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Tomorrow’s Contract Floors provides coverage on the latest news, issues and advancements in the flooring industry. The magazine’s unique digital format enables readers to stay one step ahead of the industry wherever they are, whether in the
About Tomorrow's Contract Floors
Tomorrow’s Contract Floors provides coverage on the latest news, issues and advancements in the flooring industry. The magazine’s unique digital format enables readers to stay one step ahead of the industry wherever they are, whether in the
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EVENTS LIST 2017 12-14 JuneNeoConThe Merchandise Mart, Chicago, USA www.neocon.com 20-22 JuneFacilities ShowExcel, London www.facilitiesshow.com 12-14 SeptemberRWM (Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition)NEC,
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UK Flooring Direct
Online flooring retailer, UK Flooring Direct, has moved to a new facility as it looks towards achieving a £100m turnover. Situated in Hinckley, Leicestershire, the new facility provides a central location for the business with easy access to major
altro european health forum
Transforming spaces to improve wellbeing within healthcare was the focus of Altro’s latest European Forum, hosted at the company’s HQ in Letchworth. The two-day event brought together healthcare industry experts with care professionals from
Interfloor Parliamentary Review
Lancashire-based manufacturer and distributor of underlay and flooring accessories, Interfloor appears alongside prime minister Theresa May in the 2016/17 Parliamentary Review. Established by former minister The Rt Hon David Curry in 2010, The
contractors uni cardiff
Construction companies, contractors and suppliers interested in working on Cardiff University’s £300m Innovation Campus are being invited to ‘meet the bidders.’ The half-day event in Cardiff Business School’s Postgraduate
SYLKA prepares to set sail for METS
Representatives from SYLKA Marine will be meeting the crowds at this year’s Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam, which takes place from 14 until 16 November at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre. METS is one of the biggest trade shows
Recofloor red letter days
Recofloor has named the three winners of its annual Summer Promotion, which was held throughout August to encourage more flooring companies to recycle their waste vinyl flooring through Altro and Polyflor’s scheme. The draw was streamed live on
Flooring Show Roundup
The 55th Flooring Show, which took place from 17th to 19th September at the Harrogate Convention Centre, was one of the most successful show to date with over 3,000 visitors passing through the doors. The atmosphere throughout the whole exhibition was
tomorrows comp winners
Tomorrow’s Contract Floors and Tomorrow’s Retail Floors magazines are delighted to announce the winner of the #TomorrowsComp treasure hunt that we held at The Flooring Show in Harrogate last week. With a little help from his young son, Paul
stroolmount charity
UK provider of furniture and flooring-related products, Stroolmount is organising a Charity Ball and Concert to raise money for FORME, a charity which helps research ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Gill Finch, Managing Director, Stroolmount said:
tomorrowscomp
Tomorrow’s Contract Floors and Tomorrow’s Retail Floors will be holding a treasure hunt at the Flooring Show this September. The competition will be open to all attendees and the winner will receive a £50 Marks and Spencer’s gift
Instarmac RoSPA Gold Medal Award
Instarmac Group plc is delighted to have been awarded the coveted Gold Medal, an honour only given to those who achieve five consecutive Gold Awards in the annual RoSPA Health and Safety Awards. Now in their 61st year, these respected awards are open to
karndean golf day
Staff from Evesham-based Karndean Designflooring have raised £11,000 in support of three charities as part of its annual charity golf day at Hilton Puckrup Hall Hotel, Tewkesbury. After the success of previous golf days, Karndean decided once
CLEANSEAL MARK FOR HOST VON SCHRADER
Manufacturer of dry carpet cleaning solutions, Host von Schrader has recently received CleanSeal accreditation from the WoolSafe organisation. The certification is a testing and endorsement programme for maintenance products suitable for use on carpets
NFE appointment
Following growing interest in its surface preparation products in the UK, National Flooring Equipment has appointed Nick White as country manager for the UK and Ireland. Nick will build on the company’s increasing presence in the UK using his
Designer Conts appts
UK flooring contractor, Designer Contracts has announced a number of promotions and a new appointment to support its growing business.  Recently promoted to area manager running the Wales and West of England region, Anthony Partridge has been with
ivc appointment
Manufacturer of vinyl flooring for residential and commercial use, IVC Group, has appointed Mark Wilson to the role of Distribution Sales Manager, as it looks to strengthen its position within the commercial sector. It will be Mark’s
PPC HAE
Specialists in environmentally-friendly solutions for preparing, cleaning and finishing, The Preparation Group has achieved the HAE (Hire Association Europe) SafeHire accreditation. It is the only surface preparation company to comply with the scheme
sylka decorex
As a leading producer of luxury carpets and rugs, SYLKA will be displaying their latest collection at this year’s prestigious Decorex International show. The event runs from 17-20 September 2017 at Syon Park in London and brings together some of
Amtico ISO Standard
Amtico is proud to announce it is the first UK flooring manufacturer to achieve the new ISO 14001:2015 standard. Working closely with Coventry City Council, Amtico has built upon its already stringent policies on sustainability, environmental
Recofloor Red Letter
Recofloor has launched its annual Summer Promotion giving flooring contractors who recycle their waste vinyl flooring through Altro and Polyflor’s scheme the chance to win an unforgettable experience with a Red Letter Days Gift Card. Every
Nominations open
We’re now accepting entries for the TCF Awards 2018. We are inviting you to tell us what you think have been the best product innovations and services available over the past 12 months. Now in their sixth year, the Tomorrow’s Contract Floors
flowcrete environment
Flowcrete UK has attained the ISO 14001:2015 environmental management system certification thanks to its dedication to sustainable, environmentally friendly working practises. ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed standard that helps organisations
LVT Academy
With nearly 200 professionals now accredited as Master Installers of Quick-Step LIVYN, the Academy for Excellence Flooring is seeing strong uptake in courses for luxury vinyl flooring. Reflecting the growing stature of Quick-Step LIVYN as one of the
F. Ball increases factory powder production by 25%
F. Ball and Co. Ltd, manufacturer of flooring adhesives and subfloor preparation products, has increased production capacity of its powder based products, specifically smoothing underlayments, in response to increasing customer demand. The latest
Flexcrete Technologies Ltd AkzoNobel
UK-based concrete repair and protection manufacturer Flexcrete Technologies Ltd has been acquired by global paints and coatings company AkzoNobel. As part of the takeover, 100% of the shares in Flexcrete Technologies Ltd have been acquired by
F. Ball launches new flooring installations
Leading manufacturer of subfloor preparation products F. Ball and Co. Ltd. has released its new flooring installation product guide. The guide provides an overview of all categories of F. Ball products and has been updated to include the most recently
Bostik Tour de France
Bostik has signed up as an official partner of iconic cycling event, the Tour de France. The new sponsorship agreement upgrades the firm’s previous participation as an official supplier in 2015 and 2016 and will run for the next two years. The
FN Neuhofer Holz receives award for tradition
Profile manufacturer, FN Neuhofer Holz has been recognised as a company with a long-standing tradition by a special award from the Austrian Chamber of Commerce. The award is given to companies with a history dating back more than 100 years. FN
F. Ball hosts training day for social media users
F. Ball and Co. Ltd. has hosted a specially organised training day for social media users who interact with the company on Facebook and Twitter. As well as enjoying the exclusive training day at F. Ball’s state-of-the-art training centre at the
What specifiers want from manufacturers
Building product manufacturers can access a free download of NBS’ latest survey into specifications, focusing directly on what specifiers now expect from them in 2017 and beyond. NBS received over 500 responses to the survey, from a wide variety of
carpet fitter of the year
The 2017 Flooring Show is getting closer, making its annual return to the Harrogate Convention Centre from 17- 19 September. After its successful comeback in 2016, NICF announced earlier in the year that they would, once again, be running the Carpet
CMS Danskin Acoustics Gets Sporty
Providers of impact sound solutions, CMS Danskin Acoustics will now be the exclusive UK provider of everroll - the specialist range of sports flooring products from BSW. To support this wider choice of products now available for the fitness market, the
AWARDS FOR NEW MARMOLEUM
Forbo Flooring Systems’ new Marmoleum Cocoa and Slate ranges, both from the Marmoleum Solid collection, have scooped three awards from two world-renowned design leaders; Marmoleum Cocoa won an iF DESIGN AWARD and, along with Marmoleum Slate, each
Bal steve Stevens
BAL has lent their support to part-time tiler and strongman Steven Stevens. The 26 year-old from Blackpool is currently preparing for the Monsters Ball Strongman Competition in August. He will compete in iconic strongman events such as the Atlas Stones,
milliken insider awards
Milliken was amongst those to be honoured at Insider's annual Made in the North West Awards in May 2017 collecting the top prize for green manufacturer / sustainable manufacturer. The awards recognise the most ambitious and innovative companies
THREE SENIOR APPOINTMENTS BOOST HECKMONDWIKE’S
Heckmondwike FB, one of the UK’s leading commercial fibre bonded carpet manufacturers, has made a number of significant new appointments to its senior management team as it looks to support its continued business growth. David Rhodes, who has been
floorskills open day
FloorSkills training centre held an open day at its Solihull facility on Friday 10 May. More than 200 visitors attended the sell-out event with 26 exhibitors, including F.Ball & Co.Ltd, Mapei and QA Solutions, on hand to offer advice and
Karndean CDW
Karndean Designflooring is proud to present its array of bespoke Kaleidoscope sculptures along the official trail at this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week which runs until tomorrow. The art was designed and curated in collaboration with up-and-coming
New Sales Director for Quadrant
Quadrant has appointed the highly-experienced Peter de Kisshazy to the role of sales director, underlining the brand’s commitment to developing close relationships within interior design and architecture communities. Having spent 13 years driving
Itec Promotion
The Itec Contractor Promotion is back and in some style, offering contractors a fabulous opportunity to convert their commercial vinyl flooring purchases into a host of prizes. Rewards on offer include consumables, technology and home & garden
Aspect Flooring
The husband-and-wife team behind Aspect Flooring won the title of CEO of the Year at The European Business Excellence Awards. Chris and Laura Frost, who own Aspect Flooring, were thrilled to collect the award at a black-tie event at Harrogate
F. Ball Chairman honoured with BASA
James Igoe, Chairman of F. Ball and Co. Ltd., has been presented with the prestigious Max Kochmann Award by the British Adhesives and Sealants Association (BASA). The accolade, named in memory of one of BASA’s founding members and former life
CRUK Conference
Carpet Recycling UK’s 2017 Annual Conference and Awards Event kicks off at Aston Villa Football Club in Birmingham on June 21st taking the theme of Developing Towards a Circular Economy for carpet. CRUK will be celebrating the achievements and
Brockway wilton
Brockway Carpets (Holdings) Ltd. has announced the acquisition of one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious independent carpet manufacturers, The Grosvenor Wilton Company Limited, heralding a new era for the historic brand. The deal sees
You’re Invited to The Flooring Show
Organisers of The Flooring Show would like to invite all industry professionals to the 55th edition of the three day exhibition. As always, The Flooring Show will take place at the Harrogate Convention Centre (formerly the Harrogate International Centre)
F.Ball Graham Wildgoose
F. Ball and Co. Ltd, UK manufacturer of flooring adhesives and subfloor preparation products, has announced that their current liaison manager, Graham Wildgoose, who joined the company in 1994, will retire from his role at the end of April. As liaison
Wool prince charles
The Campaign for Wool and The Woolmark Company this week welcomed His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to Sala Bianca at Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy. HRH the Prince of Wales toured exhibits from the best Italian wool
BCT
To build upon recent growth, British Ceramic Tile has brought on board Paul Fincken to head up the specification sales team. Paul brings with him a great deal of experience in the specification market. Paul commented: “Having been in the
BAL new appointment
BAL, UK provider of full tiling solutions, has appointed Paul Telfer as specification sales manager for London and the South East. Paul will work with architects, designers, specifiers and contractors supporting them on M40/M20 specifications, providing
Amtico carpet clerkenwell
Vinyl flooring specialist Amtico will use this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week, from 23-25 May in London, to launch the brand new Amtico Carpet collection. A capsule collection of contemporary commercial carpet tiles, tiles, Amtico Carpet represents
recofloor
Flooring companies that recycle their waste vinyl flooring through Recofloor can save up to 70% on disposal costs when compared to sending offcuts or uplifted material to landfill. Since Polyflor and Altro founded their national waste vinyl flooring
BAL van winner
Dundee-based tiler Gordon Mitchell has taken delivery of his new van after winning Ceramic Tile Distributors (CTD) and BAL’s Win a Van Competition. The 60-year-old is a regular customer at CTD’s Dundee branch and started tiling 40 years ago
Interface Manc Uni
Manchester University students have been exploring a pop-up biophilic space, designed by interior architecture and biophilic design expert, Oliver Heath, during a one-day event. Boasting an array of fresh greenery, combined with nature-inspired
MAPEI PROUD TO SPONSOR FITA IN 2017
