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A new chapter After almost six decades, Lord Harris is calling time on his career in the interiors retail industry. Will Carpetright take a different path under his successor? Lord Harris’s decision to retire from Carpetright (at the second attempt) in September (see p6) marks the end of an era and the start of a new chapter for the chain. Shareholders will be hoping Wilf Walsh’s recruitment will prove to be more successful than that of Darren Shapland. In replacing a man with almost six decades in the interiors business, Walsh – who has spent most of his working life in the gambling industry– faces a stiff learning curve in understanding the market and products he will find himself among next month. Walsh has been praised for his people, leadership, strategy and digital skills. Lord Harris has also said Walsh reminds him of

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himself, with an eye for detail and a preference for stores rather than head office. If Walsh has a career at the flooring and beds chain anything like Lord Harris has enjoyed over the years, then shareholders will be delighted. It will be fascinating to see if Carpetright under Walsh continues with the discounting business model it has come to embody or if he can use his experience in consumer facing businesses to create a new one. We wish Lord Harris a happy retirement with his passions of showjumping and education. With members of the Metro buying group voting against an alliance with Flooring One (see p12), consolidation appears to be off the agenda for the time being. Their decision shows that retailers have no loss of independence when a member of a group. If you haven’t voted already, you’ll find the final Interiors Monthly Awards 2014 entry form on p22, or you can download the form from www.interiorsmonthly.co.uk. On the topic of winners, the 12 month Interiors Monthly subscription winner at May Design Series was Peter Morris, Morris Interiors, Thorpe Bay, Essex.

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CONTENTS

INTERIORS MONTHLY JUNE 2014

INSIDE THIS ISSUE NEWS 6

All change at Carpetright

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Beer advert gets retailer into hot water

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Losses climb at Feather & Black

FEATURES 22

Awards The final chance to vote in the Interiors Monthly Awards 2014

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Beds and bedroom Sporting success and the latest products

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Upholstery GFA celebrates a decade of growth

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Exhibition guide Must-see shows, plus a preview of the Manchester Furniture Show and a review of the Buying Groups’ National Flooring Show, including a stand roundup

REGULARS 15

Warranties

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New products

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NEWS

Carpetright bets on Walsh as Harrises set departures After 56 years, Lord Harris has called time on his retail career. He will step down from Carpetright’s board after its AGM on 4 September. His son Martin, group development director, will also leave that day. Wilf Walsh joins the company on 21 July as its chief executive and has a background in the betting and gaming industry (see box). Graham Harris, chief operating officer, has left. Lord Harris says he will spend more time on his educational foundation, which backs 27 schools in London, and showjumping. The chain has issued three profit warnings since October when Darren Shapland, chief executive, left suddenly, with Lord Harris reverting to executive chairman. Lord Harris told the Daily Telegraph that Martin had become ‘very disillusioned’ after Shapland’s departure and felt let down after playing a key role in hiring Shapland from Sainsbury’s. Graham Harris, who is not a family member, was then promoted from trading director to coo, but this role became redundant after Walsh’s recruitment. ‘I am pleased that the nonexecutives have found someone with more experience,’ says Lord Harris. Walsh, he says, reminds him of

himself. ‘He is a store man not a head office man. He is a details man. Wilf has asked me to be an adviser one, two or three days a week so I’m not leaving completely. I’m a hands-on person and my best job is not as chairman,’ he told The Guardian.’ Lord Harris says Carpetright was turning the corner and that store revamps in the UK were paying off. ‘I think it’s in a good state. We’ve done 260 of our stores and they are looking good. The market is slightly improving. Europe has been our problem and we have put a new managing director out there. He’s doing a great job and you will see a much better result in the next 12 months,’ he says. Walsh says: ‘Carpetright is a great brand and I am looking forward to working with the team to drive profitability and share going forward. Lord Harris has 56 years in the carpet business and will be a hard act to follow, but the market-leading position he has built for the business is an excellent place from which to start.’ Lord Harris founded Carpetright in 1988 after selling Harris Queensway for £69m. The 71-year-old first became involved in retail at the age of 15, when his father’s death meant he was left in charge of a market stall and two shops in Peckham, London.

Wilf Walsh CV June 2010 to present Gala Coral Group non-executive director. May 2012 Fortuna Entertainment Group chairman. Earlier he was a vice-chairman of the management board and for the first half of 2012 he was interim ceo. In 2010 he helped Fortuna secure its listings on the Prague and Warsaw stock exchanges. In 2009, he became responsible for corporate strategy. September 2000 – September 2008 Coral md. February 1999-October 2000 HMV Germany md. March 1996 – February 1999 HMV operations director.

Cameron springs surprise on Silentnight

Q&A session with David Cameron

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David Cameron has revealed that he sleeps on an 18-year-old mattress, bought for him as a wedding gift by his mother-in-law. The Prime Minister revealed during a visit to Silentnight that he has not changed his mattress since he and his wife Samantha were married. ‘It was a huge honour to welcome David Cameron to Silentnight to see behind the scenes at our factory. As a UK

manufacturer that is committed to quality and service, it was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the great work that we are doing, whilst giving our staff the public recognition that they deserve,’ says Steve Freeman, Silentnight md. ‘The fact that he has not changed his mattress for 18 years came as a surprise to everyone in the question and answer session. We have of course offered to advise him on his next purchase.’


NEWS

ASA tells Mallusk to drop advert A radio advertisement in which a man goes shopping for a carpet instead of watching football on TV and drinking beer has landed a carpet retailer in trouble with the Advertising Standards Authority. In the advertisement for Antrim retailer Mallusk Carpets the sound of a can being opened is heard and a male voice says: ‘On the couch, drinking beer, watching football, what could be better?’ In reply, a female voice then says: ‘The massive sale at Mallusk Carpets, that’s what.’ The male voice replies: ‘But what about my football?’ and is then told: ‘Well, maybe you’ll score later on, especially after I net a bargain.’ The male voice then says: ‘Yeah, come to think of it, we did get a great deal at the last sale at Mallusk Carpets, where’s the car keys?’ The sound of a bunch of keys being picked up is then heard. The complainant challenged whether the reference to alcohol and driving was irresponsible. Mallusk Carpets told the ASA it believed it was clear from the narrative that the male voice was

looking forward to drinking a beer. They said that the man got as far as opening the can, yet did not get to drink even a sip due to his partner asserting that they should go to the sale. It said there was no irresponsible behaviour because he did not drink any alcohol and instead went shopping. In its ruling, the ASA acknowledged that the advertisement might have given the impression that the man had not yet started drinking the beer. However, it considered the advertisement was ambiguous as to whether or not the man had started drinking and considered that the sound of the can being opened along with the man’s use of the phrase ‘drinking beer’ to describe what he was presently doing suggested that he had consumed alcohol. Because it linked alcohol with driving, the ASA concluded that the advert was irresponsible. Mallusk was told not to use the advertisement again and not to link alcohol with driving in future advertisements.

