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Now and in the future: How the office block might look and (inset) FIRA's familiar entrance.
The FIRA building in Stevenage — one of the furniture industry's most recognisable landmarks — will be demolished if redevelopment plans put forward by the property owner go ahead.

The 42nd edition of premium interior design show Decorex International takes place in just over a month's time in London with 50 new exhibitors among the lineup.

Manufacturing tech group Biesse is to host an Open Day this autumn pushing the benefits of the Manufacturing Guild Mark, the mark of excellence awarded by The Furniture Makers' Company.

Wellwishers and mourners have raised the equivalent of more than £72,000 for the Danish Cancer Society following the death of JYSK founder Lars Larsen earlier this month.

Shop prices fell at their fastest rate in more than a year this month on the back of retailers discounting non-food goods and clearing stock earlier than was the case this time last year.

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Michael Boyle is presented with the Housing Units green jacket.
North West home department store retailer Housing Units raised more cash for Kidscan at its annual golf day, taking the total raised for the children's cancer charity to £50,000 in the past four years.

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Andrew Mitchell (left) of the Long Eaton Guild and Artistic Upholstery alongside Orbital's Rob Walker.
The Long Eaton Guild of Furniture Manufacturers has a new website and the fee for the project has been donated to St. Michael's Hospice, in memory of longtime Guild chairman Matt O'Flynn.

The Young Furniture Makers exhibition returns to the City of London this October, offering the industry opportunities to connect with a new generation of designer-makers looking to make an impact on the sector.

The Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (FIESTA) is urgently appealing to U.K. furniture makers to financially support work needed to renew the level 2 Furniture Manufacturer Apprenticeship Standard.

Organisers of the International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS) have canned the 2020 edition of the event, saying they will take a break to "rethink, recharge and revitalise" the exhibition.

Decosit, the one-time dominant European trade fair for upholstery fabrics, will return this autumn after the show that succeeded it was cancelled.

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16 industry companies filed for insolvency in the week to July 19.
The insolvencies of well over a dozen furniture, furnishings and floorcoverings companies were announced last week in one of the worst periods for the sector since records began.

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Stamford Bridge, Chelsea will host the event again in 2020.
The 2020 edition of BFM London Fabric, the upholstery and soft furnishings fabrics exhibition formerly called London Fabric, will take place February 25–26, 2020.

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Visitor numbers were in line with last year's edition.
Organisers of the Manchester Furniture Show say they will build on the event's decades of heritage, with planning for the 2020 edition next summer already underway.

The Government has issued its long-anticipated response to a 2016 consultation on U.K. furniture fire regulations, promising new procedures “consistent with those taken for other consumer products.” But change may be some time away.

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BFM drills down into the issues affecting furniture manufacturers.
One in four furniture manufacturers have made redundancies and nearly one sixth introduced short-term working as producers grapple with some of the most challenging trading conditions in years, according to a survey by BFM.

Industry fundraisers in Yorkshire generated over £3,000 for The Furniture Makers’ Company at the fourth annual curry night, which took place June 13.

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From left: Charlie Harrison, director of multichannel at Big Shots supporter Furniture Village, former England rugby player Victor Ubogu, Dids Macdonald OBE and Jonny Westbrooke, master and CEO respectively of The Furniture Makers’ Company.
44 teams and nearly 200 people from across the furniture trade participated in the 25th edition of Big Shots, historically the biggest fundraiser in the annual calendar of The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry's dedicated charity.

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Whitemeadow made the list for the fourth time.
Well over a dozen furniture and flooring industry businesses have been featured in the 1,000 Companies To Inspire Britain 2019 report, including sofa maker Whitemeadow and guest bed producer Jay-Be.

BFM, the trade association representing U.K. furniture manufacturers, says it can support British companies wanting to access funding to exhibit at next year's Milan furniture fair.

Industry concerns ranging from beds retailer Land of Beds to sofa maker Westbridge are among seven companies featured in the latest sector-specific Parliamentary Review documents.

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) is relocating from Long Eaton to Oxfordshire as part of a project to modernise the members' trade association.

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Sherborne's Virginia three-seat sofa and standard recliner.
Motion furniture maker Sherborne Upholstery is among a slew of first-time companies to have signed to exhibit at the Manchester Furniture Show later this summer.

The chairman of the Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (FIESTA) says large furniture companies "need to wake up" or face a looming skills crisis.

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Dids Macdonald OBE, co-founder and CEO of Anti Copying In Design (ACID), has been installed as Master of The Furniture Makers' Company, the city livery company and industry charity.

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Mike Ashley becomes one of U.K. furnishings sector's richest after buying into the industry via House of Fraser and Sofa.com.
The combined wealth of the U.K.'s wealthiest people and families with an interest past and present in the furnishings sector increased 9 percent in 2019.

Attendance spiked at last week's globally-significant Salone del Mobile exhibition in Milan in a sign of healthy spend intention among trade buyers in world furniture markets.

Phil Reynolds has been appointed to the newly-created post of chief operating officer at the Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA).

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The Closing the Gap conference takes place Friday, April 26, 2019 at Furniture Makers' Hall, London.
A new solution to help the furniture industry close the skills gap is to be presented by The Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (Fiesta) next month.

Optimism among UK furniture makers is scarce despite a welcome reduction in cost pressures, according to new research by trade body BFM, the association for British Furniture Manufacturers.

BFM, the trade association for UK furniture makers, says it has an open line into Government to air manufacturers' concerns regarding a potential No-Deal Brexit.

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Big Shots is again sponsored by Furniture Village
Big Shots, the biggest fundraiser in The Furniture Makers’ Company’s calendar, will mark 25 years of raising money for the furnishing industry charity in 2019.

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Additional tariffs were due to come into effect March 1, 2019.
President Donald Trump says the United States will delay the implementation of additional tariffs on Chinese-made goods, including finished furniture, after the two countries made "substantial progress" on trade talks.

Organisers says attendance climbed and exhibitors booked more business at the January Furniture Show, which took place at the NEC last month.

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London Fabric takes place March 4–5, 2019 at Stamford Bridge
OAL (Occupation Awards) and LTS (Lancashire Testing Services) are among the new sponsors of this year's edition of London Fabric, which takes place later this spring.

Parliamentarians lauded the contribution of Britain's furniture manufacturing industry on the economy and debated issues impacting the sector in a Westminster Hall debate last week.

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Parker Knoll's Collection 150 range won the upholstery section
Judges named the winners of The Furniture Awards at the NEC today (Jan. 20) with Parker Knoll — celebrating its 150th year in 2019 — among the winners.

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Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa at Polmont will host the February 19–20, 2019 event, which takes in products spanning fabrics, wallcoverings, furniture, lighting, flooring and accessories.
The 12th edition of the Scottish Interiors Showcase, which brings together 80 suppliers representing 150 leading interior design brands, is scheduled to take place next month.

Furniture makers that are concerned about the potential impact of a disorderly departure from the European Union should be taking preparatory action now, according to the lead trade association representing UK manufacturers.

The companies shortlisted for The Furniture Awards 2019, the winners of which will be announced at the January Furniture Show later this month, have been named.



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