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The Flooring Show 2016 Preview

The Flooring Show is Almost Here…

and this year it’s looking to be bigger and better than ever!

Last year, thousands of flooring retailers, distributors, wholesalers, contractors, designers, architects and facilities managers (pretty much everyone in the industry!) from independent, SME and large scale business’, visited The Flooring Show.

From 18th to 20th September, the flooring industry will meet again, and we’d love to see you there. To register for FREE, all you have to do is visit our website and click ‘Register’ and the online form will take less then five minutes to complete.

Why Visit?

The Flooring Show attracts thousands of visitors every year, with industry leaders exhibiting, a packed schedule and plenty of opportunities to network, conduct business and see business partners, old & new.

  • Meet over 170 exhibitors, catch up with current suppliers and get to know future ones
  • Take advantage of special show-only deals and offers over all 3 days
  • Discover new products and keep up to date with the latest flooring innovations
  • Network with your peers at the show and during the Street Party from 17.30 on Sunday 18th September
  • See the latest flooring design trends in a variety of exciting feature areas
  • Gain insights from industry leaders in the fascinating Seminar Theatre
  • Be part of the lively, friendly atmosphere that The Flooring Show is so famous for

And it’s all completely free for you to attend!

A Packed Schedule

Each day of the exhibition will be full of things for visitors and exhibitors to see, remember the Show & Trends Hub open at 9.30am. The Demo Zones will be in action from 10am each day, as will the Seminar Theatre that will begin at 10.45am on Tuesday 20th, demonstrating to all in the Harrogate International Centre (HIC) new products and techniques within the industry.

On Sunday 18th September, when the show has closed exhibitors and visitors alike are invited to the Street Party networking event which will take place inside the HIC. Find out more below!

You’re Invited to the Street Party!

You’re all invited to the Street Party on Sunday 18th September!

After a hard day at the Flooring & Tiling Show, visitors and exhibitors are invited to wind down with drinks & canapés and a few surprises while chatting with friends, colleagues and new contacts. The party takes place in The King Suite, on the Flooring Street from 17.30 onwards.

Houzz to Speak at The Show

Houzz is the world’s leading platform for home renovation and design. More than 25 million monthly unique users rely on Houzz to find design inspiration, get advice from the largest home community on the web, source products, research and hire home professionals, and manage home projects from start to finish, and over 700,000 active home professionals use Houzz to showcase their work.

The Houzz sessions will cover the fundamentals of how you can grow and manage your company’s online exposure. You can learn how to get discovered, build credibility and how to engage with homeowners. Don’t miss out- catch them at 12.15 on Sunday and Monday and 11.30 on Tuesday. 

Plan Your Trip

The Flooring Show is so much more than just an exhibition; so make the most of your trip by planning ahead. Use this guide together with our website to ensure your accommodation & travel plans are sorted and you don’t miss a thing!


Travelling by Train: Trains run from most major cities in the UK to Leeds and York, with regular National Rail service running from these stations to Harrogate.

National Rail enquiries: +44 (0)8457 484 950

Travelling by Car:

From the South: take the M1 then A1(M), exit Wetherby (9 miles from Harrogate)

From the North: A1, exit Wetherby or Knaresborough (Knaresborough exit is 8 miles from Harrogate)

From the East: M621 then A1(M), exit Wetherby (9 miles from Harrogate)

From the West: M56 to M62 then A1(M), exit Wetherby (9 miles from Harrogate)

Car Parking: Harrogate International Centre has a large underground car park that is FREE OF CHARGE for all Flooring Show visitors. Please be aware that this is on a first come first served basis.

The Venue: The Flooring Show will once again be held at it’s home:

Harrogate International Centre, Kings Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5LA  Tel: +44 (0)1423 500 500 or visit


Blue Line Taxis can be contacted on +(0)1423 530 830 Mainline Taxis can be contacted on +(0)1423 555 555  Airline Taxis can be contacted on +(0)1423 525 200

Travelling by Air: Leeds Bradford International Airport is 20 minutes from Harrogate and Manchester international Airport is just under two hours from the town.


Harrogate has an amazing selection of hotels, within walking distance of the Harrogate International Centre, to suit every budget and style. Once again, we have partnered with Reservation Highway who are the shows official accommodation agent. PLEASE BEWARE of Convention Housing; they are a bogus agency contacting exhibitors.

Simply go to the ‘Visit’ section of our website,, to complete your online booking form with Reservation Highway. Rooms are filling up fast so don’t delay.

