Wiemann scores hat-trick industry award

Decoration Table - April 14, 2020 The sixth edition of The Furniture Awards, which took place at this year's January Furniture Show, saw exhibiting hopefuls put their best foot (well, new range) forward in a bid ....

Brighthouse enters administration

Decoration Table - April 7, 2020 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 ....

March consumer confidence decline a prologue to “deterioration”

Decoration Table - April 7, 2020 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 ....

British bed manufacturers join the fight against Covid-19

Decoration Table - April 7, 2020 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 ....

Breasley pioneers RFID bed technology

Decoration Table - April 7, 2020 The use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags in mattresses is transforming customer service in the bed industry, thanks to Breasley’s pioneering work. The East Midlands-based company believes it was ....

Coronavirus and contracts

Decoration Table - March 31, 2020 Given the scope of the coronavirus pandemic, it is inevitable that some contracting parties will look to the outbreak to justify non-performance of contractual obligations, justifying their decisions by citing ....

Industry charity reaches out to affected employees

Decoration Table - March 31, 2020 The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, is reaching out to companies with employees whose welfare is being affected by the ....

Manchester show venue designated an emergency hospital

Decoration Table - March 31, 2020 Last Friday, NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens announced the commissioning of Manchester Central Convention Complex (MCC) as a ‘Nightingale’ hospital to support the NHS in its efforts to manage the Covid-19 ....

BFC petitions Government for sector-specific aid

Decoration Table - March 31, 2020 Last week, the British Furniture Confederation (BFC) wrote to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, highlighting the challenges faced by the sector as a result of Covid-19 and asking ....

Lombok enters administration for third time in 11 years

Decoration Table - March 31, 2020 Angora Retail (trading as Lombok) entered administration on 26th March, following "a period of difficult trading resulting from low levels of consumer spending and confidence in the lead-up to 2020", compounded ....

BFM creates online crisis hub for members

Decoration Table - March 31, 2020 The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has created an online information hub to keep members up to date with the latest industry developments. The site has been set up to house regular video briefings from the ....

New dates announced for CIFF Guangzhou 2020

Decoration Table - March 31, 2020 The 45th China International Furniture Fair (CIFF Guangzhou), originally scheduled to take place for March, will now run from 18th-21st (Phase 1 – Home Furniture/Home Decor/Outdoor Leisure) and 27-30th July 2020 (Phase 2 – ....

Germany’s Tendence cancelled

Decoration Table - March 31, 2020 In response to the escalating pandemic and the current challenges facing German and European retailers, Tendence 2020 has been cancelled. “We’ve been fighting hard, leaving no stone unturned, to see ....

Milan 2020 makes way for comprehensive 2021 edition

Decoration Table - March 31, 2020 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 ....

Industry movement promises tailored high street business support

Decoration Table - March 31, 2020 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 ....

Laura Ashley to call in administrators

Decoration Table - March 24, 2020 Laura Ashley has announced its intention to appoint administrators and suspend trading, having reviewed its cashflow forecasts in light of the Covid-19 outbreak.  For the seven weeks to 13th March, ....

Chancellor announces business rate holiday for retailers

Decoration Table - March 24, 2020 In light of the impact of the economic impact of the coronavirus, the Government has announced emergency measures to support retail and hospitality businesses, including a 12-month business rates holiday for all firms. ....

Exploring the business rates burden

Decoration Table - March 24, 2020 With the Chancellor declaring a 12-month business rates holiday for retailers due to the impact of coronavirus, Furniture News looks back at its retailer panel's take on a system that, to ....

New summer dates for Clerkenwell Design Week

Decoration Table - March 24, 2020 In the light of the global impact caused by Covid-19, this year's Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) will be postponed from 19th–21st May until 14-16th July. 'We will continue to consult with ....

Sofas, duvets and mattresses worst landfill offenders, says TRG Group

Decoration Table - March 24, 2020 Sofas, duvets and mattresses take up more than 26.2 million cu m of England's landfill space each year – the equivalent of 17,129 forests – according to new research by TFR Group. England faces a ....

Next outlines coronavirus stress-test alongside 2019 results

Decoration Table - March 24, 2020 Next has reported revenue growth of +2.4% and profits up +1.9% to £610.2m for the year to January 2020 (on a statutory basis), and revealed its stress-test scenarios around coronavirus' impact on ....

Carpetright agrees sponsorship deal with Exeter City FC

Decoration Table - March 24, 2020 Carpetright has agreed a three-year deal to become the new main club sponsor for Exeter City Football Club, starting from the 2020/21 season. Carpetright, which has more than 300 stores and ....

Airsprung veteran passes away

Decoration Table - March 24, 2020 Bed industry veteran Ken Hillier passed away peacefully on March 14th at the RUH in Bath. Ken went from humble beginnings to becomes sales director of Airsprung Beds, where he played a significant ....

Chancellor unveils historic business support measures

Decoration Table - March 24, 2020 The Chancellor has unveiled further measures to support jobs and businesses through the coronavirus crisis, including a pledge to cover workers' wages, a VAT payment deferral and loans for SMEs. ....

Harrison Spinks plants trees at local school

Decoration Table - March 24, 2020 Harrison Spinks has enhanced its sustainability credentials further by planting 90 native British broad leaf trees at Sharp Lane Primary School in South Leeds. The company has also committed to planting ....

Demand will return following virus disruption, says DFS CEO

Decoration Table - March 17, 2020 Revenues were down -5.7% at DFS in H1 2020 (to 29th December 2019), in part due to a strong comparative period bolstered by latent demand and a higher opening order bank. YoY, this ....

JYSK Oldham attracts record-breaking opening footfall

Decoration Table - March 17, 2020 JYSK broke its UK store opening records when its new Oldham store on Alexandra Retail Park welcomed almost 1600 customers on Saturday 7th March. According to JYSK, the queues stretched into the car ....