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Carpet Fitter Finalists & Demo Zones at The Flooring Show

The 2017 Flooring Show is getting closer, making it’s annual return to the Harrogate Convention Centre from Sunday 17th September to Tuesday 19th September, for three days of industry leading exhibitors, a wide range of products and popular Show Features.

After its successful comeback in 2016, NICF announced earlier in the year that they would, once again, be running the Carpet Fitter of the Year finals at this years Flooring Show.

As on of the sponsors of the competition, The Flooring Show is excited to see Carpet Fitter of The Year return.

The 2017 competition has been taking place throughout the year, with the high standard of this years semi- finalists making the judges job a very difficult one!

A decision has been made and the 6 finalists for the Carpet Fitter of the Year 2017 competition have been announced:

  • Darren Ash – Alfrick, Worcestershire
  • Jason Draper – Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire
  • Dan Evans – Huntingdon, Cambridgshire
  • Rob Harper – Wigan, Greater Manchester
  • Byron Terrett – Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan
  • John Wright – Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

The successful finalists will face their final tasks over 17th and 18th September in the Kings Suite of The Flooring Show.

Visitors and exhibitors can watch the finals, free of charge, to see what it takes to become Carpet Fitter of The Year.

Congratulations must go to the 2016 winner, Mark Smurthwaite, who was the first winner of the competition after its 15 year hiatus and a huge well done to all who took part in this years competition & we wish the best of luck to all of the finalists!

Another returning feature for 2017 is the Demo Zones. Always popular with visitors and exhibitors alike, the two separate zones run by FITA, NICF and CFA will focus on different areas of flooring.

Zone 1 in Hall B will focus on Subfloor & Tool Demonstrations:

TimeDemo Title
10.00Moisture Measurement and Equipment
10.30DPM’s and Fast Track DPM’s
11.00Repair Mortars
11.30Plywood Templating
12.30Plywood Joints and Other Repairs
13.00Smoothing Compounds – Core Products
13.45Specialist Subfloor Preparation
14.30Tools for the Floor Layer
16.30Adhesive Application

Zone 2 in Hall Q’s Contract Zone will demonstrate Floor Finishes:

TimeDemo Title
10.00Underlay Installation
10.30Carpet Stretch Fit installation
11.00Carpet installation – Stairs and Bullnose
11.45Carpet Joins
12.15Installation of Domestic Vinyl Flooring
13.00Commercial Resilient Flooring Installation (Flat Area)
13.45Cap and Cove (including welding)
14.15Luxury Vinyl Tile Installation
14.45Linoleum Installation
15.15Laminate and Floating Wood Installation
15.45Carpet Tile installation


All of the Show Features are free of charge and can be attended by all visitors and exhibitors!

To see the business advisors at the Business Advice Centre, please be aware that, while it’s still free, you will have to book a time slot, for information on how to do this, please take a look at our website:

If you’d like more information on all of the Show Features and to register to attend the show completely free of charge, just visit:, we’ve got you covered!

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