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Short term growth ahead of uncertain times for furniture sector

16/10/2020 The latest British Furniture Manufacturers’ Economic Review points to a third of the British public spending more on home improvements – including furniture – in case of further lockdown restrictions. Managing Director of the BFM, Nick Garratt, has examined reports from the British Retail Consortium, the Bank of England and the EY Item Club […]

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Michelin Development funding available to boost growth across Dundee and South Angus

25/09/2020 Michelin Development is urging growing businesses in the region to apply for funding that could pave the way for expansion and employment. Small- and medium-sized enterprises located in and around Dundee, Coupar Angus, Forfar, Arbroath, Carnoustie, Leuchars and Cupar could receive unsecured, subsidised loans and free expertise – if they have the potential to […]

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Figures set out Brexit scenarios on UK building materials industry

24/09/2020 New figures reveal a ‘no deal’ Brexit could have a significant economic impact on the manufacture and supply of building materials across the UK in 2021. Forecasts from the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) point to a 2.8 per cent increase for the sector next year if an agreement is not reached, against a 5.9 […]

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BFM economic review looks at steps to take in buoyant market

21/09/2020 BRITISH furniture businesses are being urged to ‘build up their balance sheet’ in case of difficult times ahead. National trade body British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), has issued the message as part of its monthly economic review for the sector. Fuelled by pent-up demand and a consumer focus on homes, the furniture industry has generally […]

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Acoustics expert elected to key role at trade body

09/09/2020 An expert in acoustics consultancy, particularly in railways and monitoring, has been elected to a key role at a national trade association. Paul Shields will serve as Chair of the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) for the next two years. With 30 years’ experience in acoustics consultancy and research, Paul leads a team of […]

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Research project to support the future of advanced ceramics in the Midlands

05/09/2020 A group looking to position the Midlands as a world leader in advanced ceramics is undertaking a research project to engage the wider business community in the process. According to the Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group, placing the region at the heart of the international advanced ceramics sector will ultimately contribute towards growth of 4,200 […]

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Huge surge in landscaping product sales reported across the UK

01/09/2020 Latest figures from builders’ merchants across the UK show sales of landscaping products soared. According to the Builders Merchants Federation’s Builders’ Merchant Building Index (BMBI) report, sales grew by more than 50 per cent during June this year, compared with the same month in 2019. The trade body says DIY customers are behind much […]

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We’re recruiting!

15/07/2020 We have an opportunity for a videographer to join us over summer, as well as a digital apprentice. Read the full details for both roles below, and to apply, email your CV to jane@shepherd-pr.com. PR Apprentice We’re looking for an apprentice to join our busy social media team. Ideally, we are looking for someone […]

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New ANC guide sets the direction in sound measurement of rooms

14/07/2020 The Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) has produced a new document, offering guidance on the appropriate methods of measuring sound within a building. A working party of ANC members has produced the technical note ‘Measurement of Sound Levels in Buildings’ which is available for free download from the Association’s website. The new guide draws […]