An already thin base of U.K. standalone bedroom cabinet makers was further depleted by the insolvency of two North West furniture companies earlier this spring.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has announced the categories for its 12th annual industry awards, including a new category — the NBF Retail Champion of the Year.

A marked channel shift to online meant fitted furniture retailer Sharps saw no negative impact on orders from its shops being shut in the first quarter. It said profits benefitted from lower store costs.

A new Legal Hub for British furniture manufacturers launched Monday offering legal and business advice on subjects such as health and safety, employment, tax, contracts and data protection.

Symphony Group, one of the U.K.'s largest furniture manufacturers, is to invest in a large dual-purpose production warehouse adjacent to its existing factory at Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Beds specialist Bensons for Beds has appointed Ian Shepherd as chairman, replacing ex-KPMG md Chris Howell who has stepped down after nearly two years with the retailer.

The value of furniture imports into the U.K. may have risen in the past decade but new data indicates that buyers are coalescing around fewer, larger manufacturers as a result of global consolidation.

A combination of selling price increases and supplier negotiations have helped flooring conglomerate Victoria shrug off the impact of rising input costs in a period of never-before seen growth.

SATRA Technology Centre will host a Technical Forum for domestic furniture this summer where it will highlight proposed changes to industry standards and legislation and provide an opportunity for delegates to give feedback ahead of their implementation.

Danish ready-to-assemble furniture makers Tvilum and Steens have built on ownership ties first formed three years ago with the former acquiring the latter for undisclosed terms.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's biggest bed company, has agreed to acquire U.K. bed specialist Dreams in a takeover worth an expected £340 million.

FIRA International is conducting a review of its furniture inspection and repair business but says no definite decision has been taken regarding the outcome, rendering closure talk premature.

Recticel, the Belgium foam conglomerate and a key supplier to U.K. sofa and mattress manufacturers, says the €755 million takeover approach by rival Greiner is nowhere near high enough.

Dewsbury guest bed, mattress and sofabed maker Jay-Be said it had a solid year in 2019–20 thanks to the can-do attitude of its colleagues. It added that it is on track to deliver a record top line this year.

An early spring prepack deal that saved seven showrooms trading as In-Toto Kitchens left creditors facing a multi-million shortfall.

Now is the time for the furniture industry to shine with consumers expected to pivot discretionary spend to other areas and activities before too long, according to the md of The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

Higher delivered sales, a disposal and judicious cost management helped Italian upholstery conglomerate Natuzzi return to profit in the first quarter of 2021.

The managing director of one of the country's largest sofa manufacturers says keeping everybody working through the latest lockdown has proven correct, with it unwinding its order book and demand surging since stores reopened.

The world's largest leather processing business and a key cog in the global upholstery supply chain says it has developed new technology enabling it to produce leather that inactivates bacteria and viruses, including Covid-19.

Raw materials and other furniture makers' input costs are rising at their fastest pace in almost 13 years, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Direct-to-consumer mattress brand Simba Sleep says it enjoyed a record first quarter while one of its private equity backers has exercised an option to invest further funds that will be used to expand internationally.

Delivered revenue jumped more a third in the first three months of the year for upholstery group TCM Living, though rising sales costs owing to supply chain challenges weighed on profits.

A slew of private equity bidders are said to have been shortlisted as a sale of mattress company King Koil China nears a potential conclusion.

The organiser of the Manchester and January Furniture Shows is launching Reveal, a new trade ecommerce platform that aims to deliver a permanent digital shopfront for industry retailers and suppliers.

Foam supply giants Greiner and Recticel could unite after the former said it was planning a takeover approach after already agreeing to buy more than a quarter of the company from a third party. Officials will meet Monday to discuss a deal.

The U.K. arm of upholstery conglomerate La-Z-Boy said it had performed very strongly in a challenging market even if the pandemic overshadowed the last knockings of its just-reported financial year.

A series of newly-formed entities signpost the biggest change in Silentnight's structure since H.I.G., the U.S. investment group, took control of the bed manufacturer a decade ago.

Silentnight joint group md Neil Anderson is to become chief executive at the U.K.'s biggest bed maker with the company's executive chairman one of two senior figures who are stepping down.

Year-on-year foam and sprung mattress imports rose 11 percent in the first quarter of 2021 on higher shipments from Turkey and China. They remain down on a two-year basis.

