Historic bed maker Sleepeezee is to issue a legal challenge to a trademark application made by a West Yorkshire rival.

Harvey Roberts has been appointed managing director at upholstery manufacturer and distributor Hydeline Furniture.

Mattress and foam products maker GNG Group has taken delivery of new automated machinery for its beds division in a move that ramps up its production capacity.

Routine factory maintenance in the upstream foam supply chain could lead to further disruption for furniture manufacturers and their retail customers later this year, BFM has warned.

Balta Group, the major Belgian carpet manufacturer and one of the largest suppliers to the U.K. floorcoverings market, plans to refinance its long-term borrowing.

The National Bed Federation (NBF), the trade association representing U.K. bed manufacturers, has announced four key hires to its 12-strong marketing committee.

Cashflow and orders were strong as the group behind custom cabinet maker and retailer Neville Johnson bounced back from the early months of the pandemic.

The Chinese furniture manufacturing conglomerate that bought HTL in 2016 says it will sustain a financial hit after writing down the value of its investment in the leather sofa maker.

Hypnos, the Buckinghamshire based bed maker, has further bolstered its sustainability credentials with The Planet Mark - Carbon Neutral certification.

Upholstery conglomerate Man Wah Holdings successfully raised HK$2.36 billion (£222m) from investors following the planned share placing it had earlier signposted mid-January.

The co-founders of soft seating category leader Bazaar Group have sold a majority stake in the business to Comhar Capital to help fund expansion in the U.K. and mainland Europe.

The company that last summer bought the business and assets of one of the U.K.'s first vertically-integrated direct-to-consumer sofa brands has booked six-figure profits.

Colefax Group, the fabrics and wallpaper company with a big international business, says sales have been more resilient despite the imposition of new restrictions across the U.K. and export markets.

Half-year EBIT trebled as high-end upholstery manufacturer Kingcome Sofas found extra margin in the six months to end October.

One of the executive directors at high-end British furniture and lighting company Established & Sons now owns almost a fifth of the business following a share issue last year.

Manufacturers face short-term challenges but order books are strong and hopes for the future are high, says Nick Garratt, md at trade association BFM.

Furniture makers' price inflation climbed for the sixth straight month at the end of 2020 suggesting fears from within the sector of forceful headwinds ahead are well founded.

GNG Group, the West Yorkshire maker of mattresses and other performance foam products for sectors ranging from sports to healthcare, has promoted Darren Potterton to group managing director.

Sofa maker Tetrad has completed the remodel of its Preston showroom ahead of the launch of a series of new collections.

Furniture maker Ercol returned to profit at EBITDA level in 2020 after orders and delivered turnover outperformed levels management were budgeting for during the first lockdown, its chairman said.

Profits at Sanderson Design Group, the luxury interiors manufacturer and wholesaler formerly known as Walker Greenbank, will rise after the company outperformed expectations.

The South Wales carpet manufacturing arm of flooring giant Victoria returned to profit in 2019–20 as it annualised millions of pounds of restructuring costs.

The value of foam and sprung mattress imports into the U.K. slumped in November, arresting a two-month return to growth across the combined categories.

Furniture makers are facing unprecedented increases in the cost of key raw materials according to trade association BFM, and retailers should brace for some of that to be passed on.

Factory investment didn't immediately yield the expected jump in sales for Dura Beds, according to just-filed accounts for the Batley mattress maker in the period leading up to the pandemic.

British retailers and wholesalers imported more upholstery ahead of Christmas than in any other month since records began, new data compiled by The Furnishing Report shows.

U.K. imports of carpets and rugs advanced high single-digits according to newly-released November data as China, India and Turkey made gains while traditional manufacturing powerhouses continued to toil.

Efforts to meet pre-Christmas delivery deadlines after strong demand through the summer and autumn meant U.K. furniture manufacturing output reached a year-long high according to new Government figures.

W Exhibition & Elements, the trade show for the furniture manufacturing and joinery industries, has been postponed until February 6–9, 2022, organisers have announced.

Man Wah Holdings, the upholstery and recliner giant with manufacturing operations across the Far East and Eastern Europe, hopes to raise the equivalent of £224 million to fund expansion and modernisation activities.

Leading minds from the across the industry will tackle topics ranging from innovation in manufacturing to sector survival and retail in a new series of webinars to be hosted by The Furniture Makers' Company.