Shopping news: The Sleep Council has updated its Bed Buyers Guide to include advice on the latest types of bed and the ways of buying them. Nearly 20 years on from when the free booklet was first published, demand for information on how to choose a bed remains as high as ever. The guide is available, free of charge, both on and offline to the public. Retailers and manufacturers can order in quantities from 50 copies upwards through the Sleep Biz website www.sleepbiz.co.uk.

Rugs partners Trial date set for Leeds furniture store boss accused of murder

GoodWeave has launched an industry partner scheme, with online retailer Modern Rugs its first member. UK retailers that buy GoodWeave labelled rugs from certified licensees are eligible to join. In return for promoting GoodWeave labelled rugs, industry supporters benefit from increased market exposure via the use of the GoodWeave Industry Supporter logo, links to the GoodWeave website, access to sales tools such as consumer brochures, and listings on the Talking Rugs consumer blog website. There is an annual fee of £420 for the scheme. Modern Rugs recently launched a range of GoodWeave labelled Kilim rugs from licensee Esprit.

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Furniture retailer John Butler will face trial in October for the murder of his estranged wife. Butler, boss of Kettley’s Furniture Centre in Yeadon, Leeds, is charged with the murder of Pauline Butler, 61, who was found dead at a terraced house in Cherry Lea Court, Rawdon, Leeds on 14 April. Butler, 62, of Larkfield Road, Rawdon, Leeds, appeared by video link to Leeds Crown Court last month for a preliminary hearing. The court was told the estimated length of a trial is five days and a date of 13 October was set. Remanding Butler in custody, Judge Geoffrey Marson QC told him he would

be brought to court for the plea and case management hearing in July and by that time must have prepared a defence statement. He said if granted bail he must remain in regular contact with his solicitors. The Kettley’s store received national attention in 2012 when it appeared in the BBC’s The Fixer series in which celebrity consultant Alex Polizzi helped to modernise the business. Butler’s son David has vowed to continue with the business. ‘I’m confident the business will survive. We all get on very well, we have staff who are very good. It’s brought us closer together.’


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This years buying group show was a great success for Associated Weavers. The event coincided with the delivery of the first iSense stands into the market and gave buying group members who had not yet committed to this unique collection the opportunity to select the point of sale furniture that suited their store the best. Attendance was excellent with a very positive view of the future from everyone who came on to our stand. Congratulations must go to Glenn Harding and his team for a very special and well organised event.

Efficient Deliveries Delivering carpet as quickly and efficiently as possible is an important part of the Associated Weavers service. We are continually investing in ways of improving our service to our exclusive number of retail customers and have a good partner in RDFL Logistics to ensure we achieve our objectives. The latest addition to our fleet of Associated Weavers vehicles has now been delivered and can be seen in the London area. More vehicles are due during the year to ensure we keep at the front of customer service.


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NEWS Metro voted against teaming up with Flooring One

More losses for Feather & Black Losses trebled at bedroom furniture chain Feather and Black last year as it was forced to discount to clear excess stock. The chain saw a pre-tax loss of £508,000 in 2012 increase to £1.616m in the year to 29 September 2013. According to the company’s recently filed accounts: ‘The result for the year was disappointing with the loss for the period significantly impacted by the clearance of excess stock at reduced margins which allowed the company to restructure the product range. ‘The marketing strategy

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Victoria Carpets’ veteran Terry Danks has been promoted to the board of parent Victoria. Danks, 66, has been named as finance director, 29 years after joining the carpet maker as chief accountant. He joined in 1985 and has been responsible for both the accounting and IT functions within the company since then. In 1989 be became Victoria Carpets finance director and Victoria company secretary in 1993. Serene Furnishings has appointed Aurimas Ratkus as warehouse operative and Sophie Andrews as warehouse administrator.

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and activity has also been revised and although the company continues to operate in an improved but difficult retail environment, the restructuring is delivering an improved order intake.’ It also said that the directors expect a recovery and profits to be made in the medium term. Sales dipped from £22.6m to £21.9m. The accounts also show that £39,000 was paid in compensation for loss of office, thought to be for the chain’s co-founder Adam Black who stepped down in March 2013.

Metro says no to alliance Members of the Metro flooring buying group have voted against a proposal to combine with fellow buying group Flooring One. The vote, at its AGM during the recent Buying Groups’ National Flooring Show, was described by Martin Harvey, Metro chairman, as calm and business-like. ‘Most members had decided beforehand and when it was put to the vote

the members were against it by a small majority.’ He says: ‘You can’t stand still and have to look forward. It will be disappointing for some people but I’m hopeful we won’t lose any members as a result. ‘Therefore the new board comprising of Paul Ivory, John Keyworth, Peter Lynas and myself will be working to reform the group in line with that independent vision.’

Retail sales shine during April UK retail sales climbed by 6.9% in April compared with the same month in 2013, the largest increase since March 2004. The Office for National Statistics also said retail sales were higher than expected, rising by 1.3% between March and April. Food sales during the late Easter holiday

made a significant contribution to the overall figure, it said. They were 6.3% higher in April against a year earlier, and 3.6% up on March. Non-food sales rose by 6.5% compared with a year ago, but were down 0.4% on the month. Quarterly retail sales have now grown for 14 consecutive months.

Full house for South West Furniture Show This year’s South West Furniture Show has sold out, more than three months ahead of the event, thanks to new exhibitors. The success of the 2013 show encouraged new exhibitors including Sitbest, Mark Webster Designs, Furnico and Rowico to the show

alongside previous exhibitors including Sherborne Upholstery, Alston’s Upholstery, Celebrity and Kingstown. The South West Furniture Show takes place on 16-18 September at The Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Bridgwater, Somerset.


