CFA and Flooring Industry News

Annual General Meeting 2017

Annual General Meeting  -  24 May 2017

This year's Annual General Meeting was held at the King Richard III visitor centre in Leicester on Wednesday 24 May 2017.

The meeting was opened with presentations from Mark Noonan (pictured left), CITB Industry Relations Officer and Sarah Garry (pictured right), Skills Manager at Build UK. Mark spoke about the CITB levy as well as providing information about the consultation and consensus process; Sarah focussed her talk on skills as well as giving a brief update on key areas of Build UK activity.

We are pleased to confirm that the Officers of the Associaiton, David Hibbert of F Ball & Co Ltd, Garry Bateman of Forbo Flooring UK Ltd and John Butler of John Butler Contracts Ltd were all re-elected to serve the remainder of their terms in  office.  

Council members re-elected to serve for a further term were Martin Cummins of   Bostik Ltd, James Martin of Interface, Hamish MacGregor of MacGregor Flooring Co Ltd, Brian Packer of 3D Flooring Ltd and Bill Saunders of Floorcraft (Reading).

The Council for the forthcoming year is:

  • David Hibbert - F Ball & Co Ltd - President
  • Garry Bateman - Forbo Flooring UK Ltd - Vice-President
  • John Butler - John Butler Contracts Ltd - Treasurer
  • Tony Mathé - Hillside Contracts Ltd - Immediate Past President
  • Martin Cummins - Bostik Ltd
  • Alan Gayle - A G Flooring Ltd
  • Wayne Haslam – Floorstock Ltd
  • Neal Inwood - Consultant
  • Neil Kear - J & S Flooring Ltd
  • Hamish MacGregor - MacGregor Flooring Co Ltd
  • James Martin - Interface
  • Scott McKenna - McKenna Flooring Ltd
  • Kenton Penny - Uzin Ltd
  • Bill Saunders - Floorcraft (Reading)
  • Brian Packer - 3D Flooring Ltd

Co-opted Council Members are:

  • Alan McEwan - F Ball & Co Ltd 
  • Beverley McFarlane - Loughton Contracts plc
  • George Rose - Honorary Member



24th July 2017
CFA reacts to Carillion going in to liquidation

As has been widely reported the construction giant Carillion has announced that they are entering in to liquidation.

CFA CEO – Richard Catt offered the following comment:

“Whilst still shocking, the news of Carillion’s demise will not be a major surprise to many CFA members who work for main contractors. Obviously their growing problems have been widely reported in the construction industry and national press, but as Rudi Klein of the SEC Group has pointed out in recent interviews, their basic business model has for a long time been fundamentally flawed.

The significance of their collapse will be far reaching and I am not only conscious of the 43,000 world wide and 20,000 UK based  employees, but also the wider impact on their supply chain and the contract flooring industry. The extent of the impact on businesses and financial hardship caused to individuals through job losses will no doubt become apparent as time passes and is difficult to estimate at this stage. Low margins and use of subcontractors’ funds as cash flow and capital (in the form of late payment and withheld retention) will no doubt become publicly recognised as part of the problems that led to Carillion’s down-fall. It is important that even whilst still raw, we ensure that this element of this disastrous event is not lost on government as they complete their current consultation on retention.

The CFA would like to hear from any members prepared to share (in confidence) the financial impact on their businesses so that we can feedback to government a picture of the effect on the flooring sector.

In addition, we would like to offer our help, support and guidance, both directly, but also via our range of benefit providers in dealing with any issues that arise: this includes legal, contractual and business advice, where possible focussed in respect of Carillion projects and, for example, dealing with the liquidators. Some advice is already being published by the liquidators PwC through PwC’s dedicated website

The CFA will also be continuing its lobbying efforts to ensure that government recognise this as the very tip of a much larger iceberg that must be addressed by legislation to deal with late payment and unfairly held retention as soon as possible. Thus avoiding a much greater collapse of this potential main contractor house of cards."

16th January 2018
CFA welcomes new member in Hornchurch

The CFA is pleased to welcome a new Associate Contractor member, Elite Contract Flooring Services Ltd, of Hornchurch in Essex.

3rd November 2017
CFA welcomes new member in Didcott, Oxfordshire

CFA are pleased to welcome a new Contractor member - Oxford City Flooring of Didcott, Oxfordshire.

17th October 2017
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