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The best in the business

You have voted and said which companies are top of the pile and they are the industry’s leaders

Every year this issue allows me the privilege of unveiling the winners of the Interiors Monthly Awards. It truly does reflect the best in the industry and I once again thank you for taking the time to vote.

As Andy Laird says in his Experiences column, some companies have taken this year’s awards very seriously, with what I’ll call organised voting campaigns. This is of course how it should be: if your stockists or suppliers think you are great, they should say so. However, voting for yourself doesn’t work and is immediately discounted. (You know who you are.)

Enjoy reading about many of the winners later in the issue. If you didn’t vote this year, please do next time (it’ll come around sooner than we realise), the winners do really appreciate that the awards are decided by you.

The winner of the hamper was Tom Sheppard, Christchurch Carpets owner.

The past few weeks have been more like November than July, and with horrific conditions for the Mediterranean. I fear these are signs to come unless everyone, including the interiors industry, moves rapidly to be a much greener business. Actions must be decided upon now, not pushed into the long grass.

Such disruption is not limited to the environment: the value of furniture sales has gone up (less than inflation), while flooring has seen a sharp fall. And inflation is taking two different paths. Trying to predict anything is not a good idea.

Carpetright owner Nestware’s £6.4m purchase of loss-making UKFD will see creditors left out of pocket. And unusually the administrators as well. We are used to HMRC (ie you and I) being left with debts, but not the accountants.

BGF’s decision to pull the plug on investment – in the face of repeated HMRC demands for money – wasn’t a surprise, but what was was the timing: just as UKFD was getting back into seeing a route to profitability. As with the purchase of Flooring & Carpets, will this be viewed as ‘a bargain’?

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Furniture sales rebound while flooring slumps

June was the fifth best month for furniture sales in almost 40 years, while flooring sales dropped by almost 10%.

The value of retail furniture and lighting sales rebounded in June. Furniture and lighting sales in England, Scotland and Wales hit £329,925,000 –an increase of 4.66% on May.

Sales were £25.94m higher than in June 2022, according to Office for National Statistics data – an increase of 8.53%.

Of the 450 months since January 1986 when comparable data was first recorded, June 2023 was the fifth highest month in terms of the value of sales.

However, the retail value of flooring sales plunged in June. Sales were £49,223,000, a fall of 9.66% compared with May. Sales were £5.264m lower.

Compared with June 2022, sales were 3.48% higher. Sales were £7.6m (18.43%) higher than June 2021; 133% higher than June 2020; 75.44% higher than June 2019

Top job for Thomas

Buying group SMG has appointed Linda Thomas, formerly business and marketing manager, as head of operations.

‘Linda has been looking after SMG’s approved suppliers and retail members for many years. This natural progression provides a platform to sustain growth and continue to provide exceptional service,’ says the group.

Thomas takes over from Mike Reed, after seven years in the role, including steering the group through the pandemic and the introduction of its Pure own-brand range. He will now focus his attention on business development activity, operating in a more flexible working pattern.

‘I am really excited about this new opportunity for me. I love the group and our aim of giving members the best advantages possible to allow them to thrive,’ says Thomas.

and 32.2% higher than June 2018. Of the 450 months since comparable records began, June was the 70th best performing month. The figures are not seasonably adjusted, do not allow for inflation and are subject to revision.

Furniture inflation slows in June, but flooring drives on

The rate of retail furniture inflation slowed by almost a quarter in June. The annual rate for household furniture fell from 8.2% to 6.2%: the lowest rate for at least a year and a fraction of the 16.6% experienced in June 2022.

It is the tenth consecutive month the rate has fallen. The rate for garden furniture dropped from 4.6% to 3.4%. The rate for lighting increased from 0.1% to 0.4%.

The ONS said the main downward contributions came from sofas, kitchen units, dining tables and chairs and beds. Furnishing fabrics and curtains saw a semi-reversal of May’s fall as the annual rate rose from 3.3% to 4.1%.

Bed linen saw the rate of price increases ease for the second month, falling from 3.7% to 2.9% while table

and bathroom linen fell to its lowest for a year, dropping from 8.4% to 5.9%, but still higher than June 2022’s 3.4%.

The rate of retail flooring inflation dropped in June but it is still higher than a year ago.

The annual rate for carpets and other flooring dropped from 10.3% to 9.1%, but is still higher than the 8.3% seen in June 2022.

The past eight months have seen the rate at 9% or higher. Downwards contributions came from carpets and rugs, where the rate fell from 11.5% to 9.4%: it was 7% in June 2022.

Smooth flooring continued its unpredictable pattern: after dropping from 15.3% in April to 5.4% in May, it rose to 10.3% in June. Ten of the past 12 months have seen the rate in double digits, with an average of 16.7%.

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Nestware snaps up UKFD as profits leap

Carpetright parent Nestware has bought online flooring retailer UK Flooring Direct from administrators in a pre-pack transaction. Terms were not disclosed.

In the year to the end of November 2020, UKFD – founded in 2004 – saw sales leap to £53.1m, from £28.1m in the eight months to the end of November 2019. It has not filed any accounts since then: its accounts for the 2020/2021 period were due to be filed by last November.

‘I’m pleased to say that we’ve found in Nestware the ideal partner to continue our long-standing heritage as a leading provider of flooring to the UK consumer and trade markets,’ says Jason Ashby, UKFD ceo.

‘Nestware is dedicated to transforming the way consumers and trade customers buy flooring across Europe,’ says Kevin Barrett, Nestware Group ceo. ‘The acquisition of UKFD is a testament to this commitment. Together, these brands will shape the future of the industry and redefine the way consumers shop for flooring online.’

Nestware says by integrating UKFD into the group, it aims to ‘leverage synergies between the brands to offer an even more comprehensive product range, improved customer experiences, greater value and stronger after-sales support. Furthermore, this acquisition allows the group to reach a wider audience, extending its footprint across the UK.’

Nestware’s parent Meditor Holdings saw underlying profits almost double in 2021 as post-pandemic sales rebounded.

The group – then made up of Carpetright, Carpet & Flooring, Flooring Megastore and Flooring Supplies – saw sales of £467.4m in the 14 months to 1 January 2022. This compares with £223.5m in the nine months to 31 October 2020. Underlying EBITDA was £60.3m compared with £32.8m. Pre-tax losses fell from £43.7m to £14.2m.

The accounts also reveal the group paid £800,000 for distributor Carpet & Flooring in March 2021, a sum it described as ‘a bargain’. Carpet & Flooring had a profit of £1.2m in the period from sales of £69.6m. Although Meditor only paid £800,000, it recorded a goodwill loss of £5.4m. Private equity firm Endless had bought it in 2017.

During the period Carpetright saw sales of £372.6m, compared with £493.2m in the previous 18-month period. Pre-tax losses fell from £64.3m to £23.4m.

Meditor is ultimately owned by Talal Shakerchi, through a trust registered in Bermuda.

In May John Lewis said it would turn to Carpetright brand The Floor Room to run its flooring departments.

JYSK looks to distribution

JYSK plans to open a distribution centre near Dublin as it looks to cut lead times and improve bed sales.

The chain, which has 39 UK and 21 Irish stores, says it wants to open the facility by the second half of 2024 and is looking for 538,000sqft of space.

‘As our store footprint and customer base across Ireland and the UK continues to grow, now is the right time for us to develop a state-of-theart logistics warehouse in Ireland to service this market and the UK. The new warehouse will enable us to better serve our customers in terms of delivery lead times and stock management, as well as being able to increase the online assortment of product, especially mattresses in the sleep category. Stock will be delivered directly to the new centre in Ireland, rather than via Denmark, reducing our carbon footprint in the process,’ says Roni Tuominen, JYSK UK and Ireland country director.

Parador hires industry heavyweight

Parador has recruited Neel Bradham as ceo and md.

Bradham spent the past four years at Milliken, including 21 months as vice president and general manager, Americas, running its US, Canada and Latin America operations.

Prior to that he was senior vice president, international business and global strategy at flooring giant Mohawk.

‘We are very happy to have a leader of Neel’s calibre and exposure at the helm, particularly now when we are on an exciting journey towards making Parador a truly global company and one of the most admired interiors and flooring brands,’ says Akshat Seth, md and ceo of Parador parent HIL International.

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A ‘unique honour’ for Ulster Carpets

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Ulster Carpets designed, manufactured and installed more than 1,000sqm of Axminster carpets for the King’s coronation at Westminster Abbey.

‘When my grandfather founded Ulster Carpets, he could not have envisaged that his company would earn such a unique honour,’ says Nick Coburn, Ulster group md.

The Royal Blue carpet was installed in the Nave and North and South Transepts of the Abbey, while the Regal Gold adorned the Theatre of Coronation, which is central to the ceremony.

Last year, Ulster became one of the final companies to receive a Royal Warrant from Queen Elizabeth II, having worked on a number of projects for the royal household.

Revised MFS set to return

January Furniture Show organiser Clarion Events has proposed the return of a revised Manchester Furniture Show.

The show, which last took place in 2019, would change from a three-day Sunday to Tuesday event to a two-day Wednesday to Thursday

show. It plans to hold the show on 10-11 July 2024.

It says Bluebone Imports, Baker Furniture, AWS Trading, Kettle Home, New Trend Concepts, Incanto Italia and Digio’ Leather by Sofitalia, RS Furniture, Taylors of Scotland and Alpha Designs are among the confirmed exhibitors.

January for Northpoint

The Northpoint furniture exhibition is set to return to its traditional January slot.

The Edinburgh show has seen various dates in recent years thanks to the pandemic, but the Scottish Furniture Agents Association organised event will return for 2024 on 28-30 January.

‘The Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston, Edinburgh has been booked and plans are now being set for a bigger and better show than ever before. We are ready to start promoting this important Scottish exhibition, which many retailers from the north of England and Ireland also visit. The show will last three days from Sunday 28 to Tuesday 30 January,’ says Gavin

Douglas, organiser.

‘This exhibition sets up immediately after the January Furniture Show, and allows retailers to see many of the same manufacturers at a more local and relaxed venue.’

Proposte moves to May

Fabric exhibition Proposte will take place in May next year, from 2-4 May.

This year’s edition, the 30th, took place earlier – on 18-20 April – to coincide with Salone’s return to April. Next year’s edition of Salone will be long finished (on 21 April) before Proposte begins.

The Proposte board said it had taken into account the calendar of holidays and other international trade exhibitions.

Bensons for Beds maintains growth

Bensons for Beds has enjoyed its third consecutive quarter of like-for-like sales growth.

The chain saw growth of 8% in the past quarter to the end of June. This follows increases of 7% and 9% in the previous two quarters.

Online sales rose by 21%.

During the period Bensons refurbished its Croydon store and opened a new location in Speke. It expects to ‘open and relocate a significant number of stores’ this quarter, with ‘plans to invest significantly in its retail estate over the next two years’.

‘The steady nature of our growth is a reflection of

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the significant work behind the scenes at Bensons to transform our business. I’m especially pleased at the successful introduction of eveSleep to stores. We knew when we acquired the business last year we could offer it significant opportunity to grow.

‘The impact eveSleep is making with our customers gives us confidence that, alongside other investments in product innovation, we’re building a unique portfolio of sleep solutions that can cater to every individual need,’ says Nick Collard, Bensons ceo.

Bensons: catering to every individual need

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Coming back

The Home Interiors Show returns for 2024 to co-locate with JFS

‘After a successful launch at the 2023 edition of the January Furniture Show, the Home Interiors Show will be returning to co-locate at the NEC, Birmingham from 21-24 January 2024. As JFS is the only dedicated UK furniture event of its kind, it is the perfect show for HIS to co-locate with. Alongside JFS’s outstanding mix of premium furniture and design solutions, this new show gives visitors the opportunity to source interior accessories that complement the timeless pieces JFS is known for,’ says Zoë Bonser, Clarion Event portfolio director, retail.

‘By co-locating with JFS, HIS brings the world of interior and exterior accessories together at a key point in the buying calendar. By transforming Hall 2 at JFS into a vibrant and aspirational marketplace it will provide visitors a space to source quality accessories from an outstanding selection of brands including Blue Bone Imports, Crystal World, Dannells Limited, Gallery Direct, Genesis Fine Arts, Kelston House International, Malinin, Premier Housewares, Scatter Box, Sci-Net, Taylors Scotland, Think Rugs, Tyrone Quality Picture Framing and Zenithart, plus many more.

‘Buyers will be able to source key pieces from a premium and curated selection of trend-led products from across the home interiors accessories spectrum. Register your interest now on the HIS website and be the first to know when registration for the show opens.’





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2 When it comes to a fantastic floor, profiles provide the finishing touch and can make or break an otherwise great-looking installation. That’s why Floorwise prioritises quality and finish across its profile collections. The range – especially the Max and Reflections collections – offers a more robust and longer-lasting profile that will ensure a fantastic floor for years to come.


3 MDF Italia has introduced an outdoor version of its modular Cosy sofa system, characterised by an enveloping design and large, soft cushions offering great comfort. Options include Island and Curve.


4 Talenti has added to its Panama collection with Rocking: characterised by large shapes whose weaves create seductive shadows and whose organic profile is reminiscent of stones polished by water, adding a strong reference to natural lines to the collection.


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Down to earth

Four rungs was high enough to reach the top of Derrick’s shed and I’d almost finished the job when suddenly the rung I was standing on gave way, then the next… and the next… and the next… Without warning I dropped to ground level with a thump.

I was more surprised than hurt (the pain came later). I looked at the four broken rungs: they had sheared at both ends and I’m sure I could see daylight as I looked along their length. Woodworm channels had hollowed out the innards of each rung, with little evidence from the outside of the weak state of the wood.

Woodworm are not the only boring insects that can eat away at wood: there are several others. They like the soft fibres and cellulosic material within the cells, so they will chomp their way along the grain, leaving the hard cell walls and the outer surface of the piece of wood, intact. They may cause some dust (known as frass) to fall out of the few holes in the surface and this is evidence that the insects are active, but there may be no sign at all in some cases.

Some years ago while I was working for Qualitas in the old FIRA building in Stevenage, we received a complaint from a consumer who was convinced something was inside one of her dining chairs. She described how, when the room was quiet enough, she could hear sounds, and she was convinced they were the sounds of something chewing at the inside of the chair frame.

Naturally the chair did not perform when it was inspected by an independent consultant, so we arranged for it to be collected and brought to the office. We wrapped it in a sealed polythene cover and left it in a colleague’s office – with his permission, as he was intrigued by the story. All was quiet for several weeks, then he appeared at my office door to tell me he had heard something. I went

round and listened, but again the chair was not performing.

Three weeks later the leg fell off the chair and a Mediterranean longhorn beetle emerged.

We called the customer, who was relieved to know that she hadn’t been imagining things and wasn’t going mad. Jump forward a few more years and another complaint came in. This time a carpet estimator from one of the large chains had put her foot through a staircase. This was an old property and the whole staircase was riddled with woodworm. The consumer was demanding that the retailer should pay for a new staircase to be installed, and when the retailer refused, referred the complaint to the adjudication service.

All companies are legally obliged to have insurance cover for any employees who are working in customers’ premises, but home insurance also includes liability cover for anyone who is injured by the consumer’s property, and the staircase was clearly a liability and covered by this part of the policy. The retailer was therefore able to make a claim for the injury caused by the stairs as this was clearly not the employee’s fault, and so the complaint was resolved – although I never found out whether the consumer was able to claim a new staircase as well from her insurers.


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THE RETAILER Fludes Carpets

At the time of writing, I have no idea which manufacturers, products, retailers or others will be announced as winners in this year’s Interiors Monthly awards. What I do know is that a lot of retailers have been trying hard to win the suppliers’ vote in the categories they decide. Similarly, many suppliers will be eagerly looking to see if their hard work has been recognised by retailers in the categories they vote for.

There are many other awards in various categories, and glancing at the winners’ names might encourage our readers to change their underlay suppliers, or perhaps compare their existing LVT and substitute for it another. In any event I congratulate the winners and commiserate with those who have not been successful this time.

In retail, there is one other category to consider and that is the customers’ choice, because this is the one all retailers want. It’s money in the till that counts, and if examining the winners’ list can throw up

some more information that will help us in making more sales, it will have been worth reading.

In the past two or three months we have been shown a number of new ranges from our suppliers, many of them in wool pile in loops, twists and Saxonies. There are also a number of ranges in nylon 66 and recycled products: I expect there will be a substantial number of these to view at Harrogate.

We have certainly witnessed a few changes in the industry, with two of the larger distribution companies both beginning to enlarge their territories. And Ulster Carpets has made a takeover of Alternative Flooring. Is this the start of the larger companies becoming stronger and at the same time absorbing and developing other ranges to supplement their range portfolios?

In early July, we noticed growth in the number of customers and requests for

estimates, and it appears that there is strengthening confidence and willingness to make a purchase. If the number of builder’s vans that I see each day in my area are anything to go by, we might have a good August and hopefully a good Autumn. Unfortunately, flooring is usually the last item that is purchased for interior decoration or a new kitchen installation. Some projects have less budget to spend and end up squeezing us for a discount.

Discounting is now an essential skill in view of the increase in the number of trade counters that are becoming bigger players in the sales of floorcoverings, and consequentially are now a threat to the high street retailers. One of our problems now is that if we sustain this sales increase, we might find it difficult to have sufficient estimating and fitting staff, particularly for LVT. It is a nice problem to have.

Well done to all of the winners.

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Increasing numbers of builders have been spotted

Work together

The carpet industry must come together to develop and lead its own Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislative framework, the Carpet Recycling UK conference was told.

‘We are leading this strategy with the development of four key working groups with their core members to address key areas such as data management, take back scheme, sustainability pledge and EPR-based policy. These will allow us to develop a road map of favourable and workable policies for the sector,’ says Adnan Zeb-Khan, CRUK scheme manager. Several presenters echoed this sentiment and concluded that any EPR-based legislation should be industry led, with not-for-profit organisation CRUK best placed to direct these efforts through its 138-strong membership and extensive UK-wide and international outreach. The sector would need to support its initiatives and programmes to help develop the required strategies, policies and systems.

CRUK’s 17 core members include: Balsan, Betap, Brintons Carpets, Condor Group, Cormar Carpets, ege Carpets, Furlong Flooring, Gradus, Headlam Group, IVC Commercial, Likewise Floors, Milliken, Modulyss, Rawson Carpet Solutions, Shaw, Tarkett and Victoria Group. They are taking voluntary producer responsibility for the products they place on the

market and striving to reduce waste in production as well as for customers, helping to create cost savings.