The diversified furniture, mattress and home accents distribution group Gallery Direct built out revenue in 2019 including a 50 percent rise in U.K. sales. Profits fell on higher costs.

Brian Mynett, the former Christie-Tyler executive who was later responsible for driving the U.K. expansion of Italian sofa giant Natuzzi, has died. He was 80 years old.

Vita Group has agreed to pay €6.1 million to acquire southern Italian flexible foam producer I.M.P.E from Natuzzi, the upholstery manufacturing giant.

44 fewer U.K. furniture, floorcoverings and furnishings companies filed for insolvency in 2020 despite the pandemic hitting businesses across the country since the early spring of last year.

The company behind the Balmoral Furniture operation in Northern Ireland says it should break even in the year to March 2021 despite sales being hit by the pandemic.

Every furniture and flooring store in the U.K. will again be closed from today (Jan. 5) after the Government last night announced a new lockdown to last until at least the middle of February.

Business-to-business transactions supported by trade credit insurance will be guaranteed by the British state for another six months, the Government has announced.

Ekornes, the Norwegian recliner company behind the Stressless and IMG brands, recorded a loss at its U.K. and Ireland operation in 2019 during what was, it said, a year of consolidation.

The Incanto Group is planning a three-month show-van tour in the U.K. after a similar exercise by the sofa maker resulted in it picking up new accounts for its relaunched Digiò Leather Sofas by Sofitalia brand here this autumn.

British furniture manufacturing output continued to accelerate deep into the autumn but total production levels remain well down on last year as a result of the pandemic.

Italian sofa maker Nicoletti Home says U.K. sales will end 2020 up in mid-single digits after it successfully navigated raw material challenges to deliver its order book to customers on time and in full.

North West sofa covers and soft furnishings business Plumbs booked flat underlying profits last year, saying it had been a period of consolidation following earlier restructuring.

British consumers and importers are on track to buy up more China-made mattresses than ever before in 2020 despite the pandemic holding back goods from almost all other countries.

Häfele, the furniture fittings and hardware conglomerate, is to acquire Moebelplus, an ecommerce business majoring in white goods and small appliances.

Upholstered furniture imports climbed at their fastest pace in over a year as global suppliers played catch-up in the wake of strong demand across U.K. retail stores and online.

Mansion House Bedding Group, the Suffolk based bed manufacturer, entered the pandemic with no bank debt after robust cashflow enabled it to deleverage.

Imports of carpets and rugs fell at their steepest rate since the summer on weaker growth figures from emerging partners. Arrivals from established source nations such as Belgium and the Netherlands remained feeble.

Market leader DFS said 2020–21 profits will likely be at the upper end of forecasts even though its business is being hit by continuing showroom closures, port disruption and a shortage of raw materials.

A temporary moratorium on shareholder payouts and M&A activity is over for upholstery giant DFS after it agreed new extended debt terms with lenders.

Revenue advanced in mid-single digits for Coventry based luxury vinyl tile (LVT) giant Amtico last year but margins were thinner as a result of higher costs.

The md of Savoir Beds, the ultra high-end manufacturer and retailer, says its dealers in the Far East delivered an improved performance this year but sales have fallen overall as footfall declined in the world's great metropolitan cities because of the pandemic.

Whitemeadow, Britain's biggest owner-run upholstery producer, maintained its growth story last year as it reached what is likely to be a revenue peak ahead of the pandemic and Brexit transition.

The National Bed Federation (NBF), the body representing U.K. bed manufacturers, has launched The Suppliers Council, which will focus on the interests of the association's component supplier and support services membership.

Mattress and pillow company Tempur is to sponsor women’s road cycling team DROPS Le Col for the 2021 season.

There will be no immediate end to foam supply issues for U.K. sofa and mattress makers, with rising prices and product allocation continuing to bedevil the industry. The credibility of of PU materials is at risk, according to a leading trade body.

Ashley Manor, the West Midlands sofa maker, was the biggest growth driver for the Thai-owned TCM Living upholstery group as two of its four major business units outperformed the U.K. market last year.

Carpet producers, distributors and retailers as well as their customers could see extended lead times after the insolvency of a major specialist haulier put product out of sync.

