Management actions buttressed liquidity and profits at national furniture retailer HSL in 2020 as its customer base was impacted by Covid-19 to a greater extent than other demographics.

Revenue climbed for soft furnishings supplier Ashley Wilde Group last year as its customer base ramped up activity in the aftermath of the first lockdown.

Existing local managers will oversee the business of iconic sofa brand Tetrad after the departure of its longtime md and former owner Janus Cooper, its parent company Belfield has said.

Walking away from tens of millions of pounds worth of business with IKEA was a bold move but Westbridge is finding new custom elsewhere, with both emerging and longstanding customers.

Belfield Group's upholstery businesses were more impacted by lockdown periods last year as its just-divested mattress unit delivered higher revenue amid the backdrop of the pandemic.

The group behind the Adjustamatic brand returned to profit and generated cash last year as lower costs helped mitigate the impact of a decline in delivered sales.

Market leader DFS is expanding the number of upholstery ranges it carries in its stores, paving a path for it to onboard new suppliers to the sofa chain.

Furniture manufacturing activity in Vietnam is expected to increase after the Government signalled its intent to ease restrictions amid an intention to move away from its zero-Covid strategy.

High end interior design and furnishings distributor Sanderson Design Group has appointed Mike Woodcock as its chief financial officer, replacing Michael Williamson who leaves next month.

Vita Group has acquired Belfield's Usleep business unit from NorthEdge Capital in a deal that makes the diversified foam conglomerate one of the country's largest manufacturers of finished mattresses.

Wallcoverings and home accents supplier Graham & Brown enjoyed a big jump in profits as customers "rediscovered their homes" last year, investing in and re-inventing the environments they live in.

Sofa giant Natuzzi continues to write new orders faster than it can manufacture existing ones according to its incoming CEO, who says the global supplier is prioritising ways to cut lead times.

The CEO of DFS says pushing further into the online bed market is the early focus of a wider plan to diversify the group's revenue base beyond the upholstery category.

Silentnight Beds has been awarded the Manufacturing Guild Mark (MGM) by The Furniture Makers' Company, the furnishings industry charity and City of London livery company.

Shire Beds won Bed Product of the Year at the National Bed Federation (NBF) Industry Awards last night while Hypnos and John Cotton Non-Wovens were successful in the Sustainability and Component Product categories.

Sales more than doubled for manufacturer and retailer Get Laid Beds in 2020/21, making it one of the largest ecommerce players in the sector. Profits also jumped sharply.

The Furniture Makers’ Company’s (TFMC) industry webinar series returns this autumn with three more episodes, the first of which will explore what the trade is doing to combat climate change.

Harrison Spinks has appointed Scott Hollis as its first-ever U.S. sales manager with a brief to drive the bed maker's business in North America.

Sanderson Design Group, the high-end interior design and furnishings manufacturer and distributor, is to launch a Morris & Co brand extension targeting international markets.

The cost of making furniture in the U.K. climbed again last month with producers warning the brewing labour crisis will add further increases that will have to be passed on to retailers.

Dan-Form, the Danish dining furniture manufacturer known for its bentwood chairs, plans to consolidate distribution with the build of a new warehouse.

Disruption from the pandemic ended a seven-year run of sales growth for upholstered furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow last year, but the decline looks likely to be short-lived.

The md of Savoir Beds says the luxury brand is back in investment mode and trading at never-before-seen levels after what proved a tough 2020 amid the disruption of the pandemic.

Imports of foam and sprung mattresses declined at the start of the second half despite arrivals from Denmark—home to the factory making Tempur products for the U.K. market—rising to a nine-month high.

Gains in textile floorcoverings imports were pared back at the start to the second half of 2021 as the carpet trade annualised the resumption of trade after the first lockdown last year.

Record levels of furniture are being despatched out of British factories but nowhere near enough to satisfy demand and bring lead times down to historical norms.

When the Prime Minister announced the first lockdown back in March last year the fear across the British furniture industry was palpable. Thick red lines were drawn through expense budgets and manufacturers up and down the country prepared for an unwanted game of who could hold their breath for longest.

Accountants have signposted the increased output of an emerging bed manufacturer in just-filed financial statements for the Birmingham-based company.

Harrison Spinks has unveiled the first of what will become an annual Sustainability Report, highlighting initiatives it says have kept the business at the vanguard of sustainable bed making for years.

