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abingdon stainfree USA
Sampling for Abingdon Flooring’s new StainFree The USA Collection is now being rolled out to retailers across the UK as the British manufacturer returns to full service. The luxurious USA Collection has been eagerly awaited by retailers since
Haggleflor
Despite being an integral part of any building budget, the cost of flooring usually comes with a sharp intake of breath. That’s why a new digital concept, Haggleflör, has been launched to ensure consumers and businesses keep flooring costs
Flooring Show venue
The Flooring Show, recognised as the UK’s national flooring show, takes place annually in September in Harrogate. It’s no secret that there is a possibility the long-standing home of the show, Harrogate Convention Centre (HCC), may extend
CRUK
Flooring industry support for carpet waste reuse and recycling opportunities in the UK continues to rise, despite an overall 10% decrease in the total amount of carpet waste identified and recorded in 2019 compared to 2018, according to the latest
Abingdon new manager
British carpet manufacturer, Abingdon Flooring has strengthened its sales team with the appointment of Joe King as Regional Manager for Midlands East. Joe joins the company from Millennium Weavers, another subsidiary of Victoria Carpets
Balta Nature Rainbow
With the new Nature Rainbow flatweave carpet collection, Balta carpets is bringing colours of the rainbow to homes and gardens. Nature Rainbow echoes the beauty of the natural world’s most celebrated colour combinations with a collection of
Balta New Merchandising
Balta carpets has announced a major refresh of its in-store merchandise, bringing new ranges and collection updates, as well as new stand designs, ready to boost sales in 2020 and beyond.  For its Balta carpets line-up, the manufacturer is
Springbond India
An eco-engineered flooring underlay, which is made using recycled PET plastic bottles and other single-use plastics, is now being used by one of India’s leading custom-made carpet manufacturers. Carpet Crafts chose SpringBond, manufactured by
BGNFS Cancelled
The Buying Groups’ National Flooring Show 2020 has been cancelled because of coronavirus, organisers have announced. The annual event, which was due to take place at Cranmore Park, Solihull, in May, will return for 2021 instead. A statement from
Alternative Flooring Online Visualiser
Alternative Flooring has launched a new online visualiser, allowing homeowners to see its products in their own interior space.  In just four simple steps, the Show Me My Room tool enables customers to see how a small sample or a lifestyle image in
Axminster Carpets Rescued
After falling into administration in February, Axminster Carpets has now been bought out by a group of investors. The royal warrant holder was bought by ACL Carpets, which will change its name to Axminster Carpets in the near future, administrators
Best of Houzz 2020
Houzz.co.uk, the online home renovation and design platform, has announced the community’s picks for Best of Houzz 2020. Best of Houzz 2020 is a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top kitchen and bathroom designers, architects, interior
Coronavirus advice
Following research into the impact of the new coronavirus on retail supply chains worldwide, international courier expert ParcelHero has issued guidance for retailers and importers to mitigate the effects of Covid-19 on international trade and
Axminster Carpets Administration
Royal-warrant holder and flooring manufacturer Axminster Carpets has fallen into administration. The 265-year-old firm appointed administrators Duff & Phelps on Wednesday and has made around 80 of its employees redundant from the Axminster factory
Texfelt Underlay CPD
Following the award of its BRE-verified Environmental Product Declaration, Texfelt has had its first CPD published by RIBA, as it works to raise awareness of the different types of carpet underlay. Focusing on understanding the manufacturing methods,
Tarkett New Appointment
Tarkett has announced the appointment of Katie Kiff as Residential Specification Consultant.  Katie, who joined the team in the last quarter of 2019, brings with her extensive expertise within the building products sector, having previously worked
DOMOTEX China Postponed
The organisers of DOMOTEX Asia/CHINAFLOOR, Shanghai, have announced that the event, initially scheduled for 24th-26th March, will be postponed until a later date due to the recent outbreak of Coronavirus in several Chinese provinces. A statement
Likewise Plc A&A Carpets
UK floorcovering specialist Likewise plc has acquired A&A Carpets Ltd. A&A Carpets, based in Worsley, Manchester, is a distributor of residential flooring to retailers in the North West of England.  Likewise Chief Executive Officer, Tony
LDP Rug Collection DOMOTEX
This year’s DOMOTEX event in Hannover saw the unveiling of Louis de Poortere’s new range of art-inspired rugs. Presenting the latest inspirational range from the Louis de Poortere Studio, the Belgian manufacturer highlighted its incredible
ScS CEO to Retire
Nationwide flooring and furniture retailer ScS has revealed that the Group met its trading expectations for the first half of its financial year, with a rise in like-for-like sales over the festive period. For the nine weeks prior to the announcement,
HARO Flooring Gold Award
Flooring manufacturer HARO ended 2019 on a high, achieving ‘Gold’ in the Germany Test conducted by Focus Money magazine. The Germany Test is a consumer survey which polled more than 115 million consumers between January and July 2019, asking
Abingdon Flooring Group MD
Carpet manufacturer Abingdon Flooring has appointed Paul Murphy as Group Manufacturing Managing Director, as it looks to build on its ability to deliver customers British-made carpets backed by excellent service. With over 15 years of carpet
Atkinson & Kirby Chirk
Manufacturer and supplier of premium hardwood flooring Atkinson & Kirby has relocated its headquarters to Chirk, North Wales, joining the company’s existing onsite manufacturing and distribution facility. As part of the ongoing development of
Surface Design Show 2020
Celebrating 15 years of bringing the best in innovative surface design, manufacturing and development to the UK, the Surface Design Show will return to London’s Business Design Centre from 11th-13th February 2020. The show is a must-visit for
Academy for Excellence 2019
After welcoming record numbers of course-goers through its doors, The Academy for Excellence in Flooring has declared 2019 as its most successful year yet. With over 450 industry professionals attending its courses during 2019, the Academy for
Pre-Christmas Renovations £1.5bn
British homeowners are set to spend a staggering £1.5bn preparing their home for Christmas guests, new research has found. The nationwide survey, conducted by trade directory Checkatrade, found that over half (55%) of homeowners admit to feeling
Tarkett Interior Design Award
Global flooring manufacturer Tarkett has won a coveted FX Interior Design Award with iD Revolution - the first Cradle to Cradle Gold Certified modular resilient flooring. Celebrating design excellence, Tarkett was presented with the award for Product of
Obeetee Launches in UK
World-renowned handwoven rug creator Obeetee is bringing its range to the UK market for the first time this December. Launching to the premium interiors market after increased demand to bring its products direct to the British consumer, the brand is
Tarkett Sustainability Award
Tarkett has been shortlisted for the edie Sustainability Leaders Awards 2020. The global flooring manufacturer is a finalist in the Circular Economy Innovation of the Year category, going up against nine other companies for the award. At the heart of
Cormar Carpet Co New Trucks
Carpet manufacturer Cormar Carpet Company has added 10 new trucks to its impressive fleet of delivery vehicles – taking the total up to 80. The new lorries will operate out of the company’s Hemel Hempstead regional distribution centre,
Balta Expands UK Sales Team
Balta is continuing to strengthen its team in the UK with a series of new appointments, designed to bring focus to all aspects of the manufacturer’s retail sales strategy. With the recent addition of the hugely experienced Martin West as key
Cormar Carpets New Appoints
Carpet manufacturer Cormar, headquartered in Lancashire, has recruited four new territory managers to strengthen its nationwide sales team in time for the peak season. Alan Stewart will cover East Scotland; Simon Dickinson will look after South Yorkshire
Headlam Recycling Milestone Underlay
Floorcoverings distributor Headlam has announced that its sales of SpringBond, an environmentally-friendly carpet underlay manufactured from recycled plastic bottles and other single-use plastics, now represent over one million plastic bottles being
Luxury Flooring & Furnishings Award
Online flooring retailer Luxury Flooring and Furnishings has won eCommerce Company of the Year – Small at the 2019 Northern Digital Awards. On winning the award, Managing Director and Co-Founder Cameron Christie said: “We’re absolutely
Texfelt BRE Accreditation
Texfelt has announced that its newly-launched SpringBond underlay, made from 85% recycled PET plastic bottles and other single-use plastics, has been awarded a BRE verified Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). By achieving a BRE verified EPD,
Cormar Carpets Sunday TImes League Table
Cormar Carpet Company has been listed in the Sunday Times Top Track 250 league table of the UK’s top performing mid-market companies. Compiled by Fast Track and published by the Sunday Times each October, The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track
Cluedo Houzz Renovation Revealed
A luxurious bathroom will replace the hall on the new Cluedo game board, Houzz has announced. Houzz, the online home renovation and design platform, teamed up with gaming company Hasbro to renovate the Hall in the Cluedo Mansion in honour of
Win Kahrs Platinum LT Stand
To celebrate the successful launch of the ‘Kährs Luxury Tiles’ range, Kährs is offering one lucky retailer the chance to win one of its Platinum LT showroom stands! Launched earlier this year, Kährs Luxury Tiles combine the
