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.

Howdens Joinery, Britain's largest kitchens manufacturer, has been awarded the Manufacturing Guild Mark by The Furniture Makers' Company.

Bust furniture, furnishings and flooring companies left creditors facing an average shortfall of £3.25 million per week through 2019 as the number of businesses falling insolvent spiked year-on-year.

The impact of the coronavirus on Far East trade shows has spread beyond China with the organiser of the Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) postponing its spring event until the summer.

As British furniture retailers and wholesalers brace for production delays because of the coronavirus outbreak, investors in major Chinese furniture equities are already feeling the pinch: in their pockets.

BFM says it will make the case for Britain's furniture industry as the sector digests new proposals from the independent body advising the Government on post-Brexit migration.

Organisers of the 45th China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) at Guangzhou have become the latest to postpone their March event as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Shenzhen International Furniture Fair, due to take place this spring, has been postponed following the spread of Coronavirus across China, organisers have announced.

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the industry's dedicated charity, has surpassed its target of 100 companies signing up to its One Step at a Time campaign three months early.

Organisers have announced details of the 14th edition of the Scottish Interiors Showcase, whose 2020 event takes place next month.

Market consolidation means an increasing share of the market for furniture in Western Europe is in the hands of relatively few businesses, according to a new report.

Heavyweight brands Collins & Hayes and Silentnight headlined the winners of The Furniture Awards 2020, announced yesterday at the January Furniture Show.

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the industry charity, is encouraging visitors and exhibitors at the January Furniture Show to visit its Hall 1 stand and sign up to its One Step at a Time campaign.

National floorcoverings contractor Designer Contracts has for the second time sponsored Childline, the counselling service provided by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

Harrison Spinks' Ruairi Giles is to raise money for industry charity The Furniture Makers’ Company by taking part in the 2020 London Marathon.

Charles Vernon, chairman of the Furniture Industry Research Association, is to step down from the role in September, prompting a search for a successor.

The dates of BFM Fabric Show London 2020 have been moved for a second time because of a rescheduled Premier League fixture for Chelsea FC, whose Stamford Bridge stadium hosts the exhibition.

Political uncertainty has stymied demand for furniture but its impact has also been felt further back in the supply chain, according to new research by the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

Eight level 2 manufacturing apprenticeship pathways are to be renewed in 2020, after campaigning by The Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (FIESTA) paid dividends.

The Advertising Standards Authority has told the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) to stop claiming to be the "U.K.'s leading professional organisation for interior designers" after the suggestion irked one of its rival trade associations.

The January Furniture Show will include a feature showcasing a selection of the winning designs from the Young Furniture Makers' Awards. It follows the show sponsoring the awards ceremony this October.

Visitors to the January Furniture Show (JFS) will be able to take advantage of smart technology to improve the buying experience and avoid getting weighed down by heavy literature.

David Ashton, the head of Scandinavian furniture chain JYSK's U.K. retail operation, is to climb Kilimanjaro early next year to raise money for charity.

Organisers of the BFM Fabric Show London have opened the registration process for upholstery and bed fabric buyers to attend the 2020 edition.

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has unveiled a new brand identity which it says has been designed to take the trade association forward and ensure it remains at the heart of the British furniture industry in the long term.

Organisers of The Furniture Awards have opened the entry process for the 2020 edition and confirmed who will be the judges. Winners will be named at the January Furniture Show.

U.K. bed retailer Time4Sleep donated over 650 blankets to Barnardo’s as part of a world-record attempt by the children's charity to construct a gigantic blanket fort.

Business confidence among U.K. furniture makers has improved in the past four months according to the latest survey from trade association BFM, British Furniture Manufacturers.

Ian Peers of Ercol and Paul James of One-Call Furniture have been elected board members of trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

Events and administration specialist Niki Rodhouse has joined British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) to support the trade association's expanding calendar of activities across the sector.



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