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  • Hultafors Tools

    Tap, Strike, Knock, Whack, Bang, Pound, Smash… with Hultafors Tools

    In this new generation range you’ll find Ball Hammers, Carpenters’ Hammers, T-Block Hammers, Electrician’s Hammers, Sledge Hammers, Dead Blow Hammers and even Copper Hammers. They’re tools that can handle the toughest work, delivering the best possible levels of precision, performance and safety. Ergonomically designed for ease of use and with a range of sizes and a special grip technology, these Hammers are perfectly crafted for your needs. With vibration damping features as well as reduced recoil…

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  • DEMO ZONES

    Carpet Fitter Finalists & Demo Zones at The Flooring Show

    The 2017 Flooring Show is getting closer, making it’s annual return to the Harrogate Convention Centre from Sunday 17th September to Tuesday 19th September, for three days of industry leading exhibitors, a wide range of products and popular Show Features. After its successful comeback in 2016, NICF announced earlier in the year that they would, once again, be running the Carpet Fitter of the Year finals at this years Flooring Show. As on of the…

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  • MarldonUK-Tower-Bridge

    Marldon from Concept to Completion

    “MARLDON PROVIDES TECHNICAL SUPPORT AND INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION FOR THE SPECIFICATION INDUSTRY.” Founded on 40 years of flooring heritage, Marldon, has been developed specifically to provide architects, specifiers and construction professionals with innovative flooring solutions to many build problems. We specialise in high-quality, reliable systems and our passion for constant innovation results in revolutionary products is already proven on projects such as; The Shard and One Tower Bridge. Combining high performance with…

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  • Hultafors-Knifes

    Hultafors’ New Knives and Hand Axes for Craftsmen and Outdoor Enthusiasts

    Robustness, quality and long-lasting sharpness are the hallmarks of these superb knives. With a selection of toughened, corrosion-proof Heavy Duty Knives, Safety Knives, Chisel Knives and Utility Knives for general purpose tasks on site, there’s also precision products for Electricians, Plumbers and Painters. The latest additions to the range are the Outdoor Knives for tougher tasks on-site or for those who need a cutting-edge companion out in the bush. They’re all are ergonomically designed with…

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  • Flooring-Show-2018

    You’re Invited to The Flooring Show 2018

    Organisers of The Flooring Show 2018 would like to invite all industry professionals to the 55th edition of the three day exhibition. As always, The Flooring Show will take place at the Harrogate Convention Centre (formerly the Harrogate International Centre) from Sunday 17th September to Tuesday 19th September 2017. The Flooring Show in Harrogate is the largest UK, trade only show and event organisers; Wendy Adam’s Associates are planning to curate another fantastic event. Industry…

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  • Instarmac-ISO-Accreditation

    Instarmac achieves prestigious new ISO Accreditation

    ISO have recently made changes to the 9001 and 14001 accreditations and Instarmac Group plc are proud to announce that during their recent audit they received a positive recommendation for continued registration of OHSAS 18001 and achieved transition to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015. Darren Gough, Quality and Operations Manager at Instarmac commented: “This is a fantastic achievement by the team involved as the ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 standards will become obsolete in September…

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  • Amtico-Flooring-show 2017

    Amtico at The Flooring Show

      For the first time in recent history, Amtico will be exhibiting at The Flooring Show from 17th to 19th September 2017 at the Harrogate International Centre. Amtico will bring over 50 years of experience to their stand at the show. They’ve been pushing the boundaries of flooring to design and manufacture beautiful high-quality luxury vinyl tile (LVT) collections. Amtico’s design-led collections bring an abundance of choice in colour, texture, finish and laying pattern. There…

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  • Brexit Round-Up: Brexit Bill Receives Royal Assent

    Here’s a round-up of the top Brexit-related stories this week. Brexit Bill Receives Royal Assent The Queen has given Royal Assent to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, allowing the government to formally trigger Article 50. The Bill was approved by MPs this week following discussions in the House of Commons and House of Lords. May has said that Article 50 will be triggered by the end of March as planned, beginning the process…

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  • Blastrac-BG-250RS

     New Blastrac Remote-Controlled Single Disc Grinder BG-250RS 

    The Blastrac BG-250RS is a single-head grinding machine especially developed for the professional preparation of concrete floors. The BG-250RS will amaze you with its efficiency! With 250mm working width and a weight of 230kg, it has enough power on the diamond tools to deliver aggressive & perfect results. Already the BG-250 was easy in handling and maintenance, but now you can get this reliable machine as remote-controlled version, especially ideal for longer lasting jobs! The…

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  • Havwoods-Accessories-website

