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FeRFA BEST PRACTICE AWARDS 2019 - All the news from this year's awards!
AGM - Presentation and Council Elections
TRAINING NEWS - Updates from November training modules
OTHER NEWS - Latest news from the industry
MEETINGS AND EXHIBITIONS - Dates for your diary
MEMBER NEWS - New stories from FeRFA Members
FeRFA Best Practice Awards 2019
Britannia Industrial Flooring, MJF Specialist Flooring, TPS360 Ltd, Page Industrial Coatings and Reprotec UK.
This year we were delighted to welcome to the stage 6 of the 9 graduates who completed their apprenticeships this year. Each apprentice was presented with a NVQ2 certificate by David Rowlands of CITB, who was joined by FeRFA CEO Mark Spowage and FeRFA Trainer Jack Longden.
(Sponsored by Stallard Kane Associates)
EAST COAST FLOORING and REMMERS UK for Cambridge Medical Robotics
(Sponsored by ACO Building Drainage)
RAF New Aircraft Hangar - Project Anvil
(Sponsored by Cobra Insurance Brokers)
SURTECH and  ALTRO for Nando's, Addlestone
(Sponsored by Innoveo & Dorfner)
for Emerald Headingley Stadium
(Sponsored by VI Industrial Supplies)
(Sponsored by ACO Building Drainage)
for Big Motoring World
(Sponsored by Innoveo & Dorfner)
for ITV TV Studio
 Children in Need
£935.14 was donated to this year's Children in Need appeal - thanks to everyone who attended the event.
The FeRFA AGM was held in the afternoon of 29th November at the De Vere, East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham. Following a welcome from the Chairman, Tom Dossett, the CEO, Mark Spowage gave members an overview of the activities of the past year and plans for the future.
Presentations were given by:
Lesley Collins, The Preparation Group 'Poor Preparation is Costly'
David Stydom, Contract Flooring Journal 'CFJ/CFA Awards'
The AGM presentations and the Minutes of the meeting can be downloaded via the Members Area of the website.
The following nominees for Council were elected for the coming year:
Scott Burns                      Aztec Screeding
John Hill                          SPE/Bartell Global
John Brown                     Veitchi Industrial Flooring
Tracey Glew                    PPC UK Ltd
Darren Watkins               TPS360 Ltd
Richard Jinks                   Central Flooring Services
Tom Dossett                     Remmers UK Ltd
Alison Bishop                   Altro
Bill Woodham                  Sika Ltd
Richard Coley                  Resdev
Chris Budd                       Watco
Iain Reynolds                   Fosroc
Chris Orme                      PPG Architectural Coatings
Jack Sant                         Uzin
Emel Jami                         Innoveo
Neil Luck                           ACO Building Drainage
New FeRFA Chairman
FeRFA would like to thank Tom Dossett, of Remmers UK, for his tenure as FeRFA Chairman over the past 2 years. We are pleased to welcome Darren Watkins, of TPS360 Ltd, as incoming Chairman until November 2021.
FeRFA would also like to thank all 2019 sponsors for their ongoing support:
Photographs are NOW available on the
FeRFA website here
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FeRFA are currently accepting applications for the Resin Flooring, Screeds and Surface Preparation apprenticeship courses.
The courses run for 18 months covering a mix of formal off-site instruction alongside supervised on-the-job training at employer level with a final assessment by a CITB approved assessor.
All courses lead to an NVQ Level 2 qualification and the blue CSCS Skilled Worker card.
Substantial grant funding is available for eligible CITB levy payers. Spaces are limited so don’t delay. Contact the FeRFA office for further information. Click here to view our grants and schemes booklet.
Resin Group 23 Module 10
Resin group 23 completed Module 10 - Prepare Background Surfaces during November led by FeRFA trainer Jack Longden. The venue and equipment were kindly supplied by PPC Ltd. Classroom theory was combined with practical workshops to demonstrate the various methods of substrate preparation, installation planning, laying processes, coving, forming joints and protection. The group will now take Module 11 - Coatings in December 2019.
Apprentices in group 23 (pictured below) are Connor (Flowstone Industrial Flooring Ltd), Harry (Central Flooring Services), Jordan (Zircon Flooring), Adrian (IRL Group), Timothy and Michael (TPS360 Ltd)
This month, FeRFA are highlighting three more of our Associate members.  Associate members are companies who are involved indirectly with the manufacture, application and maintenance of resin flooring such as Surface Preparation Plant Suppliers, Chemical Suppliers to Manufacturer members, floor cleaning machinery suppliers, test houses etc. 
Geveko Markings manufacture and supply road, line, decorative and skid resistant markings to markets around the world. Based in Dorset, UK Geveko is a leading manufacturer of decorative, resin surface systems. A beautiful, modern alternative to traditional paving products, resin surfacing has increased in popularity for use in both commercial and domestic areas.
 01963 362640
Multi-Hire Power Tools of Warrington, Cheshire offers excellent and reliable tool hire services including a vast array of flooring and surface preparation equipment (grinders, scabblers, planers and sanders, etc.), forced action mixers, 3 phase generators and power tools. Multi-Hire prides itself on offering expertise, exceptional levels of customer service and competitive rates.
01925 653633
Reconomy provides a full range of waste management and recycling solutions to commercial waste producers throughout the UK. Working in partnership with FeRFA, Reconomy delivers its award winning waste management and recycling scheme. It has a strong reputation for providing high levels of service and understands the importance that this means to our clients.
0800 834 133
 Contract Flooring Journal 
FeRFA members benefit from a FREE subscription to Contract Flooring Journal (CFJ) magazine. Please email your contact details to FeRFA or CFJ, along with your FeRFA membership number to register. To find out more about Contract Flooring Journal please follow this link
 Cobra Bespoke Insurance Service

Cobra Insurance Brokers have partnered with FeRFA for over 10 years, gaining specialist knowledge and an understanding of the protection needed for the resin flooring industry.  The website, designed specifically to support FeRFA members and their business activity, is now available at The website covers all aspects of insurance, risk management and guarantees, as well as a client login portal where you can view your policy documents.  FeRFA members can also request free access to a vast library of resource material.  