Mapei is proud to be sponsoring FITA throughout 2017. The non-profit making organisation provides an important investment into the flooring industry, continually developing training courses whilst promoting up-to-date installation information and
Balta announces agreement to acquire Bentley
Balta has welcomed North American textile floorcoverings manufacturer, Bentley Mills, into the Group. The iconic Bentley brand in the premium commercial carpet segment has resulted in landmark projects such as the last nine presidential inaugurations and
The Arab Carpet and Flooring Expo Returns
From 12-14 September 2017, the only carpet and flooring-focused event in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will take place for the second time at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in the United Arab Emirates. The first edition of Arab
Recofloor Tour
This summer, Recofloor is planning to visit all its participating flooring distributors across the UK to support them with the UK’s award-winning waste vinyl flooring recycling scheme founded by Polyflor and Altro. During April and May, Recofloor
Contract Zone
The Flooring Show 2017 will take place from 17-19 September at Harrogate International Centre. As the show continues to grow, this year will see the launch of The Contract Zone. Located in Hall Q, The Contract Zone will feature a central display of the
Screwfix Live
The free trade and DIY show, Screwfix LIVE is returning to Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre from 29 September – 1 October 2017 for what is set to be its biggest show ever. This year’s Screwfix LIVE promises to be
MATERIAL LAB FLOWCRETE UK
Members of the architecture and design community are now able to discover the latest products from Flowcrete UK at London’s award-winning Material Lab. Joining founder and partner Johnson Tiles, alongside Formica Group, Modulyss, Tektura and
BAL RIBA CPD Seminar
BAL has launched a new CPD seminar on external tiling to balconies and terraces. The new RIBA-approved CPD seminar – which was successfully delivered at this year’s Surface Design Show - provides architects, specifiers and contractors with an
Surface Design Show Supreme Winner Announced
The Broad, Designed by Arup and Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler has been declared as the Supreme Winner at the Surface Design Awards 2017. A new contemporary art museum, The Broad was founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe
Academy updates
The Academy for Excellence in Flooring has updated Master Installer course content to accommodate Quick-Step’s latest extra-wide and extra-long wood and laminate floors. The Master Installer course has been refreshed to include the new formats of
salesmark ryder
Flooring supplier Salesmark has partnered with Ryder to help improve its transport operation. Seeking a reliable and cost-effective alternative, Salesmark signed a five-year contract hire deal with Ryder. The company now has three Iveco Daily 7.2 tonne
Recofloor Awards
Don’t run out of time; book your tickets now at www.recofloor.org for the cricket-themed  Recofloor 2017 Awards Event to be held at London’s historic Kia Oval cricket ground on 29 March. This year’s annual awards event
Surface design show
From 6pm on Tuesday 7 February until 5pm on Thursday 9 February, over 170 exhibitors will be showcasing 1000s of interior and exterior surfaces when Surface Design Show 2017 returns to London’s Business Design Centre. Professionals can register for
Sanglier Director
Sanglier Ltd has appointed Mike Moran in the position of director of sales. Mike has a proven track record of success in the adhesives and sealants market, serving most recently as sales director Western Europe in the Industrial division of
Archwood Group appoints new Chief Executive
The company behind Atkinson & Kirby, The Archwood Group has announced the appointment of Tony Miles as the company's new Chief Executive, with effect from today. Tony Miles joins Archwood from International Timber, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain
Cutting Corners
A father-and-son business from Manchester is looking to work with flooring companies to promote their patented phthalate-free vinyl system for use in clean and sterile environments. Steve Alford, who runs Cutting Corners with his two sons, says that
CRUK 35%
More carpet waste in the UK was diverted from landfill in 2016 with 142,000 tonnes that were reused, recycled or recovered for energy, according to latest Carpet Recycling UK figures. This 14% increase on 2015 (125,000 tonnes) represents a diversion
FMB
The skills shortage in the construction industry has got worse and has now spread beyond bricklayers and carpenters to other key trades, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB,
National Flooring Eqpt
To manage an increased demand for its products in Europe, floor removal specialist National Flooring Equipment has appointed Toine van den Heuvel as European director. Van den Heuvel will facilitate National Flooring Equipment's relationships with rental
unilin patent infringement
Yesterday, Unilin division technologies filed a patent infringement action against multiple companies and individuals in the U.S. state of Florida alleging infringement of U.S. patent number 6,786,019, relating to Unilin’s bevel or
ALTRO FLOORS DEBOLON
Richard Kahn, Chief Executive of Altro, has recently announced to its staff, customers and suppliers, the acquisition of Debolon, manufacturer of premium vinyl flooring based in Dessau, Germany. Mr Kahn commented: “This acquisition is fully aligned
Flooring Show
The Flooring Show 2017, the UK’s largest, trade only exhibition, will be back at the Harrogate International Centre from Sunday 17th – Tuesday 19th September, and visitor Registration and the Exhibitor List are now live. By taking two
Mapei Van Competition
Mapei UK ran a Win a Van competition over the summer to promote their popular range of Eco Adhesives. The winners, Johnson Wright Flooring from Tyne & Wear, were presented with their new dual branded Ford Transit van last week. The competition ran
interfloor obituary
It is with great sadness that Interfloor has announced the passing of David Hume.After nearly 30 years in the flooring industry, Dave retired at the end of March.  Dave started at Gripperrods in 1987 before joining Stikatak in 1997 and then in 2008
robert scott
Recent years have seen many homes and businesses devastated from the effects of flooding. At Robert Scott & Sons Limited they have been busy helping by providing products to solve the problems caused by flood water and also advice on how to cope with
recofloor awards
Put a spin on your waste vinyl flooring recycling achievements and celebrate the winners’ runs of success at the cricket-themed 2017 Recofloor Awards Event to be held at London’s world-famous Oval cricket ground on March 29th
wolfcraft Makes New Appointment ahead of UK
European manufacturer of hand tools and accessories, wolfcraft is investing in its sales and marketing operation in the UK, in a move to maximise its brand in the UK market. The family-run, German company, which has relied on wholesalers for the last
Double appointment at F. Ball
Following a reorganisation at F. Ball and Co. Ltd., Darren Kenyon has been promoted to the role of National Sales Manager. Darren previously held the role of Business Development Manager at F. Ball and fills the position formerly held by Paul Starkey,
DESIGNER CONTRACTS SIGNS CONTEMPO CARPETS
Designer Contracts has signed a deal to supply warehouse services to Contempo Carpets from its national distribution centre based in Kettering. This contract is a first for Designer Contracts, which has a national network of 12 regional offices and a
Egger Truck
Between August 2015 and November 2016 the EGGER Truck has covered more than 41,000km on the road through Europe. More than 4,200 visitors in 19 countries were shown product and services innovations on 96 events days. The EGGER Truck has been on the road
National Flooring Eqpt courses
Surface preparation expert, National Flooring Equipment, is pleased to offer free personalised training for distribution partners and potential customers. The company has recently announced its European expansion and now offers in-person training
BAL UK Manf awards
Building Adhesives Ltd represented the tiling industry at a nationwide celebration of the best of UK manufacturing at The Manufacturer MX Awards 2016. The company, which manufactures tile adhesives, grouts, sealants and other ancillary tiling products
Moduleo first UK showroom
Luxury vinyl flooring manufacturer, Moduleo, has partnered with London retailer, Mr Carpets, to open its first UK showroom. The flagship store has launched within Mr Carpet’s East Sheen store and offers customers an invaluable opportunity to
Brintons supports new design talent
British carpet design and manufacturing company Brintons is delighted to welcome recent Birmingham City University (BCU) Textile Design graduate Kayleigh Jones to its UK design team based at the company’s Head Office in Kidderminster. Over the last
MASTER INSTALLER WOOD FLOORING COMPANY
Setting itself apart from other flooring businesses in its area, The Wood Flooring Company Cheshire Ltd, is offering its customers a two-year workmanship warranty through the Quick-Step and Pergo Master Installer accreditation schemes. Long-time advocate
F&X CARPETS TRAIN TO CHINA
The first rolls of carpet to fill the new UK warehouse of F&X Carpets took a very special journey, aboard the first train travelling the ‘New Silk Road’, an overland trade corridor linking China and Europe. As part of a $1trillion
RECOFLOOR AWARDS 2017
Recofloor is inviting entries for its annual 2017 Awards Event that recognises members’ achievements and dedication to the UK’s vinyl flooring recycling scheme. Entries can be submitted online at www.recofloor.org and winners will be
JUNCKERS NEW WEBSITE
Junckers, manufacturer of solid wood flooring for the sports, residential and commercial sectors, has re-launched its website with lots of new design features and inspiring images. An emphasis on larger images shows Junckers’ floors in some of the
NEW GM FOR BAL
Building Adhesives Limited- manufacturer of tile adhesives, grouts, sealants and ancillary tiling, flooring and decorating products under the BAL and Dunlop brands- has recently appointed David Hackett as its General Manager.  Formerly Sales &
MAPEI WOOD FLOORING ADVICE
In response to industry demand, Mapei has released a new brochure for wood flooring products and installation systems. Along with an easy to use selection chart for wood flooring, the products used in each system are listed along with their technical
SURFACE DESIGN AWARDS FINALISTS
The finalists have been announced for the Surface Design Awards 2017, which recognise and celebrate outstanding examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects both in the UK and internationally. The awards were launched in
QUICK-STEP TO SPONSOR PRO-CYCLING TEAM
After co-sponsoring the pro cycling team, managed by Patrick Lefevere, for the last five years, Quick-Step will return as the title sponsor of the Belgian World Tour team in 2017. Despite no longer featuring on the race kit, Etixx will remain at the head
FLOORWISE BIG PROMOTION
Following its success in 2016, floorwise and its network of members have returned with a new and improved Big Bonanza promotion for this autumn. Last year, customers were given the chance to earn free M&S vouchers for purchasing floorwise products,
MODULYSS HEALTHY SEAS MEMBER
As an Associate Partner Member of the Healthy Seas initiative, modulyss has already underlined its commitment to using carpet fibre made from recycled fishing nets, but recently a handful of the brand’s employees took to the high seas to see
INTERFLOOR INVESTS TO HANDLE PEAK DEMAND
British flooring accessory manufacturer Interfloor is all set for the peak trading period thanks to on-going investment in its warehouse and manufacturing capacity. The company, which has underlay brands Tredaire and Duralay, not to mention almost 1,000
YOU AND BAL
BAL, provider of full tiling solutions, is encouraging tilers and contractors to create their own free web profile and get real job leads as part of the manufacturer’s online “Find a Tiler” facility for homeowners. Available by signing
UNILIN IS FLOORING TRADER OF THE YEAR
For the second time in three years, UNILIN’s forward-thinking approach to the manufacture and supply of wood, laminate and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) floors has been recognised at the prestigious Timber Trade Journal (TTJ) Awards. Nominated alongside
BRINTONS AT BICESTER VILLAGE
In association with the Campaign for Wool and the British Fashion Council, Bicester Village will be celebrating all things woolly with a quintessentially British collection of wool products. As part of the festivities, carpets from Brintons will be on
BAL PROVIDES PRODUCTS FOR CHARITY
BAL, specialist in full tiling solutions, has teamed up with The Yorkshire Tile Company to provide a range of products to support the development of a new facility in Rotherham for Grimm & Co, a worldwide charity which aims to get children excited
AMTICO RIBA DESIGN COMPETITION
WHAT Architecture has been announced as the winners of the Amtico RIBA Journal Design Competition, with their Polynesian-inspired design, Tongan. Taking asymmetry as a starting point, Tongan uses Amtico's Kite laying pattern to combine Signature
MILLIKEN HEALTHY SEAS INITIATIVE
Floor designer and manufacturer, Milliken has highlighted their commitment to the environment by joining the Healthy Seas initiative. 'Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear' is an international scheme, set up to recover discarded fishing nets from
TCF AWARDS 2017
Entries for the Tomorrow’s Contract Floors Awards 2017 are now open! We’re giving you the chance to tell us what you think have been the best product innovations and services available over the past 12 months. The Tomorrow’s Contract
KARNDEAN COFFEE MORNING
Kind-hearted staff at Evesham-based Karndean Designflooring have raised more than £1,000 in support of this year’s Macmillan Cancer Support, World’s Biggest Coffee Morning (30th September, 2016). Based at its popular Crab Apple Way
MILLIKEN LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
The showroom of UK flooring designer and manufacturer, Milliken, was transformed into an eye-catching exhibition this September as the company took part in the London Design Festival for the first time. From 19-24th September, Milliken became home to an
ASPECTA PARTNERS WITH CHROMA
Global LVT specialist ASPECTA has a new UK distributor – Chroma Global Flooring Solutions, which is Great Britain’s largest supplier of standard and bespoke soft and hard flooring. As a result of the new venture, the company will now be
CAMPAIGN FOR WOOL WEEK
This October, The Campaign for Wool will mark its seventh successful year with its annual ‘Wool Week’. Taking place from the 10th – 16th, Wool Week will celebrate everything woolly with a week of activities in London. Retailers across
RSL
Resin Surfaces Ltd will this month launch Elladur™ in a bid to take polyaspartic technology to the next level. An experienced team of chemists and product developers at Resin Surfaces Ltd has devised a new generation of polyaspartic materials with
News
The latest flooring news, innovations, products and more.
