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BIG barges its way to CO2 cuts

Flooring giant Beaulieu International Group has had a major cut to its container transport’s CO2 emissions, by switching to using Flemish waterways rather than road.

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S-Range is reissued 58 years on

An iconic furniture range by legendary designers John and Sylvia Reid, who designed the Minstrel range for Stag, is being reissued thanks to a collaboration between their son and the son of the original manufacturer.

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Frank Olsen hopes for Bensons charge

FOlsenBensonsAudio-visual furniture manufacturer Frank Olsen Furniture has secured a contract that will see its new wireless charging bedside cabinet range exclusively in all Bensons for Beds stores from next month.

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Exports lift Walker Greenbank

CCHALCYONFurnishing group Walker Greenbank has told shareholders that export markets are outperforming the UK and that it has settled its flooding insurance claim.

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Seven months and 2% to go

SchlossbergMonths ahead of the show textile exhibition Heimtextil is practically sold out, boosted by several companies returning after an absence.

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L&L becomes H&H

HHHampsteadUpmarket leather furniture and accessories retailer and supplier Leather & Lavender has rebranded.

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Sleeping: a bargain

SealyPadova 2200Consumers should re-evaluate what they think about the cost of a bed, with it being much cheaper than many everyday purchases, according to one manufacturer.

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Just keep the mud off

AJPopUpWhile Glastonbury is more associated with mud, which more than 100,000 revellers are again having to deal with at this year’s music festival, those who opted for a more upmarket choice of accommodation are seeing new upholstery.

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Sainsbury’s boss to run Home Retail

sainsburysbossJohn Rogers will succeed John Walden as chief executive of Home Retail Group under new owner J Sainsbury. Rogers, 47, who joined the company in 2005, serves as chief financial officer at Sainsbury’s and as a non-executive director at Travis Perkins. He was previously group finance director at Hanover Acceptances.

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Sharps sales rise as store presence reduces

sharpsstorefrontBedroom furniture specialist Sharps increased advertising spend and new showroom openings helped boost sales and profits at Sharps last year, despite a net downsizing of its store network. It also refinanced its loan facility.

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Former owner of BHS accused of death threats

 85617865 newbhs bhsThe former owner of BHS, Dominic Chappell had his “fingers in the till” of the failed retailer and “threatened to kill” its chief executive after he was confronted about taking money out of the business, according to explosive allegations made to MPs.

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Royal visit to Ulster Carpets

Nick CoburnThe Duchess of Cornwall The Prince of Wales and Robert Grant Ulster Carpets were delighted to welcome The Prince of Wales & The Duchess of Cornwall for a tour of their Portadown headquarters on 24th May 2016. The Royal couple stopped off as part of their 3 day visit to Northern Ireland to learn more about local manufacturing.

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BoConcept agrees sale

boconceptstorejune2016Danish furniture retailer BoConcept A/S has confirmed it will sell to Layout Bidco A/S, which is affiliated to London-based private equity company 3i Group plc.

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Carpet Recycling UK Awards

ArhigibianchirecyclingawardCarpet Recycling UK held its second annual awards ceremony in Birmingham a few weeks ago to highlight the achievements its members have made, namely in innovation, commitment and practice.

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The man who grows fields full of tables and chairs

 83376233 desk and chairAt first glance it is a typical countryside scene. Deep in the Derbyshire Dales, young willow trees stretch upwards towards the late spring sun. Birds, bees and the odd wasp provide a gentle soundtrack to the bucolic harmony.
But laid out in neat rows in the middle of a field are what appears to be a rather peculiar crop.

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Loeve to head B&Q

michaelloeveKingfisher has turned to Danish retailer Michael Loeve to run B&Q, highlighting his ability to boost performance by running the business in a more unified way across multiple formats.

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V4 invests in Midlands hub

V4V4 Woodflooring has invested more than £600,000 in a distribution warehouse and trade facility in Castle Donington, Leicestershire as it looks to improve service to Midlands and North of England customers.

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Laura Ashley deputy suffers shareholder rebellion

lauraashley 1807995bFloral furnishing group reveals that 46pc of independent shareholders voted against its long-serving deputy chairman at a shareholder meeting. Shareholders in Laura Ashley, the clothing and interiors retailer known for its floral prints, launched a rebellion against the company’s longest-serving directors at its annual general meeting.

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3D flooring — would you dare?

3dflooringImpressive tiles can turn your kitchen, bathroom and bedroom into a wonderland. There are numerous ways to add personality to your home, but we've found something a little more daring than block colour feature walls and novelty wallpaper.

