FIRA International, the Hertfordshire based testing and furniture services provider, has named John Hubbard as its new technical consultant.

Organisers of the Online Furniture Show say they will postpone the inaugural event to early next year as a result of ongoing supply chain issues that mean many companies are focussed on existing orders.

It is crucial all organisations start to prepare for the U.K.’s departure from the E.U. at the end of the year, writes Pamela Dennison, chair of the Northern Ireland Freight Transport Association (FTA) and development manager at furniture storage and logistics provider WS Dennison.

The January Furniture Show has been rescheduled to spring 2021 as a result of extended travel restrictions and the re-imposition of lockdown in England. It will be renamed Furniture Show Birmingham.

Industry charity The Furniture Makers’ Company is hosting an online intellectual property (IP) webinar next month with Anti Copying in Design (ACID), the design and intellectual property campaigning organisation.

The next edition of furniture exhibition Long Point will be brought forward by two months to a late winter dateline, trade journal Furniture News reported.

One of the leading sources of foam for Britain's mattress and sofa industry says it is doing everything possible to make good the current problems but its hands are tied until its own supply chain finds solutions.

Temporary foam factory shutdowns will prompt U.K. upholstery and mattress plants to close according to the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), which is urgently seeking clarification from the supply chain.

Upholstery and carpets retailer ScS is to donate £20,000 to help fund meals for disadvantaged children in its home city. It said it was a result of the Government voting against extending free school meals into the holidays.

Homeserve Furniture Repairs, one of the U.K.'s largest onsite furniture repair businesses, has partnered the Furniture and Home Improvement Ombudsman, the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider.

Kölnmesse, organiser of the IMM Cologne furniture exhibition held annually on the banks of the Rhine, say the upcoming edition will be a four-day event rather than seven.

The number of furniture, flooring and furnishings companies filing for insolvency fell sharply both sequentially and on an annual basis in the third quarter including a record fallow period.

Plans to reschedule The Flooring Show to early spring 2021 have been shelved with the event to return to its usual autumn timeline.

The next edition of the Scottish Interiors Showcase will take place early 2022 after this coming February's edition was postponed because of the pandemic.

The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry charity, has outlined the ways in which stakeholders across the trade can spread awareness of Personal Support Grants so more potential recipients are aware of the financial support that may be available.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has fixed the 2021 dates for its Bed Show. It will be held September 21–22 at the Telford International Centre.

The Furniture Makers' Company's National Charity Golf Day and separate Golf Challenge have between them raised £3,000.

Three well-known furniture professionals will this autumn launch the inaugural Online Furniture Show and are urging retailers and suppliers from across the U.K. and international trade to participate.

Stakeholders spanning furniture and bed retailers, manufacturers and an MP have coalesced around the British Furniture Confederation's (BFC) month-long campaign to promote British-made furniture.

An Introduction to the Domestic Flammability Regulations is the fourth in a series of online training courses to be launched by the Furniture Industry Research Association.

Organisers of the January Furniture Show (JFS) say they remain hopeful of delivering a successful event for the furniture community as they await updated Government guidance following the delay in the return of mass gatherings.

Esprit Meuble, the Paris furniture show slated for December 5–8, 2020, has been cancelled because of health concerns surrounding Covid-19.

The Autumn Furniture Show, the exhibition that had been due to kickstart the return of mass gatherings in the U.K. furnishings sector in under a fortnight's time, has been cancelled.

Organisers of the International Furniture Fair in Cologne (IMM) have reaffirmed the event will take place as planned in January amid a backdrop of compatriot events being postponed.

The long wait ends today as furniture shows recommence with the autumn edition of Long Point, the swish trade-only event held in showrooms the length of the East Midlands.

The British Furniture Confederation's Buy British Furniture Event goes live this weekend amid a heightened public desire to support home-grown producers.

Middleton Bespoke Joinery, a custom joinery and furniture maker, has been awarded the Manufacturing Guild Mark from The Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry charity and City of London livery company.

Domotex, the international floorcoverings exhibition held annually every January, has postponed its next edition until May 2021.

The organisers of IMM Cologne, one of the two largest furniture trade shows on the European mainland, have left no room for doubt, saying it is a "certainty" the doors will open on January 18, 2021.

Privately-owned furniture retailer Barker and Stonehouse has raised £10,000 to be shared between charities representing the furniture industry and the NHS after organising a socially-distanced golf competition.

The Belgian exhibition that was due to herald the return of mainstream B2B furniture events in Europe has been cancelled because of health concerns.

Privately-owned furniture retailer Arighi Bianchi has donated furniture worth £32,000 for NHS staff to use during rest periods in wellbeing areas across local hospitals.

Designer Contracts, deVol Kitchens and the founder of a furniture comparison website are among those from the industry to be shortlisted for The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards U.K. 2020.

The Furniture Industry Research Association is launching a series of recorded training sessions on key regulations that impact stakeholders in the furniture sector.

The Furniture Ombudsman, the independent, not-for-profit provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services, has been renamed and launched an updated brand identity.

Nick Garratt, md of the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), is authoring a new economic review document that will pull together analysis relevant to the furniture industry on a monthly basis.

Furniture inspection and repair experts are to host a series of digital workshops designed to support retailers and manufacturers as FIRA International takes its popular Open Day format online.

Organisers of the January Furniture Show say the 2021 iteration will take place as scheduled after the Government green-lighted events from October and decommissioned the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the event venue.

Many but not all skilled furniture production operatives will be able to apply for a visa to work in the U.K. once the country's new points-based immigration system kicks in, says the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

The late summer edition of Las Vegas Market, one of the world's largest international furniture exhibitions, will take place as planned but as a showroom-only buying opportunity organisers have said.



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