• TBS 1080 x 300 RegisterNow

  • 22042IND FurnitureBedsInteriorsMonthlywebbanner2

  • INDXFurnitureBedsInteriorMonthlywebbanner

  • NBF 1426 Awards Banner 1080x300

  • tfs

  • ADP 480x200 Loop BANNER 22nd Sep 2020

  • IM we banner 20 fibreline

  • spray

  • Greenwood Retail December 2017

Welsh retailers face shutdown

SwanseaInteriors retailers in Wales will have to close for two weeks as part of the Welsh government’s national lock down. Retailers in the Republic of Ireland are likely to be told to close for a month later on today.

Continue Reading

DFS joins BFM

DFS manufacturing upholsteryDFS has joined the BFM to further develop its environmental, social and governance (ESG) priorities.

Continue Reading

Meditor makes its move

CarpetrightNMShares in Carpetright almost halved this morning after its largest creditor and shareholder said it was considering a £15m takeover offer.

Continue Reading

10 for Baytree Interiors 

BaytreeLeedsNorth of England furniture and accessories chain Baytree Interiors will reach double-figures when it opens its 10th branch tomorrow (1 November).

Continue Reading

Interiors quartet make Top Track 250

2019 Top Track 250 logoFour interiors companies have been recognised in the The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 as being among Britain’s private mid-market growth companies with the largest sales.

Continue Reading

Recor in Litmus tie-up

RecorArdenneBelgian upholstery and cabinet manufacturer Recor has named Litmus Furniture as its principal agency for the England, Wales and Ireland. 

Continue Reading

FMC takes first step of One Step campaign

WCFMOneStep36 companies have signed up to The Furniture Makers’ Company’s One Step at a Time welfare campaign, taking the charity over a third of the way to its target of 100 companies supporting the initiative by May 2020. 

Continue Reading

Kährs offers display stand

KahrsLTstandTo celebrate the launch of its Kährs Luxury Tiles range, the company is offering retailers the chance to win one of its Platinum LT showroom stands.

Continue Reading

Anglim to leave Laura Ashely

LAsofaSean Anglim, Laura Ashley joint chief operating officer and financial director is to leave the retailer after almost a quarter of a century with the chain.

Continue Reading

Retail footfall sees 10% drop

JLOxThe number of shoppers heading to UK high streets, retail parks and shopping centres has dropped by 10% in the last seven years, new research has shown.

Continue Reading

Karlsson to head Cole & Son

£50m wallpaper group Wallvision has named Marie Karlsson, head of its international business division, to be md of its UK subsidiary Cole & Son.

Continue Reading

Silentnight completes sustainability double

Bed manufacturer Silentnight has won The Furniture Makers’ Company’s Sustainability Award for the second year running after successfully demonstrating that it has taken its commitment to the environment to the next level and in doing so became the first company to win the award twice.

Continue Reading

Staingard acquires Gliptone

It was announced in July that the Gliptone distributor for the UK was closing its doors. However Staingard, one of the UK’s leading providers of furniture care products has recently acquired the business.

Continue Reading

September suffers sales fall

Retail sales suffered a ‘summer hangover’ in September according to the latest results from the British Retail Consortium/KPMG Sales Monitor.

Continue Reading

Interiors quartet make 1,000 list

Four UK interiors companies have been included in the London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Europe report, looking at high-growth small and medium sized businesses across Europe.

Continue Reading

Victoria makes £50m ceramic push

Ceramiche SerrajpgVictoria has returned to the acquisition trail with the £50m purchase of Italian ceramic flooring manufacturer Ceramiche Serra, and indicated it tends to make further buys in the sector.

Continue Reading

YFM exhibition attracts hundreds

YFM17The Furniture Makers’ Company’s largest Young Furniture Makers exhibition attracted hundreds of visitors as a record breaking 120 pieces from GCSE and A Level students through to BA and MA graduates from around the UK packed out the Dutch Church and Furniture Makers’ Hall in Austin Friars, London.

Continue Reading

NBF boosts technical support

Tristine Hargreaves technical manager NBFThe National Bed Federation has appointed a full-time technical manager, who will provide technical advice to members as well as informing them about changes in standards and legislation

Continue Reading

Profits fall by a fifth at DFS

dfsinsidestoreThe upholstered furniture retailer has reported a 22% fall in profits despite sales growing by £10.4m.

The preliminary results show for the 52 weeks ended 29 July 2017, gross sales rose 1.1% to £990.8m from £980.4m in 2016. Online sales rose by 10.7%, whilst Sofa Workshop achieved double-digit percentage sales growth and solid profitability during the year.

Continue Reading

Whitemeadow sees sales and profits rise again

whitemeadow2017Upholstered furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow has reported top and bottom line gains in what it described as a year of two halves in the 12 months to end December 2016.This is a fourth consecutive year of turnover growth as sales rocket past the £40m milestone.

Continue Reading

ScS directors transfer shares

ScSCroydonTwo directors of upholstery and flooring chain ScS have transferred major shareholdings to their spouses, totalling nearly 1.5% of the retailer’s shares.

