CFA and Flooring Industry News

Statement from Build UK to its members

The Build UK board have made the following statement:

The collapse of Carillion earlier this year, played out in front of us, shows the outcome when a major industry sector operates with a commercial model that is not fit for purpose. We have seen up close what happens when we have a combination of lowest price, inequitable transfer of contract risk, poor payment practices and inadequate governance.  

Yet we can’t say it was unexpected or a huge surprise.  We have all known, and talked about for years, the practices and behaviours that would deliver a successful and more profitable construction business environment. So why do we all continue to perpetuate the practices that inevitably lead to business failure?

Build UK believes that the lack of trust between parties throughout the whole construction supply chain drives the way we behave and if ever there was a catalyst for change this is it and if there was a time, it is now. 

Throughout bull and bear markets the construction industry lurches from collaboration to conflict promoting inconsistent behaviours; in addition, the transactional nature of our projects and business relationships do nothing to engender long term trust. 

The Build UK Board is clear that it can, and will, provide the strong, bold and incisive leadership that the construction industry so desperately needs. Bringing together the supply chain including Clients, Contractors, Specialist Contractors and now Professional Services, institutions and others, has created the opportunity to stop talking about what is right for one party or another but to do what is right for the whole industry and we need to lead the industry accordingly.

Build UK’s priorities of Improving Business Performance, Increasing Productivity and Recruiting,Training and Retaining Talent, identify that unless we address the Commercial Model we currently operate we will never truly be able to deliver an industry that is fit for purpose.

To show that we mean business, to demonstrate that working collectively will benefit all of us and to change the way construction services are both procured and provided, our focus over the coming year will be to deliver three outcomes that will make a difference.

  • We have brought together a task force to identify the bespoke contractual clauses regularly introduced to the standard forms of contract that demand the impossible and perpetuate the inequitable transfer of risk. Together we intend to challenge the status quo 
  • We will publicly benchmark our Members on their payment performance helping clients, contractors and suppliers to make informed decisions about who they work with on their projects 
  • We will implement a roadmap to zero retentions addressing both the practice and its underlying drivers, changing payment practices for ever.

Improving our business performance and rewarding success with a sustainable level of profit will enable the industry to drive innovation, invest in future skills and apprenticeships and support the digital transformation we would all like to see. 

The prize cannot be understated but it requires both leadership and the industry to be unified and united if we are to claim it. The Build UK board, on behalf of Build UK, represents 40% of the construction sector. It is prepared to lead the charge and by all of us working together we can change the industry from one of mediocrity to one which realises its potential to be truly world class.

8th March 2018
The CFA welcomes a new member.

The CFA is pleased to welcome a new Associate Contractor Member, P'T Flooring Scotland Ltd of Glasgow.

20th July 2018
CFA Summer Ball 2 June 2018

The CFA Annual Ball, our main social event of the year, took place at the Crowne Plaza in Chester on a warm weekend at the beginning of June.

Almost 200 people were booked to enjoy the evening of dinner, speeches and dancing; old friends greeted each other warmly, business relationships were forged, new faces were welcomed.

The evening commenced with pre-dinner drinks, accompanied by acoustic guitarist Dennis Collings. Once the guests were seated, Richard Catt welcomed everyone to the evening and announced the entrance of the new CFA President Garry Bateman of Forbo Flooring UK Ltd and his wife Sue. Garry, making the most of the applause, circled the room before leading Sue to their seats. After Richard’s welcome, Stewart Lacey of Bostik Ltd was called upon to say Grace before the guests settled down to a delicious 3 course meal.

As tradition dictates, Richard introduced Carl Harper of Chelmer Group Ltd who proposed the Loyal Toast; Hamish MacGregor of MacGregor Flooring Co Ltd, gave the Toast to the Association; New CFA President Garry Bateman of Forbo Flooring UK Ltd then gave the Response.              

A charity raffle was held on the night with proceeds going to The British Heart Foundation. This was the selected charity of the CFA President, chosen in memory of Forbo Flooring UK’s national sales manager Brian Pringle who sadly passed away earlier this year. A fantastic £1515.00 was raised for the charity. The CFA team would like to express thanks to all those who contributed to this total. Of course, the raffle could not take place without the generous raffle prizes donated in support by CFA member organisations. (A full list is given below.)                                                                         

The fabulous band Perfect 10, soon got the dance floor rocking with a great party atmosphere and the DJ David Lloyd followed this by keeping the floor full and was the perfect way to round off the evening.

Photographs taken on the night are available for Members only to download and distribute to guests.

And finally, just to let you know that the 2019 Annual Ball will be held near Edinburgh on the evening of Saturday 12 October 2019. Put the date in your diaries and join us!

