BFM sets out how the furnishing industry can offer support in the pandemic

National trade body the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has compiled a briefing note setting out how the industry can support the national effort in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The move comes after the BFM attended a seminar investigating some of the key measures which can be taken, hosted by CBI Director General Tony Danker, with guests including Health Secretary Matt Hancock, and the head of test and trace programme, Baroness Dido Harding.

Available to all in the furnishing industry, the BFM briefing document can be found at

BFM MD, Nick Garratt, said: “The seminar provided details on some of the ways industry can support the NHS and the national effort in the pandemic.

“Three ways were suggested, supporting NHS workers, supporting test and trace – and supporting an in-house testing programme.

“We would encourage all businesses in our sector to support our NHS workers by joining in the NHS benefits programs outlined in the BFM briefing note.

“It was also good to hear that the Government is introducing funding for COVID19 testing on site for companies with more than 50 employees.

“We’ve put all the details together in the briefing document, so people in the industry can see the steps they might take to offer support.”