SUCCESS FOR FORTERRA EMPLOYEES
Two Forterra employees have achieved distinctions for their excellent work on the same foundation degree course at the University of Derby. Steve Peach and Carl Cuthbert, both of whom are management grade employees for the building products
ATKINSON & KIRBY NEW APPOINTMENT
Flooring specialist Atkinson & Kirby is investing in the future of the business with the appointment of a new team member. Sam Okyere has been appointed as Business Development Manager and will be working closely with Atkinson & Kirby’s
REAL STONE & TILE SECURES CONTRACTS
Tile and bathroom suite retailer, Real Stone & Tile, is celebrating securing numerous contracts with residential and commercial property developers in the UK and Europe. Situated in Cheadle Hulme, Greater Manchester, the specialist tile and bathroom
BAL NEW TILING FORUM
BAL, providers of full tiling solutions, has launched a new online forum for tiling professionals. Available to registered YOU+BAL Partners, the forum gives tilers, contractors and specifiers the opportunity to share site stories, discuss the latest
BAL SHORTLISTED FOR AWARDS
Manufacturer of building adhesives, grouts, and associated building products, Building Adhesives Ltd (BAL), has been shortlisted for The Manufacturer MX Awards 2016. The Trentham-based company will now go head-to-head with manufacturers across the
RECOFLOOR ANNOUNCES COMPETITION WINNERS
Recofloor has announced the three winners of its Red Letter Days Summer Promotion, held throughout August to encourage more flooring companies to recycle their waste vinyl flooring through Altro and Polyflor’s scheme. Congratulations to 3D
F.BALL LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
Manufacturer of flooring adhesives and subfloor preparation products, F. Ball and Co. Ltd, has launched a brand new contemporary website, offering simplified navigation and responsive design, which has been optimised for use on smartphones and
IDS WINS DIAMOND AWARD
The Leeds branch of national surface materials distributor IDS has been awarded the Diamond Award, from parent company Saint Gobain, for demonstrating an exemplary commitment to Environmental Health & Safety. The award was presented to Raja Hussain,
AMTICO NEW WEBSITE
Amtico is excited to unveil their new-look website, showcasing the latest additions to the Signature Collection, which includes Innovation products Umbra and Chroma. The new website will act as an informative and inspirational hub for those seeking
KEMTILE NEW SURVEYOR
Kemtile, the hygienic flooring, wall systems and drainage specialist based in Warrington, has further strengthened its capabilities with the appointment of Paul Doyle as Estimator / Surveyor. Formerly with John Lord, Paul brings with him to Kemtile a
CFA APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR
Calum Gillies, an apprentice at Islay Flooring and Home Furnishings in Scotland, has been awarded the Contract Flooring Association (CFA) ‘Apprentice of the Year 2016’ Award, which is sponsored by manufacturer of subfloor preparation
SUCCESS FOR DIESPEKER MD
Flooring specialist Diespeker & Co’s Managing Director, John Krause, recently returned from Poland flushed with success, after representing Great Britain in the 2016 ETU Challenge Long Distance Triathlon European Championships held in
KEMTILE'S IAN SCRIVEN RETIRES
This month, Ian Scriven, commercial and industrial flooring specialist, will retire from a sector that he has helped drive and develop for over four decades in the UK and Ireland. At the age of 71, Ian will leave his role as Business Development Manager
EVEN THE BEST LEARN AT THE QUICK-STEP ACADEMY
With Master Installer from the Academy for Excellence in Flooring  gaining traction as one of the industry’s most prestigious badges, even experienced installers are revealing they learnt new skills during the three-day course. An installer
F&X CARPETS NEW UK WAREHOUSE
F&X Carpets has announced a new UK warehouse, based in Preston, which will enable the company to supply cut-lengths on all brand ranges within just three-days and in some cases the very next day. The 42,000ft2 warehouse will have capacity for some
F&X CARPETS NEW UK WAREHOUSE
F&X Carpets has announced a new UK warehouse, based in Preston, which will enable the company to supply cut-lengths on all brand ranges within just three-days and in some cases the very next day. The 42,000ft2 warehouse will have capacity for some
IRWIN TRADESPERSON COMPETITION
IRWIN Tools, hand tool and power tool accessories expert, has launched its annual Nominate a Tradesperson competition to find the UK and Ireland’s Ultimate Tradesperson. IRWIN is on the lookout for trade professionals – joiners,
TARKETT WINS GOLD AWARD
Tarkett, flooring solutions and sports surfaces manufacturer, has announced that iQ One, its new-generation, homogeneous, non-PVC flooring product, has been awarded Cradle to Cradle Gold level certification by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation
POLYFLOR REPORTS IMPRESSIVE SUSTAINABILITY
UK vinyl flooring manufacturer Polyflor has recently published a Sustainability Report which outlines the environmental milestones achieved and improvements made by the company in the past year. The 80-page annual report covers Polyflor’s
GRADUS SUPPLIES TO PREMIER INN
Contract interior specialist Gradus is now supplying stair edgings to Premier Inn hotels. With over 700 hotels in the UK, Premier Inn is the largest hotel chain in the country and according to the ‘Which? Hotel Report 2015’ is the UK’s
MOHAWK INDUSTRIES ANNUAL REPORT
Flooring manufacturer Mohawk Industries has released its seventh annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report, outlining the company’s growth and success. The online report details Mohawk’s expansion into a global flooring
POLYFLOR DONATE FLOORING TO COMMUNITY CENTRE
Polyflor, UK commercial and residential vinyl flooring specialist, recently donated heavy-duty sheet vinyl flooring to Hollins Village Community Centre in Bury as part of its commitment to supporting the community. High-performance homogeneous vinyl
WILTON CARPETS NEWS AXMINSTER LOOM
Wilton Carpets has announced the commissioning of a state-of-the-art Van De Wiele Axminster carpet loom, the first of its kind in the UK, at a cost of some £1.5million. Increasing capacity by five-times over the traditional Axminster looms it
NATIONAL FLOORING EQUIPMENT EXPANDS TO EUROPE
United States surface preparation specialist, National Flooring Equipment, is expanding to Europe to help improve the quality and range of equipment available in the European market. Founded in 1968 by entrepreneur Lloyd Anderson, the company is a big
BRITS RISKING HEALTH BY EATING FOOD FROM FLOOR
An overwhelming number of Brits are putting their health at risk by believing they can eat food that has been on the floor, according to a recent survey. The survey of 1,009 UK adults, conducted by online retailer DiscountFlooringDepot.co.uk,
DESSO WINS CRUK AWARD
Desso, a Tarkett company, has been recognised for its impressive contribution to recycling and presented with a Recycler of the Year Award at this year’s Carpet Recycling UK Annual (CRUK) Conference on 29th June. In the UK last year, approximately
RECOFLOOR SUMMER PROMOTION
Recofloor has launched its Summer Promotion giving flooring contractors who recycle their waste vinyl flooring throughout August the chance to win an ‘unforgettable experience’ with a Red Letter Days Gift Card. Every flooring company raising
F.BALL WOMEN IN FLOORING COURSE
F. Ball and Co. Ltd., manufacturer of floor preparation products, recently held its first training course specifically designed for women working in the flooring industry. The two-day course, which was conducted at F. Ball’s dedicated training
F. BALL IN GOOD HANDS
Mark Hughes has been appointed Managing Director of F. Ball and Co Ltd. as James Igoe, who held the post since 2003, takes over as Chairman. Mark Hughes was previously Managing Director of Caswell Adhesives, a wholly owned subsidiary of F. Ball and Co.
