We’ll cut debt now says Wilding

Flooring group Victoria is to focus on reducing its huge debts while Geoff Wilding has insisted that its recent stock market turmoil which saw it abandon plans to refinance the debt and a plunge in its share price in the face of strong short-selling, has not distracted management.

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Smallbone future in doubt

The parent company of luxury kitchen and bedroom retailers Smallbone of Devizes and Mark Wilkinson Furniture has filed a notice of intention to appoint Grant Thornton, the accountancy firm, as administrator.

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143 and out

A Lincolnshire furniture and flooring independent is to close after 143 years, with the great grandson of the store’s founder retiring.

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Steinhoff UK Beds donate to BBC DIY SOS: Children in Need Special

Steinhoff UK Beds have donated a number of beds to support the BBC DIY SOS team in rebuilding a support centre for a volunteer-led charity in Swansea for a Children in Need Special.

The Roots Foundation Wales is a charity based in Swansea, set up by an inspiring individual Emma Lewis, who achieved something extraordinary out of harrowing personal circumstances. With the crucial support of an amazing team, The Root Foundation Wales gives the desperately needed help and support to young people in care, care leavers, children in need and adults who have left the care system and are trying to live independently. 

 

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Sealy renews support for charity

SealyCFMSealy has again supported children’s charity Cash for Kids with its Mission Christmas Appeal, which encourages people to donate either cash or at least one present, suitable for a child who would not otherwise receive a gift this Christmas.

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WoNZ set for largest Domotex presence

CormarHCWools of New Zealand will have its largest presence at Domotex in January. Monochrome will be the colour theme with the Laneve branded Biscayne range from Crucial Trading in raven and mascarpone the showcase carpet.

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Domotex success: An Old Painter’s Dream

Grill MarketAn Old Painter’s Dream by Baltic Wood is three-layer oak flooring that was awarded the Innovations@Domotex award at Domotex 2014. The following success story shows how this textured wood surface perfectly complements the interior design of the Grill Market restaurant in Reykjavik.

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Living well at Ambiente

AmbientelivingBuyers from furniture and furnishings stores, boutiques, galleries and lifestyle stores will products for furnishing, design, lifestyle and decoration Ambiente from 12-16 February.

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DFS looks to marketing boost

DFS2013DFS is set to strengthen its direct and online marketing after appointing a permanent agency. In recent years it has used a number of agencies on a project-by-project basis.

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Green Tree heads south

GreentreeLaminate and wood flooring firm Green Tree Distribution is to open a second distribution centre to cover the south of the country as part of a major expansion project.

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Housing market sees three year high

signsThe amount of homes sold in the UK over the past three months reached its highest level since January 2010 as buyers across the country began to return to the market, according to the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors residential market survey.

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Dodrefn Cymru blames bypass for closure

dcWhat is said to be the largest furniture store in North Wales is to close, with the owner blaming the opening of a bypass decimating passing trade. Dodrefn Cymru in Tremadog, Gwynedd will close on Friday with three staff being made redundant.

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'Time the penny dropped' on IP

vancouver'It's time the penny dropped for those who continue to free ride on the back of the Intellectual Property belonging to others,' says Dids Macdonald ACID ceo after yet another copying case is settled.

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Heimtextil day one

ptFor the next few days I'll be blogging from Frankfurt, Hannover and Cologne as the European interiors trade show season gets into full swing. Today: Heimtextil day one.

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MFI set for comeback

new-mfiMFI looks set to return to the interiors market on 30 November, almost exactly three years since the demise of the chain. However doubts have been expressed about its success.

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Brintons talks 'making progress'

The future of carpet manufacturer Brintons could be decided with days, rather than weeks Interiors Monthly has learned.

Talks between the family owned firm and its ‘preferred bidder’ were described as ‘very close’ and ‘going well’ by a source familiar with the negotiations.

The bidder has been reported as being US private-equity firm Carlyle Group, and that it will pay £38m, including Brinton’s £18m of bank loans.

Harry Thursby

The funeral of Harry Thursby, former Sunderland furniture and carpet retailer is due to take place on Tuesday. He died on 4 July, aged 94. An upholsterer, Thursby set up on his own re-upholstering suites in 1947 after being unable to return to his pre-war job, initially using his mother’s front room.

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