Floors Magazine

  • Older Workers ‘Feel Unsupported’ By Employers

    More than two-fifths of older workers don’t feel supported by their employers when it comes to their career aspirations, according to research. Aviva surveyed 2,497 adults and found that 63% of employed over-50s are planning to retire later than they expected to 10 years ago. However, 44% of these older workers say they feel unsupported by their employer in realising their career ambitions and objectives. Aviva has urged employers to provide more support for this…

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  • Tenders
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    Carpet and Flooring Replacement Tender 2018-2021

    Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Carpets, Mats and Rugs – 39530000 Carpets – 39531000 Carpet Tiles – 39531310 Show additional CPV codes for this notice Location of contract CV1 2UR Value of contract £180k – £250k Published date 02 August 2018 Closing date 03 September 2018 Contract start date…

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    London and Quadrant Housing Trust – Tender – Supply of Laminated Timber Flooring

    London and Quadrant Housing Trust – Supply of Laminated Timber Flooring Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Solid flooring – 44112210 Laminated wood – 44191200 Parquet flooring – 45432113 Location of contract E15 1BJ Value of contract — Published date 24 July 2018 Closing date 10 September 2018 Contract start…

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    Tender Repairs to Floor Coverings Plymouth City Council

    Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Floor coverings – 44112200 Location of contract South West Value of contract £100k Published date 31 July 2018 Closing date 17 August 2018 Contract start date 01 November 2018 Contract end date 31 October 2022 Contract is suitable for SMEs? Yes Contract is suitable…

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    Tender for the Provision of Flooring works to Magenta Living

    Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Construction work – 45000000 Location of contract North West Value of contract £300k Published date 27 July 2018 Closing date 17 August 2018 Contract start date 01 October 2018 Contract end date 30 September 2021 Contract is suitable for SMEs? Yes Contract is suitable…

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  • Screeds News
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    Saint-Gobain Weber and Hodgson Mazda Newcastle drive together

    Commercial floor screed and tile fixing products by Saint-Gobain Weber have been specified for the refurbishment of the showroom at the Hodgson Mazda dealership in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The 330m² floor space accommodates new cars that offer a wide range of solutions to keep the car and driver in perfect harmony. The original showroom floor was covered with a combination of carpet and ceramic tiles. It took a team of applicators from Northern Industrial Flooring, Sunderland, to…

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  • Higher Education ‘Crucial To Addressing Skills Gap’

    Business owners face increasing competition to secure highly-skilled graduates, according to research by Universities UK. The report found that while 440,000 new professional-level jobs were created in 2016, there were only 316,690 first-degree graduates in the UK, leaving a recruitment shortfall of 123,310. It estimates that by 2030, the UK will face a talent deficit of between 600,000 and 1.2 million workers, affecting employers in both the financial and business services sector and in the…

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  • Tiles - Stone - Ceramic News
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    Solus Ceramics launch contemporary floor tile range

    Solus Ceramics has launched a new subtle and contemporary range of neutral themed tiles. For those searching for a solid, bold, fresh and modern architectural collection, look no further than the Eloquent range, the perfect architectural solution for contemporary projects. A refined and modern collection, Eloquent conjures a distinctly contemporary ambience that would not look out of place in busy public sector building or a chic office development. Made up of six neutral colours, the…

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    Flooring Tender NHS South West – Acutes

    Flooring Tender – NHS South West – Acutes – Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Flooring contract tender summary Industry Floor-covering work – 45432130 Location of contract Any region Value of contract £80k – £160k Published date 10 August 2018 Closing date 24 August 2018 Contract start date 17 September 2018 Contract end…

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  • Vinyl Lino Rubber News
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    Altro Flooring Brings Enchantment To New Children’s Emergency Unit

    Altro Orchestra smooth flooring has been used to create two child-friendly woodland-themed reception and play areas as part of a refurbishment in Milton Keynes Hospital Paediatric Emergency Department. Altro Suprema safety flooring was also fitted in the new unit’s observation areas, treatment bays, examination rooms, and toilets. AD Architects designed the new unit and chose Altro Orchestra to create two colourful, reception play areas. Interior Architect Ashley Hughes, says: “The overall aim was to create a child-friendly…

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  • Stairrods and Nosings News
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    Floorwise Stair Nosings Nose Ahead of the Competition

    floorwise is now offering a range of new tread in-fills for its Aluminium Stair Nosings, providing contractors with more functionality from its great value line featuring straight, rake and bullnose profiles. Suitable for internal and external use, floorwise nosing can now be fitted with specially developed anti-slip in-fills in a range of colours. Easy to clean and with lasting slip-resistance, these inserts provide 36+ performance and are an essential safety feature for finishing stairways in commercial…

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  • Early-30s Delay Milestones Due To Financial Insecurity

    People in their early 30s are delaying life milestones because of financial insecurity, research by LV= has revealed. The study of 8,529 adults found that 24% of 30 to 35-year-olds are worried about the financial impact of milestones, such as having children or buying a home. Additionally, 17% say lack of financial confidence has caused them to put off these major life milestones. The research identified this generation as one of the least financially resilient…

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  • Most Workers Favour Flexible Retirement

    The majority of people working in the UK would prefer to take a flexible approach to retirement, rather than stopping work at state pension age. Research by Aegon found that 61% of UK workers expect to make some kind of transition to retirement, whether that’s working past their state pension age or switching to part-time work. Most respondents see continuing to work longer as a way to keep mentally and physically active (62%), while others…

