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Tenon wins Wood Award

TenonWA2020The Tenon Table, designed by Daniel Schofield has been named as winner of the production furniture category in the Wood Awards. 

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Manlio Armellini 1937-2020

ManlioArmelliniManlio Armellini, the former secretary general and ceo of Salone del Mobile di Milano organiser Cosmit, and the man generally created for making the exhibition what it is, died on 16 November. He was 83.

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Retail executives warn of job losses

ClosedsignSeveral interiors executives are among more than 60 senior retail and trade association executives who have warned of hundreds of thousands of job losses if stores in England do not reopen on 2 December.

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Bira: Shopping has never been safer

Fournier Street LondonIndependent retailer association Bira has called for a level playing field between chains and independent retailers during the lockdown in England and says specialist stores are being punished. 

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The Sleep Charity names advisory board

TheSleepCharityThe Sleep Charity has named a 19-strong advisory board, with experts across sleep, sport science, nutrition, menopause, mental health, sleep research, primary care, public health, sensory processing, CBTi and medical sleep disorders.

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Closing, closing, closing

ClosedsignThe overwhelming majority of furniture and flooring retailers in England will have to close at the end of business today until 2 December.

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Tempur Sealy looks to widen range

TempursealyTempur Sealy has hired marketing and management company IMG as its licensing representative for the group’s brands as it looks to move into a wider range of branded products.

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Carpetright recommends Meditor offer

Carpetright Admiral Wilton CarpetCarpetright has bowed to the seemingly inevitable and recommended to shareholders that they accept the £15.18m takeover by its largest shareholder and owner of its bank borrowings.

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CRUK sees recycling coverage increase

HamiltonWasteCarpet Recycling UK is expanding its geographical coverage of the UK, offering the flooring sector more options for reuse and recycling of carpet and carpet tile waste, especially in Scotland. 

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We’ll cut debt now says Wilding

Flooring group Victoria is to focus on reducing its huge debts while Geoff Wilding has insisted that its recent stock market turmoil which saw it abandon plans to refinance the debt and a plunge in its share price in the face of strong short-selling, has not distracted management.

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Smallbone future in doubt

The parent company of luxury kitchen and bedroom retailers Smallbone of Devizes and Mark Wilkinson Furniture has filed a notice of intention to appoint Grant Thornton, the accountancy firm, as administrator.

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143 and out

A Lincolnshire furniture and flooring independent is to close after 143 years, with the great grandson of the store’s founder retiring.

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Steinhoff UK Beds donate to BBC DIY SOS: Children in Need Special

Steinhoff UK Beds have donated a number of beds to support the BBC DIY SOS team in rebuilding a support centre for a volunteer-led charity in Swansea for a Children in Need Special.

The Roots Foundation Wales is a charity based in Swansea, set up by an inspiring individual Emma Lewis, who achieved something extraordinary out of harrowing personal circumstances. With the crucial support of an amazing team, The Root Foundation Wales gives the desperately needed help and support to young people in care, care leavers, children in need and adults who have left the care system and are trying to live independently. 


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NBF in no landfill push

 The National Bed Federation as solidified its commitment to eliminating the use of landfill for the disposal of end of life beds.

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Clarion buys JFS and MFS

JFS2015Trade exhibition organiser Clarion Events has bought The January Furniture Show and Manchester Furniture Show for an undisclosed sum.

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Sealy renews support for charity

SealyCFMSealy has again supported children’s charity Cash for Kids with its Mission Christmas Appeal, which encourages people to donate either cash or at least one present, suitable for a child who would not otherwise receive a gift this Christmas.

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WoNZ set for largest Domotex presence

CormarHCWools of New Zealand will have its largest presence at Domotex in January. Monochrome will be the colour theme with the Laneve branded Biscayne range from Crucial Trading in raven and mascarpone the showcase carpet.

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Movember target acheived

GS2Greg Suthern, Furniture Village coo has exceeded his Movember fundraising target, while Martin West, Kingsmead Carpets general manager is approaching his.

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Expansion for Acclaim

AcclaimUpholstery manufacturer Acclaim Upholstery is to open new premises and siginificantly boost its workforce after increased demand.