BFM, the trade association for British furniture manufacturers, says the BFM Fabric Show London will return next year, taking place in the week commencing March 7.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has named the finalists for its annual 2021 Bed Industry Awards' sustainability category after judges whittled down a record number of entries to a final four.

Retail and commission revenue declined in 2020 for the U.K. arm of Poltrona Frau, the U.S.-owned Italian designer furniture company.

Nicholas Radford says he plans to focus on other interests outside the furniture industry after a flood in the Far East prompted a decision to close the company behind the Nathan Furniture brand earlier this year.

Victoria says it is taking a bigger share of wallet in the U.K. flooring market as a result of its investment in its logistics operation here, citing the impact of its elevated service levels.

SATRA, the international research and testing organisation, says investment in new state-of-the-art machinery will enable it to meet growing demand for the testing of floorcoverings.

Bed maker Silentnight's new consumer marketing campaign aims to demonstrate that the Barnoldswick manufacturer offers a wide choice of products to suit all sleepers.

Mattress ticking conglomerate Bekaert Deslee, a key supplier to the U.K. supply chain, is investing the equivalent of £9 million upscaling production at one of its factories in South America.

Roundhouse, the high-end kitchen and bedroom cabinet maker and retailer, enjoyed better-than-expected trading last year as it found both top and bottom line growth.

A Swedish flooring and wood processing conglomerate with factories in central Europe is to enter the furniture market with the initial launch of cabinets assembled entirely without glue, nails or screws.

Bedding and upholstery components distributor Handy has acquired the non-zip related assets and sales of fellow supplier Aero Zip, further expanding a product roster already numbering over 1,500 items.

British furniture manufacturers are increasingly bullish according to a new poll but have concerns over the availability of labour, which is threatening to further delay the production and delivery of goods.

Storied carpet manufacturer Brintons will next week move into new headquarters for the second time in the past ten years. It will remain in Kidderminster.

The reopening of retail stores in April and customers pre-stocking in anticipation of demand helped carpet maker Balta find U.K. revenue growth in the first half of 2021.

Department store chain John Lewis & Partners has begun, for the first time, selling a line of mattresses using wool sourced from farmers supplying meat to its sister business Waitrose & Partners.

Mark Smith has decided to step away from executive duties at upholstery group TCM Living and will be succeeded as CEO by Jonathan Fearn, who is currently the chief financial officer.

First half revenue in the U.K. and Ireland passed 2020 levels for Stressless brand owner Ekornes as the resumption of trade and store reopenings boosted the upholstery conglomerate.

Foam conglomerate Recticel reported double-digit revenue and profit growth from the business unit supplying U.K. mattress and sofa manufacturers in the first half of this year.

Karndean, the circa £91 million turnover luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring company, is to launch a first-ever television advertising campaign.

Restructuring advisors are targeting the sale of the business and assets of Whiteleaf Furniture after the manufacturer was placed into administration earlier this month.

British furniture makers are on track to recover all of the lost revenue from a fall in exports last year with a double-digit climb in the value of goods sent overseas in the first six months of 2021.

Underlying profitability at the Lancashire bed manufacturer and furniture distributor Sweet Dreams improved in 2020/21 as it reorganised amid the ongoing impact of Covid.

A "perfect storm" of high demand and supply chain delays could lead to never before seen cut-off dates for pre-Christmas furniture deliveries, according to the md of BFM, the trade association for British Furniture Manufacturers.

Belgian carpet maker Associated Weavers, one of the largest flooring suppliers to the U.K., saw sales decline here through 2020 but at a lesser rate than its compatriots and the overall U.K. market.

The pandemic clipped the wings of the U.K. upholstery industry more than other furniture segments as the value of the market here last year fell to its smallest level since 2013.

Input price inflation for British furniture makers increased for an eleventh straight month in July as producers continued to wrestle with never-before seen pressures.

The parent company of Stressless brand owner Ekornes last month agreed a deal worth the equivalent of £61 million to buy out a minority shareholder.

Greenwood & Coope, the business behind the Cormar Carpet Company, could soon announce a new chief executive to lead the country's largest carpet manufacturer.

Containers shipped and trucked into the U.K. from China and Poland led to the highest-ever recorded total of upholstered furniture arriving at U.K. ports in the first six months of 2021, new figures show.

Paul Little, one of the best-known executives in the U.K. bed manufacturing industry, has joined Wiltshire's Airsprung Group as commercial director for its Airsprung Beds division.