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  • 1 In 2 Businesses Set To Grant Pay Rises

    Half of businesses plan to give staff pay rises of more than 2% in the next year, according to joint research by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and Indeed. In a survey of 1,020 businesses, 50% of businesses said they planned to increase staff pay in line with inflation or above it. An additional 6% of firms expect to increase pay by more than 5%, while only 2% will decrease pay over the next…

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  • Inheritance Tax Receipts Rise To £5.2bn

    Inheritance tax (IHT) receipts hit a record high of £5.2 billion in 2017/18, according to statistics published by HMRC. This was a year-on-year rise of 8%, and continues a long-term pattern as IHT receipts have been increasing by an average of 10% a year since 2009/10. The report says this is partly due to rising estate values, as well as the nil-rate band – the threshold at which people are liable to pay IHT on…

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  • Bank Of England Raises Interest Rate To 0.75%

    The Bank of England has raised interest rates from 0.5% to 0.75% – the highest level since March 2009. The rise could mean slightly higher returns for savers, but increased costs for homeowners with variable mortgages. More than 3.5 million people in the UK have variable or tracker rate mortgages, which are affected by changes in interest rates. However, the majority (96%) of new mortgage loans are on a fixed interest rate, meaning these borrowers…

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  • MPs Call For End To Lifetime ISA

    A government committee has recommended that the Lifetime ISA should be abolished, a little over a year since it was launched. The Lifetime ISA was introduced in April 2017, and allows people aged 18 to 40 to open an account and benefit from a 25% government bonus on any savings towards a first home or retirement. The Treasury committee reported that the Lifetime ISA has received criticism over “its complexity, its perverse incentives, its lack…

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  •  SharkNinja invests in British Innovation

    Premium home technology company SharkNinja, is investing £150m in the UK, developing products exclusively for the British market and doubling its R & D operation in London. US-based SharkNinja has chosen the UK as its base to spearhead expansion into Europe and aims to achieve sales of £500m within three years, more than trebling its current UK revenue. The company, which has a global workforce of 1700, is the number one company in the US…

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  • Surface Preparation News
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    Uzin flooring systems rise to the challenge at Wythenshawe Hospital

    By adopting a UZIN flooring system over 2000 square metres of flooring was renovated without having to close down the Starlight Children’s Ward within Wythenshawe Hospital. The challenge: Wythenshawe Hospital provides hospital services and community services across South Manchester and beyond. The Starlight Children’s Unit at the hospital provides care for children aged 0-16 needing a hospital stay for medical treatment or surgery. However the floor at the Starlight Children’s Ward was in need of…

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  • Tiles - Stone - Ceramic News
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    A Robin with a Royal Twist – BAL

    BAL – market-leaders in full tiling solutions – have supported award-winning mosaic artist Julie Vernon by donating the adhesives and grout to create a stunning robin sculpture for Hoodwinked 2018. “Royal Robin Redbreast” is one 33 statues – each with its own unique design – which will feature around Nottingham from July to September as part of the Robin Hood-themed art trail. The project has been organised by Nottingham City Council in partnership with Wild…

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  • Ombudsman ‘Not Ready’ To Handle More SME Disputes

    MPs are doubtful that the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) will be able to handle disputes from SMEs, following a recent report. The FOS is an independent service that allows individuals and certain businesses to resolve disputes with financial service businesses. Currently, it can only review complaints from businesses with fewer than 10 employees and an annual turnover of up to €2 million. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has proposed to expand this remit to include…

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  • Auto-Enrolment ‘Must Tackle Under-Saving’

    The government must improve on auto-enrolment for under-savers – including the self-employed, a government report has argued. The Treasury committee reported that despite the success of auto-enrolment so far, more needs to be done for the 12 million people who are still under-saving for retirement. Under auto-enrolment, employees who are aged between 22 and state pension age and earning more than £10,000 a year are automatically enrolled in a workplace pension scheme. In 2018/19, employers…

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  • Savings Levels Fall In 2018

    Adults in the UK are earning more but saving slightly less this year than in 2017, research has shown. Aldermore surveyed 4,009 people and found that despite an increased average salary in the UK, savings levels have dropped from 8% in 2017 to 7% in 2018. Almost a third (32%) of respondents had not saved any money at all over the past 12 months. Even among those who are still saving as much as they…

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  • People Urged To Renew Tax Credits

    More than 1 million people have yet to renew their tax credits ahead of the 31 July 2018 deadline, HMRC has warned. Those who miss the deadline will see their payments stopped, and will have to pay back the tax credits they have received since 6 April 2018. Last year, 320,000 customers missed the deadline and had their payments stopped or altered as a result. HMRC is urging those who have not renewed their tax…

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  • Self-Employed Workers Owed Up To £60,000 By Clients

    Almost half of self-employed people have not been paid for work they have completed, research shows. A report by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) and the Involvement and Participation Association (IPA), which polled 800 sole traders, revealed that 43% have finished projects they were never paid for. In some cases, individuals reported having not been paid single amounts of up to £60,000. The problem was found to be worse among younger…

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  • Firms Retain Staff With Training And Flexitime

    Training and flexible working are among the most popular methods for businesses to retain staff, according to research by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and recruitment company Indeed. The survey of 1,020 UK businesses found that 42% are likely to invest in training and developing staff in order to retain talent. Additionally, 38% say they would look to introduce flexible working practices, such as flexitime, remote working and job-sharing. With skills shortages at “record…