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FRL FLOORING UK DISTRIBUTOR FOR PICCOLO GROUP
FRL Flooring, a subsidiary brand of Flexible Reinforcements Ltd, has been appointed as the UK’s sole distributor for The Piccolo Group. Flexible Reinforcements Ltd has expanded on its 50 years of experience in the distribution of plastics with its
KINETEX PRODUCTS RECEIVE CERTIFICATION
J+J Flooring Group, manufacturer of commercial specified flooring, has announced that itsKinetex products received National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) certification as a High-Traction Surface. As a credible third-party certifier, NFSI’s
Shaw Contract Campaign wins Mixology 16 Award
Shaw Contract has won the Mixology16 Award in the Environmental & Sustainability category for the ‘Everything Matters’ campaign. Andrew Jackson, Marketing Director EMEA at Shaw Contract, commented: “Launched this year, the
MILLIKEN AWARD FOR LAPIDUS
Milliken’s modular carpet collection ‘Lapidus’ won a Best of NeoCon Gold award in Chicago on 13th June 2016. Alison Kitchingman, Milliken’s Marketing and Design Director, who attended the show on behalf of Milliken’s EMEIA
SOLUS CERAMICS ENHANCES MARKET PRESENCE WITH
Solus Ceramics, supplier of wall and floor tiles, has reported a 27% growth in the last 12 months; a record year for the company in its 21-year history. The business, established in 1995 with only a handful of staff, now employs over 90 people at its
GERFLOR'S A TEAM PLAYER WITH SPONSORHIP OF JUNIOR
International flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor makes it a priority to engage with local charities and deserving causes; so, when a junior football team approached for help with their Under 13 Boys Team, the French flooring giant was only too
NEW BRITISH WOOL LABELS PROMOTE UNIQUE BRITISH
The British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) has launched the new British Wool Premium Label Partnership with manufacturers that want to promote a higher content of British grown wool in their carpets, rugs and other products.  This allows quality
UK SLIP-RESISTANCE GROUP TO HOLD SLIPS, TRIPS AND
This October, the UK Slip-Resistance Group will present the 2016 Slips, Trips & Falls Conference in London. The two-day international conference,  held from 4th-5th October, will share the latest research, ideas and solutions related to slips,
AXMINSTER CARPETS RELAUNCHES COMMERCIAL WEBSITE
Luxury wool carpet specialist Axminster Carpets has re-launched its commercial website. Designed to provide a more user-friendly experience with improved navigation, visitors are able to easily access detailed and helpful information, assisting in the
ENTREPRENEUR DESIGNS NEW KNEEPAD AIMED TO REDUCE
A young entrepreneur from Glasgow has redesigned the traditional kneepad to launch a product aimed at trades people which reduces pressure on the knee by 76%. Vicky Hamilton, 25, a product design engineering graduate from the University of Strathclyde,
DIRECT WOOD FLOORING REVEALS NEW WEBSITE
Direct Wood Flooring is delighted to announce the unveiling of its newly refurbished and fully-responsive website. Designed with the consumer in mind, the site has gone under a complete redesign to optimise the customer purchasing experience. Offering a
WILTON CARPETS NEW HEAD OF CREATIVE
Wilton Carpets Commercial has appointed Damian Roscoe to the newly-established Head of Creative role, marking its ambition to ensure design is at the heart of its strategy. The highly experienced Damian has spent over 25 years in the carpet industry,
CARPET & FLOORING NEW BRANCH
Carpet & Flooring are delighted to announce the opening of their new SIG Flooring branch in Croydon, London.  Lisa Tomlin, Managing Director, commented: “Croydon is our fifth branch to open in the London region. “It’s
QUICK-STEP CYCLISTS
Ahead of this year’s Giro d’Italia, Quick-Step built a special warm-up stage for the Etixx – Quick-Step pro cycling team. The manufacturer of engineered hardwood, laminate and luxury vinyl design flooring built the stage to put its
QUICK-STEP NEW MASTER INSTALLER
As the lack of young professionals entering the industry remains an ongoing concern for many flooring companies, the Academy for Excellence in Flooring is pleased to announce the latest addition to its group of qualified Master Installers, Sam
J+J NEW DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT
J+J Flooring Group, manufacturer of commercial specified flooring, has announced that Ginger Gilbert has been named the company’s new Director of Product – Kinetex.  This is a newly created position designed to accelerate the Kinetex
KARNDEAN EXPANDS DA VINCI CODE COLLECTION
Luxury vinyl flooring manufacturer, Karndean Designflooring, has greatly expanded on its popular Da Vinci collection with 11 new stone designs and five complementary borders. Bringing the natural beauty and intricate textures of real stone indoors, the
LAMETT ACQUIRES MORAVA WOOD
Lamett Europe NV, based in Deerlijk, has acquired 100% of the shares of the leading solid wood flooring manufacturer, Morava Wood, based in Unicov, Czech Republic. Morava Wood is a supplier of solid oak wood floors to European home-improvement stores,
REAL STONE AND TILE DEMONSTRATION
Cheadle-based Real Stone & Tile held a successful day of demonstrations at its showroom in May as it teamed up with Kerakoll, one of the leading names in the tiling industry. The demos focused on Kerakoll’s unique grout ‘Fugalite
FLOWCRETE NEW PRESIDENT
Flowcrete Group Ltd has appointed Craig Brookes, previously the Flowcrete Group Vice-President and International Managing Director, to spearhead global operations as its new President. The  manufacturer in polymer flooring technology promoted Mr
SYLKA CROWNED AS LUXURY BRAND
Producer of luxury carpets, SYLKA, has been named as Luxury Brand of the Unite Arab Emirates for a second year running.  SYLKA, which has offices in London, Majorca and the Middle East, was selected by to win the Luxury Lifestyle Award by a
RECOFLOOR AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
Recofloor has been recognised for its extensive waste vinyl flooring recycling work with a prestigious award in the Letsrecycle.com Awards for Excellence in Recycling & Waste Management 2016. The unique Take Back and Recycling initiative, founded in
MILLIKEN INSPIRES FUTURE DESIGNERS
Young people were given the opportunity to gain an insight into the design industry at this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week; as part of the Designing Futures initiative. Following a busy day of communication skills training, EC1 showroom tours and
KEMTILE EXPANDS TEAM
Kemtile, hygienic flooring, wall systems and drainage specialist, has appointed Wayne Briers to further strengthen its Contracts Management team. Formerly with Murraywood Construction for 13 years, Wayne was first introduced to Kemtile during a joint
DICKIES NEW SALES DIRECTOR
Two decades is a long time, yet that’s not how it’s felt for Maurice Morton during his time as Sales and Marketing Director at workwear specialist, Dickies. Following a triumphant year, Maurice has retired on a high and has handed over the
RECOFLOOR BACON BUTTY EVENT
Recofloor has launched its 2016 series of ‘Bacon Butty’ events where flooring contractors and fitters can find out more about the UK’s award-winning vinyl flooring recycling scheme while enjoying welcome refreshments. Free goodies,
DEMO ZONES RETURN TO FLOORING SHOW
The Flooring Show in Harrogate is once again partnering up with the CFA, NICF and FITA to bring the Demo Zones to industry attendees throughout the three day exhibition. The free demonstrations will take place in the Kings Suite of the exhibition halls,
GERFLOR SPONSORS AWARDS
International flooring specialist Gerflor is proud to be the principle sponsor supporting the Royal Institute of Architects Ireland (RIAI) awards programme 2016. The RIAI Irish Architecture Awards celebrate the best architecture in Ireland and around the
FORTERRA AWARDS EMPLOYEES
Long serving employees at Forterra, manufacturer of building products, have been awarded for their dedication at a special ceremony in London. The 13 employees that attended the event were presented with awards at The Grosvenor Hotel from
FLOORWISE KEITH FISHER
It is with sadness that floorwise has announced that Keith Fisher, former Chairman and Owner of Salesmark, died on 17th April, aged 61 years, following complications after surgery for cancer. Keith will be fondly remembered for his effervescent
INTERFACE UK TOUR
Interface is going on tour this year, travelling to distribution partners across the UK to meet customers and showcase Interface Express, a new service giving flooring professionals access to flooring products in more than 500 colours, all dispatched
RSL PROMOTES BUSINESS MANAGER
Resin Surfaces Ltd (RSL) has handed the top UK sales job in the firm to a consistently high performing Business Development Manager, Dale Banton. Dale, who has been with the specialist manufacturers of resin floor and wall finishes for three years, has
SHAW GROUP SHORTLISTED FOR AWARD
The Shaw Contract Group, worldwide manufacturer of carpet flooring, has been shortlisted for a Mixology16 Award in the Environmental & Sustainability category for its ‘Everything Matters’ campaign. Recognising positive impact on the
DICKIES DONCASTER DISCOUNT STORE
Workwear specialist, Dickies, has opened a brand new discount outlet at the Lakeside village shopping centre in Doncaster. The store is taking its rightful place among 45 other well-known names, such as Clarkes, Cotton Traders, Sports Direct and Marks
BRINTONS AT CLERKENWELL
Brintons will be at the centre of the creative hub during Clerkenwell Design Week, as it unveils its new QuickWeave collection and hosts a range of talks from leading interiors experts. Throughout its exciting schedule, Brintons is inviting visitors to
GRADUS PARTNERS WITH UKSRG
As a member and key contributor to the UK Slip Resistance Group (UKSRG), contract interiors specialist Gradus has provided valuable input into a new guide that aims to make stairs safer. The new guide, entitled “What Makes Stairs Safer?”,
AXMINSTER PARTNERS WITH THE WHITE ROOM
Specialist interiors PR agency, In The White Room, has been appointed as the new PR agency for wool carpet specialist Axminster Carpets. Priding itself on truly British design for over two centuries and with an unwavering commitment to traditional
DIESPEKER BOSS MARATHON
John Krause, Managing Director of London natural stone and terrazzo flooring specialist, Diespeker & Co, is to represent Great Britain in the 2016 European Long Distance Triathlon Championships in Poznan, Poland in July. John has been running
CERAMIQUE EXPANDS TEAM
Tile specialist Ceramique Internationale has extended its sales team with the creation of a new Area Sales Manager role for the Midlands.  Chris McCrady, who joins the business from Ceramic Tile Distributors, is tasked with building the
GOODWEAVE TEAMS UP WITH NAMASTE TO HELP STOP
Namaste, wholesaler and retailer of fairly produced products, including a wide selection of Indian made Kilims and flatweaves, has signed up with GoodWeave, the international rug certification scheme which ensures rugs are made child labour free with no
TARKETT'S NEW PRODUCTION SITE
Tarkett, provider of solutions for flooring and sports surfaces, has announced its commitment to expand its Luxury Vinyl Tiles production in Europe, with the addition of a new production site in Poland.  Complementing its three existing LVT
SOLUS CERAMICS EQUIPPED FOR BIM
Solus Ceramics, supplier of commercial wall and floor tiles, has launched new Building Information Modelling (BIM) files across 17 of its market leading ranges.  Working with BIMobject, the easily accessible data provides essential technical
FLOORING SHOW HOTEL AND LEISURE
The wide variety of exhibitors at this year’s Flooring and Tiling Shows means that visitors across all sectors are catered for, particularly those in the hotel and leisure business. The shows are taking place simultaneously, from 18th-20th
SOLUS CERAMICS NEW COURSE
Solus Ceramics, supplier of architectural wall and floor tiles, has gained a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) approval by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for its commercial tiling training programme, rewarding attendees with
CRUK ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Carpet Recycling UK’s Annual Conference and Awards Event is back and has moved to an exciting new venue for 2016. The event, which will be held at Leicester City Football Club on 29th June, will have a theme of ‘championing resource
TOOLSTATION SHORTLISTED FOR WHICH? RETAILER OF
  Toolstation, supplier of trade and home improvement products, has been shortlisted for the Which? Retailer of the Year category in the 2016 Which? Awards, after receiving top customer satisfaction scores in their surveys throughout the
COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR AT FORTERRA
Forterra, manufacturer of masonry products, has announced that it has recruited a new Commercial Director, with wide-ranging knowledge of the construction industry, to help deliver its growth ambition. Adam Smith, formerly National Sales Director at