U.K. upholstery imports surged at the end of the first quarter on a mix of higher demand and annualising production problems in China because of the pandemic last year.

Manufacturers in Belgium, the largest source of foreign-made carpet sold in the U.K., ended a barren run stretching back to September 2019 at the end of the first quarter.

The unwind of pre-lockdown orders wasn't enough to keep revenue positive in the U.K. for Stressless brand owner Ekornes in the first quarter of 2021 as the lockdown prevented an immediate building on full year growth here for last year.

Furniture manufacturers across the U.K. delivered their first annual rise in output in more than 12 months in March, according to new official figures published yesterday.

Belgian carpet manufacturing conglomerate Balta has raised prices in response to input cost inflation and has warned flooring customers that more may follow.

Italian upholstery vertical Natuzzi has hired a former McKinsey consultant as its new CEO with current incumbent and founder Pasquale Natuzzi to become executive chairman.

Britain's bed industry is warning of further prices rises and extended lead times as it grapples continued cost pressures and reduced availability of raw materials, says the National Bed Federation (NBF).

North West mattress maker and foam converter Comfortex maintained its circa mid-single digit net margin in 2019–20 despite the impact of the pandemic.

A switch to manufacturing personal protective equipment for the NHS was among the factors helping mitigate the impact of customer store closures during the pandemic for bed manufacturer Millbrook.

Four key European furniture and bedding trade associations have united to express their concern over the conflicted response across the EU to the coronavirus pandemic, saying it has created added uncertainty and difficulty.

The CEO of major foam company Recticel says chemical raw materials supply remains constrained and the situation will endure longer than previously anticipated.

The Spanish owner of bed maker Vispring and bedroom retailer And So To Bed has adjusted the ownership structure of its U.K. bedding interests.

Online sales and the unleashing of pent-up consumer demand helped keep a lid on the order decline at high-end bed maker Vispring last year.

Confidence among U.K. furniture makers has improved as the retail sector emerged from lockdown restrictions to a surfeit of new orders.

Victoria, the acquisitive flooring conglomerate, has agreed to buy Dutch artificial grass supplier and carpet backing company Edel Group from its private equity owners.

Batley based furniture maker and retailer HSL is among several industry companies claiming a Queen's Award for Enterprise for 2021.

Whitemeadow, the upholstered furniture manufacturer that employs over 650 people across its East Midlands factories, has launched an online Careers Hub.

Upholstery vertical Sofa.com found extra margin and modest pro-rata sales growth in the first period since it was bought by Frasers Group in 2019.

Sofa maker Furnico said excellent cost management and internal efficiencies helped it find additional margin last year, mitigating a lockdown-induced turnover drop.

Widening its network of suppliers and rationalising some raw material products has helped Hypnos steer a course through supply chain challenges, the company has said in just-filed accounts.

Upholstery market leader DFS has appointed a new creative agency to manage its advertising account, ending a 10-year association with current incumbent Krow Communications.

Batley bed maker Apollo Beds bolstered its balance sheet after landing an increase in profits in the period taking in the first few months of the pandemic.

Upholstery conglomerate La-Z-Boy is among a number of investors joining a $15 million Series B funding round for U.S. furniture ecommerce company Floyd.

The price of materials and fuels used by U.K. furniture makers rose at its fastest pace in nearly three years in March, new official figures show.

Nicoletti Home, the Italian sofa manufacturer, will host a U.K. appointment-only event for its British and Irish furniture customers in Nottingham next month.

Savoir Beds, the prestige bed manufacturer and retailer, is this week opening a new flagship showroom in the heart of Mayfair, London.

Leeds fitted furniture vertical Strachan remained cash generative and profitable despite sales falling as a result of the first lockdown last year.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) is hosting and streaming regular video podcasts online as it looks to harness the expertise of leading industry professionals across the mattress sector.

New DFS filings disclose the market-leading upholstery group's cash position through the rump of the just-ended lockdown as well as early pandemic figures for two of its furniture retail subsidiaries.

Profits climbed on higher sales and wider margins last year for sofa manufacturer Ashwood Designs against a backdrop of increasingly difficult market conditions with the impact of the pandemic and Brexit.

Nicoletti Home says worldwide revenue is up 20 percent so far this year with the Italian sofa maker calling for raw material suppliers to better support manufacturers so the industry can continue to meet demand.