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  • Homeowners Reluctant To Sell To Cover Care Costs

    Most people want to exclude their main home from the assets they may be required to sell to fund care costs for themselves or loved ones. Research from Aegon found that 57% of people were unwilling to sell the family home to pay for care costs, while 68% agree the state should pick up some of the bill. Some 64% also called on government to introduce a cap on the total amount individuals may need…

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  • Vinyl Lino Rubber News
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    Gerflor acoustic vinyl flooring solutions for housing

    Unwanted sound can have a detrimental effect on people’s health and well-being especially when living where constant nuisance noise can be acute, says Kenny Miller, National Sales Manager – Housing, Gerflor In residential environments, nuisance noise is usually more bothersome to occupants of homes where impact sound travels from one dwelling to another, especially from rooms above to spaces below. This has been exacerbated by the building of more flats and multi-storey apartments, the conversion…

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  • Tenders
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    GroDome Flooring Tender at UKRI Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

    FM18083 GroDome Flooring at UKRI Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) – UK SHARED BUSINESS SERVICES LIMITED Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Solid flooring – 44112210 Location of contract OX10 8BB Value of contract £40k – £60k Published date 13 July 2018 Closing date 30 July 2018 Contract start date…

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    Flooring Tender Installation – Willow House, Leeds

    (KR – LYPFT) Flooring Tender Installation (Willow House, Leeds) – NOE-CPC Open opportunity – Flooring Tender Installation – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Floor-laying work – 45432110 Location of contract LS15 8ZB Value of contract — Published date 17 July 2018 Closing date 23 July 2018 Contract start date 25 July 2018 Contract end…

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  • OBR Sparks Tax Increase Speculation

    Tax hikes may be in the pipeline in Autumn Budget 2018 following the prime minister’s pledge to significantly increase spending on the NHS, according to the UK’s fiscal watchdog. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) said the long-term outlook for the UK’s public finances looks “less favourable ” after Theresa May’s promised NHS England an extra £20.5 billion by 2023/24. It warned that to avoid government borrowing soaring to pay for the health pledge in…

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  • Tools News
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    FEIN Floorcraft Flooring Tool fits the FEINest floors!

    This issue we join Jasper, a young self-employed joiner to discuss his work, his views on buying tools and his review of the newly launched value pack range, focusing on FEIN’s new Best of Flooring set. Jasper Cochrane is a 24-year kitchen fitter who last October started his very own joinery business, specialising in flooring. Following years of testing out different careers, he decided to follow in his dad’s footsteps, with him and his younger…

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  • Vinyl Lino Rubber News
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    New Altro Orchestra soft vinyl flooring earns a gold star at primary school

    Brand new Altro Orchestra™ soft vinyl flooring is proving a big hit with pupils at The Lanner Primary School, in Cornwall, who have reported a significant improvement in acoustics and comfort. The Acting Head Teacher, said: “We are always looking for ways to make cost effective improvements to the school for the safety and comfort of pupils and to enhance their learning and playing experiences where we can.” “We fitted new Altro Orchestra flooring in…

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  • SMEs ‘Need More Help’ With Technology

    The government is being urged to consider introducing ‘growth vouchers’ to help time-strapped small business owners adopt digital technologies. Research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) showed that 76% of SMEs made some form of improvement to their business in the last 3 years. Most (95%) SMEs polled brought in new software, changed marketing processes or made changes to their organisational structure. But only around 2 in 5 smaller firms had introduced cloud services…

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  • HMRC Approves 18 MTD Software Suppliers

    HMRC has released a list of approved Making Tax Digital (MTD) software developers for VAT-registered businesses to use from next year. Businesses with annual taxable turnover of more than £85,000 will be required to maintain digital records for VAT and submit quarterly returns from 1 April 2019. Firms with taxable turnover below the VAT-registration threshold will not have to operate MTD, although they can do so voluntarily. More than 35 suppliers had software available for…

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  • Adhesives News
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    Rapid Flooring renovation at flood damaged school from Uzin

    A UZIN system was used to install a new floor at St Bede’s School in Cambridge after the dining room was damaged by a leaking pipe over the weekend. The flooring contractor, Superior Finish Contracts Ltd was asked at short notice to remove the existing wood block flooring and install the new luxury vinyl tiles. This was especially challenging as the project had to be completed during the half term break and made available for…

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  • Adhesives News
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    Superior Finish Contracts and Uzin accomplish a quality flooring finish.

    UZIN products were used to install a variety of floor coverings at a new Cross Keys Homes premises in Peterborough. The shop and information hub will assist people looking to learn more about the care and support services CKH provide to Peterborough residents as well as upcoming training opportunities, and self-service options for existing residents. The client required a mixture of flooring to be installed, all of which needed to be flat, level and flush…

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  • SMEs Feel ‘Targeted’ By Tax Investigations

    Small businesses feel they are unfairly targeted by tax investigations, according to a report commissioned by HMRC. Research conducted by insurance firm PfP revealed that 52% of small businesses think tax investigations are too intensive. Additionally, 56% don’t believe that HMRC does enough to minimise the cost, time and effort that investigations require. In April 2018, the Treasury select committee heard that 1 in 10 small businesses are under tax investigation at any given time.…

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  • 1 Million Married Couples Missing Out On Tax Break

