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Monthly ‘Stocklisters’ shown in BOLD H ABINGDON............................................................................43,47. ...............01274 655694.................— ........................... n ACCU-CUT.............................................................................69......................0800 862 0251 ...............— ........................... s AFS...........................................................................................20......................020 8805 8620 ...............April 2009 ............. H ASIATIC CARPETS ................................................................—......................0208 800 2000 ...............— ........................... H ASSOCIATED WEAVERS......................................................41......................01422 431100.................— ........................... H AXMINSTER............................................................................62,65. ...............01297 630 650 ...............— ........................... H BONDWORTH NEW .......................................................21,70,71 ..........01562 745000.................— ........................... = BRITISH WOOL................................................................35,51 ................01274 688 666 ...............— ........................... H BROCKWAY CARPETS LTD. ....................................23......................01562 828200.................March 2010.......... H BRONTE ...............................................................................22......................01282 862736.................— ........................... o CARPENTER.......................................................................24......................01457 861141.................— ........................... H CAVALIER ................................................................................57......................01254 268000.................— ........................... s COLUMBIA FLOORING .............................................25......................0208 443 3322 ...............— ........................... ©DISTINCTIVE..........................................................................47......................01274 655690.................— ........................... H DRURY LANE..........................................................................—......................01254 296829.................— ........................... s DMS FLOORING SUPPLIES NEW...........................—......................0845 643 5344 ...............— ........................... H DYNE.........................................................................................50......................0161 877 8877 ...............— ........................... n EASYLAY SYSTEMS................................................................53......................01423 887219.................— ........................... H ECOVISE ...................................................................................53......................077 66 494060 ...............— ........................... H EDEL TELENZO ................................................................26......................01422 374417.................— ........................... l F. BALL ......................................................................................5........................01538 361633.................— ........................... n FITA ...........................................................................................80......................01159 506836.................— ........................... n FLOORWISE .......................................................................17......................01509 673974.................— ........................... ©FORBO .....................................................................................60......................0800 731 2369 ...............— ........................... H FURLONG FLOORING .................................................28,29 ................01772 696787.................March 2010.......... n GREENDALE CARPETS & FLOORINGS ........................59,61 ................01432 852000.................— ........................... n HARROGATE FLOORING SHOW ..................................35......................01423 779967.................— ........................... n INTERFLOOR.........................................................................67,74,75 ..........01706 213131 ...............— ........................... s LITTNER HAMPTON.....................................................—......................0208 520 8474 ...............— ........................... H MAYFIELD CARPETS NEW ........................................—......................01706 639 866 ...............— .................................. H MELROSE TEXTILE CO................................................45......................01274 491277 ...............— ........................... n MERRYFIELD GROUP...........................................................37......................01422 373799.................— ........................... H MOHAWK.............................................................................27......................01480 479830 ...............— ........................... n NICF ........................................................................................80......................0115 958 3077 ...............— ........................... o NOVOSTRAT..........................................................................48......................00353 61-339287............— ........................... H PENTHOUSE .....................................................................30......................01706 341 231 ...............— .................................. o QA .............................................................................................77......................0151 427 6000 ...............— ........................... s RACKHAMS.........................................................................31......................020 85319225.................July/Aug/Sept 2010.. n REFLEX DATA .......................................................................68......................01482 881152.................— ........................... H RYALUX ....................................................................................63......................0845 652 8811 ...............— ........................... H SAIF CARPETS........................................................................46......................0208 922 9604 ...............— ........................... s SOLENT WHOLESALE CARPET ................................32......................01243 774623.................Sept/Oct 2010 n STAINSHIELD .........................................................................42......................01372 841467.................— ........................... n STAIRRODS UK LIMITED ...........................................44......................01207 591176.................— ........................... n STANLEY BOSTITCH...........................................................49......................0870 1 630 630..............— ........................... s STS FLOORING DISTRIBUTORS ...........................33......................0845 341000 ...................July 2009 ................ n THE ESTIMATORS ..........................................................38......................0844 445 7834 ...............— ........................... n T & E DISPLAY GROUP ..............................................79......................0121 585 7600 ...............— ........................... n TREADPLATES .......................................................................82......................01608 685414.................— ........................... n TRIPLE KING ..........................................................................3,72 ..................01274 582056.................— ........................... H ULSTER .....................................................................................39......................028 38 334433 ...............— ........................... H WESTON HAMMER NEW............................................34......................0845 644 9090 ...............— ........................... n WOOLSAFE ORGANISATION.................................6,7.....................01943 850817.................— ........................... n WOOLS OF NEW ZEALAND ..........................................73......................01943 603888.................— ...........................

H carpets/rugs/tiles © woods/laminates/smooths n accessories/services/organisations = fibres o underlay s wholesalers/distributors l adhesives

Classified advertising ....................................................................................page 82,83

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FlooringNews Harrogate Show 2010 ......................35

21 pages of news and information Who’s who at Harrogate ....................................36 Product previews ..............................................37-55 Workshops, seminars and events ......................54

Harrogate expo expansion

Work starts on £13m development ..................44

Euro industry consolidates

Balta buys Domo to grow to £600m sales ....56

Slow growth in volume

Business News: Carpetright and United voice caution ............56

Wholesale evolution

Feature: Flower reports on wholesalers ........................................................58

Company features

Forbo – chic and cheerful....................................................................................60 Axminster – hungry for growth ...............................................................62 Bond Worth invests in success..................................................................70 Triple King – the store stylists ..................................................................72 Interfloor – bouncing ahead .......................................................................74

Wool ‘biggest-ever’ celebration

British Wool reports on preparations ........................................................51

Burmatex bags eco award

Best practice codes for sustainability.................................................................66

Interiors builds interest

NEC show fills up with flooring...................................................................66

Underfloor hots up

Heating suppliers report growth in demand ................................................76

FlooringFactsheets

Pattern book......................................................................................................4 Adhesives............................................................................................................5 Woolsafe: the carpet care guide................................................................6-7 Carpet trouble-shooter.................................................................................8-9 Carpet types ....................................................................................................10 Wool fibre page ..............................................................................................11 Buying Groups NEW FACTSHEET ...............................................12-13 Underlay............................................................................................................14 Wholesaler Distribution Directory .....................................................15-17 Carpet Company Directory ..................................................................18-19 ISSN 0950-5024  Mayville Publishing Co. Ltd. 2010 Issue: 425 Every care is taken in compiling this magazine, but the proprietors assume no responsibility in the effects arising therefrom.

SHOW ISSUE

Pages 35 to 55. Lots of reasons to go to the show. Build your business and support your industry!


The Stocklists Pattern book changes The month’s changes are brought together on one page so that pattern books can be quickly up-dated. 4 New ranges/designs

Manufacturer

6 Withdrawn ranges/designs

AFS BONDWORTH BROCKWAY CARPETS OF KIDDERMINSTER CAVALIER EDEL TELENZO FELLS 4 FERNDOWN Carefree

FURLONG LITTNER HAMPTON LTD MAYFIELD MOHAWK PENTHOUSE RACKHAMS SOLENT

4 SUPER SIXTY 4 & 5m in TWIST WOOL 4 VICTORIA, PLAINS in IVC 6 SPICY TWIST in BALTA

STS WESTON HAMMER

Wholesaler index Wholesaler

Page

Telephone

Price list date

18

0208 805 8620

July 2010

FLOORING

23

0208 443 3322

FLOORING SUPPPLIES

24

0845 643 5344

01977 662211

0208 520 8474

s RACKHAMS

30

02085 319225

July/Aug/Sept 2010

s SOLENT

31

01243 774623

Sept/Oct 2010

32

0845 341000

July 2010

s AFS s COLUMBIA s DMS

s FELLS

CARPETS

s LITTNER

s STS

HAMPTON

WHOLESALE CARPET CO. LTD

FLOORING DISTRIBUTORS

The new Factsheet about joining a buying group

see pages 12 and 13 4

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Flooring Factsheet Adhesives

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Flooring factsheet Carpet care guide from WOOLSAFE The WOOLSAFE Mark has gone Green! The WOOLSAFE Organisation has teamed up with ecolabelling authorities Green Seal and EcoLogo in North America, to enable those WOOLSAFE approved products that are ecologically responsible to be recognised and promoted as such.

Regular Maintenance

Regular cleaning will extend the life of a carpet and maintain its appearance.Vacuum clean regularly and thoroughly, which removes gritty dirt that can damage the fibres.

Deal with spillages as soon as possible, preferably the moment they occur.

Periodic Cleaning

When the carpet or rug reaches a stage where it could do with a really good clean, you can either do the job yourself, or you can call in a specialist carpet cleaning company.

If you are considering cleaning the carpet or rug yourself make sure to use only WOOLSAFE-approved products. Look for this mark on the bottle or package: WOOLSAFE-approved carpet care products have been independently and scientifically tested and are safe and effective for cleaning and maintaining all types of carpets and rugs.

The Green WOOLSAFE Mark identifies those products that not only are the most suitable for wool and other quality carpets, but also have the right environmental characteristics.

General Rules for Spot Removal • Soak up liquids with white kitchen roll, tissues, toilet roll or clean cloth

• Scoop up or scrape off solids

• Try to identify unknown spots prior to treatment – if unsure, use solvent first • Always work from the edge of the spot inwards • BLOT, do NOT rub

• Use small quantities of spot remover at a time, applied to a cloth, NOT directly to the spot; work into the spot with a small, soft brush or sponge

• Take care with applying solvents to bitumen-backed carpet tiles • When using solvents always ensure there is plenty of fresh air ventilation • Always thoroughly rinse out water-based spotters with clean water • Dry the spot, if possible, with a hair dryer

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Housekeeping Tips for Carpets and Rugs Entrance or walk-off mats

The use of entrance mats at all outside entrances to the house is highly recommended, as they will significantly reduce the rate at which the carpet will soil.They should be of adequate size to allow street dirt to be removed from shoe soles and must be cleaned regularly themselves. Protective treatments Many carpets come with a protective fibre treatment to reduce problems with staining and soiling.These treatments, while effective in many ways, are not bullet-proof and will eventually wear off. Quick response to spills and regular cleaning is still required.

Carpets that have no protector applied by the manufacturer can be treated after installation on the floor by a WOOLSAFE accredited carpet cleaning company. (To find the nearest WOOLSAFE Certified Operator in your area visit our website: www.woolsafe.org and go to the PRIVATE HOUSEHOLDER section.)

Beware of products claiming to be safe on all fibres, including wool. It might be true, but if it does not have the WOOLSAFE mark, it is not endorsed by most carpet manufacturers!

Treatments 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Blot with white kitchen roll or paper tissues

Vacuum clean Cold water

Warm water

WOOLSAFE-approved carpet shampoo solution (diluted) WOOLSAFE-approved spot remover for water-based stains WOOLSAFE-approved spot remover for greasy/oily stains

Absorbent paper or paper tissue and hot iron

Chewing gum remover (solvent or freeze type)

10. Nail varnish remover or acetone

11. White spirit or turpentine substitute

12. Surgical spirit (ethyl alcohol or ethanol) 13. Rub with a coin

14. Rub gently with coarse sand paper 15. WOOLSAFE-approved disinfectant or deodorizer 16. Rust remover 17. Carpet re-colouring kit (Treatments used by professional carpet cleaners)

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maintenance • cleaning • spot removal • protection • inspection Never use any detergents such as dishwashing liquids, soaps or other cleaners recommended for general household use. Although they may clean the carpet satisfactorily they will almost certainly cause problems such as rapid re-soiling, colour bleeding or other damage to the pile or backing of the carpet.

They are fully qualified to investigate carpet and rug complaints on-site on behalf of carpet manufacturers, retailers, cleaning companies and carpet owners.They can carry out or commission tests where required, and will provide comprehensive reports.

To contact an inspector in your area call 0800 731 5688, email: inspector@woolsafe.org, or visit: www.woolsafe.org It is best to engage the services of a professional carpet & upholstery cleaning / Private Householder / Registered Inspectors company.To get a really expert job done entrust the work to a WOOLSAFE accredited carpet cleaning company. For information These companies are fully trained, have On a WOOLSAFE Certified Carpet Cleaning been in business for a considerable Company nearest to you, length of time, are members of one or more recognised A free copy of the Directory of WOOLSAFE Certified professional trade associations related to the cleaning Professional Carpet Cleaners, industry and have a reputation for top quality service. And A free copy of the Directory of Registered Carpet they use only WOOLSAFE-approved cleaning agents on Inspectors, your wool carpets and rugs!

• •

WOOLSAFE Approved Carpet Cleaning Products www.prochem.co.uk

Home of the Legendary Cleaning Product - Carpet Power www.ozkleen.co.uk

Life inspired cleaning innovations www.bissell.com

If you have a problem with a carpet or rug that requires an independent inspector, a network of carpet complaint investigators, trained and registered by The WOOLSAFE Organisation is available throughout the UK and Ireland.

WOOLSAFE Registered Inspector s have extensive experience in investigating the causes for carpet complaints based on their practical involvement with carpets and rugs over many years.

contact:

The WOOLSAFE Organisation 49 Boroughgate, Otley, LS21 1AG, Tel: 01943 850 817 E-mail: info@woolsafe.org or visit: www.woolsafe.org

Difficult Spots Spot or stain

Spot or stain

Try 1st Try 2nd Try 3rd

Burn/scorch marks

5

6

Butter

13

14

Candle wax

7

5

Chewing gum

8

7

3

3

17

5

6

Felt-tip pen

4

6

7

5

Ink (ballpoint pen)

3

6

5

Milk

7 5

15

Paint (oil)

10

Soot

16 5

2

Urine (fresh stain)

7 15

Vomit

Coffee

Furniture polish Ink (fountain)

Chocolate/cocoa Cola

5

7

6

Cream

3

5

6

Egg

7

5

Floor wax

5

6

Fruit juice

7

5

Gravy and sauces

3

5

Herbal tea

5

6

Metal polish

3

6

Mustard

5

Oil and grease

5

6

Paint (emulsion)

7

5

Shoe polish

3

5

Tea

7

5

3

5

6

6

C/heating radiator fluid

7 or 11 12

Glue/adhesive (plastic base)10

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Try 1st Try 2nd Try 3rd

Artificially coloured drinks 3 Bleach

Easy Spots Blood

• Or just advice on anything to do with carpet care,

The Clean Carpet you Expect... the Service you Deserve www.servicemasterclean.co.uk

Environmentally Aware for Superior Carpet Care www.envirodri.com

16 5

11

Lipstick

12

Nail varnish

4

Rust

11

Tar (asphalt)

6

Urine (old stain)

3

5

6

15

Red wine

5

6

1

6

15

These may require repeated attempts with stronger spot removers. Some stains you may find impossible to remove completely in which case the assistance of a professional carpet cleaner is required.

Vacuum Cleaners the Choice of Cleaning Professionals www.sebo.co.uk

British Wool makes a Better Carpet... Naturally www.britishwool.org.uk This information is provided with the support of WOOLSAFE members for the benefit of all carpet retailers and fitters.

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Flooring factsheet Carpet trouble-shooter COLOUR MATCHING

Carpets are produced in batches - known as creels - and usually each batch produces between 500m2 - 3000m2 in a single width, depending on the creel size.Whilst the recipe used by the dyer remains constant, and is followed to the letter, in each separate production the colour reproduction will vary from batch to batch. However production is matched back to the original or master sample to ensure that the colour remains ‘within a commercial tolerance’. This process if not an exact science and a commercial tolerance is subjective but nevertheless is usually the professional judgement of the head dyer based on his/her experience.

A greater level of tolerance is required on blended colours (Heathers etc).To ensure perfect colour matching it is advisable that a single width be used in any installation requiring exact colour matching.

N.B. Carpets which are laid with the pile travelling in different directions, even though they be from the same batch will appear not to match.

For further information please check with the manufacturers recommendations.

SAMPLES

The samples held by individual retailers may not be from the same batch as current production and therefore should be used as a guide and not an exact colour match.

SHEDDING

The original carpet tile

All cut pile carpets will lose short fibre, which is created during production when spun yarn is cut for tuft formation. These fibres fall onto the surface of the pile and appear as ‘fluff’. The effect varies with yarn type and may be removed without detrimental effect upon the carpet by vacuum cleaning. This excess fibre is only a small fraction of the total fibre contained in the carpet.

PULLED LOOPS

This information is given by responsible manufacturers to help you help your customer to make an informed choice.

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Pulled loops occur only in looped pile carpet where one or more loops in the continuous pile is pulled through the primary backing of the carpet.This is usually due to some local condition, possibly some sharp object which has caught in a loop in situ and has resulted in a pull. Pulled loops are easily dealt with by trimming the offending end level with the rest of the pile.They should not be left as this could result in further loops being pulled and developing into a ladder.

• shedding • pulled loops

SPROUTING

Occasionally an odd tuft or two can work its way to the surface and stand proud of the rest of the pile. This is probably due to one end of the tuft being longer than the other i.e. J shaped tuft instead of V shaped. Remedial action merely requires that the offending tufts be scissor trimmed level with the rest of the pile. They should never be pulled out.

SHADING

Shading occurs because the pile of the carpet has become crushed, flattened or brushed in a different direction to the natural lie of the pile whilst in situ. This causes light reflection at differing angles resulting in the creation of light and dark patches on the carpet.This will occur on all pile fabrics but can be more noticeable on plainer carpets because the shadows created by pile pressure will not be disguised by a heavy pattern or design.

STATIC

Carpets do not produce static but like other household fabrics and objects have the capacity to store it. Static is caused by the build up of static electricity upon personnel in a dry environment and is discharged when a person makes contact with an object which can conduct electricity (i.e. door handle or filing cabinets, etc).