Millbrook Beds and Eclipse International have agreed a joint venture that will see products from the British company's brand rolled out across the U.S. as well as a new mattress programme sold in the U.K.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow is to open up its Sutton-in-Ashfield HQ to showcase its new collections early next year.

Liquidators were appointed to the trading arm of foam mattress production company Icon Designs late last month.

Britain's largest bed manufacturer Silentnight Group has given two of its directors an expanded brief following the departure of key executives.

Revenue climbed double-digit for a second straight year at ready-assembled cabinet maker Welcome Furniture in 2019–20. Profits declined on cost headwinds.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds has begun a trial delivering goods with all-electric vehicles as it sets in motion more of its plan to become a net zero emissions retailer by 2040.

Pete Walker, who co-founded Breasley Pillows and was instrumental in building it into one of the largest suppliers in the U.K. bedding industry, has died.

The West Midlands upholstery brands that form the largest part of the Thai-owned TCM Living group look to have outperformed the U.K. sofa market last year, new data shows.

Company voluntary arrangement (CVA) at kitchen cabinet manufacturer, designer and installer.

Britain's bed makers have a big opportunity ahead of them in the rush to develop sustainable products but have been warned consumers will see through non-science based claims.

TCM Corp, the majority owner of U.K. upholstery group TCM Living, has promoted a new group chief executive from within the Thailand based organisation.

A Government minister says he will engage with the U.K. furniture industry as it grapples with the issue of foam shortages.

Exports helped high-margin, premium-pitched bed maker Vispring posts its first top line growth in three years in 2019. And So To Bed, its co-owned sister business, also found growth.

Earnings grew on higher sales last year for the Yorkshire rugs and soft furnishings manufacturer behind the Howler & Scratch and Rug Guru brands.

Italian upholstery vertical Natuzzi will expand its retail footprint in the U.K. this Christmas amid strong demand so far this year for its Natuzzi Editions brand.

Bed manufacturing conglomerate Hilding Anders has appointed Jason Forbes to lead a major direct-to-consumer push including the creation of an 80-strong ecommerce and digital team.

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has stressed the need for business owners to have made their factories Covid-secure, not just to protect employees but also to prevent falling foul of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

Business model adjustments have helped drive major efficiency improvements for Abingdon Flooring, one of the U.K.'s largest carpet makers, parent company Victoria said yesterday.

The executive chairman of flooring conglomerate Victoria says he expects no let up in demand with the group to achieve meaningful organic growth into 2021 as consumers continue to invest in their homes.

Hypnos has co-developed a new eco-packaging solution and wants other companies across the furniture and bed industries to adopt it too.

Revenue fell mid-single digits for Natuzzi in the third quarter but the Italian upholstery manufacturer and retailer said the order outlook is brighter.

Bed industry executive has spent the past decade in the industry, with Hypnos and Silentnight.

Output soared as the Chinese mattress and foam conglomerate behind the Mlily brand near doubled sales in the three months to end September.

Stanley Pauley, the longtime leader and majority shareholder of foam conglomerate Carpenter Co, has died aged 93, the company has announced.

The National Bed Federation (NBF), the trade association representing the interests of U.K. bed manufacturers, will later today announce the winners of its 2020–21 awards.

Third quarter sales jumped for European ready-to-assemble cabinet furniture maker Forte but remain well down in the year so far, including the region taking in the U.K.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) is to direct consumers to their nearest NBF stockist through a new website providing advice about beds and mattresses.

Plans by Endless to invest in Silentnight back in 2011 were so far advanced that the turnaround firm had already drawn down funds, its managing partner has told a Disciplinary Tribunal investigating the conduct of advisors to the bed maker.

Silentnight, Britain's largest bed manufacturer, has extended its longstanding partnership with Panther Warehousing, the specialist two-man, white-glove carrier.

Leeds bed maker and components group Harrison Spinks says it is formulating plans to created a dedicated recycling asset in the North as part of its zero-to-landfill aims.

Belgian manufacturer Latexco has launched Suitenings, a new brand comprising bedding products and services designed to be sold into the hotels sector.

The National Bed Federation's (NBF) Green Forum — originally slated for an April dateline — has been rescheduled for December 3, 2020.

Orders placed after furniture retailers sprinted out of the first national lockdown resulted in upholstery imports into the U.K. climbing at their fastest pace in 12 months.

