Plans to build on a circa 10,000sqft car park behind Lee Longlands' Broad Street furniture store in Birmingham have been given the go-ahead by the local council.

Cylindo, the fast-growing 3D product visualisation platform that lists the likes of Loaf among hundreds of furniture retail clients, has been sold to Chaos, a world leader in photorealistic rendering technology based in Germany.

Sofa Club, the upholstered furniture retailer that sells online and through seven sites across U.K. shopping centres, has reimagined its brand image and product offer.

The group behind Furniture123, widely considered the U.K.'s first dedicated ecommerce furniture retailer, enjoyed bumper growth last year and a near four-fold rise in profits.

The price instability in the crude oil and natural gas markets has triggered the introduction of phenomena that the foam industry has not seen for decades, according to the head of the organisation that represents the principal actors in the sector.

Ecommerce retailer MattressNextDay has partnered with Ecologi, an environmental organisation that helps both consumers and corporates by funding projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Housing Units, the privately-owned North West retailer known for its top-hatted doormen, is celebrating its 75th anniversary through 2022.

A share issue at designer furniture, home and lifestyle retailer The Conran Shop has delivered a new seven-figure equity injection.

RA Irwin & Company said its mattress ticking operations continued to perform strongly in what was a year of change for the Craigavon supplier.

Upmarket outdoor dining and indoor lounge furniture company Bridgman has opened a new showroom in Kent, taking its nationwide store count to six.

New accounts for the company behind an Oxfordshire oak furniture ecommerce specialist suggest it enjoyed strong demand last year.

BFM says U.K. furniture retailers should prepare for further price rises after its members were hit by a slew of rising input costs amid an already inflationary environment.

Global home furnishings company Designers Guild says a huge amount of re-engineering work has helped position it to emerge from the pandemic as a stronger and more robust business.

The number of furniture and flooring industry companies filing for insolvency continued to normalise in the first quarter, up sharply on last year but below historic trends.

The U.K.'s antitrust regulator has found that Där Lighting restricted retailers' freedom to set their own prices online between 2017–2019 and fined the company £1.5 million.

Sales jumped by almost half for major rug distributor Flair Flooring last year to help counter the impact of rising costs and inflationary pressures.

Curve Craft, a custom manufacturer of curved doors and cabinetry used in the installation of high-end kitchens, is expanding into new East Midlands premises.

Furniture and home conglomerate Wayfair has promoted one of the key executives behind its rise in the U.K. market to a new senior role.

Administrators have been appointed to weekly payments furniture, appliances and electricals retailer Perfect Home, almost ten months after it announced a managed wind down of its operations.

Tempur Sealy International will delay the launch of a new programme of products designed to bring the Tempur brand to a wider customer base because of the economic fallout from Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

10-store beds retailer Mattressman is clearing stock ahead of an overhaul of its flagship East of England showroom.

Bedlinen and homewares company Bedeck has renewed a licensing agreement with soft furnishings supplier Sanderson Design Group for a further three years and widened it to include new markets.

FIRA International, the furniture test house and services provider, says it has gained accreditation to the Irish Government's equivalent to the U.K. fire regs in a move it hopes will make exports easier for British manufacturers.

The mattress making and components arms of Leeds beds group Harrison Spinks found big growth last year, citing the impact of product development through the pandemic.

Portugal's Aquinos Group, one of Europe's largest sofa and bed manufacturers, has completed the takeover of the bedding division of Belgian foam conglomerate Recticel.

Likewise Group has agreed to buy West Yorkshire flooring distributor Delta Carpets from its private shareholders in a cash and shares deal worth £3 million.

Karen Witts will succeed Laura Carr as chief financial officer at Dunelm Group, the furniture and homeware retailer has announced.

Home and leisure retail chain The Range has opened in the former John Lewis at Home store at Ashford in Kent.

Bensons for Beds is launching a refreshed visual identity alongside a new service called 'your bed, your way' that it hopes will allow its store staff to match customers with the right mattress.

West Yorkshire furniture wholesaler Andy Thornton enjoyed a seven-figure profits turnaround last year after sales rebounded and it found cost savings.

Revenue at Nottinghamshire furniture wholesaler Julian Bowen was even stronger in 2020/21 than that indicated by its new majority shareholder when it completed a buyout last autumn.

