FIRA International, the Stevenage based furniture services provider, says its FIRA Service Technicians team is to begin a phased resumption of in-home customer visits.

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and industry charity, has increased the support package available to employees and sole traders struggling financially because of Covid-19, and urged people to spread its message.

The British Furniture Confederation (BFC) has published the recommendations to emerge from a Parliamentary Inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 on the U.K. furniture industry.

The British Furniture Manufacturers' (BFM) trade association is canvassing the opinion of stakeholders as it prepares a new push to encourage consumers to buy U.K. made furniture.

At least 42 entrepreneurs and families with ties to the U.K. furniture and furnishings industry are among the 1,000 richest people in the country, according to The Sunday Times Rich List 2020.

David Woodward, founder and director of upscale sofa maker and logistics company Celtheath, has been installed as the 59th Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, the industry's dedicated charity and livery company.

BFM, the British Furniture Manufacturers, says the Government's decision to extend the Job Retention Scheme has avoided a "looming cliff edge" for U.K. manufacturers.

Organisers of The Malaysian International Furniture Fair have given up their bid to host the event this year, cancelling its already-revised 2020 edition fearing travel disruption.

There was a drop in the number of U.K. furniture and furnishings companies filing for insolvency in the first quarter of 2020 but early April data has already overtaken the same month a year ago, with still a week to report.

Business leaders will this week join politicians and senior trade association officials to agree the key impacts of Covid-19 on the furniture and furnishings sector in the hope of bolstering Government support for the industry.

Bed makers Hypnos and The Natural Mat Company were among at least eight industry concerns to receive Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2020, which recognises business achievement across various criteria.

Organisers of the Manchester Furniture Show have postponed this summer's exhibition as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, with the next edition now to take place July 2021.

Applications for the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme opened yesterday (April 20) and companies will have to be organised and prompt if they wish to secure cash in time for April's payday runs.

Organisers of the twice-yearly High Point Market in the U.S. have cancelled the spring edition, having earlier rescheduled the furniture exhibition from its original April dateline to June.

The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry's dedicated charity, has issued a new clarion call highlighting financial support it can provide to hard-hit furnishing industry workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

An estimated 100,000 jobs across the furniture and furnishings sector have either been furloughed or eliminated since the coronavirus crisis began, with the future of many now dependent on Government funds.

The release of January furniture and flooring trade data offers insight into inventory levels ahead of feared supply chain disruption out of China and subsequent demand concerns with enforced store closures.

Organisers of the U.K.'s leading summer trade furniture exhibition says they "fully support the need to prioritise the greater good" as the event venue was named a temporary NHS field hospital. Preparations for the July furniture event continue.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has been urged not to forget furniture manufacturers when evaluating state support for U.K. industry amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The organiser of the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) has rescheduled the dates of its postponed spring exhibitions.

Organisers of the Milan furniture fair (Salone del Mobile) have cancelled the rescheduled exhibition. It will now not take place at all in 2020.

BFM, the association for British Furniture Manufacturers, wants members to make contact to highlight the biggest issues they face because of the coronavirus pandemic after a Government call to arms.

Hard hit employees whose welfare is affected by the spread of coronavirus should contact The Furniture Makers’ Company for support, the City of London livery company and industry charity says.

The Italian Government took further steps to try and slow the spread of coronavirus on Saturday night, ordering the closure of all non-essential factories.

The South West Beds Show, organised by the South West Furniture Manufacturers' Agents and Representatives Federation, has been cancelled.

The Long Eaton Guild of Furniture Manufacturers has cancelled the spring edition of its Long Point event, citing the coronavirus pandemic.

Grand Designs Live, the consumer home show run by exhibition organiser Media 10, has been postponed until the summer because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Clerkenwell Design Week, originally slated for a May 19–21, 2020 dateline, has been postponed until later in the year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The spring edition of U.S. furniture trade fair High Point Market has been postponed, the latest world exhibition to fall foul of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Italian Government last night announced that all bar the most essential services would shut down as the country tries to stem the spread of coronavirus.

Parts of northern Italy are in lockdown after the Government initiated extreme isolation measures to try and limit the rapid spread of coronavirus.

Furniture shows that were originally slated to open their doors within the next week before being cancelled because of the coronavirus have begun to release revised exhibition datelines.

BFM, the trade association representing U.K,. furniture manufacturers, says business optimism in January reached its highest level since the financial crash.

Mike Wood, MP for Dudley South since 2015, is the new chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the furniture and furnishings industry.

Organisers of High Point Market, the global furniture exhibition held twice-annually in the U.S., see no reason to revise the dates of its spring event because of coronavirus concerns, saying it will open as scheduled.

A second Closing the Gap conference promoting how companies in the furniture and furnishings sector can access funded training for upskilling staff and apprenticeship programmes is to take place next month.

The Vietnam International Furniture & Home Accessories Fair has become the latest to postpone its spring event because of concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

The Salone del Mobile furniture exhibition in Milan has been postponed until the early summer after parts of northern Italy were hit by the coronavirus outbreak.

The managing director of trade association BFM says he is delighted with the outcome of the BFM Fabric Show London with plans already progressing for the 2021 edition.

Emerging designers have until this Friday (Feb. 28) to get their entries in for the inaugural 2020 Vision Design competition — the new contest organised by The Furniture Industry Research Association in partnership with Clerkenwell Design Week.



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