Parliamentarians lauded the contribution of Britain's furniture manufacturing industry on the economy and debated issues impacting the sector in a Westminster Hall debate last week.

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Parker Knoll's Collection 150 range won the upholstery section
Judges named the winners of The Furniture Awards at the NEC today (Jan. 20) with Parker Knoll — celebrating its 150th year in 2019 — among the winners.

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Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa at Polmont will host the February 19–20, 2019 event, which takes in products spanning fabrics, wallcoverings, furniture, lighting, flooring and accessories.
The 12th edition of the Scottish Interiors Showcase, which brings together 80 suppliers representing 150 leading interior design brands, is scheduled to take place next month.

Furniture makers that are concerned about the potential impact of a disorderly departure from the European Union should be taking preparatory action now, according to the lead trade association representing UK manufacturers.

The companies shortlisted for The Furniture Awards 2019, the winners of which will be announced at the January Furniture Show later this month, have been named.

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The Government's Resources and Waste Strategy highlights plans to extend existing producer responsibility schemes
UK furniture and floorcoverings manufacturers could face a new cost headwind under Government proposals designed to increase recycling and limit the amount of furniture and flooring sent to landfill.

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Exhibitors known for supplying the retail sector also serve contract customers. Image: Whitemeadow
The January Furniture Show will — for the first time — feature a Contract Trail as organisers look to make it easier for specifiers to pinpoint the exhibitors with both the capability and interest in supplying them.

FIRA International, the furniture test house and industry services provider, has revealed its new brand identity as it continues its integration with its new owner.

Harrison Spinks is to hold a black tie Northern Winter Ball next year in aid of The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and furnishings industry charity.

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More than 90 pieces of furniture and lighting from GCSE and A Level students through to BA and MA graduates packed out the Dutch Church and Furniture Makers’ Hall in Austin Friars, London, for the Young Furniture Makers exhibition, 2018.

Pre-registration to attend the next edition of the January Furniture Show has climbed sharply in a sign buyers are eager to replenish their product offer, organisers have said.

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Ben Burbidge, (left) Manufacturing Guild Mark chairman, presenting Nick Booth, marketing director at Silentnight Group, and Rob Livingstone, operations director at Silentnight Brands, with the 2018 Sustainability Award
Silentnight, Britain's biggest beds manufacturer, has won The Furniture Makers' Company's Sustainability Award for the second straight year.

Furniture testing company FIRA International torched all past records on its way to its highest ever top and bottom lines in 2017, as commercial revenues escalated.

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Hayden Davies, second right, organised the charity cycling challenge
Eight members of The Furniture Makers’ Company, the industry charity and livery company, have raised nearly £14,000 after between them cycling all three routes of Mont Ventoux, Provence in a single day.

Almost 100 people from across the trade helped raise £8,500 for The Furniture Makers' Company, the furnishing industry's dedicated charity, at its National Golf Day last month.

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The next January Furniture Show takes place January 20–23, 2019
Over 85 percent of exhibitor space has been sold with more than three and a half months remaining before the January Furniture Show opens the doors to its 2019 event at the NEC.

Bed industry trade association The National Bed Federation (NBF) and The Sleep Council, its consumer promotion arm, are official partners to Somnex — The Sleep Show, the UK's inaugural event dedicated to sleep health.

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Nick Garratt joins as BFM md in November
Nick Garratt, whose planned departure as md at furniture maker Ercol was announced this spring, has been appointed to the same post at BFM, the association of British Furniture Manufacturers.

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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.

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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.

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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.

TRADE association BFM is to host a seminar looking at the trade implications of Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

FurnStocksThTHE WEALTH of the 37 richest people and families in the furniture industry increased by £3.0 billion in the past year



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