The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers has boosted its membership with the admission of 18 new liverymen.
Retailers must gear up for Christmas, or risk losing out on their share of an extra £2.3bn of consumer spending, they have been told.
Next has warned that it has been unable to recover the sales it lost in September and October because of the mild weather and profits will be £25m lower.
Hypnos has been named as the bed behind the country's most comfortable hotel rooms for the fifth consecutive year.
Roy Annable, Brockway Carpets chairman has become president of the carpet manufacturer in honour of his achievements at the Kidderminster company.