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1 Comfytex is the new name for the revamped Comfylux Xtra from Leoline that’s been given a makeover to bring it in line with the latest interior trends. Updated sample books and cards feature the collection’s latest looks, including Barcelona, a dramatic black tile, and the mineral inspired Sand decors. Tel: 0800 032 3970 2 Osmo has expanded its Polyx-Oil range to include Polyx-Oil Clear Glossy. The finish defines the grain of the wood and accentuates its natural colour. It is suitable for all wooden floors, solid or plank wood, strip parquet, OSB or cork

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flooring and wooden furniture. Tel: 01296 481 220 3 Sleep Better, the consumer division of Carpenter UK, has developed contemporary packaging for its roll pack mattresses and pillows. The ergonomically designed packaging makes it easy to store and stack, as well as providing a visual overview of the product. Visit: www.carpenterconsumer.co.uk 4 Targeting homeowners across the UK, Crown Floors has begun a consumer PR campaign that will see its carpets grace home interest magazines, national

newspaper supplements, websites and blogs. With the aim of driving carpet purchasers to Crown Floors stockists, the campaign will use lifestyle photography of products and expert opinion to increase awareness of the brand. Tel: 0800 077 3301 5 Improving service for its customers is a continual ambition of UK Flooring Direct and the addition of Inspiration Packs to safely transport samples from the online retailer is the latest evidence of this. Providing additional protection for up to three samples, the packs ensure samples arrive in perfect condition. Tel: 0844 327 0000 


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6 Opulent and elegant, Corium leather flooring from Granorte captures a new mode of luxurious living. Featuring real leather in a range of textured effects, Corium takes the aesthetic of this natural product and combines it with the practical advantages of modern engineered cork flooring. Fifteen decors are available in planks and tiles. Tel: 01785 711 131 7 Lano Carpets has a fresh POS identity and on-trend shades for its popular Heathertwist collection. In both 40oz Supreme and 50oz Elite qualities, Heathertwist is part of the Easy Care Premium collection that brings the performance of 100% Lanoset two-ply yarn to provide better appearance retention and stain resistance. Tel: 00 800 5266 5266

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8 Established to improve installation standards within the flooring industry, the Quick-Step Academy for Excellence in Flooring has become a benchmark of training. Providing an increasing number of Master Installers with the benefits of complete support from Quick-Step including a two-year warranty on all installation work, as well as providing foundation skills for those entering the industry, the Quick-Step Academy trains, tests and certifies to the highest standards. Visit: www.quick-step-academy.co.uk 9 Incredibly soft, exceptionally durable and with a silk-like sheen, Balta Broadloom’s Sensit Supreme is the latest carpet to bring the innovative fibre to homes across the country. The 12 natural shades of the collection have 200% more filaments per

yarn than standard easycare qualities. Tel: 00 32 5662 2211 10 Woven carpet and rug manufacturer Louis de Poortere has launched a suitcase showing its full portfolio of wool broadloom styles. Ideal for retailers looking to capitalise on its exclusive Wilton qualities, the suitcase features collections encompassing plain and velour styles, vintage effects, stripes, loop pile and flat weave textures. Tel: 00 32 5639 3313 


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13 12 Tuxford is one of three lift recliner chairs in Sitting Pretty’s Select range, offering three sizes. All are available as single and dual motor lift recliners/manual recliners or as static fixed furniture with two and threeseater sofas. Tel: 01773 811 610 13 Crucial Trading has added more colours to its Biscayne floorcovering. These harmonising shades of spring pastels, chalky hues and vibrant bursts of colour, including Primrose (pictured) will update any room and for the

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complete look it can be teamed with the Biscayne Stripe. Tel: 01562 743 747 14 Cormar Carpets recently held its annual Flooring Guild training course to give independent carpet retailers a chance to enhance their sales skills and product knowledge and effectively plan and estimate. This is the sixth year that Cormar has held the event to help retailers train staff who are new to the carpet and flooring trade. Visit: www.cormarcarpets.co.uk 15 Telenzo introduced several high quality wool products during the Buying Groups’ National Flooring Show, including Bloomsbury. The textured loop in 100% three-ply New Zealand wool has a subtle check pattern and is one of Telenzo’s most luxuriously thick carpets. The colour palette consists of six elegant and contemporary neutrals. Tel: 01422 374 417


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Sleep Support Score Newly promoted Burnley FC has trialled Sealy beds Above: Pocket Ultima Left: Sean Dyche, Burnley manager (left) and players celebrate promotion to the Premiership Right: Hybrid

There is increased awareness of the importance of getting a good night’s sleep and a lot of this is about having the right bed to sleep on, according to Sealy. If you sleep deeply, your mind and body are fitter and healthier and, therefore, you tend to be less stressed and happier. Over the past few months, the players in the Burnley FC squad have been trialling Sealy’s Hybrid bed containing Geltex – a unique fusion of memory foam with a new elasticised gel. This offers all the benefits and support of memory foam but since it’s springy as well, has improved comfort. This layer of Geltex is set over thousands of specially designed standard pocket and mini pocket springs. The mattress is enclosed in material that contains Adaptive to wick away moisture and help regulate the body’s temperature, even through bedlinen, so the sleeper rests in a perfect temperature, comfortable throughout both the summer and winter. Mark Howard is head of sports science at the newly promoted club. Prior to joining the Clarets, he worked at other Premier League clubs and is a firm believer in the importance of deep sleep as part of looking after the health and wellbeing of his playing squad. ‘Just as the right exercise and nutrition are essential for players, so is sleep, and I believe the quality of sleep directly contributes to the quality of their fitness and sharpness. As far as the footballers under my care are

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concerned, ensuring they get plenty of sleep – especially before a match – is crucial, otherwise they certainly won’t perform at their peak level,’ he says. ‘And if there is an evening fixture, I always recommend the guys go to bed in the afternoon for some serious shut-eye so they are at the top of their game for the kick-off later. The temperature, support and comfort of your bed is so important and these brand new Hybrid beds from Sealy have been just great. The guys in the team love them and so do I if I know they are getting a really good night’s sleep.’ Neil Robinson, Sealy marketing director, says: ‘As we all know, the Burnley players did really well this season and have been rewarded with promotion to the Premier League, so they can spend the summer watching the World Cup and getting some well earned rest… and perhaps dreaming on their wonderful new Hybrid beds of what they can achieve next season when they find themselves facing the might of the big teams. ‘Sealy’s mission is for everyone to be a deeper sleeper and have sweet dreams. We’ve been delighted to help support manager Sean Dyche and the guys at Burnley and are thrilled they’ve been promoted. Hopefully they’ll be dreaming of big success in the Premier League next season on their new beds and we’ll all be cheering them on.’ Visit: www.sealy.co.uk


