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The Contract Flooring Association was formed in 1974 by the amalgamation of three small flooring associations: The Floor Covering Contractors Association, whose members specialised primarily in smooth floor coverings: the Association of Flooring Contractors (hardwood flooring) and the Carpet Planners Association. Its present membership, therefore, consists of contractors engaged in the installation of all floor finishes including in-situ floorings and sub-floor screeds, with manufacturers and distributors of flooring materials, adhesives and accessories. There is also a category of membership for flooring consultants.

Payment and retention – the next chapter

Richard Catt provides an overview of the likely information large contractors must publish about their retentions as part of their crackdown on poor payment practices. THE...

Can it be 50 years already?

It seems amazing to think we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the CFA...

The CFA’s golden milestone

It’s the CFA’s 50th birthday! Richard Catt takes you through a quickfire tour of half-a-century’s achievements. In...

The CFA’s golden milestone

As we stand on the cusp of our 50th year (we were incorporated on the...

Introducing the new CFA website: your gateway to excellence in contract flooring

The CFA’s new website acts as a gateway to quality and professionalism in contract flooring,...

Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun!

Carl Harper provides an overview of his first, very busy year as president of the...

CFA Autumn Ball 2023

This year’s event saw a long awaited and pleasant return to Slaley Hall Hotel, Golf...

Site conditions – windows would be nice!

Site conditions are a constant challenge in the flooring sector. Richard Catt suspects most CFJ...

CFA Scotland Networking Lunch and Golf Event – August 2023

THE Scottish networking lunch, golf competition and dinner took place in August. All elements of...

Our new Handbook – another great resource from the CFA!

The CFA Members’ Handbook is one publication that gives every member, no matter how big...

Introducing the 2023 CFA Members’ Handbook in an unpredictable market

Richard Catt launches this year’s handbook and elaborates on how the CFA has represented its...

The new Building Safety Regime – is it on your radar?

The Building Safety Act (April 2022) is the foundation of a new, wider Building Safety...

Collectively cultivating a brighter future

Richard recounts his experience at a mock interview event and renews his call for more...

Getting out there, keeping connected!

Get out and about to find out what’s happening in flooring says Carl after he...

Scotland Race Day 2023

WHAT a difference 12 months makes as this year’s race day in Scotland was blessed...

CFA Annual General Meeting – Keynote Speaker announced

THE CFA Annual General Meeting is taking place on Tuesday 15 August 2023, at the...

Collaboration is the future of sustainability

The latest edition of the CFA’s guide to sustainability has been released on the CFA...

CFA Autumn Ball 2023 – tickets still available

There are still tickets available to CFA members for the Autumn Ball taking place on...

A message for non-members of the CFA

Richard reaches across the aisle to invite you to consider joining the CFA if you...

2023 Flooring Apprentice of the Year Winner – Mike Waldron

The CFA is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2023 Flooring Apprentice of...

Payment practices – an update

Until the specialists’ experience is that in practice they get paid within terms for work...

Payment – claiming what is rightfully ours

One issue which unfortunately is of perennial concern is that of late payment. In the...

2023 Golf Day at the Belfry

THE CFA’s annual golf event at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield took place on 21...

Sustainability is affecting us NOW

Richard sets the scene for the annual CFA Sustainability Guide which is published this month...

CFA become Event Sponsor of Clerkenwell Design Week and The Flooring Section

Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) takes place between the 23-25 May 2023 and this year the...

The devil is in the details

In this update on CE and UKCA marking, Richard Catt asks whether this is the...

I know our company benefits from CFA membership – so should yours!

If you’re considering becoming a CFA member or are considering renewing your CFA membership this...

CFA Autumn Ball – bookings open this month!

Bookings for the Autumn Ball will open at the end of April. This is one...

Why should flooring contractors invest in an apprentice?

Employing an apprentice is an essential part of providing a constant and correctly trained source...

What value does an association offer in this day and age?

The headline benefit that all members of a trade body will value is very likely...

Spotlight on the 2023/2024 CFA business plan

In his February CFJ article, Richard Catt provided a review of 2022 and what was...

Laying the floor – that’s the easy bit!

To suggest that laying a floor does not present challenges would not of course be...

2022/2023 membership year – a review

Inspired by his work on the CFA’s 2023-2024 business plan, Richard provides a quickoverview of...

Future Fitters update – introducing GoConstruct

Richard provides a Future Fitters update and introduces another key element, the GoConstruct website, where...

A full and comprehensive reference point for your training needs

Shaun Wadsworth explains why The Contract Flooring Industry Training Guide 2023 is the best place...

Winter Warning: Please prepare for HEAT

Richard focuses on a problem that will be all too familiar to those who work...

Settling in – and there’s a lot going on!

Carl shows his support for the CFA’s Winter Warning Campaign, which hopefully will make all...

CFA ‘Winter Warning’ campaign now underway

The CFA’s Winter Warning campaign is now fully underway and a range of different materials...

CFA to launch ‘Winter Warning’ campaign

We all know the challenges – and potential pitfalls – of working on a project...

CFA Welcomes Membership Manager to the Team

The CFA is delighted to be able to announce the appointment of Richard Bromwell as...

Future Fitters – Talentview

The CFA’s Future Fitters campaign is all about getting new talent into our industry, says...

Relishing the challenge as your new president

Carl says he’s excited to have assumed the mantle of CFA president at animportant time...

All change at the CFA

Richard updates readers on the important changes that took place at a recent council meeting...

