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Autumn Fair 2020 replaced with “virtual forum”

After conversations between the organiser, exhibitors and visitors, Hyve has decided that Autumn Fair will not take place this year. Spring Fair will continue to take place on 7-11th February 2021, and Autumn Fair will return to the NEC on 5-8th September 2021. Hyve and the team behind Autumn Fair are now working closely with partners […]

NBF cancels 2020 Bed Show and confirms new president

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has taken the decision to cancel the 2020 Bed Show (22nd-23rd September) due to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. NBF executive director  Jessica Alexander comments: “After careful consideration it is with great regret that we announce the postponement of the Bed Show until September 2021. It’s been a tough […]

John Lewis appoints new executive director

The John Lewis Partnership has appointed Pippa Wicks as executive director for John Lewis. Pippa joins from the Co-op Group, where she was deputy chief executive, and will start her new role in August. She will be responsible for trading, merchandising, marketing and developing propositions and services for John Lewis’ shops and website.  Sharon White, partner […]

Lee Longlands in administration but optimistic

The directors of premium furniture retailer Lee Longlands & Co, which can trace its origins back to 1902, have taken steps to place the company into administration, describing the steps as being necessary to protect the business from the impact of the coronavirus lockdown – but reassuring customers that it is very much business as usual. The family-owned business made […]

GNG assembles team for fresh Komfi drive

Yorkshire-based GNG Group, manufacturer of performance foam products for the healthcare, sports and retail mattress markets, is set to launch a vacuum-packed mattress range under its Komfi brand. This is a new venture for the company, following the appointment of [ex-Breasley] Stuart Hibbert as sales director for the Consumer Products Division, plus a significant six-figure investment […]

Harrison Spinks introduces next-day delivery mattress line

Fifth-generation bedmaker Harrison Spinks has developed a new collection of premium mattresses exclusively for independent retailers, available for next-day delivery. The Velocity Collection is Harrison Spinks’ first next-day, off-the-shelf mattress, designed to support independents with a range of products that are easily accessible for consumers in the current climate. It consists of nine premium-quality handmade […]

Bridging the gap | Furniture News Magazine

Recruitment is a familiar challenge for manufacturers. Factory work simply doesn’t offer the rewards and excitement school-leavers expect, and new immigration laws only threaten to exacerbate the industry’s staffing woes. For Westbridge, which employs around 1100 staff in North Wales, the pressure is particularly acute – but the sofamaker refuses to become a victim of […]

Manufacturing resumes at Harrison Spinks

Fifth-generation bedmaker Harrison Spinks has resumed manufacturing from its Yorkshire-based facility this week, following recent Government guidelines. The bedmaker is restarting its operation on a safe and reduced scale and is focusing on existing orders and orders for key customers, including independents and high street retailers. Its components production and a proportion of bed production […]