Zeb-Khan told delegates that although demand for carpet and textile reuse remains consistent, there has been a small decline in the amount of material being reused across the UK. This has not been helped by the closure of Greenstream Flooring, a long-standing member of CRUK for 13 years. ‘However, with the introduction of the Salvation Army Trading Company, now a member in the reuse category, we should be able to maintain the existing numbers, and hopefully increase these with their nationwide outreach and brand awareness.’

Claire Donovan, head of policy, research and campaigns at the End Furniture Poverty charity highlighted the importance of and opportunities for reuse, given that 1.4m people in the UK don’t have carpet or textile flooring of any kind in their homes. ‘Social landlords often rip out flooring before new tenants move in and flooring is so hard to obtain on low incomes. A lack of flooring has an impact on health and safety, comfort, energy efficiency, noise and anti-social behaviour. Of course, recycled flooring could play a key role in helping to ensure more comfortable homes.’

There was a large increase in the amount of carpet and textile flooring

waste being diverted from landfill in 2021, with 82% of the 462,000tonnes of waste generated finding alternative reuse, recycling, treatment and disposal routes. This increase is reflecting the final effects of the pandemic, when most of the waste captured by the waste management sector was sent to energyfrom-waste facilities,’ says Zeb-Khan.

Sponsored by Condor Group, with Anglo Recycling and Innovate Recycle as main exhibitors, the two-day conference attracted more than 60 delegates on both days. Headline speakers included Bob Peoples, Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) executive director and Hans-Peter Breuer, European Carpet and Rug Association md. The conference also saw the presentation of the CRUK annual member awards recognising companies and organisations who are taking voluntary and pro-active measures to demonstrate and drive sustainability in the carpet and textile flooring sector.

The winners were: Recycling Champion of the Year – Simon Westley, Designer Contracts logistics manager; Take Back Partner of the Year – Designer Contracts; Reuse Member of the Year –Greenstream Flooring CIC; Recycler of the Year – Foleys Equestrian Surfaces, and Circular Economy Initiative –Rawson Carpet Solutions.


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The industry needs to develop its own ERP framework
From left: Bob Peoples, CARE executive director; Adnan Zeb-Khan, CRUK scheme manager; Ellen Petts, Greenstream Flooring md; Louise Walters, Designer Contracts commercial director; Guy Stanton, Rawson Carpet Solutions director of sales and marketing; Simon Westley, Designer Contracts logistics manager and Shaun Wadsworth, CFA training manager



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The best

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The Habitat Future Design Award (Week One) was won by Millie Farley, Nottingham Trent University for Where Poison Lies, an interiors collection intended for a cafe inspired by Agatha Christie. ‘Beautiful illustrations with great storytelling, Millie exhibited a great breadth of knowledge and skill,’ say the judges. The prize is a six-month paid placement.

The Habitat Future Design Award (Week Two) was won by Harvey McKellar,

Sheffield Hallam University, for 25° Bench, in which he explores how furniture can act as more than a decorative or functional piece, and by creating a bench that uses 25deg angles, enables users to see each other in their peripheral vision, in turn encouraging conversation and connection to help combat feelings of loneliness.

‘Harvey is an example of how the struggling years of Covid have enabled us all to think differently. He has designed a

bench that encounters the importance of communication and connection.’ The prize is mentoring from the Habitat design studio and a six-month paid placement.

Creative Conscience & New Designers: Ethical Designers’ Award 2023 was won by Rosie Lee Hood, Bath School of Design, for Floccus, in which she shines a light on Britain’s forgotten fibre: wool. For her Furniture and Product Design final project Rosie created three lamps with

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Habitat Future Design Award (Week One) went to Millie Farley, Nottingham School of Art & Design
Habitat Future Design Award (Week Two): Harvey McKellar, Sheffield HallamCreative Conscience Award: Rosie Lee Hood, Bath School of Design
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‘Beautifully made products which add value back to a traditional economy. We love its local focus with the potential to expand and create a sustainable and profitable business,’ say the judges. The prize is access to Creative Conscience’s Creative Impact Programme worth £1,000; eight weeks of online training from design industry experts; and live mentorship support with a social or environmental impact project for three months.

New Territory Award was won by Helen Watt, Northumbria University, for Chá Table. Inspired by her own Hong Kong/ British diasporic heritage, Watt made a low tea table for her Industrial Design course. Tea is symbolic of hospitality and ‘coming together’ in Chinese culture, and she has adopted this ritual in a contemporary way with this bold and bright take. ‘Wonderful storytelling and

energy, great execution. Very broad interests intelligently brought together.’ The prize is mentorship and internship.

Tom Faulkner Award for Distinctive Furniture Design was won by Fred Dunbar, Northumbria University, for Shiver, in which the 3D Design student showcased a collection of products that share a sense of drama, paying homage to moody photography from archives and Dunbar’s own collection. His product creations include three bronze bowls, an ash stool, and an ash dining chair, made with a level of precision and elegance that take inspiration from cars, birds and sharks. The prize is £750 and a tour of the Tom Faulkner workshop in Wiltshire.

Viaduct Contemporary Furniture Designer of the Year Award was won by Guto Davies, Nottingham Trent University, for 1282 Chair and Stream side tables. Based on traditional stick chair designs found in Welsh homes for centuries, the Furniture and Product Design student was inspired by Rotterdam architecture when redesigning this iconic piece of Welsh furnishing. His 1282 Chair retains

classic features – such as the stick chair’s curved back and high arms for miners to rest their shoulders – in a contemporary way using tube metal rolling. ‘Good sense of proportion and lightness. Blend of traditional and contemporary design. Simplicity and creativity of approach.’ The prize is a month’s work placement. New Designers ND Selects Award was won by Will Atkins of Make Relief. Make Relief is the multidisciplinary art and design studio by Will Atkins. He uses his architecture experience to inform his furniture designs, considering aesthetics alongside the function of products. With Make Relief, he is focused on creating art and furniture with sustainable materials such as cork. The judges say: ‘A cohesive well-presented collection of art and furniture, showcasing sustainable materials with a strong design language. Well thought out business case with exciting prospects.’ The prize is exhibition space at Future Icons next year.

Hallmark Connection Award was won by Aiden McIntosh, DJCAD University of Dundee, for Bold Folds and

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New Territory Award: Helen Watt, Northumbria University Viaduct Contemporary Furniture Designer of the Year: Guto Davies, Nottingham Trent University Tom Faulkner Award: Fred Dunbar, Northumbria University
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Cole & Son Award for Future Designers was won by Niamh Knight, University of Nottingham, for Beautiful Decay, an interiors collection inspired by artist Rebecca Louise Law which explores the lifespan of flowers as they decay. ‘A thoughtful depiction of ever-changing beauty.’ The prize is £1,000 cash and a four-month paid placement.

The Marks & Spencer Design Award for Best Textiles, Print & Pattern New Talent was won by Amy Jane Foxon, Nottingham Trent University, for Apricus. ‘Apricus means full of sunlight. Amy’s design brings the wonder of the outdoors inside to create a calming atmosphere for positive wellbeing. A considered collection and print pairings with tasteful colour palettes. A polished and professional collection.’ The prize is the purchase and production of print/prints, with ongoing mentoring if requested.

The Romo Award for Innovation in Design and Colour was won by Georgia

Dunn, Arts University Bournemouth, for Greek Islands, a textile collection inspired by graphic Grecian architecture and figurative landscape. ‘The combination of Georgia’s bold yet sophisticated use of colour and her energetic portfolio of design work is innovative and well considered.’ The prize is £500 and a paid internship. Sanderson Design Group Award was won by Catherine Owen-Milsom, Loughborough University, for Grow

Sanderson Design Group Award: Catherine Owen-Milsom, Loughborough University

Together, a lifestyle collection with its essence in community gardens and allotments, emphasising the transformative power of outdoor spaces in bringing communities together to learn and grow collectively. ‘Strong, confident and joyful use of colour and pattern. A layered approach to design which considers different applications and end uses within interiors.’ The prize is a 12-month paid internship with Sanderson Design Group.

Hallmark Award: Aiden McIntosh, University of Dundee Marks & Spencer Design Award: Amy Jane Foxon, Nottingham Trent Cole and Son Award: Niamh Wright, Nottingham University
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Comfort and Joy: A warming neutral story featuring light, earthy and cinnamon tones for an intimate atmosphere. Squishy pillow textures help cocoon your space, whilst boho textiles bring a contemporary design twist. Rococo 1.5/corner/three-seater in Verbier Gold £4,199

Playroom: The playroom trend delivers a bold, modern and graphic theme with injections of colour combined with outsized decorations for a sense of irreverent fun. Emperor 2.5-seater in Lucerne Blush Mix £2,649; Odette swivel chair in Adele Seafoam/ Orca Lagoon mix £499.

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New Traditionalists: Country house style with a modern twist of chunky stripes, where dressy frills and embroidered prints are offset against rich velvet upholstery. Bridgerton three-seater chaise in Bridgerton Aston Moss £1,499; Bridgerton accent chair in Bridgerton Aston Moss £599 ; Bridgerton footstool in Vadar Nugget Gold £349.

Social Living: An offset living room helps to create a sociable atmosphere, where a centred rug can anchor the space and unstructured seating can set a path through the area. Cricket two-seater in Grey Weave £1,099; Canterbury accent chair in Canterbury Weave Lagoon £749; Finchley mini-footstool in Sleek Mink, £329.

Mid-century Mood: A grown-up direction for mid-century style. Using rich tones of damson, ginger and teal produces a dramatic scheme with a nod to a 1970’s design aesthetic. Midland Hill three-seater in Chamonix Teal/Falletto Silver mix £1,599; Marvella swivel chair in Tara Nutmeg £699.

Warm Welcome: The Autumn palette is given a contemporary feel with angular upholstery, tufted textures and spirited folk patterns, surrounded by rich rust colours that contrast with the smart structure of tailored curtains. Richmond three-seater sofa-bed in Artic Rust £1,599; Cricket chair in Velvet Teal £699.

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Advances Alpha Vinyl has a trio of innovations

With a surface technology that makes planks indistinguishable from real wood, the Unizip system that speeds up herringbone installation and an edge-toedge built-in underlay across the range, Quick-Step’s new Alpha Vinyl collection is packed with advances.

Next month retailers will be able to see the LVT collection presented on the Alpha Vinyl display concept as the brand returns to The Flooring Show.

‘The Flooring Show has been considered the UK’s leading show for the retail flooring industry for many decades and we’re delighted to be returning. The new technology in Alpha Vinyl is impressive and heralds a new era of realism for vinyl flooring, but the show is also a chance to reconnect with the retail flooring industry. Our retailers are the foundation of Quick-Step in the UK and we want to make sure that they benefit from being involved with one of the world’s leading flooring brands,’

says Niall Cassidy, Unilin Flooring sales regions manager UK and Ireland.

Alongside Alpha Vinyl, visitors to the show will also be able to discover Quick-Step’s laminate and wood floors, including the Capture collection. This

authentic laminate floor comes closer to wood than ever before with deep, perfectly matching surface structures. It’s also 100% watertight as well as highly scratch and stain resistant.


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Alpha Vinyl Bloom Brushed Oak Honey Alpha Vinyl Ciro Botanic Caramel Oak Alpha Vinyl Oro Concrete Rock

without compromise

Find out how Alpha Vinyl is redefining premium luxury vinyl at The Flooring Show

A premium collection for contemporary living, new Alpha Vinyl brings unrivalled natural authenticity in a floor that’s waterproof, wonderfully silent and that lets homes mix and match between plank and herringbone. Now with attached underlay across the range.

AVHBU40359 A BRAND OF Better spaces. Better life. Visit us in Hall C Stand 29 The Flooring Show HCC, HARROGATE


Roots is supported by updated display options

Designed and made in Belgium with the future in mind, Moduleo’s Roots collection embraces the newest interior trends and is manufactured with the latest technology for a luxury vinyl floor that’s appealing, aspirational and in tune with nature.

‘Our Roots collection has more than 130 SKUs and all of them have been designed in-house. The result is a unique offer that stands out for its aspirational

design: it’s a collection with extraordinary depth and our quality brings something special too,’ says Matthew Brook, Moduleo national sales manager.

Alongside the introduction of Roots, Moduleo’s shop-in-shop concept has been updated and both will be on display at The Flooring Show next month. Whatever the option – compact boards or complete boards – the displays illustrate the standout variety,

authenticity and detail of Roots.

The brand will also have an exclusive preview of its new Roots herringbone format, which brings a more versatile plank size to suit a wider range of rooms.

Moduleo’s award-winning LayRed engineered LVT collection will also be making an appearance at the show. Designed to stand its ground in the most extreme conditions, the multi-layered floor with integrated underlay offers all the advantages of LVT with additional strengths. Not only does LayRed deliver easy installation, excellent acoustics and a fully water-resistant, low-maintenance surface, it also adds exceptional pattern variety and realistic natural design.

‘The show is not just a great time to catch up with our existing Moduleo retailers, I’m also looking forward to showing how Moduleo’s design variety and quality make for a winning combination that can reignite any retailer’s luxury vinyl offer. Backed by a team committed to delivering exceptional service, we’re here to become everyone’s favourite luxury vinyl floor,’ says Brook.


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Roots is Moduleo’s latest range Roots Galtymore Oak LayRed York Stone Curated into six distinctive themes, Moduleo’s new Roots collection is appealing, aspirational and as diverse and vivid as nature itself. Designed and Made in Belgium to handle whatever life throws at them as well as to be warm, comfortable and quiet; Roots is made from up to 50% internal recycled PVC from our own production waste. Make more of your luxury vinyl floors at The Flooring Show
proud of our Roots A BRAND OF Better spaces. Better life. Visit us in Hall C Stand 29 The Flooring Show HCC, HARROGATE

On show

LeoLine will showcase its new branding at TFS

A market-leading residential flooring brand for 25 years, LeoLine recently unveiled a new look as it sets out to make cushion vinyl cool again. And as the updated merchandising and POS rolls out to its stockists across the UK, LeoLine has now announced its return to The Flooring Show next month.

With a manifesto to create the next generation of flooring, LeoLine is on a mission to engage with a new wave of flooring buyers through floors that bring choice, colour and vibrancy for any space. Reflected in a ground-up rethink of its brand, this new approach is designed to set LeoLine apart. Visitors to this year’s show will see just how much LeoLine has been transformed and catch an exclusive look at the brand’s new display concept.

‘Cushion vinyl has all the qualities needed for modern flooring. Beautiful and versatile designs combine with quick installation, durability and easy maintenance, for a floor that’s easy to embrace in any home. It’s perfect for makeover projects and putting personality in rental properties, and still remains a really affordable option that’s easy to live with: perfect for younger buyers and a future housing market that might see big transformations,’ says Stuart Reeves, LeoLine sales director.

‘Our look had not changed significantly for over a decade and certainly lacked the in-store appeal to capture the imagination of brand-savvy millennials. Our new brand sets this right, holding on to the reputation of quality and value that’s synonymous with the LeoLine name but setting out a new direction and showing consumers how we have a floor as unique as they are. The Flooring Show is a great opportunity to show the retail flooring industry how we’re bringing the cool back to cushion vinyl.’


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Top: Natural Trends Sherpa Bottom left: Velvetex Previa Bottom right: Atomic XT Treviso
Floors as unique as you are Visit LeoLine at The Flooring Show to see how we’re ready for the colour, vibrancy and variety of every space. Drawing upon our flooring know-how, we’re making cushion vinyl the contemporary and savvy way to create the floor people want. After all, everybody deserves their perfect floor. See the floor that people want at The Flooring Show A BRAND OF Better spaces. Better life. Visit us in Hall C Stand 29 The Flooring Show HCC, HARROGATE

Meet KomfiMed

GNG will introduce the range that uses medically proven foam next month

made from 100% recycled and re-engineered foam, resulting in a product that can be completely recycled.

‘Resilient, durable and naturally dustmite resistant, Ecofoam is ideal for use in mattresses. It also provides excellent body support and is recommended by the Football Medicine and Performance Association to its members as these mattresses help achieve the best sleep and, consequently, help deliver the best performance,’ says Gretton.

UK mattress manufacturer GNG Group is adding to its Komfi collection with the launch of its KomfiMed at this year’s Bed Show. GNG has used its experience as an approved supplier to the NHS to develop KomfiMed, which combines medically proven foam with TrueGel technology plus the environmental benefits of Ecofoam. This product delivers pressure relief while minimising motion transfer and regulating temperature to provide a peaceful night’s sleep.

‘Specifically engineered for enhanced support, the range gives excellent spinal alignment and relieves stress on joints. A highly advanced material known for its exceptional comfort and therapeutic benefits, medically proven foam is crafted with precision and adherence to strict quality standards. It offers a supportive sleep surface while conforming to the body’s contours, and is available in soft, medium and firm options,’ says Richard Gretton, GNG commercial director.

‘Having provided some 70,000 products to the NHS this year alone, we wanted to bring this proven technology to the consumer market. KomfiMed is a truly unique product, combining the benefits of medically proven foam with our exclusive TrueGel technology and “green” Ecofoam. As innovators in the mattress industry and with our strong track record in healthcare, our in-house team has been able to develop an exciting addition to our range.’

Developed in response to consumer demand for products with a reduced carbon footprint, most models in the Komfi collection feature GNG’s Ecofoam,

The Komfi collections include the Unity range, launched in 2022, which provides an affordably priced mattress and is proving very popular. Unity delivers the benefits of Ecofoam, and all models have a removable and washable soft knitted cover. All Komfi mattresses also benefit from being vacuum packed. The smaller packages are not only easier to transport, resulting in a lower carbon footprint, but are compact to store, enabling retailers to hold more stock for quicker delivery. Customers also have the convenience of being able to move the mattress to the room of their choice and unpack it at their leisure.

With purpose-built 40,000sq ft manufacturing facilities in West Yorkshire, GNG is one of the leading manufacturers of rolled mattresses in the UK and an accredited carbon neutral company. Visit:

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KomfiMed Richard Gretton GNG manufactures in West Yorkshire Carbon Neutral Organisation BEST OF BRITISH CATEGORY

Number One

The UK’s best LVT fitter will be crowned next month

The Fitter of the Year, of which Interiors Monthly is a sponsor, returns to The Flooring Show on 17-18 September, with five finalists competing for the £2,000 prize. The contest alternates between carpet and LVT fitting and this year’s competition involves LVT. Finalists will be judged on an item they have had since the semi-finals in July to make and the fitting project that will be revealed to them on the first day.

Ian James, NICF council member and master fitter returns as head judge and compere, with Richard Renouf also returning as a judge. Brian King, NICF president brings his 33 years of flooring fitting to the panel for the first time.

The finalists are: Wesley Brocklesby, Dean Dickinson, Darrel Emery, Daniel Jones and Mathew Parkinson.