The static charges will vary in intensity depending upon the individual, air humidity and the contact materials. Static is more usually associated with synthetic materials as they do not retain moisture very well but it can and does occur with wool in very dry room conditions. Preventative measures include the introduction of moisture into the room or in situ carpet treatment.

FADING ON WOOL

Carpets made from wool can and do fade in use. The degree of fade can vary depending on the colour chosen and the local conditions to which the carpet is subjected.

Fading can be caused by exposure to ultra violet light which is found in daylight, but is accelerated when sunlight shines directly onto the carpet.This has the effect of lightening or “Bleaching” the colour just as exposure to sunlight will lighten human hair.Wool is after all animal hair. Protection should be given to carpets exposed to such conditions just as you would protect other furniture or fabrics.

A complaint on fading would be considered justified if it failed to meet the required shade standard when tested to the British Standard BS1006 (1990).

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• sprouting • shading • static • fading • pile reversal • shedding • flattening • soiling

PILE REVERSAL (SEE SHADING)

Like shading, this occurs when the pile or nap of the carpet changes direction and thus reflects light at different angles showing the effects of shading which can become permanent. It is also described as ‘watermarking’.This can happen to every carpet construction be it Axminster, Wilton, Tufted, Hand Woven, Persian, Chinese, Indian or even Coir Matting. Like shading it can be more apparent on plain carpet because heavy patterns can disguise the effects. It can occur quite quickly after installation. A tremendous amount of research has been carried out over many years by many institutes to determine the cause of this phenomenon but none of it has proved conclusive. There is no commonly known manufacturing process which can cause or cure this phenomenon and therefore it is not a manufacturing fault. For further information please check with individual manufacturers recommendations.

INDENTATIONS

When a carpet is subjected to a heavy point load, such as under the legs of furniture, it is unreasonable to expect the carpet not to indent. Usually, the longer the load is in place, the longer will be the time for the pile to recover. In the case of very heavy loads in place for a considerable time, the recovery time can be very considerable. It must be remembered that it is not only the pile of the carpet that becomes indented. the underlay will also indent and the backing of the carpet may also distort into the indentation in the underlay. Some underlay’s will recover well and some less well depending upon their composition, thickness, density etc.

The use of cups below furniture legs can spread the load and the net result is a larger area of less deeply indented carpet. The ability of a carpet to recover from a heavy static load can be measured in the laboratory, using the test method described in BS 4939 and many manufacturers will have data on this aspect of carpet performance. In this test the carpet is loaded for 24 hours and the degree of recovery is measured after 1 hour and 24 hours. Since there are so many different underlay’s however, it is very rare for the recovery from a heavy static load to be evaluated on carpet and underlay.

Often normal maintenance (vacuum cleaning with a rotating brush machine) will speed up recovery but in the case of serious indentations the use of an iron and damp cloth or a steam iron together with a blunt darning needle to carefully tease up the pile can be beneficial. Care must be take not to over wet the carpet, of course.

FLATTENING

Flattening will occur as a result of traffic which eventually flattens the pile particularly in the main areas of use. All pile fabrics will flatten to greater or lesser degree dependant on the amount of traffic to which it is subjected and the construction (tuft density/pile fibre/height/weight) of the product concerned.

SOILING

Soiling is usually the result of some local condition to which the carpet has been subjected to, or maintenance, or lack of maintenance programme. There is nothing we as manufacturers can do to prevent soiling in use. There are several types of soiling which are quite common:

Spillages - Liquids such as soft drinks, cordials or any drink which contains sugar, particularly hot drinks, is likely to leave a stain. In such instances, professional help should be sought. Shampoo - if incorrectly applied, can leave

sticky soap residues in the fibres which can result in the soiling reappearing quite rapidly.

Dust - which is carried on draughts can soil carpets in various ways, apart from the obvious soiled edges, at gaping skirting boards for instance, dark lines appearing on surface might suggest airborne dust vacuum-drawn through poorly fitted floorboards. Sometimes the shape of floorboards can be seen quite clearly. Air borne dust sometimes shows itself as spots on the carpet, this is due to the air carried on a draught under the carpet escaping through minute holes both in the underlay and the carpet, leaving dust deposited on the pile much like a filter action. In such installations, the use of a lining paper is essential as a preventative measure. It is the responsibility of the retailer to advise the consumer when the carpet is measured of any poorly fitting doors, skirtings, or floorboards and the consumers responsibility to ensure any remedial work to seal draughts, is carried out before the carpet is fitted, if a resulting complaint is to be avoided.

INSTALLATIONS

Telephone National Institute of Carpet Fitters (NICF) for further information – 0115 958 3077.

This information is given by responsible manufacturers to help you help your customer to make an informed choice.

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Flooring factsheet Carpet types TUFTED

With advances in manufacturing technology, 95% of all carpet produced today is tufted. It takes about an hour to make a roll of carpet that might take eight hours to weave.To make tufted carpet, hundreds of yarn-threaded needles are pushed through the primary backing fabric to form loops or tufts, which may be left as is or cut. A heavy adhesive coating is applied to hold the tufts in place and a secondary backing is usually glued on for strength and stability. A wide variety of styles and textures can then be created using various techniques.

LOOP PILE Berber • Berber carpets look like and are named after a handmade, bulky wool carpet made by the Berber tribes of North Africa and Asia. The loops are made from thick or bulky yarns of wool, nylon, polypropylene or a blend of these fibres to give a cushioned effect underfoot.These carpets are available in an assortment of colours and may be flecked and can be either level loop or multilevel loop.

Level Loop • When all the loops are of the same height, a highly flexible and durable carpet is created which has a natural, casual appearance even when (commonly) it is made from synthetic fibres. The tight loop texture tends to hide marks so it’s a good blend between luxury and practicality.

Multi-level loop • The loops vary to two or sometimes three loop heights to create informal, random textures which are very forgiving for marks and stains and therefore very suitable for high traffic areas and busy family rooms. CUT PILE Freize • Frieze (pronounced free-say) carpets are similar to saxony, but the yarns are more tightly twisted and should always be heat set. They have a dense, low pile surface which creates a coarse, pebbly texture. Frieze carpets are very durable and hide footprints, dust and dirt, which makes them suitable for heavy traffic areas.

Saxony • Saxony textures are made of twisted yarns, which should be heat set.The tips remain very distinct, rather than blending together to form a very elegant finish. Saxony textures show footprints and vacuum marks so are suitable for more occasional rooms in the home. More textured variations improve the practicality of saxonies.

WOVEN

Woven carpet may be in a tiny minority of today’s production but still produces some of the finest carpets which are used for prestigious installations.

Axminster • The pile of the carpet is inserted into the backing as it is woven and cut to length, creating U-shaped tufts to give a velvety surface.The process locks in the fibre to create a carpet of high durability and performance retention as well as a luxury feel. The process allows for intricate designs and colours to be used – although modern trends mean that the traditional patterned axminster has given way to current fashion trends for plain carpets.

Wilton • Wilton woven carpets are produced in a similar way to axminsters – the principal difference being that a continuous fibre is woven all the way through.The carpet can be sheared to create a range of cut and loop textured effects.The result is a high quality carpet of unrivalled durability.

Flat weave • Manufactured in the same way as wilton, flat weave is a loop pile which allows the yarn to be woven across a wider area to created a flatter, more textured effect.

ends blend together which then further enhances the overall finish. These carpets tend to ‘shade’ with heavy use. Footprints show easily and the colour looks different from place to place because fibres lying in different directions reflect the light differently. A luxury for occasional rooms.

CUT AND LOOP When some of the pile is cut and other left as loop, a variety of surface textures and patterns can be created (in a variety of colours).The multi-level surface is excellent for hiding footprints and stains so cut and loop is good for high traffic areas and general purpose rooms in the home.

Shag pile • Shag pile has varied in popularity.The pile is up to 50mm long and the texture is casual and loose but the surface flattens easily and lacks durability.

Twist • The popular twist carpet is the cut-pile standard.The yarn is tightly twisted and often heatset to retain this feature and the result is BONDED Tip Sheared Level Loop Tip Sheared Level Loop Sheared Level Loop plain colours. a versatile, textured finish that is idealTipfor Bonded carpets (sometimes called ‘fibre-bonded’ or ‘fusion bonded’) are created by firing fibres into an adhesive material – the fibres are Velvet • Velvet textures (sometimes called ‘velour’ or ‘plush’) all have not stitched into the backing in any way. The technique is principally a level surface pile of approx 5mm to 10mm height, which is then used for commercial carpet tiles. sheared to give a smooth finish. With very little twist in the yarn, the

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Random Sheared Random Sheared

Random Sheared Multi-Level Multi-Level Loop Loop

Multi-Level Loop

Tip Sheared

Velvet/Plush Velvet/Plush Level Loop

Velvet/Plush Frieze Frieze

Frieze

Random Sheared

Twist TwistLoop Multi-Level

Twist BerberBerber

Berber

Velvet/Plush

SaxonySaxony Frieze

Saxony Shag Shag

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Flooring factsheet Wool fibre THE BEST C ARPET WOOL

Wool carpets have a historic reputation for quality because as a fibre it is known to withstand pressure and have excellent appearance retention properties.The best wool for carpet production is ‘strong’ wool and this is grown on sheep breeds found in Britain and New Zealand. Most carpets will contain both British Wool and New Zealand Wool because British Wool is more bulky and resilient and offers texture and unique heathery shades to carpet, whilst New Zealand wool is softer and whiter and particularly good for plain, lighter shaded ranges. Combining the two within a blend for carpet yarn gives manufacturers the perfect qualities for carpet. 100% wool or 80/20 – 80/10/10 wool rich Wool has yet to be matched by any man-made fibre; it has superior strength and does not need other fibres to improve its performance. However manufacturers choose to use synthetic fibres within the yarn blend for a number of reasons.These include fibre flexibility, dyeing, heat setting, stain resistance, durability and cost. These wool rich compositions offer industry standard carpets which will perform well in the home. THE BENEFITS OF WOOL C ARPET Practical Strong and Resilient – Wool carpet will provide superior performance over many years as it can offer unique resilience and long lasting durability.The natural crimp of wool offers valuable ‘bounce-back’ so that pile compression is resisted and the effects of tracking and shading are reduced – maintaining good appearance over many years.

Easy care – Wool is a natural fibre that has an inbuilt resistance to soiling due to its natural oils and its outer surface of microscopic scales and as a result additional anti-soil treatments are not necessary. Simply vacuuming the carpet will keep it looking good and whilst wool initially repels spills, prompt and complete blotting with white paper towels or an absorbent cloth is advised and will address many household spillages.

SAFE

DURABLE

Comfor t Soft and Warm – Wool carpet adds luxurious underfoot comfort and warmth to the home and acts as an insulator improving heat retention and energy efficiency.

Peace and Quiet – Wool carpet absorbs sound and cushions the home against echo and room to room noise transfer. Safety Fire Retardant – Wool is naturally fire resistant, has a slow ignition rate and tests show that it is self extinguishing within seconds. It meets many safety regulations without additional treatments and is favoured in contract locations for this reason.

Fall Friendly – Carpet cushions and so provides a softer floor which protects against serious injury in falls by the very young or the elderly.

Internal Environment Indoor Environment – As a natural ‘smart’ fibre with a complex physical and chemical structure, wool helps to create a balanced atmosphere in the home. It breathes and absorbs humidity in the air, releasing it when the atmosphere becomes dry and helps improve air quality by absorbing airborne toxins in indoor air. Anti–allergy – The minute scales on the fibre’s surface will hold fine dust until vacuumed which helps to reduce floating particulate in the atmosphere. Wool does not give off harmful emissions or promote the growth of bacteria and wool is not a food source for dust mites.

Eco/Environmental Natural and Sustainable – Grown on sheep, which graze freely, wool is both 100% natural and fully sustainable. As shearing is a necessary part of animal husbandry this means that every year there is a fresh supply of wool available for the carpet manufacturing industry.

Energy Efficient – Wool is energy efficient in the home and also in carpet production. Biodegradable – Wool fibre is biodegradable in soil and will produce nitrogen, sulphur, carbon dioxide and water which are all plant nutrients.

Environmentally Assessed – Wool is an environmentally responsible fibre that has been measured in terms of its ecological impact. A Life Cycle Analysis study carried out by Leeds University to ISO 14040 standard for British Wool concludes that it compares favourably when measured against man-made fibres.

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Flooring factsheet Buying Groups Why join?

Buying groups have been a highly successful feature of the floor retailing scene in the last decade or so, giving independents the extra edge they need to compete effectively with the retail park chains. www.smg-group.co.uk Contact: David Lewis Tel: 0118 932 3832 info@smg-group.co.uk

Associated Carpet Group www.smartercarpets.co.uk Contact: Richard Moore Tel: 01942 271315 rjmoore65@googlemail.com moore@smartercarpets.com

More than 1000 retailers are now members of one of the several buying groups which operate in our sector and the numbers are slowly, but steadily growing.

While the benefits of bulk buying power are self-evident, the resistance to the buying group concept among nonmembers appears to be centred on fears of surrendering some control to a committee – and most particularly compromising long-established relationships and negotiated terms with current suppliers.

The bottom line is the bottom line. A retailer selling across a broad range of products is likely to improve margins within a buying group – but you don’t need a leap of faith to join up. Ask the buying groups for answers...

www.beautifulflooring.co.uk Contact: Paul Phillips Tel: 01892 549050 paul@atbrm.com

Pick the right one How to decide whether to join a buying group – and which…

www.flooringone.co.uk Contact: Glenn Harding Tel: 0121 683 1426 glenn.harding@flooringone.co.uk

• Evaluate all buying groups as they all work differently • Talk to the main marketing contact and/or a member of the committee

• Get a list of members and call up two or three for a ‘real-world’ view

• Establish your territorial exclusivity – where’s the next nearest member of each buying group.

• Ensure you understand the financial arrangements, any fees that would relate to your membership, how the bills are paid and whether your fees are refundable if it doesn’t work out. Ask the buying group for a consultation to estimate your potential savings

www.greendalecarpets.co.uk Contact: Rob Harding Tel: 01432 852000 Fax: 01432 852005 rharding@greendalecarpets.co.uk

• Review all the extra benefits and services to see what you would actually use.

• Check out the product ranges offered including the own-label options and the UK/European mix

• Ensure you understand any rules that may limit your flexibility to run your business the way you want.

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Key benefits Increase margins • Group purchases to get beneficial rates • Rebates • Exclusive higher-margin products • Special promotions One of the key reasons to join a buying group is to benefit from the discounts they negotiate as a bulk buyer from manufacturers.The way discounts and rebates are passed on to members varies between groups so make sure it’s absolutely clear how this will be done.You’ll need to work out how this compares with discounts you have already negotiated locally with preferred suppliers. Increase sales • ‘Best of both worlds’ proposition • Wider ranges and exclusive products • POS, displays and merchandising support Your customers will like the proposition that you are independent but with the buying power of a group – this gives them (and you) the ‘best of both worlds’ with personal service and competitive pricing. Most groups will also offer you ‘own label’ ranges and support with point-of-sale, merchandising and displays. Central stockholding may also be on offer. Access professional ser vices • Business services • Financial services • IT and internet support • Training and workshops • Professional bodies Some buying groups offer an excellent range of other services which may be valuable to your business. Financial services include invoice factoring, credit, loans and insurance. Some of the more sophisticated groups offering marketing packages, software systems to help you run your business operations and customised websites ready to use. Relationships with professional and training organisations can also offer discounts. Network with other independents • Members-only exhibitions with preferred manufacturers • Regular meetings • Regional workshops • Supplier presentations • Helpline A lot of retailers enjoy the buying group environment of being independent but not alone out there on the High Street. Groups hold regular meetings and some have their own trade shows, regional meetings and workshops to help you develop your business.The network gives you someone to call when you need advice on, for example, an unusual installation, a technical consumer complaint, legal issue or business dilemma.

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Featured buying group this month: Bond Retail Marketing

“Bond Retail Marketing, not just a buying group...” Although a negotiating and buying function is a major part of it’s business, BRM offers its retailers a varied menu of services to choose from.

• Department Design and Installation • Range Planning and Maintenance • GP% Return and Business Planning • Retailers own Brand Design and Ranges • Group Collective Rebates no Individual Targets “Not Standing Still...”

“Small is Beautiful...” BRM retailers are given geographical protection and as such the number of retailers is carefully monitored to enable the BRM team to give a high level of service. “We have worked with Bond Retail Marketing for over eight years now and have always found them to be a most valued asset to the success of our carpet and flooring business.” Web based trading, advertising and product searches are vital to a modern retail industry. BRM created www.beautifulflooring.co.uk for its retailers to put them on the map. Each retailer has its own on-line store within the main site, making www.beautifulflooring.co.uk a unique visual opportunity.

Robert Bianchi Director Aright Bianchi -Macclesfield

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Flooring factsheet Underlay In a tight market for margins, underlay for carpet and laminate flooring offers retailers one of the best opportunities to add value to every sale - with good profitability, trade-up potential once benefits are understood and high satisfaction levels with customers.

www.floorwise.co.uk

But 50% of carpet is still sold without new underlay! Retailers should create an assumption that new underlay is always required, the only decision is which type. It’s also a good target-setter for sales staff.

Setting up in-store demonstrations so customers can walk on samples with different grades of underlay and feel the difference has shown excellent results - some manufacturers offer point-of-sale units.

www.numa-online.co.uk

Benefits

Types

Good underlay will...

