The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has joined the Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA).

The new membership will allow the BFM to provide an even higher level of technical support to its members and open up new opportunities for both organisations to work together.

BFM MD Jackie Bazeley says: "We are delighted to join FIRA as we see great value in the association. The work it does for the furniture sector is critical to the industry and will help us further support the needs of our members and provide them with up to date technical support as well as standards and regulations."

Phil Reynolds, director of the Furniture Industry Research Association, says: "It's great to welcome the BFM, and in turn their wider membership base to our Research Association. Over the past few years both associations have enjoyed a close relationship, and taking this next step in working together helps us extend our expertise to benefit more businesses within the furniture sector. We look forward to supporting these organisations through our research, information and knowledge."

The BFM is a trade association that has represented the interests of the British furniture industry for more than 65 years. It has a broad based membership covering domestic, contract, office and kitchen manufacturers as well as suppliers to the industry and retailers who enjoy a number of benefits including access to expertise across a number of subjects including export, the EU timber regulations, health and safety, commodity pricing and the environment.