It’s ‘Seventh Heaven’ for the National Bed Federation as it calls for entries for the 2017 Bed Industry Awards.
Taking place at the Bed Show Gala Dinner (19 September) for the seventh consecutive year, the Bed Industry Awards identify and reward manufacturers, suppliers and retailers in the bed sector who are ‘Best in Class’.
“The awards are a credible celebration of what’s good about the industry and provide a great opportunity for businesses of all shapes and sizes – from big brands to small niche players – to highlight their fantastic achievements,” said Jessica Alexander, executive director of the NBF.
Bed Component Supplier of the Year and Bed Retailer of the Year (split into two awards –over £5m beds turnover and less than £5m beds turnover) categories remain the same. This year Bed Manufacturer of the Year will also be split into those with a turnover over £10m and those with a turnover under £10m. The Judges’ Choice Award will run for a second year.
“Over the years, we’ve lost some categories, added new ones and tweaked them to reflect the changing nature of the industry,” said Jessica. “What the judges are looking for is who has excelled themselves in the past year and how they’ve done it – they want cold, hard facts that demonstrate and back up the entry. Good quality, clear entries are key, the judges won’t be fooled by a fancy presentation.”
This year’s independent judging panel is made up of Peter Mallinson, AIS; Roy Beagent, Minerva; Bernard Eaton, Greenwood Retail; Richard de Melim, Furnishing Report and Jessica Alexander, NBF.
Last year’s winners were Kaymed for Bed Manufacturer of the Year; Vitafoam for Bed Component Supplier of the Year; Mattress Online for Bed Retailer of the Year (over £5m beds turnover); Surrey Beds for Bed Retailer of the Year (under £5m beds turnover); and Dreams for the Judges Choice Award.
Winners will be announced at the Bed Show Gala Dinner on Tuesday 20 September and tickets are now available. More details on the 2017 awards, including how to enter, are available on the website.
We’re pleased to announce we’ve two new exhibitors on board for 2017.
Edward Clay & Son, a long standing NBF supplier member, joins us on stand E10 and new member, manufacturer Dreamland Beds will showcase on stand H70.
Established in 1870, Edward Clay & Son manufactures a variety of mattress fillings. Its new natural fibres division specialises in using the highest quality fibres to help create the perfect mattress.
Dreamland Beds design and manufacture a complete range of beds, mattresses and headboards in quality materials and a range of sizes.
Online visitor registration is now open for the 2017 Bed Show.
Confirmed to return are big brand names such as Airsprung Group, Breasley, Harrisons, Highgrove, Hypnos, Furmanac, Silentnight Group, Sleepeezee and Steinhoff Group, as well as smaller niche players – including Shire Beds, Burgess Beds, Vogue – and a host of component suppliers.
“The registration process is simple and takes a couple of minutes to complete, saving you time on the day and giving you longer to enjoy the show,” said Jessica Alexander, executive director of the National Bed Federation, which organises the show and only whose members can exhibit.
“Visitor numbers were up 10% in 2016, proving that the show remains successful and relevant for those attending. We’ve already got a fantastic raft of exhibitors – the best of British bed manufacturers and suppliers – lined up for the 2017 show all of which use the show to present their latest new products and innovations, offers, promotions and sales support for the UK market.”
Parking and entry are free for visitors, and Telford International Centre is easily accessible from all parts of the UK. Once again there will be free refreshment vouchers and on the night of the first day of the Bed Show, a sparkling gala dinner and the 2017 Bed Industry Awards ceremony.
We’re excited to announce that all the big industry players have re-signed up to exhibit at our eighth Bed Show, 19th and 20th September 2017, once again at the International Centre in Telford.
Exhibitors include Airsprung (including Gainsborough and Hush-a-Bye), Breasley Consumer Products, Harrison, Highgrove, Hypnos, Silentnight Group, Sleepeezee, Steinhoff Group, Sweet Dreams, Vispring and Vogue.
“It is fantastic that all the big players are coming back to exhibit at our Bed Show which confirms that we are definitely doing something right!” said Jessica Alexander, executive director of the NBF. “Last year’s Bed Show was another huge success for us and feedback was very positive with exhibitors being delighted at the quality of visitors and the business done.”
We are back for another year!
We are delighted to confirm that The Bed Show returns for the eighth year on 19th and 20th September 2017.
It will be held, once again, at the Telford International Centre over the two days with opening hours Tuesday 9am-5.30pm and Wednesday 9am-4pm.
Once again only members of the NBF will be invited to exhibit at 2017 Bed Show and the show will continue to present its unique mix of both bed manufacturers – all with British manufacturing bases – and component suppliers.
A Gala Dinner and Awards night will once again be held on the Tuesday evening of the show at the International Centre. For the seventh year running there will be Best in Class Awards. More details will be announced soon.