Abingdon Flooring Flooring Show Success
Abingdon Flooring is celebrating after another successful year at the Flooring Show in Harrogate. Visitors flocked to the carpet manufacturer’s stand throughout the three-day event, which took place at the Harrogate Convention centre from 15th-17th
Tileflair New Showroom
Wall and floor tile wholesaler/retailer Tileflair Ltd has opened its latest store in Yeovil. Adding to its existing 10 stores, this latest 4,000 square foot store is part of an ongoing company expansion strategy and has been designed to offer a superior
Tarkett wins Sustainability Award
Tarkett has been recognised for its commitment to the environment at the Willmott Dixon Better Together Supply Chain Awards. The flooring solutions specialist picked up the Sustainability award, acknowledging its efforts to deliver sustainable
George Clarke V4 WoodFlooring
TV presenter, architect and builder George Clarke was the special guest at the launch party for the new V4 World design centre in Woking. Following a multi-million-pound investment, the exciting new ‘V4 World’ design centre allows the company
GoodWeave Charity Raffle
GoodWeave is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the launch of an online charity raffle, offering two designer rugs as the star prizes. The two donated rugs, from the luxury brands Deirdre Dyson and The Rug Company, have a retail value of around
StainSafe Website Launched
Keeping up with the demand for easily-accessible information, Balta carpets has launched its updated website dedicated to StainSafe- www.stain-safe.com. In a world where digitalisation plays such a key part of everyday life, Balta recognised the growing
Decorex International at Olympia London
Decorex International will make its debut at Olympia London this year, from the 6th-9th October, marking an exciting new chapter in the show’s 42-year history. Offering a showcase of the very latest in high-end design, an exceptional speaking
Houzz & Home UK Survey 2019
Homeowners are spending an increasing amount of money when renovating their kitchens, according to the latest survey from design and renovation platform Houzz. The annual Houzz & Home UK survey of more than 7,500 respondents found that spend on
Springbond Flooring Superstore Partnerhsip
An eco-engineered flooring underlay, which is made using recycled PET plastic bottles and other single-use plastics, has announced an exclusive partnership with a major UK flooring retailer. Manufactured by Texfelt, SpringBond will now be available at
Tile and Floor Superstore Opens
Rapidly expanding e-commerce builders’ merchant CMOStores.com has added a sixth portal to its family of online building material retail platforms, further extending the range of building products it offers to both professional contractors and DIY
Houzz partners with Cluedo
Houzz, the online platform for home renovation and design, has teamed up with toy and game company Hasbro to renovate the Cluedo Mansion, in celebration of Cluedo’s 70th anniversary. From 26th August- 9th September, people can visit
Headlam Interim Results
Floorcoverings distributor Headlam Group plc has announced its interim results for the first half of the year, reporting a drop in pre-tax profit but growth in total revenue. The figures for the first months of 2019 revealed pre-tax profits dropped to
Johan Magnusson Kahrs Group CEO
Kährs Group has appointed Johan Magnusson as its new CEO and President. Johan Magnusson brings years of experience in a range of pan-European and global companies and was most recently Managing Director at Owens Corning & Senior Vice President
IVC Group MMFA Members
The IVC Group, headquartered in Avelgem, Belgium, has become a member of the MMFA (Multilayer Modular Flooring Association, Bielefeld), effective retroactively from 1st January 2019. The IVC Group was founded in 1997 and, according to its own statement,
NBS Partners with Viewpoint
NBS, specification platform for the construction industry, has announced its partnership with common data environment (CDE) provider Viewpoint. The partnership will see the two organisations working together to improve collaboration and integration
Victoria Acquires Ibero Ceramica
Floorcoverings group Victoria PLC has acquired the business and certain assets of high-quality Spanish ceramic flooring manufacturer, Iberoalcorense. The purchase price for the acquisition is split into a payment on completion and a contingent payment,
New Headlam Distribution Centre
The construction of a new distribution centre for floorcoverings distributor Headlam has officially started. The building of the new regional distribution centre in Harris Way, Ipswich, was officially marked with a sod-cutting ceremony on 26th July. The
Polyflor Sustainability Report
Commercial and residential vinyl flooring specialist Polyflor has recently published its 14th annual Sustainability Report, outlining the UK manufacturer’s environmental performance over the past year. The 114-page report gives a detailed account
Karndean Top LVT Choice
Karndean Designflooring is the number one brand in the LVT residential flooring market, according to a new report from market research specialist Leading Edge. The report, primarily based on an extensive telephone interview programme with flooring
Princess Anne opens Texfelt Factory
A family-run manufacturer of textile materials for flooring and building materials, Texfelt, has invested £9 million in a new manufacturing facility in Bradford, which was officially opened by the Princess Royal on 15th July. To future-proof its
QSA Carpetright Qualification
As part of its ongoing partnership with UK flooring retailer Carpetright, the Academy for Excellence in Flooring has introduced a Hard Flooring Assessments qualification. Established to ensure that Carpetright-accredited fitters are trained to the
Cormar Supplier of the Year
Cormar Carpets has won Flooring One’s Supplier of The Year 2019 Award for the 13th consecutive time. UK carpet manufacturers Cormar picked up the award at the Buying Groups’ National Flooring Show, held in May at Flooring One’s head
Sustainability Survey 100% Group
A lack of activity from senior management is preventing retailers from delivering sustainability across the brand’s lifecycle, according to a survey of 200 retail professionals. The survey, conducted by retail display installation specialist 100%
Pro-Tek Goes Global
PRO-TEK WPC has taken its brand of engineered vinyl flooring across the globe, extending its business into South America and the United Arab Emirates, with expansion into other international and European markets to follow later this year. New markets
Harvey Maria FloorSkills
Harvey Maria has introduced a new programme of training courses, in partnership with FloorSkills. The new two-day courses are held monthly at the FloorSkills Training Centre, based in the West Midlands, and the programme is personally supervised by
Water Cooler Retail Fact Sheet
The British Water Cooler Association (BWCA) has published a free Hydration Fact Sheet called ‘Why Water Matters for Retailers’, offering advice on how providing water could help to engage customers for longer and, therefore, increase
BIG French Parquet
Beaulieu International Group’s French parquet factory has been awarded ‘Highly Protected Risk’ (HPR) status. One of 29 B.I.G plants all over the world, the site in Meaulne, France, manufactures parquet and is part of the Beaulieu
Carpetright £25m Pre-Tax Loss
Floorcoverings retailer Carpetright has announced a return to like-for-like sales growth for the year ahead and promising future, despite a pre-tax loss of almost £25 million. For the tax year ending on 27th April, the company experienced a loss of
Real Stone & Tile Showroom Expansion
Luxury bathroom and tile specialist Real Stone and Tile has undertaken a significant capital investment in the renovation of its showroom. Over 50 new displays have been constructed across the 5000sqft showroom, offering customers an opportunity to
NBS Chief Revenue Officer
NBS, the technology platform for the construction industry, has announced the appointment of Chris Slinn as its new Chief Revenue Officer. Chris joins as the fourth executive director at NBS and will support the existing board. In the newly-created role
Checkatrade and Fix Radio
Online trade directory Checkatrade has announced a new commercial partnership with Fix Radio. Since its launch in in April 2017, trade-focused radio station Fix Radio has grown its listenership across London and Manchester via DAB and web audiences and
Karndean Designflooring Smooth Flooring Supplier
Luxury vinyl flooring specialist Karndean Designflooring was crowned ‘Smooth Flooring Supplier of the Year’ by Flooring One at the Buying Groups’ National Flooring Show (BGNFS) in May As voted for by Flooring One’s members, the
Abingdon Flooring Shop in Shop
Abingdon Flooring has launched a brand-new ‘shop-in-shop’ concept, designed to maximise the potential of its carpet collections. Consisting of wall units, lecterns, bold wall graphics and showroom carpet; the concessions promise to deliver a
Carpetright and Furniture Village
National flooring retailer Carpetright has announced a new partnership with Furniture Village, opening its first concession with the furniture retailer in Guildford. The concession, which has opened has opened in Furniture Village’s 3,000 sq ft
Atrafloor Bahaus Centenary
In celebration of 100 years of Bauhaus, Atrafloor has created a new flooring product inspired by iconic Bauhaus art and geometric design. The Bauhaus art school was founded by Walter Gropius in 1919 and became known for its distinctive style of
WP Group MJ's Events
Carpet racking specialist WP Group recently supplied and installed bespoke carpet storage solutions for a well-respected events carpet supplier. As a supplier of premium carpet solutions for major national events and exhibitions across the UK, MJ’s
Likewise Buys H&V Carpets
Likewise, UK floorcoverings distributor, has made its fifth acquisition since its launch in 2018 with the purchase of H&V Carpets BVBA (H&V) in Belgium. H&V is a supplier of full rolls of carpet to flooring retailers in the UK and Germany.