Cobra offer a free insurance health check plus no obligation quotes.  Howard Collins can be reached on 07775 888933 or emailed at or visit the website

FeRFA and COBRA are excited to offer a facility which gives all your resin floor protection with an INSURANCE BACKED WARRANTY.  The scheme has been set up so that all your customers benefit from the security of an Insurance backed warranty once you are signed up.  You pay an upfront premium based on your annual turnover and then simply register each resin contract online when completed.  Read more.

H&S Advice and Business Shield from Stallard Kane Associates 
Stallard Kane Associates Ltd provide a support service to SMEs for both Heath & Safety and Employment Law.  FeRFA members can access its services for free via the Business Shield.  All FeRFA members have FREE access to the Business Shield service giving you:
  • FREE access to the FeRFA Business Shield online portal
  • FREE and unlimited use of the 24hr hotline
  • FREE one hour review of your daily activity and associated risks
  • FREE one hour review of your existing employment contracts. 
The dedicated FeRFA Business Shield Account Manager is Barry Nicol, please call him on 07854 938693 for more details. Read more about Stallard Kane here.
Epoxy Resin Flooring at Coventry Manufacturers
 Monarch were asked to complete epoxy flooring works to a manufacturer around the Coventry area.  read more
New Epoxy Floor for Boots Factory 
 Flowstone Industrial Flooring Limited was contracted to carry out floor refurbishment works to a Boots UK Ltd cosmetics packaging hall in Nottingham.  read more
Click Here to Read More Case Studies

Kemtile – the flooring and drainage specialist to the food and drink manufacturing sector – is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month.

Formed in autumn 1979, the size and success of the Cheshire-based company has consistently grown over four decades in terms of size, capabilities and customer base.

Starting as a three-person team, Kemtile was acquired by US-based RPM Performance Coatings Group a year ago. It is now a division of its industrial brand, Stonhard, which provides a range of products and services to various markets in more than 65 countries across the globe. read more

Sika Schönox HS 50, Sika’s innovative hybrid levelling screed, has been shortlisted for a coveted industry award.

The low-stress compound, which is ready for vinyl application in just 48-hours, is among finalists in this year’s Tomorrow’s Contract Floors Awards.  The contest celebrates the most innovative products and services in the flooring industry. Sika Schönox HS 50 has been shortlisted, with the winner being decided by an online vote which opens in January.     read more

The Preparation Group has been working on a range of new machines, designed to make flooring contractors’ lives easier. The second one to launch is Little Mixx, a brand new portable, forced action mixer.
Says Ian Hebblewhite, the company’s Specialist Finishes Manager; ‘Our R&D department has been working on a new range of equipment with simplicity at the forefront. Little Mixx is made from steel, not fibre glass, so is built to withstand knocks (and drops) for long life and continued use. With a mixing capacity of 15-30kg and an output of 600kg an hour, it will mix coatings (including resins and polyurethanes), levelling compounds, screeds, mortars and more. It’s ideal for small localised repairs where you’re mixing up a single unit e.g. for a terrazzo infill, through to multiple batch mixing. The buckets, which are a standard size, can be quickly released to the runner, ready for mixing up the next batch. The metal paddle gets right to the bottom of the mixing bucket and is removeable to make clean up easier. It’s compact in design, but Little Mixx produces big results.  Plus, it will sit nicely in an estate car or small van. We’ve seen mixers out there that aren’t up to the job. This one definitely is - a great all-rounder.’
Little Mixx is available NOW to buy or hire. Call 01522 561460 for more information or a demo.
The leading UK coatings exhibition dedicated to paints, inks, adhesives, corrosion protection and construction chemical industries
The CITB are offering funding of up to £10,000 to assist micro and small construction companies to develop a stronger skills base. Specifically, it provides an extra incentive for you to access CITB grant eligible training. This can be used for short duration courses that last between 3 hours and 29 days and qualifications such as the FeRFA NVQ Level 2 diplomas in In-situ Resin Flooring, Surface Preparation and Screeding.
Funding to Support Training - Including NVQs
You can apply for funding if you are a CITB-registered employer with up to 99 directly employed staff on the payroll. Employers can apply for funding once every 12 months.  Simply complete the application form which can be downloaded here.
If you need further details please contact Dave Rowlands CITB Advisor at or 07887 984 897

Public Sector Retention Policies Published

Build UK has reached the latest milestone on its Roadmap to Zero Retentions by publishing the retention policies of major public sector clients to provide increased transparency for the industry. The information includes the retention percentage generally inserted in contracts between the client and its Tier 1 contractors, as well as when the money should be released. There are significant complexities in the various policies, including exceptions that exist for certain types of project, and details can be found on the Build UK website.

Click here for more news from Build UK
HSE test exemption ends
CSCS has ended an exemption CSCS card applicants could previously use to get a CSCS card. Before the 2nd September, applicants who had achieved an SVQ or NVQ within the last 2 years did not have to pass the CITB Health, safety and environment test. Read more
Apprentice Scheme Dates 2019
Resin 23
Mod 11: December 11-12 @ SIKA, Herts
Resin 23 Mod 12: January @ Resdev, Elland
Resin 24 Mod 6-9: January 14-16 @ DSA, Nottingham
Technical Meeting 4th March 2020 @ SMW, Stone
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