Big Furniture Group Magazine April 2024 now live

It’s another bumper edition, with this month focussing on some other industry events as the Furniture Components Expo prepares for its debut show. We explore what exhibitors will be showcasing their services as well as some key seminars that will be taking place during the event in Telford later this month. Our Cover Star, Peak Converters, is one such exhibitor and shares an update on their ongoing transformation journey.

We also spoke with JJ Smith on woodworking robotics, Assyst & Bullmer on cutting machines and VetiGraph answers two common questions furniture factories have been asking. Running just ahead of the Expo, and not too far from Telford, is the next instalment from INDX, with Beds & Bedroom the focus at Cranmore Park in Solihull. We take a look at what to expect when visiting with Sweet Dreams being a standout, announcing the launch of their AIS exclusive Landmark range.

In keeping with shows, this month takes a first look at May’s Long Point exhibition in Long Eaton, while also sharing the details of The Sleep Expo Europe as it makes its debut in the Netherlands. Boutique are also back as they prepare for their Home & Garden Marketing Conference and explain all when trying to understand an audience.

We unveil the new sustainability-driven MAZZU mattress and get the low down on design firm SHEPEL’s first premises here in the UK, as well as an interview with Lewis Holden, Product Designer at TNS Design Services, who shares an insight into providing retailers and suppliers ‘super-fast’ design services. Silentnight talks about achieving ESG goals through accuracy and transparency, The Furniture Recycling Group explores how mattress rejuvenation is a multi-million-pound revenue stream, while Raskelf Group shares a deeper insight into their recent restructure and we also revisit Toons to find out how business has been over the last year.

As for the regulars, our Green Retail highlights the latest updates from three retailers, Furniture And Choice is the retailer in focus and Kate Rowe, co-founder at Spaceworks Interiors, shares an insight into her business and how independent furniture retailers continue to amaze her in our latest Big Interview. The Bed Expert and Letter’s from China and Vietnam also return with more insights, while we sat down with another agent in the industry.

In more ongoing developments, DUXIANA features their latest collaborations, we take a look at how BLOQS is helping furniture makers scale up, Asiatic London’s new product launches and the three big announcements from Harmony. Furthermore, Novaluna aims to bridge the bed design gap, Gallery focusses on the summer, Purecare looks to build on recent momentum and WebSystem continues to grow from strength-to-strength.

To wrap things up, Sam King explores how to gain long term sustainable success through his toolkit, the Big Question reflects on how 2024 has started and Furniture Sales Solutions talks about the ‘Winter Sale’ and how to maximise its effectiveness beyond the period.

That’s enough from me, so enjoy our latest magazine. Oh, and if you have any news you want to shout about or if you’re keen to get involved in our Retail Focus and Big Interview features, drop me an email on dan@bigfurnituregroup.com. We’d love to share your story.

Cover stars: Peak Converters (front); Mattressgard / Staingard (back)

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