Tile Mountain Acquires Walls & Floors
The Tile Mountain Group has acquired Kettering-based Walls and Floors, making the group one of the largest privately-owned tile retailers in the UK. Established in 1987, Walls and Floors has grown to a company employing nearly 200 people with an annual
Armstrong Flooring Interim CEO
Armstrong Flooring has appointed Armstrong Flooring Chair Larry McWilliams as its interim Chief Executive Officer, after its President and Chief Executive Officer, Donald R Maier, stepped down. One of America’s largest producers of resilient
Retail Brands Sustainability
Sustainability-conscious brands place high importance on the raw materials used to create retail displays and packaging but neglect the end-of-life outcome, according to new research. A survey of 200 retail professionals, by international retail
Tile Retailer New Showrooms
Rapidly-growing tile retailer Easy Bathrooms is set to open an additional two stores within the next two weeks, after signing leases on units in Bradford and Glasgow. The move triples the company’s bricks-and-mortar presence on the UK high street,
Metis Markets Nixon & Hope
The IP assets of the Allied Carpets and Floors-2-Go brands are being brought to market by international IP valuation firm Metis Partners. At their peak, the flooring specialist retailers had a combined value of circa £270m, both having been listed
Likewise acquires Heatseam
Likewise Group plc has completed its acquisition of Heatseam, distributor of residential flooring products in England and Scotland. The purchase is Likewise’s fourth acquisition since its launch in late 2018. The West Midlands-based plc has paid
David Hughes IVC Retires
David Hughes, Area Manager for IVC Group Ltd, manufacturer of Leoline and Avenue cushion flooring, has announced his retirement, after a decade of loyal service. Joining IVC Group Ltd in the January of 2009, David became a much-admired and well-respected
Abingdon Flooring Robot
A new robotic arm is reshaping the production team in the Abingdon Carpet Tile Division of Abingdon Flooring. Affectionately named Ronaldo after the footballer for its speed and efficiency, the robotic arm is transforming the sort and pack process of
MMFA Membership Growth
The Multilayer Modular Flooring Association (MMFA), based in Bielefeld, Germany, is delighted to announce a growth in membership. Both Tarkett France and Portuguese manufacturer Corkart Indústria De Cortiças have recently been welcomed as
Building Adhesives MUDD Tiling
Building Adhesives Ltd, the tiling specialist with a heritage stretching across more than 50 years, has proudly announced the launch of its new brand, MUDD. The new brand consists of a range of hard-working products to see you right through the
V4 Wood Flooring New Centre
V4 Wood Flooring has opened the doors of its new £3 million design centre in Woking. The innovative and exciting 6,000 sq. ft ‘V4 World’ enables the company to showcase its luxury flooring products and wall panels to customers,
Balta Group NV
Floorcoverings manufacturer Balta Group NV has announced that Cyrille Ragoucy, current interim CEO of Balta, will now assume the role in a permanent capacity going forward. Cyrille joined Balta in mid-2017 as Chairman of the Board. Since August last
Higherground Best of Houzz
Independent luxury flooring company Higherground of Camberley, Surrey, has achieved the title of ‘Best of Customer Service’ on Houzz, the online platform for home renovation and design. Awarded by the community of over 40 million monthly
WP Group View Logistics
WP Group has helped View Logistics, part of historic carpet manufacturer Victoria plc, to find the perfect bespoke carpet storage solution for its warehouse extension. View Logistics is a dedicated business providing specialist stock management,
Balta at BGNFS
Balta will be exhibiting at this year’s Buying Groups National Flooring Show in Solihull with five new cut length ranges and will reveal the details of an exciting new roll programme. With its striking classic designs - the pindot of Jewel and
Abingdon Flooring BGNFS
Along with colour updates and range developments to its StainFree and Wilton Royal brands, Abingdon Flooring will use this year’s Buying Groups National Flooring Show (BGNFS), from 14th-15th May 2019, to present an exciting new concept in floor
Milliken Ethical Company
Global floorcoverings manufacturer Milliken & Company has received an Ethisphere Institute honour for the 13th consecutive year. The company was recently named among the 2019 World's Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in
CRUK Carpet Waste
The volume of carpet waste diverted from landfill in the UK has shown a modest increase, with 175,252 tonnes reused, recycled or recovered for energy in 2018, according to Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK). This represents a diversion rate of 44% – up
Bealieu Fibres Internationa HPR Status
Beaulieu Fibres International, polyolefin staple fibre producer, has achieved Highly Protected Risk (HPR) status for its production site in Wielsbeke, recognising that the facility meets the highest industry standards for property protection. HPR status
Interfloor CPD Seminar
One of Europe's largest flooring and accessories manufacturers, Interfloor, has developed a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and British Institute of Interior Design (BIID)-approved CPD seminar aimed at supporting specifiers in the selection
Real Stone & Tile Manager Shaves Head
Real Stone & Tile’s Mark Strong, has raised over £1000 for Cancer Research UK by shaving his hair off. Mark, who is Showroom Manager at the Greater Manchester-based tile and bathroom suite retailer, decided to take on this challenge in
QSA Reports 2019 Success
The Quick-Step Academy for Excellence in Flooring is celebrating a successful start to the new year, with 141 installation courses booked and 85 customer training days already delivered. Along with its packed diary, the Academy’s relationship with
Recofloor 10 Year Anniversary
Recofloor, a champion for sustainability in the flooring sector, will be celebrating 10 years of recycling waste vinyl flooring in 2019. Since its 2009 inception by flooring manufacturers Altro and Polyflor, the UK’s award-winning Take Back scheme
Likewise New Acquisition
Likewise Group plc has completed its third acquisition since its launch in 2018. It has purchased Lewis Abbott Ltd, a floorcoverings distributor based in Peckham in south east London for £1 million in cash, with a further £200,000 payable in
ERFMI Senior Staff Changes
The European Resilient Flooring Manufacturers’ Institute (ERFMI) has announced a restructuring of its board and senior staff team, with the appointment of several new senior management members, including Jane Gardner as its Managing Director. ERFMI
QSA Master Installer Clothes
The prestigious Master Installer badge can now be worn on clothing throughout the year, as the Academy for Excellence in Flooring expands its clothing line exclusively available to Master Installers. Made using hardwearing fabrics to withstand the
Polyfoam XPS
Polyfoam XPS, manufacturer of extruded polystyrene (XPS), has renewed its partnership with NBS to host its growing range of insulation products in the NBS National BIM Library. A total of seven Polyfoam XPS products can be found on the site, including
Likewise New Board Member
Two former Headlam directors have teamed up with Birmingham investor Paul Bassi to launch a new UK floorcoverings distributor, Likewise Group plc. Likewise Group plc is the brainchild of Coleshill-based former Headlam directors, Tony Brewer and Andrew
Abingdon Flooring New Centre
As part of a wide programme of investment, Abingdon Flooring has opened a Centre of Development & Excellence at its South Wales factory, providing state-of-the-art facilities for the development and testing of carpets. Admired throughout the industry
Beaulie at Domotex
Beaulieu Yarns, a division of Beaulieu Engineered Products, is reinforcing its commitment for best performance and CO₂ emission-reduction for tufted carpets with its new and extended product ranges, launching at Domotex 2019. The new resilient yarn
Merryfield Supplies to France