The CFA would like to thank the following members for their generous raffle prizes:

ege Carpets Ltd                                  Rug

Uzin Utz UK Ltd                                  Hamper

Quantum Flooring Solutions                 2 tickets for Man United FC in corporate suite

Tarkett Ltd (Desso)                              M&S Hamper

Forbo Flooring UK Ltd                          Love to shop voucher

Carpet & Flooring                                Four Ball at Langland Bay Golf Course, Swansea

Gradus Ltd                                         M&S Voucher - £50

Karndean Designflooring                      Four Ball at Evesham Golf Club plus lunch at The Wood Norton Hotel

Ultrafloor / Instarmac Group Plc            Four Ball on The Brabazon course at The Belfry

Bostik Ltd                                           Love to shop voucher - £75

ARDEX UK Ltd                                    Amazon V4 Fire TV Stick

F Ball & Co Ltd                                    M&S Voucher - £100

8th June 2018
CFA AGM 2018

The Annual General Meeting for the Contract Flooring Association took place this year on 22 May 2018 at Chepstow Race Course in Wales.

The Meeting is held to review and approve the minutes from the previous year’s meeting, to approve the accounts, and to elect new Council Members and Council Officers. Both the CFA and existing Council Members are pleased to welcome Mat Brown from ARDEX UK Ltd on to the CFA Council. Having served 2 years as President David Hibbert (F Ball & Co Ltd) stepped down and handed over the role to Garry Bateman (Forbo Flooring UK Ltd). John Butler (John Butler Contracts Ltd) remained as Treasurer and Hamish MacGregor (MacGregor Flooring Co Ltd) was elected as Vice-President.

The CFA welcomed 2 guest speakers to the meeting: Alun Watkins, Executive Director of PEFC UK Ltd (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification), spoke about certified products and full chain of custody. The keynote speaker, Rudi Klein, Chief Executive of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ group (SEC Group), discussed fair payment, retentions and the retentions bill introduced by MP Peter Aldous.

Current Council Members

The CFA is headed by an elected Council which meets four times a year to review the policies, finances and any other matters relating to governance of the association. Association members serving on the Council for the coming year are:

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

Co-opted members of the CFA Council are Beverley McFarlane of Loughton Contracts plc and Alan McEwan of F Ball & Co Ltd.

Photo of Immediate Past President David Hibbert (on left) shaking hands with newly elected President Garry Bateman (on right).

    Photo of newly elected Council member Mat Brown from ARDEX UK Ltd


5th June 2018
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

As the GDPR comes into force on 25 May 2018, all companies need to be considering how they handle and process data, if they haven’t already started on this journey.

The GDPR is enforced by the Information Commissioner’s Office and the ICO website, which contains a Guide to the GDPR, and other useful resources and information such as 12 Steps to take now, is constantly being updated.

The CFA has produced information to guide contractors through this legislative requirement, which can be found in the Member Area of the website.

The CFA’s GDPR Compliance

As for data held by the CFA, we have fully engaged with the GDPR process and will continue to develop our systems and processes to ensure that your data remains as safe as possible. If you have any questions about how the CFA process data, please contact Helen Tidmarsh (email

18th May 2018
FITAs Instructor Day 2018

To ensure that the training delivered by FITA continues to be industry leading and up-to-date, an annual training event is organized for the FITA instructors. FITA has a talented pool of seasoned professional instructors to draw from when putting on training courses. They are some of the best fitters and instructors in the industry, which is demonstrated by the excellent course feedback. The instructors, who all have specialist knowledge of the flooring sector, value being able to meet up to tap in to each other’s experience, receive training on current product developments and keep up-to-date on any changes within FITA.

The instructor day has a similar format each year with an update on news and developments relevant to FITA and presentations and demonstrations from sponsors and prospective clients.  This year, FITA sponsor Ultrafloor (Instarmac Group Plc) was invited to provide one of the elements of CPD and the other presentation was from Warmup Plc.

Following an introduction to the UltraFloor brand by Marketing Manager Rebecca Talbot there was a hands-on demonstration of their floor preparation products led by Alan Collins. Warmup Plc’s International Director Howard Flood and Technical Director Antony White gave an engaging presentation about underfloor heating and the particular solutions of electronic, hydronic or hybrid systems that Warmup provide.

The 2018 Annual Instructor Day was concluded with an open forum for the instructors to discuss any pressing issues.

For information about the courses on offer through FITA please see or call 0115 950 6836.

If you are interested in becoming a FITA sponsor please email

FITA, the Flooring Industry Training Association, is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which was co-founded by the CFA and NICF.  Run by industry for industry, it is one of the leading providers of installer training for the commercial and domestic flooring markets.

Instructor Group Photo 2018

From left to right: Steve Ramsden, Byron Terrett, Scott Carter-Dowding, Antony White (Warmup plc), Brian Green, Brian King, Alan Collins (UltraFloor), Steve Whitehead, Ian James (right at back), Howard Flood (Warmup plc), Rebecca Talbot (UltraFloor), Wayne Haslam, Dennis Green, Mark Saunders, Matt Blackbourn and Mark Smurthwaite.

17th May 2018
CFA welcomes new member in Bath, Somerset.
27th April 2018
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