Launching into the independent retail market can have a transformative effect on Siren Furniture, according to the upholstery supplier's incoming sales director.

The owner of showwood upholstery maker Relax Seating says a restructure of the business has left "no customers or suppliers let down in any way."

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Full sofa imports advanced 0.8% year-on-year in 2017
Sofa makers in Poland and China made most headway as upholstery imports into Britain inched upwards over the 2017 calendar year.

An East Midlands upholstery retail business employing 40 people and trading under multiple names has been fined following a prosecution brought by Leicestershire County Council Trading Standards.

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FindASofa.com is launching this month
An entrepreneur with experience working with DFS and Bensons has launched FindASofa.com, which aims to help consumers find and compare upholstery from all UK retailers on a single website.

South Coast sofa maker B&S Upholstery has agreed an unspecified funding arrangement through Pulse Cashflow Finance, Companies House filings reveal.

Profits fell for a third straight year at Sherborne Upholstery as the manufacturer bore higher input costs. Sales rose at their fastest rate in four years.

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A still from La-Z-Boy UK's new consumer TV ad campaign, which launches today (Feb. 1, 2018)
Upholstery source La-Z-Boy UK will launch its new consumer television advertising campaign today as part of its plan to build awareness and realign customers' perception of the brand.

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ScS grew like-for-like order intake 2.2% in the 26 weeks to Jan. 27, 2018
ScS, Britain's second largest sofa specialist, said half-year sales order intake climbed like-for-like thanks to growth across its core business. Its House of Fraser concessions declined.

London based premium upholstery vertical The Sofa & Chair Co. reported a seven-figure loss in a year that saw it sell property to settle third party investment.

North West fabrics company Fryetts shrugged off lower revenue to grow profits in high single-digits in 2016–17.

Sofa maker ACL 2002 — which does most of its business with national upholstery and carpet specialist ScS — posted record sales again in 2016–17. Profits also climbed.

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John Lewis Welwyn Garden City is among the locations to sell Natuzzi Editions ranges
Natuzzi, whose tie-up with John Lewis was revealed by The Furnishing Report last November, has disclosed the seven locations where its products are to be sold.

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Sofa imports from China grew at twice the annual run-rate according to the latest figures released by HM Revenue & Customs
Sofa imports declined in November despite a rise in the value of shipments from Britain's two largest upholstery trading partners.

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Natuzzi and Kuka to sign historic deal that will see the Natuzzi brand expanded in Greater China
Natuzzi is planning a joint venture with Kuka that will see the latter build and manage the Italian sofa brand's existing and future retail network in Greater China.

The South Coast sofa factory that formerly traded as Collins & Hayes repaid its £2 million debt to its parent company in the months ahead of an insolvent restructure over the new year.

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Wesley Barrell trades from 14 stores nationwide
The taxman will refrain from trying to recover funds from Wesley Barrell until the business has the resources to pay, according to just-filed accounts for the 14-store chain.

Motion furniture supplier Man Wah Holdings has announced deals to acquire a number of component and recliner factories, strengthening its supply chain in China.

Motion furniture maker La-Z-Boy, Inc. has agreed to pay $13.5 million (£10m) to settle a civil lawsuit filed by a company that claimed it was owed royalties for components.

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Matt Hudson, chief executive of The Lounge Co, will take on additional responsibility for Melksham based G Plan
Stephanie Hildon, chief executive of G Plan, has resigned and will leave the company at the end of January next year. Her replacement is the chief executive of sister company The Lounge Co.

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Billy & Slouch will launch at the NEC next month
Billy & Slouch is the new name for the former Collins & Hayes business in Hastings. The sofa maker will relaunch at the NEC next month with ranges created by one of its most successful past designers.

With three months of the year to report, the Thai owner of Alstons, Ashley Manor and Alexander & James looks primed to generate nine-figure combined sofa sales in 2017.

Upholstery imports declined in October on weak data from all bar one of the UK's key trading partners. Poland proved the exception.

Tetrad managing director Janus Cooper interviewed ahead of the relaunch of the Spink & Edgar Upholstery brand at the NEC next month.

Sofa maker Natuzzi has agreed to sell its products in selected John Lewis stores as it continues to build out its UK retail presence.

Natuzzi is outperforming in the UK with double-digit order growth, though delivery and procurement issues meant it was a disappointing quarter for the sofa maker overall.

Major sofa maker Man Wah Holdings is building capacity in both Europe and the Far East, as its recliner and fixed seat upholstery divisions experienced varying half-year sales.

Upholstery vertical benefits from strong first half and asset disposal.

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Italian sofa imports dropped by a quarter. Source: HMRC
Falling shipments of Chinese, Italian and Romanian sofas were behind a first drop in upholstery imports since the spring, according to new Government data.

La-Z-Boy will become the latest big-name furniture supplier to promote itself on television when it launches a campaign on mainstream broadcast networks next year.

Premium sofa maker Wade Upholstery is pulling out of the independents sector though the brand will live on, says chairman and JDP Furniture Group owner John Payne.

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The managing director of sofa maker Tetrad says order intake in the six months to end October is trending well ahead of 2016 thanks to wider distribution and strong sales of new product.

Enhanced distribution and sales promotion initiatives helped Stressless brand owner Ekornes beat tough UK market conditions in the third quarter.

HMRC is the biggest financial loser out of the restructure at upholstery supplies group Rexmore Textiles, and is owed more than £500,000 by the now-defunct company.

Former Dixons Carphone executive starts at the sofa chain next Monday.

The group CEO of Sofa Brands International says Jo Slaven can restore the Collins and Hayes brand back to its 'rightful' place.

Philip Spademan is to join East Midlands upholstery source Siren Furniture as sales director.

West Midlands furniture maker Boss Design has opened a 3,300sqft. northern showroom in Manchester, adding to other recent international openings at Chicago and Dubai.

The upholstery supplies group behind the Porter Valmic and John Singleton brands has downsized following a restructure that sees its former operating company liquidated.

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Upholstery group Sofa Brands International has appointed experienced retailer Matt Hudson as chief executive officer of its The Lounge Co. division.

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