Merryfield are pleased to announce the supply and installation of their UK-manufactured laminate sheet rolling and wrapping machine to one of the largest laminate sheet manufacturing plants in France. January 2019 sees the last of five dedicated laminate
COREtec New Showcases
COREtec, specialist in hard flooring solutions, will proudly present eight designs from its Naturals Collection in a refreshing herringbone pattern at this year’s DOMOTEX and BAU exhibitions. Available in natural hues with painted bevel, the
DOMOTEX EXPANDS TO MEXICO
International floorcoverings trade show DOMOTEX has expanded its network to Mexico. Scheduled for 15th – 19th October 2019 at the Centro Citibanamex in Mexico City, this trade show is the next step in Deutsche Messe’s globalisation of the
BFS Increases Vinyl Production
Beaulieu Flooring Solutions (BFS) is set to increase production capacity for Vinyl Rolls at its JUTEKS Russian plant. The addition of a second production line, scheduled to come on stream in Q2 2020, will also create new job openings. The JUTEKS Russian
QSA Master Installer
Now with nearly 500 Master Installers covering the entire country, the Academy is proving a success in the training world. Along with over 170 one-day courses carried out through 2018 – the highest annual figure recorded-, The Academy for
Abinggdon Backing Line Investment
As part of its programme of investment in order to improve manufacturing efficiency, Abingdon Flooring is currently production testing a state-of-the-art backing line that will boost capacity and further improve the consistency of the
Balta Indoor Outdoor Carpet
The Nature collection of flatweave StainSafe carpets from Balta is now presented on a brand-new website, www.naturecarpet.com. Featuring details of the collection’s wide-ranging stock programme, as well as an impressive array of woven specials
Paul De Cock resigns from EPLF
Paul De Cock (Unilin), President of the European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF) since last May and member of its executive board since 2014, has resigned from his office with immediate effect. Paul has been promoted within Mohawk Industries Inc
BIG Global Price Increase
Beaulieu Engineered Products has announced global price increases across its Fibres, Yarns and Technical Textiles divisions, effective as of 1st January 2019, or as contract terms allow. The move follows ongoing significant increases in energy, raw
Unifloor at Domotex USA
Unifloor Underlay Systems will be exhibiting during the first edition of Domotex USA. The event will take place in Atlanta, from 28th February - 2nd March. Unifloor Underlay Systems, from the Netherlands, are producers and providers of specialised
Tile Retailer Wins Dubai Trip
Tile and bathroom suite retailer Real Stone & Tile, based in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, recently secured a much-coveted place in nationwide initiative ‘Bagno’s Race to Dubai’, created by luxury bathroom specialist Bagno
Abingdon Flooring New Machines
As it looks towards increasing production capacity and boosting efficiency, Abingdon Flooring has invested in several new 1/10th gauge high-speed CAM tufting machines. Enabling the manufacturer to significantly increase annual production while
Beaulieu 60 Years
Beaulieu Flooring Solutions has announced an exciting year of customer- and employee-focused celebrations ahead to mark 60 years since the founding of the Beaulieu Company. To kick off festivities, Beaulieu Flooring Solutions will exhibit at tradeshows
Faus to Exhibit at Domotex USA
Faus International Flooring, Spanish producer of laminate flooring and premium wall sections, will be exhibiting during the first edition of Domotex USA. The event will take place in Atlanta, starting from 28th February - 2nd of March. With its
Elecosoft acquires active online
Elecosoft plc, construction software provider, has announced its acquisition of active online GmbH (active online), a visualisation software business specialising in soft furnishings and materials. active online provides visualisation software to
Ramsey's Renovation
A family-run kitchen and bathroom showroom, based in Nottingham, has undergone a £150,000 renovation as it enters its 47th year in business. After five years of blood, sweat, tears and challenges, Ramsey’s, based in Long Eaton, has just
Lacipida Fundraises £1K
Stone and tile retailer Lapicida has raised £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, fielding two teams to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. A ten-strong Walking Team, headed by Lapicida’s Head of Operations Steve Halpin, who
Karndean Inspire Studio
Luxury vinyl flooring specialist Karndean Designflooring has officially launched Karndean Inspire Studios, a new concept in retail showrooms that will provide a unique and fulfilling customer experience. The first Karndean Inspire Studio has opened at
Walls and Floors New Employees
Walls and Floors has appointed Jason West as its Wholesale and Distribution Area Sales Manager for the South Wales and M4 Corridor areas. This move comes as part of the company’s plans to strengthen its Wholesale and Distribution support in all
Flooring Show 2018 Success
This year’s Flooring Show, it’s 56th edition and the first run by its new owners Ocean Media Group, has been declared a success by leading exhibitors. The three-day show, which opened from 16th-18th September at the Harrogate Convention
Ravertherm Renamed Polyfoam XPS
Ravatherm UK, the PolyFoam XPS insulation manufacturer, has been acquired by a private investor. The deal means that, from 1st October 2018, the Hartlepool-based business will operate under a new name - PolyFoam XPS. The company’s manufacturing
FN Neuhofer New Warehouse
Floor systems supplier FN Neuhofer has made further progress in its commitment to expansion with a new 2,500 m² warehouse, built in August. Commenting on the new addition, Managing Director Franz Neuhofer said: “We had the good fortune to
BIG VP Plans for Growth
The new Beaulieu Flooring Solutions Vice President, James Neuling, is building on expertise and organic growth with more investments and acquisitions to support the global flooring industry. Beaulieu Flooring Solutions, a division of the Beaulieu
CarpetRunners Shortlisted for Award
Grimsby-based CarpetRunners.com has been shortlisted for the 2018 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Family Business Entrepreneur of the Year award. CarpetRunners.com beat off some tough competition to make the regional shortlist, with a
LDP New Wilton Rugs
Louis de Poortere is set to launch brand-new Original Wilton Rugs, a hand-finished collection available in three qualities and 16 sizes from stock. Tempting homeowners with Richelieu Velours in 40 colours and President in 16 colours, Louis de Poortere
Made in Heaven Wins Award
From over 100 entries, the Made in Heaven polyester carpet collection from Balta Carpets has been awarded a National Flooring Innovation Award. In the inaugural awards, judged by key industry figures and Deborah Barker, editor-in-chief of Homes &
Grosvenor Wilton Willow Tea Rooms
Grosvenor Wilton is delighted to announce its partnership with the Mackintosh at the Willow in Glasgow, reopened by the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay. The historic location was saved in 2014 by registered charity 'The Willow Tea Rooms Trust' which has
EPLF
Members of the European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF) recently held a meeting in Germany to set the course for new research projects. Under the chairmanship of recently-elected Eberhard Herrmann (Classen) and with topics driven by Jasper de
Grand Designs Live Birmingham
Grand Designs Live, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, will return to Birmingham’s NEC from 10 – 14 October 2018. This inspiring event promises to break through the conventional limitations in home building to offer visitors the
Sylka Carpets Decorex 2018
SYLKA, one of the world’s top producers of luxury carpets and rugs, has announced that is once again returning to the Decorex International show. Having enjoyed fantastic success in previous years, the world-renowned brand will be showing off its
Stroolmount New Direction
In a move to enhance its brand, solutions specialist Stroolmount has invested in new packaging, new point-of-sale display stands and a new-look website. Gill Finch, from Stroolmount, explained the new direction: “Our specialist products are moving
