that saw it decide to sell more than half of its business.

Comfortex, a maker of finished and semi-finished products across the mattress, upholstery and healthcare markets, remained profitable last year despite input cost pressures.

Bedding conglomerate Hilding Anders' latest venture into the U.K. beds market is gathering pace with its sixth showroom—all in southern England—now open.

Profits at the U.K. arm of foam pourer Recticel jumped in the period taking in the early months of the pandemic, just-filed accounts show.

The chairman and CEO of Dreams owner Tempur Sealy International (TSI) says the U.K. bed retailer strongly grew like-for-likes in the final three months of 2021 and has outlined group-wide store growth plans.

A circa £8 million carpet producer is to make a seven-figure manufacturing investment upgrading plant and machinery.

Millbrook Beds built enjoyed double-digit sales growth in 2020/21 as it widened its independent retail customer base and continued to support the NHS' pandemic efforts.

East Midlands textiles manufacturer and distributor VM Fabrics has been placed into administration and ceased trading following the death of its co-owner and md last year.

The U.K.'s largest privately-owned upholstered furniture manufacturer has promoted its head of group I.T. to a newly-created role encompassing a wider remit.

Mammoth is to build on an existing partnership with Airsprung that will see the latter assume responsibility for manufacturing and distribution across the former's national and independent brick-and-mortar retail accounts. Benefits will include shorter lead times, it said.

Input cost inflation for U.K. furniture manufacturers last month eased to its lowest level since July 2021, but remains at a historically high level.

Paul Little has become deputy managing director at Airsprung Beds, the value beds division of the Wiltshire based Airsprung furniture group.

Kitchen giant Howden Joinery Group (Howdens) has acquired Sheridan Fabrications, a circa £30 million maker and supplier of high-end solid surface worktops.

Family-owned bed maker Harrison Spinks has donated 40 single mattresses to Zarach, a Leeds charity that helps children living in poverty.

The value of living, dining and bedroom wood furniture shipments into the U.K. declined for a third straight month in December, paring back full year growth in imports.

Mattress imports into the U.K. set a new record high after climbing for the eighth year in a row in 2021, with December figures confirming a recovery in momentum.

John Cotton Group has become a corporate member of The Furniture Makers' Company (TFMC), the dedicated furnishing industry charity and City of London livery company.

Upholstery company Arlo & Jacob is independent again after Mark and Julie Smith re-acquired the business from sofa group TCM Living (TCML), parent to Ashley Manor, Alstons, AMX Design and Alexander & James.

Direct-to-consumer upholstery brand Snug achieved a more than four-fold rise in sales last year as it benefitted from a mix of high demand and good product availability.



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