• Management Contract Tender

    Manchester 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 and Real Estate Location of contract North West Value of contract £150.0m – £190.0m Published date 13 February 2018 Closing date 19 March 2018 Contract start date 30 November 2018 Contract end date 30 April 2023 Contract is suitable…

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  • Industrial Machinery News
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    2 One Day Training Academies at Multi-Hire, Shot-Blasting and Floor Stripping

    If you know pretty much everything there is to know about your job, then either your job’s so boring that you bitterly regret not trying harder at school, or you’re just about ready to retire! The fact is that in this fast-moving world knowledge is your greatest drawback or competitive advantage, depending on how much you have. Customers feel safe when they’re in the hands of someone who knows what he or she is talking…

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  • Retail Sales Statistics – Great Britain – January 2018

     Download as PDF  Table of contents Main points Statistician’s comment Things you need to know about this release Main figures for total retail sales Retail sales by store type Month-on-month contributions to growth by four main sectors Year-on-year contributions to growth by four main retail sectors A focus on food and non-food stores What is happening in other non-food stores as the main contribution to non-food stores? What’s the story in online sales? Links to…

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  • LPS CAS – Construction Partnering – RFQ 15189208 – 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 and Real Estate Location of contract North West Value of contract £80.0m Published date 15 February 2018 Closing date 09 March 2018 Contract start date 02 July 2018 Contract end date 01 July 2022 Contract is suitable for SMEs? Yes Contract is suitable…

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  • Tender Refurbishment Works, Oldmachar Academy

    Publication Date: 15/01/2018 Section I: Contracting authority I.1) Name and addresses The Keegans Group The Centrum Building, 38 Queen Street Glasgow G1 3DX UK Telephone: +44 1412047855 E-mail: [email protected] NUTS: UKM82 Internet address(es) Main address: http://thekeegansgroup.com I.4) Type of the contracting authority Regional or local authority I.5) Main activity General public services Section II: Object II.1) Scope of the procurement II.1.1) Title Refurbishment Works, Oldmachar Academy II.1.2) Main CPV code 45453100 II.1.3) Type of contract…

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  • Tender Approved Contractor List – Harrogate – Application

    Harrogate Borough 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 and Real Estate Location of contract Yorkshire and The Humber Value of contract — Published date 12 February 2018 Closing date 12 March 2018 Contract start date 02 April 2018 Contract end date 01 April 2021 Contract is suitable for…

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  • Economic review: January 2018

    Download Economic Review as PDF  Table of contents Authors Main points Introduction Import intensity CPIH-consistent inflation rates for UK household groups Economic Statistics Transformation Programme: a flow of funds approach to understanding quantitative easing Recent releases Appendix 1: CPIH import intensities References Main points Import intensity It is possible to use data from supply and use input-output tables to generate estimates of import intensities for household consumption, capturing both goods imported directly for household consumption…

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  • State Pension ‘Worst In The Developed World’

    The state pension in the UK falls behind all other developed countries, according to data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The UK government pays 29% of average earnings, the lowest of all 24 countries in the OECD. This falls well below the average of 62.9% across these countries. Mexico joined the UK at the bottom of the list, with a slightly higher state pension of 29.6%. In contrast, the Netherlands has…

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  • Wood Flooring News
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    Atkinson & Kirby provides a lesson in Engineered Oak Flooring style at the Heriot Watt University

    Atkinson & Kirby has helped to add style to the James Watt Building at the Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. Established in 1821, Heriot-Watt is a specialist university, renowned for its innovative research, with five campuses across the world including, Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai and Malaysia. The James Watt Building, in the Edinburgh campus, has recently undergone a number of improvements to enhance the university’s facilities, with one of the more notable changes being…

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  • Featured Partner
    LED Glass Flooring

    The Amazing ASB Glass Floor system – LED Flooring

    Glass Floor by ASB – Introduction ASB is known for its innovations and sustainable design in the world of sport and has already revolutionised the squash sport. All of this experience and in-depth knowledge of the high-quality materials used are incorporated into the most modern flooring system currently on the market. ASB, short for “Aluminum System Bau”, was founded in 1965. The company has always insisted on high-value creation through quality and intelligent design. ASB…

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  • Jobs
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    Technical Sales Representative wanted – CAT

    Location: The North of England and Scotland. Established in 1986 Carpet Accessory Trims are a leading manufacturer of quality flooring profiles and accessories. JOB DESCRIPTION Your role will be to promote and sell C.A.T. product ranges to flooring contractors, retailers, wholesalers, architects, designers and related businesses. You will need to be self motivated with a background in sales and good organizational skills managing multiple projects and working closely with colleagues in our sales team. This…

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  • First-Time Buyers Soar To 11-Year High

    More first-time buyers took out mortgages in 2017 than any time over the last decade, according to research. A report by UK Finance showed that a total of 365,000 first-time buyer mortgages were completed last year – up 7.4% on 2016 and the highest number since 2006. However, mortgages for first-time buyers, home movers and buy-to-let purchases all fell in the final month of last year, compared to the same time in 2016. Around 30,800…

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  • Trims and Profiles News

    The 2018 C.A.T. Trade Price List and Website have had a makeover and are now online!

