Distribution round-up - Carpet and Flooring
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Distribution round-up - Carpet and Flooring

A key resource for the industry, distributors ensure manufacturers are able to supply their products to market as efficiently and effectively as possible. In July, CFJ published the inaugural Distribution Leaders supplement, highlighting those companies who are ‘excelling, despite the challenges’ of sustainability and unpredictable prices for expenses such as transport. Here, a few of those...

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Distribution round-up - Furlong Flooring
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Distribution round-up - Furlong Flooring

Richard Richman, national sales manager, Furlong Flooring
We had a strong first half of the year at Furlong Flooring with the launch of our new Luxury Vinyl Tile stands which were of big interest to our independent retailers. Persimmon Homes have also taken up an offer on our LVT which has kept us busy over the last few months and we are putting a real focus on the commercial side to the flooring...

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Distribution round-up - Floorwise
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Distribution round-up - Floorwise

Richard Bailey, managing director, floorwise
There’s no doubt that the market is proving a little up and down at the moment and with so much uncertainty surrounding the economy, it seems that a stable, less-fluctuating market is still some way off. While news of a declining high-street and low-profits at big retailers may say doom and gloom, but, to a degree, we’re finding the opposite is true.

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‘Reassuring quality’
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‘Reassuring quality’

From the Dolphin knife, Crain carpet trimmers and Maestri stapling machines to Leica laser measures, Snickers workwear and Leister hot weld kits, floorwise says its distributors are a great source of tools from the industry’s leading brands.

Including Sheffield steel blades for precision cuts ‘time-after-time’ and kneepads to prevent tendon and cartilage damage, installers can be sure that...

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Healthcare - modulyss
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Healthcare - modulyss

THE Cambridge headquarters of Alzheimer’s Research UK has recently been refurbished, including the commissioning of an additional 350sq m of office space, with the Motion /// Vision carpet tile concept from modulyss playing a key role.

Specified within the refurbishment by Alium Design, Motion and Vision carpet tiles in various colourways have been installed through the open plan offices, meeting ...

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Healthcare - F Ball
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Healthcare - F Ball

STOPGAP 300 HD was among what’s described as high-performance F Ball products used to refurbish the flooring in the main entrance of the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital in Scotland, along with Stopgap P131 general purpose primer and Styccobond F44 acrylic adhesive.

Together, these products were used to create a bright, welcoming environment in the 200sq m area, which was previously considered...

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Healthcare - Gerflor
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Healthcare - Gerflor

WHEN a health and wellbeing charity needed a new purpose-built building, it also required floorcoverings for its gym and meeting rooms that would contribute to the overall aesthetics and functions of the facility and accommodate the needs of those who use it.

Designed by 3DReid architects, Thistle’s Centre of Wellbeing in Edinburgh replaced a former and no longer fit-for-purpose facility with...

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Healthcare - Uzin
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Healthcare - Uzin

BY adopting a Uzin system more than 2,000sq m of flooring was renovated without having to close down the Starlight Children’s Ward in Wythenshawe Hospital. The floor at the Starlight Children’s Ward needed refurbishment. However, Wythenshawe Hospital didn’t want to close down the ward so important care could be maintained during the overhaul.

It was important the renovation was quick, clean and...

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Healthcare - Pro-Tek
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Healthcare - Pro-Tek

PRO-TEK WPC reportedly provides the ideal flooring option for healthcare environments. Offered in 40 wood and stone effects, the engineered vinyl floor is said to give a host of practical features, including a hygienic, waterproof surface finish and a robust, phthalate-free construction.

It also reportedly features an integral underlay and glue-less locking joint, which cuts installation time and ...

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Healthcare - Danfloor
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Healthcare - Danfloor

ONE of Angela Swift’s most recent developments for MHA, Montpellier Manor, opened earlier this year offering residents a purpose-built facility which is said to provide privacy and independence, friendship and support in a beautifully designed environment, which feels just like home.

‘Creating a home-from-home feeling was an essential part of the design process which is why danfloor’s collection...

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Healthcare - UltraFloor
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Healthcare - UltraFloor

ULTRAFLOOR says it has a long, successful history of subfloor preparation projects in the healthcare sector, adding that with ‘a superior range of smoothing underlayments and ancillary products on offer, it’s easy to see why’.
UltraFloor’s range of reportedly high-performance floor levellers includes Level IT Super Flex 30 fibre reinforced flexible smoothing underlayment, Level IT Super30 rapid...

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Healthcare - Gradus
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Healthcare - Gradus

WHEN looking at flooring in healthcare facilities, it’s important to think about stair safety. Stair-edgings can be installed to prevent trips and slips from occurring, while maintaining the interior aesthetic.