‘I’m really happy to have made the final. I have grown up in the flooring trade and I am part of the second generation running our successful family business, Brockson Carpets, in Ossett with my brother Scott. We are celebrating 50 years in business this year. For the past six years I’ve specialised in LVT installations and have attended many LVT training courses to learn the best

scribing techniques, as well as the preparation knowledge to help get a good finish. I always critique my own work to help me improve. I can’t wait for the final to raise the bar again for myself. I wish the best of luck to the other finalists,’ says Brocklesby.

‘I am delighted to be in this year’s final,’ says Dickinson. ‘I have been in the flooring industry since I left school. I am lucky enough to work with my wife and nephew on a daily basis. Since setting up my own business in 2020, I have focused on developing my skills and attended several training courses. This gave me the confidence to enter the competition and I am pleased that my hard work and quality has been recognised. Good luck to everyone!’

‘I’ve been laying flooring for around 25 years, mainly fitting LVT, but I do carpet, wood and domestic vinyl too. I fell out of love with the trade a few years ago until I started to see other fitters’ creations on social media and it made me realise that you can do anything with LVT. I started going on courses to learn new methods and it gave me the passion I needed again. Entering this competition has been the best experience of my

career, and to be competing against some of the best in industry has really boosted my confidence,’ says Emery.

‘I have been in the flooring industry for 35 years. My main area is LVT and vinyl. I am currently employed by Oxford City Flooring, which is fantastic to work for. In 1988 I walked into a careers office after leaving a job I hated. There was a job advertised for a “Floorlayer Improver”. That was it. I applied, started the next day and I’m still at it. I love the trade and have met lots of great people. I’m grateful I’ve had the opportunity to pass on my knowledge to others through training. There’s life in the old dog yet,’ says Jones.

‘I’m delighted to be part of the final for the second time. The first time marked a huge turning point in my career as I developed the confidence I needed to pursue my own work, which now makes up 99% of my workload. I didn’t think I could do that and I didn’t think I would ever be of a high enough standard to compete against some of the most highly skilled professionals I’ve ever met. It’s a great honour to be able to put something back into a trade that’s given me so much,’ says Parkinson.


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The challenge will be revealed at the show Julian Bowen Chatsworth

You have made your choices and decided who the winners of the Interiors Monthly Awards 2023 are. The companies listed below, whether retailers, manufacturers or suppliers in the interiors industry, were chosen for their first-class performance. Over the following pages you can read more about many of the category winners. Congratulations to all of them.

Best Furniture Retailer (1-3 stores): Lenleys Home

Best Flooring Retailer (1-3 stores): Dentons

Best Furniture Retailer (4+ stores): DFS

Best Flooring Retailer (4+ stores): Tapi

Best Online Retailer: Mattress Online

Best UK Furniture Manufacturer: Millbrook Beds

Best UK Flooring Manufacturer: Victoria

Best Overseas Furniture Manufacturer: Wiemann

Best Overseas Flooring Manufacturer: Condor Carpets

Best Furniture Buying Group: AIS

Best Flooring Buying Group: SMG

Best Bed Manufacturer (Upmarket): Harrison Spinks

Best Bed Manufacturer (Mid-Market): Sleepeezee

Best Bed Manufacturer (Value): Shire Beds

Best Bed in a Box Manufacturer: Emma Sleep

Best Carpet Manufacturer: Cormar Carpet Company

Best Bed Manufacturer (Adjustable): Adjustamatic

Best Rug Supplier: Think Rugs

Best Bedroom Manufacturer: Forte

Best Laminate Manufacturer: Quick-Step

Best Dining Room Supplier: Ercol

Best Solid/Engineered Wood Flooring Supplier:

Furlong Flooring

Best Living Room Supplier: Core Products

Best Underlay Manufacturer: Ball & Young

Best Fabric Upholstery Manufacturer (Luxury):

Alpha Designs

Best Fabric Upholstery Manufacturer: Lebus Upholstery

Best Vinyl Manufacturer: IVC

Best Leather Upholstery Manufacturer (Luxury): Ekornes

Best Leather Upholstery Manufacturer: La-Z-Boy

Best LVT Manufacturer: Moduleo

Best Recliner Manufacturer: himolla

Best Accessory Supplier: Gallery Direct

Best Flooring Accessory Supplier: Interfloor

Best Children’s Furniture Manufacturer: FTG

Best Flatpack Furniture Supplier: Core Products

Best Home Entertainment Supplier: Jual

Best Mattress Protection Provider: Mattressgard

Best Furniture Wholesaler: Julian Bowen

Best Flooring Wholesaler: Floorwise

Best Customer Service (Furniture): Julian Bowen

Best Customer Service (Flooring): F Ball

Best Business Support (Furniture): BFM

Best Business Support (Flooring): ACG

Best Marketing Support (Furniture): NBF

Best Marketing Support (Flooring): Metro Group

Best Software Supplier (Furniture): Ordorite

Best Software Supplier (Flooring): Company Dynamics

Best CGI Software Supplier: Orbital Vision

Best Furniture Exhibition: Bed Show

Best Flooring Exhibition: The Flooring Show

Best Warranty Provider: Castelan

Best Product Protection (Furniture): Guardsman

Best Product Protection Provider (Flooring): Stroolmount

Best Furniture Website: Gallery Direct

Best Flooring Website: Lifestyle Floors

Best Finance Provider: V12

Best Rigid Floor Manufacturer: COREtec

Innovation of the Year: Abingdon Flooring – Love Story Wild Silk


Product of the Year (Flooring): Beyond Wool– Furlong Flooring

Furniture Brand 2023: Tetrad

Flooring Brand 2023: Greendale

Sustainability (Furniture): Hypnos Beds

Sustainability (Flooring): Associated Weavers

Outstanding Performance (Furniture): Simba

Outstanding Performance (Flooring): Likewise

Industry Contribution: Jonathan Watts and Lord Kirkham

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Best Flooring Retailer (1-3 stores)


Best Flooring Retailer (4+ stores)

Tapi saw a £10m turnaround in profitability in the year to 25 December 2021. A pre-tax loss of £5,261,582 become a £5,433,341 profit as sales grew by 37.7% to £137.4m. In 2019 the loss was £17.5m. After increasing gross margin by 3.3 points to 59.5% in 2020, it rose by a further 4.8 points to 64.3%.

Since 1969 Dentons Carpets has been responding to the flooring needs of the people of Cambridge. The Smith family owned retailer has always had service at its core, as its customers testify: ‘Thank you for your excellent quality service, a job well done’; ‘I have been very impressed throughout by the high standards, from your dealing with my order to the fitting, ,’ and ‘An excellent service with the supply and fit of your flooring. Your fitters were polite and conscientious and have done a great job.’

This is reflected in the views of its suppliers (who vote in this category): ‘Dentons take great pride and joy in their business and service. Overall, a pleasure to deal with’ and ‘Possibly the nicest and most professional people I deal with.’

Mattress Online

Best Online Retailer

Mattress Online has shown that the ecommerce boom seen during the pandemic lockdown was no fluke, with sales of almost £29m in 2021/2022 and profits of more than £2m.

The company has long put service at the heart of its operations, both for customers and staff – and this is reflected in its online reviews. Trustpilot averages at 4.8/5, with 95% of the 58,553 reviews giving it five or four stars.

Plans for physical showrooms have paused but it continues to see the benefits of investment in staff and a revamped website.

In common with all retailers, its results and performance were impacted by the pandemic; government support, including business rate relief and furlough payments; and rent concessions. Support rose by £1.08m to £3.849m but in contrast store lease costs rose from £16.4m to £21.89m as Covid-related rent concessions fell from £5.4m to £1.86m. Staff numbers grew from 695 to 841. Since then the chain has continued its expansion, with store numbers reaching 176, leaving room for further expansion towards its target of 250 branches. And where it does not have an outlet, it has invested in its fleet of mobile showrooms.

Lenleys Home Best Furniture Retailer (1-3 stores)

In 1936 Leonard Watts and Stanley Adsett tossed a coin to decide on the name Lenleys or Stannards. Since then three generations of the Watts family have run the Kent retailer, with Leonard’s granddaughter Lavina now at the helm.

‘Our brand has stood the test of time because every generation has had insight to provide the products, service and advice that customers want and need. We have had the confidence to innovate where needed, bringing in new styles and new ways of retailing while always ensuring Lenleys’ offer remains relevant in a competitive market,’ she says.

‘I want to carry on the great work started by my grandad and dad, and am excited to bring my style to the brand and to give customers something different from other high street stores.’


Best Furniture Retailer (4+ stores)

DFS has always insisted that when times are tough it prospers. And this has been the case in 2023. The group – DFS and Sofology – says that market share rose to 38% in the year to 25 June as it outperformed the market.

Like-for-like sales dropped by 4% in the period, in a market it estimates has dropped by 15%-20%. It described the upholstery market as ‘significantly worse than expected’ in recent months but still anticipates profits of just above £30m.

The group’s scale allowed it to absorb supply chain price increases by passing on costs on a pound-for-pound basis, rather than with a mark-up. This increased its value perception and it was able to cut its IFC offer from four years to three.

It has continued to revamp its stores, rather than delaying investment. In-house manufacturing and delivery, a focus on online and widening its brand approach has set it apart from rivals.


Victoria Best UK Flooring Manufacturer

‘To win Best UK Flooring Manufacturer once is amazing, but two years running is just incredible,’ says James Caldwell, Victoria Carpets sales director. ‘I’m delighted that all of the hard work the entire Victoria team put in has been noticed again by the readers and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for us.’

‘It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since we were last here, and as always we have had a lot going on. Strathmore Berber was launched in January to give the existing wool-mix range a muchneeded contemporary feel, with new colourways and styling to match. The range offers 12 heathered tones of neutrals with a splash colour hidden in flecks that are dotted around the carpet.

‘In May, we started the roll-out of Tudor Co-ordinates, a 100% wool loop in 20 colours, which co-exist in our Tudor Twist range. This makes it the perfect range to mix and match textures, should you want a cut pile in the same colour as a loop. Not to miss the opportunity to provide even more options, we have incorporated four stripes using the same colours, so there really is no limit to what

you can do with your flooring.

‘Looking forward to the showcase at this year’s The Flooring Show, First Impressions, our most well-loved range, is also getting a colour update for 2023. This will see 12 new colours alongside eight existing bestsellers that will give the collection a new depth of colour in greys and neutral tones.

‘If you love First Impressions, then you are sure to love our new lighter weight synthetic called Pioneer. This range offers 10 tried and tested colours designed to complement First Impressions and offer a strategic price proposition.

‘For our Natureborn family we are excited to be launching a first for Victoria Carpets, under the name of Pure & Simple. As the name suggests, this range is all about celebrating the source of our wool carpets. Available as both a cut velvet and a chunky loop design, this range has a palette encapsulating the essence of nature with browns, beiges and neutral cool tones. This is Victoria product development at its finest, in answer to the market’s call for a range of natural, undyed, 100% wool products.’ Visit:

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Below: Tudor Coordinates Granola Bottom: Strathmore Berber Mineral Bottom right: Strathmore Berber Misty Sky
NATUREBORN Tudor Co-ordinates - Colour Mink TUDOR CO-ORDINATES


Best Overseas Furniture Manufacturer

Winning Best Overseas Furniture Manufacturer in the Interiors Monthly Awards for an unprecedented 11th year in a row crowns a successful year so far for German bedroom manufacturer Wiemann.

Wiemann opened 2023 with a win in the January Furniture Show Awards, heading the Global Player category. Busy trade shows with popular new products and bursting order books followed during the spring.

The company’s new-for-23 VIP range, Denver, is the year’s outstanding success to date. The eye-catching collection with its unique decking-like panel offers style and versatility. A sliding and hinged wardrobe, it is available in a range of best-selling finishes and, with options for outer or centre doors in matching or contrasting colours, gives a variety of bold or subtle options to suit every bedroom. Every Denver combination gives a different look, demonstrating the flexibility of this product.

Versatility is a central theme for Wiemann wardrobes. Slider range Miami and hinged choice Tampa come in plenty of colourways and are enjoying strong sales this year, given their outstanding value for money. Monaco, a VIP choice that comes in virtually any variation imaginable suiting any style of bedroom, is also a market leader for Wiemann.

‘This award is special to us because it has been decided by a readers’ poll. To

be chosen by a popular vote for the 11th consecutive year proves that we’re heading in the right direction with our product range and customer service. We are absolutely delighted and grateful to everyone who voted,’ says Simon Hewitt, md of Wiemann’s sole agent for the UK and Ireland, Litmus Furniture.

‘The whole team, both in the UK and Germany, greatly values this important endorsement and would like to thank all those who supported us. We’re now looking forward to more of the same –and better – for the rest of the year and beyond,’ says Kai Schwenke, Wiemann UK and Ireland export sales manager.

The next chance to see Wiemann will be at Long Point from 18-20 September, the Bed Show on 26-27 September and the Autumn Furniture Show on 3-4 October. In addition, Wiemann has two permanent showrooms at Harlow, Essex, and Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire available by appointment.


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Above right: Denver in graphite/bianco oak Below: Monaco Below right: The Wiemann team

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Condor Carpets

Best Overseas Flooring Manufacturer

By reducing emissions, reusing materials and recycling products for circular development, the Condor Group is right on track in achieving its sustainability vision: ‘On a Roll to Zero Emission’.

With 100 years of experience within the group and an annual production of 140m sqm, the group is one of Europe’s leading carpet manufacturers. With seven specialised subsidiaries divided into the various interior and outdoor textile industries, the Condor Group is covering the world by delivering in more than 100 countries. That is why taking responsibility for conserving the planet has always been to the fore. The group has been working on clean energy, reusing waste and recyclable products for quite some time now, but it’s time for the next level.

Sustainable production is a huge step, but in the end products have to be more sustainable as well. That is why, years ago, the group commissioned its research and development department to develop circular products.

Condor has partnered with Tide Ocean to make use of waste PET. Tide Ocean collects waste plastic near coasts and rivers in Thailand,

Indonesia, the Philippines and Mexico and converts it into #tide ocean material as granules, yarn and filament, which can then be used in products instead of virgin plastic. Condor is developing four or five qualities that should be ready by the end of the year and an artificial grass range, while sister brand Edel is also preparing a mono-material carpet.

‘The products can be traced back to their origin at all times. By using advanced blockchain technology, it is possible to see the exact location where the plastic waste was collected. The tool provides clear insight into the origin of the material and increases transparency in the supply chain. In this way, we rule out greenwashing,’ says Jan Hoekman Jr, Condor Group director.

‘A big thank you to all the readers. We are very pleased with this prestigious Best Overseas Flooring Manufacturer award, especially since it was voted for by Interiors Monthly readers. It reflects the many years of dedication of our family business. We look forward to celebrating this with you at The Flooring Show in Harrogate. We will be located in the Drawing Room of the Majestic Hotel.’ Visit:

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Below: ‘On a roll to zero emission’ Bottom: The Dronebeeld site Bottom right: Condor Group produces 140m sqm of carpet annually
Superior luxury for all around your home and offices High-quality carpet for the finest homes, offices and hotels, made by craftsmen in our state-of-the-art factories. We have been creating, producing and supplying innovative top quality Dutch products worldwide since 1992, offered at internationally competitive prices. With our innovative products we are determined to reduce our carbon footprint to zero. Join us “on a roll to zero emission”. Read more at our website! » Address: Euroweg 3, 8061 SB Hasselt (NL) | Telephone: +31 (0)38 477 89 11 | Email: | Web: Premium quality Guaranteed. Meet us in the Majestic!

Cormar Carpet Company

Best Carpet Manufacturer

For the eleventh year in succession, Cormar Carpet Company is delighted to be voted the Best Carpet Manufacturer by readers of Interiors Monthly

‘To be awarded the Best Carpet Manufacturer for the eleventh year in a row is a huge honour for all at Cormar Carpets. This year we’ve made huge investments in the business that take us forward as a dynamic and leading-edge player in the market, so it’s great for the team to be recognised once again for the hard work and determination they have put in. The company would like to say a huge thank you to all our customers, suppliers and colleagues for their ongoing support over the past year,’ says David Cormack, Cormar marketing director.

Cormar has been manufacturing carpet in the UK for more than 65 years from its mills in Lancashire. One of the keys to its success has been its amazing team of people that work behind the scenes to ensure a first-class delivery service to retail, wholesale and contract customers.

In addition to the team spirit, the family-owned business has continued

to invest over the past 12 months. In the last year, six new ranges have been successfully launched into the trade.

It has been working to enhance its wool offering with the recently launched wool loop ranges Fairisle and Malabar

Two Fold, alongside the new wool twist range, Hampstead, a fine quality 1/10th gauge carpet available in a versatile palette of on-trend colourways.

This year has also seen the relaunch of Cormar’s Primo Ultra range, now available in a refreshed palette of 20 heather and plain shades.

Another service enhancement is Cormar’s award-winning trade portal. Since its launch in 2011, the portal has gone from strength to strength, with over 60% of customers now placing orders via the online service. A recent survey found that more than 90% of users rated it as the best in the industry, and with a host of new features introduced this year the portal is now better than ever. In the past year, Cormar has invested over £100,000 towards enhancements such as a new text-delivery notification feature and further improvements to functionality of the after-sales area.

Once again, Cormar will be making another substantial investment towards its fleet of distribution vehicles this year, with the purchase of 10 new trucks and 15 demount boxes. Equipped with the latest technology and safety features, this investment will ensure Cormar maintains its high standards of quality, efficiency, and safety.

In addition to the delivery fleet, this year also marks Cormar’s continued investment towards improvements to its manufacturing process, with a focus on advancing the backing plant. Significant benefits have been achieved in terms of quality and customer satisfaction as a direct result of these initiatives, prompting a continuation of investment into this year, in order to deliver even more quality and reliability improvements. Visit:

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Below: Fairisle Bottom: Malabar Two Fold


We are delighted to be voted the UK’s Best Carpet Manufacturer by readers of Interiors Monthly for the 11th consecutive year and would like to say a huge thank you to all our customers for your ongoing support.


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Harrison Spinks

Best Bed Manufacturer (Upmarket)

Harrison Spinks is one of the country’s most well-established and innovative bed-makers. Founded in 1840, it manufactures luxury mattresses under the Harrison Spinks, Somnus, and Spink & Edgar brands. It is also one of the most vertically integrated bed manufacturers in the world – from drawing its own wire for its unique spring technology, to growing natural fillings on its own farm in Yorkshire.