Sponge rubber The market’s most popular underlay is available in flat or waffle patterns in a wide range of weights for different applications. It performs well for comfort and has a durable spring retention. PU (polyurethane) foam PU foam is a relative newcomer to the market, typically made from recycled foam offcuts.The foam provides excellent comfort and performance levels with lots of thickness options - and its light weight helps handling. The product can be re-cycled again after use. Crumb rubber Flat and dense, crumb rubber is good for heavy footfall - offering maximum protection but a little less comfort (and very good over stair nosings). Laminate underlay There’s still an opportunity to sell underlay with laminate flooring, improving the acoustic performance of the floor and helping the boards float above any imperfections in the sub-surface. Combination A rubber crumb base with a felt top layer offers a good combination of protection, durability and comfort. It also allows carpet with seaming to bed into the top felt. Underfloor heating underlay Always ask if there is underfloor heating. Most manufacturers offer specialised products. Underlay and carpet with a combined tog rating up to 2.5 can be used - which means the underlay would normally have a tog rating of 1.0. Felt This traditional (but environmentally friendly) underlay is made from recycled fibres - wool, jute and synthetic - to create a firm, dense pad with excellent thermal insulation. Still a very popular choice among contractors when stretch fitting woven carpets Pre-tackified underlay A self-adhesive single stick underlay in both needlefelt and PU. A removable system for heavy use when comfort is desired

• Improve underfoot comfort • Increase appearance retention, reducing flattening • Absorb the pressure of foot traffic and reduce wear • Improve thermal insulation and warmth • Increase sound insulation • Smooth out sub-floor imperfections • Last the lifetime of the carpet Poor or old underlay will... • Feel hard and unwelcoming • Reduce carpet life • Cause wrinkling and premature wear spots • Cause carpet fibres to break down more quickly • Not meet British Standards

How thick? A maximum of 12mm is recommended (working with gripper will be difficult thereafter) but rooms with heavy traffic will need a thinner, denser pad.The combination of thickness and density is all important as a thick underlay with low density may not perform well. Typically, the thicker the underlay, the better quality it will need to be - 11mm is often used for luxury installations with 9mm and 7mm the common domestic thickness.

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Sponge rubber

Crumb

Combination

PU foam

www.carpenter.limited.uk

www.interfloor.com

www.interfloor.com

Specialists in pre-tacked underlays, soft fibre boards & Roberts Tools. www.estillon.co.uk

www.underlay.com

www.texfelt.co.uk

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Are you a Wholesaler? If you’re not listed here, please call Diane Martin on 01482 659396.

The Stocklists Wholesale Distribution Director y National Fells Carpets Goole 01977 662211

sales@fellscarpets.co.uk www.fellscarpets.co.uk

North East Carpet & Flooring Gateshead Gateshead 0844 824 3121 gateshead@carpetandflooring.co.uk www.cfgateshead.co.uk

Fells Carpets Goole 01977 662211

sales@fellscarpets.co.uk www.fellscarpets.co.uk Floorwise (North East) Ltd Birtley - see Floorwise p17 Vanguard Carpets Redditch 0845 601 1189 customerservices.redditch@ carpetandflooring.co.uk www.vanguardcarpets.co.uk Wood Floor Sales Redditch 01527 511888 help.redditch@ carpetandflooring.co.uk www.woodfloorsales.com

North West Fells Carpets Goole 01977 662211

sales@fellscarpets.co.uk www.fellscarpets.co.uk D. M. Miller Ltd Manchester 0161 205 9949 dm.miller@btconnect.com www.dmmillerltd.spaces.lives.com

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John Evans Ltd Manchester 0161 368 2563 Fax: 0161 368 3039 Mobile: 07850 935301 Kellars Ltd Stockport 0161 443 0970 sales@kellars.co.uk Lee Floorstok Ltd Liverpool - see Floorwise p17 Lee Floorstok Ltd Manchester - see Floorwise p17 MCA Floorwise Ltd Morecambe - see Floorwise p17 Mytton Flooring Norwich - see Floorwise p17 Millbrook Carpets Darwen 01254 703999 millbrookcarpets@live.co.uk Supertex Furnishings Lancashire 01772 457070 sales@supertexfurnishing.co.uk www.supertexfurnishing.co.uk See page 28 for details Vanguard Carpets Redditch 0845 601 1189 customerservices.redditch@ carpetandflooring.co.uk www.vanguardcarpets.co.uk Walkwell Flooring Supplies Manchester 0161 786 6800 manchester@ carpetandflooring.co.uk www.walkwell-flooring.co.uk Wood Floor Sales Redditch 01527 511888 help.redditch@ carpetandflooring.co.uk www.woodfloorsales.com

Midlands Carpet & Flooring Birmingham Birmingham 0121 421 9131 birmingham@ carpetandflooring.co.uk www.cfbirmingham.co.uk DMS Flooring Supplies Northampton 0845 643 5601 dmsnorthampton@ dmsflooringsupplies.co.uk See page 25 for details

Floorwise D & J Ltd Southamsee Floorwise p17 J J Wholesale & Distribution Ltd Birmingham 0121 765 4994 jjwholesale@gmx.com RPS Flooring Mansfield Woodhouse - see Floorwise p17 STS Flooring Distributors Watford 08454 342000

sales@stsflooring.co.uk www.stsflooring.com

see page 34 for details

Supertex Furnishings Leyland Tel: 01772 457070 sales@supertexfurnishing.co.uk www.supertexfurnishing.co.uk Vanguard Carpets Redditch 0845 601 1189 customerservices.redditch@ carpetandflooring.co.uk www.vanguardcarpets.co.uk

Wood Floor Sales Redditch 01527 511888 help.redditch@ carpetandflooring.co.uk www.woodfloorsales.com Woodall Brothers Ltd Shrewsbury - see Floorwise p17

East Beds Flooring Bedford 01234 341234 sales@bedsflooring.co.uk www.bedsflooring.co.uk Faithfull Floorcovering Suffolk 01473 822341 sales@faithfulls.co.uk www.faithfulls.co.uk STS Flooring Distributors Ltd Cambridge Tel: 01954 781142 sales@stsflooring.co.uk www.stsflooring.com See page 34 for details Vanguard Carpets Redditch 0845 601 1189 customerservices.redditch@ carpetandflooring.co.uk www.vanguardcarpets.co.uk Wood Floor Sales Redditch 01527 511888 help.redditch@ carpetandflooring.co.uk www.woodfloorsales.com

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Are you a Wholesaler? If you’re not listed here, please call Diane Martin on 01482 659396.

The Stocklists Wholesale Distribution Director y South East Acorn Carpet Accessories Bromley, Kent - see Floorwise p17

Faithfulls Service Centre Walthamstow 0208 498 3040 sales.walthamstow@faithfulls.co.uk

AFS Middlesex 020 8805 8620 info@afsenfield.co.uk See page 20 for details

Faithfull Floorcovering Suffolk 01473 822341 sales@faithfulls.co.uk www.faithfulls.co.uk

Ashmount Flooring Supplies Ltd Tottenham 0208 808 2158 sales@ashmountflooring.co.uk www.ashmountflooring.co.uk

Kent Flooring Supplies Ltd Chatham 01634 668668 sales@kentflooring.co.uk www.kentflooring.co.uk

Beds Flooring Bedford 01234 341234 sales@bedsflooring.co.uk www.bedsflooring.co.uk Belvedere Carpets London 020 8800 0740 sales@belvederecarpets.co.uk www.belvederecarpets.co.uk Carpet & Flooring London Camberley 01276 672100 camberley@carpetandflooring.co.uk www.cflondon.co.uk Columbia Flooring Middlesex 020 8443 3322 sales@columbiaflooring.co.uk www.columbiaflooring.co.uk See page 24 for details

Littner Hampton London 020 8520 8474 littnerhampton@aol.com www.littnerhamptoncarpets.co.uk Potts & Ward,Woodcocks Ltd Brighton 01273 557211 pwwflooring@fastnet.co.uk www.pwwflooring.co.uk Rackhams London 020 8531 9225 sales@rackhamsltd.co.uk www.rackhamsltd.co.uk See page 31 for details Salesmark Lancing, - see Floorwise p17 Solent Wholesale Carpet West Sussex 01243 774623 sales@solentwholesale.co.uk www.solentwholesale.co.uk See page 33 for details

DMS Flooring Supplies Hemel Hempstead STS Flooring Distributors 0845 643 5344 Orpington/Croydon dmshemel@dmsflooringsupplies.co.uk 0845 434 1000 sales@stsflooring.co.uk DMS Flooring Supplies www.stsflooring.com Milton Keynes see page 34 for details 0845 643 5320 dmslaser@dmsflooringsupplies.co.u Faithfulls Service Centre Kent 01322 285001

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Vanguard Carpets Redditch 0845 601 1189 customerservices.redditch@carpet andflooring.co.uk www.vanguardcarpets.co.uk Wessex Flooring Amesbury - see Floorwise p17 Wood Floor Sales Redditch 01527 511888 help.redditch@carpetandflooring.co.uk www.woodfloorsales.com

Scotland C. K. Davie Ltd Aberdeen - see Floorwise p17 C. K. Davie Ltd Dundee - see Floorwise p17 Headlam Scotland North Lanarkshire 01698 831 000 bristol@carpetandflooring.co.uk www.headlamscotland.co.uk Neil Smith Ltd Glasgow - see Floorwise p17

South West

Wales

Carpet & Flooring Bristol Bristol 0117 966 798l bristol@carpetandflooring.co.uk www.cfbristol.co.uk

Carpet & Flooring Bristol Bristol 0117 966 798l bristol@carpetandflooring.co.uk www.cfbristol.co.uk

Fitwell Flooring Ltd Redruth - see Floorwise p17

Roma Flooring Neath - see Floorwise p17

Fitwell Flooring Ltd Newton Abott - see Floorwise p17

Vanguard Carpets Redditch 0845 601 1189 customerservices.redditch@carpet andflooring.co.uk www.vanguardcarpets.co.uk

Solent Wholesale Carpet West Sussex 01243 774623 sales@solentwholesale.co.uk www.solentwholesale.co.uk See page 33 for details STS Flooring Distributors Thame (Oxford) 01844 213555 sales@stsflooring.co.uk www.stsflooring.com see page 34 for details Vanguard Carpets Redditch 0845 601 1189 customerservices.redditch@carpet andflooring.co.uk www.vanguardcarpets.co.uk

Wood Floor Sales Redditch 01527 511888 help.redditch@carpetandflooring.co.uk www.woodfloorsales.com

Ireland Floorwise Ltd Dublin - see Floorwise p17 Floorwise Ltd N. Ireland - see Floorwise p17

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floorwise National Network of Floorwise Distributor s Acorn Carpet Accessories 15 Bromley, Kent Tel: 020 8462 0422 Fax: 020 8462 0927

Lee Floorstok Ltd 7 Manchester Tel: 0161 231 8080 Fax: 0161 231 8787

C. K. Davie Ltd 1 Aberdeen Tel: 01224 820077 Fax: 01224 822344

MCA Floorwise Ltd 6 Morecambe, Lancashire Tel: 01524 33517 Fax: 01524 381852

C. K. Davie Ltd 2 Dundee Tel: 01382 226533 Fax: 01382 226544

Mytton Flooring 13 Norwich, Norfolk Tel: 01603 624387 Fax: 01603 612888

Fitwell Flooring Ltd 19 Redruth, Cornwall Tel: 01209 214344 Fax: 01209 21162

Neil Smith Ltd 3 Glasgow Tel: 0141 552 1141 Fax: 0141 552 0623

Fitwell Flooring Ltd 18 Newton Abott, Devon Tel: 01626 835935 Fax: 01626 834334

Roma Flooring 14 Neath, West Glamorgan Tel: 01639 633001 Fax: 01639 646116

Floorwise D & J Ltd 12 Southam, Warks Tel: 01926 814922 Fax: 01926 817899

RPS Flooring 10 Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire Tel: 01623 624198 Fax: 01623 620931

Floorwise (North East) Ltd 5 Birtley, County Durham Tel: 0191 410 7070 Fax: 0191 410 6116 Floorwise Ltd 9 Dublin 12, ROI Tel: 00 353 (0)1 4299455 Fax: 00 353 (0)1 4298529 Floorwise Ltd 4 Northern Ireland Tel: 028 094 34441 Lee Floorstok Ltd 8 Liverpool Tel: 0151 708 7420 Fax: 0151 708 7241

Salesmark 16 Lancing, West Sussex Tel: 01903 750522 Fax: 01903 851111 Wessex Flooring 17 Amesbury, Wiltshire Tel: 01980 625888 Fax: 01980 676969 Woodall Brothers Ltd 11 Shrewsbury, Shropshire Tel: 01743 441584 Fax: 01743 441629

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The Stocklists Carpet Company Director y Abingdon Flooring

01274 655694

Adam Carpets Ltd Be Tu Tw W Ww

01562 829966

Associated Weavers Tw Tu

01422 431100

Avena Carpets Ltd Tu Ww

01422 330261

Axwoven Carpets Ltd Ax Be Axminster Carpets Ltd Ax Be Tw Bajong Carpets NV Tu Tw W Balta Industries NV Tu Tw W Ww

0121 550 5788 01297 32244

+32 56 62 2211

Betap Tufting BV Tu Tw W

+31 383 861 060

BIC Carpets Be Tw W

+32 56 23 54 10

Blenheim Carpets Ax Be Tw W Ww BMK Bond Worth Ltd Ax Brintons Ax Tu Tw W Ww

Brockway Carpets Ltd Tw W sales@brockway.co.uk

Edel Telenzo’s Rembrandt 18

Be Tu Tw W office@brontecarpets.co.uk www.brontecarpets.co.uk

01282 862 736

01924 488882 020 7823 3040

0113 380 5333 01562 745000 0800 505055

01562 828200 www.brockway.co.uk

800 223 6186

Craigie Carpets Be

01294 558400

Creative Carpets Ltd Be Tu Tw W

0116 284 1455

Burmatex Tu

01924 262525

Creatuft Carpets Tu W

Cadogan Carpet Co W

01562 733610

Custom Carpet Company Ax Be Tu Tw W Ww

01737 830301

Dan-Floor UK W

01454 858014

+32 56783250

Beaulieu International Group Be Pr Tu Tw +32 56 67 66 11

Bizspoke Custom Carpets Be Tw W

Bronte Carpets Ltd

Couristan Carpets Ax Tu W Ww

Carpets of Kidderminster Ax Tu sales@carpetsofkidderminster.com www.carpetsofkidderminster.com

01299 827477

Cavalier Carpets Ltd Ax Be Tu Tw W Ww Christy Carpets Tu Clarendon Carpets Tw Classis Carpets Tu W Ww Condor Carpets BV Tu

+32 56 35 4444

Domo International Be Pr Tu Tw W

+32 92 41 4511

Drury Lane Carpets Ltd Be Tu Tw W

01254 296829

01254 268000

Dutton Carpets Be

01254 672672

019078 308777

E & WE Carpets W

01562 825952

01675 433066 0870 020 1725 +31 38 4778911

Edel Telenzo Carpets Ltd Tu Tw W sales@edeltelenzocarpets.co.uk www.edeltelenzocarpets.co.uk

01422 374 417

Enterprise Weaving Co Be Ww

01562 745030

Fells Carpets

01977 662211

Contemporary Life & Textiles Be Tw sales@contemporarylife.co.uk www.contemporarylife.co.uk

01254 296829

Cormar Carpets Ltd

01204 881 234

Tu Tw W info@cormarcarpets.co.uk www.cormarcarpets.co.uk

Mohawk’s Cherbourg Check

Ww cummings@btinternet.com www.fellscarpets.co.uk Fetcham Furnishings Ltd Tw

020 8944 6220

Brockway’s Vogue

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Every time you see a web or email address in The Stocklists, you can click straight to it from our online edition at www.thestocklists.com

KEY TO CODES: Be: Bespoke • Pr: Printed • Tu:Tufted • Tw:Twist • W: Wool • Ww: Woven Wilton

Fletco Taepper A/S Tu W

Furlong Flooring

Tw W enquiries@furlongcentral.co.uk www.furlongflooring.co.uk Gaskell Tu Tw W Gaskell Mackay Carpets Ltd Ax Tu Tw W Georgian Carpets Tu Tw W Godfrey Hirst (GB) Ltd Tu Halbmond Teppichwerke Be Pr Tu Heckmondwike FB John Lanham Watts Carpets Ax Tw Ww John Evans Ltd Ax Tu Tw W Joseph Hamilton & Seaton W Kingsmead Carpets Tu Tw W

Lano NV

+45 96 60 3000

Lecaflor Ltd Ax Be Pr Tu Tw W Ww

0800 78 33 712

Leigh Spinners Ltd Tw Louis de Poortere W 01772 696 787

01827 831525 01642 242 423 01827 831430 0800 526696 +49 037 421 420

01924 410544

01937 588511 0161 368 2563 01827 831400 01827 831 424

Lusotufo Tu

+32 56 65 4300

Le Tissage d'Arcade Ax Ww

+32 05685 4747

01675 433 501

01942 673232

Tapibel NV Pr Tu Tw

01623 481 221

+32 56 393 386

Tasibel NV Tw

+32 52 499600

01388 664101

Manx Carpets Tw W

01827 831 434

Mayfield Carpets W

01706 639 866

MID NL Be

+31 38 851 8700

Mohawk Europe marinagooch@mohawkeurope.com www.mohawkinternational.com Mr Tomkinson Tw Ww