    Unique online flooring solutions from Havwoods Accessories

    Havwoods Accessories provides flooring solutions for both new builds and renovations, supplying specialist products to architects, property developers and construction experts. Our products range from Adhesives, Primers and Underlays for Subfloor Preparation, to Skirtings, Mouldings, and Trims to add the finishing touch. Thanks to years of experience in supplying the building industry, to Flooring Contractors in particular, we have refined our product range to cater for any situation. If you are an Architect, Property Developer or…

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  • Success Train

    Leadership, Emotional Intelligence and Soft Skills

    For a long time now leadership skills have been bandied about as being essential for the Construction industry to progress. Back in 1998 Sir John Egan reported that ‘The industry must provide decent and safe working conditions and improve management and supervisory skills at all levels’. 10 years later the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) published their ‘Leadership in the Construction Industry’ report which also highlighted that leadership is more than just deploying “the so-called Hard…

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  • Flooring-show-2017 save the date

    Save The Date for The Flooring Show 2017

    Returning for the 55th year, The Flooring Show 2017 will run across three days, from 17th to 19th September 2017, so make sure you save the dates for the UK’s largest, trade only Flooring Show! With over 150 of the industries leading brands already signed up to exhibit and a large range of product categories suitable for all sectors, this year’s show is looking to be bigger and better than ever. Exhibits will be displaying…

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  • National Flooring Equipment debuts at Executive Hire Show

    Surface preparation expert, National Flooring Equipment will showcase its innovative flooring machines at the Executive Hire Show, taking place between February 8 and 9, 2017 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. The American company, which recently announced its European launch, is making its UK trade show debut to exhibit its innovative surface preparation equipment increasing the range and quality of equipment available in Europe. National Flooring Equipment will be exhibiting on Stand X64. National Flooring…

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  • What-Knot-Screwfix

    What Knot providing instore demos at Screwfix branches as sales soar

    With sales of What Knot, the unique device that enables anybody to use ropes without tying knots, and working on ropes of 3 mm to 15 mm thick, doubling weekly at Screwfix, the company behind it in the UK is supporting branches with in-store demonstrations. Steven Daniels, owner of Just Right Products UK & Europe, has started visiting Screwfix branches across the UK, helping staff maximise sales of the revolutionary product. Steven is placing demonstration…

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  • Flexible Hours Linked To More Elderly Employment

    47% of workers said they would work longer before retirement if their employer offered flexible working hours, according to the British Social Attitudes Survey. The annual survey of 4,300 people aged 18 and over said that workers want their employer to offer flexible tools to help them work longer. 46% would move to part-time working, while 30% would like the option to take on a less demanding role. Workers would also take the option to…

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  • National Flooring Equipment debuts at Executive Hire Show

    Surface preparation expert, National Flooring Equipment will showcase its innovative flooring machines at the Executive Hire Show, taking place between February 8 and 9, 2017 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. The American company, which recently announced its European launch, is making its UK trade show debut to exhibit its innovative surface preparation equipment increasing the range and quality of equipment available in Europe. National Flooring Equipment will be exhibiting on Stand X64. National Flooring…

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  • Woolcraft appoints Kiddie ahead of UK Investment

    Europe’s most innovative manufacturer of hand tools and accessories, wolfcraft is investing in its own sales and marketing operation in the UK, in a move to maximise its brand in the UK home improvement market. The family run, German company, which has relied on wholesalers for the last eight years, is keen to build its profile with UK retailers, having recently expanded its production and distribution operations across Europe. This newest activity will see wolfcraft…

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  • Celebrating the best in Construction in the South West – Enter today!

    Returning for their 10th consecutive year, the South West Built Environment Awards are set to return on the 9 June 2017 and due to its ever-increasing popularity, for the first time, the event will be held at the Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol. The awards are recognised as being in a class of their own, celebrating best practice combined with great entertainment and an effective platform for networking. Having gained traction over the previous decade, the awards…

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  • interfloor-tredaire underlay

    Heritage brands are the cornerstones of Interfloor’s one-stop-shop – Furniture Show 2017

    Europe’s largest manufacturer of underlay and flooring accessories Interfloor will be showcasing its market-leading heritage brands including Tredaire and Duralay at the January Furniture Show 2017. “Providing better looking and better performing flooring products that genuinely help our customers to profitably grow their business is our priority, and we’re looking forward to showing visitors to this great event how we can support them in 2017,” said Interfloor CEO John Cooper. Top-selling Tredaire, which has been…

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  • Firms Planning To Increase Or Maintain Development Spending