    Previous trade price lists from C.A.T. have always been informative, but in 2018 we have combined the price list into a pictorial Trade Catalogue. The 2018 C.A.T. trade pricelist contains all the information from the Comprehensive C.A.T. with all the trade prices making it a complete – all in one – trade go to! The trade catalogue is lighter in weight and much more user-friendly with a handy notes section for jotting down any information,…

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  • Carpet and Rug News

    Burmatex ® introduce alaska multilevel loop carpet tiles

    New experiences unfurl before our eyes; we absorb facts and figures on geography, geology, landscape and lifestyle. As designers, our interests lie with colour and texture, contrast and pattern, and the relationships between these subjects. Named after the most northern US state and popular travel destination, alaska multilevel loop carpet tiles echo the textures found in the make-up of the land; the ice, water, layers of rock. The textural finish of the product also works beautifully…

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  • Firms Urged Into Agency Worker Rethink

    The majority of firms that use agency workers have maintained or increased their use in the last 5 years, according to research. A survey by the Resolution Foundation of 500 firms found that 43% had increased their share of agency workers since 2012, and 46% had kept it the same. In comparison, only 9% decreased their use of agency workers during that time. Construction firms were the most likely to have increased their agency worker…

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  • Floor tiling tender – Kitchen contract 2018/19

    Lancaster 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 Other Services Location of contract North West Value of contract £95k Published date 09 February 2018 Closing date 28 February 2018 Contract start date 02 April 2018 Contract end date 31 March 2019 Contract is suitable for SMEs? No Contract is…

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  • Wood Flooring News
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    Amazing Oak Flooring and Bespoke Wood Staircase by Wood Floors & Accessories

    It’s easy to see why there has been such an increase in popularity of Chevrons with this fantastic installation. The project was for a private client in Brighton who chose Prime Grade 100% FSC European Oak Chevrons and Flooring Planks. We were selected as the supplier because we offer consistency in quality and colour across several different flooring formats. This is why the design team chose us as the supplier as they demanded a seamless…

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  • Featured Partner
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    Print Acoustics celebrate at The Surfaces Design Show in London

    There were good reasons to participate at the Surfaces Design Show in London for Print Acoustics. Innovative product Zumi Soundscapes developed with Triplaco -Print Acoustics wins the prestigious Surface Design Award  London 2018 in the category Interior and Light Surfaces. 80 projects from 16 different countries were entered this year; the judges selected the final 30 projects from which the winners have been announced. Architect Christophe Egret, Co-Founder of Studio Egret West was the keynote presenter before Mick Jordan,…

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  • 3 In 4 SME Owners Plan To Work Past Retirement Age

    Most leaders of small and medium-sized businesses plan to work past the age of 65, according to research. A survey by Aldermore of 1,008 senior SME decision-makers revealed that 73% of business owners are planning to work past their state pension age. Almost two-thirds (63%) of business owners would like to retire by 65, but only 37% think they will be able to. In fact, more than a third (35%) plan to work into their…

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  • Wood Flooring News
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    Havwoods International – A cut above the rest

    Men’s grooming is one of the UK economy’s major growth areas; as are coffee shops, which are predicted to become the new local and outnumber pubs by 2030. So Tabard Street barber Dasos Anastasis decided his second venture in SE1 would have a twist. In order to best capture the large numbers of successful professionals and businessmen working in the area, his concept was to fuse together a high end barbering experience with an artisan…

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  • Carpet and Rug News
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    Ege inspire with their Ultimate guide to carpets

    Ege wanted to inspire and help all you great architects and interior designers out there with a truly helpful, one-stop guide to working with carpets. So they banded together with a prime selection of leading architects, interior designers and carpet experts to give you: “The Ultimate Guide to Carpets“. The guide contains: How the carpet in your next project could look with tons of beautiful and inspiring examples How to use carpet customization to tell your story…

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  • Flooring News
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    Case Study – Wharfedale Homes by S&D Flooring

    Client: Wharfedale Homes  Size: 65m2 Duration: 1 day Wharfedale Homes specialises in developing design-led new-build homes in Yorkshire. Carefully designed to blend sympathetically into their local environment, the organisation provides its clients with high-quality construction and craftsmanship. It is also these high standards that would also determine the quality of their recent refurbishment of the practice itself. In determining the overall look of its small meeting room, Wharfedale turned to Chameleon Business Interiors, who in-turn…

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  • A cautionary tale for the UK construction industry

    Over the last twelve months two of my clients involved in the construction industry have suffered joint visits by the HMRC VAT and Construction Industry Team. With the demise of local HMRC offices, this approach represents a change from previous HMRC practice. These visits were ostensibly to ensure that the clients had complied with VAT and CIS rules but turned out to be more in depth than was expected. It is beneficial to share some…

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  • Resin News
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    Addagrip Fixture at Anfield

    Addagrip approved contractor Soft Surfaces Ltd, was invited back to Liverpool Football Club, Anfield in July 2017 to carry out an installation of BBA approved resin bound surfacing for the Club’s brand new flagship Retail Store, due to open at the start of the season. The store will offer fans a brand new shopping experience with exclusive product ranges, a specially-designed first-floor cafe and an increased number of payment stations to ease checkout congestion on…

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  • Record Number Of Tax Returns Submitted On Time

    A record 10.7 million self-assessment tax returns were filed before the 31 January 2018 deadline, according to figures published by HMRC. Of around 11.4 million people who were required to submit tax returns for the year 2016/17, 93.5% successfully met the midnight deadline. However, many returns were left late, with over 4.8 million people submitting their returns online in January alone. More than a quarter of these were filed during the last 2 days of…

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  • Flooring News
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    Win England Tickets with Floorinsite.com

    This is your chance to win three sets of England  Tickets from Floorinsite.com and Floors magazine. Winners will receive a souvenir programme and be able to watch the game from premium viewing seats on Club Wembley Level 2 with access to the private level 2 Concourse, featuring several eateries and bar facilities. ENGLAND V ITALY Tuesday 27th March – Wembley Stadium England will face Italy on 27 March 2018 as the Three Lions’ 2018 FIFA…

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  • Subcontractor Available – Huntsville Alabama USA

      Subcontractor and four-man crew avaiable – 6 years experience installing hard surfaces. Available immediately. Please contact Herman McIntire on email: [email protected] Click here to connect with me on LinkedIn.

