Making a meal of it
Sector Focus

Making a meal of it

Flooring in kitchens and food production areas must be able to withstand spills and frequent intense cleaning

TILE supplier Solus Ceramics says it’s brought a sense of style and individuality to a new and unique sour dough pizzeria in Crystal Palace, southeast London.

Designed by Richardson Studio, Four Hundred Rabbits is a restaurant with an eclectic Aztec twist. Wanting to capture the mood of th…

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With a warm welcome
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With a warm welcome

Apart from aesthetics, entrance matting has other useful functions

BOULEVARD 7000 from contract interiors specialist Gradus is said by the company to be a high-performance secondary barrier mat that features what’s described as an attractive linear design.

The product is manufactured from 100% solution dyed nylon yarn and incorporates a heavy scraper fibre which provides optimum dirt removal and m…

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Good day at the office
Sector Focus

Good day at the office

Durability and attractiveness are key features of flooring in offices

FOR more than 40 years, NBS has been a highly regarded and widely recognised standard for specification. Today it’s at the forefront of BIM development and adoption.

In December 2016, as the business continued to grow, the company set about investing more than £5.8m redeveloping its home, a grade ll listed building in Newcastle,…

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Playing the field
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Playing the field

Some manufacturers specialise in hitting sports flooring for six

THE cycling season is in sight – and spring is already in full-flow! So, it’s the perfect time to get ready for a fresh start. Think detox, healthy eating, getting back into sport and a wind of change blowing through your home.

Quick-Step says it combined all of this at an exclusive core stability training session. Together with prof…

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Installation of the month

Just what the doctor ordered

POLYFLOR vinyl flooring designed to provide dual sustainable slip resistance and improved acoustic performance within a building was recently installed at Downing Drive Surgery in Evington, Leicester.

Designed by BRP Architects of Market Harborough, the refurbished doctors’ surgery features Polysafe safety flooring installed by Excelsior Carpets and Flooring Contractors, under main contractors Oa…

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Editor's Blog

Coral Click entrance flooring

FOLLOWING on the heels of a major ‘refresh’ and extension of its Coral textile entrance matting collection, Forbo has launched Coral Click, an ‘off-the-shelf’ entrance flooring option supplied in what it describes as an exceptionally versatile modular format.

With this tough, engineered (yet metal-free) matting, Forbo says it’s effectively bridging a gap between its other Coral textile ‘wipe-off’ mats and its very heavy duty Nuway entrance flooring ranges which boast aluminum constructions.

Designed for use on its own or in conjunction with other Coral sheet and tile products as part of what…

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The Master Installer network continues to expand

WITH 449 Master Installers located around the country, most homeowners throughout the UK are within reach of some of the industry’s best trained installation professionals.

And as early spring courses are already fully booked, the programme looks set to improve coverage yet further.

Through the Quick-Step Master Installer scheme, the Academy for Excellence in Flooring says it’s at the forefront of fostering a positive environment for good practice in the installation of wood, laminate and luxury vinyl flooring.

As a result, homeowners are benefitting from an established network of qualified installers ready to install Quick-Step flooring to the highest standards.

The gathering pace of th…

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Contractor Profiles



FLOWCRETE UK has produced a white paper entitled What is a HACCP Food Safety Management System and How Does it Relate to Flooring? to help food and beverage businesses learn about this preventive risk assessment tool and ensure all facilities comply with its guidelines.

The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety management system is a preventive risk assessment tool operated by the food industry to ensure that all food safety hazards are assessed and that appropriate controls are put in place to eliminate or reduce contamination of food from those hazards.

It’s a regulator…

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Point of View

Matters of employment

The court of appeal decides Pimlico Plumbers isn’t self-employed


OVER the past few months, we have seen a flurry cases in the courts debating employment status; whether a person is self-employed, a worker or an employee. You may be wondering why status is so important and the simple answer is that each of these three groups has different rights, with the self-employed benefiting the least, employees the most, and workers sitting in between the two.

Status has come under the spot light recently as many people are finding themselves in short-term flexible working arrangements, without the protection of being an employee - what the media refers to as the ‘gig economy’.

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Help and Advice

Nanotechnology – a step too far for surface care?

Francesco Pettenon explains why for those in the surface treatment industry, nanotechnology has lately become a hot topic

N  ANOTECHNOLOGY is a modern science that’s all around us. In our everyday lives, it’s used to make sports equipment stronger and lighter, to bring antibacterial benefits to our clothes and, in sunscreens, to block ultraviolet light without leaving white streaks on the skin.

It’s a subject that’s widely debated – and, for those of us in the surface treatment industry, it has become something of a hot topic of late.

Whenever we introduce our surface protection solutions to new clients, they ask us whether we are using nanotechnologies. Most people believe nanotechnologi…

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CFA Comments

A time to consult

Richard Catt explains why CFA members have a stake in the CITB’s period of consensus

IN recent articles, I mentioned th…

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