    More than a million married couples across the UK are eligible to reduce their tax bill with the marriage allowance, according to HMRC. The marriage allowance allows spouses, and couples in civil partnerships, to transfer £1,190 of their personal allowance to their partner, providing a tax break of up to £238 a year. It can be claimed by couples where one partner pays the basic rate of income tax and the other is a non-taxpayer.…

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  • 1 In 4 People Expect To Work To Age 70

    More than a quarter of people think they will still be working when they are 70 years old, research has found. Pensions and life insurance firm Aegon polled 700 adults from age 18 to 64, and found that 27% expect to be working either full or part-time at 70. In general, those surveyed were positive about their physical and mental wellbeing at this age, and 46% believe they will still be fit and healthy enough…

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  • Business Patience Runs Thin On Brexit

    The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published a list of 23 questions that UK businesses are asking about Brexit. Adam Marshall, director-general of the BCC, said business patience is “reaching breaking point” as several key issues regarding the UK’s departure from the EU remain unclear. According to the BCC, ongoing uncertainty is causing a decline in business confidence and investment intentions. It says the government has only made limited progress on 2 of the…

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  • Parents Urged To Take Up Tax-Free Childcare

    Parents are being encouraged to take advantage of the government’s tax-free childcare scheme to help manage childcare costs over the school holidays. YouGov polled 334 parents of children aged 16 and under on behalf of HMRC, and found that 31% felt stressed trying to arrange childcare for the school holidays. Around the same figure (30%) also found it difficult to balance their job and school holiday childcare, and 54% said they look forward to their…

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    Anti-Slip Flooring Tender – Fire Stations

    Appliance Bay Anti-Slip Flooring Tender 2018/19 – Various Fire Stations Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Solid flooring – 44112210 Location of contract South West Value of contract £48k Published date 28 June 2018 Closing date 01 August 2018 Contract start date 03…

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  • Resin News
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    Accuracy and intricacy for OSH floor

    When new restaurant Osh opened in March this year it was an immediate hit with the discerning West End crowd. The restaurant, in the heart of , has been designed as a classy destination combining glitz, glamour and exclusivity, with a members area and private dining. Billed as a central Asian inspired restaurant and bar that brings a taste of The Silk Route to London, the food at Osh is an enticing mix of Middle…

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    Recofloor Promotion prize draw to take place in September

    The annual Recofloor promotion will take place in September this year, offering flooring contractors who recycle their waste vinyl flooring through Altro and Polyflor’s scheme another opportunity to win an ‘unforgettable experience’ with a Red Letter Days gift card. Every flooring company raising a Recofloor collection throughout September will be entered into a draw with a chance to win one of three £100 Red Letter Days gift cards. The prizes will be offered to the…

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    Building Fabric Maintenance Tender

    The University of Leicester – Building Fabric Maintenance Tender and Minor Works Framework Agreement Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Construction work – 45000000 Location of contract East Midlands Value of contract — Published date 30 June 2018 Closing date 09 July 2018 Contract start date 01 October 2018 Contract end…

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    Queens Park Primary School – Refurbishment Tender

    St.Helens Council Refurbishment Tender Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications.   Contract summary Industry Construction work – 45000000 Location of contract North West Value of contract £30k Published date 25 June 2018 Closing date 09 July 2018 Contract start date 26 July 2018 Contract end date 29 August 2018 Contract is suitable for SMEs?…

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    Tender – Flooring and Entrance Matting – Hampshire County Council

    Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Rubber tiles – 33682000 Carpets – 39531000 Carpet tiles – 39531310 Location of contract SO23 8UL Value of contract £2.5m – £3.1m Published date 27 June 2018 Closing date 04 July 2018 Contract start date 01 November 2018 Contract end date 31 October 2022…

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  • BCC Calls For MTD Delay

    The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has called for the government to delay the rollout of its Making Tax Digital (MTD) scheme. From April 2019, VAT-registered businesses will be required to maintain digital records for VAT and submit digital returns. To do so, these businesses will need to have MTD-compatible software in place that can connect to HMRC systems using an Application Programming Interface. However, research from the BCC shows that with 10 months until…

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  • IPSE Recommends ‘Sidecar Pension’ For The Self-Employed

    A ‘sidecar pension’ scheme could help increase retirement savings among the self-employed, according to the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE). This scheme would allow savers to divide their contributions between a pension pot and a ‘rainy-day fund’, until a savings cap is met on the rainy-day fund. After this point, any further contributions would only be paid into the pension pot. The ‘sidecar pension’ is 1 of IPSE’s 6 recommendations to solve…

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    Tender – Chipboard Flooring Framework 2018 – 2020

    London and Quadrant Housing Trust – L&Q Construction Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Solid flooring – 44112210 Wood flooring work – 45432114 Location of contract E15 1BJ Value of contract — Published date 26 June 2018 Closing date 27 August 2018 Contract start date 01 November 2018 Contract end date…

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    Beetwell Street Concrete Repairs Tender

    CHESTERFIELD ROYAL HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications.   Contract summary Industry Construction work – 45000000 Location of contract Any region Value of contract — Published date 25 June 2018 Closing date 16 July 2018 Contract start date 20 August 2018 Contract end date 07 September 2018 Contract is…

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  • Small Businesses Get £8m Tech Boost

    The government has revealed a new fund to support small business performance and productivity. As part of the government’s long-term Industrial Strategy, the Business Basics Fund will provide £8 million to help small businesses adopt current technologies and management techniques. The government will then work with experts to assess how effectively each project increases productivity. Andrew Griffiths, small business minister, said the fund will “give small business leaders the tools and support they need to…