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  • Carpet and Laminate Installation Services 2018 – 22 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 Materials and Products, Technology and Equipment, Mining and Ores, Construction and Real Estate Location of contract L11 2SF Value of contract £130k – £150k Published date 02 February 2018 Closing date 22 February 2018 Contract start date 02 April 2018 Contract end date 31…

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  • Tender – renewal of the existing Sports Floor at Wirksworth Leisure Centre

    CP2850 – Renewal of the Existing Sports Floor at Wirksworth Leisure Centre, Hannage Way, Wirksworth, Matlock Derbyshire DE4 4EU. Derbyshire 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 Construction and Real Estate Location of contract East Midlands Value of contract £50k Published date 30 January 2018 Closing date 01 March…

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  • Taxpayers Reclaim £493m From HMRC

    HMRC has had to return nearly half-a-billion pounds to taxpayers since April 2015, according to analysis of government statistics. Royal London claims the Revenue is overcharging on two areas of the tax system, and has had to refund £493 million to taxpayers as a result. Savers using the new pension freedoms are among the hardest hit, as income tax on pension withdrawals is taken on an emergency tax basis. Taxpayers have had to claim back…

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  • Carpet and Rug News
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    Incati presents its new METAL-X Carpet Collection – Floornet

    The newest result of our innovative approach and technical know-how. Incati created this effect by combining our newly developed URBAN designs with the brilliant and shining ECONYL® metallic yarns, available in gold, silver, pearl, prosecco and copper colours. The collection is produced on our state of the art cobble Vandewiele Myriad individual pile delivery tufting machine, allowing individual placement of each tuft. Now avaible from Floornet – for further details please contact us on 01787 461420…

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  • Industrial Machinery News
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    Removing floor coverings with Wolff Strippers

    Selecting the type of floor stripping machine In principle, removing a floor covering is a rather simple job. However, whether this job actually proves to be simple in practice depends on selecting the proper machine for one part and rather essentially the proper tool for the other. The question as to the “proper machine” is answered frequently by dipping into the wallet or currently available budget. However, you will be well advised to make your…

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  • Adhesives News
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    What is the safest and easiest method to install Skirting, Capping and Coving?

    UZIN understands not only the time restraints installers sometimes find themselves up against but the health & safety risks they can also be exposed to when doing such jobs as installing skirting, capping & coving. The majority of the trade currently still use solvent based adhesives. This is understandable because the adhesives perform well providing a quick and secure bond. However, due to the ever-changing health and safety rules and more call for certified environmentally…

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  • Vinyl Lino Rubber News
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    Polyflor launches Polysafe Quattro PUR

    Polyflor, the UK’s commercial and residential vinyl flooring specialist, has just announced the launch of their new Polysafe Quattro collection. This innovative safety flooring range offers barefoot and shod sustainable wet slip resistance with a stud-free finish for enhanced comfort underfoot. Polysafe Quattro has been specifically designed to provide a high degree of slip resistance in continually wet areas within the healthcare, residential care, housing and leisure sectors. This includes areas such as changing rooms,…

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  • Chancellor Calls For IHT Review

    Chancellor Philip Hammond has called for a review of inheritance tax (IHT), to make it “fit for purpose”. In a letter to the Office for Tax Simplification on 19 January 2018, he asked for proposals to be put forward to improve the “particularly complex” system. The chancellor suggested a focus on several areas of the system, including technical and administrative issues such as the tax returns process. He also recommended that the review should look…

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  • Stairrods and Nosings News
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    New Quantum Plus-Tread takes staircase safety to a higher level

    Quantum has built a great reputation as one of the UK’s leading flooring solution specialists, providing a consistently high standard of technical excellence for more than 50 years. Their stair nosings have been specified in thousands of installations making them one of the nation’s most trusted brands – and now they’re announcing an exciting new product launch which is set to create a new benchmark for pedestrian safety: Quantum Plus-Tread. The result of extensive research,…

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  • DPS for Construction Trades

    CAMBRIDGE 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 and Real Estate Location of contract East of England Value of contract £10.0m Published date 19 January 2018 Closing date 29 December 2023 Contract start date 30 December 2023 Contract end date 31 December 2023 Contract is suitable for SMEs?…

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  • Startup Numbers Fall After IR35 Clampdown

    The formation of new companies incorporated in the UK dropped in 2017, according to data published by Companies House. Some 622,713 new companies were launched last year, down from 646,703 in 2016, representing a drop of around 4%. Commenting on the figures, the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE) claimed the decline is a result of the government’s tax clampdown on public sector contractors. Changes to rules surrounding IR35 came into effect in April 2017, which were…