Both the unique spring technology and grown natural fillings have been recognised with three current Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in Innovation, Sustainable Development and International Trade and two King’s Awards for Innovation and International Trade. In 2022, Harrison Spinks became the UK’s largest grower of hemp after expanding its Yorkshire farmland, and the business was awarded Bed Manufacturer of the Year at the 2022 National Bed Federation Awards.

As an official partner of British Wool, all wool that goes into Harrison Spinks’ mattresses is completely traceable from UK farms, with each mattress made with natural and British fillings, including blends of ethically sourced hemp and flax, while being glue-free and FR chemical treatment-free.

The company recently created a new British-made collection with longstanding partner Feather & Black. The

premium range boasts 10 models, with the latest three mattresses in the range recently unveiled. Bennett no-turn, Marlowe quilted and Conrad Ortho are luxuriously layered with British wool that comes direct from farm to factory.

For the fabrics, the fifth-generation bedmaker has partnered with fellow Yorkshire-based manufacturers Abraham Moon & Sons and Camira Fabrics, which have both been producing natural and eco-friendly materials in the heart of West Yorkshire for more than 150 years. The result is a premium patterned fabric option using quality, British-made textiles made from deluxe 100% wool.

‘This range showcases the vast selection of great quality materials we have here in Britain, as well as a high standard of manufacturing that is both innovative and responsibly developed,’ says Laura Burnett, Feather & Black furniture and homewares buyer.

‘We’re always excited to work with Harrison Spinks and we love the variety available in this new collection, from premium British fillings and springs to the inclusion of top-quality British-made fabrics from Yorkshire-based brands. Local sourcing and ethical production have been at the forefront of these designs, demonstrating the key values for both Feather & Black and our long-term business partner Harrison Spinks.’


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Below: Bennett Bottom: Conrad Ortho Below right: Marlowe

The True Bedmakers

We have been creating the ultimate in luxurious comfort since 1840, making mattresses that have been lovingly homegrown and handmade in the heart of Yorkshire.

From growing our own natural fillings, to designing glue free spring systems and weaving our own fabrics, we are passionate about leading the way in luxury sustainable sleep.


Sleepeezee Best Bed Manufacturer (Mid-Market)

Getting a good night’s sleep has never been more important. Our physical and mental health relies on our bodies feeling rested and rejuvenated, so making sure we sleep well is a necessity.

Sleepeezee’s array of products and services alongside its team of expert craftspeople can help get the best night’s sleep. As Royal Warrant holders since 1963 the company is dedicated to combining innovative practices with market-leading designs, to provide the right bed and mattress solutions for users. Established in 1924, it is best known for its mattress ranges, from 100% natural luxury fillings to more technological materials such as graphite memory foam.

Sleepeezee’s mattresses come with a range of support technologies that provide everything from firm to soft support, which tailor to users’ sleep needs and target pain points. Its Staycool Gel foam provides pressure-sensitive support that immediately responds to body shapes and helps to regulate body temperature. Its ViroFresh technology is a game-changing, anti-microbial technology that kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses on contact for a more hygienic night’s sleep.

Of course, you can’t have a mattress without a luxurious divan base and headboard. Sleepeezee’s divan beds are built to last and include many storage options. They come in a variety of fabrics and colours and can be tailored to the mattress and sleep space.

Sleepeezee’s products are manufactured in the UK, in Rochester, Kent. With strong family values at the heart of the business, it aims to support national and local charities countrywide. A recent donation saw the company contribute £57,000 to Sheffield Children’s Hospital in partnership with the brand’s ambassador Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill. The donation was funded by sales of Sleepeezee’s Jessica range, in which the company donated £20 to the children’s hospital with each sale.

Sleepeezee is further committed to supporting sustainable efforts. Having been carbon neutral since 2017, it has continued to strive for sustainability in all it accomplishes. Last year its 591 energy-saving solar panels, which were installed in 2021, generated a total of 249,160kWh of electricity which avoided a total of 52,9 tCO2e and helped reduce electricity use by 23.78%.


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Quality comfort, naturally


Shire Beds

Best Bed Manufacturer (Value)

Multi-award-winning bed manufacturer Shire Beds’ strength comes from its ability to respond with agility in ensuring it puts the retailer and their customer at the forefront of everything it does.

The company has appointed industry veteran Stuart Hibbert to a strategic growth role, showing the ambition Shire Beds has to ensure it continues on its growth trajectory in challenging times.

‘Stuart’s expertise in bed manufacturing and sales growth is widely recognised and respected in the industry,’ says Fara Butt, Shire Beds marketing director. ‘We are delighted to have him on the team and have some ambitious plans for the future.’

Along with its long-serving experienced and award-winning sales team – including NBF Agent of the Year winners Neil Steed and Louise Hardy –Shire Beds has appointed Jason Hillier (South East); Nigel Hillier (South West); Edward Bacon (West Midlands and North West) and Mike Marshall (Scotland).

Hibbert’s first task was to rationalise the range. Working very closely with Sajid Butt, Shire Beds md and operations director, they were able to plug the gaps the company had in its offering, initially with the hand side-stitched Ravello and Capri ranges.

‘The experienced and award-winning salesforce are able to sell products with

a confidence, as Stuart has worked to put together an offer that is unmissable,’ says Butt. ‘We manufacture products that are an “easy sell” for our stockists. We do this through our quality, pricing and super quick delivery. In a difficult retail environment and the cost of living biting the consumer, we have ensured everyone gets a good night’s sleep on our beds irrespective of their budget. The retailer can thus offer a Shire Beds product with absolute confidence across a wide range of price points.’

‘What sets Shire Beds apart from other manufacturers is the innovation and creative business thinking making it the one to watch,’ says Hibbert. ‘Shire Beds has the ability to offer more than bed manufacturing though – it is a vertically integrated operation. It has the ability to offer a wrap-around business service elevating its customers’ brands including personalised POS.’

The quality offering in line with eco design principles has elevated the Shire Beds brand with a wider range of retailers. In line with this, Shire Beds is FSC certified as a company, and has signed the NBF Pledge for the Planet to further its sustainability journey. It offers added extras of own label, exclusive fabrics and extended guarantees on its eco-designed products.


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Neil Steed – Agent of the Year Contract, East Midlands

Louise Hardy – Best in Ireland

Northern Ireland, North East and Yorkshire

Chris Lester – Southern Ireland

Edward Bacon – North West, West Midlands

Jason Hillier – South East, Central Midlands

Nigel Hiller – South West

Mike Marshall – Scotland

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Emma – The Sleep Company

Best Bed in a Box Manufacturer

The world’s number one D2C sleep brand, Emma – The Sleep Company, which is present in more than 30 markets around the world, has continued to grow globally. After reaching revenue of over £754m in 2022, the company is on track to reach new heights in 2023 and achieve its target yearly revenue of £1bn.

Integral to Emma’s success is the importance it places on an omnichannel approach. Emma is as committed as ever to bringing its products to life in the retail space, collaborating with more than 200 retailers worldwide in more than 3,500 brick and mortar stores.

Leading the team and looking to grow the UK retail business further is Sahil Mehra, who took up the position of Emma UK head of retail in May, after having previously led Emma’s D2C growth in the market.

‘We really want to keep growing with our existing and new partners by offering high-quality Emma products and services. By creating an omnichannel approach, we are catering to customers on all sales channels, so customers can have the most convenient buying

journey,’ says Mehra.

But it doesn’t stop with retail partners. Emma has already started to introduce its own retail-designed experience, building on the successful launch of its first Emma-focused stores in China.

Earlier this year, Emma brought its store concept to Europe for the first time, opening a dedicated space in The Netherlands that showcases its diverse and extensive range of award-winning sleep products. Central to this store is the sensory element: consumers can see, feel and experience all the products. Emma’s sleep specialists are on hand to offer expert advice and explain the technology behind the products, but to also provide an exclusive range of in-store-only products.

The success generated by the Dutch store has spurred on the sleep experts to expand this offline initiative further in multiple markets, including the UK, with the hopes of providing customers across Europe with a quality live experience, bringing consumers closer to Emma products than ever before.

‘After our store tests in China, we decided to bring this concept to Europe, with the Dutch store the first iteration of this,’ says Dennis Schmoltzi, Emma co-founder and ceo. ‘Expanding our own store offering is an important step towards becoming the world’s largest sleep brand, both online and offline.’


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Below and right: Emma Diamond Below right: Emma Select
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Adjustamatic Best Bed Manufacturer (Adjustable)

Varimatic’s Adjustamatic brand has been refining its artistry since 1964, and creating the perfect sleep and comfort products has been its genuine passion for almost three generations… and counting.

While others have cut back on adjustable ranges or stopped manufacturing, Varimatic is looking to add to its offer.

It doesn’t just understand adjustable beds: it invented them. Nobody understands the benefits of adjustable beds more than Varimatic and it is happy to impart that information to its stockists.

The bed range covers entry-level to top end in a huge range of lengths and widths, all able to be set up in

retailers’ showrooms or delivered direct to their customers.

The entry level Haddon or Hardwick versions with slatted base; the solid based Warwick, with a solid wood frame sitting on adjustable raised legs, offering a mid-price point product, or the unique Ottoman, or even the wall-hugging divan of the Elan and its 15-year warranty, mean that Varimatic offers suitable adjustable beds to cover almost every aspect of the adjustable bed user’s requirement –and in multiple base frame sizes.

Alongside, Varimatic also offers a new luxury fabric range with five headboard options in either strutted or floor-mounted variations.


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Best Recliner Manufacturer

‘Sustainability is deeply rooted in himolla’s DNA and has been basically “himolla standard” for decades. Since 1980, himolla products are rigorously tested and evaluated to meet strict eco standards, for instance RAL-GZ 430. In 1998 Himolla introduced EMAS as one of the first in the market: a dedicated Resource-Saving Management System. himolla has been a member of Umweltpakt Bayern (the Bavarian Economic Pact) for 20 years. This selfimposed code for the eco-friendly production of furniture is not seen as a disadvantage but as a badge of honour. We do it not because it is easy but because it is hard,’ says Tamara Harty, himolla head of product and marketing.

‘himolla has allocated significant resources and staff to work constantly in minimising our carbon footprint and that of our products. All decisions are made with the caveat of reaching strict sustainability goals. This overall approach covers all aspects of the business: production, recycling, waste, disassembly, transportation, logistics, facilities, packaging and so forth. All these requirements extend to suppliers as well. This is, of course, well documented.

‘The transition to renewable energy, a better carbon footprint and ecofriendly products is a task that cannot be sorted and solved with minimal input. It is an ongoing journey: a pilgrimage that needs to be embraced and not seen as

an obligation or constraint. Authenticity is key for himolla. We are keeping our foot on the pedal and pursuing numerous projects to reflect on, improve or substitute procedures, materials, conditions and so on.

‘himolla is authentic, reliable and sustainable. himolla design is chic and contemporary, its products are ecofriendly must-haves, robust and durable, and a perennial talking point. himolla products will be loved as part of the family over many, many years. This kind of longevity is the true meaning of sustainablilty.

‘himolla is a technology-driven furniture company. Innovation, quality and modern design are himolla lodestars. High-tech mechanics, well thought out accessories, all the bells and whistles are tested, improved, tested and tested again. Nothing is left to chance. Customers can rely on the fact “Himolla works”. This requires a lot of effort in research and development, machinery, construction, design and so forth. Improvement in everything is an ongoing process for himolla. Consequently, vast resources and staff are allocated to make products, procedures and hardware better and more sustainable.

‘We are looking forward to this year’s Hausmesse in September, where as always himolla will make a splash with its ideas and innovations, and as ever retailers are encouraged to visit.’


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himolla is one of the UK’s leading upholstered furniture manufacturers and their recliners are packed with market-leading innovation such as independent headrests, backrests and footrests so your perfect seating position is only a button press away. A 5 year guarantee gives you confidence in the quality and durability of their recliners and they only select the finest leathers, fabrics and woods so we guarantee you will not sit in anything as comfortable as a himolla chair. Bestsellers and also novelties are available as manual or electric armchairs and the Summer Sale has begun!

Think Rugs

Best Rug Supplier

‘It is with immense pride and joy that Think Rugs has again been voted Best Rug Supplier. This accolade is a reflection of our unwavering commitment to not just our craft but also our revered network of retailers and the valued Interiors Monthly readers who have validated our efforts,’ says Sam Tippett, Think Rugs director.

As a leading wholesaler and distributor, Think Rugs has a dual responsibility of ensuring the highest quality products and providing exemplary service to its esteemed retail partners. It recognises that its success is inextricably linked with the success of the retailers it supplies, and this philosophy is firmly rooted in its operational framework.

‘Every rug we create is an embodiment of meticulous craftsmanship and innovative design. Our upcoming September brochure, featuring over 150 fresh designs, encapsulates our relentless pursuit of innovation. This year we are introducing many products made from recycled materials, reflecting our commitment to sustainability without compromising on quality or style. Our design and production teams have worked tirelessly to ensure that these eco-friendly products provide the same level of comfort, durability and aesthetic appeal that our customers have come to expect from us,’ says Tippett.

‘We’re also excited about our new range of washable rugs – another step forward in offering convenience and easy maintenance to our retail partners and end customers. Designed with modern living in mind, these rugs promise a perfect blend of practicality and elegance.

‘Our efforts don’t stop at product innovation. Think Rugs’ service ethos, geared towards our network of retailers, has always been about providing a seamless, efficient experience. From a smooth ordering process, timely delivery and responsive support, to providing sales tools and product training, we aim to ensure our retail partners have the tools they need to succeed. This award is a recognition of the symbiotic relationship between our product innovation, service commitment and sustainability efforts. It reaffirms our unwavering dedication to supporting our retailers, satisfying our customers and minimising our environmental footprint.

‘The recognition fuels our passion to continue shaping the future of the rug industry: a future that weaves together excellence, sustainability and customer satisfaction. As we look forward to releasing our new collection, we remain indebted to our partners, customers and the Think Rugs family, whose support propels us forward.’


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Best Leather Upholstery Manufacturer (Luxury)

The Stressless brand has a long history in challenging the conventional way of making furniture. The desire to understand the science of comfort and movement was realised in 1971 when it introduced the first recliner designed to meet the body’s need for movement and support. Today, the brand’s recliners, sofas and dining chairs are assembled in its factories using advanced technology combined with hand finishing to the leather and fabric covers.

Constantly questioning the norm in order to push design boundaries and innovate, Stressless releases new models every year to diversify and expand on its collection of timeless bestsellers. In summer 2023 it launched Stressless Anna, crafted to order at the Ekornes factory in Norway to deliver unparalleled comfort and style.

Stressless Anna is a power sofa that surpasses the usual limitations of more typical and bulkier mechanical sofas. It was designed following feedback from retailers within markets including the UK, who were looking for a motorised sofa with neat proportions that would give it the commercial appeal to make it an instant success. The aesthetic is sleek and elegant with a mid-century modern look that is timeless. Being Stressless, it is of course fully customisable, with leather and fabric choices in more than 100 colours, plus three armrest designs and numerous leg options.

Featuring a modular design, it is available in an array of combinations,

from one, two or three-seaters to corner and long-seats. So, whether you are looking for a large family lounger for the hub of your home, a snug two-seater for the study or a single chair for a reading nook, there is something to suit.

Stressless Anna has a special mechanism that means at the touch of a button the seats will guide you smoothly into the ultimate position for total relaxation. Or you can control the head rest manually: either way, you will benefit from optimum head, neck and lumbar positions. Elevating your feet and legs into a horizontal position also encourages good posture, promotes even weight distribution, alleviates pressure on certain areas and enhances blood circulation: meaning you can truly unwind in the best way possible.


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La-Z-Boy Best Leather Upholstery Manufacturer

A focus on quality and a commitment to only using genuine leathers have seen La-Z-Boy UK named Best Leather Upholstery Manufacturer for 2023. The accolade comes following a year of expansion and growth for the iconic furniture brand.

‘We are delighted that Interiors Monthly readers have recognised our hard work and dedication in manufacturing leather upholstery. All award wins are great news, but knowing we have been voted for by readers makes the achievement even more significant. I’d like to thank everyone who voted for us and recognised the work the whole team has done in bringing high quality leather upholstered products to market. The quality of La-Z-Boy products speaks for itself and we only ever use genuine leather in our collections,’ says Adam Morley, La-Z-Boy UK head of marketing and operations.

‘We also believe in offering our customers choice, so they can pick products that suit their own taste, preference and budget. This is why we offer leathers in different surface finishes and grades with a wide range of colours, including timeless favourites and shades that are on trend. Our newest leather upholstery option, Calda, is the most competitively priced to date and gives even more customers the opportunity to own a La-Z-Boy leather sofa or recliner.’

Over the past year, the La-Z-Boy UK team has been busy re-establishing the brand’s presence at trade shows,

connecting with retailers and buyers and exhibiting the latest products. At the start of 2023, two new collections – Paris and Lennox – were launched at the January Furniture Show along with additional upholstery options including Calda leather.

This year has also been a period of partnership, with La-Z-Boy UK continuing its sponsorship of Burnley FC: the club is local to its UK factory in Colne, Lancashire. La-Z-Boy UK is also the NFL’s official furniture partner for the London Games for the second year running.

‘The January Furniture Show was our best to date with sales and new retailers and heralded the start of a great year for La-Z-Boy UK as a business. We are already starting to prepare for next year’s event, where we will be launching a number of exclusive new ranges. At the moment, we are in the process of launching the first La-Z-Boy UK sofabed, which will be sold at ScS stores. And following on from the success of our new, competitively priced upholstery options – Calda leather and Anivia fabric – we are busy developing some more new upholsteries to add to our collections,’ says Morley.

The La-Z-Boy team is also making further improvements to the augmented reality features on the brand’s website. Customers can personalise a product in the colourway, fabric and leather of their choice and use the ‘View in your room’ feature to see what it would look like in their own home.


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Below: Sheridan Bottom left: Augustine Bottom right: Winchester


This year marks the 40th anniversary of Ball & Young, the company was founded in 1983 by Martin Ball and Jim Young, and is based at Corby Enterprise Zone, located here after the redevelopment of the area.

Ball & Young, part of The Vita Group, has now been at the vanguard of innovation within the flooring market for 40 years. The company originally launched with The Royal Leaders Collection; a High-Quality Rubber Sponge Collection of underlays.

The success of The Royal Leaders Collection saw the company’s reputation for excellence grow, and the Ball & Young name became synonymous in the marketplace for high quality products and reliable service.

From its inception the company continued to grow both in sales and reputation, which brought it to the attention of British Vita (now The Vita Group), who saw the opportunity to diversify their product portfolio. In 1989 Ball & Young was purchased by the worldwide foam and fibre giant.