ADP Distribution Balta Carpets
ADP Distribution, visual merchandising specialist, has partnered with Balta Carpets to offer a professional installation, distribution and project management service for Balta’s brand-new Made in Heaven range of luxury carpets. Working with Balta
Balterio Master Installer
The Academy for Excellence has announced a new accreditation scheme for installers of laminate brand Balterio. The Balterio Master Installer programme delivers a suite of benefits for professional fitters, most notably a Lifetime Warranty on all
Domotex Worldwide
Known for its flagship DOMOTEX event in Hannover, the DOMOTEX Worldwide portfolio is also growing in recognition year on year and is now expanding with the addition of a new location. For over 30 years, DOMOTEX has been helping exhibitors to present and
Tapi New Store Opening
Specialist in carpets and flooring Tapi Carpets has opened its 100th store, in Milton Keynes. A third-generation member of the Harris family, which itself has over 75 years’ experience in customer service, carpets, and flooring, Tapi CEO Martin
Roberto Cavalli Tiles at Real Stone & Tile
Tile and bathroom specialist Real Stone & Tile, based in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, has been selected as the exclusive stockist of Roberto Cavalli tiles in the North West. Roberto Cavalli, the high-end Italian designer known for exotic prints and
DOMOTEX 2019 Framing Trends
Preparations for the upcoming floorcoverings show DOMOTEX 2019, which will run from 11–14 January 2019, are already in full swing and dedicated university teams are working on visionary concepts which will be on display at the special "Framing
Atkinson and Kirby Website
Timber flooring specialist Atkinson & Kirby has launched its new website to enhance the overall user experience for visitors. Users can now enjoy enhanced navigation and functionality, making the experience much more accessible. The new visually
Havwoods Greenwich Property
Wood flooring from Havwoods was specified by Suzzanne Brewer Architects for a new-build property in Greenwich. As Britain’s oldest conservation area, Blackheath in the Royal Borough of Greenwich is a historical site of significant architectural
Atkinson & Kirby Brochure
Timber flooring specialist, Atkinson & Kirby has published a new specification brochure, showcasing its new trend-led flooring ranges. The new user-friendly guide contains full product information for Atkinson & Kirby’s trend-led flooring
CFS New Underlay
CFS, a distributor of flooring products designed specifically for the healthcare, commercial, education and residential sectors, has announced the launch of a new acoustic underlay range, made from mostly recycled products. Containing a mix of different
EqoBalance Green Product Award
Beaulieu Yarns, global supplier of high-quality synthetic polyamide and polypropylene yarns, is the proud recipient of the Green Product Award 2018 Material category for its EqoBalance family of “biomass-balance” yarns. EqoBalance, the first
Surface Design Awards 2019 Open
The Surface Design Show has proudly announced that entry to the 2019 Surface Design Awards is now open. Now in their seventh year, the Awards will not be short of variety, with projects entries from 16 different countries entering in 2018. There are 13
Avenue Available Ireland
Retailers and homeowners across Ireland can now get their hands on all the latest styles and innovations in residential cushion vinyl flooring, as Avenue has made its full 2018 collection available in the country. With big updates to the hugely popular
B.I.G New Acquisitions
Beaulieu International Group (B.I.G.) has announced the acquisition of two privately-owned companies, Beaulieu Canada and Beaulieu Australia, which will be integrated into its Flooring Solutions business unit. The transactions closed at the end of
Interfloor at Flooring Show
The UK manufacturer with a reputation for quality products and excellent customer service, Interfloor, will be showcasing its underlay and edgings innovations at this year's Flooring Show in Harrogate from 16th-18th September on Stand B16/31. New to its
British Wool New Website
British Wool has launched a new website, designed specifically to support its manufacturing and retailing partners.  The new site provides access to some of the latest market research carried out by British Wool, providing valuable insight into the
Fox Marble Turkish Bathouse
Opulent marble from Fox Mable was used for a bathroom renovation inspired by the hedonistic hammams of Turkey and the Balkans. The five-bedroom detached villa in a quaint Hertfordshire village is home to an entrepreneur and business executive, who
Lano BGNFS
With developments throughout its portfolio, including showing the brand-new Pashmina polyester collection, Lano’s presence at the Buying Groups National Flooring Show saw it demonstrate why it continues to be one of the industry’s most highly
LDP at BGNFS
Visitors to this year’s Buying Groups National Flooring Show (BGNFS) saw Louis de Poortere showcase its latest in-house collections, alongside rugs resulting from its partnership with British design house Romo. Louis de Poortere has worked with the
wooden floor store
One of Scotland’s leading flooring suppliers, The Wooden Floor Store, has opened a 2,000 sq. ft. London boutique in the first phase of its ambitious growth plans. The new showroom on Fulham Road in Parsons Green is expected to increase the annual
Moduleo Exhbitions
Luxury vinyl flooring manufacturer Moduleo is celebrating after an impressive start to the 2018 exhibition season with stands at London’s Retail Design Expo, held at Olympia London, and a three-day stint at Clerkenwell Design Week. The events,
Decorex 2018
Decorex, the show of choice for the luxury interiors and design market, returns to the historic location of Syon Park for the 41st year. Once again the opening destination of The London Design Festival, the 2018 edition will run from the 16th to the
Balta at BGNFS
The luxury of Balta’s Made in Heaven carpet collection proved a highlight at this year’s Buying Group’s National Flooring Show,held on 15th and 16th May in Solihull, with visiting retailers captivated by the range’s luxury styles
Surface Design Awards Judges
The judging panel for the 2019 edition of the Surface Design Awards has been announced. The awards celebrate progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces for both interior and exterior projects in the built environment and attract high interest
Real Stone & Tile Interior Design
Tile and bathroom suite retailer Real Stone and Tile, located in Cheadle, has partnered with interior design specialist Debra Carroll Interiors to launch a brand new service for their customers. After nearly ten years in the industry, Debra Carroll
SYLKA Yacht and Aviation Awards
Producer of luxury rugs and carpets SYLKA has won the flooring category at this year’s Design et al, International Yacht and Aviation Awards. Held in the beautiful Italian city of Venice, the awards saw some of the leading lights in the world of
Topps Tiles Excellence in Retail
Tile specialist Topps Tiles scooped the Excellence in Retail award at The Tile Association Awards 2018. The renowned event was attended by the tiling industry’s most respected professionals, who gathered to celebrate standards of excellence in
Tapi has joined TFO
Tapi has joined The Furniture Ombudsman (TFO) to further its ongoing commitment to customer satisfaction. Tapi represents a chain of stores across the UK, specialising in carpets, laminate flooring, vinyl, and luxury vinyl flooring. Becoming a member
Craven Dunnill Floor Tile of the Year
Craven Dunnill has been voted winner of The Floor Tile of the Year 2018 in The Tile Association’s (TTA) Awards for its Chev Wood range of high-definition, parquet-styled, porcelain tiles. This is the sixth time in eight years the company has won
MTW Research Report Floooring
The new 2018 floorcoverings market report from MTW Research suggests the children’s carpet market continues to underpin optimism for the floorcoverings market, whilst wood and laminate sales continue to grow share of the UK flooring market.  