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  • Recycling
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    Carpet Recycling UK: landfill diversion of carpet waste rises to 42%

    Volumes of carpet waste diverted from landfill in the UK continue to rise, with 168,000 tonnes reused, recycled or recovered for energy in 2017, reports Carpet Recycling UK. This represents a diversion rate of 42% – up from 35% and an increase in 26,000 tonnes compared to 2016, according to the industry body’s latest figures. Around 400,000 tonnes of waste carpet arise each year in the UK. Energy recovery accounted for 124,000 tonnes with the…

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  • Industrial Machinery News
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    Tools to refurb and clean hard floors from The Preparation Group

    For the refurbishment and deep restorative cleaning of hard floors, The Preparation Group, specialists in providing solutions for preparation, maintenance and finishing, offers the multi-tasking STG450 and lighter STG400 machines. Both have a wide range of attachments that can be fixed or simply placed under the machine to grind, sand, key, clean or polish; resin, terrazzo, marble, natural stone, wood, concrete and vinyl: Nylon Brush Plates scrub and clean old floors to remove surface contaminants. Nylon…

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  • Tender – Planned Asset Maintenance & Investment Works

    Hanover Housing Association Open future opportunity – This means that the buyer is not yet ready to invite bid applications but early notification has been provided and some dialogue may be possible. Contract summary Industry Construction and Real Estate Location of contract North East, North West, Yorkshire and The Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands, London, South East, South West, Isle of Man, Channel Islands Value of contract £80.0m Published date 15 January 2018 Approach to…

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  • Tender Proposed Replacement Swimming Pool Tiling & Associated Works

    Embassy Pool, Skegness, Lincs – East Lindsey District 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 and Real Estate Location of contract East Midlands Value of contract £90k – £115k Published date 16 January 2018 Closing date 02 March 2018 Contract start date 23 July 2018 Contract end date 31 August…

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  • Tender to supply Non Slip Absorbent Floor Mats for Theatre Use

    University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS 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 Materials and Products, Technology and Equipment Location of contract West Midlands Value of contract £24k Published date 29 January 2018 Closing date 06 February 2018 Contract start date 01 May 2018 Contract end date 30 April 2021…

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  • Economy Growth Exceeds Forecasts

    The UK economy grew by 0.5% from October to December 2017, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). This surpassed the Office for Budget Responsibility’s prediction of 0.4% growth for the quarter. Growth was particularly strong in the services sector, which expanded by 0.6% – a greater increase than its 0.4% rise in quarter Q3 2017. Production also grew by 0.6% in quarter Q4 2017, reaching an annual growth of 2%, largely…

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  • Resin News
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    Elladur pushes the boundaries with breakthrough new resin flooring range

    A breakthrough range of solvent-free resin flooring products is changing the face of specification for commercial and industrial market sectors with environmental benefits for customers. Elladur, developed by Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings, pushes the boundaries of technology with its family of solvent-free products combined with its high-performance application. For the first time in the flooring industry, a product has been developed which reduces the levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) with rapid curing, reducing…

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  • Government Reforms Funeral Payments Scheme

    The government is going ahead with its proposed changes to the Funeral Expenses Payment scheme, following a consultation in 2017. The scheme offers a contribution towards funeral costs for individuals in receipt of qualifying benefits. In a written statement posted on 22 January 2018, the government confirmed that it will be changing the eligibility conditions, to make the scheme easier to access and more widely available. From 2 April 2018, when the changes come into…

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  • Resin News
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    Mapei’s Mapefloor Comfort System AR/X installed at BDP Architects Bristol office

    Designers are specifying state of the art solutions which promote serenity, tranquility and concentration. Mapei are dedicated to research and development and as such have created the Mapefloor Comfort System: a flooring concept dedicated to the creation of seamless flooring characterized by a high level of comfort underfoot that also helps to reduce noise levels. Available in a wide range of colours, the Mapefloor Comfort System can be used in renovation and new build projects.…

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  • 1 In 3 Tax Returns Still Outstanding

    A third of online tax returns are still outstanding, with less than a week to go before the 31 January deadline for online submissions, according to the latest HMRC figures. HMRC announced on 24 January 2018 that just over 3 million self-assessment tax returns have yet to be submitted. Around 8 million people have already filed their return for 2016/17. Self-assessment customers can submit their returns through their personal tax account. If you’re submitting it…

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  • Tiles - Stone - Ceramic News
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    BAL launches new revised RIBA-approved CPDs

    BAL –the market-leaders in full tiling solutions, have launched three new revised RIBA-approved tiling CPDs. The CPDs, entitled “Floor Tiling Solutions for the Modern Build”, “Tiling Solutions for Heavily Trafficked Areas” and “Tiling Solutions for Leisure Centres”, have been re-launched with up-to-date technical information to better reflect the changes in British Standards and building and construction trends. Floor Tiling Solutions for the Modern Build aims to assist in the design process for successful specification and…

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  • Capital Gain Receipts Set To Hit New High

    HMRC is on course to take a record £8.8 billion in capital gains tax (CGT) between January and March 2018, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). The prediction is in line with forecasts set by the OBR following the Autumn Budget 2017. CGT is charged on the disposal of assets that have increased in value, with the gain in value being taxed rather than the amount of money received. Taxes on any gains…

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  • Wood Flooring News
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    Sustainability starts with the suppliers, long before the construction phase – Marldon UK