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  • Skills Shortages Affect Half Of Employers

    Half of employers are struggling to find skilled candidates when recruiting, according to research. A survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) found that in June 2018, 50% of employers are concerned about finding sufficient candidates for permanent roles. This is an increase of 8 percentage points since the same research was conducted in June 2017. At the same time, economic confidence among employers is growing steadily, as 32% said they felt more positive…

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  • P11D And P11D(B) Deadline Reminder

    Employers have until 6 July 2018 to report employee benefits and expenses for the 2017/18 tax year. Any taxable benefits must be reported before the deadline using P11D and P11D(b) forms, which enable HMRC to calculate the class 1A national insurance contributions that need to be paid. These benefits include: company cars health insurance non-business travel or entertainment expenses assets provided by an employer that have significant personal use. Employers who paid any taxable expenses…

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    GB-Norwich: Floor Finishes Tender

    Broadland Housing Association Floor Finishes Tender Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Carpets, mats and rugs – 39530000 Carpeting – 39531400 Industrial carpeting – 39534000 Location of contract East of England Value of contract £100k – £500k Published date 21 June 2018 Closing date 20 July 2018 Contract start date 17…

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  • Wood Flooring News
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    Collaborative approach transforms patient experience at Salisbury breast unit – Altro Floor and Wall Products

    The new dedicated Breast Unit at Salisbury District Hospital has patient experience at its very core. A truly collaborative approach saw designers, staff and suppliers work with patients and their loved ones to map every step of a process that is one of the most difficult anyone can face. The unit combines the latest ideas in biophilic design for wellbeing with the smartest products and solutions, delivered with impeccable attention to detail. It captures the…

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  • Adhesives News
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    BAL Floor Tiling products create stunning granite flooring shopping centre refurbishment

    BAL floor tiling products have played a significant role in a major refurbishment scheme of Rugby Central Shopping Centre. BAL Case Study Project Name: Rugby Central Shopping Centre Location: Rugby, Warwickshire Description: Installation of new granite flooring as part of shopping centre refurbishment BAL Products Used Preparation: BAL Prime APD Levelling: BAL Level-Max Adhesives: BAL Rapid Flex One Grout: BAL Micromax2 Other: BAL Micromax Sealant Tiles Despina & Prospero 600x600mm and 200x600mm granite Project Partners…

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  • Underlay News
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    New Duralay Underlays for Luxury Vinyl Tiles create the perfect installation

    With sales of luxury vinyl flooring (LVT) increasing, Interfloor has used its considerable experience and knowledge to develop a specialist collection of Duralay underlays and adhesives designed to make floors even more comfortable underfoot and to ensure the tiles look good for longer. Interfloor’s new LVT underlays are quick to fit, easy to work with and help to reduce the risk of damage to flooring due to uneven sub-floors. Duralay LVT Multi-Fit Underlay can be…

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  • Micro-Firms ‘Uncertain’ About Auto-Enrolment

    Smaller employers may require more support in operating workplace pension schemes through auto-enrolment, statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions show. Both small employers (defined as those with 5 to 29 workers) and micro-employers (with 1 to 4 workers) backed the reforms, as 71% agreed auto-enrolment was a good thing. However, there was some uncertainty among micro-employers regarding certain details, such as staging dates and minimum contributions. A third (33%) did not know if…

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  • BCC Downgrades Economic Growth Forecast

    The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has slightly downgraded its expectations for GDP growth in 2018 from to 1.3%, down 0.1% from its previous forecast 1.4%. The business group also lowered its GDP growth forecast for 2019 from 1.5% to 1.4%, attributing the downgrades to a “more lacklustre outlook for consumer spending, business investment and trade”. Despite real wage growth entering positive territory in May 2018, this is not expected to lead to a substantial…

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  • Wadebridge School – Refurbishment Tender

    Wadebridge School Refurbishment Tender Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Floor coverings – 44112200 Electrical wiring and fitting work – 45311000 Ventilation installation work – 45331210 Location of contract South West Value of contract £170k Published date 19 June 2018 Closing date 09 July 2018 Contract start date 23 July 2018…

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  • UK ‘The Third Most Prepared Nation For Retirement’

    The role of auto-enrolment has helped the UK become the third most adequately prepared nation for retirement in the world, according to research. Analysis conducted on behalf of Scottish Widows ranked the design of pension systems in 32 countries in a tournament-style ‘Pensions World Cup’. Out of these countries, England was ranked the third best prepared for retirement, owing largely to the success of auto-enrolment since its rollout in 2012. The highest-ranking country overall was…

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  • Retired Homeowners Not Accessing Property Wealth

    Most pensioners are not drawing on wealth tied up in the value of their homes to help fund retirement, according to research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies. House values account for the largest part of pensioner wealth outside of a pension pot, with 80% of over-50s owning their own home, worth an average of £150,000. The majority of homeowners are not accessing this wealth, instead keeping their home throughout retirement and eventually passing the…

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    Basmat Matting introduces a new Click Mat Concept in Aluminium Entrance Matting

    Thanks to its patented click assembly process, similar to click systems for laminate flooring, Basmat Matting is cost effective and easier to assemble and transport to site. Adaptations can be made quickly during the installation if required. With Basmat, no template service is needed, saving critical time, and eliminating the possibility of errors. For the convenience of the customer, Basmat can be supplied in heights from 9 mm and either made to measure or in stock…

