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CHRISTMAS CLOSURE 2019/20

Please note that the FeRFA office will be closed from 17:00 on Friday 20th December and will re-open at 9:00 on Thursday 2nd January 2020.

 We wish all members a Merry Christmas and prosperous 2020! 

TRAINING NEWS
FeRFA are currently accepting applications for the Resin Flooring 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.
APPRENTICESHIPS
Resin Group 23 Module 11
Resin group 23 completed Module 11 - Coatings during December, led by FeRFA trainer Jack Longden. The venue and materials were kindly supplied by Sika Ltd. The training consisted of covering the different FeRFA types, chemistries available and slip resistance.  The second day covered project planning, joint & cove detail, inspection & testing and waste disposal as well as giving the apprentices hands-on experience of mixing and applying materials.
 
  The group will now take Module 12 - Self-smoothing on 22nd-23rd January 2020.
 
Apprentices in group 23 are Connor (Flowstone Industrial Flooring Ltd), Harry (Central Flooring Services), Adrian (IRL Group) and Timothy and Michael (TPS360 Ltd).
Resin Group 24 Modules 4-5
Apprentices from Resin group 24 spent two days at Smart Marketing Works this month. They were studying module 4, Introduction to In Situ Resin Flooring and module 5, Work practice & project planning. Classroom theory consisted of key factors including FeRFA types, product selection, mixing techniques, selecting PPE, inspection & testing and much more.
 
The group will now study modules 6 - 9 commencing 14th - 16th January 2020. 
 
Apprentices In this group are Blake (Veitchi Flooring), Matthew (Brittania Industrial Flooring Ltd), Stephen (Reprotec UK Ltd), Corey (Respol Ltd), Jake (TopTeam UK Ltd) and Carl and Joshua (TPS360 Ltd).
ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT
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. 
Apollo Construction Solutions 
For over 20 years, internationally recognised construction companies
have been trusting Apollo Construction Solutions to manufacture and supply
high performance resins, adhesives, sealants and primers. 
 
 01827 54281
enquiries@apollo
constructionsolutions.co.uk
Click here for more info.
     
 
 
Blastrac is the worldwide leading manufacturer and supplier of surface preparation equipment. Blastrac’s techniques are environmentally friendly (no use of chemical products, no waste of water), yet very efficient. As one of the originators of the enclosed blasting principle, Blastrac also has an extensive portfolio of scarifiers, strippers, diamond grinders, hand tools and dust extraction units. 
 
01909 569118
info@blastrac.co.uk
Click here for more info.
Brett has been supplying high performance, high-quality dried aggregates into a wide range of sectors for over 30 years. We manufacture bespoke dried products such as fine-sized aggregates, including market leading brands such as Durite Calcined Flint, Permwhite White Calcined Flint and Flintag, for use in flooring applications. As part of the Brett Group a large percentage of our materials are sourced from Brett-owned quarries giving additional control throughout their supply chain. 
 
0845 6080572
rob.hardes@brett.co.uk
Click here for more info.
MEMBER BENEFITS
 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 www.ferfainsurance.co.uk. 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 howard.collins@cobrainsurance.co.uk 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.
FeRFA Recycling Scheme - are you taking part?
FeRFA partner Reconomy can assist you to reduce your total waste management costs, increase your landfill diversion, ensure compliance, under current Environmental Agency legislation, maintain consistency and best practice across all sites and back-office functions.  Contact 0800 834 133/01952 211790. 
 
If you are not already submitting your recycling data to FeRFA please start doing this now to qualify for the recycling logo within your FeRFA website entry.  
 
It is easy to do using the datasheet (if not using Reconomy) - only two figures are needed per month - total weight collected and total weight recycled or recovered. This is information that should be provided by your waste collector. If it isn't then ask them why not. The spreadsheet includes a graph, automatically generated from your figures - which you can show to prospective clients
 
More details on the recycling initiative are here. You can also read Reconomy's brochure here.
 
CASE STUDIES
 Sikafloor Solution System makes a seamless, durable show of new TV studio floor
Sika supplied the super-flat, seamless waterproof flooring for a TV news studio that broadcasts to an audience of millions around the globe read more
Click Here to Read More Case Studies
MEMBER NEWS
The Resin Mill makes top 100 list for the fastest growing companies in the UK
FeRFA member and specialist resin bound supplier, The Resin Mill, has been ranked 56th in The Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100, a league table that ranks Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales over their last three years. The league table is compiled by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times each December, with an awards ceremony at the Branson family home in May next year. read more
John Holmes wins FeRFA Award
John Holmes, MD of Reprotec Group, has won the prestigious award for ‘Outstanding Contribution’ to FeRFA, the national body representing the Resin Flooring sector. read more
Sika Flooring Solution lays foundation for success at this year's FeRFA Awards
Sika, in collaboration with Zircon Flooring, achieved a ‘Highly Commended’ status in the Large Commercial Project of the Year category at this year’s FeRFA resin flooring association awards. The triumph commemorated the companies’ joint delivery of a super-flat, seamless floor refurbishment at ITV’s Leeds-based studio where the popular soap Emmerdale is filmed. read more
OTHER NEWS
The leading UK coatings exhibition dedicated to paints, inks, adhesives, corrosion protection and construction chemical industries www.surfex.co.uk
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 david.rowlands@citb.co.uk or 07887 984 897

Fairness, Inclusion and Respect

Delivered by CECA, in partnership with the Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS), the Fairness, Inclusion & Respect (FIR) Programme provides free online and face to face training in equality, diversity, inclusion and anti-discrimination and aims to create a more inclusive built environment sector. The six e-learning modules and six Toolbox talks are available free of charge via the FIR Toolkit.
 
SCSS is also seeking applicants to join the FIR Steering Group. Further information is available via their website

Brexit

Brexit Deadline

The UK is due to leave the EU on 31 January 2020, giving businesses additional time to prepare for Brexit. To help your members identify what actions they need to take, Build UK now has a dedicated website, Are You Ready for Brexit?, which includes a new contractual guidance note, Are your Contracts Brexit Ready?.
Click here for more news from Build UK
MEETINGS
Apprentice Scheme Dates 2019
Resin 23 Mod 12: January 22-23  Resdev, Elland
Resin 24 Mod 6-9: January 14-16 @ DSA, Nottingham
FeRFA Meetings & Events
Technical Meeting : 4th March 2020 @ SMW, Stone
Council Meeting : 11th March 2020 @ Ibis Hotel, Rugby East
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