• 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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  • Matting News
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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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  • Tenders
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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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  • 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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  • Business News
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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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  • Sports Flooring News
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    Gerflor continues to ‘perform’ for Polo Farm Sports Club with Taraflex Sports Flooring

    In the spring of 1977, when the Ford Fiesta was first launched, and Fleetwood Mac’s album Rumours hit the charts, Bill and Dick Laslett purchased an overgrown orchard at Polo Farm, Canterbury, Kent, igniting a sporting dream which turned into a flourishing reality. Today, their facilities have expanded to become a premier sporting venue and centre of excellence and are regularly used by the local community including; Canterbury Hockey, Tennis, Cricket and Croquet Clubs, together…

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  • Tenders
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    Refurbishment of Top Lodge Visitor Centre Barn into an Artist Studio – 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 Refurbishment work – 45453100 Location of contract East Midlands Value of contract £30k Published date 20 April 2018 Closing date 11 May 2018 Contract start date 23 May 2018 Contract end date 27 June 2018 Contract is suitable for SMEs? Yes Contract is suitable…

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  • Off The Surface
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    Print Acoustics to introduce a new acoustic absorbing panel collection

    Studies have shown that disturbing noises in areas affect the mood of human people and lead to reduced performances. Architects, engineering bureaus and interior designers are often looking for solutions to optimise the acoustic comfort in buildings. Print Acoustics®, a division of Triplaco, had developed a series of 14 different acoustic absorbing panels for walls, doors and furniture, that not only absorb and reduce all kinds of disturbing noises but also have an added value…

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  • P60 Deadline Reminder

    The P60 deadline for issuing employees for the 2017/18 tax year is 31 May 2018. Employers must give a P60 form to all employees who were working for them on the last day of the tax year (5 April). This could be on paper or online, through payroll software. Alternatively, P60 forms can be ordered through HMRC. A P60 will summarise an employee’s total pay and deductions on their salary for the tax year. Employees…

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  • Seals and Finishes News
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    Bona inspires with new concepts in floor styling and trends

    The renowned Swedish company Bona is setting the trend in floor styling with ”Bona Inspiration”, a unique concept in designing fashionable floor styles. In collaboration with the internationally recognized trend analyst Cay Bond, their sight is now set on the floor as a crucial design detail. Interior design and home decoration has long been influenced and inspired by trends, but floor renovation has been lagging one step behind. Bona wants to change that, and in…

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  • Industrial News
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    Safeguard’s Drybase is in the mix for floor and wall sealing

    The Drybase range from Safeguard Europe specialist in damp-proofing and waterproofing technology – ECS Epoxy Floor Coating is a highly durable damp-proof epoxy coating for floors and walls from. Supplied as a two-part water-dispersed epoxy resin, Drybase ECS Epoxy Floor Coating is applied in two coats using a brush or roller. Hard-wearing, stain resistant and able to withstand foot and light vehicle traffic; typical applications for Drybase ECS Epoxy Floor Coating would be treating damp…

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  • State Pension Gender Gap Narrows In 2017

    Men receive an average of £28,995.20 more than women from the state pension over a 20-year retirement, analysis shows. Consumer watchdog Which? analysed data from the Department for Work and Pensions, and found the average man gets £27.88 more a week in the state pension than the average woman. While the gap in pension income persists, the data suggests it has narrowed gradually in recent years. In August 2013, the average payment received by women…

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  • Tiles - Stone - Ceramic News
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    The 2018 flooring tile trends to look out for

    With 2017 dominated by metallic inspired designs, 2018 is set to be an exciting year when it comes to new flooring tile trends. Stephen Baker, Sales and Marketing Director at Solus Ceramics, discusses the emerging tile designs set to take 2018 by storm. The use of naturally inspired tile has gathered momentum over the past few years, but in 2018 we are set to see this trend develop even further. There is a multitude of…

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  • Self-Employed Concerned About Pensions