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    Tender – UOW663 AEH, EBB and Ledbury Halls of Residence Flooring

    Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Floor-laying work – 45432110 Location of contract WR2 6AJ Value of contract — Published date 25 May 2018 Closing date 20 June 2018 Contract start date 02 July 2018 Contract end date 30 August 2018 Contract is suitable for SMEs? Yes Contract is suitable…

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  • Carpet and Rug News
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    Floored Britsh Homeowners turn to Independent Retailers – Lawton Yarns

    Research recently conducted by Lawton Yarns to a 1,000 homeowners showed they would prefer to turn to independent flooring retailers over e-zines, glossy home interest titles or social media channels for trusted advice and interiors inspiration. Over half (52%) of 1,000 homeowners surveyed by OnePoll on behalf of the Dewsbury-based wool spinner, Lawton Yarns, said they were most likely to seek out smaller, specialist stores to help inform their purchasing decisions. What’s more, 43% consider…

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  • Advisory Fuel Rates Update

    As of 1 June 2018, advisory fuel rates have been updated for employees’ usage of company cars. The following rates are now in place for petrol and LPG-fuelled cars provided by your employer, while the previous rates can be used until 1 July 2018. Engine size Petrol – amount per mile LPG – amount per mile  1400cc or less 11p 7p 1401cc to 2000cc 14p 9p Over 2000cc 22p 14p For diesel cars, the rates…

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  • Working Pensioners Pay £8.6bn In Income Tax

    People who continue to work past their state pension age are paying the highest amount of income tax in 20 years, according to a report. Research from Aegon found that pensioner households, which contain at least 1 person still in work, are on course to pay £8.6 billion in income tax in 2018/19. The amount reflects a 5% increase in the number of people working past their state pension age, as the percentage climbed from…

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  • Retirees Take Cautious Approach To Drawdown

    Most wealth held by pensioners is more likely to be bequeathed than spent in retirement, research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found. On average, retirees are expected to draw down just 17% of their wealth between ages 70 and 80, and 31% between ages 70 and 90. Those with a higher income are more likely to access their wealth, but between ages 70 and 90 they will still only draw down 39%…

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  • ‘Raise The VAT Threshold To Stimulate Business Growth’

    The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has called for the VAT threshold to be increased, in response to a government consultation. The current £85,000 threshold at which businesses must register for VAT has been frozen until 2020, while the government deliberates on its approach to the tax. The organisation warns against decreasing the threshold, arguing this would “actively discourage” growth as well as forcing business owners to either raise prices or absorb…

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  • Carpet and Rug News
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    ege carpets score – KICK Offices Philips Stadion

    KICK Offices Philips Stadion is a full-service co-working space meant to inspire, connect and facilitate entrepreneurs. Creating a professional environment, KICK Offices enable entrepreneurs to stimulate their workflow and meet business relations on an exclusive level in a unique location. Established in the famous football stadium of PSV in Eindhoven, Holland, the interior has a sportive look and feel. Designer: Martijn van Wezel, Creative Director & Partner at Kragt Groep B.V. Collections: Industrial Landscape by Tom…

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  • Show News
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    New ‘Contract Flooring Zone’ on offer

    The team behind the UK’s largest flooring trade show in Harrogate is launching a new opportunity aimed at contract flooring suppliers. The new ‘Contract Flooring Zone’ will be part of the HOMES 2018 exhibition which runs at Olympia, London on 28 & 29 November 2018. HOMES 2018 is run by Ocean Media Group, the new owners of The Flooring Show, as part of its highly successful portfolio of events and publications for the housing industry.…

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  • OTS Backs Pension Tax Reform

    The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has called for reform to the tax system for pension fund withdrawals, which it says is not widely understood by most people. The report raised particular concerns with the use of emergency tax codes for lump sum withdrawals from personal pensions. In the majority of cases, over-55s making their first withdrawal from a personal pension do not have access to an up-to-date tax code, so they are usually taxed…

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  • Adhesives News
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    UZIN launch new high temperature or pressure sensitive flooring adhesive UZIN KE 49 HT

    UZIN KE 49 HT – For quick, easy and reliable LVT or vinyl installations then UZIN KE 49 HT offers perfect results. This new floor adhesive gives flooring contractors’ flexibility when working. The hybrid application enables it to be used either as a pressure sensitive adhesive or as a high-temperature adhesive in areas where coverings are exposed to extreme temperatures (only when a wet/semi-dry method is used to install the floor covering). It is fitter friendly,…

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  • Business News
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    Lack Of Financial Protection Puts Households At Risk

    Many UK households are under-protected in the event of serious illness, research from Scottish Widows shows. A survey of 5,022 UK adults found that more than a fifth (21%) of households wouldn’t survive financially if they unexpectedly lost their main income. Only 9% of people have a critical illness policy to protect their household should they or their partner be unable to work due to long-term illness, while the number of individuals taking out life…

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    Calls For Apprenticeship Levy Reform Get Louder

    Pressure is mounting for the government to reform the apprenticeships system, following recent apprenticeship levy statistics. Business groups, including the Institute of Directors (IoD) and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), are urging the government to address ongoing problems with the levy. Apprenticeship starts were down 25% for the 7 months to February 2018 compared with the previous year, according to statistics from the Department for Education. Seamus Nevin, head of policy research at the…

