To kick things off this month comes with a BIG announcement of the Big Furniture Group Awards – ‘The BIGGIES’. It’s the perfect platform to vote for your people, suppliers and trade services from across the furnishing industry, where every one of your votes counts. Take a look here.
In keeping with awards, we cover the recent double King’s Award achievement by Harrison Spinks, as well as MattressTek’s recognition across multiple categories and why they are masters in machinery. We also have special interviews with creative marketing agency Boutique, on why having a nailed-on strategy is a must, and Peak Converters, master of the foam and fibre conversion arts, who shares a background into their past as they build for the future.
In the BFG hotseat this month is Jonathan Burrage, Managing Director at Hydeline Furniture, who talks about the biophilic design movement, what he would change and why it’s important to keep bringing fresh ideas to the industry. As for the other regular, independent furniture retailer Pieces for Places goes under the Retail Focus spotlight, where they share the initial reaction of their recent second store opening and why the internet is more of a problem than a solution for their business. Our Bed Expert, Vic Smith, is back for another insight into the beds industry, while our Letter from China returns with some more helpful tips when sourcing from the country, with this month talking about the importance of visits. As for our Green Retail sustainability-focused feature, we concentrate on IKEA’s green credentials.
You’ll also find a preview of the upcoming Long Point and Spring Furniture & Bed shows, as well as the latest updates from mattress manufacturer GNG Group, furniture wholesaler Julian Bowen and Mammoth, with the latter recently challenging professional rugby players from the country’s top clubs to take on the Mammoth Making a Bed Challenge. We also spoke with Diane Chadwick, new UK Sales Director at fabrics supplier Panaz, who discusses her recent appointment and the company’s plans for 2023.
Cover Stars: Front – Rhenus Home Delivery / Back – Vogue Beds