Upholstery imports into the U.K. jumped by almost a quarter in February despite almost every major source nation for British buyers seeing a year-on-year decline.

Carpet and rug imports from Turkey are up more than a quarter in 2021 so far according to new official figures, helping mitigate the continued fall in the value of goods coming in from historic trading partners.

Keen & Toms Holdings, parent to bed maker Hypnos and bed delivery company Keen & Able, cut its net loss in half in 2019–20, a year it described as challenging but with many sustainable accolades.

February saw Britain's furniture makers complete a 12th straight month of declining year-on-year manufacturing turnover, according to new official figures.

Furniture and furnishing industry failures dropped to a record low in the first quarter of 2021 according to official insolvency filings, we revealed last week. There are only three plausible explanations as to why.

Nobilia, Europe's largest kitchen manufacturer, has recapitalised its U.K. kitchen retail business Kutchenhaus via a seven-figure equity injection.

The biggest challenge for bed manufacturers is not demand, but how to fulfil it and make a profit in the process, according to new data from the National Bed Federation (NBF).

The easing of travel restrictions around the world is helping grease the wheels of Victoria's acquisition strategy, with the flooring conglomerate soon to announce new takeovers.

West Midlands sofa maker back in the black in 2019–20 after adjustments to raw material sourcing yielded margin improvements for the company.

Italian sofa giant Natuzzi is in talks with a large Vietnamese furniture maker that could see it expand its operations in the Asia Pacific region. It follows a similar arrangement made with the owner of the Kuka brand in 2018.

Bed manufacturer Burgess Bedding and pocket spring maker Wolf Components have joined the National Bed Federation (NBF), the trade association has announced.

Upholstery revenue from customers in Europe climbed double-dight last year for the business that once ran U.K. sofa chain Easy Living Furniture.

The number of U.K. furniture, flooring and furnishings companies falling insolvent fell to record lows in the first three months of 2021, despite limited trade because of coronavirus restrictions.

Rochdale manufacturer Penthouse Carpets said trading was steady ahead of the arrival of the pandemic with the final three months of its financial year hit by the first lockdown.

Kent bed manufacturer Sleepeezee has launched a spring price promotion for National Health Service (NHS) staff running throughout April.

Upstream cost pressures continue to create supply chain difficulties according to the managing director of Wade Spring, whose customers include many of the U.K.'s most important sofa manufacturers.

A small mattress business in West Yorkshire has changed its company name following an objection from Belgian bedding and components company Latexco NV.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has launched Associate Supplier Membership, a new category aimed at suppliers of component parts and services to bed manufacturers and retailers.

Fitted furniture vertical Hammonds preserved cash and remained profitable at the EBITDA line as a strong order book helped mitigate the impact of the first U.K. lockdown last year.

The ready-to-assemble cabinet furniture arm of diversified West Yorkshire manufacturing group Decorative Panels found growth in the lead up to the pandemic.

Ashley Ann, the fitted furniture vertical that operates its own showrooms in Scotland and sells to third party dealers in England and Wales, says profits will be smaller but still positive this year.

German bedroom furniture maker Rauch has aligned its product development and marketing functions and hired a new leader to run the merged unit.

North East bed manufacturer Palatine Beds enjoyed positive trading in 2019–20 after it completed the delivery of a large-scale contract.

Direct-to-consumer brand Emma - The Mattress Company has added more bed industry knowhow to its UK. and Ireland sales force as it looks to build a larger wholesale presence on the shop floors of key retailers.

Consumer price inflation for furniture narrowed in February but the pressure on manufacturers continued to rise, according to official data out today.

A busy final quarter helped Stressless owner Ekornes achieve full year sales growth in the U.K. and Ireland last year, reversing earlier declines from the upholstery brand.

A new agreement with U.S. wholesale conglomerate Costco can pave the way for similar partnerships in other world markets, according to recliner maker IMG.

Gomersal mattress, bed and upholstered headboard maker MA Living has has acquired additional business space in nearby Leeds ahead of anticipated growth.

Sweet Dreams says actions to mitigate the impact of reduced consumer confidence as a result of Brexit and the loss of sales to Bensons for Beds have yielded a positive impact. It has also helped it deal with the pandemic, it said.

Mattress and sleep brand Mammoth and the British Athletes Commission (BAC) have extended their long-running partnership for an additional year.

Global furniture production fell sharply last year but the biggest market participants were hit less hard than their smaller contemporaries, according to a new report.