SOLUS CERAMICS AT BUILD EXPO
Solus Ceramics, supplier of wall and floor tiles, is set to unveil its latest tile ranges at the North England Build Expo 2016 in Manchester later this month. As the leading construction exhibition for the Northern Powerhouse, North England Build Expo
KARNDEAN AT FLOORING SHOW
Luxury vinyl flooring manufacturer Karndean Designflooring will show its extended Van Gogh Wood collection at the Buying Groups’ National Flooring Show in Solihull on 10th-14th May. Inspired by reclaimed natural wood materials, the 12 distinct
F.BALL NEW APPOINTMENT
F. Ball and Co. Ltd, manufacturer of flooring adhesives and subfloor preparation products, has appointed Bob van Wort to the post of Technical Representative in The Netherlands. Bob’s appointment reaffirms F.Ball’s unwavering commitment to
BOND IT CHARITY GOAL
Staff from Bond It have helped to raise money for a worthy cause. A team, drawn from across the manufacturer of sealants, adhesives and building chemicals, recently took part in a five-a-side football tournament for Bond It's chosen charity, Overgate
CRUK ADVICE
Retailers can gain advice from Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK) on the best recycling routes for carpet fitting waste and uplifted post-consumer carpets at the 2016 Buying Groups’ National Flooring Show in Solihull on 10th-11th May. Visitors to
BRINTONS AWARD
Royal Warrant holder, Brintons, has been awarded the Woven Carpet Design Installation of the Year Award for its Art Deco inspired carpets at Quaglino’s. Celebrating quality, style and innovation, Campaign for Wool’s International Wool Carpet
MILLIKEN GREEN CARPET
Over 500 guests, including celebrities and political leaders from around the world, graced a custom-designed green carpet provided by Milliken at the 13th annual Global Green Pre-Oscar Party in February. The event was a celebration of sustainable
TILING SHOW TREND SETTERS
The Tiling Show is set to make its debut in September 2016 and will be bringing more than just networking and business opportunities to attendees in the form of the Trends Hub. Scarlet Opus will be curating the area from market research they’re
MILLIKEN MOST ETHICAL COMPANY
Milliken has been recognised as a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Ethisphere and the World’s Most Ethical Companies designation, which recognizes those companies that
TOPPS TILES ROAD SHOW
February saw the launch of the Topps Tiles Trade Roadshow programme for 2016, with the first event being held at their Watford store on Imperial Park. Reported as a highly successful night, the tile retailer organised the event exclusively for their
QUICK-STEP IDEAL HOME SHOW
Quick-Step Master Installer, Martin Sands, will be ensuring the 100,000s of visitors at the Time Saver House exhibit at the famous Ideal Home Show, are walking upon expertly installed Quick-Step flooring. Having recently completed the Master Installer
QUICK-STEP GRAND DESIGNS
The latest trends to shape homes from the floor up will be displayed at Grand Designs Live London as Quick-Step exhibits its leading laminate, luxury vinyl and engineered wood flooring at this year’s show.  Presenting the exciting new
KERAKOLL NEW GM
Kerakoll, a representative of the GreenBuilding product and services sector, has put into action its plan for growth in the UK market with the appointment of a new General Manager at the helm of Kerakoll UK. A graduate of the group
BALTA NEW CEO
Designer and manufacturer of rugs, broadloom and carpet tiles, The Balta Group, have appointed Tom Debusschere as their new CEO. Tom’s wealth of international experience, combined with his Flemish roots, makes him the perfect person to accelerate
MODULYSS NEW MAN
Nigel Adams has been appointed to the role of Sales Manager at modulyss, as the manufacturer of carpet tiles looks to grow its market share in the UK. Working directly with distributors, Nigel will be responsible for ensuring access to the latest carpet
J+J BOB BETHEL
J+J Flooring Group, manufacturer of commercial specified flooring, has named Bob Bethel as Director of Business Development for Education and Healthcare. An 18-year J+J veteran, Bob brings a wide range of experience across different functions to the
TILING SHOW
The UK’s very first and only Tiling Show will come to the Harrogate International Centre on 18th- 20th September 2016. Open to businesses in the retail, commercial and interior design sectors, The Tiling Show offers a platform for visitors to
Moduleo Moods
Luxury vinyl flooring manufacturer, Moduleo, will be exhibiting at the Retail Design Expo 2016 at Olympia London between 9th and 10th March 2016. The manufacturer is set to unveil its exclusive new Moduleo Moods collection to the UK retail market for
FITTER OF THE YEAR
The NICF (National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers) has proudly announced the relaunch of the Carpet Fitter of the Year Competition. The 2016 competition is open to all UK fitters (including non-members), with a generous prize package including
QUICK STEP MASTER INSTALLER
After receiving a Certificate of Excellence from B&Q Homefit for his exceptional service levels, Quick-Step Master Installer, Nigel Bawn, has once again received recognition from the DIY retail chain for recording the highest survey-to-sale rate of
ITEC SOUTH-WEST
Itec Contract Floors has appointed the highly-experienced David Vine as Area Sales Manager for the south-west as part of its strategy to strengthen the team across the UK. David joins Itec having recently been involved in the launch of the Home
FERFA CHAIRMAN
FeRFA, the Resin Flooring Association, has announced the election of a new Chairman and Vice Chairman. Tracey Glew will be FeRFA’s first female Chairman, as well as the first to come from the surface preparation side of the industry, and
ATKINSON & KIRBY CELEBRITY
Celebrity property developer and TV presenter Sarah Beeny has chosen Atkinson & Kirby’s parquet flooring to provide a stylish finish to her kitchen, hall and basement as part of a home makeover project. Atkinson & Kirby’s new
BAL SURFACE DESIGN
Building Adhesives Ltd (BAL), tiling solutions manufacturer, is making a welcome return to the Surface Design Show this year. BAL, which last exhibited at the UK’s leading surfaces and materials event in 2014, will be showcasing its products and
RECOFLOOR RECORD
Recofloor, who divert vinyl flooring from landfill, hit a new annual record in 2015 by collecting 508 tonnes of material for recycling into flooring or other products. Founded by leading flooring manufacturers Altro and Polyflor, Recofloor has over 650
BOND IT BIKE RIDE
Sealants, adhesives, and waterproofing products manufacturer, Bond It, has lent its support to a mammoth charity bike ride raising funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance service. The Elland-based business recently sponsored a group of fundraisers who
Moduleo TV set
Luxury vinyl flooring manufacturer, Moduleo, has hit Scotland’s television screens on STV Glasgow’s Live at Five. The show’s production team opted for the brand-new Persian Walnut, from Moduleo’s Transform collection, due to its
Addagrip BBA
Addagrip Terraco Ltd have achieved British Board of Agrément (BBA) certification for their Addaset, Addabound and Terrabound Resin Bound surfaces, making them the first and only Resin Bound Surfacing manufacturer to achieve this standard. BBA
BRINTONS VIDEO SERIES
Kidderminster based carpet manufacturer, Brintons, is continuing to invest significantly in its marketing strategy by launching a series of videos to explore the journey of its carpets from fleece to floor.    The new videos depict the
ASPECTA MMFA
Aspecta was recognised this week for its achievements, high standards and commitment to the industry when it was accepted into the MMFA at Domotex, Hannover. Aspecta Global CEO, Harlan Stone, and Marcel Kies, Managing Director of ERME (Europe,
Polyflor BIM
Polyflor, commercial and residential vinyl flooring manufacturer, has launched even more downloadable Building Information Modelling (BIM) Objects following the release of Phase 2 of its BIM offering in June 2015.  The newly launched Phase 3 sees
Floorwise Competition
floorwise is giving readers the chance to win £1,000 worth of tools of their choosing just by answering a simple question: What is the code for the Flexible Axle Seam Roller in the floorwise flooring tools catalogue? If you win this fantastic
Gerflor Hospitality Sales guy
As part of Gerflor’s strategic policy to develop its UK business in the hospitality sector, the global flooring and wall protection solutions manufacturer has appointed Andy Wheble in the new role of retail specialist - hospitality sector. This
moduleo wind farm
Since the launch of its wind farm at the end of 2014, luxury vinyl flooring manufacturer, Moduleo, has saved 13.3 GWh of energy – the equivalent to the annual electricity use of more than 2,000 families. Thanks to its wind farm, Moduleo has become
Interfloor delights at peak season
Interfloor’s investment in manufacturing and logistics has paid off with a dramatic improvement in stock availability and deliveries throughout the peak season. The business has invested over £3m in a range of initiatives to increase output
KIDSOUT GETS OUTSTANDING SUPPORT FROM DESIGNER
KidsOut children’s charity has awarded Designer Contracts, the UK’s largest flooring contractor ‘Outstanding Supporter’ for its dedication and commitment to helping disadvantaged children. Designer Contracts has been a faithful
topps donation
Students in Solihull are gaining qualifications and improving their practical skills, thanks to a generous donation from the UK’s largest supplier of tiles and associated tools and accessories, Topps Tiles. Hundreds of colourful tiles and grout
Rising Ranks at PPC
Tracey Glew, Group Managing Director of The Preparation Group, has been appointed Chairman of FeRFA, Training Manager Stephen Walker has achieved FeRFA NVQ Assessor status and the company has qualified further apprentices through FeRFA’s
trump
The Trump International Golf Links on the dramatic coast of Aberdeenshire now have an authentic touch of the tartan, thanks to Stevens & Graham, tartan carpet designer and manufacturer. The Glasgow-based company's design teams have created a
Tiling Show
An exciting new exhibition for the tile and stone industry will be launched at the Harrogate International Centre from 18th-20th September 2016. This year saw the continued success of The Flooring Show, which took place in Harrogate in September and
recofloor awards
Recofloor, the UK’s award-winning vinyl flooring recycling scheme founded by Polyflor and Altro, will be recognising its members’ achievements at the fifth annual awards event to be held on March 3rd 2016 at Old Trafford, the Home of
Polyflor Xmas
Manchester-based vinyl flooring manufacturer Polyflor recently helped local charity Wood Street Mission with their 2015 Christmas Appeal by donating £1,000 worth of children’s toys. Wood Street Mission is a Manchester charity which has been
Gerflor Get Set for Surface
This February London’s Business Design Centre will see international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor showcasing their brand new 2016 collection of high quality contract and residential flooring solutions. The Surface Design Show
BAL sustainable mnf
Stoke-on-Trent-based Building Adhesives Ltd has been shortlisted as one of the top-six best performing companies in the UK for sustainable manufacturing. Building Adhesives Ltd, which specialises in the development and manufacture of tiling and
JJ Design Awards
J+J Flooring Group has been named a finalist for two prestigious design community awards. Kinetex products, Umbra and Umbra Stripe, have been named a Product Finalist in the flooring-hard surface category of US magazine Interior Design’s Best of
RSL awards
Stockport-based international resin flooring manufacturer Resin Surfaces Ltd (RSL) has won the prestigious Manufacturer of the Year award at the EN Northwest Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. The lavish awards ceremony, created by Excel Publishing and
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Estillon has supplied 20,000m² of Fenix Base underlay for the new cruise ship Norwegian Escape, launched by rapper Pitbull last week. With 2175 cabins, Norwegian Escape is the largest ever vessel in Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet. In a break
Instarmac
Instarmac, established manufacturer of high quality materials for the tiling and commercial flooring sectors and renowned in the urban regeneration and highway maintenance industries, has taken over Granfix Products Ltd. The acquisition of the Granfix
SIKA BREEAM
Sika ComfortFloor systems, Sikafloor PS23 and PS24, have become the first resin flooring systems to achieve a manufacturer-specific BRE Green Guide Ratings – attaining an A+ the highest rating available. The BRE Green Guide to Specification enables
Tile Event
Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has announced the key speakers for the tile industry event, to be hosted at the TTA later this month. They will include Phil Crowshaw from the Geeky Group; Fired Earth’s Sam Blythe; TSJ’s Editor Joe Simpson
HECKMONDWIKE FB’S CARPET SHOWROOM
A showroom in Scotland liked Heckmondwike FB’s Array and Broadrib fibre bonded carpet tiles so much, they chose them for their own floor. Kristoffersen Carpets and Flooring chose 60m2 of Array Peacock with complementary Broadrib in Peacock for the
New unpublished page
J+J Flooring Group has issued its latest technical paper, Flooring and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) – A Challenge to Common Misperceptions. The paper can be an important resource for architects, designers and other professionals who are responsible for
Inspect Solutions
Answering a demand for quality inspections throughout the UK, Inspect Solutions is now providing certified laminate and vinyl flooring inspection services for major retailers, manufacturers, distributors and related industries. Joe Guyette, Director of
Spectre floor
A British firm has furnished the set of James Bond’s latest silver screen appearance in Spectre. Online retailer Floor Monster secured a £30,000 contract to supply flooring to London’s Pinewood Studios for the new 007 film. The
Designer Contracts customer service
UK flooring contractor, Designer Contracts has strengthened its customer service support team with key new appointments. Since the launch of the Home Builders Federation annual customer satisfaction survey, carried out by the HBF and NHBC each year,
Karndean BIM
UK manufacturer of luxury vinyl flooring Karndean Designflooring has unveiled its collection of Business Information Modelling (BIM) components, created in partnership with BIMstore, the UK’s most recognised BIM objects library. The new Karndean
Moduleo hits Hollyoaks
Luxury vinyl flooring from Moduleo, was chosen by the design team at Lime Pictures for a new look Price Slice set on award-winning soap, Hollyoaks. The team selected the Classic Oak 24438 from the manufacturer’s Transform range for the village
Hefter Denis Rawlins scrubbers
Contractors and facility managers looking to exploit innovative floor cleaning technology are the target for a new alliance between Denis Rawlins Ltd and Germany’s leading manufacturer of scrubber-dryers. Hefter Cleantech has appointed Denis
Itec at Sleep
High-performance sheet flooring from Itec Contract Floors will be at this year’s Sleep event as the brand looks to improving recognition as an ideal solution in hospitality environments. Itec Contract Floors is exhibiting under parent, IVC Group,
Milliken Sustainability
Milliken’s floor covering division has launched its first-ever sustainability report to provide transparency and detailed insight into the company’s global operations and product offering. The report shares knowledge into five material
karndean cpd
UK manufacturer of luxury vinyl flooring Karndean Designflooring has released its latest RIBA approved CPD for architects and specifiers looking to consider the elderly and the vulnerable when designing new spaces. Entitled ‘Inclusive Flooring
Travis Perkins community centre
Travis Perkins plc Pace management team and local tradespeople have collaborated with charity Northampton Community Spaces to refurbish one of their community centres. In just 48 hours Standen’s Barn was transformed into a warm, welcoming and safe
DOMOTEX carpet comp
The submissions process for the 2016 Carpet Design Awards is underway. Designers of exclusive hand-made carpets and rugs have until 3 November 2015 to submit their entries for consideration. In 2016, prizes will be awarded in eight categories. The
UK WORKER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
Six of the UK’s hardest workers will contest for the title of UK Worker of the Year 2015, after organisers announced this year’s finalists. They are Harry Timms - a tree surgeon from Andover; Paul Middleton – a railway engineer from
Gerflor Healthcare specialist
Experienced specification sales professional, Max Taylor, has been appointed Surface Protection Solutions (SPM) and Healthcare Specialist at Gerflor. This role is dedicated to technical sales of the impact resistant ranges for heavy traffic areas
Itec Appointments
As it continues with strong growth, Itec Contract Floors is strengthening its position in the UK market with the appointment of a UK Technical Manager and South East Area Sales Manager. Kevin Clinch joins the manufacturer as UK Technical Manager and will
TCF Awards
Entries for the Tomorrow’s Contract Floors Awards 2016 are now open. We’re inviting you to tell us what you think have been the best product innovations and services available over the past 12 months. After celebrating the best products and
Floorwise M&S
With free M&S vouchers for purchasing floorwise products, the Big Bonanza Promotion is now on. Throughout October and November, any retailer or contractor purchasing Underlay, Diamond Gripper, or F599 Spray Adhesive to the qualifying amount will see
Desso achieves C2C gold level certification
Desso, a leading carpet company and part of the Tarkett Group, has reached a major new milestone in its Cradle to Cradle (C2C) journey. It has become the first carpet tile manufacturer in the world to achieve Cradle to Cradle Gold level certification for
BAL website
BAL, UK provider of tiling solutions, has launched a new state-of-the art responsive website suitable for mobiles, tablets and desktops with interactive features for every user.  The new website encompasses all elements of BAL’s previous sites
Brintons brings a bespoke touch to Harvey Nichols
Luxury department store Harvey Nichols has recently re-opened in Birmingham following a stylish makeover, which included a range of specially designed rugs from local manufacturer Brintons. The store, which has doubled in size, commissioned the
CAREERS UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT AT UK CONSTRUCTION
As students across the country get stuck into the new academic year, UK Construction Week is celebrating education and training of all kinds – highlighting that there is more than one way to build a successful and rewarding career in
Travis Perkins UFH
Travis Perkins plc has recently acquired a majority stake in The Underfloor Heating Store. The Underfloor Heating Store is a market-leading online retailer of electric and water underfloor heating systems and associated products focused on the consumer
TTA host KCS ‘Business Insight’
Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) is holding a tailored Business Insight Open Day, for the tile and KBB industries, at The Tile Association in Stone, Staffordshire. The event will take place on Thursday 26 November and is free to attend. As well as
BRINTONS INSPIRATIONS SHORTLISTED IN SBID DESIGN
World-renowned carpet manufacturer Brintons has been shortlisted in this year’s prestigious SBID International Design Excellence awards for their latest design collection Inspirations. The collection has been selected by a technical panel of judges
Tile Group charity
Four members of the ABCD Tile Group (Association of British Ceramic Distributors) have raised more than £4,000 for a children’s charity by completing an epic endurance race in the Lake District. Stefan Firth, Chief Executive of Yorkshire
Victoria PLC Acquires Interfloor Group Ltd
Victoria PLC, manufacturer, supplier and distributor of design-led flooring, has announced the acquisition of Interfloor Group Limited, manufacturer of carpet underlay and related accessories, for a total enterprise value of £65m. Geoff Wilding,
Milliken Expands Global Reach with Australian
It was recently announced that Ontera Modular Carpets Pty., Ltd has joined the Milliken family of companies. Based in Australia, Ontera is a leader in the design and manufacture of commercial modular carpet, providing Milliken branded products as part of
Opus rebrands contract flooring title
Opus Business Media is pleased to announce the rebrand of Tomorrow’s Flooring magazine, which will now be known as Tomorrow’s Contract Floors. The new title will differentiate the magazine from its sister publication, Tomorrow’s Retail
SURFACES & MATERIALS SHOW ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP
Showcasing the latest solutions to be brought to market, the Surface & Materials Show has teamed up with SCIN Gallery to create an interactive feature at the event, taking place at UK Construction Week this October. Bringing together the diverse
UK WORKER OF THE YEAR 2015 COMPETITION HEATS UP
Workwear brand, Dickies, proved a huge hit at Cadwell Park, parading its UK Worker of the Year competition at the 8th Round of the MCE British Superbike Championship. Hundreds queued up to enter this year’s competition, in an attempt to win a
Polyflor expona
A bold and dramatic flooring design from Polyflor’s Expona Commercial range of luxury vinyl tiles was chosen for the refurbishment of Vida Loca Tattoo studio in Bolton, Greater Manchester recently.   Vida Loca Tattoo in Bolton town centre
ASPECTA LVT LAUNCHES IN THE NETHERLANDS
Following the launch of ASPECTA LVT flooring into America last year, and then into twelve European countries earlier this year, the brand is now being introduced in the Netherlands. As of August 15, flooring specialist ROOMMADE will exclusively
Sovini Trade Supplies continues Quest to Do Good
Sovini Trade Supplies in Merseyside has donated £2,500 of products to help refurbish a new sport and fitness community centre, The Quest Centre, in Litherland. The non-profit organisation was set up by Manager of local Liverpool Quest Taekwondo
RPM Awards Flowcrete
Flowcrete Group Ltd welcomed RPM International Inc.’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Ronald A. Rice, and Vice President of Planning and Financial Analysis, Melissa Schoger, to its headquarters in Cheshire to present RPM’s Connections
Gerflor’s new specification sales specialist
Experienced sales professional, John Nicholas, is the latest Specification & Sales Representative to join Gerflor flooring group’s UK team. He is responsible for technical sales across specification and distribution channels of public and
Accreditation for Conren
Conren Limited, one of the UK’s leading manufacturer of epoxy resin and polyurethane floor coatings, screeds and waterproofing membranes, has been officially approved by Constructionline, considered the UK’s leading procurement and supply
Victoria PLC Acquires Quest Carpets
Victoria PLC, manufacturer, supplier and distributor of design-led carpets and floorcoverings, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Australian carpet producer Quest Carpets for approximately £16.5 million. Operating from facilities in
THE RECLAIMED FLOORING COMPANY HAS SURFACE &
Surface & Materials Live, part of UK Construction Week – the largest construction trade event in the UK – has announced that the Reclaimed Flooring Company will be joining its exhibitors at the show. For specifiers and designers seeking
Poor Workplace Health & Safety Standards to Hit
Following recent consultation around a possible shake-up of health and safety sentencing guidelines, which could see big companies hit by large fines of up to £20million from late 2015, Kärcher has announced a new campaign to ensure
Brintons strengthens global presence with
Kidderminster-based Brintons, the global manufacturer of bespoke carpets, has  announced the acquisition of F.D Agnella, the Polish-based manufacturer and supplier of high quality carpets and rugs. The deal will strengthen the company’s global
IVAN_INTRO APP DIGS UP NEW BUSINESS FOR FLOORING
The way flooring specialists find work looks set to change forever following the launch of revolutionary new app Ivan_intro. The free to download app, fronted by Ivan the mole, is powered by ground-breaking response technology which mines Twitter for key
Bosch Professional Power Tools sponsors Tough
Bosch Professional is backing the UK series of Tough Mudder events. Two million people worldwide have participated in Tough Mudder trials, which present the ultimate challenge to participants. Mud, ice, electricity and even fire are just some of the
JANUARY FURNITURE SHOW FLOORS THE COMPETITION
With some of the biggest and best known names in the flooring business, the January Furniture Show’s first Flooring Showcase has doubled in size and sold out in less than four months. Working with the buying group SMG, the dedicated area in Hall 2
Contract Flooring Solutions Receives Funding to
A Midlands-based company providing flooring - supply and installation - to house builders and commercial customers has secured £490,000 of funding from Finance Birmingham. The cash injection will allow Contract Flooring Solutions, which has sites
Recofloor Summer Promotion
Throughout August, Recofloor’s special summer Love2shop Promotion is encouraging more flooring companies to recycle their waste vinyl flooring – and be in with a chance to win a fantastic shopping prize. Founded by Polyflor and Altro to
Interfloor appoints new Operations Director