    70% of businesses are planning to increase or maintain their development, according to research by the Confederation of Business Industry (CBI). Firms invested around £21 billion on innovation in 2015 to develop new products and services, attract global investment and expand their businesses.  Scientific research (35%) and tax incentives for investment (30%) are viewed as competitive, while the UK is seen as lagging behind in areas such as external partnering with companies (21%) and grant…

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  • you-and-bal-logo

    Join the conversation with the new BAL forum

    BAL – the market leaders in full tiling solutions – have launched a new online forum for tiling professionals. Available to registered YOU+BAL Partners, the forum gives tilers, contractors and specifiers the opportunity to discuss the latest products, fixing techniques and services, as well as getting technical help from BAL staff, share site stories and lots more. Alex Underwood, Head of Marketing at BAL, said: “The new BAL forum replaces our old Tilerworld forum which…

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  • BAL Forum

    Join the conversation with the new BAL forum

    BAL have launched a new online forum for tiling professionals. Available to registered YOU+BAL Partners, the forum gives tilers, contractors and specifiers the opportunity to discuss the latest products, fixing techniques and services, as well as getting technical help from BAL staff, share site stories and lots more. Alex Underwood, Head of Marketing at BAL, said: “The new BAL forum replaces our old Tilerworld forum which was extremely popular with fixers and contractors alike. “We’ve…

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  • Hultaflors Flooring Knife

    Hultafors NEW Range of Craftsman’s Knives

    Precision, quality and long-lasting sharpness are the hallmarks of these superb new products. Hultafors Tools has extended its range of Knives for professional craftsmen and women.  With a selection of Heavy Duty Knives, Safety Knives, Chisel Knives and Utility Knives already available from Hultafors in the UK, there’s also specially designed and developed products for Electricians, Plumbers and Painters. The new Knives include those for general-purpose outdoor use as well as ones for precision tasks.…

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  • Floorwise-Spray-Adhesive

    A fix for any occasion thanks to Floorwise

    When it comes to ticking all the right boxes, floorwise has it nailed, glued, stapled and tacked thanks to one of the UK’s best collections of floorcovering accessories. From adhesives and gripper to heat seam tape, hammer tackers, staples and staplers, floorwise delivers great value, but most important of all, reliability that simply won’t let you down. Using only best quality materials, the floorwise collection has a proven track record of delivering outstanding results in…

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  • BAL-Video

    Don’t feel alone – get free project support from BAL

    BAL – the market-leaders in full tiling solutions – have a released a series of short videos about how tilers can get free on-site project support. The new videos, available on BAL’s YouTube channel, or sent directly to YOU + BAL partners, highlight how BAL’s Product Support Technicians (PST) provide hands-on, personal support for all tiling industry professionals across the UK. Founded more than 20 years ago, the PST concept is unique to BAL, which has placed…

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  • Flooring-Show 2016

    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…

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  • Gypsumtools sole UK distributor for Full Circle Brand

    One of the UK’s leading distributors of plastering tools and equipment has been granted sole product distribution rights by yet another leading name. After a long selection process, Leicester-based Gypsumtools was announced sole UK distributor for the Full Circle brand, which provides top of the range sanding products that are used the world over. The owners of the US Company, which is based in Garfield, Minnesota, pride themselves on the high quality results that come…

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  • Hulta-and-Snickers

    Snickers, Hultafors, Solid Gear and Toe Guard make Light Work this summer

    For professional craftsmen and women, this summer is all about getting to know more about the top quality products from the Hultafors Group’s Premium brands, each of which deliver the leading innovations and marketing leading products in Tools, Workwear and Safety Shoes. They’re just the job for professional craftsmen and women who want to make a statement about the quality of their skills and they job they do on site. Snickers Workwear’s Next Generation working clothes…

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  • Carpet Fitter of the year

    Carpet Fitter of The Year is Back

    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 of the competition include: Industry sponsors of the NICF Carpet Fitter of The Year 2016 Award include ARDEX UK Ltd, F Ball & Co Ltd, Ball…

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  • Preptec-New-Office

    New premises for Preptec with Trade Counter

    Preptec Equipment Services started business in 2013 and supply a wide range of surface preparation related products and services to many sectors including the flooring, refurbishment and construction industries. Following a successful first two years the company have recently relocated to new purpose build premises with a showroom and trade counter , additional offices , improved workshop facilities , increased storage facilities and a demonstration area.  Paul Mansfield Company Director commented ‘ We have had a…