The innovators

By 1995 Ball & Young were ready to launch their industry pioneering product, Cloud 9 - the revolutionary underlay that was a game changer for the sector. The underlay is made from foam trim offcuts, shredded and rebonded into new foam underlay and was the start of Ball & Youngs long history of working sustainably. Unveiled at the NEC Birmingham, Cloud 9 went on to win the award Best New Product in the Marketplace!

The start of the Circular Economy Cloud 9 underlay by Ball & Young truly is sustainability in action. The concept of preventing unwanted trim and offcuts from Furniture, Mattress Manufacturing and Automotive industries, which would ordinarily have been sent to Landfill, being recycled and repurposed into carpet underlay.

100% of the trim generated within The Vita Group, is re-used and re-purposed, including the trim from Vita Group customers – which we call the ‘take-back

off-cut initiative’. This means that Vita is a net consumer of trim and stops 20Kt of trim foam going to landfill each year. Over 250Kt of foam trim has been diverted from landfill to date.

Ball & Young aim to achieve net zero CO2 emissions no later than 2050 and zero to landfill by 2040. Since March 2021, 100% of our electricity comes from wind source, backed by REGO Certifications.

Unusable trim solutions

Ball & Young’s Eco Cushion utilises reticulated PU foam - previously was sent to landfill as it could not be repurposed. However, through extensive R&D work out of our state-of-the-art Innovation Centre, we have developed a system where a technical mix of PU in Eco Cushion allows water to pass through very efficiently, which exceeds P.G.A. & R.F.U. requirements.

The takeback off-cut initiative is now in full swing. Post fi tting off-cuts are diverted away from landfill, collected from Flooring Contractors and then recycled back into Carpet Underlay.

Ball & Youngs portfolio includes products to suit many applications from Wood Laminates, Stretch Fitted and Double Stick Carpet Installations, including High Traffic areas in Commercial, Hospitality and Flame-Retardant Underlays for the Marine Sector.

Ball & Young underlays are multifunctioning. From underlays to support your underfloor heating system, a great Cloud 9 insulator to keep your house warmer in the colder months, or money saving underlays that help you save money and reduce your energy costs, Ball & Young has an underlay to suit everyone’s needs.

Our purpose and values continue to guide all that we do, whether that’s

our focus on the well-being and safety of our staff and our customers or our ambitions to work more sustainably.

As part of the Vita Group we operate a responsible, resourceful and safe business. We commit to – and invest inreducing waste, increasing recycling and reuse of raw materials, and conserving natural resources in pursuit of a net zero footprint. We are proud of our achievements and will continue to push forwards.

Ann Shaw MD for Ball and Young has been with the business 33 years, under her stewardship, the brand has continued to grow and develop, now the operations are split over three facilities, boast modern technology and are proud to have credible and verified accreditations.

Thank you to our customers, suppliers and most importantly all our employees for making these the best 40 years we could have hoped for, a history of memories, achievements and passion. Here’s to the next 40 years and generations to follow.

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Alpha Designs Best Fabric Upholstery Manufacturer (Luxury)

‘We are obviously very pleased to be voted for by our lovely customers, who are at the heart of our business. It’s very much appreciated and really gives our staff in the factory a great morale boost to know that their hard work is recognised,’ says Nichola Bell, Alpha Designs sales director.

‘Although it may have been a quieter summer than recent ones, we have been extremely busy at Alpha Designs, looking towards the future. We have taken this time to get match fit for what we anticipate to be a busy second half. With some serious renovations to our Bilston factory making for an improved production flow, we have also made some hefty investments on new machinery and computer systems,

we’ve welcomed new HR, H&S and finance personnel and built some shiny new offices and reception areas, all due to be completed in the next few months. Phew, we’ve been busy.

‘However, the most important aspect of moving forward is to be able to bring new and inspiring product to our customers. We will never stand still, and we have been squirrelling away new designs for our customers. We are excited to launch four products at the Long Point show next month. Building on our core range we will launch three family-friendly, broad appeal commercial models and then add another gorgeous model to our superior Curated range that was introduced at JFS, because everyone likes to have something a bit special.

‘We are pleased to hear that the Manchester Furniture Show is finally returning in 2024. It’s always a great summer show with a real “Manc party” atmosphere. We will be there. Another one for your diary. It feels odd to be thinking about Christmas cut-off already, but I guess we are speeding towards it. Can we have some sunshine first before the winter nights kick in please.

‘So here is to a good second half, with no more fabric delays, and no timber, foam or any of the other shortages that have given us manufacturers a hard life over the past few years. For all of our sanity. Always hopeful.’

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Lebus Upholstery

Best Fabric Upholstery Manufacturer

‘This is a huge achievement for Lebus and we are honoured to be receiving this award, it is a fantastic achievement. I’d like to thank all the customers and readers who voted for us,’ says Karl Walker, Lebus md.

‘Recently we enjoyed an exceptional response to the ground-breaking ranges launched at the January Furniture Show. The four new models – now all out in the market – hit the ground running, giving a strong indication that the market wants stunning designs that represent great value. This is a testament to Jane Sage, Lebus’ design manager and the hard work of her development team.

‘While we had expected the market to return to pre-pandemic levels this year, we have been very uplifted by a strong first quarter and are cautiously optimistic about the level of growth we are seeing, as retailers and the end consumer seek out the best value for money products on the market in these difficult times, where every penny counts.

‘Lebus excels at manufacturing commercial quality furniture at very competitive prices. This year will be tight for everyone, so we are working harder

than ever to deliver on this ethos.’ What sets Lebus apart from the competition is how the whole manufacturing process is carried out from its purpose-built factory, totally integrated under one roof, combined with a large, dedicated workforce. Lebus is an employee-owned trust and believes any success within the company should be shared. Ultimately all available profits are for the benefit of employees, so they all work together to earn and share profits. By employees having a personal stake in the business, Lebus hopes it will inspire them to help push the company to the next chapter in its journey.


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Quick-Step Best Laminate Manufacturer

Since 1990, when it first turned Unilin’s heritage in the flax and wood-panel industry into laminate flooring, QuickStep has been innovating. In 1997, it introduced Uniclic, making laminate an overnight sensation and transforming the flooring industry. It was the first brand to introduce a V-groove between planks, one of the first to create laminate floors with outstanding water resistance, and has bridged the gap to natural wood in terms of look and feel.

Some 33 years later, Quick-Step is now a world leader and continues to innovate with its latest laminate floors. The new Capture collection brings together three decades of innovation for a floor that’s exceptional in every regard. A floor that mirrors natural wood so closely that it is impossible to tell them apart, Capture is also watertight and comes in unique designs from Quick-Step’s design team.

Every Quick-Step laminate floor begins with the design team, as it looks to bring homes the very best in natural looks,

some left untouched, others reworked into beautiful takes capturing the latest trends. Every Quick-Step laminate floor is designed and made in Belgium using recovered wood, for a premium quality floor that is moving towards circularity.

Through the Quick-Step Academy for Excellence in Flooring, the brand is also elevating standards and improving knowledge in the industry. The Master Installer scheme is now firmly established as one of the best manufacturer-backed installation programmes and brings a lifetime installation warranty that reinforces the high-quality nature of Quick-Step laminate flooring.

From design and development to sustainability, professional installation and after-care, Quick-Step is constantly striving for perfection. It’s a journey that it continues to share with its retailers.

Quick-Step would like to thank readers for their recognition and its position as Best Laminate Manufacturer. Visit:

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Below: Capture Waxed Oak Brown Bottom: Capture Brushed Oak Natural Bottom right: Capture Painted Oak Rose

CAPTURE Capturing nature’s beauty

A laminate floor collection marked by refinement

Enjoy the realistic look and feel of wood in every knot, crack, grain and joint. Capture is the new water and scratch resistant laminate floor by Quick-Step. This collection comes closer to real wood than you ever thought possible. With 18 designs to choose from, there’s a perfect match for any home.

Brushed Oak Brown

Core Products

Best Flatpack Furniture Supplier

Best Living Room Supplier

‘Everyone at Core is delighted to be the winner of the Interiors Monthly Best Flatpack Furniture Supplier award for the fifth consecutive year, and is celebrating the remarkable support from the readers,’ says Stuart Wallace, Core Products director.

‘At the January Furniture Show we showcased our new living room collections, which have proved extremely popular. Even so, we were surprised and somewhat taken aback to also win the award for Best Living Room Supplier for 2023. We know this is a very hard-fought awards category, and it is probably a reflection of the current economic climate that demand for compact and affordable casual living pieces is so high.’

For Core to achieve these awards has required much hard work in developing its own distinctive product offering designed especially for easy assembly in the customer’s home. Core’s journey began in 1986 and three generations are now involved in the day-to-day running of the business.

Core Products’ portfolio is synonymous with pine furniture and this still forms a large part of its sales: Corona retains a formidable following and its continued expansion in both colours and styling has elevated this collection to appeal to a greater range of customers, especially in the casual living and dining sector.

The Texas collection is ideal for today’s casual room styling while also accommodating the growing emphasis

on using natural, sustainable materials such as real wood and metal. Products are available in a choice of antique wood or grey washed wax finishes with contrasting metalwork.

Working from home continues to be the new normal and Core offers a variety of desks, shelving and seating to make the most of a small space.

Modern open-plan living is now such a popular lifestyle choice, with pieces that encompass living, dining, storage and home office, while entertaining at home is driving sales of drinks cabinets, a selection of which can be found throughout Core’s modern living ranges.

The Core Products dedicated trade website allows 24/7 access to its full portfolio of product information, pricing, stock availability and ordering, with delivery to store or express delivery direct to the customer’s home.


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Above right: Nevada drinks cabinet Below: Vegas desk and shelving Bottom left: Texas grey casual living collection Bottom right: Corona living and dining
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Best LVT Manufacturer

Everyone at Moduleo is honoured to have been recognised by Interiors Monthly readers as their best LVT manufacturer.

‘As Belgians, making beautiful products is in our blood, and our UK team is committed to delivering exceptional service. It’s a combination that has turned Moduleo from the new kid on the block to one of the country’s leading flooring brands in a little over a decade,’ says the company. ‘Thank you for making us your Best LVT Manufacturer.’

The launch of the new Roots collection shows how far Moduleo has come. Designed and made entirely in-house, like every Moduleo floor before, it explores the aspirational side of LVT, with a collection rooted in its designorientated history. Staples like Blackjack Oak and Mustang Slate are joined by new styles, including bold oversized terrazzo and wonderfully subtle woods with refined and elegant grains.

For the new collection the company brainstormed with trend forecasters and visual artists to create six interior worlds, mixing and matching samples from Roots

with different fabrics, minerals, plants, furniture and art until everything felt just right. The results are explored in six themes that show what’s possible and that will inspire people to create their own unique spaces.

But it’s not just its thoughtful approach to design that makes Moduleo different. The quality and innovation of its Belgian-made products has always been a refreshing change, and with Roots it’s no different. Floors contain real oak grooves you can actually feel, and realism comes to the forefront of the collection with refined surface types, including perfectly matched gloss levels.

Of course, all of this would mean little without giving retailers the tools and support to embrace the floors. Free samples and a retailer finder on its website, high-impact displays that make Moduleo aspirational in-store, inspirational brochures telling its story and a team working hard to provide exceptional service all come together to give a brand that’s stayed true to its roots. Visit:

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Below: Six themes were developed including Echo the Sea Bottom left: Roots Fiastra and Nashville Bottom right: Roots Laurel Oak

We’re proud of our Roots

Make more of luxury vinyl floors with new Moduleo Roots

Curated into six distinctive themes, Moduleo’s new Roots collection is appealing, aspirational and as diverse and vivid as nature itself.

Designed and Made in Belgium to handle whatever life throws at them as well as to be warm, comfortable and quiet; Roots is made from up to 50% internal recycled PVC from our own production waste.

To begin your journey with Roots, contact your ASM or visit

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Best Vinyl Manufacturer

As it moves to a new branding that will make for a bright future, IVC’s LeoLine brand is proud to be voted as Best Vinyl Manufacturer by Interiors Monthly readers. It has been a familiar sight in UK flooring stores for more than 25 years and has become one of the country’s best-known cushion vinyl brands. Its extensive collection offers choice and value at every turn. What’s more, LeoLine floors have been designed and made in Belgium since 1997 and that continues today, so homes can enjoy consistent and enduring quality.

2023 sees the launch of a new LeoLine that’s making cushion vinyl the savvy and contemporary way to give people the floor they want. Responding to the results of its market research, IVC is giving vinyl flooring a personality, so that it appeals to a generation of brand-aware shoppers. Capturing design versatility, the new LeoLine is the way to find ‘floors as unique as you are’.

The research showed that LeoLine had the potential to appeal to a new generation of householders and tenants looking to add style to their home in a way that’s easy and affordable. It set about rethinking the brand and has created a whole new feel with an

energetic new look. The playful brand inspires consumers to think differently about their choice of floor. Across updated displays, brochures and a new website, LeoLine explores how the flexibility, simple fitting, functionality and durability of a cushion vinyl floor can be the start of a new story for their home.

Alongside, a rejuvenated range makes LeoLine the cushion vinyl floor to be seen with. Across nine cushion vinyl flooring collections, homeowners can discover a LeoLine floor that’s as unique as they are. From affordable options that are all about being individual to a range of textile-backed floors with loose-lay fitting and performance-focused qualities, there’s a stunning selection of designs to pick from. Herringbone wood and hexagon stone; Italian marble; ceramic tiles; flagstones; bamboo strips or endless wood, LeoLine holds the perfect look.

Completely reinvented to appeal to a new generation of brand and style-savvy purchasers, it is rolling out the new LeoLine to stores across the UK, with retailers receiving a collection update and complete overhaul of existing stands, and a promise to create ‘floors as unique as you are.’


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Below: Velvetex Evora Bottom left: Riviera Patagonia Bottom right: Natural Trends Portoro

Floors as unique as you are

The new LeoLine is ready for the colour, vibrancy and variety of every space. Drawing upon our flooring know-how, we’re making cushion vinyl the contemporary and savvy way to create the floor you want. After all, everybody deserves their perfect floor. A BRAND OF

Gallery Direct

Best Accessories


Best Furniture Website

‘We would like to thank everyone who voted for us: it is fantastic to win one award, but we are honoured to have won two. It is fabulous to be recognised by the readers, it makes the awards really special. We continually design and develop exciting new, value-for-money quality products to bring to market and have dramatically increased our accessories offering in recent years. We have also worked hard developing the new website to improve the usability for our clients, and continue to develop to keep improving it,’ says Peter Delaney, Gallery Direct sales and product director.

The website features all Gallery Direct’s current products individually, as well as online flipbook versions of its product guides and edits – ideal if customers are looking for inspiration for putting looks together. Customers can easily check availability, place and track orders and access their invoice history.

One of the latest additions to the website is My Project Boards. Customers can create named boards to add products to. If compiling a project for a client, or if you want to share information with a colleague, the list of items on the board can be sent to you to share. Comments can be included, and individual items or everything on the board can be added to basket for easy ordering.

Gallery Direct’s catalogue of home interior products offers a wide range of accessories including soft furnishings, wall decor, decorative accessories and lighting, designed to complement its

furniture collections.

Wall decor is where Gallery began more than 50 years ago, and its mirror offering now has more than 500 lines including outdoor mirrors, ideal for creating an illusion of space and adding light to darker corners, as well as for giving a focal point and interest. The collection also features a large selection of wall art in a wide variety of styles, along with clocks, shelving and storage.

On the accessories side, Gallery Direct’s catalogue includes vases; pots and planters; decorative ornaments; candles, holders and lanterns, including a selection for outdoor use; faux flowers and plants; kitchen and tableware, and a wide range of Christmas lines. The range of products and designs offers something to suit all tastes and styles.

The lighting collection features floor and table lamps; ceiling, pendant and wall lights, and outdoor lighting, again in a wide and varied selection of styles. As well as being practical, lighting can add ambience and interest to both interior and exterior spaces.

The soft furnishings catalogue offers a very wide selection of lines, including cushions; throws; bedding; kitchen and table textiles; seating pads and occasional seating; doorstops and draught excluders, and rugs, along with festive lines. It also features cushions, throws and rugs for outdoor use.

Stock is held in the UK, ready for quick delivery by its in-house transport team. Visit:

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We’re delighted to announce that we’ve won Best Accessories Supplier & Best Website in the Interiors Monthly Awards 2023

A huge thank you to everyone who nominated us, it is fantastic to have our hard work and quality products recognised and rewarded with this award and by everyone who voted.

Leading by Design is key to our ethos across all our product categories, our specialist designers have worked hard with our dedicated global sourcing teams to create and develop our comprehensive collection of Accessories, which offers products to cover all budgets, without compromising on quality or style

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Furlong Flooring

Best Solid/ Engineered Wood Flooring Supplier

‘We are delighted to have won this award and sincerely thank the readers of Interiors Monthly who voted and have recognised our ongoing commitment to ensuring that our customers consistently get industry-leading service levels,’ says Richard Richman, Furlong Flooring national hardflooring sales director.

‘When it comes to creating an inviting and character-filled home, nothing compares to the natural beauty of wood. At our core, we are dedicated to curating the finest wood flooring options, and we take pride in continuously expanding our range to offer even more choices.

‘From traditional oak wood planks to distressed wood flooring that gives a room that extra dash of personality, our ranges are designed for easy fitting and costconscious pockets. Practical, affordable and family-friendly, the engineered wood range adds to our collection of flooring solutions for every need and positions us as a one-stop shop.

‘For customers wanting an authentic, aged appearance our Urban Landscape range includes French oak flooring, where hand-finishing techniques bring out an on-trend distressed and antique look. Low maintenance and available in seven on-trend decors, Urban Landscape is also suitable for underfloor heating.

‘Our Next Step engineered flooring range includes a wealth of captivating designs and finishes. Whether you prefer the rustic charm of oak, the refined beauty of lacquered walnut or the classic elegance of herringbone patterns, our collection offers something to suit every interior style.

‘The use of high-quality materials and advanced engineering techniques ensures that each plank embodies the timeless elegance of hardwood, while offering the resilience and practicality required for modern living. The essence of real hard wood combined with the engineered nature of our flooring makes it an exceptionally durable choice. It thrives in high-traffic areas, enduring heavy footfall with grace and resilience. From bustling hallways and kitchendiners to commercial meeting rooms and halls, hardwood flooring effortlessly stands the test of time, providing excellent value for money from the moment of installation.

‘Our commitment to sustainability drives us to collaborate with carefully selected suppliers who share our vision for an eco-friendly future. It’s why we ethically source these products and ensure that our real wood flooring meets the tough requirements set out by the UK Timber Regulation (UKTR – formerly the EUTR). We pride ourselves on ensuring that the flooring we supply meets the required standards for commercial projects.

