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British Furniture Confederation

Commercial Interiors UK is a lead partner in the British Furniture Confederation (BFC) (, which 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 (Commercial Interiors UK, BFM, FIRA, FMC, LOFA and NBF).

The BFC provides the secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group which provides a forum for Parliamentarians to discuss the issues affecting the sector, including education and training, export support, and fire safety regulations. The Group is chaired by Stephen McPartland MP, the Member for Stevenage, and draws Members from across the political spectrum and both chambers.

The BFC today publishes its second Manifesto – calling for Government cooperation and support for the furniture and furnishings sector on training, exports, standards and regulations and the environment.
Maggie Throup, Conservative MP for East Midlands constituency Erewash, has been appointed new chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group (APPFIG).
British Furniture Confederation (BFC) chairman Jonathan Hindle gave evidence to Parliament on 25 January on the Government’s proposed Trade Bill.
A revision of the UK’s Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations (FFFSRs) is now long overdue. The consultation process has been lengthy due, in part, to the differing views of a broad church of stakeholders.

This week in the media, concerns have been raised about the effectiveness of the Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (safety) Regulations 1988, as amended (FFFSR) – and also regarding flame retardant chemicals used in upholstered furniture and beds.