    Saving for retirement is one of the biggest concerns facing self-employed workers, according to research. A survey of 1,000 self-employed workers by Demos on behalf of the Independent Professionals and the Self Employed found that 46% were “very” or “fairly” concerned about not having enough savings for retirement. Additionally, 38% were worried about how the current pension system works for the self-employed. Although the vast majority (80%) described themselves as happy with their form of…

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  • Falmouth School – Walling, Roof, Sports Flooring Tender, Playground Replacement

    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 £1.5m Published date 25 April 2018 Closing date 29 May 2018 Contract start date 25 July 2018 Contract end date 03 September 2019 Contract is suitable for SMEs? No Contract is suitable…

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  • UOW648 Edward Elgar Building Flooring Replacement Tender

    Flooring Replacement 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 laying and covering work – 45432100 Location of contract WR2 6AJ Value of contract — Published date 25 April 2018 Closing date 21 May 2018 Contract start date 06 August 2018 Contract end date 30 August 2018 Contract is suitable…

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  • Most SME Bosses Face Staff Challenges

    The majority (67%) of SME business leaders find it difficult to hire qualified members of staff or retain existing talent, research by Aldermore reveals. A survey of 1,008 decision-makers found that 26% were concerned with keeping good members of staff, while 20% reported problems with high turnover. Employee retention has become a greater concern over the past year for some business owners, as 29% reported an increase in staff leaving their business compared to 12…

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  • Wood Flooring News
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    Woodpecker Flooring move into new offices

    Featuring a slide, gym and real wood treehouse, The new Woodpecker Flooring offices make a day at work feel like no work at all. Tucked away in Caerphilly’s Pant Glas Industrial Estate, the once empty shell of a warehouse has been transformed into a fantastic workplace, thanks to a 2 million pound investment from the company. The two-storey space is just 500 yards from Woodpecker’s distribution centre and previous offices. Designed by fit-out company OEG,…

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  • Tiles - Stone - Ceramic News
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    BAL TILING CASE STUDY – Kirklees Estate Gatehouse

    BAL tiling case study Project Name: Grade I listed 16th century gatehouse Location: Kirklees Estate, Calderdale, Yorkshire Description: Complete renovation of historic gatehouse on the Kirklees Estate, home to the “grave” of Robin Hood BAL products used: PREPARATION: BAL Board, BAL Prime APD LEVELLING: BAL Level-Max WATERPROOFING: BAL Tank-it ADHESIVES: BAL Rapid Flex One, BAL Single Part Flexible GROUT: BAL Micromax2 White OTHER: BAL Micromax Sealant  Tiles:  Modena 800x800mm marble-effect porcelain Project Partners TILING: CJ Ceramics…

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  • Recycling
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    Carpet Recycling UK Conference: Celebrating 10 years of resource recovery

    ‘Celebrating 10 years of Resource Recovery’ is the theme for Carpet Recycling UK’s 2018 Annual Conference and Awards Event which opens at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham on Thursday July 5th. The industry-backed association for recycling and reusing waste carpet will be marking a decade of achievements and significant contributions by members – both individuals and organisations – who have all helped to drive greater sustainability in the flooring sector since 2008. The one-day conference, sponsored…

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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 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 remove…

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  • Retirees ‘To Spend £4,300 A Year Supporting Family’

    Around 1 in 3 parents and grandparents entering retirement this year plan to spend more than £4,300 a year supporting family members, according to research by Prudential. In a survey of 9,896 adults, 31% of those planning to retire in 2018 said they expect to use their retirement income to provide financial support to their families. Those planning to offer support expected to give £360 a month to 3 people on average, coming to £4,320…

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  • Apprenticeship Starts Down By 24%

    A year on from the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, official statistics show the number of people starting an apprenticeship has fallen by almost a quarter. Figures published by the Department for Education reveal that from August 2017 to January 2018, the number of apprenticeship starts decreased by around 24% compared to the same time last year. According to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), the complexity of the system is hindering its effectiveness for…

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  • Flooring Accessories News
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    Gradus flooring accessories and floor-coverings get to work at Steel City House