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line unique, ensuring they combine easily with beds in the collection. Visit: www.alivar.com 4 Four motion storage bases are available to accompany La-Z-Boy’s Double ZZ Sleep System mattress range. The pocket-sprung mattresses, ranging from 2,500 to 3,000 springs, feature innovative double layers of springs, foam and filling. Tel: 01282 869 888 5 Silentnight’s ground-breaking Geltex Collection combines an innovative gel-infused foam comfort layer to offer a mattress that delivers triple benefits of unparalleled breathability, perfect pressure relief and optimal body support. With this unique combination of performance and comfort, Silentnight says Geltex is the ultimate sleep solution. Visit: www.silentnight.co.uk


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Advertising feature: Furnico

Second factory set to reduce lead times for Furnico Upholstery producer experiencing high volume of orders With orders reaching a new high for Furnico, the Lancashire manufacturer has invested more than £500,000 in a second factory in order to meet demand. David Winter, Furnico joint-md, says the move will reduce lead times and create jobs. Furnico has been established in the UK for more than 30 years and the company is now in what many would see as an enviable position. Over recent years the firm has made a raft of improvements to its production facilities and service offering, culminating in a significant increase in orders. ‘Our order books are full. And while we are delighted that our products are proving so popular, it has caused an increase in our lead times which is causing understandable difficulties,’ says Winter. ‘We’d like to thank our retailers for their patience with us and to reassure them that reducing lead times is our top priority. ‘We are making investments in order to increase our production capacity now and into the future, which should bring our lead times

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back to four to five weeks in time for the busy back end of the year.’

Factory fit-out underway Furnico is currently in the fit-out stage of

launching its second factory in Nelson – just a short distance from its established facility in Colne. Around 35 factory-floor jobs will be created at the new factory, which will produce 200-250 suites a week. This will increase the


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firm’s production by up to one third, from its current capacity of 750 suites a week. The factory is due to open in early July with production to start as soon as possible. Winter explains that a combination of factors has led to the increase in demand for Furnico products and that the firm has been planning the second factory for a number of months. ‘In 2011 we introduced a lean manufacturing system at our Nelson factory, which took around 18 months to complete. This was a complex procedure, but the results of the changes included a more efficient and costeffective production process, a better quality product and fewer after-sales service issues. We were already well known and well respect-

ed in the UK, but our reputation grew and with it so did our customer base. We released new designs, which have been really well received and, at the same time, there has been more of a swing towards a fashion for fabric upholstery, which again has led to an increase in orders.’

Benefits for independents More recently, Furnico unveiled an improved service offering for independent retailers by launching a sub-brand, Furnico Independent Sofas, under the managing directorship of Darren Hargreaves. ‘Darren has done a fantastic job ensuring our independent products meet with the commercial needs of retailers and the designs are

Advertising feature: Furnico

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proving very popular. The fact that they are exclusive products is a big selling point for high street stores as it means margins do not get squeezed by the larger groups,’ adds Winter. All Furnico products come with a range of added value benefits. As well as having a 10-year limited warranty as standard, each suite also comes with free of charge service backup, offering a hassle-free solution for retailers faced with any service issues. The product ranges also feature high quality materials such as Reflex foam and Encore filling, as well as offering a selection of thousands of fabric options, to leave customers spoilt for choice. ‘As well as offering the best quality products, we want our offering to retailers to be the best it can be, and we will be aiming to provide preferential lead times as a part of that. Our total investment in the new factory will be more than half a million pounds, which we hope will demonstrate to retailers that we very much value their business and are making efforts to reduce our lead times as quickly as possible,’ explains Winter. ‘We hope that the position will be rectified in time for exhibiting at the Manchester Furniture Show in July, where we will be happy to speak to retailers about the improvements we have made and introduce them to the new product lines we will be launching,’ he adds.

Furnico Email: david.winter@furnico.com Tel: 01282 869 888

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Show time GFA has expanded throughout its 10 years of business Global Furniture Alliance is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, being founded on 14 April 2004. Since then it has seen significant annual growth, with a constantly expanding range of products and an increased customer base. This looks set to continue with the company becoming a Minerva approved supplier last month. GFA will exhibit its swivel recliners, accent chairs and riser recliners at the Minerva/SMG show at the Telford International Centre from 7-9 October. The first day is open to members of the buying groups only while 8-9 October is open to all retailers. GFA is also exhibiting at the Manchester Furniture Show in July on stand A53 in the Central hall. GFA, tel: 01291 645 080

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The Flooring Show Yorkshire

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More than 2,300 visitors attended in 2013

There will be two demo zones this year

Growing interest A high level of exhibitor interest in 2014’s The Flooring Show is evidence that the event is on course for expansion as the economy recovers. Changing the dates to later in September rather than the traditional late August/early September period is also expected to enhance the appeal of the show to a wider range of exhibitors and visitors. Held in its 51st year at its traditional home in Harrogate, The Flooring Show 2013 attracted just under 120 exhibiting brands from 12 countries, occupying around 3,000sqm of floorspace in four halls. Some 2,300 trade visitors from 17 countries attended, including about 1,300 flooring retailers and distributors – broadly similar to the previous year’s footfall. ‘Space sales growth for 2014 is very pleasing; with three months still to run, firmly contracted exhibition space already comfortably exceeds the 2013 show total. New enquiries are coming through on a daily basis, and a number of the halls are now full, or virtually full,’ says Paul Stott, co-organiser. Master Weaver is making a welcome return to the show, and other brands recently booking include Adam Carpets, Bembe; Callavi; Ardex UK; Merryfield; Karpet King; Fair Packaging; Earthwerks; Ambassador Antalis Packaging; Carpet Gripper Direct; Serdim Hali; Tuplex; CPS Labels and Quick-Step Academy. ‘Another interesting feature is the strong showing by Chinese companies;