Interfloor has appointed Mark Jennings as its new Operations Director. Reporting to CEO, John Cooper, Mark will head up the manufacturing and logistics functions covering both the Haslingden and Dumfries sites. John Cooper commented: “Mark is a
SBID TO PARTNER WITH IIDA IN THE MIDDLE EAST
The Society of British and International Design (SBID) will be teaming up with The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) in their first ever joint program at Downtown Design, Dubai UAE. The collaborative program will feature an in-depth,
Brintons to Exhibit at Maison & Objet in Paris
Brintons is showcasing the ‘Best of British’ at Maison & Objet Paris’ 20th anniversary exhibition from 4- 8 September. This will be the first year that Brintons will be exhibiting at the prestigious show in Paris, and it will be
Houzz UK Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary
Houzz, the world’s leading platform for home renovation and design, has announced that it has more than doubled its community in its first year in the UK, attracting more than 2million monthly unique users to its mobile and online platform,
Grant Westfiels ASPECTA
Specialist interiors manufacturer Grant Westfield has launched a dedicated contract flooring division – Westfield Flooring. With the objective of securing a significant share of the retail and hospitality markets, in particular, the new enterprise
Interfloor invests over £3m to meet demand
Interfloor, the UK’s leading underlay and flooring accessories manufacturer, has made significant investments in its operations to manage a sustained increase in demand. The business has invested over £3million in improving its manufacturing
Premier League flooring for FC United of
FC United of Manchester’s new £5.5 million, 4,440 capacity stadium, which was officially opened earlier this year and celebrates the club’s 10th anniversary, features first class flooring from adhesive supplier Bostik
J+J Flooring Group Names New Corporate Vice
J+J Flooring Group, a leading manufacturer of commercial specified flooring, has announced that industry veteran, Bill Blackstock has been named as the company’s new Corporate Vice President for Sales Strategy. Blackstock will eventually succeed
DESIGNER CONTRACTS ARE RECYCLING WINNERS
Designer Contracts has been awarded ‘Take Back Partner of the Year’ by Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK) at the annual awards and conference held in Birmingham. Louise Abbott, Designer Contracts’ Merchandise and Marketing Manager, was also
F Ball supports the future of the flooring
UK manufacturer of flooring adhesives and floor preparation products, F. Ball and Co. Ltd., is investing in the future of the flooring industry through its ongoing apprentice and internship programme. The company now has three apprentices and one Keele
Feeling peckish? Join Recofloor at the ‘Bacon
Join the Recofloor team at this year’s popular ‘Bacon Butty’ events where you can find out more about the UK’s award-winning vinyl flooring recycling scheme while enjoying welcome refreshments. Founded by leading flooring
INVISTA Antron carpet fibre supports CRUK Annual
INVISTA Antron carpet fibre has supported the Carpet Recycling UK 2015 Annual Conference and Awards, held at the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Birmingham, as the not-for-profit organisation looks to divert more of the 400,000 tonnes of carpet
AMTICO TARGETING EXPORT GROWTH WITH LLOYDS BANK
Designer and manufacturer of luxury flooring, Amtico International is expanding its product line and moving into new international markets with the support of a £1.5million facility from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.   Headquartered in
Hanson floors the competition at Housebuilder
Leading building material supplier Hanson Building Products has walked away from the Housebuilder Product Awards 2015 with the Best Building Fabric Award, for its New Jetfloor insulated ground floors. New Jetfloor beat off competition from three other
Director appointed at Sovini Trade Supplies
Anita Harrison-Carroll has been appointed as Director of Sovini Trade Supplies; a specialist building and timber merchants in Merseyside. As Director, Anita is responsible for the growth and development of the new business, while overseeing and ensuring
J+J FLOORING GROUP FOCUS ON CORPORATE
J+J Flooring Group, a leading manufacturer of commercial specified flooring, has released its third annual corporate sustainability report, the company announced. The new report, entitled Sustainability, Every Day, focuses on the company’s 2014
MANUFACTURERS TAKE TO THE FLOOR AT THE SURFACE &
Preparations for the Surface & Materials Show, part of UK Construction Week, are heating up, as several new flooring manufacturers have signed up to exhibit at the inaugural event this October.  Taking place at the Birmingham NEC from 6 –
GRADUS’ BRONZE STAIR EDGINGS FITTED TO THE
Contract interior specialist Gradus has supplied their bronze stair edgings to the Eiffel Tower as part of a £24million restoration programme at the world famous landmark.   Standing 324m above the Paris skyline, the Eiffel Tower is
Tom Lowry joins Gerflor in new technical
Tom Lowry is Gerflor’s latest recruit to its newly formed contract specification sales team, which is dedicated to expanding the global flooring manufacturer’s UK business through the management of specification projects across the diverse
A BIG MOVE FOR QA FLOORING SOLUTIONS
QA Flooring Solutions has moved to a new head office with more space and better facilities to accommodate their expanding team. The move will enable the company to deal with its suppliers and worldwide customer base more efficiently. Garry Atmore,
Balta Announce Takeover
Lone Star Funds, a global private equity firm, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Balta Group from Doughty Hanson, a European private equity firm, Filip Balcaen and Management for an undisclosed sum. The transaction is expected to close at the
DOMOTEX Turkey provides an international
Organized in Gaziantep, the centre of machine-made carpet manufacturing, DOMOTEX Turkey brought industry leaders together from 25-28 May once again with the support of Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce (GTO), Southeastern Anatolia Carpet Exporters' Union
A ROYAL WIN FOR THIS YEAR’S FLY FORBO
Forbo Flooring Systems is pleased to announce that Hazel Pearson from Michael Laird Architects (MLA) jetted off to Chicago this week following the company’s win at this year’s Fly Forbo competition - due to its impactful design at the Royal
LIVERYMAN DIDS MACDONALD AWARDED OBE IN BIRTHDAY
Dids Macdonald, CEO of Anti Copying in Design (ACID) and a Liveryman and Second Assistant of The Furniture Makers’ Company, has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours for her services to the
The Wool Carpet Focus Group launches a new
Bradford, the original capital city of the world`s wool trade, hosted a meeting last week of some of the most powerful and influential people in the British carpet industry. The carpet sector is one of the largest consumers of wool and employs thousands
J+J Flooring Group Certified as a Zero Waste to
J+J Flooring Group, a leading manufacturer of commercial specified flooring, announced yesterday it has been certified as a Zero Waste to Landfill manufacturer by GreenCircle Certified, LLC., a prominent third-party certifier of environmental claims.
Aspecta Erme Neocon
ASPECTA ERME will be exhibiting at NeoCon, the largest commercial interiors show in North America, taking place at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago next week from 15-17 June. ASPECTA will be showcasing its ASPECTA FIVE Abstract collection of 24 LVT
Fourfront Group appoints Leeson Medhurst as a
Fit out specialist Fourfront Group has appointed Leeson Medhurst as a workplace consultant. Leeson, who previously ran his own workplace consultancy, will be responsible for developing workplace strategies for clients across Fourfront’s four
Polyflor celebrated as top Green Manufacturer
Vinyl flooring manufacturer Polyflor was recognised for its green credentials when it received the prize for Green/ Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year at Insider’s Made in the North West awards recently. The prestigious awards dinner took place
Woolsafe certifications
Building on the success of the internationally respected WoolSafe Approved programme The WoolSafe Organisation has recently launched two new certifications: CleanSeal and EnviroSeal. These new marks will be used on carpet cleaning products to denote
Brintons tailor made
Brintons has worked with renowned tailor Patrick Grant to help furnish his new luxury, ready-to-wear menswear store located in the heart of Mayfair. E. Tautz opened its first flagship London store, which spans over two floors and occupies
Tile Giant extends Parkinson’s partnership
Tile Giant, based in Staffordshire, has extended their two year fundraising partnership with Parkinson’s UK until the end of 2015. The partnership, which began in 2013, has seen all 115 stores nationwide and 450 staff involved in raising over
BAL strengthens specification support team
Building Adhesives Ltd (BAL), manufacturer of tile adhesives, grouts, sealants and ancillary products, has continued to strengthen its specification support team with the appointment of William McLachlan as Business Development Manager. William
Sylka award
SYLKA, innovators of the globally acclaimed NuSilk carpet, has been named National Brand of the United Arab Emirates at the Luxury Lifestyle Awards in Dubai. SYLKA, which has offices in London, America and the Middle East, was selected by an
T&R Flooring Concord House
Five Kährs’ wood floor designs are being supplied, by T&R, at Concord House, luxury loft apartment complex, which showcases the work of local furniture designers and makers. Located in Birmingham City Centre, the stunning development is
Carpet firm sentenced after wall collapses on
A Littleborough carpet firm has been fined after an employee suffered severe injuries when a concrete wall collapsed onto him. Arron Ridings, 39, from Littleborough, broke his back, leg, pelvis and hip in the incident at West Pennine Carpets Ltd on 29
Retailers find value in recycling carpet waste
Carpet Recycling UK highlighted the economic and environmental value to retailers of recycling their uplifted carpets and installation off-cuts at the 2015 Buying Groups’ National Flooring Show, Solihull last week. Baling uplifted carpets reduces
Area Sq wins CCS Award for London Motability
Design and fit-out company Area Sq has been given a bronze award from the Considerate Constructors Scheme for its work with Motability Operations in south east London. Over 9000 sites were in the running for a 2014 award, yet less than 10% received such
Innovation and new tech showcase
As part of its year-long celebration to mark 80 years of technological innovation, Kärcher will be showcasing its latest professional cleaning products at the iconic Concorde Hangar based at Manchester Airport. “Synonymous with innovation,
The British Wood Flooring Association Seeks
The British Wood Flooring Association (BWFA) is looking for apprentices for immediate start on their next intake group. FloorSkills is the training provider partner for the BWFA. This is a two year course, which can be fully funded through the CITB,
Goodweave Nepal
GoodWeave has reported that its field team in Nepal has reached 67 weaving factories and 2091 workers with food and supplies (as of 7 May), following the set up of the GoodWeave Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. Each day the Nepal team is now reaching on
Wilton celebrates 20 years of success
Wilton Carpets Commercial recently held a country fete and party on its picturesque production site in the Wiltshire countryside to say thank you to its staff and to celebrate a hugely successful 20 years of business. Two decades ago, in January 1995,
Atkinson & Kirby Launches New Website
Flooring brand Atkinson & Kirby is inviting visitors to explore its new website. Designed with the user in mind, the website provides the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout. The site showcases
Free Floors for Good Causes
Patients and Staff at Birmingham Children’s Hospital are the latest to benefit from an appeal to award 40 Free Floors for 40 Good Causes, spearheaded by luxury vinyl flooring specialist Karndean Designflooring. Located in Birmingham City Centre,
UK CONSTRUCTION WEEK UNVEILS SEMINAR PROGRAMME
Placing a firm emphasis on knowledge sharing, discussion and debate, UK Construction Week has revealed the seminar programme for the main stage of the event, which takes place at the Birmingham NEC in October. The Seminar Theatre will deliver high-level
The Flooring Show Gets Set for Success
With over 90% of stands already sold at this year’s Flooring Show, the industry should soon start to gear up for an exciting and vibrant show, once again held in Harrogate from 20-22 September 2015.   Event Director, Wendy Adams commented:
SYLKA to judge Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2015 in
