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And two makes 20

The Carpet Foundation has recruited a further two flooring brands as patron members, increasing the number to 20.

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Judge to depart Headlam

Flooring distributor Headlam has confirmed the departure of Tony Judge, chief operating office, after 26 years with the group.

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Proposte moves to April

Italian fabric exhibition Proposte is to take place in April next year, rather than its traditional May schedule and change the days it takes part on.

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Appletree gets a new look

AppletreeFurnishings group J Rosenthal has revamped its Appletree brand with a rebrand, new packaging and extended range of coordinating products.

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The Flooring Show: Live

TFSlogoThe Flooring Show 2017 is underway. Click here to follow us as we go round the exhibition. This will open a new window.

Trendsetter turns to PET for goose down alternative

SmartdownBedding manufacturer Trendsetter International has introduced a range of duvets and pillows using recycled PET bottles for fibres, which the company says mimics its Nimbus brand ‘highest grade feather and down products in every way.’

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40th CIFF sees interest soar

CIFF17Next week’s 40th China International Furniture Fair is expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors with pre-registrations more than double the 2016 event.

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No turning back for Harrison

HarrisonAndorraHarrison Spinks unveiled the Harrison Bed Tailor Turn Free collection, which allows users to rotate the mattress instead of turning it, at The Bed Show this morning.

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Soft Focus for Cormar

CormarSFCormar Carpet introduced the Soft Focus super-soft easy clean collection and revamped a trio of its established ranges at The Flooring Show.

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Seventh heaven for Wool Week

CFW16A home where everything from interiors to fashion will be made of wool and a hotel installation at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour will form the interiors centerpieces of the seventh Wool Week.

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Have a ball at Mitton Hall

MittonHallThe Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity, is to hold a fundraising Christmas Ball on 1 December with a drinks reception, three course meal, dancing to a live band and ‘champagne games’.

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The heat is on

RSHeat mapSoftware supplier Retailsystem is to debut its newly updated app at the Minerva Show next week, featuring a stock management heat map.

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Trio boosts Brockway

BrockwaysalesBrockway Carpets has strengthened its sales team with the appointment of three area business managers, who have all joined from Victoria Carpets.

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The Flooring Show a great success

TFSlogo The Flooring Show 2015 proved to be a successful event for both visitors and exhibitors alike. The three day event attracted higher numbers than last year. Official figures to be annouced shortly.

Fire destroyed 'everything'

KeithjayfireDave Hubbard, Keith Jay Carpet & Furniture md says he intends to trade on after the fire which left everything inside its main store destroyed, but is ‘in limbo’.

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Urquiola becomes Cassina art director role as part of wider Poltrona Frau Group project

CASSINA Patricia Urquiola1Renowned and prolific designer Patricia Urquiola is to become art director for iconic brand Cassina as part of a wider design role at parent group Poltrona Frau.
The company says ‘he partnership marks Poltrona Frau’s growing global vision and its desire to continue to increase the potential of its companies, keeping their creative choices independent and consistent with their positioning.’

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NDB to move to Decorex

NDBjudgingGraduate design competition New Design Britain is to continue, moving to Decorex, following the demise of the May Design Series exhibition.

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John Lewis set to reopen £14m flagship home department

House by John Lewis room setJohn Lewis was today due to re-open the home department of its flagship Oxford Street, London store after a £14m refurbishment. 25 different room-sets will sit at the heart of the space and be constantly updated to give customers new ideas. The department itself will be split into separate, distinct ‘room’ environments, allowing shoppers to fully immerse themselves in whatever they’re looking for.

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Next pins hopes on weather

Nextaw2014Next has conceded that if the unseasonal weather continues it will have to lower its profit forecast after anticipated growth was almost halved.

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It’s Strictly Duralay

StrictlyThe return of Strictly Come Dancing to TV screens on 27 September has created a marketing boost for one underlay manufacturer.