01480 479830 01480 471304 01827 831 450

The Alternative Flooring Co

01264 335111

The Grosvenor Wilton Co W Ww

01562 701456

The Sultana Carpet Co Ax

01299 822300

The Wilton Carpet Co Ax W Ww

0845 296 8850

Thomas Witter UK Ltd Tu Tw

0870 1128318

Timzo Tufting Industry BV Tu

+31 38 385 4477

Tisca Tiara Tu Ww

+41 71 791 0111

Ulster Carpets Ax Be Tu Tw W Ww

02838 334433

Ossfloor UK

01675 433031

Penthouse Carpets Tu Tw W

01706 341231

Phoenox Textiles Pr Tu

01484 863227

Vorwerk

08700 104484

0845 6528811

Westex Carpets Tu

01274 861334

Whitestone Weavers Ltd Ax Be Tu Tw W Ww

01429 892555

Pownall Carpets Tw W Roger Vanden Berghe.NV Tu Ww

Ax Pr Tu Tw W Ww marketing@lano.be www.lano.com

Shaw Home Foundations Tu

+32 56 73 57 11

Ryalux Carpets Ltd Be Tu Tw W

0845 652 8811

Sans Frontieres Ltd Be Pr Tu Tw W Ww

0844 5611977

United Carpets & Beds Tw W Ww Victoria Carpets Tu Tw W Ww

Wilkies Carpets Tw Woodward Grosvenor Ax Tu Tw W Ww Wool Classics Tu Ww

Bronte’s stand

01709 732 666 01562 749300

0113 307 9955 0800 526696 0207 349 1560 Tollgate stand

Cormar’s Berwick

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UNDERLAYS

CARPETS NATURAL/LOOPS HIGH FLYER MARRAKESH NOMAD

Tex Loop Natural 50/50 Nat Loop

SAXONY FIVE STAR STAINFREE ROMANCE SEDUCTION NOBLE SAXONY ROYAL TOUCH STAINFREE FLAIR SENSATIONAL

32oz PP Saxony 35oz PP Saxony 37oz PP Saxony 40oz Saxony 45oz Nylon Saxony 50oz PP Saxony 58oz Saxony

80/20 WOOL TWIST BELMONT TWIST WESSEX TWIST NEW ASPEN TWIST BELMONT SUPREME ARRAN TWIST HARRISON TWIST (Victoria)

80/20 40oz 80/20 40oz 80/20 40oz 80/20 50oz 80/20 50oz 80/20 60oz

PP TWIST VIVA TWIST SALT N PEPPER CABARET ELITE TWIST SHEPHERDS TWIST

PP Twist PP Twist PP Twist PP Twist PP Twist

LOOP PILE AND CORD PINCH FELT PINCH FOAM ROCKY HB ROCKY FB DIMENSIONS TITAN CORD GALA CORD FB GALA CORD HB

Needle Punch Cord Needle Punch Loop Pile Cord Loop Pile Cord Loop Pile Stripe/Wave Loop Pile Gel Back Loop Pile Cord Loop Pile Cord

AFS WOOL COLLECTION 100% WOOL LOOP WELLFIELD IMRA 100% Wool 2 Ply Yarn WELLFIELD KAMRA 100% Wool 2 Ply Yarn CORMAR STOCKED APOLLO BERWICK 40 BERWICK 50 BUCHANAN HIGHLANDER HOME COUNTIES HOME COUNTIES MALABAR NATURAL BERBER SUPER NATURAL BERBER ELITE NATURAL BERBER DELUXE NEW OAKLANDS NEW OAKLANDS NEW OAKLANDS PRIMO PLUS PRIMO ULTRA PRIMO TWEED PRIMO SAXONY

Excellon Twist 80/10/10 40 oz Twist 80/10/10 50 oz Twist 80/10/10 40 oz Twist 80/10/10 50 oz Twist 42 oz Twist 50 oz Twist 100% Natural 80/10/10 35 oz Twist 80/10/10 45 oz Twist 80/10/10 55 oz Twist 80/10/10 32 oz Twist 80/10/10 42 oz Twist 80/10/10 50 oz Twist Excellon Twist Excellon Twist Excellon Twist Excellon Saxony

CORMAR CARPETS AVEBURY LINDISFARNE TOWN AND COUNTRY

3/5 DAYS DELIVERY 100% Pure New Wool 100% Pure New Wool 80/10/10 60 oz Twist

Roll Size Full Roll EQ* Description BRANDED TOP END RUBBER SPONGE RANGE ELITE 11 m2 129lb Textured Rubber Underlay Waffle Rubber Underlay MAJESTIC 11 m2 135lb COLOURS RED 11 m2 135lb Waffle Rubber Underlay WILLOW GREEN 15 m2 90lb Waffle Rubber Underlay CRUSADER SUPREME 15 m2 100lb Waffle Rubber Underlay SUPREME LIGHT 11 m2 101lb Waffle Rubber Underlay UNBRANDED TREDAIRE SPONGE RUBBER AFS CLASSIC GOLD 15 m2 95 lb Rubber Underlay AFS SUPER GOLD 15 m2 80lb Rubber Underlay AFS STANDARD GOLD 15 m2 60lb Rubber Underlay Light Weight PE GRAPHITE 15 m2 WOOD FLOOR UNDERLAYS BOARDWALK (Timbermate) 15 m2 3.75mm ALL IN ONE 10 m2 3mm COMFORT SILVER 15 m2 2.5mm

23dB Moisture Barrier 20dB Self Adhesive Strip 18dB PE Foam + Foil

TREDAIRE PU UNDERLAYS ALPHA 15 m2 OMEGA 15 m2 BRIO 15 m2 ZEST 15 m2 SOFTWALK 15 m2 DREAMWALK 15 m2 CONTRACT 9 15 m2

Tredaire PU Tredaire PU Tredaire PU Tredaire PU Tredaire PU Tredaire PU Contract PU

8mm 10mm 8mm 10mm 9 mm 11 mm 9 mm

DURALAY CONTRACT UNDERLAYS TREADMORE 11 m2 8.0mm SYSTEM 10 11 m2 10mm DURAFIT 650 15 m2 6.5mm DURAFIT 500 15 m2 5.0mm DEFENDER 15 m2 100lb HEATFLOW CARPET 15 m2 6.0mm HEATFLOW WOOD 15 m2 2.75mm TECHNICS 5 15 m2 5.0mm

Crumb Crumb single stick under 40m2 Double stick crumb Double stick crumb Flat sponge 0.80 TOG 0.75 TOG sponge carpet 0.35 TOG sponge laminate U/L Double stick sponge

CARPENTERS PU UNDERLAYS 15 m2 GREENSTEP SUPER GREEN STEP 15 m2 RICHSTEP 15 m2 DEEPSTEP 15 m2

PU Underlay PU Underlay PU Underlay PU Underlay

8mm 10mm 9mm 11mm

CARPENTERS CONTRACT UNDERLAYS FIRMSTEP 15 m2 7mm 15 m2 9mm POWERSTEP MARINESTEP 15 m2 7mm

Contract PU Contract PU Contract PU IMO Rated

FELT UNDERLAYS FELT 28 FELT 42 KENSINGTON DELUXE

Wool/jute felt 8mm Contract wool/jute felt 11mm Felt crumb rubber

15 m2 28oz 15 m2 42oz 11 m2 74oz

AFS Unit 4 Baird Road, Enfield, Middlesex EN1 1SJ Tel: 020 8805 8620 Fax: 020 8805 6840 Email: info@afsenfield.co.uk

PLUS A VAST RANGE OF ACCESSORIES AND TOOLS FOR CARPETS AND LAMINATES Contact our sales office or your area representative for prices on any of the above ranges. We also offer a fast service on non stock items. Phone our showroom manager for prices and samples. Our latest price list is dated July 2010.

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REP DETAILS: Ashley Best Nick Hart Karl Goult

Tel: 07976 916752 Tel: 07771 967609 Tel: 07957 685428

Zac Marsh

Tel: 07828 663325

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96% STOCKED Townshend Works, Puxton Lane, Kidderminster Worcestershire DY11 5DF Sales: 01562 745000 Fax: 01562 732827 New trade price list effective 1st November 2009

BOND WORTH

V.I.P. CLUB Call us today for a personal service that reaches beyond your expectations...

Berkeley Axminster 80% Wool / 20% Nylon available 3.66m & 4.57m Range comprises 8 Designs Stocked items Delivery 14 Days from Order 4.57m wide Red Turkey 2-9086 End October

Variations Axminster 80% Wool / 20% Nylon available 3.66m Range comprises 12 Designs Stocked items Delivery 14 Days from Order No Stock Green Valencia 1-9073 End October

Precious Gems Axminster 80% Wool / 20% Nylon available 3.66m Range comprises 5 Designs - All Stock Stocked items Delivery 14 Days from Order

Wensleydale Axminster 80% Wool / 20% Nylon available 3.66m Range comprises 8 Designs - All Stock Stocked items Delivery 14 Days from Order

✱ Buy one Axminster cut at your standard terms, when you place another within 8 weeks we give you an EXTRA 10% off! ✱ We guarantee our delivery dates. If we miss it by 7 days then you get 5% off the invoice value of the order! ✱ Access to the Managing Director and Sales Director 24 hours a day 7 days a week. ✱ Have a complaint? We guarantee to contact your customer with 24 hours.We will inspect all complaints regardless of age. ✱ Order 16 linear meters or more in one cut we give you roll price! ✱ Exclusive first access to new ranges ✱ Bi-Monthly News Letter ✱ Real Time Updates via Facebook & Twitter

Cornell & Stanford Axminster

✱ Dedicated Sales Line

80% Wool / 20% Nylon available 4.00m

✱ Special Roll Offers

Range comprises 5 Colourways in 2 Designs Stocked items Delivery 14 Days from Order

✱ABOVE ALL ITS FREE TO JOIN!

New Afghan Axminster

TELEPHONE 01562 745000 NOW FOR YOUR INFORMATION PACK

80% Wool / 20% Nylon available 3.66m Range comprises 5 Designs - All Stock Stocked items Delivery 14 Days from Order

Romanesque Berber Axminster 80% Wool / 20% Nylon available 4.00m

NEW UPDATED WEBSITE! Check out our new updated website at:

www.bondworth.co.uk

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Tel:01282 862736 Fax:01282 868307 Email: office@brontecarpets .co.uk Web: www.brontecarpets .co.uk

Bankfield Mill Greenfield Rd, Colne Lancs . BB8 9PD

28 years of custom made carpets 100% Wool Saxonies

Boulsworth Moorland Lowood Pendle Ferndene

All available in any colour, any width up to 12m

1/8 th gauge 1/8 th gauge 1/8 th gauge 1/10 th gauge 1/8 th gauge

42 45 55 60 68

oz oz oz oz oz

Super Ferndene Patrick Emily Charlotte

1/8 th gauge 1/10 th gauge 1/10 th gauge 1/10 th gauge

78 70 85 96

oz oz oz oz

100% Wool Shag Pile

All available in any colour, any width up to 12m Haworth Thornton

Standard 1400 Contract 1700

1/4 gauge 1/4 gauge

58 oz 62 oz

Wycoller Withens

1/4 gauge 1/4 gauge

80% Wool / 20% Nylon Classic Twist Available in any colour, any width up to 12m

1/8 th gauge 1/10 th gauge

41 oz 50 oz

Super 2000 Deluxe 2400

1/10 th gauge 1/10 th gauge

Sales and bespoke enquiries: 01282 862736

96 oz 120 oz

59 oz 70 oz

any colour, any width

Sales Agents James Hall Area: Scotland. Mobile: 07787 140136, Fax: 0131 343 3353 E-mail: jameshall195@btinternet.com

Aldo Berettoni Area:Yorkshire/North East/Humberside Mobile: 07971 173560, Fax: 01484 666703 E-mail: aldo@berettoni.freeserve.co.uk

John Rostron Area: North West/Cumbria/North Wales Mobile: 07973 733208, Fax: 01254 876548 E-mail: johnrostron@aol.com

Ian Millward Area: East Midlands/Notts/Staffs/Lincs/Derbyshire/Cambs/ Norfolk/Suffolk Mobile: 07939 319385, Fax: 0121 430 3682 E-mail: ian.millward2@virginmedia.com

Niall Mar tin Area: Central London/Oxon/Berks/Bucks/Essex Mobile: 07866 735772, Fax: 01628 541497 E-mail: niallmartin@msn.com

James Thomas Area:West Midlands (west of M1) & South Wales Mobile 07932 458032,Tel/Fax: 01656 784514 E-mail: juncture2002@aol.com

Mark Garbett Area: South West England Mobile: 07840 664757,Tel: 01752 696377 E-mail: mgarbett11@aol.com

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Keith Leslie Area: Northern & Southern Ireland Mobile: 07860 873838, Fax: 02894 468005

Steve Acton Area: South East/South London Mobile: 07957 836207, Fax: 01323 872415 E-mail: actonsta@aol.com

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For every step you take there’s a Carpenter luxury underlay In stock throughout the UK and Europe from a network of wholesale partners

Product Range ®

A general domestic underlay Density: 75kg/m3 – Roll weight: 10kg Thickness: 8mm

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Product of the Month - ExtraStep A general domestic underlay Density: 75kg/m3 – Roll weight: 12kg Thickness: 10mm

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For Luxury use domestic areas anywhere in the home Density: 100kg/m3 – Roll weight: 14.5kg Thickness: 9mm

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For Luxury use, domestic areas in the home Density: 100kg/m3 – Roll weight: 17kg Thickness: 11mm

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For Heavy contract locations Recommended for stretch fit or doublestick applications Density: 145kg/m3 – Roll weight: 16kg Thickness: 7mm

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Extrastep is a 6mm thick, 180kg/m3 product that has been created specifically for the heavy contract market. Extrastep is the perfect answer to the contractor’s requirements. It has a BS5808 Heavy Contract rating and can be used for stretch-fit or doublestick work, having been approved by the UK’s leading adhesive manufacturers. Extrastep also has high flame retardant properties. It has achieved the IMO rating and has the Wheelmark certification. Although this is primarily for work on board luxury shipping, the IMO pass makes it ideal for installations in hotels, offices and public buildings where flame retardant products are paramount. Extrastep is made from recycled product and is manufactured in Glossop, in the UK.

For luxury use, in domestic or contract areas Recommended for stretch fit or doublestick applications Density: 145kg/m3 – Roll weight: 20kg Thickness 9mm

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Please come and visit us at the Harrogate Flooring Show, 5th, 6th and 7th September on stand C19 to see our exciting new brand. We are celebrating our new look with some tasty treats and some quirky gifts. We look forward to seeing you there...

For more product information contact: JOHN HUGHES Northern Sales Manager 07788 924606

HELEN ROWBERRY National Sales Manager 07702 319748

SUE HOWLAND Southern Sales Manager 07795 823190

For details of your local Carpenter Wholesaler Partner Tel: +44 (0)1457 861141 Fax: +44 (0)1457 863242 Email: Glossop.sales@carpenter.com Web: www.carpenter.ltd.uk Carpenter Ltd, Dinting Lodge Industrial Estate, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 6LE.

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For luxury use in domestic and contract areas – IMO rating Recommended for stretch fit or doublestick applications Density: 145kg/m3 – Roll weight: 16kg Thickness 7mm

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For heavy contract locations – IMO rating Recommended for stretch fit or doublestick applications Density: 180kg/m3 – Roll weight: 17kg Thickness 6mm

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For luxury use in contract and domestic areas Recommended for stretch fit or doublestick applications Density: 180kg/m3 – Roll weight: 26kg Thickness 9mm

All rolls are: 11 metres x 1.37 metres + 15sq metres

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CALL US NOW!!! 020 8443 3322 Columbia Flooring plc

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INVITATION We’d be delighted if all our customers, old and new, joined us for a glass of bubbly on our stand at the Harrogate Flooring Show. It’s 25 years this month since we became a UK limited company, which we think is good enough reason for a celebration. You’ll find us in our usual spot but with a new stand number – C25. And as well as giving you a glass to sip from, hopefully we will have the chance to introduce you to all our new sales team and show you some of our great new products – including the Alpine Collection, the additions to our striped Tube Collection, and our new Aquarius and Taurus contract qualities.

Dressing up our samples We’re rather pleased with our new sample wallets (shown here). We send out a lot of carpet samples (maximum of two only, please!) to consumers on behalf of our retailers and we hope you agree it’s nice to present them so professionally.

See you there!

Farewell to Ann… Hello to Joanne and Natalie AQUARIUS

THE AGE OF AQUARIUS IS UPON US Our new contract qualities are ideal for the care market. Both designs are made from our own Edelon Protect polypropylene two ply yarn, with its fantastic resistance to fading, bleaching and fading and Gelbac backing. Both cut pile, Aquarius is a plain carpet, Taurus a two-tone – both in 11 colour options.

OUR SALES TEAM Greater London as far as N. Circular on north side of Thames and as far as M25 on south side, Surrey, some of Bucks, Middlesex Berks, Oxfordshire. John A Constable T: 01622 685397 M: 07836 734322 Kent, Sussex, Hampshire Robin Croughton T: 01892 669699 M: 07710 393966 Lincs, Leics, Northants, Notts, Derbyshire Jim Osborne M: 07738 642934

South Wales, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire Andrew Jefferies M: 07831 457102 Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset Brendan Hart M: 07850 130221 East Anglia, Bedfordshire, Cambs, Essex, Herts, Norfolk, Suffolk Jonathan Hart T: 01621 817992 M: 07889 264466

YOUR HEAD OFFICE TEAM CONTACTS Operations Manager: Lesley Inman M: 07703 337989 E: l.inman@edeltelenzocarpets.co.uk National Sales Manager: Gary Prophet M: 07889 602234 E: g.prophet@edeltelenzocarpets.co.uk 26

We’re saying goodbye to Ann Dudley this month – Ann’s been part of our sales administration team here in Elland for the past 5 plus years and we wish her well in her retirement. Meanwhile two new full time members of our office team here are settling in well – Joanne Hall, who joined us in April; and Natalie Philipson who started last month.