    As part of an extensive refurbishment project, Gradus flooring accessories and floor-coverings now enhance the interior and provide safe access for users at Steel City House, Sheffield. Steel City House is one of Sheffield’s most iconic buildings having been originally built in 1927. Its central location has made it a popular landmark within the business community and the restoration provides modern open-plan commercial office space for growing business users. Spread over 63,000sq. ft., the unique…

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  • Tender – Replacement School Hall Flooring at Franche Primary School Kidderminster

    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 and wall covering work – 45430000 Location of contract WR5 2NP Value of contract £20k – £26k Published date 17 April 2018 Closing date 10 May 2018 Contract start date 25 July 2018 Contract end date 24 August 2018 Contract is suitable for SMEs?…

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  • Tender for Supply, Lay and Maintain Flooring to Council Properties

    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 Solid flooring – 44112210 Floor-screed works – 45262321 Location of contract B69 3DB Published date 16 April 2018 Closing date 11 May 2018 Contract start date 01 August 2018 Contract end date 31 July 2021 Contract is suitable for SMEs?…

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  • Carpet and Rug News
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    Ege carpets help blend history with modern

    Given the exclusive historical location, the architecture and the surrounding nature Sundukovy Sisters design studio felt inspired to develop an interior concept harmoniously accompanying the architectural ensemble of Versailles while combining contemporary elegance with classic refinement. Architect: Sundukovy Sisters design studio Quality: Highline 80/20 1400 (wool/nylon) for the reception and lounge area, Highline 80/20 1100 (wool/nylon) and Highline 1100 for the corridors and rooms Design: Custom design – The design idea for Hotel Le Louis Versailles…

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  • Smaller Landlords Feel The Sting Of Tax Changes

    The number of landlords with smaller portfolios has decreased, following tax changes in the buy-to-let sector. Research by Paragon found that the proportion of landlords with 3 to 5 properties down from 26% to 24% at the end of 2017. This contrasted with rising figures for those with slightly larger portfolios, as landlords with 6 to 20 properties increased from 35% to 39% in Q1 2018. According to John Heron, managing director of mortgages at…

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  • OTS Calls For Business Tax Simplification

    The Office for Tax Simplification (OTS) is calling on the government to reform the tax system for businesses at the key stages of their growth. A report published on 16 April 2018 outlines several areas where the taxation of businesses could be simplified and reliefs made more accessible. While various reliefs available to businesses in the UK have encouraged entrepreneurship, the report claimed many SMEs either misunderstand or are unaware of them. Such reliefs include the…

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  • Over-55s Worried About Running Out Of Retirement Income

    Nearly half of people aged over 55 fear the prospect of running out of money in retirement, research shows. SunLife polled 50,000 individuals and found that 2 in 5 over-55s worry about whether their pension will cover retirement, while 43% are concerned they might run out of money before they die. This strain on retirement income was also shown to impact living standards, as a fifth of respondents felt they were financially worse off than…

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  • Surface Preparation News
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    Bostik’s subfloor preparation products pave the way at Stratford Hospital

    Bostik has been selected by commercial flooring contractor, Pinnacle Flooring, to supply a range of subfloor preparation products to the new, £22million Stratford Hospital development. The project, built in the centre of Stratford upon Avon for South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, includes 5,300m2of space, spread across three floors. This is approximately twice the size of the current hospital. The new building will house specialist cancer and eye units, making state of the art treatment much…

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  • Directors Positive About UK Economy

    Business leaders’ optimism about the UK economy has turned positive for the first time in almost a year, a survey by the Institute of Directors (IoD) shows. The IoD polled 693 company directors and found that confidence in the economy reached 1% in March 2018, having been reported in negative figures every month since May 2017. Directors’ optimism about their own companies was much higher, at 47%, and had risen by 11% over the same…

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  • SMEs Could Save £17,000 With Digital Accounting

    Small and medium-sized businesses that use digital software to help with their accounting process could save 27.6 days a year, analysis by Sage shows. According to Sage’s research, 59% of SMEs use digital software for accounting, while 18% continue to use manual methods. On average, those using digital methods estimated that they save 2.3 days a month on accounting processes – worth around £17,000 a year in saved time. According to Sage, the main barriers…

