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Spinks springs to victory

Spring manufacturer Sprinks Springs has won The Furniture Makers’ Company’s third annual Export Award, ahead of two other finalists.

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MFS sees visitor interest soar

With more than 10 days to go before the start of the Manchester Furniture Show, visitor pre-registrations have increased by more than a fifth, including retailers who have never attended the show.

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PETA UK reveals first vegan interiors award winners

RockettStGeorgeAs demand for compassionate and sustainable homeware grows the first People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) FoundationVegan Homeware Awards celebrate the best designs and innovations for a cruelty-free home, says the campaigning organisation.

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Triple boost for John Lewis

JLWE17Sales in John Lewis’s three buying groups all saw growth in the past week, helped by a near double-digiit furniture and flooring increase and strong online sales.

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They’re in the shed

TBShedFabric and wallcoverings company Timorous Beasties has opened ‘The Shed’ a trade showroom close to its Glasgow head office.

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Filed accounts for Steinhoff UK Upholstery increase

stienhoffFiled accounts for Steinhoff UK Upholstery show sales of £115m in 2015 This is an increase of over 4pc on the previous year and shows the company has had five consecutive years of sales revenues of £100m plus

Marks & Spencer's latest figures

mandslogoThe retailer reported like-for-like clothing and homeware sales fell 1.2 per cent in the 13 weeks to 1 July - a vast improvement on the 5.9 per cent decline suffered in the previous quarter, the retailer continued to battle a slump in clothes sales during the most recent quarter, as a rise in inflation started to eat into consumers’ wallets, but the fall was less severe than expected and overall sales rose.

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Mark Wilkinson: 1950-2017

MarkWilkinsonRenowned kitchen designer Mark Wilkinson died on 5 July after a short battle with cancer. He was 66 and passed away peacefully at his home in Wiltshire surrounded by his wife and children.

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CR-UK looks to retail sector for recycling growth

CRUK2016AwardwinnersWhile energy recovery, the equestrian and automotive/leisure sectors offer opportunities for future growth in carpet recycling, segregating carpet waste for reuse and recycling remains a key challenge, particularly for retailers, according to Laurance Bird, Carpet Recycling UK director.

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Brady set for Harrogate return

VanessaBradyVanessa Brady, Society of British and International Design founder and award winning interiors designer is to return to The Flooring Show in September, as part of the exhibition’s seminar programme.

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Mammoth ties up CSP deal

MammothCSPMattress and seating manufacturer Mammoth Technologies has signed an exclusive deal The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in which it will give its advice as the company develops new products.

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Sebastian Herkner to tackle Das Haus for 2016

sebastian herknerWhat form could living take on, if a designer is able to really live out his fantasies? How much can one read into his person, culture and convictions regarding the sense, function and aesthetics of architecture, furniture and interior design based on such a design? And what appearance does this vision take on when it is created by a German designer?

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MDS boss departs

MDSAndrew Vaughan, brand director for the May Design Series and kbb Birmingham trade shows is to leave organiser UBM.

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Awards set for return

SophieConranThe cream of consumer journalism on wool carpets, worth hundreds of thousands of pounds to the industry, will be recognised next month as the Red Carpet Awards return.

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Flat-pack made easy? Ikea thinks so

ikeafrontDesigners and engineers at Ikea appear to have listened to consumer complaints that its flat-pack furniture isn't as easy to assemble as it thought, with the launch of a range it says can be put together in under five minutes without tools.

 

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Spagnesi set for UK return

SpagnesiItalian leather upholstery manufacturer Spagnesi is to make its debut at the Manchester Furniture Show in July as part of its relaunch in the UK.

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DFS launches contract push

DFScontractDFS has launched its contract business-to-business website dfscontract.co.uk, targeted at trade customers from independent and large hotel groups, which can search a range of contract grade furniture developed by DFS and Curtis Furniture.

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Core to resume UK production

CorefarmhouseCore Products is to resume production in the UK after a six year hiatus. The furniture importer is to begin assembly of three ranges at its Glenrothes, Fife facility, which it will be promoting at Interiors UK under the banner of 'Built in Britain'.

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Vale-Bridgecraft to open 10th centre

vale-veronaUpholstery manufacturer Vale-Bridgecraft is to open its 10th retailer support centre next month. The company's latest showroom will open in Flested, Essex, eight miles from Chelmsford on 27 December.

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Green move from Abingdon

wind-turbinesCarpet manufacturer Abingdon Flooring is to undertake its second major green initiative by turning to wind power to cut its energy bills. Work has begun on installing two wind turbines near to Abingdon's Crumlin, Gwent plant, which are expected to be in operation from 19 December. The company hopes it will cut its energy bills by 40%.

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Nine weeks bonus for John Lewis staff

jlathomeStaff at John Lewis and Waitrose are to share a bonus of £210.8m after profits jumped. The group's 84,700 staff will receive a bonus of 17%, worth almost nine weeks wages, after profits jumped 15%.8% to £452.4m. Sales climbed by 9.3% to £9.54bn in the year to 26 January.

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Profits tumble at Ikea

ikeafrontIkea has seen its UK profits fall by a fifth after it cut prices and invested in improving the in-store experience for shoppers. Sales rose by 6% to £1.2bn in the year to 31 August but pre-tax profits fell by 20% to £19.8m.

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Axminster ‘humbled’ by support

AxminsterDHAxminster Carpets' management has said it has been 'humbled' by the support it has had from retailers since it revealed it was going to go into administration and consequently did.

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Reeves will not rebuild

reeves-fireCroydon furniture retailer House of Reeves will not rebuild on the derelict site of the store that was burned down in the August riots.

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Len Coller dies aged 95

parkfurnThe founder of one of the South West of England's best known furniture and flooring retailers, Len Coller died on 29 May. He was 95.

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Shoppers look elsewhere

shopping2Furniture and flooring retailers missed out on a sales upturn in May, according to the British Retail Consortium, with shoppers spending on food and drink and summer clothing instead.

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End of an era

chapmans-carlisleOne of the country's oldest furniture retailers is to close in the face of 'huge costs' renewing the leases on its two stores.

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Brighthouse enjoys growth

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Furniture and electricals chain Brighthouse has prospered in recent months – but has provided further evidence of consumers’ budgets being squeezed. The hire purchase chain saw like for like sales climb by 6.7% in the six months to the end of September.

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CF members' sales stabilise

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Carpet Foundation members have seen largely stable sales of carpets from the CF’s 10 manufacturing supporters this year. Since the start of the year sales have varied from +2% to -1%, averaging about +1.5% compared to a year earlier.

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Carlyle completes takeover

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Five weeks after it was identified as the most likely buyer of loss-making carpet group Brintons, investment firm Carlyle has completed the takeover, ending 228 years of family ownership.

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