a handful exhibited in 2013, and all Haworth Scouring is growing each year. enjoyed the show, the business From royalty to students, from retailers to opportunities, and the Harrogate farmers and sheep shearers, everyone is experience. All have booked to return for fascinated by what we do. We are always 2014, along with a number of fellow told that they didn’t know what had to Chinese flooring companies offering a be done to the raw wool to get it into a range of products,’ he says. state that downstream manufacturers Wool merchant and early stage can spin it, weave it and tuft it. The scale processor Curtis Wool Direct will make its of the operation comes as a surprise as show debut. does the level of long-term investment ‘The Flooring Show is the most important event in the UK carpet industry’s calendar and showcases the wonderful array of wool carpets and rugs that are on the market today,’ says Martin Curtis, Curtis Wool Direct joint md. The show will again host seminars ‘Most of the carpet tufters and weavers who attend the that we have put into the industry. We show will be featuring products that are are very happy to show people what we made from our wool. We are here to do and why we are confident that what support each and every one of them and we produce and how we produce it is as we will be able to show manufacturers, good as it gets,’ says David Gisbourne, retailers, interior designers, architects Haworth Scouring md. and other visitors exactly what wool is, Other show features include the how it is processed and why it is such an Trends Hub and the Business Enrichment environmentally friendly product. We will Theatre which will host a series of explain why wool makes the best seminars. For 2014 there will also be two floorcoverings,’ he says. demo zones; the additional zone allows a Curtis Wool Direct subsidiary Haworth substantial increase in the number of Scouring will also be at Harrogate. ‘The topics covered in the practical flooring number of visitors we show round demonstrations.

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January Furniture Show Birmingham

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Duresta (top left) Parker Knoll (above) and Arkana (left) will all be taking part

Overwhelming support Halls 1 and 2 of the January Furniture Show are already sold out and contracted, with companies signing up every week to take part in the event, according to the organiser, Furniture and Gift Fairs. The latest exhibitors include Clemence Richard, ROM, Delta Salotti and Artistic Upholstery. They join others including: Alstons, Arkana, Ashley Manor, Baker Furniture, Bentley Designs, Breasley, Buoyant, Celebrity, Collins & Hayes, Corndell, David Gundry, Duresta, Ercol, Furmanac, Furniture Origins, Gallery Direct, GLPC International, Global Home, G Plan

Upholstery, Harrison Brothers, Julian Bowen, La-Z-Boy, Lebus Upholstery, Libra, Mark Webster, Morris Furniture Group, Parker Knoll, PD Global, Rauch, Richard Stamp Agencies, Seconique, Serene Furnishings, Sherborne Upholstery, Skovby, Sweet Dreams, TCS, Vogue, Wade Upholstery, Westbridge Designs, Wiemann and Willis & Gambier. ‘This dateline and venue is one of the most established in the industry. It is proving to be the most popular show we have ever organised. Stand sales are soaring and we have been totally overwhelmed by the unprecedented

level of support for 2015 from both visitors and exhibitors’, says Laraine Janes, show co-director. Theresa Raymond, show co-director, adds: ‘Our decision to maintain the traditional time and location has been completely vindicated and we are already planning to make the show considerably bigger in 2016. We’re already struggling to accommodate everyone who wants to exhibit next January.’ Next year will be the 25th consecutive year that a furniture exhibition has been held during January at the NEC.

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Home London

EXHIBITION GUIDE

The show will be held at Olympia

Additional show for autumn Since its launch three years ago, Home has doubled in size and enjoyed a 35% rise in visitor numbers. This year will see the first autumn edition of the show, taking place alongside Top Drawer at Olympia from 14-16 September as it looks to continue its formula of combining expert selection, future trends and key brands. The show is already more than 80% sold, with key exhibitors such as LSA International, Alessi, Bloomingville, PR Home, Grand Illusions, Parlane, Make International, Whitbread Wilkinson and Grunwerg among the first to sign up. ‘We welcome the launch of Home in September. Our customers are enjoying the well-edited show, with its collection of leading home brands brought together in London, the capital of design. January’s Home was a great success for us, and we are confident that the quality and excitement of the show will be hard

to beat,’ says Monika Lubkowska-Jonas, LSA International creative director. Tom Basford, Grunwerg sales manager says: ‘It will be our first time at the show this autumn, and having heard great things about it, we are really looking forward to taking part. Especially as we have exciting new products to show, and some great celebrations coming up. Home will be perfect for us.’ Organiser Clarion received record re-bookings for Home at the January 2014 show after announcing that Home, new sister show Craft and Top Drawer are to move to the newly refurbished and extended Olympia in January 2015. The appeal of the combined event is likely to be strengthened significantly by the announcement that Home is to run twice yearly – both editions of the event boast some impressive content, much of which is exclusive to Home Commenting on the launch of the

autumn edition and the growth of Home in general, Jill Webb, Conran brand development director, says: ‘In Home, Clarion has given the UK a dedicated homewares and interior accessories show, and did it with style, expertise and insight, so we’re very excited by the news that Home is now to run twice a year. We see the September show as a welcome addition to the buying calendar, one which will make the buyer’s task easier and more enjoyable.’ Confirmed exhibitors for Home include Parlane, Alessi, PR Home, LSA International, Avenida Home, Whitbread Wilkinson, Bronte By Moon, Make International, Black + Blum, Linum, Bloomingville, Grunwerg, Gilberts, Ethnicity, Makers & Merchants, Seletti, Authentics Trading, Grand Illusions, Ella Doran, Terrace & Garden, Au Maison, Haus, Iris Hantverk, Atomic Soda, Chive and Orwell and Goode.

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Face-to-face Although doing business digitally has gained interest in recent years, Meet only Original Designs pays attention to doing business face-to-face. Networks are best created when people physically meet each other. MoOD fulfils two tasks here. First, MoOD is a compact, clearly readable trade show with a direct business style. It occupies a unique position where all exhibitors are producers and owners of their creations and so are a direct contact point for the development or adaptation of products. Second, MoOD provides the right visitor, thanks to a product range that encompasses everything, from design (Indigo) to threads (MoOD Yarns) to collections in upholstery, window and wall coverings that can be situated in the middle to the highest segment. In September, MoOD announced a move to hall 5, the Patio, and hall 8 of Brussels Expo. The exhibitors have been grouped as much as possible according to their specialisation, so visitors can plan their appointments. The projects are divided over the halls. The most striking is the trend forum at the entrance of hall 5. The overarching theme Attention! includes three sub-themes: Borderline, Damnation, and the Power of Play. The sample banks will also be set up by the entrance to hall 5 providing a brief overview of the show. The Blue Drop selection has become a walk of fame and this year there will be a visitors award. The show takes over halls 5 and 8 and the Patio

