The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has teamed up with Heico Fasteners UK to add a new category to the annual upholstery Design Competition at this year's January Furniture Show, held at Birmingham's NEC from 22nd - 25th January.

In its eighth successful year, the competition is an ideal opportunity for budding industry students to showcase their products, promote their skills and workmanship to a large audience of potential clients or even future employers. The new BFM award will be given to the design that has the most potential to be commercially viable.

Jackie Bazeley, BFM MD, says: "We wanted to add a new element to the well-established awards which recognises an important consideration of furniture production which is about having an eye for something which is commercially viable as well as being exciting and innovative."

The winning designs will be on display on the Heico stand for the duration of the exhibition.

The British Furniture Manufacturers is a trade association that has represented the interests of the British furniture industry for more than 65 years. It has a broad based membership covering domestic, contract, office and kitchen manufacturers as well as suppliers to the industry and retailers who enjoy a number of benefits including access to expertise across a number of subjects including export, the EU timber regulations, health and safety, commodity pricing and the environment.