    In an age where green builds and sustainability are increasingly important, there’s a lot of responsibility lying with architects, specifiers and construction professionals. However, it can be argued that sustainability starts much sooner in the supply chain. As the old saying goes, “a workman is only as good as his tools”, a saying that is especially true in modern times as specifiers, architects and construction firms strive to achieve ever increasingly sustainable buildings. Prestigious accreditations,…

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  • Tender for Screeds and Concrete Floors

    CA4527 – South Devon College 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 and Real Estate Location of contract TQ4 7EJ Value of contract £350k Published date 10 January 2018 Closing date 02 February 2018 Contract start date 02 April 2018 Contract end date 30 June 2019 Contract is suitable for SMEs?…

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  • BMF responds to UK Government Industrial Strategy

    Responding to the UK Government’s much-anticipated Industrial Strategy, John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the Builders Merchants’ Federation (BMF) said: “The BMF is pleased to see the Industrial Strategy recognises and showcases the construction industry through the announcement of a Construction Sector Deal. “We believe that people and skills are the single most important aspect for the success of the deal and indeed, the Industrial Strategy. The BMF has long argued for parity of esteem between…

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  • Maintenance & Supply and Installation for Floor Coverings and Associated Services

    LEIDOS SUPPLY, LIMITED Open early engagement – This means that a procurement idea is currently active, it is in the early stage of development and judging interest from potential suppliers. Contract summary Industry Materials and Products, Technology and Equipment, Construction and Real Estate Location of contract Any region Published date 16 January 2018 Closing date 31 January 2018 Description Team Leidos (TL) is seeking to run a soft market testing (SMT) exercise for its Reactive…

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  • ‘Superstar’ SMEs Could Be Worst Hit By Effects Of Brexit

    Innovative small and medium-sized businesses could be the most negatively affected by Brexit, according to a study from academics at the University of St Andrews. Drawing on a previous government survey of about 10,000 SMEs, researchers analysed the potential impacts of Brexit on small businesses. The analysis suggested that as a result of uncertainty caused by Brexit, SMEs could see reduced levels of capital investment, access to external finance, growth, product development and business internationalisation.…

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  • LVT News
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    New Year, new style with Gerflor’s stunning Saga2

    Not everything on the planet is both durable and comfortable. Producing products that look stunning, are made to last and deliver performance needs innovative thinking, coupled to design flair, together with a decent nod towards understanding the market. International flooring specialist Gerflor have produced a dream of a product that ticks a cornucopia of boxes when it comes to design and substance. Their latest updated LVT acoustic flooring range is bringing the concept of unique…

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  • Adhesives News
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    F Ball Styccobond F49 flooring adhesive just got even better

    F. Ball has extended the use of its revolutionary Styccobond F49 Hybrid PS adhesive to the installation of skirting, coving and capping, while introducing a smaller, innovative packaging solution to deliver added convenience and minimise waste. Following extensive testing, the temperature tolerant, pressure sensitive adhesive has now been approved for use with flooring accessories typically applied to vertical surfaces, such as skirting, coving and capping, offering an alternative to traditional contact adhesives. The packaging for…

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  • Most Firms Call For Apprenticeship Levy Replacement

    More than half (53%) of employers who pay the apprenticeship levy would prefer a training levy, according to a study. The apprenticeship levy, which has been in effect since 6 April 2017, means businesses with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million must pay the levy towards apprenticeship funding. The levy is charged at 0.5% of the annual pay bill, and each employer receives an allowance of £15,000 to offset against their levy…

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  • Underlay News
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    Make a Real Difference with Floorwise

    The Feel the Difference underlay collection has been warmly received by fitters and retailers alike, who appreciate the luxury, performance and longevity on offer from this new launch by floorwise. Featuring three constructions, the collection is designed to provide homeowners with a choice of premium-quality Ultra Heavy Density Plus underlays, each offering similar performance levels so that selection comes down to function or preference. The result offers a clear and easy to understand collection driven…

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  • Tiles - Stone - Ceramic News
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    Expansion of marble supply for London specialist

    Leading natural stone and terrazzo specialist Diespeker & Co has announced a new era in the supply of quality marble for commercial projects in the UK and overseas. The London-based company, which has been trading for 137 years, has revealed an extended range of marble, with a substantially increased choice available for fast delivery to UK sites. The initiative means that Diespeker currently has around 3,000 slabs available at its premises in Bermondsey, offering over…

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  • SMEs In Carillion Supply Chain Could Be Left Unpaid

    Thousands of small businesses supplying services to Carillion face financial hardship after the stricken construction conglomerate entered liquidation. Carillion collapsed on 15 January 2018 under the weight of debts amounting to £1.5 billion after several banks refused to provide any further financial support. As a result, trade body Build UK claims that between 25,000 and 30,000 small businesses in Carillion’s supply chain could be left unpaid. While the government vowed to support public sector contracts…

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  • Adhesives News
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    BAL strengthens sales and support team with two new faces

    BAL have appointed Simon Harding and Geoff Cavell to its sales team. Simon joins BAL as Area Sales Manager (ASM) for the East Anglia and the Home Counties. Based in Colchester, Simon will work with BAL distributors and other customers to develop the BAL product range and provide a first port of call. With an extensive career in the tiling industry, Simon has worked for companies including Solus Ceramics, Ceramic Tile Distributors (CTD) and Colchester…

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  • Adhesives News
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    Uzin Utz UK appoints new Managing Director