‘We extend our sincere gratitude once again to readers for recognising and encouraging our commitment to delivering outstanding service and exceptional wood flooring choices.’ Visit:

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Mattressgard Best Mattress Protection Provider

‘I am absolutely delighted that we have been awarded Best Mattress Protection Provider for 2023. This award is a great honour for us and a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team.

We are proud to have been nominated by our customers and to have received this award, which recognises our excellence in this category. We are committed to providing our customers with the highest quality products and exceptional customer service, and this award is a validation of our efforts,’ says Paul Aiston, Mattressgard md.

‘We would like to thank our customers and partners for their continued support and for recognising our commitment to excellence. We could not have achieved this without your trust and loyalty.

‘When Staingard was launched in 2006, it was a new venture into an extremely established market, and we knew that we could not afford to be “just another warranty provider”. The FCA hadn’t long been involved with furniture warranties at that stage, and it’s fair to say the reputation of the industry could have been better. With Staingard we

aimed for a policy without ambiguity, with exceptional service and supported by outstanding care products. If we introduced clarity for both customer and salesperson, we would have a product that delivers the very best service. Over the past 17 years, Staingard has retained those values, precipitating growth in all areas and allowing us to diversify with so many different care products.

‘For a furniture retailer, Staingard is now the place to go for all value-added products, adding value to their customers’ purchases and supporting their margin. Whether they need Insured care plans, Mattressgard mattress protectors, furniture repair products or leather care kits, Staingard can provide the solution.

‘What other benefits does working with Staingard offer? We hold extensive stock in the UK, and in most cases within 48 hours we can receive your order, fill, label, assemble, pack and dispatch products, personalised to your brand if required. This is another area where we have led the way. After years of development, our brand is strong. The Staingard name inspires confidence, but so too does your brand. That’s why we championed personalisation for shortrun orders, be it care kits or mattress protectors, to enable you to have the benefits of one of our great products but carrying your company name.

‘We will continue to work hard to maintain our position as a leading provider of furniture warranties and mattress protection products and to exceed your expectations. Thank you for your support and for being a part of our success.’


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COREtec Best Rigid Floor Manufacturer

We all want to get back to nature, but most of us don’t want a lot of extra work to do. And that’s how it is with your floor. You’d love warm wood or sturdy stone, but there’s all the work involved in keeping your new floor beautiful. With the improved Naturals collection from COREtec you can enjoy natural beauty without the effort. The floor is a technological triumph: highly resistant to wear and impact, and not afraid of water.

Nature is beautiful but it’s fragile. A wooden floor may swell and warp if it gets wet. Stains penetrate deep into the grain. A stone floor will be vulnerable to scratches and stains.

‘What if we could add supernatural powers to natural beauty? That’s exactly what we have achieved with our Naturals flooring. Click laminate has certainly made floor installation easier, but the wood fibre core makes it very vulnerable to water damage. Our innovative core material doesn’t swell even if you soak it in a bucket of water. And you won’t hear the “tap tap” footstep sound you get from laminate,’ says Thibault Lanchon, COREtec quality manager.

‘Scrubbing, waxing, sanding, varnishing, polishing… you could fill a dictionary with words about the maintenance a natural floor needs. But

a dictionary of COREtec floor care would be a very short work. You get the natural look you want for your home, without all that effort.

‘The natural look? It’s still there. We’ve just added 21 new designs to the collection including six new herringbone colours. Looking ahead to 2024, New Naturals will merge two of our existing collections: Naturals and MegaStone. Just as in the circle of life we see in nature, the best floors come back around, supplemented with contemporary innovations.

‘You can also carry aesthetics of your new floor onto the walls, creating a feeling of harmony and spaciousness. Looking for an eye-catcher? You might think about a niche or an accent wall in a coordinated design or a contrasting colour. Or go for a splashback in the kitchen. The possibilities are endless.

‘This collection is as diverse as nature itself. Like the look of a herringbone floor? You can have one. With or without grooves? On two or four sides of each board? The choice is yours. We even have different types of grooving to choose from: the classical V or an innovative groove with a gently rounded form. Something else striking about the new additions: you don’t just see the texture of the board or tile, you can actually feel the way the grain runs. True luxury is, of course, found in the details.

‘The core of your floor panels is covered with a robust vinyl layer carrying the design. It’s impossible to distinguish it from the real thing. There’s a further 0.55mm wear layer above that. Animal claws, shoes, chair legs? No problem. Our floors come with a lifetime guarantee in domestic settings, and a 10-year guarantee for commercial installations.

‘There’s another clever invention below the core. An integrated cork underlay smooths out most unevenness in the underlying surface. So this flooring can be laid over an existing floor with no need for a separate underlay. Cork also provides even more noise-dampening.’


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SMG Best Buying Group (Flooring)

SMG is all about supporting the independent retailer – and being awarded Best Buying Group (Flooring) by Interiors Monthly readers is a fabulous validation of that ethos. SMG has something for every retailer, large or small, long established or just starting out. Members run their business as they see fit but gain maximum advantage from the most comprehensive package of benefits available.

With the group now representing more than 440 retail outlets in the UK, SMG is adding to its flooring proposition regularly and offers members the opportunity to link-sell furniture and beds, as well as providing a comprehensive business support package that is second to none.

Independent retailers are attracted to joining SMG as the group guarantees that members can retain their complete independence yet at the same time benefit from preferential discounts, rebate schemes and promotions from a comprehensive range of approved suppliers. Members can also access products from any approved supplier via SMG’s Central Purchasing Scheme, even without a direct account.

SMG supports retailers in selling branded supplier products with excellent

discounts, promotions and rebates, but as well as this retailers are offered the opportunity to de-brand as much or as little as they wish in-store. Retailers can develop their own bespoke branding featuring their store name, with artwork designed and POS supplied by the group to the retailer’s specification.

What’s more, retailers can purchase contemporary unitary under the Pure Carpets and Pure Flooring brands: for which they can choose products from a comprehensive portfolio of top sellers, even without a direct account.

In line with SMG’s core principles, member retailers decide how they want to run their own business, with as much or as little retail support as they require. With the lowest membership fees of any group and no requirement for retailers to attend AGMs or serve on the board, retail members have total freedom to run their business – but with more profit.

The key driver for SMG has always been to create profitable partnerships between members and approved suppliers. Both have the same goals, and SMG continues to deliver more sales and greater profitability for each.

With all of these benefits, SMG really does have something for every retailer. Visit:

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Julian Bowen

Best Furniture Wholesaler

Julian Bowen has been voted Best Furniture Wholesaler by Interiors Monthly readers for the twelfth consecutive year, while retaining its Best Customer Service (Furniture) award. With this continuing success, the Julian Bowen team is more determined than ever to deliver the highest quality furniture offering greater value for money while fulfilling leading customer service.

‘As a team we are very proud of achieving these awards for another consecutive year. Delivering customers satisfaction is at the forefront of our business and we believe that it is our place to ensure that we are providing a much easier and more accessible customer fulfilment. We are honoured that our customers continue to show their support for Julian Bowen, and as a business we are driven to improve product fulfilment and delivering to the highest levels to meet our customers’ full expectations,’ says Emmett Lenaghan, Julian Bowen md.

The company’s key attribute is providing the highest quality at all price points. This is hugely supported by supply chain and stock management incorporating a skilful buying and design team, and domestic and international quality control teams that have worked closely with select leading manufacturers. Collectively they continue to be focused on functional and innovative new

product developments, which has provided significant growth and revenue for the business.

Julian Bowen is also known as an FSC-certified company devoted to working closely with suppliers providing sustainable raw materials.

‘We have driven forward with new product development capabilities, which has provided a fundamental step for enhancing the customer proposition, focusing hugely on FSC reclaimed products and sustainability. Recently we have launched the wonderful reclaimed FSC Heritage bedroom, Chatsworth extending dining table bench set and the FSC Woburn collection, which since launch have been very successful. Both ranges provide unique characteristics, with a rustic and country style that appears to be a growing trend throughout the marketplace.

‘We continue to grow as business, and have a clear focus on increasing our new product pipeline with a clear objective to achieve the best possible outcome for our customers: offering a broader range of products, flexible distribution solutions and bespoke development while enhancing buying power for our customers’ advantage. Throughout the business we aim to provide a much easier and more flexible way to trade with Julian Bowen.’


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Below: Murano TV unit Bottom left: Olympus dining table in Black Marble Bottom right: Renzo bar stool
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Floorwise Best Flooring Wholesaler

‘A unique ability to develop and source products that provide the perfect balance of quality and value, and our growing network of independent flooring wholesalers, have combined once again to see Floorwise voted Best Flooring Wholesaler by Interiors Monthly readers. We’re proud to be your number one wholesale choice and believe our success is not just down to an impressive product range, but also the local knowledge and expertise of our independent group members. From Cornwall to Glasgow, you’ll find wholesalers that are willing to go the extra mile to support their local retailers and will take the time to really understand your needs,’ says Richard Bailey, Floorwise md.

‘Our wholesalers carry a wide range of Floorwise installation products, including market-leading PU underlays, profiles and tools, as well as innovative products like our award-winning 100% dichloromethane-free F597 Heavy Duty Spray Adhesive. This product formulation was developed exclusively with the fitter and retailer in mind, bringing a healthier way to spray

without compromising performance.

‘It is this forward-thinking approach to product development that helps to keep Floorwise as one of the country’s leading installation accessories and products suppliers, but we’ve also spent four decades committed to delivering the very best in quality and value.

‘From affordable PU underlays that give support beneath low-cost carpets right through to our Max Reflections profile collection, with its smart chrome and brushed steel nickel finishes to complement modern door furniture, switches and sockets; we’re focused on making sure our products deliver beyond expectation without breaking the bank.

‘That’s why fantastic floors start with Floorwise and why our wholesalers are recognised for their ability to supply retailers with high quality installation products that are also excellent value. Together with the best that independent operation has to offer, it’s a winning combination. We’d like thank readers for their continued support and for making Floorwise their Best Flooring Wholesaler.’ Visit:

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F Ball & Co

Best Customer Service (Flooring)

The UK’s leading manufacturer of subfloor preparation products and adhesives for floorcoverings, F Ball and Co has a long track record of innovation focused on creating the next generation of products to help flooring professionals meet ever higher customer expectations. This advanced technology is backed by industryleading customer service in order to get the most out of F Ball products.

Support is provided by a team of regional technical representatives and dedicated retail support staff, while the company’s head office-based technical service department is on hand Monday to Friday to answer questions about subfloor preparation and floorcovering installation. The service allows industry professionals to obtain expert advice on the best course of action for a particular flooring project when using F Ball products.

Alternatively, enquiries can be made via email or the company’s social media channels. Customers can also request virtual site visits, using video messaging for a quick and convenient alternative to in-person site visits.

Flooring professionals can also consult F Ball’s digital resources. The F Ball website features a library of video tutorials covering all aspects of subfloor preparation and flooring installation.

The company is also committed to helping flooring professionals acquire the skills needed to achieve the highest standards of floorcovering installation by providing free training courses at the purpose-built F Ball Centre of Excellence facility at its Staffordshire headquarters.

Training programmes, which run year-round, are led by experts from within the company and cover subfloor preparation, moisture management

and adhesive selection, and provide an opportunity to use a range of F Ball products. They include specialist courses for flooring retailers and a three-day course on achieving optimum results when installing LVT.

To help select the most suitable adhesive for a particular installation and avoid the risk of costly floor failure, F Ball produces its industry-acclaimed Recommended Adhesives Guide (RAG) for checking the compatibility of adhesives and floorcoverings. It features adhesive recommendations for more than 6,000 branded floorcoverings from over 200 leading international floorcovering manufacturers.

Every adhesive recommendation in the RAG is only included in the guide after the completion of a rigorous seven-week test programme and endorsement of the recommendation by each floorcovering manufacturer. So confident is the company in the recommendations featured in the guide that it guarantees the resulting bond will perform for the entire lifetime of the floorcovering.

This year is the 50th anniversary of RAG. A constantly updated version of the guide is also available on the F Ball website and as a mobile app, which is free to download. The information about floorcovering/ adhesive compatibility is updated by F Ball’s technical service department, which is responsible for the testing involved in producing the guide.

Alongside the customer support comes the peace of mind of the F Ball guarantee, which certifies that products will perform for the entire lifetime of a flooring installation, as long as the advised subfloor preparation and installation procedures are followed.. Visit:

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Our System LVT guarantee gives flooring contractors the reassurance needed for all LVT installations. Our range helps flooring contractors achieve the best results when a resilient, attractive finish is required.

To find out more visit or call 01538 361 633. A great finish starts with F. Ball.


Julian Bowen

Best Customer Service (Furniture)

Julian Bowen has won the Best Customer Service (Furniture) award for the ninth year in succession.

‘We are proud of winning this award for the ninth consecutive year. As a team, customer service is front and centre in ensuring complete customer satisfaction, and we couldn’t have won this award without the constant support from the entire workforce at Julian Bowen. The whole team is very customer focused, from our devoted customer-facing team within sales and customer service support to the experienced distribution and logistics staff, buying, finance teams and domestic and international quality control teams. They have worked exceptionally closely with our customers to ensure we are meeting their full expectations, and we continue to strive to deliver an excellent service, to ensure that our customers come first,’ says Emmett Lenaghan, Juian Bowen md.

Alongside the drive to deliver exceptional service the business is focused on multiple delivery solutions to meet the differing needs of its customers. Speed to market is critical, with a choice of commercial deliveries to stores, drop-shop collection and direct home delivery offering maximum flexibility and ensuring customers receive a first-class service. The company has fine-tuned its Direct Container full-fulfilment service offering standard and exclusive products, tailored to customers’ requirements in design, branding and product mix.

Products are delivered direct to the customer’s warehouse facility with fully landed prices and quality assure, with a significant price advantage. This has been a huge priority for the company alongside detailed attention to its order management and supply chain support throughout the UK and internationally.

Due to the fast-evolving environment throughout the industry, Julian Bowen is constantly developing and investing in new staff and training within its departments, with a significant investment in IT and warehousing to provide the best possible support. Its new JPOP self-service customer portal has been developed to enable customers to have direct access to the business at all times with individually tailored solutions and all the information they require on products and pricing, with the ability to place orders and pay invoices. This has been a real game-changer.

‘As a team, everything we do is steered to give our customers the best possible outcome. Throughout the business, everyone knows that we put our customers at the forefront. We are exceptionally proud to have won the Interiors Monthly award for customer service for another consecutive year. We are thankful for the continuing support from our customers, and we guarantee that we will keep working to our very best ability to improve in everything that we do.’


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Below: Mallory sideboard Bottom left: Chicago lamp table Bottom right: Eden bed

Ordorite Best Software Provider (Furniture)

‘We are very proud and grateful to have been awarded Best Software Provider (Furniture) for 2023 by the readers of Interiors Monthly. Coming so close on the heels of our European award win, we think it vindicates our approach to product development and commitment to the furniture and bedding retail sector,’ says Stephen Connolly, Ordorite Software founder and ceo.

‘It would be easy to sit back, marketing software that has had no significant development for years whilst the costto-benefit ratio ramps up for customers. It’s different at Ordorite. In 2022, 40% of revenue was ploughed back into research and development. This year it’s 60%. To stand still is to die in most industries but particularly in software, and I’m delighted with the ground-breaking new releases we’ve been able to share with our clients.

‘OrdoConnect is the standout: it’s the heart of Ordorite. OrdoConnect is a completely new platform that takes all the benefits of each of the dozens of Ordorite modules and centralises them in a single hub to view all areas of the business. It uses a combination of latest generation technology and advanced algorithms to take the strain. Our aim is to enable clients to receive the benefits of Ordorite immediately and get a return on investment quicker.

‘That could be via the single view showing the status of vehicles; capacity; scheduling; picking; loading, on delivery and routing. Or it could be the use of

multi-label barcode scanners to receive, put away and locate goods as well as to load them, ensuring that your delivery team doesn’t leave that crucial fourth box of six in the warehouse, forcing you to make another delivery with all the associated costs and customer frustrations. It could be that you want up-to-the-minute commission reporting to save time on payroll, or to analyse sales performance by a specific set of metrics, such as time of day, customer postcode or warranty hit rate. Vision IQ is a reporting tool that allows creation of bespoke reports to fit your requirements. OrdoConnect even has a team chat facility to enable you to pass on information, instructions or receive feedback from specific groups such as sales teams or store managers.

‘Our single-minded focus and expertise mean that we are not trying to do it all – building websites or becoming payment providers. That doesn’t work. We know you will need these things, so Ordorite facilitates your business growth by providing simple, robust integrations with most of the significant third-party service providers, be that web platforms, reputation management, couriers, accounting or payment services. We aim to continue our product development but also to grow our team: we will be hiring for the UK and Republic of Ireland in customer success and research and development in the coming months.’


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Below: The Ordorite team at January Furniture Show Below right: OrdoConnect is a single hub to view all areas of the business Phone: +44 203 2861 202 Route builder & capacity planner Automated customer communication Action & prompt based customer service Department KPI dashboards Online customer delivery scheduling & payment Advanced product management & auditing THE FUTURE OF FURNITURE RETAIL COMPLEX BUSINESS PROCESS MADE EASY AW ARDS 2011 WINNER AW ARDS WINNER 2023 INTERIORS MONTHLY

Orbital Vision

Best CGI Software Supplier

‘We are over the moon and cannot thank the readers of Interiors Monthly enough for voting for us for Best CGI Software Supplier. This fantastic award is one to add to our ever-growing collection: it’s truly so rewarding to be recognised by the furniture industry as one of, if not the leading UK CGI agency for furniture and interiors,’ says Alice Clarke, Orbital Vision sales and marketing director.

‘We’re the one-stop-shop for the industry when it comes to imagery and marketing collateral, which is something we’re incredibly proud to shout about, as this is something most other agencies cannot provide. Even some of the biggest companies in terms of workforce can only provide their clients with model builds and product cut-outs. The diverse skillset of our Orbital team means that we are able to provide our clients with everything they need to sell a product online: still imagery, animations, photorealistic lifestyle shoots, 3D product configurators, web design, sales collateral, the list goes on! As our team is UK based, something that seems to be a rarity these days, and in Long Eaton, the UK’s centre for furniture, we know our clients’ target audiences and styles down to the finer details.

‘As our bread and butter is creating the most photorealistic 3D fabrics, materials, products and shoot locations, we wanted to test how much we can impact the customer journey with the help of CGI. The use of technology is

only increasing within the interiors world. From 3D product configurators and AR to 3D-walkthroughs of showrooms, the industry is gearing up for a new age of selling.