Fast-growing U.K. floorcoverings distributor Likewise Group has moved to incentivise key officials across the business with the granting of new share options.

National retailer Bensons for Beds will open its remodelled Aberdeen store on Friday morning after an extensive refurbishment project.

Upholstery chain Sofa Workshop ceased trading on Thursday and has been placed into administration, owner Halo Group has said.

The CEO of RH says the luxury U.S. furniture and home retailer is "running a bit behind" as he provided an updated timeline for the opening of RH England, its first U.K. gallery.

High-end furniture and lifestyle brand Timothy Oulton has strengthened its retail presence in the North West with the opening of its latest retail showroom.

JYSK temporarily shut its entire Russian store network a month ago following the invasion of Ukraine, but has now said the closure will be permanent.

The Very Group, owner of Very.co.uk and Littlewoods and one of the U.K.'s largest retailers of furniture, has promoted Sean Hallows to chief operating officer.

IKEA plans to permanently close its Edmonton store in north London, only the second time the Swedish home and garden retail brand has closed one of its full-line U.K. sites.

New legislation is expected to green-light the ability for suppliers to legally charge physical stockists less for the same products than they do ecommerce operators, if they so wish.

Officials at PwC will seek approval for another six-figure uplift in the fees its restructuring advisors have earned handling the insolvency of Fabb Sofas, the upholstery chain that ceased trading in June 2018.

Case goods manufacturing and wholesale giant Samson Holdings reversed early pandemic losses to return to profit last year, driven by lower costs and success in its largest market.

Startup venture Homebound is targeting renters and frequent movers with monthly furniture packages spanning a full array of living, dining, home office and bedroom products.

Red Tractor, the U.K.'s biggest farm and food assurance scheme with 50,000 British farmers accredited to its standards, has returned to TV advertising, providing an expected boost to suppliers such as bed maker Hypnos.

A North West sofa wholesale business along with two connected companies including a retail business have been placed into liquidation.

Northwest flooring manufacturer Penthouse Carpets said it achieved a "remarkable performance" in 2020/21 despite a challenging second half to its financial year beset by issues outside its control.

Profits jumped sharply for French furniture brand Roche Bobois last year as revenue climbed, margins widened and costs fell. It plans to add to its global store network this year.

Leaders, colleagues and family members at upholstered furniture maker Whitemeadow have raised money for The Furniture Makers' Company's Step2It campaign after completing a charity abseil.

Glasswells, one of the U.K.'s largest independent home furnishings retailers, has installed a series of electric vehicle charging points outside its Newmarket Road store in Bury St Edmunds.

Internet furniture and homeware company Swoon reversed 2020 losses as it unwound a big order book to record seven figure profits last year.

The value of U.K. furniture and lighting sales jumped sharply last month as they lapped soft comparators from February 2021, when stores across those categories were mandated to be shut.

Privately-owned heritage retailer Fenwick says it will spend £40 million upgrading its flagship Newcastle department store with a series of planned improvements.

West Midlands furniture wholesaler ASR Interiors has successfully won the first of two legal challenges against companies it alleged had copied its dining ranges.

Consumer sentiment towards furniture and flooring buying worsened again in March and reached its lowest level in over a year, according to a closely-followed consumer confidence survey.

Direct-to-consumer brand Eve Sleep says it hopes to achieve a bottom line at its U.K. business this year while simultaneously expanding into adjacent markets to the mattress sector.

General merchandise retail giant Next booked higher sales and profits in the year to January but the balance of goods sold is now shifting away from the home.

Bedding and linen retailer Julian Charles is to become Julian Charles Home as part of a twin-fold strategy that will also see it take store numbers beyond 100 by next year.

Laura Ashley, the heritage British design brand, is to offer customers in-person or virtual one-to-one consultations as part of a newly-launched interior design service.

Experienced manufacturing executive Richard Carr has become managing director at West Yorkshire contract furniture manufacturer Craftwork Upholstery after he led a management buy-in (MBI).

Letters promising further price rises have landed in British furniture makers' inboxes in recent days just as official figures indicated the worst may have passed for raw material price inflation.

Cumbria-based Sealy U.K. last week officially opened its new spring plant at Aspatria, a facility it says will allow the bed maker to manufacture spring units unique to the company.

