Furniture spending remains much higher than pre-pandemic levels

Spending on furniture and home improvements continues to be higher than before the pandemic, new figures have revealed. During 2021, spending on furniture was up almost 20 per cent compared to 2019, according to data from Barclaycard which is responsible for almost half of the UK’s credit and debit card transactions. And the amount consumers […]

Skills shortage drives up wages in furniture industry, trade body claims

Pay is increasing for staff working in the furniture production industry, according to a recent survey from a national trade body. The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) carry out regular surveys on how much workers in the industry are paid. Its latest Wages Survey, published this month, found pay was rising in skilled roles. The BFM […]

Black Friday boosts furniture sales before Christmas

Furniture retailers are reporting strong sales, boosted by Black Friday special offers. Although Black Friday is traditionally an American phenomenon, it has become increasingly popular in the UK as a way of kickstarting Christmas shopping with many retailers offering discounts and running promotions for most of November. And the impact of the shopping event was […]

Construction boom to tackle shortage in warehousing space

A record amount of warehousing space is set to be created in the UK this year to address the shortage in available commercial space. Stockpiling due to Brexit and a surge in online shopping as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic created a chronic lack of warehousing space for businesses in the UK. But a […]

Growing demand for ecommerce distribution centres based in UK

Demand for distribution centres based in the UK is growing thanks to rising ecommerce and the added challenges introduced by Brexit. Latest figures show that ecommerce sales now make up around 30 per cent of all retail sales. And according to Jim Hardisty, managing director of goplasticpallets.com, this, coupled with the additional paperwork which comes […]

Card spending soars as consumers invest in their homes

The amount consumers were spending on furniture on their credit and debit cards soared over the summer, according to new figures. Barclaycard claims that card sales at shops selling furniture were up 32.3 per cent in July this year compared to the same period two years ago, before the Covid-19 pandemic hit. And the increase […]

Why are we facing a shortage of storage in the UK?

Storage warehouse interior

The UK economy may be opening up again but a lack of storage space could stop businesses fully taking advantage of the post-pandemic recovery. Heralded as freedom day, most areas of the UK removed the restrictions imposed to stop the spread of Covid-19 on July 19. But while this means businesses can now operate as […]