Jonathan Hindle Chairman

Welcome to the website of the British Furniture Confederation (BFC). The BFC acts a single voice for the UK furniture, furnishing and bed industries and has a mission to ensure that it has a strong and sustainable dialogue with Government in order to understand and influence changes in the market. Its executive comprises the heads of the industry's leading associations ( BCFA, BFM, FIRA, FMC, LOFA and NBF) and it also works closely with ACID,  Proskills, and AMUSF.

One of the key ways in which the BFC will achieve these goals will be through its liaison with the All Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group (APPFIG). This consists of MPs and members of the House of Lords with an interest in the industry. Through regular meetings with the APPFG it can support and inform politicians of all parties. It also acts as the industry's mouthpiece, monitoring and commenting on government activities and initiatives and providing industry feedback on relevant consultations. As a body representing the industry as a whole our strength is in numbers and our voice will more likely be heard than if we were working independently.


BCFA      British Contract Furnishing Association

BFM         Association of British Furniture Manufacturers

FIRA         Furniture Industry Research Association

FMC         The Furniture Makers' Company, the City of London livery company and the British furnishing industry's charity and patron

LOFA        Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association

NBF         National Bed Federation


AMUSF   Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers

ACID       Anti Copying in Design

Proskills  The sector skills body for furniture




May 2016

A statement on the review of the UK flammability regulations

The British Furniture Confederation (BFC) fully supports the UK’s Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations which have been shown to save approximately 54 lives every year1

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24th August 2015

PM unveils plans to boost apprenticeships and transform training

David Cameron has outlined plans to increase the number of quality apprenticeships and give businesses a say on how they are run.

  • Government outlines radical changes to boost apprenticeship numbers and drive up quality of courses
  • Apprenticeship levy to level the playing field so every big company plays their part in delivering new generation of skilled apprentices and industry-led training standards to meet their needs
  • All part of one nation government’s pledge to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020
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