Upholstery market leader DFS will have transformed well over half of its store estate by this time next year with plans to continue remodelling showrooms through 2022 and beyond.

Living, dining and bedroom furniture distributor Devonshire swung back to profit last year as sales recovered strongly in the year to July 31 after falling in the early part of the pandemic.

Organisers of The Furniture Awards have revealed the shortlist of 16 potential winners across four categories ahead of The January Furniture Show, this year taking place April 24–27, 2022 at the NEC.

Consumer price inflation for furniture set a record high for a seventh straight month in February, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The Swedish investment group that acquired a majority stake in U.K. furniture supplier Julian Bowen last year has strengthened its home décor portfolio with the buyout of a compatriot lighting brand.

National retailer Oak Furnitureland has launched its first outdoor living programme with two collections of garden furniture.

Longtime supply partners Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare (Drive) and GNG Group have worked together to send a consignment of beds and mattresses to support victims of the war in Ukraine.

Supply chain challenges in the six months to end January hit ScS' profits but the sofas and carpets retailer hopes to claw that back in the second half as it unwinds its big order book.

A large North American ecommerce modern furniture retailer founded in 2011 looks like it may be considering launching in the U.K. market, statutory filings indicate.

The company behind TJ Hughes, the off-price department store retailer with a sizeable furniture offer, has successfully completed its company voluntary arrangement (CVA).

West Yorkshire furniture maker Sherborne Upholstery said demand was high throughout the past year as it found profit growth against softer comparatives and supply chain challenges.

National retailer Bensons for Beds will this weekend open the latest of its new store concepts with the launch of a relocated showroom in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

The chief executive officer of global upholstered furniture maker Man Wah Holdings has left the company and will be replaced by its majority shareholder and founder.

Revenue jumped by almost a third for bedroom cabinet maker and retailer Hammonds Furniture last year with adjusted profits almost three-times higher as it managed its growth effectively.

Brintons is facing a potentially expensive demand from a former landlord but the international carpet maker is not unduly concerned about its financial impact.

Premium wood flooring and wall cladding company Havwoods has opened the first of what it hopes will be a slew of new retail showrooms planned for 2022.

U.K. importers brought in more living, dining and bedroom wood cabinet furniture than ever before in January as shipments rose from source nations near and far.

A longtime business leader at OEM and branded mattress maker The Foam Company (TFC) along with other key officials at the business have all made rapid returns to the sector.

Wider margin and higher sales helped upholstery vertical Sofa.com record highest-ever profits last year as it put behind it a long-running series of trading losses.

British homewares and lifestyle brand Sophie Allport has appointed Richard Bell as its chief executive officer (CEO) with a brief to take the fast-growing business to the next level.

Heal's is to permanently close its Brighton store this spring but its retail footprint will still grow as it plans to expand its tie-up with the Fenwick department store chain.

Furniture manufacturer Shackletons Group has become the latest corporate member of The Furniture Makers' Company (TFMC), the City of London livery company and charity to the furnishings sector.

Italian sofa maker Nicoletti Home says meeting customers' delivery expectations was among the three principal factors that helped it achieve high U.K. and worldwide growth last year.

Mattress brand Emma - The Sleep Company has been told to ensure future savings claims can be substantiated and don't mislead after complaints from the public and one of its largest U.K. rivals in the sector.

Revenue declined at carpet maker Brintons last year but EBITDA and its net margin improved and the international manufacturer said business momentum is accelerating.

Foam and sprung mattress imports into the U.K. shot up by almost a third in January on the back of rising shipments from China.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS is to close its Greenock store later this spring after it decided not to renew the lease on the property.

BFM Fabric Show organiser British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) says it is committed to re-investing in the event for next year after last week's return for the exhibition met with a positive response.

Profits declined at sofa market leader DFS Group in the six months to Boxing Day on lower delivered revenue, operational cost headwinds and the falling away of some Covid-support measures.

DFS has begun a consultation with employees regarding the closure of its loss-making Netherlands operation, saying the planned exit would allow it to focus on higher returning activities.

Upholstered furniture specialist Sofology is putting the finishing touches to its seventh and final new store of its 2021/22 financial year.