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Ultra Furniture appoint Jim O’Donnell as Design & Commercial Manager

jim odonnellUltra Furniture have announced the appointment of Jim O’Donnell as Design & Commercial Manager.

Jim brings over 35 years of industry experience to Ultra Furniture. Jim’s experience and knowledge has come from his time working for G-Plan, Pendal Furniture, Buoyant Upholstery and most recently Lebus Upholstery where Jim was Managing Director for 12 years. After taking a break to recharge his batteries he is now ready to bring his wealth of knowledge and experience to assist in Ultra’s strategic growth plans.

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Crowson announces closure

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Crowson Fabrics founder Derek Crowson has revealed he is to close the group on 17 April.

Crowson, who is termanilly ill, founded the company in 1978 together with its brands, including Monkwell, Charterhouse, Dovedale, Design Archives and Hill and Knowles, which were distributed throughout the world.

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Green light for Herman Miller moves

HermanMillerFurniture manufacturer Herman Miller has been given the green light for a new factory and head office. The company is to move its production operations from Bath and offices from Chippenham to a purpose built 182,000sqft facility in Melksham, Wiltshire.

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Next reveals sales volatility

Next2013Interiors and clothing chain Next has revealed the extent of sales volatility of the past three months, with sales fluctuating by about £25m a week.

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House sales reach three year high

signsThe number of homes sold in the UK reached a three-year high during March as increased confidence in the market continued to translate into sales, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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Trio quit Victoria in pay row

victoriastatelyJust four months after gaining board control at Victoria Carpets three directors have left after disagreement over profiting from selling the company. The company has also effectively put itself back up for sale.

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Wettest April 'hits retail sales'

shopping uk retail salesUK retail sales in April were hurt by the wet weather, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has said.

Like-for-like sales fell 3.3% from the same month last year, led by women's and children's wear. Worst hit were sales of footwear, which recorded their largest decline since January 2008. There was more gloomy news for the High Street from Clinton Cards, which said its largest supplier was set to begin steps to put it into administration.

As a result, Clinton Cards said it had asked for trading in its shares to be suspended. However, there was better news from supermarket group Sainsbury's, which reported a 6.8% rise in annual sales to £24.5bn, with underlying profit up by a stronger-than-expected 7% to £712m.

'Cautious' consumers

BRC director general Stephen Robertson said: "The wettest April since records began has put a dampener on retailers' fortunes." The monthly rainfall last month passed the record 120.3mm set in 2000, making it the wettest April since records began. And temperatures across the UK in April were the lowest in 23 years, according to Met Office figures.

It also comes after it was confirmed that the UK re-entered recession in the first three months of the year. "Consumers, struggling to balance their household budgets, remain reluctant to spend unless they really have to and the weakening economy is likely to mean people are even more cautious about their finances."
But at department stores, April was a better month for many as the wet weather boosted the number of shoppers seeking refuge. Source bbc news

Unilin looks to Brazil

qs3Fresh from displacing the UK as the world's sixth largest economy, Brazil is to gain an Unilin manufacturing plant producing Quick-Step laminate.

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More jobs to go at Brintons

brintons1870Brintons is set to undergo the second round of job cuts since its takeover by Carlyle Group last September. Most of the redundancies are expected to be at Kidderminster, and a trade union says it is a result of the plant being given the most complicated orders.

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Dwell makes kitchen move

dwellkitchensFurniture, lighting and accessories chain Dwell has moved into the kitchen market. The chain has opened its first kitchen display at its Bristol store, with the Glasgow and Nottingham branches next to see the expanded offer

More than 20 ranges are on offer, but customers must live within two hours of a branch selling kitchens for designer home visitsand installation and aftercare.

Police may pay damages

Retailers affected by the rioting of the past three days have been told that they could still recover their losses even if they are not insured – but have to act fast.

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Reeves vowes to carry on

Trevor Reeves, House of Reeves owner has vowed to carry on after the retailer’s 144 year-old flagship Croydon store was destroyed by fire in last night’s London riots.

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