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  • bal-surface-design-show

    BAL previews external tiling systems at the Surface Design Show

    BAL – market-leaders in full tiling solutions – have made a successful return to the Surface Design Show in London to offer a preview of the new Gutjahr range to architects, designers and specifiers. The exhibition, which was held from 9-11 February at the Business Design Centre in Islington, attracted more than 6,000 industry professional and trade visitors to compare and specify the latest products in internal and external surfacing and architectural design. Launching to…

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  • You-and-BAL

    Y+ is YOU+BAL – bringing fixers and contractors into the heart of BAL

    It’s what everyone in tiling’s been talking about. It’s been the biggest tease since your teenage crush, but now the team at BAL can finally reveal the true nature of Y+. Y+BAL is YOU+BAL. Simply, YOU+BAL puts fixers and contractors at the heart of a market-leading team. It’s not just “one thing” – it’s everything. Since it was formed more than 50 years ago by the British Ceramic Tile Council, BAL have worked with fixers and…

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  • New Chairman for FERFA

    FeRFA is delighted to announce the election of a new Chairman for the coming two years and a newly elected Council for 2016. FeRFA Chairman – Tracey Glew Tracey Glew is not only FeRFA’s first female Chairman but also the first to come from the surface preparation side of the industry. Tracey has been an active member of the FeRFA council for over 14 years (the last two years as Vice Chairman) and worked with…

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  • Roberts-Kicker

    Roberts adds new generation knee kicker to its range

    Roberts, the leading, premium brand of flooring installation tools, has added a new generation knee kicker to its range.  The Gel Pro 505 Knee Kicker features the latest in function, innovation, technology and design, all aimed at taking the strain off the professional carpet fitter without compromising the quality of the fitting. A thick 100% gel core bumper provides comfort and greater shock absorption which reduces knee shock, while the ergonomically designed handle is padded…

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  • BAL expands specification support team with two appointments

    Building Adhesives Ltd (BAL), the market-leading manufacturer of full tiling solutions including adhesives, grouts and ancillary products, has hired two new Specification Managers as part of its drive to expand its specification support team. Alan Thurston and Tracey Hopkins will work with architects, designers and specifiers supporting them on M40/M20 specifications, providing project support and delivering RIBA-accredited CPDs. Tracey will deliver support in North West and South West London while Alan will work with clients…

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  • Carpet Fitter of the year

    Call for entries for re-launched Carpet Fitter of the Year 2016 Competition

      The NICF (National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers) has proudly relaunched the Carpet Fitter of the Year Competition.  The prestigious 2016 competition is open to all UK fitters (including non-members), with a generous prize package including £1000 cash, a selection of tools, winner’s trophy, one year’s free Master Fitter membership and an iPad, kindly donated by Which? Trusted Traders.  The deadline for online entry, at www.nicfltd.org.uk, is Thursday 31 March. “The Fitter of the…

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  • Trade over shoe

    Shoe In Pro in Vogue and GQ

    It’s not very often you see work wear being part of a high end fashion shoot but Shoe In Pro overshoes feature as an accessory in Cottweiler’s Autumn and Winter 2016 collection.  The fashion shoot took place earlier in the month and the collection is now being shown in both Vogue and GQ. Cottweiler are a forward thinking menswear label designing sports and leisure wear with an emphasis on luxury and quality of both the materials used…

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  • flooring tools

    Win £1000 worth of tools with floorwise

    floorwise is giving readers the chance to win £1,000 worth of tools of their choosing just be answering a simple question: What is the code for the Flexible Axle Seam Roller in the floorwise flooring tools catalogue? If you win this fantastic prize you can take your pick from a great range of tools from some of the biggest names in the business, as well as floorwise’s own range of high-quality tools and accessories including…

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  • BAL-Alan-Collins

    BAL strengthens unique support network

    Picture: Alan Collins BAL, the market-leading manufacturer of full tiling solutions, has appointed Rushden-based Alan Collins as its Product Support Technician (PST) for East Anglia, strengthening its nationwide technical support and training capability. The PST concept is unique to BAL, which has placed strong emphasis on support throughout its history. Alan’s role focuses on practical training and advice for products and service tools, advising on specification, helping to resolve project issues as well as providing…

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  • Milwaukee power tools

    Milwaukee power tools sales surge as Brookes storms to British Superbike victory

    Win-win for stockist and Milwaukee Yamaha team sponsor Euro Car Parts Milwaukee Yamaha rider Josh Brookes wins BSB Championship at Brands Hatch Team sponsor Euro Car Parts sees sales rise coinciding with Brookes’ back-to-back wins “Josh’s performances have helped to increase awareness of the brand and we have seen a significant uplift in Milwaukee power tool sales” – Martin Gray, Euro Car Parts CEO Euro Car Parts, the UK’s leading distributor of parts for all…