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  • Resin News
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    RCR Flooring Products Ltd appoints David Collins

    RCR Flooring Products Ltd has appointed David Collins to the post of Business Development Manager, based in the UK, with specific responsibility for resin product sales. David brings a 10-year track record of work in the construction industry both in the UK and Australia, during which he has focused on the construction chemicals marketplace. This experience makes him ideally placed to develop sales of RCR’s RINOL resin systems brand in the UK. RCR Flooring Products…

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  • Show News
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    The Flooring Show gets set for 2018!

    The UK’s national flooring event, The Flooring Show is in top gear getting ready for its 56th show in Harrogate September 16th – 18th 2018. Stand sales are running 16% ahead of 2017, with some long-term supporters of the show increasing their stand sizes and being joined by companies returning to exhibit at the show after a break. In total 83% of 2017 exhibitors have rebooked for 2018, with more to confirm. Karndean, Furlong Flooring,…

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  • Adhesives News
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    New UltraFloor Grip & Grab IT multi-purpose adhesive from UltraFloor

    UltraFloor have enhanced their range of subfloor preparation materials by introducing Grip & Grab IT multi-purpose adhesive. Available in a 290ml tube, Grip & Grab IT is an MS-polymer based adhesive designed for a variety of applications including fixing gripper rods and trims and securing skirting boards and stair nosing. Grip & Grab IT is quick to apply, adheres to porous and non-porous surfaces instantly and boasts high strength, giving you confidence that projects can…

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  • Business News
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    UK contract floorcoverings market worth in excess of £1bn – AMA Contract Floorcoverings Market Report

    After achieving strong growth of 4% in 2015, growth rates in the contract floorcoverings market were slightly disappointing in 2016 and 2017. A number of factors had a negative impact on the market, including increasing inflation towards the end of the period and adverse currency movements as an indirect result of the Brexit vote, affecting imports. However, despite reduced growth rates, the value of the contract flooring market exceeded £1bn in 2017. The contract sector…

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  • Industrial News
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    E Commerce hub floored using TREMCO flooring products

    A large new warehousing facility at the centre of the growing e-commerce sector saw a range of tremco illbruck products put to the test. McLaren Construction were the main contractor for the project. Axiom Group Limited was the specialist flooring contractor which proposed the use of TREMCO ES100 One Coat Universal DPM and TREMCO CS100 epoxy primer to treat recently laid floor slabs. Axiom also employed TREMCO SX302 moisture tolerant latex underlayment and TREMCO SF108…

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  • Jobs
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    Retail Sales Representative – C.A.T. – London

    Retail Sales Representative – Specialist Flooring Accessories Retail Sales Representative Greater London and Home Counties Established in 1986 C.A.T. are a leading manufacturer of quality profiles and accessories. The Role You will be promoting and selling C.A.T. product ranges to flooring retailers and related businesses and will need to be self motivated with a background in sales. This is a sales and marketing role for which training will be provided to the successful applicant. We…

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  • Most Brits Face Working Into Mid-60s

    Most workers in the UK expect to be working part-time after reaching the age of 65, according to a retirement study. Scottish Widows polled 3,535 people and found 51% expect to be working into their mid-60s, while 18% of those claim it’s more out of necessity than choice. With minimum auto-enrolment contributions increasing on 6 April 2018, 44% are failing to save the recommended 12% of their salary towards retirement each year. Only 24% of…

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  • 5 Of The Main Tax Changes 2018/19

    The 2018/19 tax year is upon us and a raft of new changes have come into force. Here’s what to expect. Income tax The personal allowance has increased to £11,850 across the UK, and the higher rate threshold is increasing to £46,350 for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, 5 income tax bands now apply with 2 new thresholds. The personal allowance is the same but the first £2,000 earned after that is taxed…

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  • LVT News
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    Gerflor LVT flooring solutions creating offices to smile about