Surging demand for floorcoverings helped Belgian and Dutch carpet makers recover lost turnover in the U.K. market in the first half of 2021, though it was Turkey and India that made the largest gains.

The group behind the Alstons, Ashley Manor, Alexander & James and AMX Design sofa businesses saw strong second quarter revenue growth against comparatives heavily impacted by the U.K. lockdown last spring.

Natuzzi is opening up its iconic showrooms at High Point, North Carolina to its compatriots, renaming the ship-shaped building as Casa Italia and welcoming in other Italian furniture companies.

Experienced home appliance executive Gareth Berry has joined the Silentnight group, Britain's largest bed manufacturer, as chief operating officer.

British furniture manufacturers' output reached its highest level since November at the beginning of summer according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

San Marino's Colombini Group has acquired a majority stake in Bontempi Casa, the Italian contemporary living, dining and bedroom furniture manufacturer.

Furnishing fabrics, wallpaper and upholstery supplier Colefax Group doubled profits in 2019/20 despite the pandemic hitting markets worldwide.

Upmarket fitted furniture maker and retailer John Lewis of Hungerford says better-than-expected trading helped it reverse first half losses to return to profit in 2019/20.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow has acquired what it described as a significant stake in one of its key foam suppliers.

Northeast Italian furniture manufacturing group Calligaris has acquired furniture, accents and lifestyle company Fatboy from its private equity owner.

Hilding Anders is having another crack at the U.K. bed market, backing a new brand that will tomorrow open its fourth store in the South East with another to follow soon after.

It is now well over a year since the transaction that divorced Harveys from Bensons for Beds and business is robust and the path to growth is clear, says chief executive Mark Jackson.

Nick Collard has joined Bensons for Beds as its first chief commercial and digital officer while the retailer is also close to appointing a new chief operating officer.

Fitted furniture maker J&J Ormerod (JJO) says demand is running at double-digit percentages ahead of pre-Covid levels and that it has emerged stronger from the pandemic and ready to invest.

Historic bed manufacturer Relyon has disclosed the full ownership makeup of the business for the first time, with the man who led the summer 2020 buyout holding a majority shareholding.

Dudley upholstered furniture manufacturer ACL has agreed new debt finance that will support its product development plans including the launch of a recliner line.

Burnley bed maker Sweet Dreams has paid tribute to its customers as it retained its title as Best Bed Manufacturer (Value) in the Interiors Monthly annual awards.

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has handed KPMG and one of its former partners heavy fines and severe reprimands for their conduct in relation to work ahead of the prepack sale of Silentnight to investment firm H.I.G. in May 2011.

The Furniture Industry Research Association has published new guidance for companies in the upholstery and mattress sectors with regard to understanding and complying with chemical regulations.

BFM, the association of British Furniture Manufacturers, has lined up online seminars for its members to be delivered by experts in patent law and dispute resolution.

Harrison Spinks, the family-owned Leeds beds and components manufacturer, has promoted Chris Townsley to operations director for its beds division.

Leggett & Platt (L&P), the global components conglomerate, says the acquisition of Irish foam and beds group Kayfoam Woolfson will be a benefit for its customers across Europe.

Dreams, Britain's largest beds retailer, is now officially part of Tempur Sealy International, the world's biggest bedding company announced Monday night.

North West workplace furniture maker Senator International continued to remain profitable despite seeing a forecast pandemic-related drop in turnover crystallise last year.

Regulators have approved the takeover of Britain's largest bed specialist Dreams by Tempur Sealy International (TSI) with completion of the deal now just days away.

The pandemic impacted revenue and costs for workplace and home office furniture giant Bisley in 2019/20, resulting in losses widening. Cash generation remained strong.

Weak exports hampered the recovery of West Yorkshire commercial carpet maker Burmatex in the first half of 2021 though stock market listed parent company Airea did report a return to profit.

West Yorkshire adjustable furniture and mobility aids manufacturer Drive DeVillbiss Healthcare reported lower sales last year as sales to the retail sector were adversely impacted by the pandemic.

The CEO of foam company Recticel said it is difficult to predict when raw material challenges will normalise and cautioned customers that this may yet result in further price increases.

Double-digit wholesale growth negated falling sales at Kettle Interiors U.K.'s retail division in 2019/20, though rising costs weighed on the cabinet company's profits.

The U.K. arm of diversified furniture fittings and ironmongery giant Häfele Group found profit growth last year despite a double-digit decline in revenue because of the pandemic.