The Gradus XT range of stair-edgings claims to offer the ultimate solution in reducing slips, trips and falls on stairs and supports the recommendations in the latest building legislation...

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Flooring in healthcare - Gerflor
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Flooring in healthcare - Gerflor

WITH quality, outcomes, and value being the watchwords for healthcare in the 21st century, healthcare sector stakeholders in the UK are looking for innovative and cost-effective ways to deliver patient-centred environments that provide comfort, hygiene, durability and safety.

The flooring element of this equation is a crucial cog in the delivery of the patient, staff and visitor experience.

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Healthcare - Lano
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Healthcare - Lano

SAID to be proven in care homes, social housing and education locations across the country, the Scala Solutions range of impervious-backed carpet from Lano is claimed to be famed for its home-like style and commercial-level performance.

Suitable for when creating a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere that must not compromise on performance, Scala Twist is the latest addition to the range....

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Looking good, feeling good
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Looking good, feeling good

Changing up how healthcare buildings are designed has brought about greater focus on the beneficial role floorcoverings can play, says Paul Stattersfield

SPECIFIERS and those involved in the design and maintenance of healthcare buildings are adopting a far more holistic approach towards how buildings not only look and function but also how they interact with patients, staff, residents and other...

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Software - Karndean Designflooring
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Software - Karndean Designflooring

KARNDEAN Designflooring has updated its interactive floor designer tool, Floorstyle, which enables users to view any Karndean product in a variety of commercial or residential settings.

Designers looking for flooring inspiration can make use of Karndean’s free online service when sourcing floor designs at the point of specification. Floorstyle is an online design platform designed specifically to ...

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Software - RFMS
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Software - RFMS

HOW many times have mistakes been made because the estimator cannot read the writing of the salesman in the store or the fitter misinterpreting what the estimator has written or drawn?

These mistakes can be costly and more importantly may create customer service issues.

Would it not be better if everyone was working off the same documents but with a clear and professional auditable process?

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Software - F Ball
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Software - F Ball

F BALL and Co says its recommended adhesives guide (RAG) app is the industry’s most comprehensive guide to floorcovering and adhesive compatibility.

In just a few screen taps, F Ball says contractors can match any of 5,500 floorcoverings from over 200 international manufacturers with the most suitable adhesive for their individual installation.

Every recommendation in the RAG app has reportedly...

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Software - Callidus
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Software - Callidus

GONE are the days when contractors simply had to quantify areas in a 50cm tile as designers and architects are now combining different colours and shapes to create a wide range of interlocking pattern designs and today's contractor needs efficient tools to work with these new and more interesting materials.

To cater for these demands the Callidus floor planning software has been updated to...

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Software - Mayne Computer Technology
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Software - Mayne Computer Technology

MAYNE Computer Technology is a small company based in Staffordshire with over 25 years in the carpet industry.

The company says its Mosaic system is designed for all types of carpet and flooring companies and is modular and very flexible in design so customers can choose the modules they require both initially and in the future as the requirements of the business change.

The system can be...

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Softare - Computers for Flooring
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Softare - Computers for Flooring

COMPUTERS for Flooring says it offers a turn key, cloud-based system built to cater for all contract flooring requirements.  

The company states: ‘We understand the commercial/contract client is a different animal to your residential customer.  A demand for discounts with tight profit margins or failing to adhere to timescales or deadlines could be the difference between making money or giving it ...

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Software - MasterPiece
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Software - MasterPiece

MASTERPIECE has unique strengths and features which make it a valuable productivity tool for contracts and commercial work, the company says. It is also said to be the system of choice for new build specialists. Using MasterPiece, time can reportedly be saved both bidding for the project and in the delivery after a successful bid. In particular, the company argues, time is saved:

  • in the...

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Software - Tramex
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Software - Tramex

TRAMEX Meters has just launched an app and DataLogging system. The Tramex feedback app and DataLoggers have reportedly been designed and developed for flooring professionals who depend on accurate, reliable readings using ‘the very best, state of the art technology’. The feedback app, which is free to download for mobile devices, is said to be very intuitive. Tramex says set up and navigation are...

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Software - Uzin
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Software - Uzin

UZIN says it has long been known for its onsite technical abilities and supporting the flooring industry on job sites across the country. Continuing to act as a reliable partner for flooring contractors, Uzin has launched a free app for smart phones and tablets. The Uzin app is designed to help you with your work providing advice and guidance. It now includes the Uzin recommended adhesive guide...

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Software - Milliken
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Software - Milliken

MILLIKEN is a designer and manufacturer of floorcoverings the company says are as functional and sustainable as they are inspiring and original; designed and made in the UK. Milliken offers a range of floorcoverings from carpet tiles and LVT through to protective flooring solutions.