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Strong furniture sales in May despite the bad weather

bronx leather sofaPoor weather dented demand for fashion last month and falling prices continued to knock takings at grocers, leaving overall retail sales flat, according to industry figures.
The British Retail Consortium said sales values were unchanged from a year ago in May on a like-for-like basis, which adjusts for the impact of new store openings. Sales rose 1.1% in total terms.

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New homewares range at Argos

2000px Argos.svgWith the introduction of over 400 new items, Argos has expanded its Heart of House homewares and furniture range. Argos’ design team has spent the last 18 months working closely with suppliers to develop Heart of House statement pieces across furniture, lighting and home accessories.

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Nostalgic visit for Brockway girls

br.group.factoryDaughters and grand-daughters of the original founder of Brockway Carpets have made a nostalgic visit to the Kidderminster manufacturer.
It was a poignant day for Margaret Bailey, Rosemarie Moore, Lizzie Moore, Patricia Oakley, Roberta Birch and Veryl Waldron (pictured), whose father and grandfather George Brockway set up the former Axminster and Wilton carpet business back in the 1930s.

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Comedy night at Harrogate Flooring Show

Royal HallA comedy night is going to be held at The Royal Hall at the Harrogate Exhibition Centre on Sunday 20th September 2015 during The Flooring Show at Harrogate. The proceeds of the event will be going to three children’s cancer charities. Tickets are now on sale. Please contact Dave Francis for more details or to book on 07976 439588.

Oak Furniture Land is Burnley FC new shirt sponsor

oakfurniturelandThe British-owned furniture brand, founded by Burnley fan Jason Bannister, will have their name on all home shirts throughout the 2015/16 season. SofaStore.com, Oak Furniture Land’s dedicated sofa brand, will appear on the away shirts. Burnley-born Mr Bannister, said: “I’m a lifelong fan of Burnley Football Club and grew up around the corner from the stadium. Having my company’s name on the shirts is a proud moment and the fulfilment of a dream."

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Strong exhibitor growth promises a bumper show

flooring ShowWith just under 4 months still to run The Flooring Show 2015 is powering ahead, with confirmed space sales already 5% up on 2014, and with many more bookings in the pipeline. As well as all the core industry bellwethers taking up prominent positions, there will be an expanded presence of British manufacturers showing on the Wool Trends Centre, which features Adams Carpets, Axminster, Brintons, Brockway, Bronte, Cavalier, Ulster and Westex in a smart pavilion promoted by the British Wool Marketing Board and Campaign for Wool.

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Dreams expands into homeware

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Bed chain Dreams has followed the example of former sister chain SCS and expanded it's product offer.

Its first Dreams At Home, which opened last month in Watford, offers a selection of carpets and more than 500 products from Sabichi including furniture, electrical, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom accessories, and home furnishings.

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Online retailer appoints Poundland chairman to lead board

not on the high streetThe online retailer notonthehighstreet.com has appointed Poundland chairman Darren Shapland to lead its board in a move that potentially paves the way for an IPO.

Mr Shapland has been named as the new chairman of the British company just weeks after Simon Belsham was poached from his position as head of Tesco’s online operations to become chief executive.
Notonthehighstreet.com was founded in 2006 by British entrepreneurs Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish.
It offers a platform for designers to sell their products directly to consumers.

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Flooring firm V4 Woodflooring creates new posts with investment in distribution centre

V4storyA FLOORING company is getting ready to launch a distribution warehouse and trade centre in Castle Donington.

V4 Woodflooring, based in Surrey, has invested £600,000 transforming a unit at Langham Park, close to East Midlands Airport.

The warehouse is its fifth in the UK and will create several jobs over the coming months.

Managing director Chris Vincent will unveil the warehouse alongside Shaun Ambrose-Jones, chairman of Castle Donington Parish Council, at a ceremony tomorrow.

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Spring bounce for mortgage market

housesmotgageThere was a 10% rise in the number of mortgages approved for house purchases from March to April, the biggest month-on-month increase since 2009.
This took the total to 68,706 in April, the Bank of England said, far below a peak of 129,996 in November 2006.
Mortgage activity can feed through to prices, but other factors are in play.
Matthew Pointon, property economist at Capital Economics, said: "A strong labour market and record low mortgage rates are supporting the market. But with lending standards still tight, this pace of growth will not be sustained."

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Inflation in the eurozone turned positive in May

EU FlagInflation in the eurozone turned positive in May after five months of falls or stagnation, reviving hopes of an economic recovery in Europe.
The annual inflation rate rose to 0.3%, up from 0% in April, the EU's statistics agency Eurostat. said.
The return of inflation is likely to be welcomed by the European Central Bank (ECB), which has sought to avoid deflation in recent months.
Prices of services rose 1.3%, while food and drink prices were up 1.2%.