Street Café: Whilst you’re at the show, don’t worry about heading out for food, make you way tour very own Street Café that can be found near The Trends Hub, offering a variety of delicious snacks and meals to choose from. There are also two smaller catering areas in Halls B & C. 

Contact: If you have any queries or require help on any aspect of the show, please contact the event team on +44 (0)1423 779 967

Opening Times:

Sunday 18th September:         9.30am-5.30pm

Monday 19th September:        9.30am-5.30pm

Tuesday 20th September:        9.30am-4.00pm

If you haven’t registered to attend, all you have to do is visit our website and click ‘Register’. The form takes less than five minutes to complete and when you have, you’ll be part of the UK’s National Flooring Event!


Seminar Programme

This years free of charge seminars will be taking place at ‘Speakers Corner’ and will focus on helping visitors and exhibitors alike market products and businesses using various methods: how to price products, make social media work for your company, carpet recycling, caring for wool & trends.


  • Vanessa Brady OBE: How to sell flooring to Interior Designers.
  • David Abbott: e-Commerce Entrepenuer & Consultant, IBP, uses his wealth of marketing experience to help companies get more visitors to their websites & convert them into paying customers.
  • Alan Best: Alan Best Sustainability Ltd,Alan has a background in technical sales and marketing and has particular expertise in environmental and performance certification in construction. He has worked for many years as technical consultant in the EU for Shaw Industries Inc., one of the world’s largest flooring companies. Alan has been Chair of the Flooring Sustainability Partnership and co-author of technical works such as the Croner “Essential Guide to REACH” and writes a monthly Sustainability Column for the Contract Flooring Journal.
  • Jane Gardner: Project Manager, Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK), has extensive experience in running successful industry-led collection trials and schemes, such as the Recofloor vinyl flooring take-back programme and the UK Recovinyl scheme.
  • Andy Jackson: Fusionex, For over 30 years, Andy has worked in numerous Telecoms and IT roles, within the Rail, Utilities, Financial Services, Aviation and more recently Retail and Hospitality sectors.  In the last 10 years he has worked mainly for SME’s providing innovative technology solutions to their international, and UK, clients including; American Express, Royal Bank Of Scotland, British Airways and KLM Airlines.  
  • Steve Philip: Founder & MD, Linked2Success Limited, has helped hundreds of well known businesses build their client bases and brand awareness through social media.
  • Campaign For Wool: TBC
  • HOUZZ UK: the world’s fastest growing website for the interiors sector. They are a platform for home renovation and design, bringing homeowners
    and home professionals together in a uniquely visual community.
  • Scarlet Opus: A Trend Forecasting Agency working internationally with manufacturers, retailers, interior designers, architects and trade & consumer press. Providing detailed insight about what will be in-fashion for the world of interiors in 3 years’ time; the future wants, needs and desires of the consumer. They get very specific about colours, textures, materials, shapes and pattern. Discover what flooring will be desired the most in 2017 and why.
  • Interface: TBC

To see the full schedule of speakers and times please take a look at The Flooring Show website,

The Demo Zones

Continuing on from the success of last year, the free demonstrations will take place in the Kings Suite of the exhibition halls, alongside the popular Trends Hub and Seminar Theatre.

Set across two Halls, Hall B and Hall M; the demonstrations have been split into Subfloor & Tool Demonstrations and Floor Finishes Demonstrations and are run for another year, by CFA/FITA/NICF.

For a full and up to date schedule please look at The Flooring Show website,

The Trends Hub

Scarlet Opus will be working with The Flooring Show to curate the Trends Hub for the fifth consecutive year, bringing together an imaginative area showing future trends, colour themes and new innovative products. This is a space for both exhibitors and visitors to get inspired and motivated.

This year, the Trends Hub will be home to the Window Merchandising Workshop, where groups of five or six retailers will be given a design trend for SS2017 and have it explained to them. Hints and tips on window merchandising for flooring, tiling and interiors shops. Using a host of props supplied by Scarlet Opus, each group will work with a Trend Forecaster to merchandise their window. With all the windows being created on King Street and the displays changing daily; there will be plenty of opportunity for all visitors and participants to see the results of the workshop and take away some inspiration. To book your space email Julia, [email protected], spaces are limited so be quick! For the full schedule of workshop times take a look at the website, 

Carpet Fitter of The Year 2016

The National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers (NCIF) have re-launched the Carpet Fitter of the Year Competition after a fifteen year hiatus. The grand final will take place over the first two days of The Flooring Show on 18 and 19 September at the Harrogate International Centre.

