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The Flooring Show 2017 Preview

The 55th Flooring Show is fast approaching!

With over 180 exhibitors preparing for the show and visitors still registering to attend. Plan your trip in advance using the useful links on our website.

Plan your trip in advance using the useful links on our website to avoid any last minute rushing and disappointment!

Accommodation and Travel

If you still need to plan your trip to The Flooring Show, you can use our website to arrange accommodation and travel.

Our only official accommodation agent is Reservation Highway; make sure you use them!

* PLEASE BEWARE: there are bogus accommodation agents contacting exhibitors from many shows across the UK claiming to get discounted rates for hotels.

Show Features

The Flooring Show is the ideal place for visitors and exhibitors to enjoy three days of networking, business and the free of charge Show Features that are looking to be as successful as ever.

Please note that scheduled timetables are subject to changes.

Demo Zones: the Demo Zones will be returning to The Flooring Show, and will once again be run by CFA, NICF and FITA. As with every year, the demonstrations are looking to be as popular as ever this year!

Split across two zones in two different halls, there will be Subfloor & Tool demonstrations and Floor Finished demonstrations, running across the three days.


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


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

* Please note that the above timetables are subject to change

Business Advice CentreThe Business Advice Centre is open to all visitors and exhibitors across the three days of The Flooring Show.

Each advisor has 2 hours to dish their expert knowledge in 15 minute, pre-booked, slots.

You can go to them with a few different questions; questions specific to your own business or you can simply go for a chat to bounce around ideas that will work for you.

To book your 15 minutes at the Business Advice Centre, please email [email protected] with the name of the advisor you’d like to speak to.

Sunday 17th September Monday 18th September Tuesday 19th September
10am – 12pm Colin Whalen Colin Whalen Federation of Small Business
IT Knowledge

Advice about which & how to use key digital tools (such as Google, Google Mail/Docs, Evernote) to get more out of each day and free more time for sales development


IT Knowledge

Advice about which & how to use key digital tools (such as Google, Google Mail/Docs, Evernote) to get more out of each day and free more time for sales development

Business Advice 

Covering free banking, insurance, marketing and legal support, plus much more

12pm – 2pm David Abbott Helen Baldwin & Deborah Marshall Phil Pond
Insight Best Practice

E-Commerce – Advice on website development & how to retail flooring & accessories online

12pm – 1pm: Helen Baldwin, Blue Hippo Editorial Services 

Helpful hints for writing website content

Helen has 7 years experience writing and editing online content both in a corporate environment and for her company Blue Hippo Editorial Services. She works with companies across different industries writing, editing and proofreading content for the online world.

1pm – 2pm: Deborah Marshall, Glowsphere Marketing Services

Are you making the most of your website?

Deborah Marshall  is a CIM DipM qualified Marketing Consultant. With almost 20 years’ experience of working in marketing across many industries, she now focusses on helping SMEs get the best value from their online marketing.

Consumer & Design Trend Intelligence

Flooring Retail – Advice about the hot colours, Patterns, Woods for 2018. The customer experience consumers want, merchandising shops & windows to sell more at higher prices

2pm – 4pm Susan Marot (TBC) HattrickPR – A leading UK PR Agency 
Retail sales & selling advice HattrickPR specialise in the flooring industry & are experienced at growing brand awareness, customer numbers & sales for manufacturers & retailers in this sector
4pm – 5.30pm Federation of Small Business
Business Advice 

Covering free banking, insurance, marketing and legal support, plus much more

* Please note that the above timetable is subject to change

The Trends Hub: In this area curated by Scarlet Opus, the details of three key design trends for 2018 will be showcased how they can translate to flooring, alongside trend boards and trend storyboards.

For more information about the trends hub please take a look at our website

The Wool Trends Centre: For the 2017 Show, the Campaign for Wool and British Wool will be working in conjunction with the Flooring Show to create a Wool Trends Area, showing the benefits of wool products for the interiors sector, especially flooring!

The area will also feature Wool Carpet exhibitors, including Penthouse Carpets Ltd, Brockway, Axminster Carpets, Cavalier Carpets, Adam Carpets, Bondworth & Ulster Carpets Ltd.

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

Speakers at this years show include: David Abbott, RFMS, Houzz, Federation of Small Business, Steve Philip, Interface, Hattrick PR and Scarlet Opus.

Our keynote speaker is Warren Knight, who’ll be discussing ‘How to Win New Business with Social Media’. In this thought provoking seminar with the renowned Social Media Strategist; you’ll learn how to turn visitors into prospects and win new business.

Warren will walk you through his proven step-by-step social media roadmap to achieve the end goal of generating brand awareness and increasing sales.

Learn how to connect with your customers and win new contract work by creating relevant content and turn your business into a successful, socially savvy business.

Complementing the packed Seminar schedule, the first ever Panel Discussion will be running on Sunday 17th September.

To be chaired by Martin Curtis of Wool Carpet Focus Group, the discussion will focus on ‘Why Consumers Should Choose Wool Carpet’; discussing the positives and negatives in a live, interactive debate that you will not want to miss!

Carpet Fitter of The Year: After it’s applauded return last year, NICF are looking for the next Carpet Fitter of the Year, with the final of the competition taking place in the Kings Suite at The Flooring Show.

Six finalists: Darren Ash, Jason Draper, Dan Evans, Rob Harper, Byron Terret and John Wright, will face their final task, live during the show, where the winner will also be announced!

As proud sponsors of the competition, The Flooring Show would like to say a huge well done to all who entered the competition and good luck to all six finalists!

Contract Zone: In 2017, the Show organisers are introducing the ‘Contract Zone’.

Featuring a central display of the latest trends and innovations in the contract flooring sector, and surrounded by exhibition stands, which will host key brands, this latest development will be one not to miss for architects, interior designers, facilities mangers, developers and contract managers.

Located in Hall Q, this exciting new area is supported and sponsored by the Contract Flooring Association, who will also be running a Demonstration Zone with a specific focus on contract flooring in the same Hall.

Also located in Hall Q will be a specific seminar area, which will host CPD certified seminars, giving visitors from the contract sector a chance to add to their professional development.

If you’d like more information on planning your trip, or if you want to know more about any of the features at this years show please look at our website

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