    Advances in technology and a heightened focus on employee wellbeing are having a major impact on office design. This, added to the continued trend for open plan environments with different functional zones, has led to companies taking a more holistic approach to the design of their workspaces. According to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), recruitment strategies in certain sectors see the physical design of workspaces as critical in attracting and retaining staff. Flooring…

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  • Tiles - Stone - Ceramic News
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    Solus Ceramics launches new showroom concept in the heart of Clerkenwell 

    Solus Ceramics are off to Clerkenwell and now offer architects and designers a collaborative, informal space to look for tile inspiration and develop design schemes. The two-floor showroom, located at 80 Clerkenwell Road, offers a stimulating and supportive space that will be an expression of the innovative Solus Ceramics brand. The expansive showroom allows architects and designers to utilise the environment as they wish – from receiving advice on the latest tiles ranges and trends…

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    BowWoW BAL – tiling company supports London design and art project

    BAL have teamed up with international mosaic artist Natalie Guy for art and design charity fundraising project BowWow Haus London 2018. BowWow Haus London is a fundraising and creative collaboration between pet charity Blue Cross, American not-for-profit organisation Outdoor Arts Foundation and photographer Drew Gardener. A network of architects, designers and artists – including Natalie – are creating bespoke dog kennels to be displayed throughout London for the first ever auction of artistic dog kennels…

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  • Tender – Refurbishment and Remodelling Works

    Blackburn with Darwen 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 £115k Published date 21 March 2018 Closing date 20 April 2018 Contract start date 29 May 2018 Contract end date 03 August 2018 Contract is suitable for SMEs?…

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  • Resin News
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    RCR builds on RINOL resin flooring systems success in the UK

    Following strong initial project success in the UK, RCR Flooring Products Ltd is continuing to extend the growth of the RINOL resin flooring systems brand in the UK. The RINOL brand perfectly complements RCR’s range of industrial flooring products, which also includes Permaban armoured joints and Rocland dry-shake surface hardeners for concrete floors. Established internationally for over 50 years, the RINOL brand – owned by parent company RCR Industrial Flooring – is well respected for…

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  • Late Payments Affect Half Of Businesses

    Almost half of small and medium-sized businesses have struggled with late payments in the last year, according to research by the Institute of Directors (IoD). Of the 787 business leaders surveyed, 48% have faced issues with late payments since April 2017. About 3 in 10 (31%) said this was the result of an “excessively bureaucratic payments system” in the company being invoiced. Others noted a disparity between the practices of smaller and larger businesses, with…

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    Recofloor reaches new recycling waste vinyl flooring collection record

    2017 was a record-breaking year for Recofloor with 563 tonnes of waste vinyl flooring collected for recycling into flooring or other products. Collections from contractors rose by 10.5% compared to last year, diverting even more vinyl flooring from landfill. Distributors and contractors signed up to Altro and Polyflor’s national vinyl flooring recycling initiative contributed an impressive 397 tonnes (71%) to last year’s total. The majority of material collected was smooth and safety vinyl offcuts (533…

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  • Tender Artificial Turf Pitch Replacement – St Neots Town FC 3G

    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 Works for complete or part construction and civil engineering work – 45200000 Location of contract East of England Value of contract £200k Published date 28 March 2018 Closing date 09 April 2018 Contract start date 01 May 2018 Contract end date 02 July 2018…

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  • Surface Preparation News
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    Flooring moisture should be no barrier to quality flooring

    A flooring moisture barrier is key to quality, high-performance flooring. It’s particularly pertinent when installing a resin surface, a process that can be severely hampered if a substrate beneath an existing surface is damp. In such instances the obvious solution would be to break-up and replace the substrate and risk adding considerable project time and cost. A moisture barrier – in the form of a liquid solution which is applied to a slab – offers…

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  • Tender – Supply of Flooring Services – Oxford 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 materials – 44110000 Building completion work – 45400000 Location of contract South East Value of contract £240k Published date 29 March 2018 Closing date 02 May 2018 Contract start date 01 June 2018 Contract end date 31 May 2022 Contract is suitable…