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Tendence Germany

EXHIBITION GUIDE

The show offers the chance to preview next spring’s trends

Living and giving More than 1,300 exhibitors are expected at Tendence this year, the international consumer goods trade exhibition and sister event to Ambiente. Last year, it attracted about 45,500 visitors who came to place their last-minute orders for Christmas as well as preview the coming spring and summer collections. The international exhibitors attract top buyers from all segments of the consumer goods sector, as the latter seek to enhance their product ranges and get a feel for the current trends. A huge spectrum of new products and popular classics in six exhibition halls, numerous renowned brands and international key players, cover living and giving. The Living section comprises three product groups – Interiors and Decoration, Seasonal Decoration and Loft. In halls 8, 9 and 11.1, visitors will find everything from interior design to the latest accessories for the home and seasonal decoration ideas. Interiors and Decoration features a collection of high class furnishing concepts, high end colonial and country house style, plus integrated furnishing concepts. The portfolio includes living accessories, home textiles, pictures, frames and lighting. Seasonal Decoration, Outdoor Living

consists of decoration products and ideas for Easter, Christmas, garden parties or barbecues in hall 8. Loft in hall 11.1 is the meeting place for design at every level, from establishing avant-garde to international newcomers. The product group Giving, in halls 9.1, 9.2, 9.3 and 11.1, is all about gift ideas for the Christmas season and next year’s spring, as well as stationery, personal accessories and jewellery. There are four product groups: Gifts Unlimited in hall 9.1 and 9.2 has gifts and decorative items from all over

the world, from candles and decorative figurines to greeting cards and paperweights. Personal Accessories in hall 9.2 features gifts for rest and relaxation, such as products revolving around the idea of personal wellbeing and beauty, as well as fashionable products such as bags, belts, scarves and sunglasses. Carat covers everything from the traditional gift of gold or silver to the most beautiful fashion jewellery. Young & Trendy provides original and out of the ordinary gifts to suit all occasions in hall 11.1.

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IMM Cologne/LivingKitchen Germany

EXHIBITION GUIDE IMM Cologne and LivingKitchen will host more than 1,200 exhibitors

Who’s who of design In January 2015, IMM Cologne represents the starting signal to a promising year for the furniture industry. Held in Germany, it is regarded as the most important international sales market in the heart of Europe. The show provides the international furnishing markets with a host of new impulses. Future trends in furnishings and new products ready for the market will be on display. All the major drivers of innovation, market leaders and brands will take part. The who’s who of the furniture and interior design world meets at IMM Cologne: furnishing professionals from all relevant sectors travel to the event to gain an overview, make decisions and do business. Some 91% of visitors to the 2014 show would recommend the fair. LivingKitchen has established itself in Cologne as the central meeting point of the kitchen world. The trade fair duo of IMM Cologne and LivingKitchen will invite the driving forces of the kitchen industry and the furniture and

interior design scene to Cologne. In 2015, a holistic range of kitchen worlds will be presented – from kitchen furniture and fitted appliances, to sinks, taps, worktops, lighting and accessories. An event programme with many celebrities unites information and

entertainment in a crowd-pulling way which will benefit exhibitors. In all, IMM Cologne and LivingKitchen will present more than 1,200 exhibitors from 50 countries. Visitors can discover new home interior ideas for every style and every wallet.

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Manchester Furniture Show

EXHIBITION GUIDE

Lighting the way What you will see at the show Above: Wire Lamps’ WLF3636 Top right: Carlton Furniture’s Keswick Right: Ashley Manor’s Claudia

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Manchester Furniture Show

EXHIBITION GUIDE

Top left: TCS’s Royal Coil Top right: Kingstown’s Ocean Left: Mode’s Courbe Below left: Comfort Zone Sofas’ Knightsbridge Below: Wood Bros’ Lavenham

Ashley Manor will be focusing on value and commercial sense and featuring its latest additions alongside the brand’s core products in new fabric collections. Baker Furniture adds the Leeward dining range to its rustic reclaimed/ recycled collection. Buoyant Upholstery features its new Gallery collection. Carlton Furniture will debut the painted Windsor range and the Essen modern bleached oak dining 

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Manchester Furniture Show

EXHIBITION GUIDE

Top: Furmanac’s Symphony ottoman and chaise Above: Value Mark’s Kati Left: GFA’s Zen Below: Wade Upholstery’s Hastings

collection featuring the raised grain of the Copeland range. Comfort Zone Sofas will show its modern, traditional and country cottage style upholstery, with several ranges featuring recliners or lift-and-tilts with fixed sofas to match. Exclusive (UK) is launching three glass ranges with matching cabinet pieces. On Furmanac’s stand will be its contemporary and traditional-styled upholstered headboards. Furniture Origins will show its Iowa painted dining, Reno contemporary dining, Orvieto French styling bedroom and Cadiz dining and bedroom ranges. Global Furniture Alliance 

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Manchester Furniture Show

EXHIBITION GUIDE

Above: Seconique’s Julia bedroom and Chester bed Top right: Kyoto’s Harper Right: La-Z-Boy’s Lexington Bottom: Westbridge’s Dexter

highlights a selection of models, ranging from recliners and footstools to riser recliners – available in faux leather, bonded leather, leather and fabric. Greenapple’s debuts will include the Orion and Hazel ranges. From Kingstown Furniture is its latest sliding-door wardrobe collection. Kyoto Futons will exhibit its Britishmade sofabeds, upholstered headboards, beds and futons. La-Z-Boy will be showing its Inspirations collection of modern and vintage-inspired designs. Mode Designs is featuring its white high gloss Azzurro living and dining room range. From Morris Furniture Group you can

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EXHIBITION GUIDE

Left: Morris’ Long Island Below left: Furniture Origins’ Iowa Below: Greenapple’s Orion Bottom: Baker Furniture’s Leeward

Manchester Furniture Show



expect additions to its G Plan Cabinets, Morris Furniture and Zone brands, from traditional cabinet furniture to contemporary living and dining furniture. Seconique is introducing several new products. TCS will show its Italian leather motion upholstery, solid American oak dining ranges and its Royal Coil mattresses. Value Mark Furniture will add to its occasional and dining ranges alongside its lighting, art and accessory collections. Wade Upholstery is showcasing two models and 30 new fabrics along with many of its bestsellers featuring the latest fabrics. Westbridge Furniture Designs 

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Above: Buoyant Upholstery’s Constable Left: Exclusive (UK)’s Arctic Below: Spagnesi’s Splendour Brittany

makes its show debut with the launch of an upholstery collection. Wire Lamps will highlight its collection of decorative aluminium table and floor lamps, with modern and traditional designs, and all available in a choice of colours and sizes from 45cm to 160cm. Wood Bros launches an Old Charm upholstery collection including the Lavenham, Blakeney and Burnham groups.