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UK carpet comeback sends shares rocketing

CarpetSalesAn overlooked and unloved part of the retail sector has seen shares in some of its companies rocket in recent months as it rolls out a recovery. Carpet may have been deeply unfashionable ten years ago but Britain’s love affair with wool weave is sparking a rennaisance in deep shag-pile.

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Ikea gets council green light

IkeaSheffIkea's hopes of opening a store in Sheffield have moved a step closer after councillors unanimously supported the planning application for the £60m development.

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Strike prevents princely pyrotechnics

PowchA strike by London Fire Brigade forced the Prince of Wales to turn to video at yesterday's Campaign for Wool event at Clarence House rather then the planned demonstration of wool's flame resistant qualities.

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Shop prices fall yet again

20poundnotesShop prices fell for the fifteenth consecutive month in July, with deflation of 1.9% in July: the deepest level of deflation since December 2006.

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Retail prices fall yet again in February

20poundnotesRetailers reported deflation for the tenth consecutive month in February, accelerating to 1.4% from 1.0% in January – the deepest level of deflation since December 2006.

Non-food reported annual deflation of 3.0% in February from 2.7% in January – the lowest ever recorded and food inflation slowed to 1.1% from 1.5% in January – the lowest ever recorded, according to the British Retail Consortium-Nielsen Shop Price Index.

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Ferrari boss sells iconic brands

PF2014adsUS office furniture group Hawarth is to buy Poltrona Frau, in a deal worth €339m (£281m). As well as the Poltrona Frau brand, the group also owns the iconic Casina, Cappellini and Thoner brands.

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Cath Kidson celebrates flagship store

CKopeningtaxisBlack cabs covered in iconic Cath Kidston prints burst out of a giant Christmas present at Marble Arch , London yesterday to celebrate the opening of the largest Cath Kidston store during the brand's 20th anniversary year.

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MFA men get their kit off for charity

MFAcalYou've heard of the Calendar Girls, now meet the Midland Furniture Auctions Calendar Men. Male staff at MFA have stripped down to their socks and underwear to make a calendar to raise money for charity.

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Retail prices fall again

shoppingbagsRetailers again cut prices in October, the sixth consecutive month, with deflation rising from 0.2% to 0.5%. Non-food retailers reported annual deflation of 2.4% in October, up from 2.0% in September. Food inflation slowed to 2.7% in October from 2.9% in September, according to the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index.

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Jobs to go at Dreams

dreams2More than a quarter of the staff at Dreams' head office are to lose their jobs while more branches are to close. About 60 jobs will go at the High Wycombe head office, which employs 228, as part of a restricting after the purchase of the chain by Sun European in March.

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Mixed fortunes for wholesalers

FurnLinkFurniture Origins is to give up its UK wholesaling operations while Furniture Link plans to double the size of its operations. Cabinet importer Furniture Origins UK is to close its wholesale side of the business to concentrate on its containers business. Wholesale operations will be carried out by Classic Furniture from 1 September.

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Flooring chain trials beds

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A FLOORING company has revealed plans to expand into the bedroom furnishing industry.

Frank's The Flooring Store says it is now working with bedding specialists Silentnight and Rest Assured, which will be trialed across a number of its North-East stores.

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Aztec snaps up Cosyfloor

CosyfloorUnderfloor heating brands Cosyfloor, Ecofloor and Ecomat have been sold to Aztec Europe for an undisclosed sum. Aztec has also bought the Demista heated mirror pads brand that was jointly developed by R&D Marketing and Aztec, and have been manufactured in the UK by Aztec since its introduction by R&D Marketing more than 20 years ago.

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95 Dreams stores set to close

dreams2Some 95 Dreams' stores are expected to close after it was bought by ScS parent Sun European Partners in a £35m pre-pac deal. Ernst & Young, which had been handling the sale process since December, was appointed administrator last night and sold the chain to SEP.

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House price boost

signsHouse prices have recorded their strongest quarterly rise in three years in a further sign that efforts to kick-start the market are working, according to figures from mortgage lender Halifax.

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DHD move for Carlton

carltonDining room and bedroom wholesaler Carlton Furniture has become the latest company to introduce a direct home delivery service.

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Organisers hail show success

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The organisers of the Bed Show and Harrogate Flooring Show have hailed the success of the exhibitions in the face of economic challenges. The Bed Show grew in size by a fifth and visitor number grew by 10% while Harrogate Flooring Show saw the number of exhibitors rise from 128 to 144 as the size of the show grew by 400sqm and visitor numbers climbed to 3,205.

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