Milliken offers an online floorcovering visualiser tool on their website www.millikenfloors.com to enable anyone to ...

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Software - Floorswitch
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Software - Floorswitch

FLOORSWITCH is an augmented reality mobile application that gives customers and retailers the ability to visualise flooring products in their homes or showrooms, in real time.

Companies can reportedly create a personal and interactive experience to help ease buyer uncertainty and drive profit through consumer satisfaction with the help of Floorswitch.

Floorswitch’s augmented reality allows for...

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Software - kerridge
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Software - kerridge

You process sales transactions on your ERP system. You have a website. You market your business via social media. Does this mean you have ‘digitally transformed’ your business? Unfortunately not.

‘Digital transformation’ is all about implementing technology to change the culture and behaviours within a business - rather than just using it to streamline existing processes.   It’s also about the...

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Wood Kahrs
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Wood Kahrs

KAHRS says it’s helped set the ‘luxury rustic’ scene with what it describes as magnificent grey wood flooring throughout Scottish wedding venue Barra Barn, at Barra Castle.
The self-described unique events and wedding venue includes more than 800sq m of Kährs Oak Espace grey-toned wood flooring. Flooring was supplied by Kährs flooring distributor Orchard Flooring Products.

The Barn, which is...

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Wood - Haro
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Wood - Haro

LAMINATE floors are still very much in demand on the market, even though design floors are extremely fashionable at present. Laminate floors boast features such as excellent suitability for everyday use, robustness, ease of care and practical experience over many years.

One perceived disadvantage of laminate floors compared to design floors is that they reflect walking noise more intensely than...

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Wood - Gerflor
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Wood - Gerflor

FROM a playing perspective, the sports surface is probably the most important item of equipment in any sport facility with timber sports floorings still popular for their traditional good looks, performance and longevity.

MFMA-certified hard maple is said to be among the most robust timber sports flooring available and when installed with an undercarriage system it provides a resilient, sprung...

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Wood - F Ball
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Wood - F Ball

WHEN preparing a subfloor ahead of the installation of new floorcoverings, it’s essential to check the subfloor is dry enough; excess subfloor moisture can rise to the level of floorcoverings and potentially cause complete floor failure.

This is never more important than when installing wood floorcoverings, which are particularly susceptible to moisture. A moisture measurement test should be...

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Wood - Gaia
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Wood - Gaia

SOLID, engineered or laminate wooden flooring is a popular choice of floor finish in the modern home. ‘It’s a floor finish that delivers great value for money, is easy to install and pretty much maintenance free just like the AmberDry Foil underfloor heating system,’ says Gaia.

‘AmberDry underfloor heating foil mats are the perfect solution to providing sole source floor warming to floating...

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Wood Timba Floor
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Wood Timba Floor

‘NEW year, new us – it’s here,’ says Timba Floor. ‘The time of the year where all of our minds start to ponder towards what the New Year has to give for us all. At Timba Floor, we believe we’ve a few extra things for you to consider this New Year.’

For 2019, Timba Floor says, it’s put together what it describes as an exciting laminate offering, consisting of 48 reportedly exclusively stocked...

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Wood - Junckers
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Wood - Junckers

JUNCKERS says its new Twin Herringbone floor is an updated version of a much-loved classic.

‘With Junckers’ trademark commitment to quality and craftsmanship, Twin Herringbone is a solid hardwood floor - as durable and long-lasting as a traditional parquet floor,’ says the company.

Made from Junckers’ classic two-stave flooring, each board consists of two rows of staves; one full-length and one...

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Wood - Swiss Krono
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Wood - Swiss Krono

THE large main collection from Menznau (Switzerland) with 100 decorative finishes offering the appropriate floor for every requirement, every budget and every room, includes standard 1380x193mm planks in seven product lines with different surface structures and properties.

These form of the basis of the Swiss Floors collection,’ says Swiss Krono.

‘In addition to the standard sizes, plank lengths ...

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Wood - QA Flooring Solutions
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Wood - QA Flooring Solutions

QA says it offers a range of underlays and accessories for wood and laminate flooring. ‘Our products are used throughout the UK, Europe and many countries globally,’ says the company.
‘We focus on providing the best solutions to our customers’ needs and meeting new demands in the market.

‘That’s why we have introduced a new range of Scotia in 33 popular colours. The complete range is in stock for...

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Tilemaster Adhesives (2)
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Tilemaster Adhesives (2)

A FIRM, level and dry subfloor is an essential part of a good wood floor installation. Many projects require a stronger levelling compound, which can accommodate the higher forces exerted between the substrate and the timber, caused by thermal expansion and contraction, and moisture. Tilemaster Adhesives’ range includes ‘three water-based levellers’, which the company says combines strength with...