Leeds manufacturer Harrison Spinks has launched a new programme of mattresses designed exclusively for the non-U.K. European market.

Dreams is partnering Special Olympics GB, adding to the retailer's existing and now renewed tie-ups with the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association.

Ecommerce retailer Mattress Online has agreed to buy The Skipton Bed & Sofa Centre as it embarks on a clicks-and-mortar expansion that will see the rollout of 10 physical stores over the next five years.

Darren Crowshaw will spearhead the launch of an in-store mattress programme for Nectar Sleep after he joined the homeware company behind the ecommerce bed-in-a-box brand late last year.

Upholstered furniture imports into the U.K. advanced 76 percent year-on-year in January and at an even faster pace compared with pre-Covid trading.

Joules Group is to make an additional seven-figure payment to the vendors of ecommerce furniture and home retailer The Garden Trading Company after the latter met performance targets last year.

January carpet imports into the U.K. jumped almost a third at the beginning of the year on the back of strong figures from the Netherlands, Belgium and India.

West Yorkshire mattress and foam products manufacturer GNG Group has acquired certain assets of Abingdon based The Foam Company out of administration.

Buoyant Upholstery will make further environmental, social and governance (ESG) improvements this year as the Lancashire sofa maker looks to continue to lead in the furniture manufacturing sector.

Furniture manufacturers' turnover was higher on a year-on-year basis for an eleventh straight month in January, but it was also the weakest growth recorded since March last year.

Organisers of two leading international furniture fairs in China have been forced to postpone their events just days before doors opened after the local Government banned exhibitions, citing a renewed Covid threat.

Strong order growth since April last year has put the privately-owned group behind West Midlands furniture manufacturer Boss Design on the path back to profit.

Furniture supplier Global Home Group has appointed highly-experienced industry executive Julian Cox as commercial director, working across both its Global and Corndell business units in the U.K.

John Lewis & Partners found big growth in home categories such as furniture last year as the department store and grocery mutual recorded improved profitability and reinstated its staff bonus.

Diversified mattress and foam products manufacturer GNG Group has appointed Neil Kenderdine as operations manager. He will head up the expansion and operations of its medical and consumer mattress division.

Upmarket privately-owned furniture and lighting retailer Holloways of Ludlow has opened its fifth store, and the first of two launching outside the South East of England.

Steve Rowe is to stand down as chief executive at Marks and Spencer Group (M&S) with a new structure put in place that will see a new CEO and co-CEO appointed in his stead.

U.K. furniture and flooring retailers found big sales gains in 2021, achieving heavy store-based growth despite mandatory closures throughout the first quarter. Internet furniture sales declined.

Bedroom and home office furniture vertical Sharps booked a big increase in profits in the period leading up to its sale from one private equity group to another.

A circa £10 million office furniture manufacturer based in the West Midlands has formally entered administration and its remaining employees made redundant.

The U.K. arm of Rhenus Logistics is preparing to add new furniture warehousing capacity after taking a former Wayfair distribution centre in the heart of England.

Danish ready-to-assemble furniture manufacturer Tvilum has closed the U.K. sales office of its compatriot Steens business and has put new procedures in place for customers.

Asset realisation specialists marketing The Foam Company cited rising raw material costs combined with the loss of its largest client as factors that prompted the hoped-for sale of the Oxfordshire mattress manufacturer.

Flooring supplier Headlam Group says it has historically under-indexed in sales to the multiple retail sector, and plans to address that by building a bigger business with larger chains.

Headlam Group, the flooring wholesaler with 66 business units across the U.K. and mainland Europe, swung back to profit last year on higher revenue and a big swing in gross margin.

Sales jumped by a third and profits climbed for Oldham domestic decorative lighting supplier Cascade in 2020/21 as it lapped a prior year-end impacted by the first lockdown.

Furniture and bed industry colleagues, friends and family raised £3,200 for industry charity The Furniture Makers' Company at the fifth annual Yorkshire Curry Night.

Made.com Group (Made) has confirmed Nicola Thompson as the permanent successor to outgoing CEO Philippe Chainieux and reported wider losses as supply chain challenges impeded the furniture retailer in 2021.

The U.K.'s largest floorcoverings wholesale group has named Chris Payne as chief executive officer with immediate effect, ending a six month hunt for a successor to Steve Wilson. It has also announced a new chairman.