West Midlands, South Wales (Wholesalers) Paul Brewer T: 0121 4277117 M: 07798 745181 Greater Manchester, Cheshire, North Wales Philip Hambleton T: 01925 740050 M: 07966 397676 Yorkshire & North Lincs John Alsop T: 01904 762471 M: 07860 572220 Lancashire, Cumbria & Isle of Man John Rostron M. 07973 733208

North East Rebecca Gibbons M: 07970 491215 Scotland Tim Tindal T: 01436 671421 M: 07836 705620 Channel Islands, Isle of Wight John Eastlake T: 01323 896141 M: 07885 398858 Northern Ireland Gary O’Boyle M: 07831 220675

Tel: 01422 374417 or 01422 371226 Fax: 01422 377452 Email: sales@edeltelenzocarpets.co.uk Edel Telenzo Carpets, 2- 4 Southgate, Elland, West Yorkshire HX5 0BW

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The Waterfront Centre, Wyboston Lakes, Great North Road, Wyboston, Bedfordshire MK44 3AL


CAREFREE - the stunning new collection available to view at Harrogate Stand C1

Best-selling products at every price point As a UK manufacturer and distributor, Furlong’s objective is simply to offer its customers the best of all worlds in terms of price, service and quality - a partnership that retailers can rely on and a comprehensive product range that consumers will respond to. Furlong’s wholly-owned manufacturing company, Regency Carpets, is one of the UK’s top three tufters with a modern plant located in Bangor, Northern Ireland. A long-term programme of substantial investment has created a major production facility for both 4m and 5m wide carpet and the new backing plant commissioned last year is now fully on line. As a result, the company can produce hundreds of thousands of square metres of carpet every week, covering all the key sectors – stain resistant polypropylene, wool twist, wool natural and many others. Being in control of its manufacturing means Furlong can control the cost base and the quality to provide a range of products that is competitive at each of the price points. Manufacturing also means they can manage stock more closely and respond to changes in demand so that the right carpet is always ready for dispatch.

Furlong’s nationwide distribution network operates across three depots – London, Preston and Newport – using a dedicated fleet to carry rolls and cut lengths to our customers usually within 24 hours. Furlong’s product development team has created a portfolio of products matched to the diverse needs of different customer groups, rooms styles and performance requirements. Regency’s stain-resistant ranges use their own ‘Carefree’ fibre which is bleach cleanable and offered with a warranty for absolute confidence. New ranges are introduced several times a year to keep the offering fresh and interesting and respond to consumer trends and colour shifts.

the aim is simply to offer customers the best of all worlds in terms of price, service and quality Furlong have paid particular attention to the presentation of their product range to consumers with market-leading point-of-sale systems incorporating the latest video technology. Furlong believes in working in partnership with their customers to provide products and services that ticks all the boxes.

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All the products shown are available in the CAREFREE Collection Here are the people who try harder London & Home Counties JOHN AKIEN M: 07791 891024 S.W LONDON, SURREY (INS. M25) jonakien@furlongflooringltd.co.uk

GEOFF ABERNETHY M: 07970 229717 CUMBRIA, POTTERIES, CHESHIRE & FYLDE COAST geoff.abernethy@furlongflooring.co.uk

IAN COLLACOTT M: 07816 217550 MIDDLESEX, W. LONDON, BERKSHIRE iancollacott@furlongflooringltd.co.uk

ALAN CHEETHAM M: 07966 263571 GREATER MANCHESTER alan.cheetham@furlongflooring.co.uk

DARREN SPENDIFF M: 07791 890861 KENT darrenspendiff@furlongflooringltd.co.uk

BOB CHRISTIE M: 07980 786264 MERSEYSIDE, WIRRAL & N. WALES bob.christie@furlongflooring.co.uk

RAYMOND SMITH M: 07816 217565 ESSEX raymondsmith@furlongflooringltd.co.uk REG HOWSON M: 07816 217548 N, N W & E LONDON, HERTFORDSHIRE reghowson@furlongflooringltd.co.uk

South East

Seeing is believing Customers can buy with confidence when they see the Carefree cleanability in action with the new video units for your existing Regency POS systems.

KRIS KOBYLKA M: 07816 217563 E & WEST SUSSEX kriskobylka@furlongflooringltd.co.uk

REG SYKES M: 07973 403450 SOUTH YORKSHIRE reg.sykes@furlongflooring.co.uk

TONY CONWAY M: 07791 891025 BEDS, NORTHANTS, OXON & BUCKS tonyconway@furlongflooringltd.co.uk

Wales & South West

PETER FLETCHER M: 07816 217561 HAMPSHIRE, DORSET & SURREY (OUTSIDE M25) peterfletcher@furlongflooringltd.co.uk

BEN THOMAS M: 07794 048809 S./MID & W. WALES bthomas@furlongflooring.com

Midlands

JASON BRIMBLE M: 07794 041266 AVON & GLOUCESTERSHIRE jbrimble@furlongflooring.com TIM BAILEY M: 07794 048414 S.E. WALES & HEREFORDSHIRE tbailey@furlongflooring.com STEWART WAITHMAN M: 07794 048413 DEVON & CORNWALL swaithman@furlongflooring.com

MARTYN REA M: 07968 324598 LEICESTER/WARWICKSHIRE/LINCS martyn.rea@furlongflooring.co.uk

Wood Floor Specialists

Scotland

JOHN POWERS M: 07792 477312 SALES MANAGER BEDS, NORTHANTS, OXON, BUCKS, MIDDLESEX, W&S LONDON, BERKS, SURRY johnpowers@furlongflooringltd.co.uk

GEORGE WISELY M: 07967 148665 SCOTTISH SALES DIRECTOR george.wisely@furlongflooring.co.uk COLIN RICHFORD M: 07970 163372 WEST SCOTLAND colin.richford@furlongflooring.co.uk

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DES BEST M: 07968 828516 NORTH EAST des.best@furlongflooring.co.uk RAY ANDREW M: 07973 719801 EAST LANCS/W.YORKS ray.andrew@furlongflooring.co.uk

MIKE SHUTT M: 07970 158594 BIRMINGHAM/ STAFFORDSHIRE, SHROPSHIRE mike.shutt@furlongflooring.co.uk

3 quality 3 choice 3 availability 3 service 3 price

Yorkshire & North East

PAUL LOVELL M: 07816 217549 NORFOLK, SUFFOLK & CAMBS paullovell@furlongflooringltd.co.uk

PAUL HARRIS M: 07980 786265 NOTTS & DERBYSHIRE paul.harris@furlongflooring.co.uk

The Regency range of stain-resistant carpets ticks all the boxes:

North West

ALAN CAIRNIE M: 07976 311434 EAST SCOTLAND alan.cairnie@furlongflooring.co.uk

London Sales tel: 01322 628707 fax: 01322 698733

RICHARD RICHMAN M: 07791 891044 AREA SALES MANAGER NORFOLK, SUFFOLK, CAMBS, N&E LONDON, ESSEX, KENT, SUSSEX & HERTS richardrichman@furlongflooringltd.co.uk

Preston Sales tel: 01772 696787 fax: 01772 311921

Newport Sales tel: 01633 283959 fax: 01633 275454

Email: enquiries@furlongflooring.co.uk

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PENTHOUSE

Buckley Carpet Mill Buckley Rd, Rochdale Lancashire OL12 9DU

CARPETS

Telephone 01706 341231 Facsmile 01706 860577 sales@penthousecarpets.co.uk www.penthousecarpets.co.uk

working for the independent retailer

Wentworth

New Pentwist 50

Extra Heavy Domestic: Medium Contract Widths: 4.00m (13’1”) & 5.00m (16’4”)

80% British Wool Weight: 50oz per sq. yd.

Down

New Pentwist 40

Heavy Domestic: Medium Contract Widths: 4.00m (13’1”) & 5.00m (16’4”)

80% British Wool Weight: 40oz per sq. yd.

in in price price

Esprit

Extra Heavy Domestic: Medium Contract Widths: 4.00m (13’1”) & 5.00m (16’4”)

Ask your rep!

80% British Wool Weight: 75oz per sq. yd.

Aurora 60

Super Heavy Domestic: Medium Contract Widths: 4.00m (13’1”) & 5.00m (16’4”)

80% British Wool Weight: 60oz per sq. yd.

Aurora 50

Extra Heavy Domestic: Medium Contract Widths: 4.00m (13’1”) & 5.00m (16’4”)

80% British Wool Weight: 50oz per sq. yd.

Vantage 60

Super Heavy Domestic: Medium Contract Widths: 4.00m (13’1”) & 5.00m (16’4”)

80% British Wool Weight: 60oz per sq. yd.

Vantage 50

Extra Heavy Domestic: Medium Contract Widths: 4.00m (13’1”) & 5.00m (16’4”)

80% British Wool Weight: 50oz per sq. yd.

Pinnacle

Extra Heavy Domestic: Medium Contract Widths: 4.00m (13’1”) & 5.00m (16’4”)

80% British Wool Weight: 42oz per sq. yd.

Super Carlton

Extra Heavy Domestic: Medium Contract Widths: 4.00m (13’1”) & 5.00m (16’4”)

80% British Wool Weight: 42oz per sq. yd.

Carlton

Heavy Domestic: Medium Contract Widths: 4.00m (13’1”) & 5.00m (16’4”)

80% British Wool Weight: 36oz per sq. yd.

See us at Harrogate

Maple

Medium Contract Widths: 4.00m (13’1”) & 5.00m (16’4”)

80% British Wool Weight: 30oz per sq. yd.

Hall C, Stand 22/23

Vermont 60

Super Heavy Domestic: Medium Contract Widths: 4.00m (13’1”) & 5.00m (16’4”)

80% British Wool Weight: 60oz per sq. yd.

Vermont 50

Extra Heavy Domestic: Medium Contract Widths: 4.00m (13’1”) & 5.00m (16’4”)

80% British Wool Weight: 50oz per sq. yd.

Vermont 40

Heavy Domestic: Medium Contract Widths: 4.00m (13’1”) & 5.00m (16’4”)

Wentwor th 50

80% British Wool Weight: 40oz per sq. yd.

Extra Heavy Domestic: Medium Contract Widths: 4.00m (13’1”) & 5.00m (16’4”)

80% British Wool Weight: 50oz per sq. yd.

Heavy Domestic: Medium Contract Widths: 4.00m (13’1”) & 5.00m (16’4”)

80% British Wool Weight: 40oz per sq. yd.

Extra Heavy Domestic: Medium Contract Widths: 4.00m (13’1”) & 5.00m (16’4”)

80% British Wool Weight: 50oz per sq. yd.

Heavy Domestic Widths: 4.00m (13’1”) & 5.00m (16’4”)

Stateside 50

Extra Heavy Domestic: Medium Contract Widths: 4.00m (13’1”) & 5.00m (16’4”)

Wentwor th 40

Stateside 40

Heavy Domestic: Medium Contract Widths: 4.00m (13’1”) & 5.00m (16’4”)

80% British Wool Weight: 40oz per sq. yd.

Pinaster

County Berber

Extra Heavy Domestic: Widths: 4.00m (13’1”) & 5.00m (16’4”)

80% British Wool Weight: 50oz per sq. yd.

80% British Wool Weight: 50oz per sq. yd.

Trade Winds

100% Pure New Wool Weight: 35oz per sq. yd.

County Tweed

Extra Heavy Domestic: Widths: 4.00m (13’1”) & 5.00m (16’4”)

REPRESENTED BY: Robin Leiper (Area Manager) SOUTH EAST T: 01622 673914 M: 07801 357601 Chris Twinn (Area Manager) C AMS , ESSEX, BEDS , HERTS T: 01223 322827 M: 07711 353982 Andrew Westwell (Representative) NORTH WEST M: 07974 141919

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80% British Wool Weight: 50oz per sq. yd.

Please note that different widths will not colour match.

Chris Davis (Representative) W. MIDS , HEREFORD, GLOS , AVON, WORC . & SHROPSHIRE T: 01386 870785 M: 07753 983714

Michael Woodward (Representative) EAST ANGLIA & ESSEX T: 01493 669792 M: 07801 538783

Darren Jackson DEVON, CORNWALL & SOMERSET T: 01566 772377 M: 07825 171482

Andrew Davys (Representative) S. YORKSHIRE, STAFFS , DERBYSHIRE, NOTTS . & LINCS T: 01159 892253 M: 07801 357622

TB A (Representative) SCOTLAND T: 01698 254870 M: 07718 762236

Dave Arnold DORSET, HANTS , BERKS . & WILTSHIRE T: 01202 825732 M: 07767 213236

Simon Beeby (Representative) LEIC’S , NORTHANTS , OXON, WARKS , BUCKS . & BERKS T: 01162 779589 M: 07775 913380

David Bell (Representative) YORKSHIRE & N. EAST T: 01757 248385 M: 07939 051608 Mike Williams SOUTH WALES T: 02920 310094 M: 07919 047930

AGENT: Peter Steel NORTH WALES T: 01244 318788 M: 07710 443589 THE STOCKLISTS September 2010


‘Our new ‘Summer Special’ price list is now out! Dated July/August/September. As always it’s full of current affairs, news and views, as well as a wealth of new and exciting products!’

THE END OF THE SUMMER APPROACHES BUT AS ALWAYS WITH RACKHAMS, WITH THE AUTUMN LOOMING IT’S THE START OF SOMETHING BIG! WE HAVE BEEN REFINING OUR RANGE CONTINUOUSLY FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS AND THE CULMINATION OF THOSE CHANGES COMES WITH OUR LATEST RELEASES! CHECK OUT ‘SUPER SIXTY’, CHECK OUT ‘CASINO ROYALE’ AND CHECK OUT ‘COUNTRY TREASURE’ TO NAME BUT A FEW. THEY REPRESENT THE ABSOLUTE PINNACLE OF STYLE, QUALITY AND CLASS!

CUT & LOOP PILE Revival Kreta Everglades

GRAPHICS / CONTRACT GELS Arena Sapphire Scala Senator Sentinel Statesman

NATURAL EFFECT Agadir Ancona Cadiz Chunky Country Treasure 4&5M Craftwork Berber 4&5M Harvester Hopscotch Ivory Coast Izmir Marrakesh Natures Writing Ohio Rustic Treasure San Salvador 4&5M Town & Country Tweed Woolweave 4&5M

SAXONY / SHAG PILE Big Softie Chamonix Cleopatra Eminence Half Century New Century Nobility Splendour Stainfree Salt ‘n’ Pepper Supreme Elegance Tennessee

CORD & NEEDLEPUNCH Gala Rackcord Scorpio Supacord

TWISTS - STAINFREE Balmoral Chislehurst Cosmopolitan Clyde Easy Heathers Easy Twist Fairfield Supreme 4&5M Heathertwist / Heathertwist Supreme Mystery Twist Pembridge Twist Portman Rhapsody Stainsafe Touch 4&5M Startwist/Startwist Supreme (2010 colours) 4&5M Stanford Summer Skies

TWISTS - WOOL Classic Twist Eden Twist 30/40/50 4&5M High Life 4&5M Iconic Twist 40/50 4&5M Paramount 30 Paramount 40 Super Sixty 4&5 The Berber Twist Collection 40/50 4&5M Ultimate Textures 4&5M Ultimate Berber Twist 4&5M Ultimate Twist 40/50 4&5M Ultimate Tweed Ultimate Luxury 4&5M

VELOUR / VELVET Designers Dream Le Touquet 4&5M Urban Life

WILTON The Arabica & Ceylon Wilton Collection 4&5M Parallel Lines Renaissance Ultimate Wilton

VINYL / SMOOTH FLOORING Arte Della Ceramica Blackjack Casino Royale Celtic Stone Eclipse Medley Mojo Revolution - Roll Only Vinyl Sherwood Oak Suregrip XL Thunderball

CARPET TILES Capital Plus Electron Magnesium Neutron Oxygen Positron Proton Quark Titanium

We also stock Ball & Young Underlays, Accessories, Entrance Matting and offer a Special Order Service on products from virtually every flooring manufacturer in existence! 48 hour Delivery Service on all Balterio Laminate Ranges.

STOP PRESS...The sales team is complete! We now have 5 dynamic professionals attacking their respective territories! If you are not completely familiar with all that we can offer you in terms of unique products and sublime service then call your account manager on their respective numbers below. They’ll soon be hot-footing it in your direction!....STOP PRESS

Area Sales Managers I a n P ul li n ge r London N, EC & E postals, Essex & Middx (within M25) 07881-502506 S i mo n Bren n er London SE & SW postals, Kent, Surrey & Sussex 07881-502507

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Mark Eu esden London W & NW postals, South Middx, Western Surrey, Berks & Bucks 07875-714269 Jam es Wh ite Herts, Beds, Essex (west of M11) & North West Middx 07881-502508

Pa ul H en so n Essex (Outside M25), Cambs & Suffolk 07837-295379 Antony Sta ple ton Sales Director 07881-502505/020-8498-2845

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Solent Wholesale Carpet Company Ltd CARPET, FLOORCOVERING & ACCESSORY WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTORS Telephone: 01243 774623 Fax: 01243 533636 E -mail: sales@solentwholesale.co.uk Website: www.solentwholesale.co.uk Zola Park, Barnfield Drive, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6UX Oxford, Berks, Bucks, Beds, Hants, Middlesex & Herts . . . . . . . . . . . . Ian Cardrick Tel: 01235 535070, mobile 07973 406329 Sussex E & W, Surrey, South London & Kent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Robson Tel: 01323 504798, mobile: 07973 898453 Hants, Wilts, Dorset, Somerset, Gloucs, & I.O.W. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adam Ayling Tel: 01202 683257, mobile 07973 406799 Accessary Sales and IT Specialist (All Areas) . . . . . . . . . . . . . Luke Crooks luke@solentwholesale.co.uk, mobile 07966 664379 VICTORIA Baronet Berber Stripe Castillion Celtic Heathers Crown Twist Duchess Elite Gaelic Heathers Kelso Natural Accents Natural Companions (Sisal, Chenille, Ridge) Regal Twist Rustic Jewels Tudor Twist Coll Tudor Manor LANO Bolero Campus X-treme Chiselhurst Havana Heathertwist Coll Inspiration 40/50oz Pembridge Twist Rustic Berber Rustic Sensations Scala Scala Tonals Sentinel Startwist Coll Twilight Coll Wilton Naturals Xtra Twist BALTA Berga Cobblestone Colorado Springs Desert Twist Diva Fiesta Fusion High Flyers Gala Cord-all options in stock Rustic Twist Supreme Shepherd Twist Stainsafe Tweed Stainsafe Comfort Stainsafe Favourite Stainsafe Heathers Stainsafe Olympic Super Wiltax Techno Twisty LUSOTUFO Mandaly Horizon Titan Diagonal Celtic Unique

CORMAR Apollo Berwick 40/50 Buchanan Home Counties 42/50 Malabar Oaklands 32 Oaklands 42 Oaklands 50 Primo Plus BROCKWAY Amore Cavendish Craftsman Elite Cresta 40/Cresta 50 Orion/Orion Major DOMO Absolut Luxury Alpina Auvergne Merino Metropolitan Mountain Peaks Legacy Ocean Breeze Orlando Planet Playground Portofino Scorpio Traditionals Weavers Twist ITC Belgravia Check Checkmate Concerto Consul Deco Line Heritage Collection Jaguar - new colours Kreta Palace Stainblock Berber Stainblock Heathers Stainblock Tweed

QUICKSTEP Solent Wholesale - now a Quickstep stockist. We now have in stock the Quickstep 700 range and can order all other ranges with a very short lead time.