    Jens Schimmel appointed new Managing Director of Uzin Utz UK Ltd. There has been an organisational change in the management of Uzin Utz UK Ltd. From 1st January 2018, Mr. Jens Schimmel has been appointed as Managing Director of Uzin Utz UK Ltd. Over recent years, Mr. Schimmel has taken managerial responsibilities in several countries across Europe and is the Area Director of the Uzin Utz Group for Northern Europe. Mr. Schimmel will continue the…

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  • 48% Of SMEs Rely On Unprotected Loans

    Nearly half of SME owners are using unprotected loans to fund their business, according to research from Old Mutual Wealth. A poll of 250 small and medium-sized business owners revealed that 48% have unprotected loans or debts, and 60% had used their personal savings to fund their business. These findings followed the release of a quarterly survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which reported low confidence among small businesses at the end of…

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  • More Men Are Working Part-Time

    According to a report by the Resolution Foundation, almost 1 in 8 men are working part-time in 2018, compared to fewer than 1 in 12 in 1997. While hours worked by men in lower paid jobs decreased, men in higher paid roles were found to be working more. The report claims this has led to a polarised labour force, as median-pay jobs have declined while lower and higher paid jobs have increased. The share of…

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  • 1 In 5 Landlords Intend To Sell Up

    The number of landlords planning to reduce their residential portfolio has hit a 10-year high, according to the National Landlords Association (NLA). Research by the NLA, which has more than 65,000 members, shows 20% of landlords are considering selling up after the government announced a series of tax changes. These include the withdrawal of mortgage interest relief for higher and additional rate taxpayers, a 3% surcharge on additional property purchases and a ban on upfront…

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  • HMRC Bans Credit Card Payments

    Taxpayers will no longer be able to use their personal credit card to pay their annual tax bill from Saturday 13 January 2018. HMRC is withdrawing this method of payment less than 3 weeks before its deadline for online tax returns – and any money owed for 2016/17 – by midnight on 31 January 2018. Withdrawing this facility builds on the EU’s payment services directive, which bans companies – including the Revenue – from charging…

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  • Trims and Profiles News
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    Waterproof skirtings by FN Neuhofer Holz – now available for designer floor coverings

    With the increase in LVT floors and vinyl floor coverings on the market, the issue of protecting the skirtings from moisture is becoming increasingly important. FN Neuhofer Holz has developed waterproof skirtings for installations that require particular resistance to moisture; these skirtings combine the benefits of waterproof plastic carriers with the advantage of matching the finish of the decor. Waterproof PUR adhesive is used to stick down decor papers, printed digitally or by the intaglio…

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  • Vinyl Lino Rubber News
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    Social housing flooring requires tenant appeal

    Social housing has been making headlines for the wrong reasons in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. But on a positive note, it has highlighted the needs of tenants and ways of making their homes better, safer places to live in. However, there is also an urgent need for more affordable housing in Britain and a pressing requirement to reverse the reduction in the building of government-funded social housing for rent. In order to…

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  • Card Surcharges To Be Banned

    From 13 January 2018, it will be illegal for businesses to charge customers an extra fee for paying by credit or debit card, under the EU’s Payment Services Directive 2. Though this could save money for consumers, the costs for businesses may have to be balanced elsewhere. Some retailers are considering introducing new service charges, increasing shelf prices or refusing to accept credit card payments altogether. It will also still be legal to require a…

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  • Average Earner Will Need £300,000 Pension Pot

    The average earner will need a combined pension pot of around £300,000 to maintain their pre-retirement lifestyle, according to analysis from Aegon. The figure is based on findings from the government’s auto-enrolment review, published in December 2017, which set out the percentage of earnings that savers should aim for in order to maintain their lifestyle. According to these rates, an individual on average earnings of £27,000 should be aiming for a retirement income of 67%…

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  • Ball and Young – Area Manager Vacancy

    AREA MANAGER VACANCY – Ball and Young Ltd West Midlands – Gloucestershire – Hereford – Worcester – Northampton – Oxford – Warwickshire A leading manufacturer of a wide range of carpet and wood floor underlays and accessories, including CLOUD 9, the Brand Leader. As an ambitious professional, you will welcome this outstanding opportunity to further your career with a high profile company. Experience in the Floorcovering Trade is essential. This position would suit a well…

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  • Flooring Coverings – Supply, Installation Tender

    Flooring Coverings – Supply, Installation and Associated Services Framework – Market Engagement Northern Procurement Group Limited Open early engagement – This means that a procurement idea is currently active, it is in the early stage of development and judging interest from potential suppliers. Contract summary Industry Materials and Products, Technology and Equipment Location of contract Any region Published date 21 December 2017 Closing date 26 January 2018 Description This Prior Information Notice is not a…

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  • National Museums Liverpool Carpet Renewal Tender

    National Museums Liverpool Carpet Renewal in Streets and World Culture Gallery at World Museum 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 and Real Estate Location of contract North West Value of contract — Published date 20 December 2017 Closing date 15 January 2018 Contract start date 22 January 2018 Contract…

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  • Vinyl and wet room floor covering Tender – Nottingham City Homes Ltd

    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 Materials and Products, Technology and Equipment, Mining and Ores Location of contract East Midlands Value of contract £400k Published date 21 December 2017 Closing date 05 January 2018 Contract start date 09 February 2018 Contract end date 08 February 2021 Contract is suitable for…

