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 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 helen@cfa.org.uk).

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 www.fita.co.uk/Training-Courses.php or call 0115 950 6836.

If you are interested in becoming a FITA sponsor please email info@fita.co.uk

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
CFA welcomes new member in Kingston Upon Thames
27th March 2018
FITA Launches Training in Scotland: First course in May

FITA Launches Training in Scotland: First course in May

FITA is delighted to announce that it has a new training venue in Scotland in conjunction with Forbo Flooring UK Ltd, with the first courses taking place in May 2018.

FITA’s Training Centre in Loughborough benefits from its central midlands location as it is easy to travel to from a significant proportion of the UK. It is however, a long way to travel from Scotland: a consideration that the FITA team have been pondering on for some time.

Scottish floorlayers are obviously as keen to train and upskill as any floorlayers south of the border and FITA have received repeated requests to provide training in Scotland. The FITA team are, therefore, very pleased to announce the launch of FITA courses at Forbo’s laying school in Kirkcaldy following extremely positive discussions with Forbo over the last 6 months.

The first course to run in Kirkcaldy will be Sheet Vinyl – Wetrooms Installation on 1-2 May 2018. This is a 2 day advanced course suitable for commercial installers.

Following this there will be a Linoleum Installation - Basic course on 3-4 May 2018. This is a basic level course which is suitable for both domestic and commercial installers.

The cost for each 2-day course is £414 + VAT.
(Both CFA and NICF members benefit from 15% discount.)

Details of future courses will be added to the FITA website as soon as new dates are released. 

The FITA team is available to take bookings over the telephone on 0115 950 6836 or click here to download a booking form.

26th March 2018
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