TAPIBEL Cachet Melody Nevada Reeds Sysoltex Homested/Aran/Crofter Toscana BEAULIEU INTERNATIONAL Adventure Twist Arte Del Ceramic Athena Celtic Stone Vinyl Comfort Grip Vinyl Dublin Durham Twist Fashion/Gallery Grass Collection Heavy Tread I-Twist Isis/Mentu Natural Life Pronto Selections Sherwood Oak Vinyl Studio Vinyl Sonata Vinyl Sweet Homes Texalino Sup Vinyl Urban Vinyl laminates Essentials (previously Casa) Cottage - new range BAJONG Home Twist Supreme Montana Montana Twist Sahara MISCELLANEOUS IVC Expressions Fantasy Fusion Master Grip Plains Presto Victoria CAVALIER Country Collection Hamlet Parish and Village LEIGH SPINNERS Atlas Velour THOMAS WITTER Innovations C&H - Now in Stock Homestyle LVT - planks and tiles PARAGON Toccarre Carpet Tiles

We carry other products not listed above, and can also provide a swift special order service on non stock lines. Our reps and sales office would be pleased to answer all enquiries. Our last Price List is dated Sept/Oct 2010. 32

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DID YOU KNOW? STS Flooring Distributors Ltd stock a large range of carpets and carpet tiles via our 5 depots ORPINGTON • CROYDON • WATFORD • CAMBRIDGE • OXFORD (THAME) 08454 341000 08454 342000 01954 781142 01844 213555

NEXT DAY DELIVERY STS GOLDLINE STOCK CARPETS Abbey Twist Aston Twist Bernwood Twist Bernwood Supreme Bernwood Forest Bernwood Heather Bernwood Heather Supreme Blenheim Twist 40 Blenheim Twist 50 Cherwell Cord Chislehurst Fairfield Twist Gladiator Supreme Harrier Felt Harrier Gel Heathdale Magnum Gel Medicare Multicare Classic New Valley Twist Orinoco Opus Twist Ravensbury Twist 32/40/50 Ruskin Twist Scala Supersava Twist BALTA STOCK CARPETS New Shepherd Twist

STS Area Managers

LANO STOCK CARPETS Bolero Chislehurst Fairfield Supreme Havanna Heather Twist Heather Twist Supreme Pembridge Twist Rustic Berber Sapphire Scala Startwist Startwist Supreme CORMAR STOCK CARPETS Apollo Berwick 40/50 Malabar Textures Natural Berber Twist New Oaklands 32/42/50 Primo Plus Primo Tweeds Primo Ultra BEAULIEU INTERNATIONAL Bellini Super Twist Mercator EDEL TELENZO Fleur Hercules Orinoco Puma Peter Gregor y 07789 770093 Essex, Cambs, Suffolk, Norfolk

Regional Manager Rachel Sherwood 07801 762724 Sales Merchandiser Dave Lowman 07500 847758 North/East London, Berkshire, Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middlesex, Northants, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire

Paul Jeffer y 07717 218024 Beds, E Berks, Bucks, Middx, N Hants, N Surrey (retail) Oxfordshire & North Wiltshire

PRICE LIST DATE JULY 2010 CARPET STOCK TILES Ascot Beckenham Cheltenham Clipper Croydon Croydon Stripe Inspiration Keston Latour Saturn Selsdon STOCK UNDERLAYS Goldtred Collection Cirrus Cumulus Nimbus Silver Lining Cloud Nine Contract Cloud Nine Super Contract Durafit 500 Durafit 650 Cosi 8mm & 10mm Heatflow Collection Roma Blue Heaven Willow Green Tredaire Elite Treadmore

Regional Manager Ian Mellor 07801 762720 Sales Area Managers Mirka Mihulcova 07500 847566 SW London, W Sussex, Berks, Hants, Surrey

Paul Jones 07801 762719

Dana Baldock 07801 762725

Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & Bristol

SE London, Kent, E Sussex, Part Essex

Vicky Langley 07962 646847 SE London, Kent, E Sussex

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Weston Hammer UK 16/17 Byford Court Hadleigh IP7 6RD Tel: +44 (0)845 644 9090 Fax:+44 (0)845 644 9191 info@westonhammer.com www.weston-carpets.co.uk

Weston Hammer Carpets have manufactured high quality Wool and man made products for over 50 years and are pleased to be showing their collection in The Stocklists as a regular contributor. Tunis

Imperial Boucle

A heavy domestic berber loop pile in 100% Wool available in 4m and 5m widths.

A heavy domestic loop pile in 100% Wool available in 4m and 5m widths.

Queen Tweed

Royal Design

A fine heavy domestic berber loop pile in 100% Wool available in 4m and 5m widths.

A unique two colour 100% Wool loop pile.

Denver

A chunky luxurious loop pile in 100% Wool available in 4m and 5m widths.

A stylish heavy domestic tonal loop pile in 100% Wool, available in 4m and 5m widths.

Oklahoma A heavy domestic berber loop pile in 100% Wool available in 4m and 5m widths.

Las Vegas

Please visit our website at www.weston-carpets.co.uk for online cutting requests and more information on our products, or telephone 0845 644 9090 (local rate) to speak to one of our telephone sales team

Royal Velour A luxurious velour in 80% Wool/20% Nylon in 5m wide.

Sisal Boucle and Sisal Berber

Supreme Stripe

Natural fibre textured loop pile ranges in two styles.

A heavy domestic tonal stripe in 100% Wool loop pile.

The Stone Fibre Collection

Supreme Boucle

Our unique flat woven quality in many fashion styles and colours.

Our best selling level loop 100% Wool product available in 12 up to the minute colours in both 4m and 5m widths.

Orlando A chunky loop quality with a thick latex backing for a luxurious feel.

OUR UK SALES TEAM Mr Ron Fewery Tel: 07976 244892 London, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire. Mr Steve Acton Tel: 07957 836207 Kent, Sussex, Hampshire, Surrey, Dorset. Mrs Jac Hayman Tel: 07815 785801 Contract Sales East Anglia.

Mr Gary Foster Tel: 07515 283872 East Anglia, Northamptonshire.

Mr Derek Boyd Tel: 07940 320708 Scotland

Mr Steve Fletcher Tel: 07831 818989 Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Tyneside.

Mr Lee Palmer Tel: 07774 101640 Channel Islands

Mr Steve Green Tel: 07590 369522 North Wales, Cumbria, Manchester, Liverpool.

Mr Jonathan Gorman Tel: 07815 121660 Northern Ireland

Please ask about our free in store display stand. SALES AGENT WANTED: Midlands and Wales: If you are interested in this position please contact John Harrison. THE STOCKLISTS September 2010

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FlooringNews

6 September 2010

& HARROGATE PREVIEW


Harrogate 2010 Who’s who at Harrogate 2010

Three ‘vibrant’ days Flooring’s coming home to Harrogate with strong support from the industry to make this a special event. Everything for the flooring Industry under one roof: Carpets, Rugs,Vinyl,Wood, Laminate, Tools and Accessories. 1000’s of products on display, with many new launches. Free demonstrations each day and free seminars on Monday. Café culture, fine cuisine, glorious gardens, fabulous shopping and great heritage.All in the unique spa town of Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Three vibrant days in which Harrogate focuses on the flooring Industry. Make sure you don’t miss it and stay ahead of your competition.

Sunday is special!

The Show is opening for the first time on a Sunday which has proved an immensely popular move. Special for Sunday is: • Carvery lunch compliments of organisers and supporting exhibitors (tickets from their stands) • 250 free parking spaces • No parking restrictions within the town • Drinks reception in the Royal Hall at 5.30 pm.

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Abingdon Carpets A16 Ahwazian M9 Alpaca Rugs by Inca Rugs M2 Anglo M2a Ardex B26 Art of Living C6 Artwood M4 Asiatic Carpets M16 Asiatic Stellar Collection M24 Associated Weavers A12 Ball & Young M20 Beaufloor St George Hotel Betap Tufting Holiday Inn BIG Carpets St George Hotel Blaklader B27 BMK M12 Brink & Campman C5 B35 BWFA C & H Distribution B5 Carpenter C19 A27 Carpet 1st Carpets & Flooring B20a Central Flooring A6 CFA B9 CFJ B9 CFR M22 Chesterman Marketing B21 Clarendon Carpets A2 Computers for Flooring A28 Condor Carpets St George Hotel Cormar Carpets A17 Createx M23 Demart A9 Dickinson Moore B18a Displad A25 Distinctive Flooring B11 DSI B25 Dyne Carpet Tiles B13 Easylay B11 Ecovise Ltd C17 Edel-Telenzo C25 B23 Estillon B22 Elliott Anti-slip C27 ETF B10 Exakt Precision Tools B1 FBall FITA Dem Area Hall B Floordata.com C8 Floortrain B33 Floorprotec B18 Foamfield Rubbers B36 Furlong Flooring C1 Gaskell Wool Rich A22 Georgian Carpets A1 Gooch St George Hotel Gripperland B30/31 C18 Hadfields A14 Hand Made Carpets A21 HBS Interiors Monthly C28 I.T Integration A28 IVC M25 Jarfort C26 JHS B18 Karndean B19/20 Kersaint Cobb A13 Kingsmead Carpets C12

KJC A8 Lano Carpets M19 Leica Geosystems B21 Licheer (UK) B24 Lifestyle Floors A5 Manx Carpets C15 Mastercraft Rugs C3 Masterpiece Systems C24 Matthys Group M26 Mayfield Carpets C22 Mayne Computers C33 Melling Sheng Plastic B16 Melrose Textiles C20 Mercado M10 Merryfield Engineering M1 Metro Group A27 Mohawk M6 Morleys M21 Newmac Displays A25 Networks Online C8 Demo Area Hall B NICF Novostrat Ltd B4 Oriental Cpts & Rugs M14 ORC Rugs C32 Oriental Weavers M13 Ornate Carpets M28 Ossfloor A26 Penthouse Carpets C23 Plantation Rugs A20 Primatech B34 Rama Carpets C21 Regency Carpets C1 Rhys Davies M8 Roberts B23 Saif Carpets M11 Shaw Home Foundation C Sid Bourne Independent Inspectors B35 B29 Spotnails Stainshield B22 Stairrods B14 Stanley Bostitch B37 The Stocklists Magazine A3 Stroolmount M7 Suffolk Hardwoods B24 Tapibel M17 B23 TAOFS B2 Texfelt C33 The Estimators A23 Tomkinsons Carpets Tomorrows Flooring M5 B8 Tramex Triple King C14 Ulster Carpets C13 Ultimate Rug Company A15 Unifloor B11 Universal Mouldings B17 Vanhoutte – Immofloor A24 Vebe Floor Coverings St George Hotel Victoria Carpets C11 Vorwerk M3a Wagner Electronics B26a West Riding Felts B32 Wilkies M27 B6 WLD Woolsafe Organisation A19 B22a YTD


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Shimmer on show A stunning new creation that combines a deep cut pile with a high and a low gloss two-tone yarn to capture the light, Bahia is the latest carpet to hail from innovator Vorwerk Carpets.

The texture captures a playful spirit while a sophisticated colour palette of 10 shades running from striking black, deep greys and brown through to golden tones and white, each enhanced with a tonal fleck that either co-ordinates or contrasts.

Made from 100% nylon for durability, ease of maintenance and a beautifully soft handle, Bahia is available in a four-metre width and comes backed by a five-year guarantee. Rated LC 3 Luxury Class, Bahia reinforces Vorwerk Carpets’ position as a manufacturer of design-led carpets for the home. “At Vorwerk Carpets we are committed to bringing retailers carpets that really offer something different from the masses,” comments Ian Hammond, Sales Director UK,Vorwerk Carpets. “Our collections offer unique interpretations, playing with elements such as gloss, colour, yarn thickness, yarn length and structure, to provide new levels of depth and structure.

“Bahia continues this trend and fully exploits the adaptability of nylon.The different tones work perfectly with the different lustres to give a speckled shimmer to the carpet, opening a visual texture that is brought to reality by an long enveloping twist pile.”

Bahia features in the new Vorwerk Carpet Collection boxes available to retailers across the country. T 020 7096 5090

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www.vorwerk-carpet.com

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Harrogate 2010

West Country wool Award winning Cormar Carpets has added a new range to its extensive portfolio of Wool Twist carpets.

The high quality West Country range is a multi-weight 60oz and 50oz natural flecked berber twist carpet made from 80% pure new wool, 15% polypropylene and 5% tuftbond polyester. To give a sharper, luxurious pile surface the collection is triple sheared and like many of its other wool twist qualities, West Country is branded under the British Wool Crook mark, as well as being available in both 4m and 5m widths.The palette of 15 natural flecked heather shades includes a core of the ever popular beiges and neutrals as well as some new muted natural tones of purple, pink and grey (Mauve, Redwood & Gunmetal).

“For many independent retailers wool twist is still the biggest seller and their preferred choice, so it makes sense to constantly be looking to innovate and improve the available options,” said David Cormack, marketing director of Cormar Carpets. “And since wool is centre stage during the Autumn with the Wool Week scheduled for the second week in October, it’s a good time to promote a new British Wool range from a totally ‘British Made’ manufacturer.”

West Country is expected to retail at circa £26 per sq m for the 50oz quality and around £32 for the 60oz pile weight version. T 01204 881234

www.cormarcarpets.co.uk

Hall A Stand 17

‘Every’ underlay Once again Novostrat will be exhibiting at Harrogate with their comprehensive range of underlays for wood and laminate floors and their ever popular ‘Graphite’ value underlay for carpeted floors.

‘For every floor and every budget there is a Novostrat underlay’: This bold marketing statement is supported by the strength of the range of underlays Novostrat has in its product portfolio. From their competitively priced ‘Comfort’ range to their high performance Sonic Gold Excel underlay, all underlays are rated to have a high performance relative to their price.

Sonic Gold Excel will reduce noise penetration by up to 22dB and Sonic Classic is designed for use with underfloor heating systems.

All Novostrat underlays are fully recyclable and are made neither using nor producing CFC’s nor halogens which may be harmful to the environment. T 00353 61-339287 Hall B Stand 4

www.novostrat-insulation.com

Designers for winders Stairrods (UK) has introduced the new Universal stair rod bracket, which is designed for fitted and runner carpets on winder stairs.Typically, standard brackets do not fit flush to the edge of a runner on winder steps, whereas the Universal bracket, which attaches to the riser only, can be simply turned on its single screw fixing, for a neat, smart finish.

The Universal bracket is made from solid brass and is available in seven finishes: polished, satin and antique brass, black, chrome, satin nickel and pewter, and is suitable for both stair runners and fitted carpets.The new brackets are sold in pairs and are designed for any circular rods, up to 1⁄2” (12.5mm) diameter.

Previously, fitting stair rods to a winder invariably caused problems, as a standard two screw, hinged bracket, which attaches to tread and riser, cannot be fixed so that it follows the edge of the carpet, often resulting in one end of the bracket having to be tucked under the edge of a runner, or ugly, irregular gaps between carpet and bracket.The new Universal bracket provides a smart solution every time, whatever the make of stair rod. The Universal bracket will be on the Stairrods (UK) stand. T 01207 591176 40 September 2010

www.stairrods.co.uk

Hall B Stand 14

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Come and see us on Stand A12 at the Harrogate Flooring Show


Wood with a fine finish With a finish to match any taste, style or desire, Artwood is perfect for retailers looking to offer their customers wood flooring with a unique twist.

From a range of coloured oils, waxes and lacquers to gorgeous painted finishes, metallic effects and even high gloss monochrome tones, Artwood has the largest collection of styles currently available within the UK. Artwood hand-finishes high quality engineered European oak to achieve this remarkable kaleidoscope of colour and style, offering standard or brushed flavours in thicknesses for floating or structural floors.

available to ensure enduring good looks.�

Founding director, Sid Azoo, explains the Artwood concept: “Once considered the domain of the well-to-do, wood flooring is now a popular choice among homeowners and with this popularity comes an increasing demand for different styles and finishes. Rather than just 10 shades of oak, homeowners are now asking what else can be done and with Artwood the answer is anything! From that perfect colour to a striking statement, Artwood makes it possible and each plank is lovingly hand-finished using only the highest quality products

For established wood flooring retailers, the Artwood concept is an excellent way to introduce added versatility and choice into an existing portfolio, creating a stand out range and offering a new level in customer service. For retailers looking to break into the widening appeal of wood flooring, Artwood ensures all your bases are covered right from the off. Obviously, with such a wide choice available, full size samples are out of the question and so Artwood has conveniently captured a diverse selection from its huge portfolio into handy sized samples that show the diversity of the collection without dominating the retail space. Tel 0845 519 2726

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www.artwood-floors.com

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Harrogate 2010

Harrogate starts on its £13m future A ‘Ground Breaking’ ceremony of the new exhibition halls at Harrogate International Centre (HIC) by the Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate, Councillor Bill Hoult marks the official start of building work on a £13 million expansion on the site.