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  • Government Begins Process To Reverse ‘Staircase Tax’

    The government has published draft legislation to reverse the impact of the so-called ‘staircase tax’ to ease pressure on business owners. This follows a Supreme Court judgement which saw businesses operating in more than one unit in a shared building facing multiple bills where they had previously received one. Firms in adjoining units, which used a communal staircase between floors, were taxed as if they occupied separate properties. Some businesses also faced higher rate bills,…

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  • Tender – Flooring Framework (Coventry)

    WM Housing Group 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 Materials and Products, Technology and Equipment, Mining and Ores, Construction and Real Estate Location of contract CV1 2UR Value of contract £80k – £106k Published date 08 December 2017 Closing date 06 January 2018 Contract start date 12 February 2018 Contract…

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  • Tender – The Supply, Installation & Maintenance of Floor Coverings

    University of Leeds 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 Materials and Products, Mining and Ores Location of contract Yorkshire and The Humber Value of contract — Published date 17 December 2017 Closing date 24 January 2018 Contract start date 30 April 2018 Contract end date 29 April 2020 Contract…

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  • Auto-Enrolment To Start At 18

    The starting age for automatic enrolment into workplace pensions will be lowered from 22 to 18, under new government plans. Auto-enrolment was introduced in 2012 and has seen participation in workplace pensions rise from 55% to 78% of all eligible employees in 2016 – an increase of around 6 million people. Extending the scheme to include younger people will add an estimated 900,000 workers saving into workplace pensions, adding £770 million to annual savings. As…

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  • Most Small Businesses Are Not Ready For MTD

    The overwhelming majority of business owners remain in the dark over making tax digital (MTD), according to government research. Ipsos Mori polled 2,900 small businesses and landlords for HMRC and found that 71% were unaware of the requirement to submit quarterly updates from 2020. A further 13% had heard of the requirements but knew nothing about them. MTD will mean most businesses and taxpayers access their tax affairs online through digital accounts from 2020. VAT-registered…

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  • Recycling
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    Entries now open for Recofloor 2018 Awards Event

    Recofloor, the UK’s vinyl flooring recycling scheme, is accepting entries for its 2018 annual Awards Event, which will kick off at Liverpool Football Club’s prestigious Anfield ground on Thursday April 26th 2018. Hosted by footballing legend Kevin Keegan, the event celebrates members’ achievements and commitment to the scheme, established eight years ago by leading flooring manufacturers Polyflor and Altro. Several award categories are open for entry submissions, alongside the Recofloor Gold, Silver and Bronze awards…

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  • Scotland Brings In New Income Tax Bands

    Higher earners in Scotland will be paying more income tax in 2018/19 than anywhere else in the UK. Finance secretary Derek Mackay decided to introduce 2 new Scottish income tax bands in his Draft Budget 2018/19, which was delivered on 14 December 2017. A new starter rate of income tax will see those earning less £13,850 a year paying 1 percentage point less than in 2017/18, at 19p in the pound. However, earnings between £24,000…

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  • Carpetright – Profits are below market expectations

    A sluggish housing market and lower consumer confidence have certainly caught up with Carpetright. Profits are below market expectations and the tone of its guidance statement is decidedly gloomy despite some positive revenue signs coming through early in the second half. Competition is also biting, with intense margin pressure not just evident in the Netherlands and Belgium: the UK operating margin has slumped a whole 0.7 percentage points to 1.9%. Management is working hard to stave off the competition…

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  • Underlay News
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    Interfloor’s One-Stop-Shop for Flooring Accessories at Domotex 2018

    Europe’s largest manufacturer of flooring accessories, Interfloor is attending Domotex to showcase its British-manufactured underlays which cover a broad range of requirements and meet the demands of both the residential and contract markets. From airports to mosques and churches, hotels, casinos, new build housing, maritime vessels, cruise liners, universities and schools, theatres and cinemas, and stadium complexes; Interfloor has supplied underlay with outstanding commercial performance. Interfloor’s trusted brands include Tredaire, Duralay, Gripperrods and Stikatak. The underlay…

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  • Carpetright plc Interim Results Announcement

    “Significant progress made in core UK flooring business – first half performance impacted by short term UK beds clearance and losses in Rest of Europe. Current trade encouraging but taking a more cautious view of second half prospects” Financial highlights Group Group revenue increased 2.6% to £228.1m (H1 FY17: £222.3m) (note 1) Underlying profit before tax of £2.1m (H1 FY17: £5.1m)(note 2) Net debt of £22.8m (H1 FY17: net cash £0.4m) reflecting the continued investment…

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  • 4 In 5 Entrepreneurs Are Optimistic About 2018

    Despite economic concerns and uncertain trading relations with the EU, most start-up founders in the UK are confident about how their business will fare in 2018. In research revealed by the Institute of Directors (IoD), 83% of entrepreneurs expressed optimism about their business’ prospects over the next 12 months. At the same time, survey participants were aware of the potential challenges they will face. First on the list of these concerns was the uncertainty caused…

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  • Tender – National Museums Liverpool – Sudley House Refurbishment Works

    National Museums On Merseyside 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 and Real Estate, Other Services Location of contract North West Value of contract — Published date 06 December 2017 Closing date 15 December 2017 Contract start date 19 January 2018 Contract end date 29 March 2018 Contract is…

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  • Show News
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    OCEAN MEDIA GROUP BUYS THE FLOORING SHOW