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  • Adhesives News
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    Uzin Flooring Systems installed at Silverstone University Technical College

    Silverstone University Technical College is right in the heart of one of the world’s most famous motor racing circuits. This stunning new facility is a centre of excellence for pupils to study and the client required a first class finish to match the aspirations of the project. The flooring contractor, CD Flooring Installations Limited turned to UZIN because minimising risk was essential on such a prestigious project which involved installing several different types of floor…

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  • TENDER – Flooring (Supply, Fit and Refurbishment) ESPO

    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 Knotted carpeting – 39531100 Woven carpeting – 39531200 Show additional CPV codes for this notice Location of contract Any region Value of contract £8.0m Published date 03 April 2018 Closing date 06 April 2018 Contract start date 01…

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    Specialist flooring accessory fabrication is what we’re known for!

    ‘CAT’s BN1 Polished Brass Nosing with ribbed tread, cut, mitred and welded, specialist flooring accessory fabrication is what we’re known for!’ C.A.T. supply hundreds of products to thousands of customers in the U.K. and export for projects throughout the world including USA, Australia and the Middle East. The 2018 C.A.T. comprehensive catalogue can be viewed here and the 2018 Trade Price List is now available. For further information please visit: www.thecatweb.com.

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  • Carpet and Rug News
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    Milliken opens its first showroom in Continental Europe

    Milliken’s first showroom in continental Europe, located at 40 rue des Mathurins in the 8th district of the capital, between the Saint-Lazare station and the La Madeleine district, opened during December 2017. The showroom is housed in a typically Parisian setting with many original architectural details from the Haussmann period such as mouldings, herringbone parquet and a winter garden room all forming a haven for the Milliken collections. Led by Marion Bradley, Marketing Communications Manager…

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  • Wales Begins Collection Of Devolved Property Tax

    Property taxes have changed in Wales, as land transaction tax (LTT) came into effect as of 1 April 2018. This replaced stamp duty land tax, which applied to properties worth more than £125,000 or £300,000 for first-time buyers in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Instead, all homes in Wales worth up to £180,000 are now exempt from tax under the new rates. Above this threshold, the following rates apply: Price threshold LTT rate £180,001 to…

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  • Workwear News
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    Snickers New FLEXIWork Floorlayers Work Trousers

    Available this spring, Snickers’ new Floorlayers Work Trousers and the patented Knee Guard System combine very effectively to deliver the ultimate solution for working safely and in comfort on your knees. These new and innovative trousers take the best features, fabrics and functionality from Snickers’ new FLEXIWork range and combine them with the best of the classic Floorlayer trouser. Armortex and Kevlar Trousers With an advanced body-mapping design, they’re made from the highly durable Ripstop…

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  • Disincorporation Relief Set To Expire

    Businesses will no longer be able to claim disincorporation relief from 31 March 2018. The relief is being withdrawn after fewer than 50 businesses attempted to access the scheme 3 years after its launch, despite more than 610,000 UK businesses being eligible. Disincorporation relief was introduced in April 2013 with the aim of reducing tax barriers faced by small businesses when downsizing from a limited company to a sole trader or partnership. It was introduced…

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  • Reduced Dividend Allowance Edges Closer

    From 6 April 2018, the tax-free allowance on dividends will be reduced from £5,000 to £2,000. Owner-directors have used the dividend allowance to extract profits from their business, but changes over recent years have seen the advantage of this tax-efficient strategy reduce. The reduction will almost certainly result in business owners, directors and shareholders paying more tax on dividends worth more than £2,000 in 2018/19. Under the new allowance, the first £2,000 taken in dividends…

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  • Carpet and Rug News
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    Ege Carpets and Designer Tom Dixon unite Swedish nature with pulsating city life

    Downtown Camper by Scandic is Scandic’s third signature hotel in central Stockholm. Located in the heart of the city and at the same time only an arm’s length from the beautiful Swedish scenery, the newly opened hotel intends to be an urban resort and a destination in itself. Architect:  Pia-Cally Wendt, Stylt Quality:  Highline 80/20 1400 (wool/nylon) Design:  ReForm Memory, Industrial Landscape by Tom Dixon & Metropolitan A strong hotel concept reflected in every single…