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  • Vinyl Lino Rubber News
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    Forbo new Modul’up Vinyl Flooring: No Adhesive Needed

    Forbo Flooring Systems has launched a brand new adhesive free sheet vinyl product category into its flooring portfolio – Modul’up Vinyl Flooring. Requiring no adhesive, tackifier or double-sided tape, Modul’up saves on the cost and time of installation, meaning contractors can complete more jobs, quicker. With greater flexibility, excellent dimensional stability and quick and easy removal for replacement – not to mention an unrivalled choice of colour and design – Modul’up offers contractors a truly…

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  • Wage Growth Exceeds Inflation For First Time In A Year

    Wages have grown at a higher rate than inflation for the first time in more than a year, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show. While wages grew at an annual rate of 2.9% in the 3 months to March 2018, the inflation rate was 2.7% over the same period. This marked the end of a pay squeeze that began in February 2017, when the rate of inflation started to overtake salary growth.…

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  • Adhesives News
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    The Uzin flooring App for perfect floors.

    UZIN have a FREE flooring App for smart phones and tablets, which is designed to help you with advice and guidance regarding flooring specifications. It now includes the UZIN recommended adhesive guide where you can find adhesive recommendations for a variety of floor coverings from leading manufacturers. The UZIN Floor Navigator can help you specify the right UZIN products to use for your flooring projects. Simply select the type of subfloor and type of floor…

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  • Carpet and Rug News
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    New collection from ege carpets: ReForm Terra

    ReForm Terra adds a new and organic design to the ReForm family that counts the Artworks, Foss, Legend, Matrix and Memory collections as well. Inspired by diverse landscapes from around the world Looking from far above, earth [in Latin: terra] is a spectacular view. Wild forests transform to a palette of greens blending into a softly shaped motif. The roaring oceans meet in dramatic and extremely powerful bluish points of intersection topped with light foam.…

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  • Retired Tenants Will Need £445,000 Pension Pot

    Pension savers who will still be paying rent in retirement will need a pension pot as high as £445,000 to avoid falling living standards, according to research from Royal London. The analysis suggests that savers will need to build up a retirement income equating to two-thirds of their gross wages to maintain their standard of living. Using this guideline, the report found that while an average earner will need a pension pot of around £260,000…

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  • Business News
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    Self-Employment Jeopardises State Pension

    The growth of self-employment is putting pressure on the sustainability of the state pension, research has found. According to analysis from Aegon, £2.8 billion is lost in national insurance (NI) receipts for every 1 million people who move from employment to self-employment. The challenge has arisen since reforms to the state pension were introduced in 2016, giving self-employed people the same state pension entitlement as employees. Because their NI contributions were not increased at the…

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  • Hard FM Services – Flooring Tender Plymouth City Council

    Plymouth City Council Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications. Contract summary Industry Construction work – 45000000 Location of contract South West Value of contract £10.0m Published date 02 May 2018 Closing date 31 May 2018 Contract start date 01 October 2018 Contract end date 30 September 2022 Contract is suitable for SMEs? No…

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  • Recycling
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    Recofloor celebrates its 2018 vinyl flooring recycling champions

    Top Left to Right – Nigel Maude, Birch Distribution; Wayne Conlan, Ryjock Flooring; Andy Nichols, HFD/MCD Wales/3D Flooring Supplies/FAL; Anthony Purnell, Fantasy Flooring. Bottom Left to Right – Niall Kinsella, MCD Kidderminster; Steve Gregory, Altro – Picking up the award for SW Flooring; David Reilly, Polyflor – Picking up the award for JDF Flooring; Kevin Keegan; Tim Hodgkiss, Carpet & Flooring, Manchester – Picking up the award for MSD Flooring; Anthony Francis, Mayfield Floors. “We’re ahead…

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  • Tools News
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    Fein multi-tools – Josche’s go to tool for over 15 years

    Fein interviewed Josche Frankenberger last October following the launch of the new generation of Fein Multi-tools in 2017. An experienced prop maker and furniture designer, he answers questions on his work, talks about his workshops and discusses his reasons for using and investing in Fein, nearly two decades on. Josche Frankenberger has been self-employed for around 20 years, using the FEIN MultiMaster for over fifteen of those years. Josche got involved in the construction of props and…

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  • SMEs Call For More Government Support

    Most entrepreneurs feel the government should do more to support small businesses, research by Aldermore shows. A survey of 1,799 people revealed that 79% of SME owners think the government is not providing enough support for small businesses. The research highlighted demand for finance-related support in particular, with more than half (54%) of the businesses surveyed holding less than £1,000 in cashflow. Despite the apparent need for greater support, many businesses haven’t made use of…

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  • HMRC Warns Of Tax Refund Scam

    HMRC has issued a warning about fraudulent texts and emails, which claim the recipient is due a tax rebate in order to obtain their personal details. The ‘phishing’ scam attempts to take advantage of the fact that HMRC is currently processing income tax for 2017/18, so some individuals could receive a genuine tax refund. However, HMRC says it will never use emails or texts to inform people about a tax rebate or penalty, or to…

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  • Stairrods and Nosings News
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    Floorwise introduce a new range of tread in-fills for their Aluminium Stair Nosings

    Floorwise is now offering a range of new tread in-fills for its Aluminium Stair Nosings, providing contractors with more functionality from its great value line featuring straight, rake and bullnose profiles. Suitable for internal and external use, floorwise nosing can now be fitted with specially developed anti-slip in-fills in a range of colours. Easy to clean and with lasting slip-resistance, these inserts provide 36+ performance and are an essential safety feature for finishing stairways in commercial…