Employees of Lebus, one of the largest sofa makers in the U.K., now own 100 percent of the Lincolnshire manufacturer after its shareholders decided to sell the business.

GNG Group, the West Yorkshire maker and supplier of foam-based products, has launched its first ever line of carbon neutral certified mattresses.

Sales and profits declined at Brighouse fabrics supplier Mobus last year but the company said it is well placed to prosper amid a changing landscape in the upholstery sector.

Howdens, the trade kitchen and joinery products supplier, says it now believes there is the scope for 900 U.K. depots, 50 more than previously targeted.

Richard Moore, executive director at Associated Carpet Group (ACG), is to leave for a new role in the U.K. floorcoverings sector after 16 years with the buying organisation.

A return to more normal margin levels boosted profits for the company behind LPD Furniture in 2019/20 with its furniture division achieving big sales growth despite the pandemic.

The luxury interior design and furnishings group behind the Morris & Co brand has cited post-Brexit demand for British-made goods among three positive sales drivers this year.

Revenue declined at Harrison Spinks in 2019/20 amid the impact of the pandemic but the Leeds mattress and components manufacturing group continued to generate cash and remain profitable.

The debt repayment schedule agreed with creditors of Celebrity Motion Furniture is progressing as planned as the rise and recline chair maker continues to emerge from the problems of former associated companies.

One of the U.K.'s largest decorative lighting suppliers took a large six-figure bad debt charge following Laura Ashley's closure last year, while the pandemic exacerbated the impact on profits.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow has hosted its first external Open Day as it looks to attract a new generation of home grown talent into the industry.

The CEO of Sofa Brands International (SBI) says the upholstery manufacturing group has seen a strong and sustained bounce back since the end of the first lockdown last year.

South Yorkshire bed company Aspire Furniture has taken a large warehouse near Leeds as it puts in place the foundations for planned growth over the next few years.

June saw even larger double-digit growth in annual input costs for U.K. furniture makers with a shift in the main raw materials affected, according to figures out Wednesday.

The U.K. arm of French designer furniture label Ligne Roset recorded a fourth straight loss in a year where revenue declined as a consequence of pandemic disruption.

Living, dining and bedroom wood cabinet imports have reached never-before seen levels in the first five months of 2021 despite well-publicised supply chain challenges.

2019/20 figures for Dewsbury based G-Tuft, part of the Victoria group for just over two years.

The growth in sofa shipments to the U.K. slowed in the spring as retailers came closer to unwinding late 2020 orders and were left with only digital sales channels to replenish them.

Major U.K. cabinet maker Symphony built cash and remained profitable last year despite taking a large Covid-related hit to its top line.

Lower operating costs helped West London upholstery manufacturer and retailer The Sofa & Chair Company narrow losses last year despite the pandemic impacting sales.

Foam and sprung mattress imports jumped 90 percent on 2020, new figures show, with the total for the year to date now almost matching comparable data for 2019.

Carpet imports rocketed in the spring with the cumulative total for 2021 now overtaking comparable data for 2019 for the first time this year.

The southern Italian sofa manufacturer behind the Digiò Leather Sofas brand will launch a new upholstery programme here next week as it looks to build on rapid growth following its reintroduction to the U.K. market last year.

Supply chain challenges continued to impact U.K. furniture makers at the end of spring with manufacturing turnover still well down on pre-pandemic output.

Brintons, the heritage U.K. carpet maker with operations across the world, says it is over delivering against revised financial forecasts as its global hospitality, gaming, cruise and residential markets reopen.

The circa £170 million timber group that runs businesses including wood based panels supplier Hoffman Thornwood has been sold to private equity.

The number of furniture, furnishings and flooring companies filing for insolvency in the U.K. continues to fall sharply as a result of strong consumer demand and Government support measures.

The Vita Group, one of the largest suppliers to the U.K.'s upholstery and bedding sectors, has acquired Technical Foam Services, a foam conversion business based in Corby, Northamptonshire.

Pike Textiles, the Cambridgeshire based sampling solutions specialist, has become a member of trade association the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

The value of stock market listed fitted and freestanding cabinet furniture vertical John Lewis of Hungerford jumped sharply on Monday. The company said it doesn't know why.

Sigma 3, the South Wales based manufacturer and retailer of kitchen, bedroom and home office furniture, maintained seven-figure profits despite the pandemic hitting sales last year.

