The South West Furniture and Bed Show has announced late May dates for its spring exhibition following the planned easing of restrictions surrounding indoor events.

The 15th Scottish Interiors Showcase will rebrand for its first-ever digital event, which has been designed to be the first of many that will run alongside future in-person editions of the exhibition.

The parliamentarian representing one of the bed trade's most industrious areas says the furniture industry needs to take steps to ensure it is not over reliant on E.U. markets.

A combination of high demand and routine maintenance could reignite foam supply issues according to Europur, the European Association of Flexible Polyurethane Foam Block Manufacturers.

Two MPs in furniture manufacturing strongholds will join the heads of Britain's leading industry trade associations for the second episode in the Innovation In Times Of Crisis webinar series.

The lobby group representing Britain's furniture industry has written to the Chancellor calling for support measures such as the furlough scheme to be extended when the Budget is announced next month.

SATRA Technology, the research and technology organisation, has become a corporate member of The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry charity and City of London livery company.

SATRA Technology, whose diversified research and technology services include the testing of furniture and floorcoverings, is expanding its regular programme of technical webinars to include more topics of specific interest to those two sectors.

The Furniture Makers' Company, the trade charity and livery company, has enlisted captains of industry to be panellists on the first of its four webinars launching this month.

The Proposte fabrics show will take place at the same time as Salone del Mobile (Milan furniture show) with organisers hoping visitors will be able to visit both fairs in a single trip to northern Italy.

More than 1,200 people from across the industry had visited the inaugural Online Furniture Show by the halfway stage, organisers said today (Wednesday).

Manufacturers face short-term challenges but order books are strong and hopes for the future are high, says Nick Garratt, md at trade association BFM.

Brooke and Wilde (Brook + Wilde) has become a corporate supporter of The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry charity and livery company.

The already-revised international home and contract textiles show Heimtextil has been cancelled until 2022, with organisers saying there is nothing to be gained by a further delay to later this year.

Furniture makers are facing unprecedented increases in the cost of key raw materials according to trade association BFM, and retailers should brace for some of that to be passed on.

The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry charity and livery company, made hundreds of surprise pre-Christmas grants to struggling furnishing industry workers in December.

Major U.K. flooring contractor Designer Contracts has donated more than £100,000 to a local hospice that has been hit hard by the pandemic.

Efforts to meet pre-Christmas delivery deadlines after strong demand through the summer and autumn meant U.K. furniture manufacturing output reached a year-long high according to new Government figures.

W Exhibition & Elements, the trade show for the furniture manufacturing and joinery industries, has been postponed until February 6–9, 2022, organisers have announced.

Leading minds from the across the industry will tackle topics ranging from innovation in manufacturing to sector survival and retail in a new series of webinars to be hosted by The Furniture Makers' Company.

Furniture Show Birmingham at the NEC will return in a year's time after organisers rescheduled the April event to January 23–26, 2022 as a result of the current restrictions designed to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Organisers of the Online Furniture Show have issued another call to potential exhibitors ahead of the launch of the inaugural event.

There will be no physical Domotex exhibition in Germany this year after organisers postponed the rescheduled floorcoverings event.

44 fewer U.K. furniture, floorcoverings and furnishings companies filed for insolvency in 2020 despite the pandemic hitting businesses across the country since the early spring of last year.

Retailers will be able to access one-off lockdown grants of up to £9,000 per store as part of a £4.6 billion package of measures announced by the Chancellor.

Every furniture and flooring store in the U.K. will again be closed from today (Jan. 5) after the Government last night announced a new lockdown to last until at least the middle of February.

Clarion Events has expanded and reorganised the management of its Retail portfolio, which includes its furniture shows at both the NEC, Birmingham and Manchester Central.

Organisers of the Online Furniture Show are to allow exhibitors to the inaugural event to display their products for free when it goes live for the first time next month.

SATRA, the testing and technical services provider, has appointed standards and testing expert Phil Reynolds to lead and expand its furniture and floorcoverings division.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds has helped raise more than £370,000 to support Mind, the mental health charity.

Brian Ahern is the new chair of the Furniture Industry Research Association. He is succeeding Charles Vernon, whose four-year tenure came to an end in September.

This Friday (Dec. 11, 2020) is the last day to enter The Furniture Makers' Christmas Raffle. The industry charity is calling on companies to help spread the message and encourage entries.

The Furniture Industry Research Association has published a guide to the new UKCA Mark ahead of it coming into force on January 1, 2021.

A Government minister says he will engage with the U.K. furniture industry as it grapples with the issue of foam shortages.

Designer Contracts, the national floorcoverings contractor, has sponsored a day's services of Childline for a fourth time, and the second time this year.

Major economies will lead a return to growth in the worldwide furniture market next year, according to respected research body CSIL.

Organisers of the Salone del Mobile furniture exhibition in Milan have fixed the dates for the 2021 edition, moving the event to an autumn dateline for the first time.

Master David WoodwardThis time last year no one could have foreseen the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent disruption to life that we still find ourselves coping with, writes David Woodward, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, the industry charity and City of London livery company.

Organisers of the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) have penned in the dates for the spring 2021 editions, which take place in two tranches next March. In Europe, the timeline of another important event has been shifted.

Koelnmesse, organiser of the IMM Cologne international furniture fair, has cancelled the 2021 edition. The next iteration of the event will now take place in January 2022.



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