    The Flooring Show, the UK’s national flooring event, which marked its 55th edition this year, has been purchased by Ocean Media Group, a leading provider of exhibitions, events, awards and specialist publications. Owned and organised by Wendy Adams for the past five years, the show has undergone a period of regeneration and growth under her management and is now gearing up for its 2018 edition, which will run on 16-18 September at the Harrogate Convention…

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  • Tender – Term Contracts for Responsive Repairs and Major Works – NN8 1BQ

    Term Contracts for Responsive Repairs and Major Works – In-House Team Support Contract Streams 1A/B/C/D/E/F: General Building Works/Roofing Works/Flooring Works/Drainage Works/Waste Management/Asbestos Removal. Wellingborough Homes 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 Other Services Location of contract NN8 1BQ Value of contract £1 – £200k Published date 28 November 2017…

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  • Supplier Event – South Cambridgeshire District Council

    Open early engagement – This means that a procurement idea is currently active, it is in the early stage of development and judging interest from potential suppliers. Contract summary Industry Construction and Real Estate, Computer and Related Services, Technology and Equipment, Other Services, Agriculture and Food, Printing and Publishing, Education, Environment and Sanitation Location of contract East of England Published date 04 December 2017 Closing date 04 January 2018   Description South Cambridgeshire District Council…

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  • Tender – Vinyl and wet room floor covering

    NOTTINGHAM CITY HOMES 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 Materials and Products, Technology and Equipment, Mining and Ores Location of contract East Midlands Value of contract £400k Published date 06 December 2017 Closing date 22 December 2017 Contract start date 09 February 2018 Contract end date 08 February…

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  • UK Growth To Remain ‘Steady But Sluggish’

    The UK economy is expected to grow steadily, but at a subdued rate in 2018. According to the latest forecast by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), GDP will grow 1.5% next year, and by 1.3% in 2019. Quarterly GDP growth is predicted to remain at 0.3% until the end of 2019. This is almost half the average growth rate since 2013. Squeezed household incomes are expected to reduce spending, while uncertainty surrounding Brexit will…

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  • Millennial Pension Income To Match Baby Boomers

    Young adults are expected to receive a similar pension income to older generations, a study claims. A report by the Resolution Foundation has challenged pessimistic expectations of the younger generation’s retirement income. Widespread public opinion on the future prospects of young people sees retirement as a concern second only to housing. However, millennials are expected to receive a similar level of pension income to that of baby boomers retiring in the 2020s. The report attributes…

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  • Surface Preparation News
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    Trust in each step

    You may have noticed a small change to Marldon, we understand the importance of continual improvement and moving with the times, and so we have taken steps to enhance the look and feel of our brand. We hope you agree that our new marque matches the quality of our products and service, watch this space for further developments. We may have changed but we still hold dear the same values of providing high quality flooring…

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  • Featured Partner
    AXA Insurance

    Bucking the interior design trend:

    As part of its sponsorship of the Grand Room Sets feature at Grand Designs Live in Birmingham this October, AXA Insurance has released new research highlighting the most and least popular interior design trends across the UK, with some surprising results. No two houses are the same, however AXA has found that certain cities have particular tastes when it comes to decorating their homes, many of which go against our preconceptions of trends in certain…

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  • Advisory Fuel Rates Update

    As of 1 December 2017, 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 January 2018. Engine size Petrol – amount per mile LPG – amount per mile 1400cc or less 11p 7p 1401cc to 2000cc 14p 9p Over 2000cc 21p 14p   The following rates also…

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  • Wales To Revisit Land Transaction Tax

    Wales will consider amending its new land transaction tax in the wake of stamp duty being abolished for first-time buyers on all properties worth up to £300,000 in England and Northern Ireland. Stamp duty was the headline-grabbing measure announced in chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Budget 2017, which was delivered on 22 November 2017. First-time buyers in Wales can only take advantage of the Westminster policy until 1 April 2018 , which is when Wales will…

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  • Tiles - Stone - Ceramic News
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    Solus Ceramics launches new range inspired by European Stone

    Solus Ceramics, a leading supplier of innovative architectural wall and floor tiles, has launched a new porcelain range inspired from a multitude of different natural stones. Inspired by traditional European stone, Pioneer interprets a wide variety of diverse natural stones from all over Europe, from sandstone and granite through to marble. A distinctively natural range, Pioneer is a new direction in porcelain style. The eclectic Pioneer range draws influence from stone traditionally used in the…

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  • Profitability of UK companies: April to June 2017

    The net rate of return on capital employed for UK private non-financial corporations related to their UK operations. Publications Profitability of UK companies: April to June 2017 The net rate of return on capital employed for UK private non-financial corporations related to their UK operations. Data Profitability of UK companies Rates of return and revision tables of private non-financial corporations by quarter. Profitability of UK companies Annual and quarterly data for the latest UK profitabilty…

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  • Tiles - Stone - Ceramic News
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    Voting open for Tile Trader’s ‘Tiling for a Good Cause” campaign

    Online tile retailer, Tile Trader, is urging members of the public across the UK to cast their vote in its “Tiling for a Good Cause” initiative. The campaign will give one deserving facility a tiling transformation worth up to £500*, with nominations received from community groups across the UK including London, Glasgow and Coleraine. The 12 entrants in the public vote are as follows: Bagnall Hall Kitchen for Bexhill Caring Community, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex Complete…

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