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Awards entries ready to be judged

ENTRIES are now closed for the 2022 CFJ/CFA Awards which are due to be held on Friday 9 September at Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire.

Entries for the installation section of the awards closed on Friday 15 April while the product and individual part of the awards closed on Friday 29 April. Once finalists have been selected, they’ll be informed and presented to our independent judging panel on Thursday 23 June where winners in all installation categories – and in the overall installation of the year award – will be chosen.

Winners for the product of the year, as well as for manufacturer and distributor, will be chosen from the Survey Monkey competition which closed on 29 April.

The categories in the latter part of the awards are:

  • Manufacturer of the year
  • Distributor of the year
  • Adhesive manufacturer/supplier of the year
  • Smoothing underlayment manufacturer/supplier of the year
  • Underlay manufacturer/supplier of the year
  • Finishes manufacturer/supplier of the year
  • Tools manufacturer/supplier of the year
  • Profiles and trims manufacturer/supplier of the year
  • Outstanding contribution of the year

Entries for the installation awards include the following categories:

  • Flooring in bars and restaurants
  • Flooring in community venues and community spaces
  • Flooring in education – schools
  • Flooring in education – colleges and universities
  • Flooring in healthcare
  • Flooring in hotels
  • Flooring in industrial spaces
  • Flooring in international venues
  • Flooring in offices
  • Flooring in public spaces
  • Flooring in residential developments and social housing
  • Flooring in retail
  • Flooring in sports and leisure
  • Flooring in visitor attractions

Once the finalists have been selected they will, on Thursday 23 June, be put in front of an independent panel of judges which includes new judge, Graeme Dewar, director at GD Surveyors. Graeme has joined our existing panel of Fiona Bowman, senior FM consultant; John Butler, founder of John Butler Contracts; and Richard Renouf, independent flooring consultant.

Last year, 340 guests attended the awards, and the event was the biggest yet held by CFJ and the Contract Flooring Association (CFA). Several awards were given out in three different sections: products, installations, and special achievements.

Notable wins included those by MacGregor Flooring and Polyflor for the Louisa Jordan SEC Glasgow installation (Installation of the Year); Jack Gray of Veitchi Flooring as Apprentice of the Year (AOTY); Peter Kelsey, chief executive of Designer Contracts, for Outstanding Achievement; and Polyflor for Manufacturer of the Year.

Carpet & Flooring came out tops in Distributor of the Year while Interface claimed the Sustainability Initiative award, one of three for the manufacturer.

The overall installation of the year winner saw the laying of 10,500sq m of looselay vinyl into the existing SEC to provide NHS Scotland with acute Covid-19 capacity. Fortunately, the facility was never used for coronavirus patients and is now being used as a major vaccination hub. A team of 14 floorlayers onsite every day, helped complete the equivalent of three months’ work in five days. The fact Polyflor had the volume of material in stock ready to send to Glasgow within four days of first contacting them is testament to the British manufacturer.

After the success of the 2021 awards, John Heath, chief executive of Kick-Start Publishing, which publishes CFJ, said: ‘The success of the awards, and the sheer joy expressed by so many of the guests at seeing their friends in the industry again, has exceeded our wildest expectations. Of course, we were cognisant of the fact that the pandemic isn’t quite over yet, and that that might deter people from coming. But, in the final analysis, it all went okay on the day. We couldn’t be happier.’

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