Retailers have fewer than three weeks to enter the National Bed Federation's (NBF) annual Bed Industry Awards, which are scheduled to return in a physical format at the Bed Show later this year.

Consumer home show Grand Designs Live will this autumn host The Great Sleep Quality Experiment 2021 — where major bed brands will showcase their products in what has been described as the U.K.'s biggest blind mattress test.

Bensons for Beds said its decision to grow the headcount at its Huntingdon factory by 13 percent is a response to rising demand, with the retailer and manufacturer concurrently adding more warehouse capacity.

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has put its members at the heart of its revamped website, providing them with an enhanced digital presence for their products.

One of the U.K.'s largest makers of upholstered furniture for the leisure industry incurred a first-ever loss last year as its principal market was among the hardest hit by Covid.

Britain's bed industry will be required to demonstrate how it will handle product recalls as a result of the latest update to the National Bed Federation's (NBF) Code of Practice.

National kitchen retailer Wren booked double-digit gains in both revenue and profit last year while a decision to invest in inventory proved judicious and helped negate supply chain issues that hurt rivals.

International trade in upholstered furniture ticked up last year despite Covid-19 wreaking havoc through the supply chain, limiting the ability for manufacturers to produce and retailers to open stores.

Tempur Sealy International (TSI) and Leggett & Platt (L&P) both have long track records in the U.K. bedding market but their importance will be elevated further following deals for Dreams and Kayfoam Woolfson respectively.

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) will begin a hunt for a new managing director after Nick Garratt announced his intention to step down at the end of 2021.

Flooring conglomerate Victoria has agreed to buy multichannel U.S. smooth flooring distributor Cali Bamboo Holdings for consideration totalling $76.1 million (£55.1m) in addition to the paydown of debt.

Bed manufacturer Harrison Spinks has donated dozens of mattresses and divan bases to a pioneering new development in its home city that will positively support homeless people as they move back into communities.

Sofa fabrics supplier Mobus has paid tribute to md Ian Bostock following his decision to retire, saying he made a huge contribution and that it will look to build on his legacy.

Investment firm Sun European Partners has agreed to sell fitted bedroom and home office furniture retailer Sharps to funds advised by Epiris, a London based private equity investor.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has told the Government a sector-specific Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme will work better than adopting a one-size fits all approach in its response to a consultation that will have widespread consequences for the furniture sector.

U.K. tax authorities have refunded just over £1 million in VAT as restructuring advisors continue to work on the estate of the predecessor company to Silentnight, whose business and assets were sold in a prepack deal ten years ago.

Revenue fell last year for the owner of four well-known British kitchen brands including Chippendale, but costs fell at a faster rate as the group returned to profit and repaid all outstanding bank borrowings.

Consumer price inflation for furniture and furnishings reached its highest level since late 2016 last month as retailers passed on the effects of rising costs through the supply chain.

The Vita Group has joined the Furniture Makers' Company, the furnishings industry charity and City of London livery company, as a corporate member.

Mattress supplier Mammoth has backed the Pickstar Rugby Players Association 2021 Awards by sponsoring the England Men’s Player of the Year category.

Britain's bed industry is ready to move forward, says the National Bed Federation, which at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) vowed to continue to put sustainability at the heart of its activity.

U.K. furniture production continues to recover from the pandemic but turnover across the sector still remains short of comparable data from two years ago despite high demand.

Imports of carpets climbed four-fold on last year and were up more than a third on a two-year basis as retailers and distributors looked to satisfy rising demand among end users.

The soft furnishings supplier behind the ILiv brand found margin expansion as it mitigated the impact of a double-digit pandemic-influenced fall in sales last year.

U.S. bedding and components conglomerate Leggett & Platt has acquired Kayfoam Woolfson, the Ireland based foam producer and bed manufacturer behind brands including Kaymed.

Pent up demand meant comparable orders almost doubled for DFS as the retailer emerged from lockdown, with online business remaining high but returning closer to pre-Covid levels.

Demand continues to be high despite supply chain constraints according to the md of Lebus Upholstery, one of the U.K.'s largest sofa manufacturers.

The U.K. represents a big market opportunity for European companies as producers in the Far East are grappling even tougher supply chain issues than are being experienced here, according to upholstery producer Nicoletti Home.

A West Yorkshire mattress, bed and headboard maker will begin taking new orders again from Friday as it recovers from its factory being partially destroyed by a fire earlier this year.