2018 UK Home Renovation
The outlook for the 2018 home renovation market remains strong despite increasing business costs, according to the 2018 Houzz UK State of the Industry report. Houzz UK Ltd, an online platform for home renovation and design, has released the 2018 Houzz
Digital Insight Report
Carpetright is finding success online despite the firm’s financial struggles, a new report has revealed. A digital insight report, produced by Chester-based digital marketing specialists Inside Online, has ranked 38 of the leading websites within
Stone Federation and Stone Gallery Renew
The natural stone industry’s lead body, Stone Federation Great Britain, has renewed its support for Surface Design Show’s Stone Gallery. Held annually in the heart of London’s design district, Stone Gallery brings together suppliers of
Havwoods New Launches Wood
International wood flooring brand Havwoods will celebrate the creativity of wood, showcasing bold forms and product developments for both the residential and contract projects market at this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week. The latest trend for
Moduleo LVT Showcase CDW
Luxury vinyl flooring specialist Moduleo will showcase its latest designs at Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) and provide an exclusive preview of new lines launching later in the year. The Belgian-headquartered company exhibited at CDW for the first time
Karndean Designflooring Clerkenwell Design Week
Specialist in luxury vinyl flooring Karndean Designflooring is returning to the heart and home of design, Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW), for its 8th consecutive year this May in celebration of its 45th anniversary. Visitors of the event, which takes
Carpet & Flooring Rerouting Journey
Carpet and Flooring, distributor of flooring products designed specifically for the healthcare, commercial, education and residential sectors, has made a commitment to reduce carbon use within the industry by rerouting the delivery journeys its fleet of
Connection Retail Nine New Stores
A fast-growing online flooring retailer is investing over £1 million in the opening of nine new ‘bricks and mortar’ stores across the UK in 2018. Connection Retail has already opened four stores this year – in Newport, Swindon,
CarpetRunners.com International Expansion
Family carpet business CarpetRunners.com has announced international expansion plans after posting record turnover during 2017. The third-generation company, which started with a carpet shop in Grimsby, will expand into 20 countries over the next two
MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT UNITES TILING INDUSTRY
Macmillan Cancer Support is uniting with nine companies from the construction, electrical and home improvement sector for their Just Say the Word male cancer campaign. Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery, CEF, ISG, Mace, Selco Builders Warehouse, telent
DOMOTEX 2019 Keynote Theme
The new keynote theme for DOMOTEX 2019, which will be held from 11th-14th January 2019, is CREATE’N’CONNECT: New Designs for a Connected World, organisers have announced.  Both exhibitors and visitors enthusiastically embraced the 2018
Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show
Some 14% of homeowners in the South East would prefer to renovate their property rather than relocate, with a fivefold national rise since 2013, according to the latest figures released by Hiscox’s Renovations and Extensions Report 2018. For those
Brits Choose Independent Floorinng Retailers
The nation opts for independent flooring retailers over e-zines, glossy home interest titles and social media channels when it comes to getting trusted advice and interiors inspiration, new research has shown.  Over half (52%) of 1,000 homeowners
CFS 40 Years of Heritage
CFS, a distributor of innovative flooring products designed specifically for the healthcare, commercial, education and residential sectors, has marked its 40 years of heritage with a campaign that celebrates industry developments over the past four
Craven Dunnill New Tile Catalogue
When it comes to fresh inspiration for ceramic floor and wall tiles, Craven Dunnill’s new 175- page catalogue is an excellent customer sales tool. Packed with over 80 distinctive and versatile ranges, all predicted to have broad appeal, Craven
Atkinson & Kirby New Sales Manager
Atkinson & Kirby has boosted its growing specification team with the appointment of Andrew Smyth as Specification Sales Manager for London and the South East. Prior to his role at Atkinson & Kirby, Andrew worked with some of the industry’s
GRAND DESIGNS LIVE FREE TICKETS
Here at Tomorrow’s Retail Floors we have teamed up with Grand Designs Live to offer you, our readers, the chance to claim one of 500 free pairs of tickets, worth up to £34 each, to this year’s event, at London’s ExCel from
CRUK at Buying Groups Flooring Show
Carpet Recycling UK will be attending the 2018 Buying Groups’ National Flooring Show, from 15th- 16th May, offering recycling advice and encouraging more retailers to start carpet takeback schemes. Laurance Bird, CRUK Director said: “Clean
EGGER starts construction in USA
In July of last year, the EGGER Group announced that it would build a wood-based material factory in Lexington, North Carolina. A first step has been taken with the ground-breaking ceremony for the office building on site. In early 2019, around 80
New President for the Society of British and
The Society of British and International Design (SBID) has appointed Diana Celella as the new SBID President for the term 2018 - 2020. Succeeding SBID’s Founding President, Dr Vanessa Brady OBE, Diana is committed to further developing SBID’s
MODULEO NEW SHOWROOM CONCEPT
Luxury vinyl flooring manufacturer Moduleo has launched an in-store showroom concept- comprising an indoor display, seating area and on-screen product catalogue- in order to create a unique selling experience within its retailer network. Available in two
RAVATHERM NEW TEAM MEMBER
RAVATHERM UK, manufacturer of POLYFOAM XPS insulation, has expanded its team with the appointment of a new technical and specification manager. Enhancing the company’s technical support offering, Rob Firman has over a decade of technical
REAL STONE & TILE SPONSORSHIP
North West-based Real Stone & Tile has donated £2,000 to sponsor Wilmslow Lacrosse Club for the forthcoming season.   The tile and bathroom specialist signed the deal as part of the Lacrosse Development Officer (LDO) sponsorship
KARNDEAN BROCHURE
Karndean Designflooring, expert in luxury vinyl flooring, is unveiling a new-look brochure to present its wide selection of simply beautiful floors that are designed to last a lifetime. New for Spring 2018, the Karndean Designflooring brochure offers an
QSA PARTNERS WITH UZIN
The Academy for Excellence in Flooring has announced a partnership with Uzin, manufacturer of flooring preparation products and installation systems. As part of this partnership, the Academy will also be using tools from the German company’s Wolff
V4 EXPANDS SALES TEAM
V4 Woodflooring, manufacturer of hardwood flooring, has expanded its team with the appointment of a new member of the sales department.   Lee Harris, from Greater Manchester, will work across the North West, including the Cheshire, Manchester,
CRUK UPDATE
Volumes of carpet waste diverted from landfill in the UK continue to rise, with 168,000 tonnes reused, recycled or recovered for energy in 2017, according to Carpet Recycling UK. This represents a diversion rate of 42% - up from 35% and an increase in
GRANORTE AT DOMOTEX 2018
In a hugely stylish masterpiece of stand design, created by famed Italian interior designer, Marco Carini, Granorte demonstrated to Domotex’s 45,000 visitors that cork is in the ascendancy. With a refreshed and more compact collection for 2018,
SDS 2018 BEST YET
Surface Design Show returned to London’s Business Design Centre with a bang this February as over 170 exhibitors from 15 countries showcased the very best in exterior and interior surface materials and treatments. Over 5,000 visitors attended the
QSA FACILITY REFRESH
The Academy for Excellence in Flooring has revealed a makeover to its facility with a refresh of the entire ground floor, showcasing some of the latest laminate, engineered wood and vinyl floors available from Quick-Step. Based in Stockport, Greater
WOOD IDEA BRAND NEW WEBSITE
Wooden doors, flooring and staircase supplier A Wood Idea has recently launched a brand new website, as part of its business development plan. The team, based in the North East, decided to invest in the website last year as an alternative to expanding
UNILIN EU ECOLABEL
UNILIN, division flooring, is the first flooring manufacturer to receive the much-coveted EU Ecolabel for its direct pressure laminate (DPL) flooring. UNILIN’s Pergo and Quick-Step laminate flooring and Pergo Parquet already have the Nordic Swan
REAL STONE & TILE SHOWROOM REVAMP
Tile and bathroom specialist Real Stone & Tile has undertaken a significant investment in its Cheadle, Greater Manchester, showroom to enhance the customer experience. A five-figure sum has been spent developing nine new room displays, including
HOUZZ HOME PRODUCT SHOP
Houzz, the online platform for home renovation and design, has launched its home products marketplace, the Houzz Shop, in the UK. With the Houzz Shop, UK homeowners, design enthusiasts and home professionals can buy more than 100,000 products and
QSA MASTER INSTALLER
After an intensive three-day course, Kris Keegan, Founder of Scotland-based Doors & Floors, is accredited as a Quick-Step Master Installer, benefitting his customers with a lifetime workmanship warranty on all Quick-Step wood and laminate floor
DOMOTEX USA LAUNCHED