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Wood - IDS
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Wood - IDS

THE Forte range is the latest addition to the Tuscan wood flooring collection from IDS. ‘An in-vogue white washed woodgrain, modish grey and classic oak are among the six elegant colours that offer the character and warmth of solid wood while being easy to fit, thanks to the Välinge 5GC locking system,’ says the company.

‘The 150mm wide Barley, Barn Oak White Washed, Light Grey, Natural White...

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Wood - Ball and Young
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Wood - Ball and Young

CLOUD 9 Cush ‘n’ Wood Underlay for wood and laminate floor installations is suitable for underfloor heating, says Ball & Young.

‘Cush ‘n’ Wood has been specially developed to reduce noise generated between a laminate floor and the sub-floor, offering resistance to compression, so the floor isn’t allowed to flex excessively, while at the same time effectively cushioning and supporting the...

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Wood - Osmo UK
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Wood - Osmo UK

POLYX-OIL Express from Osmo UK is claimed to be a premium fast-drying wood finish guaranteed to keep wooden surfaces in top condition. ‘Taking just 1.5 hours to dry in-between coats, Polyx-Oil Express offers flooring contractors, specifiers, DIY enthusiasts and consumers a solution that eliminates long downtime, while still providing all the professional features of a traditional oil-based...

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Wood - Berry Alloc
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Wood - Berry Alloc

THERE was a time when the flooring market, unlike that of ceramics and natural stone, was a question of either this, or that, or the other. ‘With respect to both manufacturers and suppliers, there were specialists in parquet and wooden floors, almost all of whom set the diversification movement in motion from exclusively solid to solid and multilayer,’ says Berry Alloc.

‘Somewhat later, we saw...

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Installation of the month

A modern finish for science park

ANGLESEY’S new Menai Science Park, the first dedicated one in Wales, required an iconic and modern flooring solution and consulted Flowcrete UK to help.

Wholly owned by Bangor University, Menai Science Park, or M-SParc as it’s known, is a facility ...

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News Story

Designer Contracts named a top 10 British business

DESIGNER Contracts has been named in The Business Reporter’s ‘Best of British Business’ campaign, distributed with The Daily Telegraph, celebrating…

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News Story

John Wright wins CFOTY

The NICF says it’s with great pleasure that it announces John Wright from Leighton Buzzard is the winner of this year’s Carpet Fitter of The Year…

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News Story

Domotex asia/Chinafloor expanding to 15 exhibition halls in 2019

THE 21st edition of Domotex asia/Chinafloor, taking place between 26-28 March 2019 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre is expanding this…

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Editor's Blog

Flooring Apprentice of the Year competition launched

The Flooring Apprentice of the Year competition, which is jointly promoted by the CFA and CFJ, is well established within the flooring industry and highlights the hard work and achievements of flooring apprentices across the UK. It is made possible...

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Training

My Scottish odyssey

A recent visit to Scotland gave Shaun Wadsworth an excellent opportunity to observe how apprenticeships are progressing.

AT the end of August, I had the great opportunity to visit Scotland through my work as training manager for the CFA. There were several reasons for my visit, first up was a tour of the Forbo Flooring factory with Garry Bateman (CFA president), after that a trip to the City of Glasgow College with Mark Purdie (lecturer for...

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Contractor Profiles

Linked up

Zach Jefferson, managing director of the family-owned Lincolnshire Flooring, talks about the many benefits of employing fitters directly.

Undertaking domestic and contract work alike, and doing so across the breadth of the UK, Lincolnshire Flooring has had to cultivate a sizeable workforce with wide-ranging skillsets. This wasn’t always the case though, md Zach Jefferson tells CFJ:

‘Lincolnshire Flooring started as a division of National...

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Point of View

TAKING THE LEADS

If, as a flooring contractor, you’re wondering how to make more money, a good place to start is looking at how you source your leads.

IN an episode of the TV Police drama Unforgotten, a manager was talking to his financially beleaguered salesman who’d just asked for more leads. What the salesman really needed was more money, and he could achieve this by having more leads which he could then turn into more sales meaning more commission.

As a...

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Help and Advice

A pig of a job

Sid Bourne meets the most stubborn Bob the Builder yet. When it came to this job, ‘sorry’ was the hardest word.

I RECENTLY attended a site meeting between a construction company and the installers of LVT flooring that had failed in the first six plots. It’s not uncommon for me to be invited to such a meeting, but in this case, the discussion didn’t go quite to plan. I know you won’t believe this, but Bob the builder was the installer in...

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CFA Comments

Summer reflections

The CFA’s year was as sunny as Britain’s summer, as Richard Catt explains in this month’s column.

AS I write this article in early September, the...

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