Burnley bed manufacturer Sweet Dreams has appointed Bradley Ravenscroft as its agent for the West Midlands.

Structural cost savings and state support helped fitted furniture vertical John Lewis of Hungerford make inroads into losses in the six months to December 31, 2020.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) is to talk to parents and professionals working with children and young people in the Lincolnshire area as part of an online conference organised by The Sleep Charity.

Clockwork Components, a key supplier of components and accessories to U.K. upholstery and bedding manufacturers, has acquired Motionmex, a longtime distributor of Leggett & Platt recliner mechanisms.

Imports and exports of furniture and flooring fared worse than other goods and commodities in the first month since the end of the Brexit transition, initial Government data shows.

Upholstery shipments fell back in January on weaker figures from both China and Poland, the two largest sources of foreign-made sofas sold in the U.K.

The slog for Belgium's carpet makers continued at the start of 2021 with Britain's biggest trading partner for the category sustaining another sharp fall in the value of product arriving here.

The National Lighting Company, one of Europe's largest suppliers of lighting to the retail market, found improvement last year despite the non-linear nature of trading through the pandemic.

The value of furniture output from U.K. furniture factories fell for the eleventh straight month on an annual basis in January according to official data out this morning.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's largest bedding producer, plans to extend the maturity profile of its long term debt with a new $800 million (£572m) senior notes offering.

Adjusted profits fell high single digits on a near €110 million sales drop for flooring giant Balta last year, with it slipping to a net loss overall after finance costs and non-cash write-downs.

International interior furnishings supplier Sanderson Design Group has relaunched websites for all its individual brands along with refreshing its corporate presence online.

Furniture maker Sherborne Upholstery remained profitable and generated cash last year despite sales falling sharply on the back of Covid-induced factory and customer shutdowns.

A new nylon yarn aimed at residential carpet makers contains 75 percent recycled material and is itself "endlessly recyclable" according to its Belgian proponent.

DFS, already the largest upholstery producer in the country, is mulling further investment in U.K. sofa manufacturing as the pandemic and Brexit have highlighted global supply chain complexities.

Shareholders at Lancashire fitted furniture manufacturer J&J Ormerod (JJO) have decided to sell two thirds of the business to the company's employees, ending a long period of family ownership.

The giants of British upholstery retail are pushing deeper into the growing sofa-in-a-box market segment to compete with emerging challenger brands and entry-level incumbents such as IKEA.

Kent bed maker Sleepeezee has donated £18,000 to The Children's Hospital Charity in Sheffield, part of its commitment to share a cut of all sales from its Jessica mattress.

The West Yorkshire wool supplier that owned heritage carpet maker Axminster until early last year has completed a restructuring process it initiated nearly two years ago to improve its finances.

H.I.G., the U.S. headquartered investment group that bought Britain's biggest bed maker Silentnight a decade ago, has agreed a £25 million settlement with The Pensions Regulator (TPR).

The Furniture Industry Research Association has published a guide to alternative materials and the pressures from specific consumer groups which might accelerate their adoption across the furniture trade.

The just-launched Cloud Sundae is the third upholstery programme from sofa-in-a-box brand Snug and stretches the company's price architecture into a more premium segment underpinned by new patent-pending technology.

Revenue was flat for the second straight year at Manchester based converter of curtain and upholstery fabrics Fryett's, according to new figures for the period leading up to the pandemic.

Lockdowns meant revenue fell in high single-digits for the group behind the Alstons, Ashley Manor and Alexander & James brands last year but high demand outside those periods prompted it to expand its production capability.

Recticel, the Belgian foam conglomerate, has begun plans to offload its dedicated finished bedding manufacturing business following a strategic review.

Brockway Carpets slipped to a loss last year as a result one-off restructuring costs and the end of its financial year being hit by lockdown and customers such as John Lewis halting carpet operations.

Steve Warren has become sole managing director at heritage U.K. bed maker Sleepeezee with Howard Wilson having decided to take the first steps towards retirement after 45 years in the mattress industry.

Almost all U.K. bed manufacturers have already or will soon pass on rising input costs to retailers, according to a new poll by the National Bed Federation (NBF).

A ramp up in customer installations helped national bedroom retailer Sharps to a more than three-fold climb in profits in the final three months of 2020.