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  • TENDER – Balcony Flooring Replacement Oaktree Gardens 2018

    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 Builders’ joinery – 44220000 Balcony work – 45262900 Joinery and carpentry installation work – 45420000 Location of contract L11 2SF Value of contract £40k – £50k Published date 27 March 2018 Closing date 11 April 2018 Contract start date 08 May 2018 Contract end…

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  • Safety Flooring News
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    Altro Safety Floors integrated package brings feel-good factor

    An integrated package of Altro Safety Floors, walls and ceilings has been installed in a brand new flagship Spinal Injury Centre in Dorset, run by disability charity Livability, creating a homely, design-led unit with a high level of aesthetic appeal. Livability Holton Lee has recently undergone a total refurbishment, carried out by main contractor Stepnell Ltd, transforming the existing care home into a wellbeing discovery centre and purpose-built Spinal Injury Centre. This provides respite and…

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  • Surface Preparation News
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    UZIN flooring system used to renovate floor at Peterborough Regional College

    A variety of UZIN flooring system products were used to renovate the flooring within the reception at Peterborough Regional College. The flooring contractor, Superior Finish Contracts was appointed to remove the old wood block flooring and install the new luxury vinyl tiles after a burst pipe flooded the reception. As the College provides education and training to over 10,000 students and businesses a year, it was extremely important that the new floor could withstand the…

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  • Most Retirees Do Not Shop Around For Pension Products

    The majority of UK adults do not shop around when accessing their pension through either drawdown or annuity. Data from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) shows that 58% of drawdown customers and 57% of annuity customers used their existing provider. The report also revealed a lack of advice on pensions, as 32% of drawdown sales since October 2015 had been entered into without any financial advice. In addition, Retirement Advantage polled 1,000 over-55s and found…

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  • Resin News
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    Sika steps up to deliver charity’s ideal new floor – Comfortfloor Decorative Pro

    For Stick ‘n’ Step, its classroom floor is much more than just something to walk on – it’s also a place where they deliver specialist education sessions. The charity, based in Wallasey, Merseyside, supports young people with cerebral palsy and helps teach them the necessary skills to help live them more independently. As a great deal of the classes they run take place on the floor, a fit-for-purpose and high-performance replacement was top priority when…

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  • Firms Face Fines For Failing To Report Gender Pay Gap

    Employers could face unlimited fines if they fail to comply with gender pay gap reporting regulations, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has warned. After the deadlines pass – 30 March 2018 for public sector organisations and 4 April 2018 for businesses and charities – the EHRC has said it will give employers 28 days to become compliant. Failure to meet requirements beyond this point could ultimately lead to a fine decided by courts,…

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  • Jobs
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    Opportunity For A New Area Manager – Ball & Young Limited

    Ball & Young Limited have an opportunity for a new area manager covering the following areas: West Midlands, Gloucestershire, Hereford & Worcester, Northamptonshire, Oxford and Warwickshire Ball & Young Ltd – 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 of working…

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  • Resin News
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    Resin Flooring – The Most Versatile Flooring System – FeRFA

    Being the flooring of choice for many years in the food, automotive, pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors, resin flooring has a long and proven track record in these types of industrial environments because of its excellent performance characteristics, and its ability to provide a seamless, hygienic, slip-resistant floor. With the ever-increasing demands for durable and easy to maintain flooring within the commercial sector, resin flooring is widening its success by becoming more and more popular in commercial…

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  • Freelancers Drive Self-Employment Growth

    Freelancers in highly-skilled occupations have driven growth in the UK self-employment sector over the past decade, according to a report. Drawing on data from the Office for National Statistics, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) found that 4.4 million of the 4.8 million people in the UK who are self-employed work completely alone, and do not have any employees. Around 2 million of these workers are freelancers in highly-skilled managerial, professional and…

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