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  • PlasticBoxShop

    A toolbox built for the toughest of tasks

    Versatile, virtually invincible and great value for money, a super-tough new British-made toolbox has been launched by online retailer PlasticBoxShop. Suitable for commercial, hobby or domestic use, the toolbox has been developed from the tried and tested Wham BamBox range of ‘virtually indestructible’ plastic storage boxes, which are among PlasticBoxShop’s bestsellers. The Wham Bam Toolbox is made from a newly developed material designed to resist high impact damage, even at low temperatures which can make…

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  • Small Businesses Haven’t Grown Since 2010

    1 in 3 small businesses haven’t grown in the last 5 years, according to research by Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). In a study of 1,000 small businesses, 33% hadn’t experienced revenue growth, and 31% hadn’t seen profits increase since 2010. 56% identified clear factors that have held their businesses back from expanding. Factors included: lack of capital to expand too much red tape lack of support from banks uncertain global economic conditions. Future forecasts…

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  • Creative Sector SMEs Grow Faster Than Traditional Firms

    Creative sector SMEs are creating jobs at a faster rate than small businesses in traditional industries such as manufacturing and construction, according to research by the think tank Centre for Cities. Creative, digital and professional industries SMEs have made a significant impact on the wider economy of cities through increasing demand and jobs among other sectors including service-based businesses, retail and leisure. The research finds that between 2008-2014: the number of SMEs in the creative…

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  • ‘New Work’ SMEs Drive Productivity And Growth

    Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK continue to drive job growth, productivity and average wages in UK cities, according to new research by the think tank Centre for Cities. Focusing on the creative, digital and professional industries, deemed ‘new work sectors’, SMEs have made a significant impact on the wider  economy of cities through increasing demand and jobs (new work) among sectors including service-based businesses, retail and leisure. SMEs are creating new work…

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  • BAL-New-Website

    BAL goes live with new improved website

    BAL – market leaders in tiling solutions – have launched a new state-of-the art responsive website suitable for mobiles, tablets and desktops with interactive features for every user. Whether a tiler, contractor, specifier, architect, distributor, homeowner or trainee, the new BAL website – www.bal-adhesives.com – provides enormous benefits to make life as easy as possible including: Full information about BAL products and services tailored for each audience zone Downloadable literature including Technical Data Sheets, Material Safety Data…

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  • A Third Of People Do Not Formally Budget

    Just over a fifth of adults in the UK have only a “rough idea” or no idea at all about their regular incomings and outgoings, according to a new survey by Sunlife. Of the 3,000 people asked about their budgeting habits, 44% said they use some form of tool or app to help them manage their money. 35% do not formally budget but have a general idea of how much they have coming in and…

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  • Student Debt Sees Annual Increase 

    The estimated average student debt has increased by 15% to £22,131 when compared to last year, figures by Lloyds Bank show. The report of YouGov data and the results of a survey of 1,000 students, reveals that the main driver of this increase are first year undergraduates. First year students now expect to leave university with around £30,000 of debt. However, the report also shows that expected levels of debt across all stages of higher…

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  • hultafors

    Get To Grips With The NEW Range of Hand Saws from Hultafors.

    As most discerning craftsmen know, Hultafors’ can deliver just about anything you need for measuring, leveling and marking; striking, cutting and chopping; even prying and wrecking. So these really are a range of Tools that can handle tough applications, last for ages and feel right when you’re working on site.   Now there’s a new addition to the Hultafors Tools’ portfolio – a range of premium quality Hand Saws – market-leading products for all-round, on-site use with…

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  • Auto-Enrolment Staging Date Unknown To Many Employers

    Almost two thirds of small and micro employers don’t know when they need to start complying with auto-enrolment, according to research by The Pensions Regulator. Just 38% of employers know when their staging date is despite two thirds (67%) claiming to have accurate knowledge. 8 in 10 businesses staging between August and November 2015 provided accurate answers when asked about when their staging dates are. This number fell dramatically for employers with later staging dates,…

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  • Interfloor-win-award

    Interfloor wins 2015 Interiors Monthly Award

    Interfloor have won the award for Best Accessory Supplier (Flooring) in the 2015 Interiors Monthly Awards. Voted for by Interiors Monthly’s readership the award reflects Interfloor’s reputation for a broad range of accessories including metal edgings, carpet gripper, adhesives, tapes and tools. Interfloor offers over 800 high quality accessory products through the Gripperrods and Stikatak brands in their 46 page Accessory Catalogue, which is now in its sixth edition. Steve Woodhead, Interfloor marketing director, said,…

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