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ScS reopens with “strong balance sheet”

After “carefully considering recently updated Government guidelines and implementing enhanced health and safety policies and procedures”, ScS reopened 80 of its stores in England on 23rd May. The group’s distribution network has also reopened in England, allowing customer deliveries to recommence. ScS’ 19 stores (and distribution networks) in Wales and Scotland remain closed.  ScS states that it has […]

Furniture Village re-opens following lockdown

Furniture Village has re-opened six of its stores (Bristol, Friern Barnet, Gillingham, South Ruislip, Tamworth and York), with the remaining 46 set to re-open on Saturday 23rd May, after the Government clarified its definition of home and hardware retail as ‘essential’ with the inclusion of homewares stores. Following the introduction of extensive new safety measures and clear guidance for […]

BFC lobbies Government for further sector support

On 30th April, the All-Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group (APPFIG) hosted an oral evidence session as part of its Inquiry into the Impact of COVID-19 on the Furniture and Furnishings Industry. The evidence provided to the inquiry, and the report it produced, has since informed the recent lobbying efforts of the British Furniture Confederation (BFC) […]

Breasley’s future secured | Furniture News Magazine

The mattress and bedding division of Breasley Pillows Ltd (trading as Breasley, Breasley Foam, Salus and Uno), one of the UK’s leading producers of rolled-and-boxed mattresses, has been bought as part of a pre-pack administration by Breasley (UK) Ltd, saving 60 jobs. Benjamin Wiles and Philip Dakin, both of Duff & Phelps, were appointed joint […]

Industry charity appoints new master

David Woodward, the founder and director of luxury upholstery maker and logistics company Celtheath, has been installed as the 59th master of The Furniture Makers’ Company in a virtual ceremony. The annual installation ceremony normally takes place at St Mary-le-Bow Church in the City of London, followed by a commemorative white-tie dinner at Mansion House, the […]

Westbridge back in production for the NHS

Westbridge, one of the UK’s largest upholstery manufacturers, has started making personal protective equipment for the NHS. Westbridge, part of the Belfield Group, will be supplying up to 75,000 gowns each week for an initial 14-week period which started on 4th May. Paul Myerscough, operations director at Westbridge, says: “We started at 6000 gowns per day, […]

MaxiMover’s birthday message for fundraising champion

Furniture industry vehicle manufacturer MaxiMover, which continues to operate “as usual” within Government guidelines, supported a popular charity cause last week when it delivered a Bronze Poppy to veteran fundraiser captain (now honorary colonel) Tom Moore on his 100th birthday. The Bronze Poppy commemorates fallen servicemen and women, and all profits go to UK veteran mental health […]