Continue Reading

Back in the saddle

QSGiroQuick-Step is to become the title sponsor of Belgian World Tour cycling team, after five years as co-sponsor.

Continue Reading

Making the most of Ambiente

ambiente livingPractical items as everyday aids, innovations with awards, sustainable products distinguished by outstanding design, remarkable product presentations and utensils for professionals – Ambiente from 10 to 14 February makes it easy for companies to present outstanding new products with creative, design-oriented and innovative exhibitors being invited to apply for inclusion on several different platforms.

Continue Reading

Interfloor looks for Festive cheer

InterfloorWarehouseUnderlay and flooring accessories manufacturer Interfloor says it has stocked-up ahead of the pre-Christmas trading period and will be delivering until the week before Christmas.

Continue Reading

Next generation hailed

Philipp Stummer and Mini Maestro1The next generation of furniture designers and makers has been hailed at The Furniture Makers’ Company’s annual Young Furniture Makers exhibition.

Continue Reading

New look for Jenners

Jenners16The furniture and flooring department of the Jenners department store in Edinburgh has received a major overhaul as part of a £100,000 investment.

Continue Reading

Kährs Design Studio opens in Clerkenwell

Kahrs Design StudioFlooring company Kährs has opened a new design studio in Clerkenwell, London. It will also showcase décor styles, furnishings and heating technology from brand partners - Earthborn, BoConcept and Nu-Heat - with Kährs’ resident interior design team on-hand to provide help and expertise.

Continue Reading

Village life for Wool Week

WoolweekBicesterOxfordshire designer shopping outlet Bicester Village is helping to celebrate Wool Week, in association with the Campaign for Wool and the British Fashion Council, with a quintessentially British collection of wool products including Brintons' carpets and Manolo Blahnik wool covered shoes.

Continue Reading

Branded ranges boost DFS

DFSCLivingSales of branded upholstery ranges have risen by 35% in the past year at DFS, helping the chain to record profits but it has warned exchange rates will hit profits.

Continue Reading

Advent cashes in 15% stake in DFS

DFS store frontPrivate equity firm Advent International has taken the advantage of the increase in DFS’s shareprice since it floated in March to sell a 15% stake in the upholstery retailer and manufacturer.

Continue Reading

Sharp to quit in 2016

Debenhams2015Michael Sharp, Debenhams chief executive is to leave the retailer next year, saying he always planned to leave after five years.

Continue Reading

John Lewis will open massive £30m department store in Cheltenham High Street

johnlewisstoreJohn Lewis has announced it will take over the entire Beechwood Shopping Centre in Cheltenham

The whole building will be converted into a massive department store, which will open in 2017.
It will stock the retail giant's full offering, from fashion and homeware to electronics.
Current shops in the building have started to move out and work on redeveloping the space will start early next year.

Continue Reading

DFS sales and profits surge as it buys Spanish business to target expats

dfsinsidestoreDFS has reported a surge in full-year revenues and profits as it buys a Spanish business to target the British expat community.

• Pre-tax profits jump to £10.7m as sales surge 7%
• The retailer has secured DFS trademark in Spain as it targets 800,000 expats
• DFS believes it has grabbed a larger share of the ‘aspirational customer segment’

Continue Reading

Proven growth strategy delivers record results

DFS roomsetDFS Furniture plc Preliminary Results

DFS Furniture plc, (the "Group"), the market leading retailer of upholstered furniture in the United Kingdom today announces its preliminary results for the 52 weeks ended 1 August 2015 (prior year: 53 weeks ended 2 August 2014)

Continue Reading

Move to NAEC May 2016

minerva logoMinerva Furnishers Guild announces a change of venue for their very successful Minerva private members show to be held on the 17th – 18th May 2016.

Continue Reading

AHF approaches £20m sales

ahf store aboutAHF has seen sales rise by more than 5% in the past financial year on the back of higher investment.

Sales grew by 6% to £19.5m in the year to 31 March at the 19 store chain as EBITDA increased from just under £350,000 to a little over £432,000.

Continue Reading

Savoir continues international expansion

SavoirSeoulBed manufacturer Savoir has continued its international expansion by opening a showroom in Seoul.
The 700sqft showroom in the South Korean capital is in the recently opened Hyundai department store in Pangyo, close to the city’s most exclusive neighbourhood, the Gangnam district – known as the ‘Mayfair of Seoul’.

Continue Reading

Clear early indications of strong and highly international DOMOTEX 2016

Domotexnews2015– Show almost fully booked, with four months yet to go
– Wood Flooring Summit 2016 meeting with strong demand
– Innovations@DOMOTEX to feature expanded choice of Guided Tours
– Guest appearances by star international designers: architect and designer Piero Lissoni (Lissoni Associati) and architect Wolf D. Prix (Coop Himmelb(l)au)

Continue Reading

Be friends with Santa

ChristmasshoppingRetailers must gear up for Christmas, or risk losing out on their share of an extra £2.3bn of consumer spending, they have been told.