Half-year revenue and profits advanced for upholstery giant Man Wah Holdings in the six months to end September despite a big fall in sales across Europe.

The chief operating officer of Ercol Furniture (ercol) has left the manufacturer to complete a PhD with the heritage British brand appointing two senior existing executives to run the business on a day-to-day basis.

National beds specialist Dreams booked higher profits in 2019 as rising sales bolstered its market leadership and outweighed the impact of narrower gross margin.

Revenue jumped by a third for Jason Furniture Hangzhou Co. in the third quarter as demand skyrocketed for the Chinese upholstery conglomerate's products and brands.

The chief financial officer at Britain's biggest bed maker Silentnight says he looks forward to working with manufacturers across Europe after joining the board of the European Bedding Industries' Association (EBIA).

Recticel is to launch a strategic review of its bedding business that could result in its sale after announcing the takeover of a Swiss company that will see it further its ambitions in the technical foams segment.

Bob Eastoe has stepped down from the board at bed manufacturer Hypnos and parent company Keen & Toms Holdings after a little over 13 years with the group.

A positive swing in gross margin aided by lower input costs helped drive an uplift in profits for The Vita Group last year, newly-filed consolidated accounts in mainland Europe show.

The Vita Group has completed its Bedding Innovation Centre at Middleton in North West England, one of four new facilities across the U.K. and Eastern Europe planned for this year.

Sales of residential products and rugs helped mitigate continued weakness in the commercial sector at flooring colossus Balta Group in the third quarter of 2020.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds is adding extra headcount to its Huntingdon workforce to help meet rising demand.

Kitchen vertical Wren has opened its first showroom in the U.S., bringing up a centenary of stores including its U.K. showroom network. It follows the earlier announcement of a first U.S. manufacturing plant.

West Midlands furniture manufacturer Boss Design has strengthened its board of directors with two senior hires, including the former CEO of office furniture and equipment group Bisley.

Only a third of British furniture manufacturers have so far passed on rising input costs to their customers despite the overwhelming majority being landed with price hikes by their suppliers.

Harrison Spinks has agreed a partnership with The Fine Bedding Company to offer hoteliers a complete package of complementary mattresses, duvets and pillows.

Upholstery producer Man Wah Holdings has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Feng Guohua as chief executive officer (CEO).

U.K. and Ireland revenue continued to recover for Norwegian upholstery giant Ekornes in the third quarter putting it close to even for the year so far.

Upstream supply chain issues are to blame for a rapid increase in the price of foam according to Recticel, the Belgian industrial conglomerate and a major supplier to U.K. sofa and mattress makers.

Flooring conglomerate Victoria says the imminent lockdown in England will make little material difference to its business in the long run, adding that its factories will remain open and continue to accept and deliver orders.

The owner of the direct sales manufacturer and retailer Adjustamatic Beds sustained a six-figure deficit last year but says it has traded profitably in 2020 despite the pandemic.

Cashflow at North West bedding company Trendsetter Home Furnishings was healthy despite pressure on margins resulting in the business recording a bigger accounting deficit in 2019–20.

Revenue growth in Europe and other international markets helped counter weaker domestic demand at flooring conglomerate Mohawk Industries in the third quarter.

The keys to the Sealy U.K. factory will be formally handed over to their new owners this morning (Oct. 30) while a general manager to run the Aspatria operation will arrive early next week.

Third quarter revenue climbed by more than a third for Tempur Sealy International, the world's biggest bedding company, as it enjoyed its most profitable period since the business was created.

Ministry of Furniture (MoF), the privately-owned Neath company that emerged from Remploy Furniture back in 2014, has undergone a corporate reorganisation and rebranding process.

Furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow will move its upholstered bed frame production early in 2021 after taking a new facility that will also provide the scope to consolidate its manufacturing operations across fewer factories.

It is counter-intuitive that on the day we reported that September saw record-breaking furniture retail sales, we also reveal that some British manufacturers may have to temporarily close their factories.

One of the leading sources of foam for Britain's mattress and sofa industry says it is doing everything possible to make good the current problems but its hands are tied until its own supply chain finds solutions.

Temporary foam factory shutdowns will prompt U.K. upholstery and mattress plants to close according to the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), which is urgently seeking clarification from the supply chain.