Industry sponsors include ARDEX UK Ltd, F Ball & Co Ltd, Ball & Young Ltd, Bostik Ltd, Carpenter Ltd, Contract Flooring Journal, Cormar Carpets, Hanson Plywood Ltd, Interfloor Ltd, Lifestyle Floors, Roberts UK, Spotnails Ltd, The Stocklists, Tramex Ltd, Uzin Ltd and Which? Trusted Traders, many of whom you can see exhibiting at the show itself.  NICF would like to thank all the sponsors for their support.

Speaking about bringing the Competition back, NICF President, Ian James said “…I always said that if I were ever NICF President I would make it my mission to bring the competition back – after all, there isn’t a fitter in the land that wouldn’t want UK ‘Fitter of the Year’ on his van.

 The competitors entered the competition by registering online and completing a questionnaire, twelve of those who entered have now been chosen to progress forward to the next stage, the practical skills trial at the FITA Training Centre in Loughborough over 26 and 27 May. Six finalists will then progress to take part in the grand final.

The Carpet Fitter of the Year Competition provides a platform for tradespeople to demonstrate their experience, skills, knowledge and competency of their profession, allows for a bit of healthy competition and the chance to win some fantastic prizes: including £1000 cash, a selection of tools, winner’s trophy, one year’s free NICF Master Fitter membership and an iPad that has kindly been donated by Which? Trusted Traders.

If you’d like to see the grand final and experience The Flooring Show, running alongside the first ever Tiling Show, then register via our website for your free ticket.

Wool Carpet Focus Group

The Wool Carpet Focus Group / Curtis Wool Direct stand have come up with something a little different. Members of the WCFG will have some great new wool carpet ranges on display and the Smiling Sheep in Pink Shades will be featured in many ways around the show – looking cool #naturally.

Expect to see the WoolAbilities on show and “Barnum and Baileyesque” activities will be inviting you to test your skill and strength whilst continuing the evolution of the genre. Expect to see regular demonstrations of how wool and products made from it are naturally fire retardant and how they clean so easily after a spill!
If you ever wondered how wool is spun into yarn you need wonder no more.

Hand spinners will show you the ancient technique that is nowadays highly mechanised, highly skilled and scientifically engineered but is still crafted by man!
The fabulous entrance “It’s Cool To Buy Wool” carpets will be there again, proving that even after last year’s heavy use they are as good as new and making a triumphant return! It pays to invest a little more in a quality wool carpet and with Bouncebackability, Wearability and MarketAbility you know it pays to invest in wool!

Wools of New Zealand

Wools of New Zealand is a privately owned company committed to selling and marketing its ethically and sustainably sourced wool to the interior textile industry. 

To showcase the natural beauty of New Zealand wool, we will be launching the 2017/18 colour forecast in our studio situated in the Kings Street creative hub.  Also on display will be our NEW rug collections and soft floor-coverings synonymous with colour, styling and technological innovations for interiors.

Ask The Experts

We’re introducing a new feature to the 2016 Show, Ask the Experts. We’re inviting a ‘field of experts’ from Consult Yorkshire, to give advice during the three day exhibition. Covering a range of topics, there will be no selling, strictly free and helpful advice with no need to book an appointment.

The experts will specialise in:

  • Legal advice
  • Social media help
  • Marketing & customer experience
  • Maximising prices & marketing
  • Energy saving, improving efficiency & profitability
  • Pensions
  • Circular economy, supply chain improvements
  • Reducing mobile phone costs
  • Branding & marketing

Consult Yorkshire offers global skill and experience with Yorkshire integrity, determination & warmth, can you afford to miss out on Asking the Experts?

The Wool Trends Centre

The Campaign for Wool and British Wool will install an exciting, colourful, fun, design-led installation in the centre of the Wool Trends area, which is the hub for which provides all wool retailers free sign-up to the industry’s latest educational and interactive online promotion.

The fully styled central display area will show off the latest trends while being surrounded by industry leading names, including: Penthouse Carpets, Brockway Carpets, Axminster Carpets and Cavalier Carpets.

At this years show, Adam Carpets will be celebrating 25 years since the launch of their iconic range Fine Worcester Twist, showing all 126 colours the range is available in.

Bronte Carpets are specialists in high quality, custom-made carpets. Available in any colour and any width, from a stair runner to pieces 12 metres wide with no joins or waste, some of Bronte Carpets main ranges will be at the show.

Unveiling new colours in the luxurious Ulster Velvet Collection, alongside an innovative new rug offering. Ulster Carpets will preview at the show a number of other ranges, which promise to be very exciting!

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