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Buying Groups’ National Flooring Show

Left: Karndean’s LM16 Fiore Below: Parador’s Eco Balance PUR

Making a splash Highlights of the May show Adam Carpets’ Close Companions is available in 14 colours and a 4m width with chevron and houndstooth designs. Pure Brit! uses undyed British wool in 10 colours. Adore Touch added six colours and the

full range is now available as stick down. Alternative Flooring launched Iconic Chevron in eight shades and 4m and 5m widths plus seven chunky jute designs. Asiatic showed Eva, available in six natural tones with a faux-fur feel. It is

available in four sizes and is one of several new shaggy ranges launched this year by the company. Associated Weavers showed its new POS for the iSense collection, with three display stands. 

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Left: Brinton’s Timorous Beasties Yellow Ruskin Butterfly Below: Interfloor’s Meister laminate Vecchio Lyde Oak

Ten times a winner Cormar Carpets won Flooring One’s Carpet Supplier of the Year award for the 10th time. Glenn Harding (left), Flooring One controller, presented the award to David Judge, Cormar md, at its annual awards event on the first day of the Buying Groups’ National Flooring Show. Ulster Carpets was runner-up and Adam Carpets third. Hall’s Floorings won the smooths category and Mastercraft Rugs the rugs award. Associated Weavers won the best stand award, with Edel Telenzo second and Furlong Flooring third.

Axminster’s 100% wool Royal Borough Wilton is available in 34 colours and three types of weave: flat weave, level loops and float weave combined with a traditional level loop to produce a mixture of textures. Simply Natural was recoloured and POS for its rugs collection debuted. Ball & Young showed off its Caviar and Champagne underlay. Brintons strengthened its collaboration with Timorous Beasties with its first carpet collection of five patterned designs. The Laura Ashley collection was enhanced with five patterns, two stripes and six Bell Twist shades. Padstow is a collection of 10 colours in spot, point, houndstooth and gingham designs with a colour palette including Raspberry, Pistachio and Sherbert. Brockway added four stripes to Jubilee, updated its display stands and added 1m and 5m widths to Lakeland Herdwick. Cormar Carpets introduced Apollo Plus, a heavier version of Apollo in eight plains and seven heathers in 4m and 5m widths and increased the warranty to 10 years. Crucial Trading introduced eight plains to coordinate with Biscayne Stripe alongside five colours in Wool Oregon and Oregon Stripe, and five

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in Alluring and Alluring Stripe. Furlong Flooring unveiled the Design Elements vinyl collection, comprising Infinity, bathroom/mosaic designs; Arboria, wood designs; Graphica, tile designs and the felt-backed Luxuria. All are available in three qualities and 2m, 3m and 4m widths. The soft-touch Dolce Moda from Regency is a 58oz saxony in 12 colours and 4m and 5m widths. It is only available to retailers who have the display stand. Fascination comes in 12 colours, 4m and 5m widths and felt and action backing. Gaskell expanded its London collection with Notting Hill, a three-ply 100% wool carpet in 1m, 4m and 5m widths and 10 multicolour stripes, and

Westminster, a three-ply 100% wool loop in nine colours. It is available in 4m and 5m widths. Camden was recoloured with four new colours. Instalay showed a new 2.5mm adhesive underlay. Interfloor presented its range of Meister laminate. Having launched the John Lewis collection in February, it now offers 42 products for the independent sector. There are also matching accessories, a 60-page brochure, POS and a consumer sampling service. Karndean Designflooring debuted its expanded Art Select Stones and Woods collection. Inspired by natural materials, the updated collection features four slate, three marble, three 


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Above: Wools of New Zealand’s Laneve brochure Left: Asiatic’s Eva in Ecru Bottom: Axminster’s Royal Borough Wilton Kingston in Butterscotch White

travertine and four limestone designs. Each design has been created from its original inspiration stone recovered from various locations throughout the world including the steps of a former Parliament House building in Melbourne, Australia, natural hot springs in Yellowstone National Park, USA and a quarry in Tuscany, France. Three Art Select Woods colours, Sundown Oak, Spanish Cherry and Morning Oak were added, increasing the choice to seven. Kingsmead Carpets introduced the 100% wool loop The Book of Stripes with four stripe widths and 22 colour options. A coordinating plain will be introduced

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at The Flooring Show in September. Grandeur is a three-ply polypropylene saxony in a 4m width while CleanEasy Joyous features 18 bright colours including orange and lavender. Manx Carpets has used the same yarn as Natural Shades to create Natural Plain Twist so it can coordinate throughout the home. Three greys were added to Natural Shades. Castle Berber is available in two weights and 4m and 5m widths while Pandora Heathers is available in three weights and 4m and 5m widths. Mr Tomkinson introduced the 100% wool Cadiz in eight colours and 4m and 5m widths, and Cotswold, a berber twist

in two weights, 12 colours and 4m and 5m widths. Caesar is a 50/50 plain twist to coordinate with Macbeth. Tomkinson Twist has been re-engineered as 80% wool, 10% polypropylene and 10% polyester with four new shades. Oriental Weavers continues to overhaul its collection, with latest designs including Kelim Blue. Parador gave its UK debut to Ecobalance PUR, Editions and Trendtime. Penthouse launched a wool twist in 40oz and 50oz qualities. Shaw Home Foundations introduced the Brunswick polypropylene carpet in a 4m width and updated Albany with four new colours. Introductions from Thomas Witter were new display stands, all stripes now available in 1m widths and a new trade website that allows retailers to order online. Ulster Carpets previewed BoHo, a collection of five patterns. Capri is a fivestrong narrow stripe collection which is part of Open Spaces, while Panama and Monaco are coordinating plains and stripes in grey. Ultimate Rug Company introduced the Unity brand with seven designs each available in three colours. V4 added to its engineered Urban Nature collection with fired brick, foundry steel, weathered beam and limehouse oak finishes. Victoria Carpets introduced display stands designed to explain its products better to consumers, including a display board with photographs of the carpets instead of samples. Soft Touch First Impressions is available in 12 colours while the Royal Victoria velvet is available in 18 shades, two weights and 4m and 5m widths. Wools of New Zealand highlighted the latest Laneve brochure.