The head of the body representing the European foam sector has said it is "not good" for the industry that it is currently unable to satisfy high demand because of upstream supply chain issues.

Carpet and flooring conglomerate Victoria is to raise up to £175 million through a preferred equity investment to bolster its armoury to buy up more of its rivals.

Invesco, the international money manager whose multi-year strategic saw it build a major stake in Victoria, has lined up deals that will see it sell its remaining shares in the flooring designer, maker and distributor.

Furniture manufacturers' prices were higher for a third straight month on an annual basis in September in data yet to reflect a tsunami of raw material cost pressures incurred by U.K. producers.

Jarrow cabinet maker and retailer Funky Chunky Furniture says it plans to grow headcount even further as it strives to keep pace with rising customer demand.

Bensons for Beds has paid tribute to the British suppliers behind its new Rollo by Slumberland mattress programme which it says has become the most successful launch in the retailer's 70-year history.

The group behind the Spaceslide bedrooms brand says its cash headroom is currently larger than it was pre-Covid thanks to additional financing facilities as well as strong post-lockdown trading.

Molteni&C, the designer furniture and lifestyle company, has formed a collaboration with the ultra-premium brand of consumer products giant LG Electronics.

Recliner giant Man Wah Holdings has not given up its attempt to take control of HTL despite the already-completed sale of the leather upholstery colossus back to its founder.

The Yorkshire group behind bedroom brand Spaceslide recorded a bigger deficit in 2019 after a decline in performance at its co-owned kitchens business Optiplan.

A key cog in the U.K. upholstery supply chain that lost out following the failures of QFC, Multiyork and Ultra more than recovered all that revenue and more in the year to March 31, 2020.

It is unlikely that people will go back into the office in the same way as they did pre-pandemic according to a new report that has implications for the residential furniture sector.

Weeks of zero takings during lockdown won't prevent the majority of bed and mattress retailers hitting their full year revenue targets according to a poll by the National Bed Federation (NBF).

Ready-to-assemble cabinet maker is a supplier to retailers such as Argos and employs nearly 70 people at its South Yorkshire factory.

A South Wales furniture maker with worldwide revenue north of £90 million has expanded into the residential sector with the launch of a comprehensive design-led home office and living collection.

Insolvency practitioners say efforts to recover a seven-figure debtor balance from one of the U.K.'s largest retailers of upholstery after the failure of a major British sofa manufacturer are over.

Walker Greenbank, the interior furnishings manufacturer and distributor, will simplify its structure by rebranding as Sanderson Design Group later this year in a move it says better reflects its activities.

A multi-million pound investment from a co-owned property company has supported a turnaround plan at a diversified group whose business units include smooth floorcoverings brand Atkinson & Kirby.

Bedding manufacturer, distributor and licensee Comfy Quilts found growth in 2019–20 buoyed by increased demand from an online retailer with whom it has familial ties.

Upholstery vertical DFS has joined the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) in a move that sees it become the largest single member of the national trade association.

The Italian group that makes furniture under licence for a series of high-end lifestyle brands spanning Fendi Casa and Bentley Home has strengthened its leadership team.

British furniture manufacturers continued to narrow the year-on-year production deficit as they brought employees back from furlough, new Government figures show.

Balta, the Belgian carpet and flooring conglomerate, said year-on-year third quarter profits will come in higher as a result of lower fixed costs and significantly improved margins.

"The premium innerspring segment in the U.K. market is not being fully served," said Tempur Sealy International CEO Scott Thompson as the Kentucky conglomerate announced that — together with its joint venture partner — it is buying back the U.K. Sealy brand rights from Silentnight.

Innovation paid dividends for Yorkshire chair specialist HSL with the group recording a six-figure corporation tax credit despite achieving pretax earnings north of £2 million last year.

Britain's mattress supply chains are under unprecedented pressure as demand outstrips the ability for factories to make products fast enough, according to the National Bed Federation.

Tempur Sealy International says it will "develop, expand and reposition" Sealy products in the U.K. after agreeing a buyback of the brand rights in a joint venture with the Dyer family, its longtime Asia-Pacific partner.

Specialist furniture vertical HSL said four years of investment in its manufacturing operations paid dividends as it upped the volume of product leaving its own factory last year.

Specialist furniture vertical HSL found the sweet spot in 2019 as its 59-store retail network and home consultations delivered top and bottom line growth.

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