Stuart Quin, HIC Director: “I am delighted to be a part of this exciting regeneration programme and the benefits of this new scheme will be far reaching for all concerned.This growth will increase capacity and allow for bigger events to expand, whilst improving the flexibility of the existing facilities. “We will now be able to offer not just additional exhibition space but spaces capable of hosting larger experiential events, banquets, corporate productions and product launches than ever before. This will in turn enable us to attract and host an even wider range of national and international events benefiting the whole town.”

The development includes two new event halls totalling 3,300 square metres. Providing an extra 20% capacity, and with its improved flexibility, it will allow multiple events to run alongside each other. New features also include a banqueting facility for up to 1500 guests, an underground car park and, most noticeably, an enlarged and prominent spectacular new entrance.

Harrogate Flooring Show organisers David Wildman and Wendy Adams were at the ceremony with Wendy (pictured right) lending a hand to get the building works underway.

Breaking new ground! Wendy Adams of the Harrogate Flooring Show team gets stuck in.

The Centre will also achieve the goal of a BREEAM (British Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) ”excellent rating” through the inclusion of such things as a green roof; use of sustainable fuels to propel heating and electric requirements; rainwater harvesting and other similar measure to minimise any environmental impacts.

This development, which is being constructed by the Wates Group, will enhance Harrogate’s international reputation as a leading destination for events, whilst visually complementing the town’s reputation for beauty.The exterior of the existing site (The Kings Road Side) will also be enhanced by a tree-lined boulevard entrance and a vibrant outdoor covered ‘piazza style’ dining area.

This development is scheduled to complete by autumn 2011.

“This is a great day for Harrogate and ensures that the flooring industry is going to benefit from a state-of-the-art exhibition venue.” Harrogate Flooring Show organiser David Wildman

The development has been supported by Yorkshire Forward, the regional development agency, which has part funded the £13 million expansion plan along with Harrogate Borough Council.

Attending the event, Linda Pollard, Deputy Chair of Yorkshire Forward said: “We have invested in these improvements to Harrogate International Centre so that its facilities can continue to compete with other conference centres both nationally and internationally and bring conferences and events to the region. It will help safeguard the substantial business tourism economy which has long been a staple feature of the Harrogate district and raise the profile of Yorkshire and Humber as the place to do business.”

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Inspired by nature Ecovise introduces ‘Eco home’ concept with environmentally friendly 100% natural carpets in plains, stripes and runners.These exclusive designs in luxurious velvet finish are beautifully created to cater for design-savvy consumers. It is unique and rare that a carpet is made 100% with all natural material like undyed woollen yarn woven in cotton and jute and with backing of natural latex. All of these materials are biodegradable and come from sustainable sources. It is a natural advantage as the beautiful designs in stripes and subtle neutral tone colours are created with a conscience that it has minimal impact on environment. Ecovise say their carpets are entirely different from any other woollen carpets made today that claim to be natural.They maintain that many of these carpets contain a synthetic material whether it be on the yarn (chemical dyes, moth proofing, stain resistant) or synthetic backing. The company commented: “It is a common practice by a lot of companies now days to do “green washing” by claiming to produce carpets by recycling the non renewable plastic bottles. We feel synthetics are not sustainable and therefore not eco friendly. We therefore only use naturally pure material in our carpets thus making them truly environment friendly.”

Ecovise is keen to expand business and are looking forward to meeting new contacts at the Harrogate Flooring Show. T 077 66 49 40 60

Hall C Stand 17

The friendly, natural choice for hand-made carpet S a i f C a r p e t s a re a n i d e a l p a r t n e r t o m a x i m i s e y o u r s a l e s o f e n v i ro n m e n t a l l y f r i e n d l y, quality carpets. What makes us different: • Hand made rugs and fitted carpets in NZ wool and Viscose (100% cotton) • Dimensions: 4.5m wide x 30m length or available in cut lengths • Quality Indian manufacturer with UK office • Own dying plant and colour reference system to achieve exceptional consistency • Colour Reference System in Wool and Viscose • Carpet Display Stands / Systems • Soft Furnishing (bed throws, bed sets, cushion covers, bath mats etc) Visit our online show at www.saifcarpets.com Our display systems can be seen at arsdisplay.com and homefurnishings at www.saifhome.com Products

Office: 0208 9229604

Mobile: 07870 327423

Email: ajmal@saifcarpets.co.uk

Web: www.saifcarpets.com

www.saifhome.com

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PU on parade Carpenter, one of the world’s largest producers of underlay, will exhibit its comprehensive range of PU underlays at Harrogate 2010 – including two new heavy density products Extrastep and Ultrastep. Since entering the UK market less than four years ago, Carpenter has become a significant player in the underlay sector. Extrastep is a 6mm thick polyurethane underlay, specifically developed for the North European domestic and UK contract markets, and conforms to IMO certification.

Ultrastep is the same heavy density polyurethane but is 9mm thick and has been created for top end retailers and contractors. Like Extrastep it can be used for both stretch-fit and doublestick installations. At 180kg per cubic meter, these two products are probably the heaviest density carpet underlays available.

Light and durable, Carpenter PU underlays offer a serious alternative to heavier rubber products.They are made from recycled foam and are fully recyclable. T 01457 861141

www.carpenter.ltd.uk

Hall C Stand 19

retailers respond to industry issues

How’s Harrogate for you?

If you are going, let us know afterwards what the organisers got right and what they got wrong.

If you didn’t go (or aren’t planning to) we’d like to hear why not? Most importantly, how should this show – and the new Interiors show In January – develop to fulfil their main objective: to boost your business. Inform the industry. Respond to our online survey (see page 68) or visit Stand A3 at Harrogate.

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Harrogate 2010

Carefree TV A blockbuster movie is coming to a lectern near you soon! Furlong Flooring has launched their major new range of Regency Carefree carpets with a video-enabled lectern unit.

On screen is a compelling fast-action sequence showing the new Carefree carpets in action, shrugging off stains with easy cleaning. Furlong are expecting an appreciative audience when the curtain goes up at Harrogate.

T 01772 696787 www.regencycarefree.co.uk Hall C Stand 1

Eye-catching IVC Pinpointing designs that break with convention and inspire a new direction, ‘Designer’s Choice’ captures the IVC Group’s design team’s favourite Leoline and Avenue products. While many buyers will choose a conventional design, it is often the more forward-thinking creations that inspire and attract the attention of consumers. Research has suggested that homeowners are looking increasingly at more striking, trendy designs for their floors, and IVC is using this principle and delivering the market a number of new creations that draw the eye of consumers in-store and on brochures.

Products featured within the ‘Designer’s Choice’ collection will be distinct, illustrating the design capability and creativity of the IVC Group to deliver options for a growing number of consumers:

“Designer’s Choice is about demonstrating how Leoline and Avenue are leading the way in creating trend-leading vinyl flooring,” comments Caroline Wille, Product Manager. “With designs that capture the imagination and ignite interest, the collection is a showcase of the very best work of our design team and will work to illustrate the IVC Group’s commitment to leading the sector from a design perspective.” T +32 5665 3211 www.ivcgroup.com Hall M Stand 25 50 September 2010

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The British Wool column Support grows for the biggest celebration of wool in history Wool Week is already being lauded as the ‘biggest celebration of wool in history’ by Ian Hartley, CEO of the British Wool Marketing Board. “Every day this event is gathering momentum and we are seeing some really creative retailing put behind planned activities,” he said. As Savile Row puts sheep on its sartorial street, a knit-graffiti event through yarn-bombing is planned at various landmarks to make an original wool statement. A classy fashion week pre-event Ian Hartley, CEO of the BWMB in September is intended to show just how wool can be a stylish addition to the wardrobe and will showcase stunning designer garments and beautiful interior products. “We want all retailers to take this opportunity and make Wool Week their event. Many large retailers are running special consumer events and promotions and this is exactly the way to involve your customers. It is about selling more wool, educating about wool and beating the drum for the wool textile industry.” POS for the campaign is currently being ordered by manufacturers so that they can distribute to their retailers. Labels for wool product are also available. “A variety of in-store marketing aids are available through manufacturers that have partnered with the Campaign and this is all intended to help highlight the message for wool,” said Ian. “The logo itself is very easily identified – the green sheep now complete with the campaign’s Patron HRH The Prince of Wales beneath it – is a clear brand for wool – we hope retailers will use it proudly.”

Cormar launch another British classic with West Country Award winning Cormar Carpets has added a new range to its extensive portfolio of Wool Twist carpets. The high quality West Country range is a multi-weight 60oz and 50oz natural flecked berber twist carpet made from 80% pure new wool, 15% polypropylene and 5% tuftbond polyester. To give a sharper, luxurious pile surface the collection is triple sheared and like many of its other wool twist qualities, West Country is branded under the British Wool Crook mark, as well as being available in both 4m and 5m widths. The palette of 15 natural flecked heather shades includes a core of the ever popular beiges and neutrals as well as some new muted natural tones of purple, pink and grey (Mauve, Redwood & Gunmetal). West Country is expected to retail at approximately £26 per m2 for the 50oz quality and around £32 for the 60oz pile West Country by Cormar Carpets in British Wool. weight version. “For many independent retailers wool twist is still the biggest seller and their preferred choice, so it makes sense to constantly be looking to innovate and improve the available options,” said David Cormack, marketing director of Cormar Carpets. “And since wool is centre stage during the Autumn with the Wool Week scheduled for the second week in October, it’s a good time to promote a new British Wool range from a totally ‘British Made’ manufacturer.”

British Wool at the Harrogate Flooring Show

The team from British Wool may not be on the show floor this year but they are hosting an event to promote the benefits of wool and also the Campaign for Wool.The event will be held in The Queen’s Suite at 3.00pm on the Monday and will last for approximately 45 minutes. “We really hope that retailers take the time to pop along, there is a lot to talk about and some great marketing opportunities with Wool Week,” said Bridgette Kelly, Public Relations Manager at the BWMB. Retailers will also be able to collect some About Wool brochures and show cards.

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Wake up to brighter bedrooms In response to numerous requests for a genuine bedroom range 'with some colour', Abingdon has confirmed the full launch of their Stainfree Moonlight collection. This is a 'value for money' product that fits the bill for cost-concious consumers in terms of price, quality, colour and manufactured widths it’s made 3 metres wide in addition to 4 metres. The yarn is the proven 2 ply Zylon, guaranteeing performance and practicality (10 year stain and wear warranties apply).

The colour range is an excellent choice for bedrooms, presenting 8 classic pastel shades. T 01274 655668 www.abingdonflooring.co.uk

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Popular Pembridge colours up Lano Carpets most popular carpet range, Pembridge Twist has been given a new lease of life with the introduction of six new shades that deliver on-trend style to the home.

Now totalling 12 striking colours to bring homes a broad spectrum of choice, Pembridge Twist is the manufacturer’s best-selling carpet range in the UK, but as Birger Karlsson, UK and Ireland Sales Manager reveals, this doesn’t mean that it stands still: “Pembridge Twist has been our most popular carpet, not just because of its excellent value, but because its colours bring consumers what they are looking for. However, tastes and fashions change and so we are constantly looking for inspiration that will see Pembridge Twist remain our most popular collection. With these six new colours we are bringing on-trend carpet that will keep the range high on the desirability list of any homeowner.” Available in a four-metre width, Pembridge Twist now forms part of Lano Carpets’ Easy Care Collection that has been designed to capture the essence of the manufacturer’s stainless carpet collections. As part of the Easy Care Collection, Pembridge Twist is backed by a 10-year stainless warranty and is supported by striking lifestyle-driven point-of-sale.

Made from 100% solution dyed polypropylene the 1/8th gauge twist has the option for both felt and action backings, bringing easy to care for carpet at quite extraordinary value.

T 00800 5266 5266 www.lano.com

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Royal re-launch for Charter Wilton Royal from Abingdon is a wool brand rich in heritage and famous for quality.The newly re-launched Charter Supreme is a 60 ounce product that encapsulates all that is best in a heavyweight British made wool twist.

The 15 strong colour bank is a combination of natural berbers and soft heathers that would be fit to grace any room in the land. T 01274 655668 www.abingdonflooring.co.uk

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100% NATURAL, ECO CARPETS No compromise. Undyed blended woollen yarn woven into natural jute and cotton backed by natural rubber latex. In a first for the flooring industry, Ecovise launch the ‘Eco Home’ concept with environmentally-friendly and fully bio-degradable carpets in plains, stripes and runners in 16 designs - all from sustainable sources. Beautiful, quality carpets for every room in the house. Coming soon: new patterns with contemporary designs and classic florals. Exclusive distribution opportunities available.

See us on Stand C17 at the Harrogate Flooring Show.

ECOVISE Tel: 077 66 494060 Email: info@ecovise.co.uk

See JUMPAX at the UNIFLOOR EASYLAY STAND B11

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Harrogate 2010

Workshops, seminars and social events at the show Sunday 5th 10.00 am

Carpet – Stretch fit with join

11.30 am

Floating Solid Wood Flooring

12:45 pm

1.15 pm 2.30 pm

Floor Seals and Polish Additional timing approved by Steve Ramsden Sub-floor preparation

Resilient Flooring (commercial) including cold welding)

Demonstration Victoria Carpets (carpet) / Interfloor (gripper) / Carpenters (underlay) Demonstration by: Junckers Demonstration: Bonakemi

Demonstration: F Ball & Co Demonstration: Polyflor Demonstration: Jumpax

4.00 pm

Sub-floor renovation system

5.30 pm

EVENT: Celebrating 50 years in Harrogate. Drinks and nibbles in the newly refurbished Royal Hall Theatre

Monday 6th 10.00 am

Carpet – Stretch fit with join

11.00 am

Seminar: Carpet Recycling UK members meeting in Queens Suite

12:45 am

Floor Seals and Polish

Demonstration by: Victoria Carpets (carpet) / Interfloor (gripper) / Carpenters (underlay) Queens Suite

Laminate Flooring

Demonstration: Balterio

1.00 pm

SEMINAR: Contract Flooring Association seminar

Queens Suite

2.30 pm

Resilient Flooring (commercial) including hot welding)

Demonstration: Polyflor

11.30 am

1.15 pm

Sub-floor renovation system

Demonstration: Bonakemi Demonstration: Jumpax

3.00 pm

SEMINAR: British Wool Marketing Board seminar

Queens Suite

5.30 - 7pm

EVENT: Drinks Reception to celebrate 50 years of trading for Ardex

Queens Suite

4.00 pm

7.30 pm

Sub-floor preparation

EVENT: Comedy Night

Demonstration: Ardex

Royal Hall Theatre

Tuesday 7th 10.00 am

Carpet – Stretch fit with join

11.30 am

Floating Solid Wood Flooring

2.30 pm

Resilient Flooring (domestic) including cold welding

1.00 pm 4.00 pm

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Sub-floor preparation

Sub-floor renovation system

Demonstration: Carpet and Flooring / Interfloor (gripper) / Ball and Young (underlay) Demonstration: Junckers Demonstration: Bostik

Demonstration: Gerflor (vinyl) / Werner Muller (weld) Demonstration: Jumpax

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A little X-tra Lano Carpets has announced the revamp of its perennially popular X-tra Twist with the introduction of four great new colours that keep up with the latest interior trends.

Available in both four and five-metre widths, the twist pile carpet is part of the Easy Care Collection and comes with a durable yet soft-to-the-touch two-ply yarn. Made from 100% solution-dyed polypropylene yarn for exemplary performance, X-tra Twist is backed by Lano Carpets’ 10-year stainless warranty. “X-tra Twist is ideal for homeowners looking for great value carpets that look after themselves,” says Birger Karlsson, UK and Ireland Sales Manager. “Easy to care for and now with four brand new colours, the range is more attractive than ever.”

The 1/8th gauge 280 oz carpet is available in a palette of nine shades ranging from tulipwood through to coffee, havanna and sapphire and comes with both felt and action backings. As part of Lano Carpets’ Easy Care Collection, the carpet is designed to meet the needs of busy family life as Birger explains: “The Easy Care Collection gathers some of our most popular carpets that all share one common trait – the ability to shrug off stains with ease. We have created the Easy Care Collection to present this clearly to consumers, adding a lifestyle focus to make the carpets appeal to a wide audience and to make sure that our point-of-sale, displays and literature bring something extra special to the shop floor.” T 00800 5266 5266 www.lano.com

Ultimate Karndean Karndean International is preparing to launch their most premium flooring range to date - Art Select Woods - at the Harrogate Floor Show.

Inspired by the natural beauty of the outdoors, Art Select Woods provides unbelievably realistic planks that reflect the colours and texture of natural, beautiful wood. The flexibility and versatility of the new plank designs allow the floor to be laid in the latest flooring designs including herringbone and block parquet.

Jacci Marcus, UK marketing director said “Art Select Woods raises the bar in terms of design, colour and texture. The new range is so realistic that it’s difficult for even the greatest flooring connoisseur to see the difference between wood and luxury vinyl”. At Harrogate, Karndean will also be sharing details of the Partner Development Program – a scheme that has been developed in response to a customer satisfaction survey. Karndean will be speaking to their retailers at the show in regards to what they are planning to do in the program which will be rolled out later in the year.

owe it to your business to go to the show

T 0845 605 5880 www.karndean-commercial.co.uk Hall B Stand 19/20

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Business News

‘Slow’ sales for volume

Domo deal boosts Balta

Results from two of the UK’s volume floor sellers reflected ongoing tough trading after Carpetright reported a sales drop and franchise United Carpets spoke of “slow trading”.

