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The Hongqiao National Exhibition and Convention Center
The 42nd edition of the China International Furniture Fair in Shanghai (CIFF Shanghai) attracted record attendance across the four-day event, organisers have said.

Decorex International, the interior design event taking place in London this week, has announced a new autumn dateline and a change of venue for next year's edition.

The new-look identity features a contemporary interpretation of a D that subconsciously references innovation while retaining historic signature features such as the gold colourway.
The Design Guild Mark has relaunched its brand identity as part of a move it hopes will lead to higher consumer recognition and greater resonance among new and established designers.

London Fabric takes place at Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge stadium
London Fabric, the trade event aimed at buyers of fabrics for upholstery, beds and soft furnishings, has moved its show dates to avoid a potential fixture clash for venue host, Chelsea FC.

The Furniture Makers’ Company (FMC) has launched a free human resources toolkit as it looks to support the hiring and development of industry talent among smaller furniture companies.

The British Furniture Confederation (BFC) has backed Government plans to increase exports but says its words need to be backed up with action, saying industry concerns are yet to be addressed.

BFM, the trade association for UK furniture makers, has introduced a weekly foam chemical price market report in a bid to help members negotiate the best possible rates with suppliers.

Carl Davidson (above, left) receives his prize from past winner Lees Whitehead
Manchester home department store retailer Housing Units has raised another four-figure sum for Kidscan, the children's cancer charity, at its annual golf day.

An official opening event for The Exchange, the new Long Eaton headquarters for trade association BFM, will be held next month, to coincide with Long Point.

Furniture Makers’ Hall and the Dutch Church in Austin Friars will host the 2018 exhibition
The next generation of furniture designers and makers will showcase their talents at the 12th edition of the Young Furniture Makers exhibition, which takes place Wednesday, October 10 in London.

Industry charity The Furniture Makers' Company has launched the entry process for its seventh annual Sustainability Award, which was last year won by bed maker Silentnight.

BFM says it can support UK companies planning to show in Cologne next year after it was appointed delivery partner for funding from the Department for International Trade.

More than 5,000 attended the Manchester Furniture Show last month
More than 80 percent of suppliers at last month's Manchester Furniture Show have already rebooked to exhibit at next year's event, organisers have said.

Trade association BFM, the British Furniture Manufacturers, has appointed Annie Porter (below) as marketing and administration coordinator, based out of its new Long Eaton HQ.

The furniture skills body set up last year to support the industry as the Apprenticeship Levy came into existence is introducing a new initiative to help companies find and manage the next generation of employees.

Wakefield supplier W.E. Rawson has been fined £600,000 plus costs following the death of an employee at its premises in 2014.

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The BFC 2018 Manifesto
The British Furniture Confederation (BFC), the representative body whose members comprise the sector's leading trade associations, has sent its 2018 Manifesto to key legislators as it looks to highlight the importance of the £17 billion industry to the economy.

Retail buyers have signalled their intent ahead of the industry's lead summer trade event with visitors pre-registering for the Manchester Furniture Show up nearly a quarter on last year.

Five more companies announced for July 15–17 exhibition in all.

Furniture Village is the main sponsor of Big Shots
Clay pigeon shoot Big Shots, the biggest fundraiser in The Furniture Makers Company calendar, generated £24,000 for the industry charity earlier this month.

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The January Furniture Show 2019 will feature the Bed Zone
A significant part of Hall 5 at the NEC will be allocated to a new Bed Zone as the next edition of the January Furniture Show hosts its largest concentration of mattress companies since its inception.

The Furniture Makers' Company has issued the clarion call for entries to its Export Award, with the deadline less than a month away.

Sarah and Nick Bianchi of Arighi Bianchi with the award
Bed maker Harrison Spinks and retailer Arighi Bianchi were furniture industry winners at the Family Business of the Year Awards 2018, announced last week.

Organisers are calling for entries for this year's Sealy Cup, a five-a-side football tournament that raises cash for industry charity The Furniture Makers' Company.

Seven European partners including furniture makers' trade body BFM have combined to develop the content for an International Masters Degree, part of a wider plan to tackle the furniture industry skills shortage.

Darren Marcangelo skydives to raise cash for The Furniture Makers' Company
Managers at Leeds beds and components group Harrison Spinks raised £1,400 for industry charity The Furniture Makers' Company after completing a tandem skydive.

Space is running out for exhibitors looking to exhibit at international furniture fair IMM Cologne, event organiser Kölnmesse has said.

An industry-specific Level 3 Furniture Apprenticeship — backed and funded by BFM and The Furniture Makers' Company — has gained official approval.

The owners of the largest furniture, home accents and gift trade fairs in the United States are to merge, creating the world's largest operator of home goods events.

Hayden Davies, the former longtime leader of furniture test house FIRA International, has been installed as the Master of The Furniture Makers' Company.

Attendance at CIFF Guangzhou — one of the most important trade fairs for the global furniture industry — increased this year, according to data released by show organisers.

BFM, the British Furniture Manufacturers association, has supported the launch of an online database that will help companies to employ disabled people.

Chelsom is to make its Manchester Furniture Show debut this summer, exhibiting as part of the Midpoint event that co-locates for the first time.

Attendance was up double-digit on recent editions
Salone del Mobile, the furniture design event widely considered the most important in the world, closed Sunday with attendance up sharply on last year.

European Furniture Promotion, the company behind Home & Retail, has been placed into administration
The specialist furniture logistics company trading as Home & Retail has ceased trading, leaving customers with a longer wait for orders and retailers with a distribution headache.

Maggie Throup MP is the new chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group, succeeding Stephen McPartland MP, who has stood down after eight years in the role.

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The Design Guild Mark judging panel (left–right): Peter Thwaites, Fiona Knight, Natasha Marshall, Professor Clare Johnston, Rodney McMahon, Linzi Coppick and Corinne Pringle.
Industry charity The Furniture Makers' Company (TFMC) has announced the inaugural holders of the Design Guild Mark's new 2D category.

New corporate members for industry charity.

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Bed retailer Dreams was placed first in the list of Britain's 100 private companies with the fastest-growing profits
Dreams ranked first in The Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100 league table with four others from the furniture sector also celebrated, including two in the main list and another pair who were named Ones to Watch.

Manchester Furniture Show 2018 will be the first to incorporate MidPoint
Organisers have launched the online registration facility for visitors to attend this summer's Manchester Furniture Show.