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Lee Longlands mbo completed

LLMBOThe management of Midlands furniture group Lee Longlands has completed a management buy out ‘protecting the core values of the business.’

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Movember duo head for targets

GSMovo1Greg Suthern and Martin West are approaching achieving their initial fund-raising targets for Movember, less than two weeks into the month-long project.

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Domotex success: An Old Painter’s Dream

Grill MarketAn Old Painter’s Dream by Baltic Wood is three-layer oak flooring that was awarded the Innovations@Domotex award at Domotex 2014. The following success story shows how this textured wood surface perfectly complements the interior design of the Grill Market restaurant in Reykjavik.

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Living well at Ambiente

AmbientelivingBuyers from furniture and furnishings stores, boutiques, galleries and lifestyle stores will products for furnishing, design, lifestyle and decoration Ambiente from 12-16 February.

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S&E Upholstery set for debut

SEOultonSpink & Edgar Upholstery is to introduce its first designs next month, with springs replacing 60% of foam and other man-made materials in the seat cushions and frame.

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Tempur Sealy creates new top marketing role

JSTSTempur Sealy, the world's largest bed company, has recruited US marketing veteran Jay Spenchian to a new top role as executive vice-president, chief marketing officer, where he will be responsible for its six brands.

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CCF makes green investment

CCFCarpet Craft Flooring has boosted its environmental efforts, investing in a carpet crushing machine to support its zero to landfill policy.

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DFS looks to marketing boost

DFS2013DFS is set to strengthen its direct and online marketing after appointing a permanent agency. In recent years it has used a number of agencies on a project-by-project basis.

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Green Tree heads south

GreentreeLaminate and wood flooring firm Green Tree Distribution is to open a second distribution centre to cover the south of the country as part of a major expansion project.

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Housing market sees three year high

signsThe amount of homes sold in the UK over the past three months reached its highest level since January 2010 as buyers across the country began to return to the market, according to the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors residential market survey.

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Mason to launch export consultancy

MASTER CONSULTINGFormer BFM director of commercial affairs, Adam Mason, is launching a business this month assisting British furniture manufacturers to start or develop their international sales.

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Carpetright sees retail sales climb

carpetright2Shapland says 'steady as you are'. Carpetright saw UK retail sales grow by 3% on a like for like basis in the six months to 27 October. It was also able to lift gross margins from 58% to 61.7%.

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Barker & Stonehouse results to year end March

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Barker & Stonehouse, the eigth store retailer, is about to post its year end results at Companies House. The figures will show revenue is down 8% to just under £40m, and profit, before tax is down from £2m to just over £1m.

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Dodrefn Cymru blames bypass for closure

dcWhat is said to be the largest furniture store in North Wales is to close, with the owner blaming the opening of a bypass decimating passing trade. Dodrefn Cymru in Tremadog, Gwynedd will close on Friday with three staff being made redundant.

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'Time the penny dropped' on IP

vancouver'It's time the penny dropped for those who continue to free ride on the back of the Intellectual Property belonging to others,' says Dids Macdonald ACID ceo after yet another copying case is settled.

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Heimtextil day one

ptFor the next few days I'll be blogging from Frankfurt, Hannover and Cologne as the European interiors trade show season gets into full swing. Today: Heimtextil day one.

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MFI set for comeback

new-mfiMFI looks set to return to the interiors market on 30 November, almost exactly three years since the demise of the chain. However doubts have been expressed about its success.

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Textiles and accessories growth


Sales of home accessories and textiles picked up last month, but, as expected, overall retail sales were kept in check by the mini-heatwave of the final week of September.

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Brintons talks 'making progress'

The future of carpet manufacturer Brintons could be decided with days, rather than weeks Interiors Monthly has learned.

Talks between the family owned firm and its ‘preferred bidder’ were described as ‘very close’ and ‘going well’ by a source familiar with the negotiations.

The bidder has been reported as being US private-equity firm Carlyle Group, and that it will pay £38m, including Brinton’s £18m of bank loans.

Harry Thursby

The funeral of Harry Thursby, former Sunderland furniture and carpet retailer is due to take place on Tuesday. He died on 4 July, aged 94. An upholsterer, Thursby set up on his own re-upholstering suites in 1947 after being unable to return to his pre-war job, initially using his mother’s front room.

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