Hannover Fairs USA has announced that it will debut DOMOTEX USA, focused on the American residential floor covering industry, from 28th February - 2nd March 2019 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Launched in 1988 in Hannover,
INCREASED TRADE FOR DIY RETAILERS
2018 will present good opportunities for retailers specialising in the building and interior sectors, according to a report (downloadable at www.homemoverreport.com) published by life event data company TwentyCi. The research indicates that both online
WALTON FLOORING CENTRE 2018
Flooring retailer Walton Flooring Centre has revealed exciting growth and expansion plans for the future after an award-winning 2017. The North West-based supplier of both domestic and commercial flooring celebrated a successful year last year after
BONA NEW DISTRIBUTION CENTRE
Bona, wood floorcare specialist, has celebrated its biggest investment ever with the opening of a new distribution centre in Limburg, Germany. The centre doubles the capacity for handling and distributing goods and introduces a number of
QUICK-STEP ACADEMY 2018
Having undertaken a refurbishment of training bays, demonstration and breakout areas, the Quick-Step Academy for Excellence in Flooring is all set for 2018; providing course-goers with some of the best floor training facilities in the UK. With 2017
V4 WOODFLOORING NEW LOOK
UK wood floor specialist V4 Woodflooring is gearing up for an exciting 2018 with a host of product and marketing advances that will change the way the company interacts with its customers. A refreshed brand, new website, improved retailer displays and
OCEAN MEDIA GROUP FLOORING SHOW
The Flooring Show, the UK’s national flooring event, has been purchased by Ocean Media Group, provider of exhibitions, events, awards and specialist publications. Owned and organised by Wendy Adams for the past five years, the show has undergone a
ASPECT FLOORING AWARD-WINNING YEAR
After winning its first ever company awards in April, Aspect Flooring has picked up another win and a handful of local and industry nominations this autumn. Aspect won the title of Best B2B Flooring Supplier at the 2017 Greater London Enterprise
LANO AT DOMOTEX
With colour bank updates, novel qualities and a brand-new fibre development, January’s Domotex is looking to be another huge show for Lano Carpets. With a new location due to a shake-up by the organisers, Lano’s stand will continue the
LOUIS DE POORTERE DOMOTEX
Louis de Poortere will be bringing its blend of the new and the vintage to Domotex this January, as it showcases its fine rugs and broadloom carpets. An exclusive collaboration with the Romo Group brings to the market stunning rugs inspired by the
QSA TRAINING SUCCESSFUL YEAR
As the year draws to a close, the Academy for Excellence in Flooring has revealed it’s trained someone for nearly every day of the year, with 350 people passing through its doors for specialist training. Some 146 installers developed their skills
REAL STONE & TILE HELPS THE HOMELESS
Greater Manchester-based tile and bathroom suite supplier Real Stone & Tile has joined forces with its local charity, The Wellspring Stockport, to help homeless and disadvantaged people living in Stockport and the surrounding areas. Earlier in the
EGGER ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT
European specialist in wood-based flooring, EGGER has achieved the new ISO14001:2015 Environmental Management standard at both UK sites. The company was the first UK wood-based panel board manufacturer to gain the new accreditation for its Hexham site
SYLKA'S SUCCESS AT DECOREX
One of the world’s top producers of luxury carpets and rugs SYLKA has enjoyed a fantastic reception at Decorex International 2017. The prestigious event saw hundreds of people flock to SYLKA’s stand to see what the firm had to offer. This
QUICK-STEP ONLINE PLATFORM
Selected retailers across the UK are the first to be able to take advantage of MyUnilin, the new online partner platform from UNILIN, the company behind Quick-Step, Pergo, Elka and Balterio. Introduced as part of its customer-centric philosophy, the new
HAVWOODS C-SUITE APPOINTMENTS
International wood flooring specialist Havwoods Ltd has announced the introduction of three senior C-Suite appointments to the company: Tony Lorenz, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Peter Jones, Global Chief Operating Officer and Andrew Barnes, Global
WALTON FLOORING CENTRE RETAILER OF THE YEAR
The Merseyside Independent Business Awards recognised Walton Flooring Centre as Retailer of the Year at their annual awards ceremony on Thursday 12th October, held at the prestigious Titanic Hotel, Liverpool. Walton Flooring Centre is an up and coming
UK Flooring Direct Move
Online flooring retailer, UK Flooring Direct, has moved to a new facility as it looks towards achieving a £100m turnover. Situated in Hinckley, Leicestershire, the new facility provides a central location for the business with easy access to major
CRUK MORE CARPET RETAILERS RECYCLING
Flooring suppliers of all sizes are rising to the challenge of recycling carpets and asking for advice on how they can offer a recycling service, while bringing down their disposal costs, reports carpet recycling and reusing association Carpet Recycling
SYLKA AT METS SHOW
Representatives from SYLKA Marine – one of the world’s leading producers of luxury carpets and rugs for superyachts – will be meeting the crowds at this year’s Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam. METS is one of the
BEST AT FLOORING 3 YEARS OF SUCCESS
One of Yorkshire’s newest flooring companies, Best at Flooring, is celebrating three full years of success, having grown extensively since opening its doors in 2015. Starting off as an idea between two people, the company now has two full stores,
STROOLMOUNT FUNDRAISING
UK provider of furniture and flooring-related products, Stroolmount is organising a Charity Ball and Concert to raise money for FORME, a charity which helps research ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Gill Finch, Managing Director of Stroolmount, said:
TOMORROW'S COMP WINNER
Tomorrow’s Contract Floors and Tomorrow’s Retail Floors magazines are delighted to announce the winner of the #TomorrowsComp treasure hunt that we held at The Flooring Show in Harrogate last week. With a little help from his young son, Paul
MODULEO AT SLEEP EXHIBITION
Luxury vinyl flooring manufacturer Moduleo has chosen Sleep as the place to unveil the exciting new products available in its Impress collection. Five wood, one stone and three abstract designs are being introduced to the existing product portfolio,
WIN M&S VOUCHER
Tomorrow’s Retail Floors and Tomorrow’s Contract Floors will be holding a treasure hunt at the Flooring Show this September. The competition will be open to all attendees and the winner will receive a £50 Marks and Spencer’s gift
LOUIS DE POORTERE DECOREX
At this year’s prestigious Decorex event, rug specialist Louis de Poortere (LdP), will be bringing new designs and colours to its collections of rugs, as well as showcasing its Tailor Made and Les Tisse custom programmes. With two new designs in
POSH FLOORING NEW APPOINTMENTS
Poshflooring.co.uk, the online arm of nationwide retailer Flooring Republic, has expanded its marketing team with the appointment of a new Digital Marketing Manager and Digital Marketing Executive. Alex Humphries has been hired for the role of Digital
KARNDEAN CHARITY GOLF DAY
Kind-hearted staff from luxury vinyl flooring specialist Karndean Designflooring have raised £11,000 in support of three charities – Breast Cancer Now, Mentor Link and Evesham Adventure playground – as part of its annual charity golf
DR SCHUTZ NEW WEBSITE
Dr. Schutz UK, the floorcare expert, has updated its website to present a fresh, sleek online presence for the brand. The website has been designed as a one-stop-shop for all internal and external floorcare products, allowing visitors to recognise the
WCFG MARKETING INITIATIVE
The Wool Carpet Focus Group (WCFG), whose membership includes wool carpet and rug manufacturers, buying groups, wool yarn spinners, wool marketing organisations, environmental consultants and more, has launched its first major marketing initiative. The
NEW QSA COURSES
The Academy for Excellence in Flooring is responding to the need for more skilled, industry-qualified fitters with new course dates for this Autumn, along with a refresh of content to include new innovations in flooring and improve the benefits of being
FLAIR RUGS NEW WEBSITE
Flair Rugs has launched its new website, giving consumers an insight into the world of the established rug supplier. Cataloguing the company’s Simplicity and Core collections, as well as detailing the company’s family heritage dating back to
CONNECTION RETAIL
Connection Retail, a flooring retailer headquartered in the North East, is targeting continued growth and job creation with the launch of further stores across the UK. Already well established, the company’s initial, Birtley-based store has seen
FLOORSTORE REBRAND
Yorkshire flooring company Floorstore has recently gone through a fresh rebrand, as well as opening a new store in the centre of Wakefield, creating new jobs for local people in the process. It comes after a successful 2016 in which the company,
SYLKA RETURNS TO DECOREX
World-renowned producer of luxury carpets and rugs SYLKA will be displaying its latest collection at this year’s prestigious Decorex International show. The event, which runs from 17th – 20th September 2017 at Syon Park in London, brings
COSENTINO TKET
Surfaces specialist Cosentino UK is delighted to be supporting The Kitchen Education Trust (TKET) and is offering one of its Elite Studios a 50% scholarship to send a member of their staff on the award-winning foundation degree course in Kitchen Design