‘We’ve been working hard developing Envision, our 3D product configurator. This has increased our clients’ sales by an average of 30% and has had a great impact on their online presence. Envision allows users to endlessly customise a product. The size, body fabric, piping, buttoning, leg colour and scatter combinations can all be changed to fit your personal style. Envision uses 3D, 360deg models, so users can see every detail of a product, at any angle. Shoppers can also view products in their own home with our app-less AR feature, so they can test whether a product fits the space without having to purchase. This means customer expectations are better managed, and our clients see a reduction in return rates of up to 80%.

‘As another year has passed, we’d love to sit back and reflect on everything we’ve achieved: from growing our team and client base to investing in the newest tech and building our library of digital assets, but we are constantly pushing ourselves to see what we can achieve. We are thrilled to see what the latter months of 2023 bring, what projects we’ll work on, and who we’ll begin, or continue, to develop excellent professional relationships with.’


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V12 Retail Finance

Best Finance Provider

‘Five years, five wins! A huge thank you to everyone who voted for us in this year’s Interiors Monthly Awards – we’re delighted to have been voted Best Finance Provider once again. At V12 we work hard to really understand how POS credit can unlock your sales potential. Our cutting-edge, technology-led approach helps retailers give customers the freedom to purchase how, when and where they want,’ says Andrew Phillips, V12 Retail Finance commercial director.

‘We understand that every business is different, which is why we’re flexible. We work with nationals and independents on the high street and online to improve their customer journey and increase sales. We make the process as easy as possible, from our rapid system integration to the customer application form. We’re proud to offer intelligent technology combined with strong financial backing and sector expertise. Reliable retail finance technology that really works.

‘The V12 platform is simple and adaptable, which means it can be tailored

to any business: whether that’s a “plug and play” facility for your store or website or fully bespoke. It’s not just furniture we finance, we work with national and independent retailers of all sizes across a wide range of markets who are selling to customers in-store and online. Our expertise in matching the right retail finance product to each sector and business means we can make a big impact on your business growth. We also have finance options for non-FCA regulated retailers. You can trust us to do right by you and your customers.

‘To all the existing retailers we work with and customers we’ve helped, a huge thank you for your continued support. We’re over the moon and very grateful to everyone who took the time to vote for us. We continue to work exceptionally hard to help retailers power sales through intelligent finance solutions. We pride ourselves on finding new and specialist ways to help your customers pay for the things they want. Watch this space for some new and exciting developments.’ Email:

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Below: V12’s platform can be plug and play or bespoke Bottom: Offering finance can boost sales
POWER YOUR SALES With intelligent retail finance 5 year winners Best Finance Provider

Castelan Best Warranty Provider

‘A huge “thank you”, once again, to the readers of Interiors Monthly who voted Castelan as Best Warranty Provider for 2023. We get plenty of great feedback from satisfied customers, but to be voted for by our own clients, and by those to whom we are talking and looking to form partnerships, is a great testament to how we are viewed in the sector. This is the seventh year in a row we have won this award and we are extremely proud of the trust our clients put in us to look after their customers’ needs and provide highquality products that support the sale,’ says Martin Napper, Castelan ceo.

‘Here at Castelan we have continued to develop all areas of our business and stand ready to support existing and new clients with products and services that can really add value. Our insured protection plans now include the highest level of protection for your customer that is available in the furniture warranty market. Our schemes are tailored to meet

the needs of your customer base, making them appropriate to the customer’s need, relatable for your colleagues to understand and sell, and they are compliant with all FCA requirements.

‘With over 100 technicians, we have all areas of the UK and Ireland covered and are delivering an average lead time of five working days in most areas. This is the kind of service that your customer has come to expect, and we are committed to growing our network of technicians as the volume of our work increases. We make 120,000 home visits per year and are experts in all types of furniture products and repairs.

‘When it comes to care product solutions, we are now able to offer a range of small, medium and large Care Kits for leather, fabric, cabinet and carpet. We have a great range of PremierCare branded kits but can also brand to your own identity with logos and images. These products offer tremendous additional value to the customer as well as increasing your average transaction value – a win-win situation. We also offer a range of UK-sourced mattress protectors, which again are a valuable add-on product when selling beds.

‘With Consumer Duty now in effect, we must be sure that we all “act to deliver good outcomes for retail customers”, as this is a key principle that is expected of us all in the distribution chain. We would be delighted to talk to any retailer looking to partner with us for protection plans, care products and service provision, and to explain why we are consistently the Best Warranty Provider,’ says Napper.


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Trust has to be earned. That’s why so many clients trust us, year after year, to provide: Compliant insured warranty schemes ‘First Year Liability’ service delivery Comprehensive Care Product ranges Commercial build and refurbishment To find out how we can help your business call our Business Development Team on 0330 024 0315 or email Your customers love us too! AWARDS 2011 AWARDS WINNER 2023 Best Warranty Provider we’ve done it again!  ...for a 7th year running!

Guardsman Best Product Protection (Furniture)

The Guardsman team is celebrating again as it takes home the Interiors Monthly Award for Best Product Protection (Furniture).

‘This is such a great honour for us to win this accolade again. I am so proud of everyone in our team, from the sales, training and marketing division who collectively work so hard to maintain our retail partnerships, to our claims team who make sure customers are receiving the best possible service and outcome. Not forgetting our talented repair networks who apply their incredible wealth of experience and expertise in repairing and restoring furniture. The results are truly stunning, restoring what are often big-ticket purchases back to their original state after those everyday accidents that we know happen. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to each and every person in our team for their hard work and professionalism, as well as our retail partners for their continued support and, of course, the Interiors Monthly readership,’ says Mark Potter, Guardsman md. Guardsman, which boasts a UK-wide network of mobile furniture experts from SMART repair technicians and stain removal technicians to regional workshop-based specialists, attributes part of its success to the wealth of expert skills held within the network.

‘Last year we visited more than 50,000 customers’ homes to restore their furniture, and fixed an industry-leading

80% of those claims on the first visit, delivering the best customer journey possible,’ says Will Taylor, Guardsman technical manager.

‘We believe in the power and success of the training programme we carry out throughout the year. We only use industry experts, who share their knowledge, experience and best practice, ensuring that our technician network can truly be called the best of the best.’

After a recent training event involving more complex and difficult-to-repair materials such as high-gloss marble and stone, technicians were able to evidence and show improvement from an average 80% first-time visit repairs to 95%-100%.

‘We are so privileged to have a network who actively engage with us, who want to learn and improve their craft as well as sharing it with the next generation. There is an active desire by technicians to share their expert skills and mentor young apprentices, safeguarding their craft and unique talents for future generations. This provides Guardsman with a unique service provision to complement our furniture protection plans.

‘Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for us. We are thrilled to have won this award again. This has been a year of big changes for Guardsman, so it gives me even greater pleasure that we have again delivered and have been recognised by this award from Interiors Monthly readers,’ says Potter.

Tel: 01235 444 700

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Technicians visited more than 50,000 customers’ homes in 2022
If you are interested in our award winning products and services then get in touch! 01235 444700 / Best Product Protection Provider 2023

Stroolmount Best Product Protection (Flooring)

Stroolmount has won the Interiors Monthly Award for Best Product Protection (Flooring) for the fifth year in a row.

‘This is a tremendous achievement for a family-run specialist protection company that prides itself on the quality of its products and the quality of its service. Since we started in 2007 we’ve stuck to a very simple formula: we’re 100% committed to supplying the very best products and accessories and giving you the same level of service as if you were our own family,’ says Gill Finch, Stroolmount md.

Stroolmount has flooring protection needs covered for retailers, manufacturers, architects and interior designers. Its Self-adhesive Felts are superior quality furniture tips, with stronger adhesive and thicker felt than many others. For longer term protection, the award-winning, interchangeable Quickclick Glides protect floors, reduce noise and reduce stress on furniture joints: ideal for dining chairs that are scraped back and forth.

‘We also have Furniglides, so you can move the heaviest furniture, even recliner sofas, without scarring your flooring. And our Move-it Pads are fitters’ bestkept secret: they slide furniture around like it’s on ice.

‘With solutions from just 1p, it’s best to act before you scratch,’ says Finch.

Stroolmount’s Protect and Care Rug & Mat Stayfast underlay has dual layers for both carpets and smooth floors in one underlay. The premium quality underlay features double protection: the grey side stops it creeping on carpets, while the black side stops it slipping on smooth floors. The two layers are stitched together to create the best anti-slip and anti-creep performance. As a cushioning layer for mats and rugs it makes them toe-scrunchingly soft, plus they keep their looks for longer. It safeguards wood and delicate floor surfaces from abrasion, wear and scratches, so your floor lasts longer too.


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Above right: Protect and Care POS Below: Self-adhesive Felts Below right: Stayfast underlay

BFM Best Business Support (Furniture)

‘We were delighted to learn that the British Furniture Manufacturers secured an Interiors Monthly accolade in the 2023 awards. It’s a testament to all at the BFM – our staff, the board and the wider team – who work hard to support our members and the industry overall. That work includes new initiatives and a mix of the tried and trusted which have seen the BFM continue to go from strength to strength,’ says Phil Spademan, BFM md.

‘Launched at the January Fabric Show this year, the Approved Retailer membership category for furniture retailers recognises companies committed to selling and promoting British-made goods. It is open to retailers across the UK and is supported with a new code of practice that will demonstrate a commitment to customer service and show a pathway towards net zero carbon.

‘To be admitted to membership, retailers must sell products made by British furniture manufacturers in the UK, although not exclusively. As an approved retailer, they receive marketing material to help them inform customers of British-made products, and gain access to a range of BFM benefits to support their commercial activities and staff members. These include, but are not limited to, an Approved Retail Member logo, access to industry reports and news, commercial legal and HR advice and organised networking events. They

are also eligible to participate in the BFM’s new Future of Furniture campaign.

‘Since its launch, BFM has attracted new members to retail membership, including Furniture Village and ScS, contributing to the 5.9% growth across all categories, including associate and manufacturer, in recent months. Numbers continue to grow as we strengthen our offer and provide compelling benefits to join. These include a number of upcoming events that members can get involved with, such as the regional meetings scheduled to take place in the north in the autumn and the south in November, as well as free webinars on health and safety and the environment. The Future of Furniture Campaign tells member stories about pioneering work in sustainability and innovation.

‘It’s an exciting time for the BFM and our team looks forward to developing even more initiatives to ensure we offer value and engagement for our members. A major focus for the team this year is the inaugural Furniture Component Expo, sponsored by the VITA Group, which will take place at the Telford International Centre on 24-25 April. We have created a dedicated website to keep the industry up to date on the show: The event has been well received across the industry, with the BFM already seeing support from manufacturing partners, who are signposting suppliers to attend.

‘The seminar programme will feature topics such as regulations, sustainability and regulatory frameworks. An Innovatiom Trail and a wider industry discussion including import/export and the global economy are being developed. Exhibitors are invited to sponsor the event and/or seminar theatre and can book space at the theatre as well.’


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Below: Phil Spademan Bottom: Furniture Component Expo will take place at Telford International Centre next April Retail members can participate in the Future of Furniture campaign
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Metro Group Best Marketing Support (Flooring)

Back in the 1970s the pressure on independent retailers to compete against the multiple-outlet retailers became very real. In the north-west of England a handful of retailers got together to create The Metro Group: a concept where combined buying power meant that independents could realistically compete.

In the 40 years since, a lot has changed in the marketplace. No longer just looking to achieve the best terms and prices, Metro has been expanded dramatically to also assist its members to sell the best-performing products in the marketplace at a profit.

What has been developed is a group of independent retailers from the smallest one-man operation to multiple-outlet businesses. Retaining independence is important to Metro Group members, who are given the opportunity to participate in group activity which is always optional and very rarely compulsory. This allows them to use all of the best benefits of group membership while being 100% in control of their own businesses.

Metro’s award-winning marketing service has a distinct advantage: it is completely bespoke. Metro understands that retailers work in differing marketplaces and locations, so having access to a whole host of marketing

resources means that Metro members have a wealth of experience and facilities custom-made to suit the independent flooring retailer’s needs.

The marketing service is completely mobile and equipped with printers, cutters, tools and access equipment. Backed by a studio in the north-east of England, the four-strong team travels the four corners of the UK working on-site with members on whatever project they need assistance with, from iron-on labels and price cards to complete shop signage and vehicle graphics.

Almost everything can also be produced in-house, so there’s no need to wait as the team design, print, laser and CNC-cut almost anything that a retailer would need to promote their business, to be fitted on-site or despatched by carrier to any location in the UK.

Another benefit of group membership is Carpet 1st’s own-label display and/or display conversion to own-label. Most retailers understand the benefit of rebranding but so often they don’t have the ability to do this themselves. Having the option to rebrand to Carpet 1st, or even your own branding, creates unique, profitable products that are professionally displayed with well-designed POS and labelling. Visit:

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Below: Window panels for Mercian Carpets despatched by carrier Bottom: The Carpet Stop CNC cut sign with laser-cut acrylic letters fitted on-site in Derby Bottom right: Grosvenor Carpets van graphics installed on-site in Bournemouth

Lifestyle Floors

Best Flooring Website

‘We are thrilled to be awarded Best Flooring Website. The website is a result of the blood, sweat and tears of a small group of dedicated people. We tried our level best to make it as intuitive and browsable and useful as possible.

‘It was such an amazing surprise that our efforts have been recognised by the readers of Interiors Monthly. Thank you, everyone,’ says Inga Morris-Blincoe, Lifestyle Floors general manager.

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Right: Consumers can search by product, range name or colour Below:
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We are thrilled to be voted Best Flooring Website 2023 by the readers of Interiors Monthly. Thank you!

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Abingdon Flooring – Wild Silk Innovation of the Year

Wild Silk is the polyester carpet from Abingdon Flooring that blends the fibre’s practicality and softness with a classic Berber look, thanks to its clever flecked detail. Polyester yarns have grown in popularity, in part driven by the fibre’s ease of cleaning and resilience, but also because of a silk-like quality that creates a luxurious and modern look.

However, that look is not for everyone and can limit the fibre’s appeal, despite its practical properties. Abingdon Flooring set about finding a way to change this and create a carpet with a more classic feel.

Wool’s natural colour variation –particularly within certain breeds of sheep – and the warm and natural look of Berber are in stark contrast to polyester’s glossy sheen and intense colours, so it seemed the place to start to see how far the company could push polyester and its manufacturing expertise. At its development centre it researched just what was possible with polyester.

The result of this is the Berber-style fleck Wild Silk. The manufacturer adapted the manufacturing technique it uses for Wild Silk, so it has an irregular fleck

that appears random and natural. The colour variation enhances this feel and makes the carpet look like classic wool twist, just softer and easier to clean. Like other carpets in the Love Story collection of which it is part, Wild Silk is bleachcleanable and comes with the Stainfree for Life guarantee.

Using the Fleece backing, Wild Silk is easy to install and adds extra comfort, even when used with a high-quality underlay. There are a dozen unique colours across grey and sandy neutrals to add to the carpet’s natural look, to suit consumers looking for a more traditional style that still offers the benefits of the latest generation fibres. Made in Britain, Wild Silk shows what’s possible in modern carpet and this one-of-a-kind range is only available from Abingdon Flooring.

Abingdon Flooring would like to thank Interiors Monthly readers for recognising the innovation that has gone into Wild Silk. Everyone at the manufacturer looks forward to continuing to find new ways to ensure its carpets offer genuine advantage in the market.


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Below: Treasure Island Bottom left: Silver Spoon Bottom right: Hazy Grey
Get in Touch 01274 655 694 INTERIORS MONTHLY AWARDS 2023 WINNER Thank you to everyone that voted for us.

Greendale Editor’s Choice Best Flooring Brand

‘Over the past 12 months, Greendale has made a huge effort to highlight that we are much more than a buying group and that we are also an interior brand. To receive this award is great recognition of that effort we have put in,’ says Latona Potter, Greendale Carpets & Flooring marketing manager.

Greendale has made a big impact over the past year, with a new consumerfocused website, logo, corporate colour and, above all, a revised marketing and advertising strategy.

‘We needed to make sure we got our brand out there and into not only retailers’ but consumers’ minds. By revamping our website and our marketing to be two-pronged – recruiting new members on the one hand, and driving consumer traffic into members’ stores on the other – we have managed to deliver on both. Our website traffic is through the roof, our engagement on social media has more than tripled, and we have regular requests from home interest consumer titles.

‘Greendale has been prolific in its social media output, with multiple posts a day including images, animations and

member focus. It has also highlighted its commitment to the environment, with several recycle, upcycle and reuse schemes.

‘We realise that as we grow, we have a responsibility to do it in a sustainable way,’ says Potter. ‘This year we have started a collaboration with The Salvation Army to help those less fortunate and end flooring poverty. This has been an extremely important project for us. Sending less waste to landfill has been another goal, and this year we will have sent 20tonnes fewer than previous years.’

Greendale is unique among buying groups, in that it stocks carpet: it has the capacity to carry up to 2,800 rolls at its own purpose-built warehouse.

‘The fact that we can carry stock, for the exclusive use of our own members, is a huge opportunity for us as an interior brand. Not only do we have own-label ranges, we can also offer ranges that no other retailer or buying group has available in the UK. We aim to cement our position as a leading interior brand, not only among buying groups but within the flooring industry as whole.’ Visit:

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The buying group has a new logo, and has upped its social media presence and relaunched its website


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Cut down on admin time with one statement and dedicated Customer Services handling your complaints

‘I am thoroughly impressed, everyone is friendly, professional and helpful. I’ve had tremendous support in my new store, the display and sampling looks great. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Green Group to any other retailers thinking of joining’.

Save up to £3,200* a month when buying through Greendale

The ability to stock gives us huge price advantages - which are passed onto members

‘Greendale always achieve the best for members and constantly listen and improve for our benefit. The group is owned by the members, which makes it a true community. I would highly recommend this group’.

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Our unique branding and area of exclusivity protect members from competition

‘Greendale provide a huge amount of support, always carried out to the highest standard of efficiency. It’s refreshing to deal with a group who genuinely have your best interests at heart and go the extra mile - for that Greendale will always have our unwavering support’.

Contact us for new member promotions 01432 852000 *based on one of current member purchases through Greendale in November 2022 compared to manufacturers current list prices.

Hypnos Editor’s Choice Sustainability (Furniture)

Comfort with integrity is a fundamental of the Hypnos business: the brand consistently delivers luxurious mattresses utilising responsibly sourced materials, handmade to individual requirements.

