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Manchester Furniture Show postponed to 2021

As a consequence of the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the Manchester Furniture Show, scheduled to take place this July, has been postponed to 2021. Event director Cleere Scamell comments: “It is with the greatest disappointment that we are postponing Manchester Furniture Show until 18-20th July next year. This has not been an easy decision to reach, as […]

Hypnos receives Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development

British bedmaker Hypnos has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development for its pioneering commitment to sustainable and ethical manufacturing. This is the second Queen’s Award for the company, following one in 2017 for International Trade. Hypnos’ latest accolade comes after a decade-long commitment to sustainable production and operation, and in recognition of a series […]

Milan 2020 makes way for comprehensive 2021 edition

Italy’s Salone del Mobile.Milano will no longer take place this June. The fair had been rescheduled due to the coronavirus outbreak, but the “persistence of the emergency situation” means the event will next place on 13-18th April 2021. The 2021 edition will celebrate the show’s 60th anniversary, and, for the first time, will present all the biennial […]

Industry movement promises tailored high street business support

Industry movement SaveTheHighStreet.org is launching an end-to-end Covid-19 support programme for the more-than 200,000 local business owners across the UK struggling on the coronavirus-era high street. SaveTheHighStreet.org will work closely with businesses for 12 weeks to develop and implement personalised plans, considering everything they could be doing to protect, adapt and even grow their business in 2020. […]

Brighthouse enters administration | Furniture News Magazine

The company behind weekly payments retailer BrightHouse, Caversham Finance Ltd (CTL), has gone into administration. Chris Laverty, Trevor O’Sullivan and Helen Dale of Grant Thornton UK LLP were appointed as joint administrators yesterday.  CTL operates a logistics and engineering business supporting the servicing, warranty and insurance claims of BrightHouse’s rent-to-own customers in the UK. The joint administrators are […]

Let’s twist again, says Simon Spinks

Blue Planet’s bombshell plastics episode may have focused consumer attention on the impact of reckless waste disposal, but some businesses were championing sustainability long before Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg made the headlines. With green thinking now integral to bed purchasing, Harrison Spinks’ fast-evolving offer has never been more relevant, writes Paul Farley … If […]

March consumer confidence decline a prologue to “deterioration”

GfK’s Consumer Confidence Index decreased by two points to –9 in March. One measure increased, three measures decreased (including The Major Purchase Index, which fell eight points to -2, down three points YoY), and one measure remained the same. Joe Staton, client strategy director at GfK, says: “Against the threat of a dramatic slowdown in the UK […]

British bed manufacturers join the fight against Covid-19

Faced with a retail lockdown, some of Britain’s bed maufacturers are turning their hand to supporting the fight against Covid-19. Among them, Wakefield’s GNG Group has been awarded Key Supplier Status by the NHS. GNG’s Healthcare Division, which produces medical mattresses and pressure care products, has seen a rapid increase in orders to help meet critical care needs.  “We are […]