INCREASE IN CARPET RECYCLING
Energy generation, equestrian surface materials and even the power of social media raising consumer awareness are all helping to drive growth in the reuse and recycling of waste carpet. Commercial sector demand for sustainability is another factor in
QSA RISE IN LVT COURSES
With nearly 200 professionals now accredited as Master Installers of Quick-Step LIVYN, the Academy for Excellence Flooring is seeing a strong uptake in courses for luxury vinyl flooring. Reflecting the growing stature of Quick-Step LIVYN as one of the
CRUK 2017 AWARDS
Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK) held its fourth annual awards ceremony in June to mark the achievements of members who have demonstrated innovation, commitment and best practice in the sector. Guest host Andrew Bird, Chair of LARAC (Local Authority Recycling
KARNDEAN RAISES HUNDREDS FOR HOSPICE
Staff from Karndean Designflooring have raised nearly £1,000 for St Richard’s Hospice by taking part in a charity bikeathon. Team Karndean 'Velo Drones', consisting of five Karndean employees, got on their bikes to cycle 64 miles around the
ARGAND ACQUIRES BRINTONS
Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) today announced the sale of Brintons Carpets Limited to funds managed by Argand Partners LP. Brintons is a global manufacturer of specialist woven carpets for residential and commercial
BOSTIK TOUR DE FRANCE
Global adhesive specialist Bostik has signed up as an official partner of iconic cycling event, the Tour de France. The new sponsorship agreement upgrades the firm’s previous participation as an official supplier in 2015 and 2016 and will run for
SURFACE & MATERIALS SHOW
With a new layout and zones, dynamic education programme, innovation hub and much more, this year’s return of the Surface and Materials Show is not to be missed! A valuable aspect of UK Construction Week, The Surface & Materials Show, which
RAPID GROWTH MILEXA ATRAFLOOR
As of June 2017, North West-based interiors company Milexa is seeing a 105% YOY sales growth as new brand Atrafloor sees a rapid rise within the flooring market. Since the official launch of their vinyl flooring brand Atrafloor in March 2017, word of
V4 WOODFLOORING VIRTUAL REALITY CENTRE
A new £3 million design centre in Woking, which will offer architects, builders, specifiers and customers the opportunity to see v4 Woodflooring products in individual room settings, is set to become a reality. Chris Vincent, Owner of v4
MILLIKEN MADE IN THE UK AWARD
Milliken was amongst those to be honoured at Insider's annual Made in the North West Awards on 4th May2017, collecting the top prize for green manufacturer/sustainable manufacturer. The awards recognise the most ambitious and innovative companies
CARPET FITTER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
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 year’s Flooring Show. As one of the sponsors of the competition, The Flooring Show is
FLOORING SHOW PLAN YOUR TRIP
The 55th Flooring Show is fast approaching, with over 180 exhibitors preparing for the show and visitors still registering for fast track entry to the show. Plan your trip in advance using the useful links on the Flooring Show website to avoid any last
FLAIR RUGS E-COMMERCE SITE
Reacting to changes in the buying habits of both retailers and consumers, Flair Rugs has launched a new e-commerce website allowing its trade partners to order rugs, access stock availability and monitor deliveries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Gareth
SCS DIRECTOR CONFIRMS DEPARTURE
Long-serving ScS Director Kevin Royal has confirmed he will be departing the business during 2018, after over 35 years of service. Kevin has played an instrumental role in the development of the business and its transformation from a four store
NEW DELIVERY SERVICE FROM AXMINSTER CARPETS
Axminster Carpets has announced a significant improvement in their delivery service to offer faster deliveries and increased flexibility. From 9th June, they will be providing named day deliveries throughout the week as standard on all their carpets and
KARNDEAN AT CDW
Specialist in luxury vinyl flooring Karndean Designflooring presented its array of bespoke Kaleidoscope sculptures along the official trail at this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW)(23rd – 25th May), designed and curated in collaboration
BRITISH WOOL HEAD OF MARKETING
British Wool, the organisation that sells and promotes British-grown wool to the international textile industry, has appointed Graham Clark as its new Head of Marketing. A Masters graduate in Marketing, Graham has come from a background in joinery and
CRUK GROWING RETAILER FOLLOWING
Retailers and flooring contractors are showing a growing interest in diverting waste carpet from landfill and recognising the opportunities that this can generate for their businesses, Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK) has reported. Speaking after exhibiting at
CERAMIQUE NEW AREA SALES MANAGER
Tile specialist Ceramique Internationale has boosted its senior sales team with the appointment of a new Area Sales Manager for the Midlands region. John Nelmes joins Ceramique Internationale from CTD Group, where he spent ten years forming strong
CROWN FLOORS ONLINE PRESENCE
Joining a new and updated carpet portfolio for 2017 is the brand new Crown Floors website, an intuitive online resource that allowing homeowners to find their perfect carpet with grace and precision. The new portal is fully optimised for desktop, tablet
BENCHMARX TEAMS WITH QSA
Kitchen specialist Benchmarx, part of Travis Perkins PLC, has undergone a staff development programme at Quick-Step’s Academy for Excellence in Flooring. With a total of over 600 stores across the country, the commitment of these companies
CORMAR SOUTHERN DISTRIBUTION CENTRE
Carpet manufacturer Cormar Carpets is investing in a new purpose-built distribution centre in Hemel Hempstead, consolidating its regional hub network across the South of England. Work is already underway at the £15m, 130,000 sq ft facility which
VINNIE JONES BGNFS
Arguably the most talked about residential carpet launch in recent years, the Deacon Jones by Crown Floors collection took centre stage at this year’s Buying Groups’ National Flooring Show, helped by an appearance from Vinnie Jones
ASPECT FLOORING CEO OF THE YEAR
The husband and wife team behind Aspect Flooring took the title of CEO of the Year at the European Business Excellence Awards. Laura and Chris Frost, who own Aspect Flooring, were thrilled to collect the award at a black-tie event at Harrogate
SEMINARS FLOORING SHOW
The Flooring Show in Harrogate is once again partnering up with a selection of speakers to bring a full Seminar Programme to industry attendees throughout the three-day exhibition. From 17th to the 19th September, the seminars will take place in the
BROCKWAY CARPETS GROVESNOR WILTON CARPETS
Brockway Carpets (Holdings) Ltd. has announced the acquisition of one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious independent carpet manufacturers, The Grosvenor Wilton Company Limited, heralding a new era for the historic brand. The deal sees
BRINTONS AT CLERKENWELL
Carpet specialist Brintons Carpets has partnered with contemporary artist and filmmaker Shezad Dawood for a pop-up art installation at a brand new creative workplace venue, 132 Goswell Road, to take place over Clerkenwell Design Week (23rd-25th May
CRUK ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Carpet Recycling UK’s 2017 Annual Conference and Awards Event will kick off at Aston Villa Football Club in Birmingham on 21st June, taking the theme of ‘developing towards a circular economy’ for carpet. CRUK will be celebrating the
KARNDEAN AT IDEAL HOME SHOW
Luxury vinyl flooring specialist Karndean Designflooring partnered with house magazine Good Homes at the Ideal Home Show,which ran from 24th March – 9th April in Olympia, London, to bring to life eye-catching roomsets for visitors. Designed by
PORCEL-THIN AT NATURAL STONE SHOW
The Porcel-Thin team appreciates that a rolling stone gathers no moss so they are set to appear at their fourth tradeshow of 2017, the Natural Stone Show, from 25th-27th April on stand G36. As the only UK trade exhibition devoted solely to natural stone,
QSA PARTNERS WITH CARPETRIGHT
Flooring retailer Carpetright is working with the Quick-Step Academy to hold a series of ‘Expert Events’ for its employees; with content covering product, technical and installation across wood, laminate and LVT flooring types. The course
THE PRINCE OF WALES ITALY
The Campaign for Wool and The Woolmark Company have welcomed His Royal Highness (HRH) the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to Sala Bianca at Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy. HRH the Prince of Wales toured exhibits from the best Italian wool
BRITISH CERAMIC TILE EXPANDS TEAM
To build upon British Ceramic Tile’s recent growth, Paul Fincken has been brought on board to head up the British Ceramic Tile specification sales team. Paul brings with him a great deal of experience in the specification market. Paul said:
INTERFLOOR AT BGNFS
Interfloor will showcase new contemporary looks for its heritage brands Tredaire and Duralay at this year's Buying Groups’ National Flooring Show (BGNFS), at Cranmore Park on 9th and 10th May, as well as the latest additions to its sales and
CARPET AND RUG AWARDS
This March, the wool flooring industry gathered for the second Campaign for Wool International Carpet and Rug Awards.  The prestigious event was held at Stamford Bridge (home of Chelsea FC) on 15th March, where many attendees were also exhibitors