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22 May 2020
Furniture Digest | BFC Inquiry & Guidance for Retailers
More information has emerged from the British Furniture Confederation (BFC) Inquiry into...
21 May 2020
How Retailers Can Prepare to Reopen
As several large-scale retailers begin to open their doors, many local retailers are st...
21 Apr 2020
Manchester Furniture Show postponed to 2021
As a consequence of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Manch...
30 Mar 2020
Manchester Furniture Show Venue Update
Organisers comment on commissioning of Manchester Central Convention Complex as NHS ‘N...
16 Mar 2020
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05 Mar 2020
The Global Outbreak of COVID-19
Following the global outbreak of COVID-19, Clarion Events is continuing to monitor the l...
04 Feb 2020
January Furniture Show is home to the industry’s market movers
The value of the U.K.’s furniture and lighting retail market looks primed to advance a...
03 Feb 2020
Furniture Makers exceeds target of 100 One Step at a Time companies
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12 Dec 2019
Edward Tadros | Centenary Statements
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19 Sep 2019
Tom Hughes | Kesterport
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21 Aug 2019
So Much More than Furniture
As the largest furniture and interiors event of the summer, MFS is an industry event tha...
23 Jul 2019
Furniture Industry Gathered at Largest Summer Event
Manchester Furniture Show 2019 came to a close with exhibitors reporting positive reacti...
12 Jul 2019
Manchester Heats Up
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11 Jul 2019
Tim Robinson | Gala Collezione
​​​​​​​Poland has emerged as the largest European exporter of upholstery t...
05 Jul 2019
Get Ready for Furniture City
Manchester is about to become ‘furniture city’ once again for 3 days this July...
06 Jun 2019
MFS Highlights New Industry Talent
MFS is providing a platform for talented students from Burnley College to show their pie...
30 May 2019
Caroline Henchcliffe | Rowico
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29 May 2019
Sherborne Joins New Exhibitors at MFS
Sherborne are among the first-time exhibitors at this summer’s Manchester Furniture Sh...
22 May 2019
FRESH ACCESSORIES AT MANCHESTER FURNITURE SHOW
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16 May 2019
NEW SHAPES WILL SHIMMER AT MANCHESTER FURNITURE SHOW
Bursts of colour and bursts of design flair will be a stand out in Manchester this July.
30 Apr 2019
Richard Smart | Ashwood Designs
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05 Sep 2018
Nick Fox | Housing Units
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02 Aug 2018
SUCCESS AT 2018 MANCHESTER FURNITURE SHOW
Exhibitors reported great satisfaction with sales and the number of quality buyers as th...
11 Jul 2018
TALENT SHINES AT MANCHESTER FURNITURE SHOW
Talent old and new will be on show at this summer’s Manchester Furniture Show.
05 Jul 2018
Bumper Number of Visitors Expected at Manchester Furniture Show
With two weeks to go until the start of the Manchester Furniture Show the pre registered...
02 Jul 2018
Final Stands Snapped Up At Manchester Furniture Show
Ashley Manor and Breasley are among those taking the final stands at this summer’s Man...
28 Jun 2018
Interiors Powerhouse
Variety and dynamic are the buzz words for this year’s Manchester Furniture Show. 
17 May 2018
BRITISH BRANDS LEAD THE WAY AT MANCHESTER
The imminent Royal wedding is set to get the Union Jack flying high this spring. 
17 May 2018
HOT NEW BRANDS AND HOT NEW STYLES AT THE MANCHESTER FURNITURE SHOW
It’s a new look and new brands at this summer’s biggest furniture and interiors even...
11 May, 2020
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COVID-19: The Furniture Industry Responds

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on daily life in the UK, and that includes the way that the furniture and retail industries operate.
We’ve been inspired by stories about these suppliers and retailers that are using their resources to help the NHS combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

SUPPLIERS

Westbridge Furniture are among the latest to sign up to support the NHS, beginning production of up to 15,000 gowns a day over a 14-week period for the NHS.

GNG Group have already manufactured 16,000 medical mattresses for the NHS, having been awards Key Supplier Status, and will continue to operate 6 days a week, as well as offering support to local charities including Help4Heroes.

Lebus Upholstery have been producing scrubs for the NHS through the ‘For the Love of Scrubs’ group, creating PPE for frontline workers in north Lincolnshire.

Breasley is manufacturing a variety of specialist equipment including hospital mattresses, trolleys, operating table foams, cushions and positional aids for the NHS and health services in Italy and Germany.

Millbrook Beds have been busy with their factory and fleet remaining operational throughout the outbreak, producing over 1,000 medical beds, scrubs and more for the NHS and MOD.

The Vita Group has been ramping up production of medical foam grades, as well as manufacturing over 8,000 medical mattresses.

RETAILERS

The Leekes Group has adapted space for hospital beds, and begun producing hand sanitiser, while some stores begin partial reopening.

Barker & Stonehouse are supporting their local community in Teesside by helping to deliver prescription medications.

John Lewis has reopened its Lancashire textiles factory to make gowns for the NHS, and is also donating 20,000 metres of fabric to the ‘For the Love of Scrubs’ and ‘Scrubs Glorious Scrubs’ groups.

Dunelm has repurposed its curtain production factory to produce gowns for the NHS. The company has also resumed all deliveries.

Made.com and DFS have provided items for over 160 NHS breakrooms across the UK, donating sofas, bean bag chairs, crockery, sheets and more to make the rooms more comfortable.

M&S is running several initiatives, including donating uniforms and food deliveries to NHS staff, pyjamas, and care packages for discharged patients.

We know that this is barely scratching the surface of businesses that have helped in the fight against COVID-19, so if you know of another, please let us know so we can add them to our list!
 
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