Continue Reading

Czech boost will end Malaysian imports

UnilinPA mulit-million pound investment by Unilin has delivered a major boost to production at its Czech Republic factory in Vyskov, meaning it will no longer have to import engineered wood floors from Malaysia.

Continue Reading

Loaf rising nicely

LoafFlopsterOnline interiors retailer Loaf has continued its expansion with a major sales increase in the past six months.

Continue Reading

Biggest fall in UK shopping since 2008, though furniture spending remains strong

logo brcBritish Retail Consortium says warm September partly to blame but says spending on big-ticket items remains strong
The continued weakness of spending in supermarkets has hit retail spending figures.
The weakest underlying performance by high street and online stores since the depth of the 2008-09 recession provided fresh evidence on Tuesday of a slowdown in the economy.

Continue Reading

MOOD 2014: It was all about a strong belief in the future

moodHow to sum up MoOD 2014? More than clear is that MoOD once again scored high in the field of quality and that in this way, it offers a solid basis for the future. One cannot conclude otherwise than that MoOD gained in aura and charm, which is the result of a move towards new halls, in combination with its new look & feel.

Continue Reading

MoOD reveals Blue Drop winners

Mood2014The winners of the coveted Blue Drop awards at fabric exhibition MoOD have been chosen, with visitors to the Brussels show having their final opportunity today to decide the Visitors award.

Continue Reading

Flooring holds back Low & Bonar

BonarFibre group Low & Bonar saw a mixed performance in the first half of the year, with 'lacklustre' demand in the flooring sector partially offsetting demand in building products.

Continue Reading

Funeral held for Walter Wilson

WalterWilsonThe funeral of Walter Wilson, Ulster Carpets honorary president took place at Tullylish Parish Church, Gilford, County Down on 3 June. He died on 31st May aged 84.

Continue Reading

Adrian Laffey's Pedal for Pounds

AdrianThis year the Pedal For Pounds 5 bike ride starts at the Emirates Stadium in London, 250 gruelling miles later we will arrive back in Huddersfield.

All donations will contribute to the Keep It Up Campaign, which is an equal split between the Huddersfield Town Academy and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Continue Reading

Milan blog: Innovation back on the agenda

bfiAfter a couple of years where rooting about in the archives and celebrating anniversaries by reissuing classic designs was the agenda for many established firms, this year’s Milan Design Week saw new products return to the fore.

Yes there were updates, but the mood was more Athletico Madrid’s attack at pace than Barcelona’s pass the ball for ever: companies recognised that they had to grab visitors’ attention with something new, rather than variations on a theme.

Continue Reading

Colour is all at Heimtextil

KasIf day one of Heimtextil was florals and geometric shapes, day two was colour you could not ignore.
Particularly among the better-end, branded bed linen exhibitors, colour was everywhere.

Continue Reading

Karndean to give back as part of anniversary drive

Karndean40Karndean Designflooring is to mark its 40th anniversary with a series of flooring donations. The company, founded by Mike Walker, is launching a year-long campaign looking at where it began and its position today while supporting charities in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Continue Reading

Show organiser looks to Indonesia

8826furniture-exhibitions-events-resizeExhibition organiser UBM is adding to its network of trade shows, following claims the Indonesia furniture export industry is worth £1.14bn and is forecast to triple within five years.

Continue Reading

Blog: The difference of a day

HengeSince ISalone moved to the out of town Rho venue it has been blessed with lovely spring weather on every opening day. However this year proved as reliable as a hotel's wifi connection.

Continue Reading

End for Manor

manorfurnLiquidation for Swindon store after rival buys stock. The doors of Swindon furniture retailer Manor Furniture will close for the final time this week after administrators failed to find a buyer for the 18-year old company.

Continue Reading

Sales soar at John Lewis

jllinenSales leap by 15% in record week. John Lewis enjoyed its best sales week last week, boosted by the row over Amazon's UK tax payments.

Continue Reading

GT looks west

gtKitchen and bathroom makeover chain Granite Transformations is to target the North West of England and the West Midlands as it seeks to grow its franchise operations.

Continue Reading

Retail rents set to drop

emptyshopRetail rents will fall across the country thanks to reduced demand and increasing availability, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' UK Commercial Market Survey.

Continue Reading

Multiyork reshuffle

multiyork2Multiyork has moved swiftly to bolster its senior management following the departure of former executive chairman Indira Thambira and reconfimed its position as a top-end retailer.

Continue Reading

House of Reeves: man arrested [Updated]

A 21 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life following the fire that destroyed the 144 year-old House of Reeves furniture store in Croydon on Monday night.

The Metropolitan Police said the suspect was detained on Tuesday night and was being questioned at a south London police station.

There have been no other arrests in connection with the incident so far.

UPDATE: The store was today demolished and the Reeves family repeated that they would continue trading but were unsure if they would rebuild on the site.

Link: Watch the demolition. Click here.

Picture: Peter Paces.