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  • UK Statistics
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    Economic review: April 2018

    – Download as PDF – Introduction This edition of the economic review is the fifth following the introduction of economic statistics theme days in January 2017. Each economic review in this new format will have an overarching analytical theme and follow a quarterly publication timetable. The theme of this edition is the regional economy with analysis covering regional gross value added (GVA) growth in the UK, regional firm-level productivity analysis for the non-financial business economy,…

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  • Tools News
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    Precision Cutting and Control with Hultafors Tools’ Newest Range of Hand Saws

    As professional craftsmen know, Hultafors’ can deliver just about anything you need for measuring, levelling and marking; striking, cutting and chopping; even prying and wrecking. That’s why they’ a range of tools that can handle tough applications, last for ages and feel right when you’re working on site. Hultafors’ HBX and HBS saws are well known for their top quality precision cuts and, to complement those models, there’s a brand new range of cutting and…

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  • MTD (Making Tax Digital) For Individuals Delayed

    HMRC has revealed that rolling out MTD (Making Tax Digital) for individuals, such as the simple assessment and real-time tax code changes, have been delayed. The move was announced in an email sent to stakeholders last week, which confirmed the delay was down to a shift in key priorities driven by the need to free up civil servants for Brexit. ‘Simple assessment’ is intended to be used where a taxpayer has a secondary income or…

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  • More Pension Savers Adopt Prudent Approach

    An increasing number of people over 50 are unwilling to take any financial risk with their pension savings, research from Retirement Advantage shows. In a study of 1,003 over-50s who had yet to retire, 39% said they wouldn’t take any financial risk with their pension savings – up from 26% last year. The proportion of retirement savers who would take a reasonable amount of risk for a good chance of a favourable return also decreased…

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  • Carpet and Rug News
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    University of Copenhagen: Transforming a Raw Venue to the Ideal Workspace with ege carpets

    The faculty of humanities’ previous library at the University of Copenhagen originally featured a triple height room framed by hard vinyl floors, raw concrete walls and ditto ceilings. When up for renovation, in-house architect Peter Schjøtt Andersen embraces the opportunity to feed acoustic materials to the institution. Designer: Peter Schjøtt Andersen, University of Copenhagen Quality: ReForm Memory Ecotrust When it comes to well-being, immersion and productiveness acoustics matter. To soften the noise level of the…

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  • UK Statistics
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    Introducing a new publishing model for GDP – ONS UK GDP Report

    – Download Full Report as PDF – Table of contents Introduction Overview of the current and new models The trade-offs of the new model Impact on data Publication schedule of releases Products Revisions policy Information about giving feedback   Introduction Office for National Statistics (ONS) will be introducing a new publishing model for gross domestic product (GDP) in July 2018. In summary, this model will give two (rather than three) estimates of quarterly GDP, and…

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  • Stamp Duty Cut Helps 69,000 First-Time Buyers

    Around 69,000 first-time buyers have benefited from the stamp duty exemption since its introduction in November 2017, according to statistics from HMRC. The government abolished stamp duty for most first-time buyers in Autumn Budget 2017 to help aspiring homeowners take their first steps on the property ladder. The relief currently applies in England and Northern Ireland, and can only be claimed on properties worth up to £500,000. Those claiming it are exempt from stamp duty…

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  • Vinyl Lino Rubber News
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    Gerflor set to make an impression at Clerkenwell Design Week

    The Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) in North London which takes place on 22-24th May has created a showcase of UK and international brands and companies, presented in a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations. International flooring specialists Gerflor are set to thrill the visitors with some stunning examples of how their innovative flooring ranges are making their mark in a host of commercial applications…and in the home too. The event will present Gerflor…

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  • Workwear News
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    The NEW Solid Gear One GTX Safety Shoes

    The ONE GTX Safety Shoes from Solid Gear is a superbly constructed safety shoe with seven integrated layers to deliver excellent comfort and protection. It’s designed and built for active professionals who need a highly breathable, light and flexible safety shoe. With a GORE-TEX® SURROUND® membrane they’re fully breathable and ideal for warmer weather and combined indoor/outdoor activities. The shoes stretchable upper is water-resistant with amazing performance when it comes to breathability, fit and flexibility.…

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  • UK Statistics
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    Retail Sales, Great Britain: March 2018 – UK Statistics

    – Download Full Report as PDF – Table of contents Main points Statistician’s comment Things you need to know about this release Main figures for total retail sales Month-on-month sector summary and contributions to growth How has the weather impacted sales? What’s the story in online sales? Links to related statistics Quality and methodology Main points In the three months to March 2018 (Quarter 1), the quantity bought in retail sales fell by 0.5% when…

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  • Resin News
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    Zircon offers high-quality resin flooring installations across the UK

    With over a quarter of a century experience installing, maintaining and repairing commercial and industrial floors. We are based in Yorkshire and work throughout the UK. Commercial and industrial resin floors are some of the hardest wearing floors available and our approach to installation and maintenance provides high-quality results. Some of our clients include Aviation & Aerospace, Automotive & Transport, Car Parks, Commercial, Domestic, Education, Food & Drink, Healthcare &, Pharmaceuticals, Leisure & Gym, Manufacturing, Warehouse,…

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