15 June 2024, 08:54
By Furniture News Jun 03, 2024

Discover the best of British at MFS

Britain is well known for producing high-quality furniture, and the brands at this year’s Manchester Furniture Show (MFS) reflect this – as the UK’s second-biggest furniture trade show, MFS will fly the flag for the best British brands on the market from 10-11th July at Manchester Central …

“Even though Brexit was seen as a hindrance due to the challenges it presented for the import and export component of the industry, British brands have thrived regardless,” states Clarion Events, the show organiser behind MFS and its winter counterpart, January Furniture Show.

“The homeware and furniture industry has boomed in the UK since the pandemic gave consumers the itch to reorganise and redecorate their homes. However, the importance of making more sustainable and ethical choices is causing customers to look closer to home for those key bestsellers. Consciousness around supply chains and an increased passion for home-grown brands have become prominent in consumers’ buying behaviour.

“Trade shows like MFS are must-visits for retailers looking to connect with the best of British brands, with the likes of Buoyant Upholstery, Ashwood Designs, Whitemeadow, Welcome Furniture, Baker Furniture, Alpha Designs, Dappr, La-Z-Boy, Lebus Upholstery and more joining the line-up at Manchester Central.”

Clarion adds that new businesses are also playing their part, with industry newcomer Shape Furniture a prime example of a company “doing sustainability correctly”: “Their pieces are made from hardwood sustainably farmed in forests in the Lake District, with their goal being to produce furniture that is made entirely using timber from surrounding woodlands. Their ultimate mission is to create furniture that lasts a lifetime, and to reject the idea of cheap and poorly made furniture that needs replacing a few years later.”

British manufacturing has seen a boost as a result of the retail sector’s commitment to sustainability, says Clarion – and Phil Spademan, MD of the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), states: “British furniture manufacturing is essential, not only for supporting the British economy through jobs, training and local communities, but it has a rich and diverse history. From heritage techniques to cutting-edge design, British furniture manufacturing breathes life into our spaces. It’s a cornerstone of British industry, and a symbol of enduring quality that enriches our lives.”

So, for retailers looking to add a touch of British flair to their shop floor, MFS is “the place to be”, Clarion concludes: “Placed perfectly in the buying calendar, this is your opportunity to make great connections right at the start of Q4.”


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