CFA holds highly successful Scottish networking lunch and golf competition

Another CFA event has returned to the calendar this year, after postponements due to the...

Latest CFA Members’ Handbook – launching this month

Look out for the latest edition of the CFA Members’ Handbook, which is being launched...

Harrogate, here we come!

Richard explains why this year he’s feeling even more upbeat than usual about The Flooring...

Future Fitters: the CFA’s drive to increase the number of new fitters joining our industry

Go Construct stem ambassadorsCould you spare some time to go into schools and speak to...

Latest CFA Guide to Contract Flooringnow available

The CFA launched the 2022 Guide to Contract Flooring in July and it was distributed...

Visit the CFA at the Harrogate Flooring Show!

Richard Catt has written in his column in this issue about the Harrogate Flooring Show,...

Contract Flooring Association (Stand B14)

This year the CFA has a lot to showcase in Harrogate. We have a major...

Introducing ‘Future Fitter’

Richard Catt provides detail on ‘Future Fitter’ - the CFA’s collective term for its project...

A roller coaster ride (but with more ups and downs)

Hamish MacGregor reviews his two years as the CFA president. If you were going to pick...

Launch of the 2022 Guide to Contract Flooring

Once every five years, the CFA publishes one of the most significant documents in its...

Environmental crisis: The flooring industry can and should play its part

Featured in this edition of CFJ, Richard is delighted to announce the launch of this...

Inflation again – haven’t we been here before?

Manufacturers increasing their prices is only one of the challenges facing contractors as inflation rockets,...

2022 Flooring Apprentice of the Year Winner – George Carter

The CFA has proudly promoted this award in conjunction with CFJ for ten consecutive years...

CFA holds successful Manufacturers’ Committee Meeting

The CFA has held a successful Manufacturers’ Committee meeting in a hybrid format, with participants...

CFA – Go Construct STEM Ambassadors

Richard Catt reveals that he’s become a flooring STEM Ambassador. But what exactly does that...

Be kind-#bekindinflooring

Richard Catt talks about his hope that main contractors can reflect on 2021 and review...

Are you being served?

As the time for membership renewals approaches, Hamish MacGregor runs through some of the ways...
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Garry Bateman retires from Forbo and CFA roles

The CFA is marking the retirement of Garry Bateman, who is due to step down...

A Day at the Races 2022

The CFA is able to confirm that it will once again be holding ‘A Day...

CFA Training Guide – everything you need to know about training for the contract flooring market

The 2022 edition of the Contract Flooring Industry Training Guide is now available! Containing everything...

Reflection on renewals

The CFA membership year runs from 1 April - 31 March, and so it will...

CFA – More than just a logo

Some trade bodies may pride themselves on being just a logo but, as Richard Catt...

How COP 26 takes us forward

To accelerate progress on sustainability more flooring firms need to sign up to initiatives such...

FAOTY now open!

The CFA is pleased to be able to announce that the Flooring Apprentice of the...

CFA industry survey: we asked, you told us, we act!

Richard Catt elaborates on the widest survey on members’ (and non-members’) views of the CFA...

Climate action – what you can do

No doubt debates will continue to rage regarding the extent to which last month’s COP...

Start the New year with a FITA training course!

FITA currently has availability on a number of training courses running at its Loughborough Training...

CFA Benefits – a cracker of a package

Richard Catt explains why being a CFA member can be a bit like waking up...

Comparing notes with the clergy

Richard discovered, during a chat with Rev Richard Coles at the CFJ/CFA Awards, that the...

CFA 2021 AGM: A review and where are we now?

Richard Catt gives readers an inside glimpse into the CFA’s 2021AGM on 24 August, which...

Good news at last!

Still buzzing from the high of the CFJ/CFA Awards, Hamish MacGregor celebrates the latest developments...

CISUFLO new routes for floorcoverings on the horizon

The CFA is delighted to be supporting a new project called CISUFLO that it will...
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Temporary Protection Materials

Protection of interior floor finishes is often required on both new build and refurbishment projects....

Early adopter or pioneer? Either way CAS is the way forward

Richard explains why he’s on a mission to promote the Common Assessment Standard (CAS) and...

Sustainability: Now we have to take it seriously

Hamish MacGregor says we’re at a turning point in the whole sustainability debate and how...

Professor Noble Francis addresses Manufacturers’ Committee Meeting

THE June meeting of the CFA Manufacturers’ Committee, attended by around 40 members, heard an...

Brexit support available for CFA members

The CFA is aware that there is still much uncertainty in the market about the...

Is your business too BIG or too small to join the CFA?

There is, says Richard, something good about being a member of the CFA that makes...

CFA lobbying reduces threat of post-Brexit labour shortage

Following several months of lobbying in partnership with Build UK, the CFA has been successful...

We don’t want a ‘pass the buck’ trade

Hamish hopes that improved cooperation across trades and down the contract hierarchy will have a...

Maintaining the standards – an update to BS5325

BSI asked the CFA to answer some questions about the soon-to-be-available BS5325: 2021, the British...

Managing material shortages and price increases

In this month’s column, Richard shares some of the individual drivers he’s identified with respect...

Reverse charge VAT – the Tomb Raider effect

If reverse charge VAT is removed, Richard wants members to know the role the CFA...

The bumpy road out of lockdown

At the time of writing, the nations of the UK were due to be coming...

The Coronavirus Hokey Cokey

Richard is bothered by two serious threats to the sector and makes the point that...