The parliamentarian representing one of the bed trade's most industrious areas says the furniture industry needs to take steps to ensure it is not over reliant on E.U. markets.

The CEO of Recticel has pinned rising prices for foam at the door of the chemicals sector, citing numerous force majeure events for creating supply shortages of polyols and isocyanates.

Profits more than doubled for the group behind the motion upholstery and beds brands Ashley Anderson and Willowbrook as revenue continued to rise in the lead up to the pandemic and in the period since.

Flooring manufacturer and wholesaler Victoria has issued £500 million of new bonds, more than 40 percent higher than originally planned after strong investor demand.

A combination of high demand and routine maintenance could reignite foam supply issues according to Europur, the European Association of Flexible Polyurethane Foam Block Manufacturers.

Carpet and vinyl flooring manufacturers and distributors are facing up to supply shortages and cost increases for yarn, PVC and other raw materials with a significant knock-on effect expected for retailers.

History could view the pandemic as the moment that sustainability issues went beyond awareness to actually influencing consumer decision-making, says a company at the vanguard of the circular beds economy.

A 650 basis point improvement in gross margin helped counter the impact of lower revenue at comfort foam supplier Carpenter in the period leading up to the pandemic.

The liquidator and lawyers chasing the former owner of Collins & Hayes for a portion of the seven-figure sum his company received for selling its intellectual property have scored a victory in the battle to recoup funds for creditors.

Carpet and flooring manufacturer and wholesaler Victoria is to refinance with a leverage-neutral bond issue for €350 million.

David Fletcher has joined diversified Wakefield based manufacturer GNG Group as key accounts director for its beds division, including its Komfi brand.

West Yorkshire bed manufacturer Duvalay has strengthened its senior leadership team with appointments that bolster its family-owned and run credentials.

The chairman of Harrison Spinks says the pandemic has accelerated the bed maker's pace of innovation with it having launched a product at "hyper speed" when it was forced to close last March.

Two MPs in furniture manufacturing strongholds will join the heads of Britain's leading industry trade associations for the second episode in the Innovation In Times Of Crisis webinar series.

Rising upstream supply chain costs have reached the consumer, with furniture retail price inflation increasing to its highest level since October 2017.

A rush of imports in the final quarter meant Britain brought more foreign-made mattresses into the U.K. for the seventh year in a row in 2020.

A glut of containers arriving at U.K. ports from China in December meant sofa imports passed all previous record-highs for the second straight month as the industry rushed to get Christmas orders delivered.

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) is supporting a series of virtual round table events as it looks to gather industry opinion on the sector's path to a net zero carbon future.

Carpet imports into the U.K. climbed for a second straight month in December but it was a miserable end to the year for Belgian manufacturers, who have suffered more than most through 2020.

Profits climbed sharply at carpet maker Cormar in 2019–20 on the back of wider margins, surging demand following the first lockdown and after annualising non-recurring expenses from the previous year.

The lobby group representing Britain's furniture industry has written to the Chancellor calling for support measures such as the furlough scheme to be extended when the Budget is announced next month.

U.K. furniture manufacturers' output was down by more than a fifth in 2020 after falling in 11 of the 12 months of the year as the industry grappled with the virus and restrictions on trade.

Retail demand returned strongly after the first lockdown last year but the chairman of Ulster Carpets says the future is less certain for contract markets because of the effect of the pandemic on the hospitality sector.

Profits fell at Silentnight last year as the U.K.'s largest bed manufacturer incurred higher costs including one-off legal expenses, a sign that its legacy pension challenges may be reaching a conclusion.

Britain's biggest bed maker Silentnight has confirmed that all bar one of the retail showrooms it has launched in the past three years will not reopen once restrictions are eased.

BFM Fabric Show London is to take place at Twickenham Stadium from June 8–9, 2021, subject to small indoor trade events being permitted at the time.

The Furniture Makers' Company, the trade charity and livery company, has enlisted captains of industry to be panellists on the first of its four webinars launching this month.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has developed a "bomb-proof" marketing pack to support retailers' efforts to promote sales during National Bed Month in March, irrespective of whether stores are open or closed.

General merchandise retailer Next put more upholstery volume through its own Yorkshire sofa factory in the run up to the pandemic while expanding headcount by 35 percent.

Lectra, a major supplier of machinery, software and consultancy to U.K. and global sofa manufacturers, has agreed to acquire rival Gerber Technologies in a deal worth €300 million.