Soon to be celebrating its 120th year, this proud British mattress manufacturer has a pioneering approach to sustainable bed-making, with the use of natural fibres being an integral part. This was highlighted through Hypnos’ recognition at the recent Best of the Organic Market (BOOM) Awards organised by the organic certifier the Soil Association. Its Organic collection achieved the Best of Organic Market award within the Home category.

This year, Hypnos was the first UK brand in any industry to introduce British wool certified to the globally recognised Responsible Wool Standard from British assured farms. This further highlights its long-standing commitment to ethical supply chains with a traceable wool scheme that prioritises land management, animal welfare and fairtrade in the UK.

Hypnos is also developing new innovations through research projects that focus on plant-based solutions. Last year it was recognised by the National Bed Federation and awarded the Bed Component of the Year award for its new nettle fibre comfort layer, which is sourced from a social initiative in the Nepalese Himalayas and has excellent environmental and ethical credentials.

Of course, there are many different

aspects that need to be considered to find the true cost of a good night’s sleep, including greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity loss, waste and pollution, inequality, and circularity in terms of recycling. The key to any sustainability strategy, especially for a bed and mattress company, should be wellness for people and the planet – providing durability together with the best possible sleep quality. Investing in a high-quality mattress or bed that lasts is also key for smart consumers as well as the environment. Hypnos offers a range of specifications within its mattress range. After all, no two people are the same, so a ‘one size fits all’ sleep solution is not possible.

As a fifth-generation family-owned business, Hypnos’ mission is to inspire everyone to sleep more sustainably, making comfortable, stylish beds responsibly whilst making a positive environmental and social impact. From continually reducing its carbon footprint to establishing ethical partnerships, sustainability and corporate social responsibility is embedded within the business. Hypnos’ ongoing partnership with the Eden Project unifies its likeminded approach to community support, sustainable living education and sustainable product design. And with a dedicated sustainability team, Hypnos is committed to being at the forefront of responsible bedmaking.

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Below: The company has a partnership with Woolkeepers Bottom left: Hypnos won at the BOOM awards Bottom right: Hypnos is soon to be celebrating its 120th year Carbon Neutral | Inspired by Nature | 100% Recyclable In partnership with
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Associated Weavers

Editor’s Choice

Sustainability (Flooring)

Associated Weavers’ approach to sustainability is across the company, from product development to raw material use and energy (its factory has long had solar panels).

Sustainability is at the heart of the company’s product development. It is increasingly opting for recycled materials for its products, thus helping to raise awareness by encouraging consumers to make eco-conscious choices.

With its Sedna brand, it was the first to put super-soft carpet made with Econyl yarn on the residential market. Econyl is a regenerated nylon yarn made from waste materials such as discarded fishing nets, old carpets and production waste. Sedna is now made up of 70% recycled materials – Econyl and recycled PET –and through verified carbon offsetting initiatives is the first to become carbon neutral from raw materials to finished carpet, also known as ‘cradle to gate’.

Carpets in the Sedna and Gaia collections are fitted with ECO FusionBac textile backing made from 100% recycled PET plastic bottles.

Gaia will be the first collection to use the new Re-Verse yarn. The solutiondyed polyester is made from recycled PET materials and has no impact on the quality of the carpet: the quality is the same as if virgin materials were used.

But the focus for Associated Weavers has not just been on products.

Water is an essential raw material,

particularly for carpet printing. The company makes targeted investments and optimises production processes to reduce its water consumption sustainably. These efforts have been successful: in 2020, the amount of water needed per sqm of carpet was already 21% lower than in 2015.

Associated Weavers’ own biological water purification installation purifies the company’s waste water. As a result, 95% of contaminants in the water are removed. Furthermore, 25% of this purified waste water is not discharged but is reused for processing, after undergoing additional physicochemical purification. This rates as top performance in the sector. With pilot testing of additional innovative technologies ongoing, the company aims to increase water reuse by another 30% within five years.

Associated Weavers pursues a farreaching waste-prevention policy and is constantly looking for efficient solutions for the reuse and recycling of waste. Between 2015 and 2020 it succeeded in reducing the amount of waste it produced by 27%. Most of the waste that cannot be avoided is treated by specialised waste processors and recycled into fibres, textiles and construction materials. Only a small amount of residual waste is turned into fuel for cement ovens and power stations. Visit:

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Below: Indus Bottom left: Kai Bottom right: Varuna

Beyond Wool – Furlong Flooring

Editor’s Choice Flooring Product of the Year

‘We are delighted that Furlong Flooring’s Beyond Wool collection has been honoured with the Editor’s Choice award. In an industry dominated by companies offering similar products, it is testament to the uniqueness and excellence of our new carpet range,’ says Ian Collacott, Furlong Flooring sales director.

‘Beyond Wool was developed to give customers a choice of a carpet that looks and feels like wool while boasting the practical features of a traditional carpet.’

The new British-made collection is the result of Furlong’s commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction. It presents an array of options sure to create the very best interiors, including a 100% recycled yarn range, catering to eco-conscious consumers who yearn for sustainable, hard-wearing and easyto-clean carpets.

Comprising five distinct ranges with luxurious twist and loop pile carpets, the collection seamlessly blends the natural wool-like appearance with the added benefits of stain and moth resistance. The twist pile ranges – Renaissance, Elegance and Serenity – complement the loop piles, Henley and Marlow, while Amesbury & Castlerigg loop piles are the company’s first carpets made with 100% recycled polypropylene yarn.

‘We believe a responsible approach to our planet is essential, and that’s why we incorporated a 100% recycled yarn range into the Beyond Wool

collection. The Amesbury & Castlerigg range not only embraces environmental responsibility but also offers 100% bleach-cleanable fibres, ensuring easy maintenance and an enduringly pristine appearance. With a selection of modern colours and two on-trend loop designs, these carpets are expertly crafted in a two-ply construction, featuring our award-winning Combi-bac backing, guaranteeing a trouble-free fitting and a stunning finish,’ says Collacott.

‘The Beyond Wool collection strikes the perfect balance between value and choice, without compromising on contemporary style, and is ideal for both residential and commercial environments. Available in a variety of warm and cool tones, the collection has been designed to stay up-to-date with the latest flooring trends. As a testament to our commitment to quality, each carpet comes with a seven to 10-year warranty, assuring customers of its longlasting beauty and easy-care qualities, while our class-leading wear and stain warranty provides added peace of mind.

‘At Furlong Flooring, our mission is to continuously push the boundaries of excellence in the flooring industry. This Editor’s Choice award serves as motivation to keep striving for perfection, seeking new avenues for creativity, and innovating to meet the ever-evolving needs of our valued customers.’


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Below: Amesbury Dolomite Bottom left: Amesbury Pumice Bottom right: Castlerigg Tourmaline
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Editor’s Choice Outstanding Performance (Flooring)

The Likewise Group is proud to receive the Outstanding Performance (Flooring) award for 2023.

Likewise has been restructuring and improving its distribution network with the opening of two new facilities this year for Likewise London and Scotland. Likewise London moved into a much improved facility in Sidcup in January and Scotland moved into a new high bay distribution hub in June, which will significantly enlarge the capacity for both Scotland and England.

With this extensive investment, the group has created the logistics capability to double its current cutting capacity

for carpet, residential vinyl and artificial grass. This is consistent with the group’s aspirations to create a business with well in excess of £200m of sales.

The group has established a comprehensive infrastructure over the past two years and, with the ongoing investment in sales and marketing, is well placed to continue to increase market share, with 127 delivery vehicles providing a next-day service nationwide, and a team of more than 100 experienced sales people focused on servicing our customers on a daily basis.

Likewise has also recently become a key funding partner of Carpet Recycling UK, reflecting the group’s contribution to the floorcovering industry combined with wider environmental responsibilities.

The business has developed rapidly during the past two years and the foundations are now in place to build a substantial business in the UK flooring industry, maximising relationships with its manufacturing partners along with flooring retailers and contractors.

New flooring ranges from Likewise Floors, H&V, Floors by Lewis Abbott, A&A and Likewise Rugs & Matting will be showcased at The Flooring Show. Visit:

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Below: New ranges will be showcased at The Flooring Show next month Bottom: Likewise Scotland moved into a new high bay distribution hub in June

Turning up the heat

The Autumn Fair returns with its wide interiors offer

Known for its eclectic mix of new and exclusive brands as well as its support for start-ups and up-and-coming designers, the Autumn Fair will see a selection of the most sought-after home and gift products on the market.

In Home, Living & Décor, experience the latest on-trend home accessories, textiles, furniture, lighting, tableware, kitchenware and outdoor living, whilst The Summer-house offers hand-picked and curated style-led interiors and lifestyle products.

Showing exclusively and joining the inspirational line-up is CIMC Home, while Harrow Trading will make its debut with its offer of heritage-style mirrors, wall-hangings and furniture. Hill Interiors, McGowan & Rutherford,

London Ornaments, Walton & Co, Malini, Wild Java, Ancient Mariner Furniture, Blooms by Samuel Baker, Richard Cooper Bronze, Sompex, Deluxe HomeArt, Febland Group, Besp-Oak Furniture, Final Touches, Edge Company, Katrina Hampton by Ambassador Textiles, Teal International, Satchville Gift Company and Dutch Imports & Daughters are amongst the other leading home brands presenting their newest ranges and next bestsellers.

Moult England will show for the first time with its collection of cashmere, wool and Alpaca scarves, throws and socks; and returning to Autumn Fair’s Gift destination is Locomocean with its latest collection of innovative neon light designs.

Many of retail’s most-loved brands will also be presenting their newest collections, including Lesser & Pavey, Sass & Belle, Kikkerland, Joe Davies, Powell Craft, Richard Lang & Sons, Chalk UK, Abysse Corp, East of India, Gift Republic, Upper Canada UK, Heathcote & Ivory (also featuring Cath Kidston and William Morris at Home collections), Sevin and many more.

Everyday is the sourcing destination for everyday affordable items – from domestic appliances, housewares and tabletop to pet supplies, home improvement and household cleaning products from brands including Tefal, Salter, Beldray, Artisiana and more.

Registration for free entry closes on 9 August. Registered buyers will have free access to Connect @ Autumn Fair, the programme designed to make it easier than ever for retailers to connect with relevant exhibitors and vice versa.


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Return to Harrogate

TFS will have more than 400 brands on show

Next month sees the return of the UK’s largest flooring event. Taking place from 17-19 September, the 2023 edition of The Flooring Show will be returning to Harrogate.

The exhibitor line-up at the show is unmatched, with more than 400 brands under one roof. Those confirmed include: Abingdon Flooring, Adam Carpets, Ball & Young, Bostik, Cavalier Carpets, Cormar Carpet Company, Furlong Flooring, F Ball & Co, Hanson Plywood, Hugh Mackay, Interfloor, Kellars, Kronospan, Lifestyle, Likewise, Moduleo, Oneflor, Penthouse Carpets, Tarkett, Victoria Carpets & Design Floors and Westex Carpets.

With the show expanding into Hall Q, visitors can look forward to exploring an even larger range of brands and new features. New to 2023 is the LVT Pavilion, a one-stop shop for the latest and greatest LVT products. Brands include Moduleo, Quick-Step and LeoLine.

It wouldn’t be The Flooring Show

without the annual Fitter of the Year final, which will take place on 17 and 18 September in the King’s Suite. This year the focus is on LVT, but if the amazing creations seen in carpet last year are anything to go by, competition is bound to be fierce. The winner will be announced at 4pm on Monday 18 and receives a cheque for £2,000, a trophy and some great prizes including a selection of tools and one year’s free National Institute of Carpet & Floorlayers Master Fitter membership.

Located in Hall C, the Campaign for Wool, working in conjunction with the Wool Carpet Focus Group, will this year be focusing on the theme Keep Warm with Wool in the Wool Trends Centre. With higher utility costs, the conversation around the benefits that wool can bring in maintaining an ambient room temperature have never been more relevant. This creative space will feature wool carpet trends and ranges from the

leading wool carpet suppliers, showing new shades, design constructions, types and qualities.

Back by popular demand, the Demo Zone will be showcasing the newest floor-laying techniques and giving visitors brand-new insight into working with the latest products. Run by the Flooring Industry Training Association and supported by the Contract Flooring Association and NICF, all demonstrations will take place at the dedicated area in Hall B, delivered live by qualified instructors. FITA will also be offering the opportunity for visitors to come and ask the experts anything, as they open up the stand to bespoke demonstrations of anything covered over the course of the show.

The show, held at the Harrogate Convention Centre, is open from 9.30am5.30pm on 17 and 18 September and 9.30am-3pm on 19 September.


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The exhibitor line-up is unparalleled
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The Demo Zone will again be part of the show Visitors can expect more brands and new features at the expanded show
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IHGF set for ‘spectacular congregation’ of exhibitors

The Autumn edition of IHGF Delhi Fair, organised by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), India, is scheduled from 12 to 16 October. This is set to be a spectacular congregation of more than 3,000 exhibitors, with a new concurrent show on furniture displaying India’s strengths in this product category.

Value additions to the show such as theme pavilions, trend areas, seminars, craft demonstrations and presentations will make IHGF Delhi Fair a truly comprehensive experience. This five-day trade appointment – with curated lines and design affirmations from a crosssection of exhibitors, from medium and small exporters, artisan entrepreneurs and designers to India’s leading manufacturer exporters – is an exclusive resource for importers, wholesalers, retail chains and design professionals.

Expect more on the growing trend of

sustainable products alongside current themes such as rustic, handmade, hand crafted, innovative raw material usages, utilitarian, crossover design interventions and new product variants. The show’s famed broad-based segments of home, fashion, lifestyle, textiles and furniture offer a spectrum of thoughtfully curated concepts and products at a single platform. The assortment will feature housewares, tableware, home furnishing, furniture, gifts and decorative, lamps and lighting, Christmas and festive decor, fashion jewellery and accessories, spa and wellness, carpets and rugs, bathroom accessories, garden accessories, educational toys and games, handmade paper products and leather bags.

This edition will witness the new concurrent Delhi Fair Furniture show, showcasing furniture and accessories, bringing a wide selection of more than

1,000 product lines, trends and designs. The show is expected to have modern designs, innovations, hand-crafted fusion and contemporary and new-age materials from a cross-section of craft clusters and production centres spread across India.

IHGF Delhi Fair is organised twice a year in Spring and Autumn editions by EPCH, the apex organisation representing handicraft manufacturers and exporters in India. EPCH facilitates its 10,000-plus members to customise and offer unique styles and quality products to the global sourcing community. Beyond providing unparalleled business platforms to buyers and sellers, EPCH also provides comprehensive information about the sector to international buyers and ensures optimal interface between the Indian handicrafts industry and international buyers.


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ACG’s Platinum event saw increased attendance and offers

Associated Carpet Group and suppliers created a package of on-the-day deals to encourage attendance at its Platinum Supplier Show. In addition to generous supplier offers, which included special roll, cut-length and unitary deals, attending members were able to benefit from a variety of group-supported incentives at the 24 June event.

‘This was a considerable investment by the group in members’ businesses,’ says Jon Richardson, ACG group development manager. ‘Not only did these incentives drive an increase in member attendance, but we also saw an uplift in suppliers wishing to exhibit at the show at The Slate Conference Centre, Warwick.

‘A significant benefit for members is the group’s Smart Choice branded unitary. The Smart Choice brand is extremely important to the group and provides member stores with protection from high street, Internet and man-in-a-van price comparison. It also aids in securing orders whilst retaining healthy margins for retailers.

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The show saw increased attendance by members before dinner and dancing

‘The show proved to be a resounding success, with orders for a tremendous number of Smart Choice branded units placed with suppliers on the day.’

Following the show the group’s AGM was held, with the packed meeting discussing several topics including the group’s direction and activity. The ACG team and board were, as always, very pleased with the interaction and suggestions received from members.

The day was rounded off with the ACG Gala Dinner, which saw suppliers and members relaxing and socialising before sitting down to dinner. This was followed by a short presentation and some supplier-sponsored raffle draws, before the DJ ensured that the dance floor was full by playing hits old and new.

‘The ACG team and board of directors have worked incredibly hard to organise and bring all aspects of the show together. It is very satisfying to see members enjoying themselves whilst supporting their group, their suppliers

and their business, says Richardson.

‘A great show put on by all the suppliers, with some amazing offers and

prizes to be had, a productive meeting, followed by a wonderful meal and entertainment in the evening. It’s so lovely to be part of such an amazing, friendly, proactive and thoughtful group,’ says Tracy Skinner, Home Comfort Carpets owner, Crook, County Durham.

‘We aimed to order a couple of stands, and pursue a new product line – both achieved. It was great to meet other business owners. Despite our geographical differences, we all seem to be sharing the same highs and lows. If any members are swithering whether to go or not next year, bite the bullet and go. A great show, superb evening out, in a great ambience. Buzzing, refreshed and ready to take on the world,’ says Dennis Hush, Ideal Flooring owner, Berwick-upon-Tweed. Visit:

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Customisation and variety of styles were hallmarks of Gallery Direct’s At Home Outdoor event

The Johnson table features an acacia wood top paired with powder-coated metal legs, designed to allow comfortable seating for eight to ten people, with three or four along each side and one at each end. Pair with the matching bench or chairs, or for a different feel, rattan dining chairs. Being designed for outdoor use means the table is well suited to cope with the rigors of a busy kitchen.

The Holton bistro set features natural-coloured rattan paired with cushions in a neutral, lightly textured fabric. The table top has a stoneeffect finish.

The Orbetello contemporary lounge set adds a subtle touch of colour to outdoor spaces, with a green rope weave combining with neutral cushions and black powder-coated legs. The tables offer differing shapes and staggered heights, and feature a matt top and a gloss top for contrast.

Natural-coloured rattan pairs with the soft neutral cushions and wooden legs on the Dorney egg chair, equally at home outdoors or in a conservatory.

The Marina contemporary lounge set is suitable for a wide variety of settings. The acacia wood frame has a natural finish that pairs with the neutral cushions and rope-weave seat and back. For added practicality, the chairs and sofa fold easily for storage. Visit:

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Johnson Dorney Marina Orbetello Holton

Touch and feel

Kasane has a clay finish

Gervasoni’s Kasane collection, designed by Japanese studio Nendo, is born from a play of interlocking and overlapping elements, each product becoming a sculpture with sinuous shapes.

The Japanese word Kasane means ‘to overlap’ , and the collection is inspired by the way cups can be stacked one by one, gradually becoming taller. The collection of poufs and tables is

characterised by the rhythmic expression of stacked edges and the textural clay that defines the soul of the product.

The table bases and poufs are made of an expanded polymer, while the table tops are made of MDF: all components are then covered with a thin layer of clay in earth colours.


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Kasane 36 table Kasane 19 pouf Kasane 33 table; the clay finish gives a pleasant tactile sensation


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