Rooms of Integrity and Style Carpet sells on colour and style. However there is increasing demand for integrity and for brands that show their origin. Wools of New Zealand has been leading the sustainability charge for some time. Being sustainable is not just about having a fibre from a natural source, being truly sustainable means delivering products that have a social, ethical and eco conscience. The carpet buying public is very aware of false claims on not only pricing but also on what is actually in the product and who made the product. Delivering the ultimate in sustainability does not alone sell carpets. The first thing to get right is colour and style. To that end, WNZ employs a team of design and carpet specialists who work with our partners to develop market-leading products. A recent success has been Crucial Trading’s

Biscayne Stripe by Crucial Trading in Laneve wool

move to put all of its 100% New Zealand wool products under the Laneve banner. Crucial Trading worked with the WNZ creative team, headed by Joanna Ramsden, to create Biscayne Stripe. Flock Carpet’s range of luxury Axminster and sculptured tufted effects are all developed by the WNZ creative team to ensure that the products are the ultimate in design as well as being ethically produced in line with Flock’s ethos. WNZ picked up multiple awards for innovation in carpet design at Domotex in January and it continues to push the boundaries, guiding brand partners towards a more stylish and profitable future. The team works from the farm, right through the value chain, and can pull together the right fibre, spinning, tufting and weaving to deliver exceptional style and integrity but also with great efficiency and value. The 100% wool products that qualify for WNZ’s Laneve brand are promoted on a dedicated UK website: www.laneve.co.uk. Also listed on the website are high-quality retailers who have joined WNZ as Premier Partners Showrooms.

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Fuji by Crucial Trading in Laneve wool

Wools of New Zealand supports The Woodland Trust and helps to protect the beautiful Hector’s Dolphin.

The sustainable growing practices of Laneve wool protect the habitat of these endangered species. After diverting carpet waste and tyres from landfill to create Crumbwool underlay WNZ shares the proceeds with The Woodland Trust.

Wools of New Zealand Tel: 01943 603 888 Visit: www.laneve.co.uk

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The full glory Its annual exhibition is an important event for Flooring One Flooring One used the show to present to its members its plans for the future and to gauge their views. It also provided the opportunity to display its full product range with the updated rug offer of which a quarter of the range has been revised. The past year has seen more companies become suppliers to the buying group, such as Meister and Parador for laminate and Earthwerks for LVT. The group has also been developing its POS materials, with a stair unit and increased its collection of manufacturer-produced units that can be used for Flooring One ranges. Wool Owners Warranty and the Carpet Foundation’s website scheme were promoted to members, and a new updated carpet care brochure in two different styles and personalised for each member is now available in a new convenient compact size. Hi-Performa, a soft-contract range of polypropylene carpets was also introduced. ‘The show is very important to the group and the members as it is the only time they are able to see the full product range in all of its glory, while meeting the team and their fellow members to discuss what it happening with their business and the market,’ says Glenn Harding, Flooring One controller. ‘Such discussions are a vital part of what we can help members with so they can make the maximum use of being a Flooring One member while at the same time retaining their independence.’ Flooring One, tel: 0121 683 1426

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Members could see the full product offer and the new stair display


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1 Axminster Carpets highlighted its Royal Borough Wilton collection, with supporting POS and display stand. Tel: 01297 32244

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2 Associated Weavers used the show to highlight its latest POS materials and display stands for the Sensuality collection featuring iSense. Tel: 01422 431 100

4 Ball & Young showed visitors its full range of underlays, including Caviar and Champagne. Tel: 01536 200 502

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6 Manx Carpets introduced Natural Plain Twist using the same yarn as Natural Shades and a display stand that allows consumers to easily coordinate the ranges. Tel: 01827 831 434 7 Revealing colour updates to several collections, particular focus was placed upon Lano’s Heathertwist collection that has been given a fresh POS identity and new on-trend shades. Heathertwist is part of the Easy Care Premium collection that brings the performance of 100% Lanoset twoply yarn to provide better appearance retention and stain resistance Tel: 00 800 5266 5266 8 The smart new wall display from Kingsmead features Glen Shee from the Highland Fleece range plus the stunning Artwork and Artwork Special Edition stripe produced in conjunction with Wools of New Zealand. The unit has full size lectern

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feeler samples with mini-rolls with individual lighting and large hanging samples available below. Tel: 01827 831 424 9 Louis de Poortere brought its rug collection to the show. This on-trend gathering of vintage, worn-look and patchwork designs have been making a mark right across the country, becoming a star attraction for retailers. Encompassing The Fading World, Cameo and New Vintage collections, the rugs proved a real hit at the event. Visit: www.louisdepoortere.com 10 Parador’s products on show included the ClickTex carpet planks on HDF core boards, available in a wide range of colours and designs which can be combined with each other for an individual, creative flooring design. ‘We want to keep flooring interesting,’ says Gordon Collier, Parador national sales manager. Visit: www.parador.de

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11 With new POS displays for Ameo, Amiru, Viola, Nimo and its Frame rugs, as well as showcasing the Re/Cover Green Parts elastic flooring collection, German manufacturer Vorwerk Carpets proved it remains at the forefront of residential flooring at the show. Tel: 020 7096 5090 12 Victoria Carpets presented a major update to its display stands, with clearer consumer messages, information on how wool carpet is made and the Options288 board that uses

photography of the colours rather than samples. Tel: 01562 749 300 13 Ulster Carpets previewed its latest display stand allowing consumers to easily compare the BoHo collection and coordinating Heritage Twist plains, plus it features additional storage space. Tel: 028 3833 4433 14 Ryalux highlighted its Ryafine Velvet, a two-ply, stain protected velvet range

made from New Zealand wool. Available in 4m and 5m widths it has two qualities: the dense Luxury, and Elegance with a more refined, tailored look. Both are available in 12 contemporary shades. Tel: 0161 762 3030

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16 Carpenter showed visitors its full range of underlays, including its latest: Midas 12, a 12mm thick underlay designed with modern living in mind and combining durability and a luxurious underfoot feel. Tel: 01457 892 418

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