The Managing Director of SYLKA, producer of luxury faux-silk carpets and rugs, has been selected as a judge at the prestigious Luxury Lifestyle Awards due to be held in Dubai. Steve Farrell will sit on an international panel of judges, which include the
Award Dave Rowley BAL
BAL Training Manager, Dave Rowley has been recognised with a prestigious industry award for playing a vital contribution to the development of skills and knowledge throughout the tiling industry. Dave, who joined BAL in 1992 after completing an
Recofloor National Recycling Awards
Recofloor is a finalist in this year’s National Recycling Awards in the Resource Management Business of the Year category for its sustained achievements in collecting and recycling waste vinyl flooring. The MRW National Recycling Awards 2015
THE SURFACE AND MATERIALS SHOW
Forming part of the biggest built environment trade event the UK has ever seen, the Surface and Materials Show is a brand new exhibition being launched at UK Construction Week, this October. From ceramics to wood, concrete to carpet, the event will
kahrs.com
Kährs has launched a new, interactive website at www.kahrs.com.  The new site combines a wealth of wood-floor related resources, along with a virtual showroom, where Kährs designs can be laid within decorated roomsets, to aid in selection
Screwfix report
2015 has got off to a busy start for UK tradesmen, according to new research released by multi-channel retailer, Screwfix. An overwhelming majority, 97% of the plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters and other tradesmen questioned in
British Wool National Flooring Show
British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) will attend the Buying Groups’ National Flooring Show (BGNFS) in Solihull this May to promote the board’s latest Point of Sale Materials. The two new brochures have been designed to provide straightforward
Heckmondwike FB strengthens sales team
Heckmondwike FB, one of the UK’s leading commercial fibre bonded carpet manufacturers, has made two new appointments and a promotion in order to strengthen its Southern and Midlands’ sales team. Chayne Whittington has been promoted to
Designer Contracts New FD
Designer Contracts, UK flooring contractor, has appointed David Walker as its new finance director. David is a CIMA qualified accountant with over 20 years’ experience as a senior professional having held financial director positions in both the
Flooring assessments
To celebrate opening its new training centre in Doncaster, Flooring Assessments will be donating tool kits worth over £250 to every apprentice signed up from April to August this year. Flooring Assessments trainer Daniel Fairhurst said: “We
Students win Recofloor Design Comp
University of Hertfordshire students shared a £1,000 top prize for their innovative ideas to create a modular compost bin and a roof tile from waste vinyl flooring in the first-ever Recofloor Design Competition. The competition was organised by the
Quick-Step extends pro-cycling sponsorship
Quick-Step, manufacturer and distributor of hardwood, laminate and luxury vinyl flooring, has announced the renewal of its long-standing sponsorship deal with the Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team. The contract, which was set to expire at the end
CRUK retailers
Carpet Recycling UK will again be providing advice for retailers on sustainable disposal routes for carpet fitting waste and uplifted post-consumer carpets at the 2015 Buying Groups’ National Flooring Show in Solihull on 12th and 13th May. Visitors
Kahrs Ideal Home
Kährs’ wood flooring designs recently featured in the Ideal Home Show’s main feature - three full sized properties, including The Future Proof Home and The Gap House.  Kährs’ stylish, sustainable designs were chosen by
The Flooring Show – news updates
The Flooring Show’s brand new website is now live, and visitor registration is open; here are some news updates from the organisers:     The Wool Trends Centre continues to grow As the 2014 Wool Trends Centre was such a great
Brintons Clerkenwell
Brintons is to launch its brand new collection ‘Brintons Inspirations’ available exclusively, which will be unveiled at a special showcase at Clerkenwell Design Week.    The designs have been based on three themes, including
FEP figures 2014
According to estimated figures from the European Federation of the Parquet Industry (FEP) the overall EU consumption of wood flooring decreased by around 3.8% during 2014. However, FEP stresses that there is variation between countries with Italy and
GoodWeave
GoodWeave has moved closer to eradicating child labour in the rug industry with the addition of three more UK companies to its international labelling scheme. Rug Couture, Sage Green Designs and The Moorland Rug Company have all become GoodWeave
Carpet Crusher Arighi
Established in 1854, the furniture store Arighi Bianchi in Macclesfield is a fourth generation family-run business with one of the largest carpet departments in the UK. Due to the high volumes of floorcoverings they install all over the UK it’s
Karndean colours success at Surface
Karndean is celebrating a successful collaboration with Global Color Research at The Surface Design Show 2015. Two 3D installations, created by New Designers award winner Emilie Osborne, featured Karndean Designflooring’s new LooseLay Series Three
Youthbuild
In order to help younger generations into the construction industry, Youthbuild UK held an event, dubbed ‘Building Pathways’, in Leeds on 18th of March. The event, sponsored by Toolstation, featured speakers including young people who have
EPLF Laminate figures
According to a conservative estimate value for 2014, the 21 ordinary member companies of the EPLF (the European producers of laminate flooring) sold 465 million m² of laminate flooring worldwide compared with 463 million in 2013. The total market
The Wood Awards 2015
The Wood Awards: Excellence in Architecture and Product Design launches its 2015 call for entries with exciting new categories and a high-calibre panel of judges who will evaluate and recognise projects made out of the naturally sustainable material.
CRUK Conference
Carpet Recycling UK’s Annual Conference returns to Birmingham on June 11th with a comprehensive programme covering developments in thinking and practice around sustainability across the carpet supply chain. Preceding the one-day event at the
Shaw Women
The Manufacturing Institute will award Kellie Ballew, product sustainability manager, Reesie Duncan, Shaw Contract Group creative director; and Deanna Mathis, supply chain business solutions manager with the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science,
NEW CUSTOMER SERVICES MANAGER AT AXMINSTER CARPETS
Axminster Carpets has promoted Charlie Darke to the position of Customer Services Manager at its Devon headquarters. Increasing demand for its ranges from both consumers and businesses means that the customer services team is integral to the selection,
A Bright Future for Atkinson & Kirby
Atkinson & Kirby, the leading timber flooring company, which is part of the Archwood Group, is investing in a new warehouse and distribution operation and a new group commercial facility, to help create improvements in service to customers
Kingspan partnership Dolomiti
Kingspan Timber Solutions, innovator in the development and application of structural timber technology, has announced that the company has entered into a partnership arrangement with Italian based cross laminated timber (CLT) manufacturer, XLAM
Havwoods reveal new Specifiers Products subsidiary
Celebrating 40 years of flooring heritage in 2015, Havwoods Accessories are delighted to have unveiled their new subsidiary, HSP (Havwoods Specifier Products) at Eco-Build 2015 in March of this year. The family business, in its third generation, is a
BAL Training Centre
A state-of-the art £300,000 Innovation and Technology Centre (ITC) has been officially opened by the leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council Councillor Mohammad Pervez at Building Adhesives Ltd in Trentham. Councillor Pervez opened the Centre
Diespeker & Co shakes it up
In response to a rapidly expanding workload, London natural stone and terrazzo specialist Diespeker & Co has implemented a team restructure, with the introduction of four new roles.  The £2.4M turnover business, which has 40 employees and
Interfloor new MD
Interfloor Ltd, manufacturers of the world famous Duralay and Tredaire brands, is delighted to announce the arrival of John Cooper as Managing Director. John joins from barbecue brand Weber, having previously worked at Hozelock, AAH, and ABF. Along with
Kahrs Best of Houzz
Kährs has been awarded ‘Best Of Houzz’ for Design by Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The wood flooring brand was chosen by more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community, including
Kenburn-genesis
Genesis Patterns has reduced transport costs by 75%, cutting the company’s carbon footprint and reducing landfill, all with the help of a Kenburn Carpet Crusher. As one of the UK’s largest sampling product producers, Geniesis Patterns
National Tradesman Day
IRWIN TOOLS has launched its annual National Tradesman Day competition, giving the chance to win a brand new FORD F150 4X4 as well as a truckload of IRWIN tools and tickets to top sporting events. Now in its 5th year, National Tradesman Day 2015 will be
carpetright rival
The son of Carpetright founder, Lord Harris, is to establish a rival high-street, flooring retail chain. Martin Harris left Carpetright where he served as development director, after 23 years of service, last autumn. Five weeks later his father stepped
Brintons Cruise
Brintons, UK carpet manufacturer, is showcasing the ‘Best of British’ at the annual Cruise Shipping Event in Miami on the 16th – 19th March. The Royal Warranted carpet manufacturer has been exhibiting at the show for over 15 years, and
BAL Business development manager
Building Adhesives Ltd, UK manufacturer of tile adhesives, grouts, sealants and ancillary products, has appointed Matthew Leaver as their new national Business Development Manager, strengthening the company specification support. Matthew’s
Worker of the year 2015
UK Worker of the Year 2015, organised by workwear brand Dickies, has opened for entries. Orginally scheduled to launch at Donington Park over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend in April, the competition has opened its website early, allowing hard workers in
Flowcrete TV
In the run up to Pro2Pac 2015, Flowcrete UK will be recording a three-part series of webinars all about flooring considerations within processing and packaging environments. Presented by Flowcrete UK’s Sales Director Alan Dean, each video will
Recofloor Vinyl Record
Recofloor has notched up a new collection record - 500 tonnes of waste vinyl flooring sent back for recycling into flooring or other products in just 12 months. The ‘milestone figure’ for 2014 was achieved during the national vinyl flooring
UK Construction Week
Flying the flag for British construction, Media 10, the UK's biggest design and build event company, has launched UK Construction Week, which is shaping up to be the strongest trade event the building and construction industry has ever seen. Held at
Domus + Kaza concrete
Domus and KAZA Concrete is pleased to announce Cristina Vezzini as the winner of its inaugural concrete tile design competition. Her design will now be produced and added to the range of KAZA tiles available. Cristina, a recent graduate from the Royal
Kahrs takeover
Kährs Group, Swedish wood and resilient flooring manufacturer, has announced its acquisition of part of recently formed Croatian Pozgaj Flooring. The takeover adds own production of wood flooring near the important Central European market and supply
Pergo appointment
Pergo has recently appointed Laura Sandles as Area Sales Specification Manager for London and the South of England, bringing a wealth of skills and experience to the position. Laura joins the Pergo team to help educate architects, designers and
Valentine's
With just a day until Valentine’s Day, research from bathroom specialist Heritage Bathrooms, reveals that men should forget the chocolates and overpriced flowers, all women want is a home makeover. Traditionally Valentine’s Day brings with
CFS Carpets BRE A+
CFS Carpets would proudly like to announce that their increasingly popular carpet tile range VT480 has now been given a BRE A+ Rating from the Building Research Establishment. Products, which achieve an  A+ ratings will have the lowest overall
COBA Forest Floor Initiative
COBA Flooring is pleased to be a supporting an ambitious environmental project through sales of its Premier range of entrance matting systems during 2015. The Leicestershire-based entrance matting manufacturer has launched its own campaign called the
Karndean Surface Design Show
UK manufacturer of Luxury Vinyl, Karndean Designflooring, has announced their sponsorship of the Global Colour Research Mix Trend Wall at The Surface Design Show 2015. Created by New Designers award winner Emilie Osborne, the 3D installation featuring