Modern upholstery manufacturer Michael Tyler Furniture has promoted its production director ahead of the planned retirement of its longtime managing director and former co-owner.

Upmarket bedroom retailer Feather & Black has opened its first Midlands store since the brand was acquired by Dreams, in a unit co-located with its sister fascia.

National beds retailer Bensons for Beds will this Friday continue the reshaping of its retail estate with the opening of a new concept store at Northampton.

The upholstery group behind the Alexander & James, Ashley Manor, AMX Design and Alstons businesses found big revenue gains last year but rising costs weighed on profits.

Late arriving stock from the Far East was a contributing factor in the sale of the company behind garden furniture and lighting retailer Trueshopping earlier this year, according to a new report by restructuring advisors.

Upholstery company Arlo & Jacob is launching Arlo & Design, a newly refurbished studio and designer fabric upholstery service based at its Fulham showroom.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Ekornes has ceased distribution to Russia and Belarus in solidarity with Ukraine while IKEA has closed all 17 of its stores in what is its 10th largest global market.

The Furniture Makers' Company is holding a black-tie charity ball to celebrate the successful culmination of its 12-month fundraising campaign, Step 2 It.

Timothy Oulton, the founder and chief executive officer of the Halo and Timothy Oulton furniture and interiors design, manufacturing, wholesale and retail group, has died.

Monty Space, a subscription furniture rental service, is to become part of the David Phillips group, a major supplier of furniture to the residential real estate sector.

Australian furniture and electricals retail giant Harvey Norman says the launch of a new store planned for Ireland has been delayed into its next financial year.

The Carpet Foundation will launch a national consumer advertising campaign on Monday March 7 with 1.5 million advertisements to appear across a 10-week period spread through the year.

Global sales reached €645 million in 2021 for direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress business Emma The Sleep Company, making it the world's leading DTC sleep brand, it claimed.

Handy, which supplies components to the upholstery and bedding sectors, is to host a 24-hour table tennis tournament later this month in aid of The Furniture Makers' Company's (TFCM) Step 2 It campaign.

Oxfordshire OEM and branded mattress manufacturer placed into the hands of restructuring advisors.

Flokk Group has doubled the size of its U.K. operations after agreeing to buy West Yorkshire furniture manufacturer Connection Seating from its private shareholders.

Australian furniture maker King has formally announced its launch in the U.K. with the opening of its first King Living showroom here, on Tottenham Court Road in London.

Ecommerce demand for home goods is trending lower and is unlikely to reverse in the near term according to the retailer behind the JD Williams and Home Essentials home shopping brands.

Harrison Spinks has partnered with a Liverpool based not-for-profit social enterprise to tackle furniture poverty, donating more than 100 mattresses to support those in need in the local community.

Independent furniture and homeware retailer Graham & Green booked a near three-fold rise in profits last year as it continued to trade strongly through the pandemic despite store closures.

A national pay weekly retailer of upholstery, casegoods, flooring and window dressings filed for insolvency with debts of £3.8 million after falling foul of supply chain challenges, chargebacks and accounting errors.

Joseph Joseph Group, the contemporary housewares designer and distributor, posted record sales and profits as customers pivoted online and towards home products last year.

Upmarket furniture retailer BoConcept is 70 years old this year and the Danish company is launching a new brand campaign to mark its heritage.

One of the U.K.'s largest suppliers to the floorcoverings sector has written to customers outlining planned price increases across more than a dozen items ranging from underlays to adhesives.

One third of the total number of active U.K. mattress manufacturing companies have been formed since the beginning of the spring 2020 lockdown, and 59 percent of those are based in West Yorkshire.

Norwegian upholstery producer Ekornes, owner of the Stressless and IMG brands, made gains worldwide last year including a double-digit uplift in delivered revenue across the U.K. and Ireland.

Flooring suppliers have rejected an early autumn Domotex exhibition in Germany in favour of the event returning next January in its traditional dateline.

Privately-owned retailer Furniture Village is to relocate its Slough store with a new-look showroom to open in just under a month's time.

The BFM Fabric Show London event has attracted almost a third more exhibitors than previous editions after an increase in supplier interest ahead of its return next week.



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