The much anticipated consolidation of the European flooring industry has taken a major step forward with the announcement of Balta’s acquisition of Domo Floorcoverings.

Carpetright who have more than 500 stores in the UK saw sales drop by 3.4% in the 13 weeks to July 31.

Chairman Lord Harris said he was ‘cautious’ about the outlook. “We expected consumer demand across Europe to remain subdued and this view is reflected in the announcement [of these results].”

But analysts are still expecting Carpetright to improve profitability a little with follower Andrew Wade of Numis forecast pre-tax profits of £31 million, up from £29.9 million. “Carpetright remains a high quality business but it will take longer to climb out of the recession than we would have hoped,” he said. United Carpets - Britain’s second largest carpet and flooring retail actually improved performance in the year to March, posting a £27m profit - that’s a 7.3% lift on last year while sales turnover only rose 2.5%.

Chief executive Paul Eyre spoke of “slow trading” in 2010 so far and commented: “The market environment remains challenging with little improvement in volume across the housing market and an understandable sense of caution amongst consumers given the continuing economic uncertainty.”

The acquisition, expected to be approved by the competition authorities later this month, will strengthen Balta’s market leading position by adding Domo’s flooring turnover of c. £150m (€170m) to create a group with total sales approaching £600m (€700m). While strengthening Balta’s existing position in broadloom carpet, the acquisition will add carpet tiles and needlefelt to the Balta portfolio and extend their polypropylene yarn and fibre capability.

Jules Noten, CEO Balta Group: "This is a splendid opportunity for us. Until today Balta had no activities related to carpet tiles and needle felt.This will open up a whole new world of products and distribution channels.

“For broadloom carpet, our residential customers have chosen collections by Balta, ITC and Domo Floorcoverings and with these various collections we can tap into the strengths and geographical complementarity of each of these business units, without neglecting to harvest the potential synergies operationally." The Stocklists reported at the end of last year that Domo would be a likely candidate after Balta issued an invitation to its competitors to join forces to overcome the economic downturn that has placed serious pressure on the viability of key companies in the sector.

At the time, Geert Vanden Bossche of Balta said there was a ‘perfect storm’ of economic factors operating against the sector in Europe. “It is a very serious situation and we believe some consolidation is needed. We have sent out a signal that we are interested in joining forces,” he said in November. Balta is a major supplier to Carpetright amongst others and have admitted that their sales growth is at the expense of margins as the mix has moved to lower average prices, combined with exchange rate issues.

The acquisition will add more than 700 people to Balta’s workforce to create a headcount of about 4,000 in plants mainly in Belgium but also in Turkey and the US.The company has said “employment will be sustained” after the move. Jules Noten added: "Balta Group shall adapt the organization of operations in order to focus in the most efficient manner on the best possible product-market combinations and the implementation of synergies.” T +32 56 62 22 11 www.baltagroup.com

Bigger Balterio Balterio have announced a major investment of 12 million Euros in its production base in Sint-Baafs-Vijve, Belgium.The move will increase the actual annual production capacity by almost 50% from 20.000.000 m2 to nearly 30.000.000 m2

The investment programme covers the implementation of a state of the art quality control system, adjustments to the production lines for a more flexible service to customers for an even better and faster delivery; and increases in productivity.

There are also new funds in the budget for research & development within the framework of product innovations and for a broader and deeper market penetration of the brand through a highly flexible Balterio Point of Sales presentation system.

Duttons rescue and ‘Renewal’ The anticipated management buy-out of Duttons Carpets has been confirmed and hailed as “the best outcome possible” by former MD John Wright after the company was forced to call in the receiver on July 9.

Mr Wright has acquired all the stock, assets and order book of Duttons from the adminstrators through his existing company Renewal Carpet Tiles based at the same premises in Mill Hill, Blackburn. “The customers have given us great support and they will not notice any difference,” he said. “Now we just want to get on with what we do best.” The deal protects some 115 jobs at Duttons.

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Flower on Flooring The whole story

by Dennis Flower Solent Wholesale's new, purpose-built warehouse

Depth of choice and prompt service are two of the mainstays of wholesale flooring suppliers, which have evolved through the need of retailers to offer these same facilities to their customers. Stocklists spoke to a number of established wholesale businesses to see how their operations had developed in recent years. Founded by Brian Boocock in 1978 in a small unit near Warrington, Supertex Furnishing operated to a simple, initial business model. Rolls of clearance products were sourced from manufacturers of carpet and vinyl on the principle of 'stack it high and sell it cheap'.As the business expanded, larger warehouse premises were purchased in Leyland Lancashire.

Supertex offers more than 85 cut-length ranges

Supertex is now run by Brian's son, Haydn Boocock and Andrew Bramall, offering over 85 regular cut length ranges and providing a next day delivery service to most North West regions, plus regular deliveries to Stoke on Trent, Birmingham,West Yorkshire and Ireland.The company states it is one of the North West's leading independent wholesalers, providing an efficient service on quality products whilst remaining competitive in the market place. Clearance products are still available, but its cut length service continues to expand and remains the focus for the future.

STS Flooring Distributors has been established for 45 years, with five depots located in Orpington, Croydon,Watford,Thame and Cambridge, covering London and the South East, South of England, South Midlands, west to Gloucester and Avon and east into East Anglia, offering next day delivery of stocked products.Whilst it is widely known for its contract flooring expertise, its procurement of Bodigians three years ago has allowed STS to expand into the retail market.The company now stocks leading brands including Cormar, Lano,Telenzo Ball & Young and Interflor, as well as all accessories.

Solent Wholesale reports it has been one of the largest independent distributors of floorcoverings in the South of England for some time and continues to be family owned and run. Now under the control of the second generation, Claire Crooks and Simon McHale have learnt the business from the bottom rung of the ladder.This has given them a good understanding of what customers want.The core of the business is middle to top end domestic product, especially plain 80/20 twists.

The company states its ranges have been increasingly supplemented with well made, competitive mid-to-budget priced products to meet the demands of the current economic situation. Spare capacity in Solent Wholesale's new, purpose-built warehouse allows it to take advantage of special offers and promotions which can then be passed on to customers. Solent states that retailers have become increasingly aware of the disparity in prices being asked by large wholesalers, compared with those of independent distributors, with the availability of fewer products making comparisons

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easier.The challenge of the recession for the company has been to find the right products, at the right price and deliver them on time. 'Our aim is simple – we want to be the best at what we do,' said Simon McHale. Solent will be hosting an Open Day on the afternoon of Thursday 16th September, to which all customers are invited.

Rackhams is another wholesaler that has had to tackle the recession, choosing an ambitious programme of product development that has virtually involved changing its entire product portfolio over the last 24 months. It is approaching its tenth anniversary since absorbing the former E G Rackham & Co Ltd and service continues to be of great importance, irrespective of fluctuations in sales volumes, it states. Next day delivery and best sample solutions continues to be offered to all customers, with ongoing product improvements for both retailers and contractors. Its mainstay continues to be cut length broadloom and carpet tiles, with high quality laminate a more recent addition.The company employs both internal and external sales staff to provide independent clients with a comprehensive service. Its most recent addition has been the Carpets of Simplicity range of inexpensive product, extending its coverage to all price points. 'A balance between service and fair pricing are, we feel, the key to maintaining our profile and presence in the market place,' the company states.

Rackhams rack ‘em up for a fast response to customers

Faithfull Floorcoverings has a respected reputation within both retail and contract sectors and has recorded considerable activity recently, with the opening of a Walthamstow warehouse and trade counter, along with the moving of its Dartford trade counter to larger premises, with both sites strategically situated for easy access to the M25 and London for customers that wish to collect their goods. For more information about featured products:

Rackhams • sales@rackhamsltd.co.uk • (020) 8531 9225 Solent Wholesale • www.solentwholesale.co.uk • 01243 774623 Supertex • www.supertexfurnishing.co.uk • 01772 457070

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Profile: Forbo Flooring Systems

Chic and cheerful Forbo Flooring, the brand best known for the popular floorings Marmoleum, Novilon and Nairn Cushionflor, is introducing its two latest collections this summer; Enduro and Flotex. Enduro is a completely new range of luxury vinyl tiles available in wood and stone effects in fifteen stunning natural shades.The collection ranges from classic designs providing a neutral blank canvas, to the latest in up to the minute interior design.

A distinctive look from the collection is wenge – which recreates the look and feel of the dark tropical timber native to the Republic of Congo, which is now a protected species. Forbo’s realistic wood-effect flooring allows homeowners to get an ultra chic look along with a clear conscience.

Other stunning natural wood effect designs include white washed oak, weathered pine, rich warm cherry and golden oak. Completing the collection are four stone effects; shimmering white slate, smooth black slate and industrial look concretes.

An optional peel and stick process means no nails, power tools or glue are needed. As well as being easy to fit, Enduro is ideal for first time DIYers. Just peel off the backing and place down on the floor. If you’re not happy, it can easily be peeled off and re-laid. Best of all, after 30 minutes your floor should be ready to walk on! This cost effective collection is perfect for those looking for designer style without a hefty price tag. Prices start from £14.99 per m2.

The existing Flotex collection has been completely revamped to reflect modern living in the twenty-tens. The extensive collection features forty designs across four key ranges. This hybrid between carpet and vinyl offers a unique set of benefits combined with a realistic finish in the wood and stone ranges, achieved through high definition printing techniques.

Enduro (Warm Pine)

With its carpet like feel and high acoustic value ensuring noise reduction, Flotex gives any room warmth and style. It’s vinyl like durability also makes it suitable for high traffic areas of the house such as hallways and kitchens.

This super-flooring is perfect for families, allergy sufferers or those with pets as it has a British Allergy Foundation seal of approval, features a patented antimicrobial treatment Sanitized® and cleans up like new unlike conventional carpets – so wet dogs won’t result in lingering odours!

The Flotex collection consists of four key ranges. Classic includes bestselling traditional designs such as dogstooth. Moods features allovers in shades of emerald, azure blue, ash and cement as well as striking cord effect designs in punchy colours which are definitely not for wallflowers.The collection is rounded up with Woods in distressed, blackened and antique effects and Stones with sleek oversized, undersized and diagonal laid tiles. Flotex features a 20 year guarantee and prices start from £24.99 per m2.

For more information or to find your nearest stockist please contact Forbo on 0800 731 2369 or log on to www.forbo-flooring.co.uk/residential

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Company Feature: Axminster Carpets

Hungry for growth

Picasso Snowdrop/Black

Matisse Golden Globe Axminster is ambitious.The company is on a mission to re-invent itself from quality traditionalist to quality trendsetter and is marching forward on all fronts – product development, consumer promotion and retailer support.

“We are being aggressive and we are pushing for a substantial step forward in market share. We have to get this right” says Steve Upperton, sales director (pictured above right with the new POS displays).

The programme of product development is well established. Already, the company reports that 25% of its sales today come from products that did not exist two years ago.

The major launch of Princetown is an example.“I can’t remember the last time we did something this big and we are really pleased with the reaction.” says Steve. There are 14 new axminsters across the ranges in three designs – elegant Picasso, ethnic Matisse and arty Mondrian.

The campaign is centred around the new brand launched in 2009 when the logo was given a fresh look but critically the marketing strapline was changed to Natural. British. Beautiful. “We want to change perceptions,” says Steve. “Axminster has immense recognition for quality but we want to ensure Axminster is synonymous with ‘design’ rather than with ‘old-fashioned’.

“This won’t be achieved in a three month campaign. It is a long-term objective but we would like to think we have shifted perceptions in three years time,” he said.

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“We have to make the flooring market fashionable – it has to be more about design and colour and less about price,” he says. The announcement of a consumer advertising campaign last month is another angle of attack.The campaign will be using high quality roomset photography to let the product values speak for themselves in ten of the leading home interest titles – a target audience of eight million readers.

Retailer involvement is seen as vital to the development of the brand. “The retailer is key.You can do all the right things but consumers are easily confused by carpet – they need advice and support,” says Steve. Axminster worked closely with retailers while developing the new displays and trialled the concept in 22 stores – the objective was to ensure they were “easy to sell from”. After some further tweaks, the company is about to start rolling out the finished product. “The store experience is vitally important in the way consumers see the brand,” says Steve. And he intends that they see more and more of it! T 01297 630650 www.axminstercarpets.co.uk

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Ryaloop from Ryalux uses four contemporary natural colourways to create three stunning loop designs – a plain, a modern pinstripe and a fashionable broadstripe. All constructed in luxurious 3 ply yarn using the finest New Zealand Wools and available in 1, 4 and 5 metre widths for ease of fitting. For more information, please go to www.ryalux.com


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Leading screeding Floorwise F5000 Extra Pro Screed smoothing compound is exceptionally versatile and capable of providing a smooth and level surface over most substrates.

The synthetic latex formulation of F5000 Extra means the two-part smoothing compound is ideal for use over old quarry tiles, stone, sand/cement screeds, asphalt or concrete, providing a flat, smooth and secure surface capable of accepting most floorcoverings.

F5000 Extra has been specially developed to be easy to work with and it dries quickly, providing a surface suitable for applications of unbonded floorcoverings in eight hours and most bonded floors in 12 hours. Protein, ammonia and casein free, F5000 Extra is low odour and suitable for application in sensitive locations such as pharmaceutical and food areas.

With an application thickness of 10mm thick straight out of the bag, or anywhere up to 20mm when bulked, F5000 Extra can be used in conjunction with a surface DPM such as F5007 Pro Screed Surface Membrane ONCE.

“Synthetic latex is a more versatile component than its natural counterpart and with the rising cost of natural latex, F5000 Extra continues to offer excellent value for money,” says Richard Bailey. “In fact, so versatile is the smoothing compound that it makes a great permanent addition to any contractor’s van or stock area. F5000 Extra is the perfect problem-solver for tricky projects with a multitude of substrates.”

With the compatibility assurances of the Pro Screed range, contractors not only have access to the advantages of F5000 Extra, but also to a range of highly developed surface preparation and adhesive products that can respond to any demand. T 01509 673974 www.floorwise.co.uk

Email: treadplates@hotmail.co.uk

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Burmatex eco award The continuous efforts made by Burmatex to develop environmental codes of best practice in the manufacturing and product design of sustainable carpet tiles, was validated recently when it won the coveted environmental and social impact award at an event for the commercial interiors industry, held in London recently.

The award is judged by an independent panel of leading architects, specifiers and consultants and is given to the company believed to have made the most positive environmental and social impact throughout the year. Judges look for evidence of a cohesive integrated approach, covering areas such as design, materials, product development, manufacturing, marketing and transport as well as responsibility to the local community. The award also recognises Burmatex’s focus on key performance indicators including manufacturing techniques, the use of green electricity and recycled packaging and the management of fleet fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. “Sustainability continues to be high on everyone’s agenda. Our customers want assurance that they are getting a quality product at a good price which impacts as little as possible on the environment.This award win is not only testament to all our efforts over the past 12 months but it also acts as an endorsement of our working practices to our customers. We are grateful to everyone at Burmatex who has contributed to the way we work which has ultimately led to this amazing achievement,” said Burmatex Manufacturing Manager, David Simpson. T 01924 262525

www.burmatex.co.uk

ET appoints

Interiors fills up with flooring

Edel Telenzo Carpets UK has appointed five new agents over the summer months. “The changes are as a result of a couple of retirements which in turn has led to a review of areas covered. We have redrawn some territories and strengthened our coverage in certain areas,” said national sales manager Gary Prophet.

Organisers of Interiors say that space for flooring companies is already becoming limited as the NEC event attracts companies to the show which opens January 23-26th, 2011.

The new team members are: Brendan Hart, who will cover Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset; Andrew Jefferies, who will take over Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and South Wales; Rebecca Gibbons in the North East; John Rostron in Lancashire, Cumbria and the Isle of Man; and Gary O’Boyle for Northern Ireland. “We’re very sad to see some of our old team go but equally delighted at the calibre and enthusiasm of our new faces,” said Mr Prophet. T 01422 374417

www.edeltelenzo.co.uk

Last January interiors attracted a 25,489 visitors, 7,047 of which have a declared interest in flooring products - an increase of 63% from 2009 of visitors interested in flooring. Interiors - the UK’s largest trade interiors event - announced it would accommodate the National Floor Show to create a one stop shop to source the latest, furniture, lighting, furnishing accessories, soft furnishings and now flooring products.

UBM, the company organising Interiors, has published the following list of flooring particpants so far:

Bajong, Brintons, Beds Floorings, Bright Ideas, C & H Distribution, Carpet Express, Cavalio, Carpets of Kidderminster, Central Flooring, Cheshires of Nottingham, Coba Europe, Crucial Trading, Exakt Precison Tools, Furlong Flooring, Garrard Waters,Hanlin, Nematnajad, IVC Group, KJC Carpets, Lifestyle Floors, Mastercraft Rugs, MCD Kidderminster, Millennium Hardwoods, ORC Ltd, Oriental Carpets and Rugs, Oriental Weavers, Ornate Carpets, Oxleys, Rama Carpets, Ramezani, Rockford, Rug-Maker, Stanza, Unnatural Flooring Company,V4 and Wagner Electronics. T 0207 955 8415

www.interiorsbirmingham.com

Ever wondered if a buying group could boost your business?

Find out how you can analyze the benefits of buying groups and what to watch out for before you commit. The new Buying Group Factsheet from The Stocklists - page 12.

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retailers respond to industry issues

How’s Harrogate for you? This month’s survey will be about the Harrogate Flooring Show. If you are not going, please go online and complete the survey right now (there’s a section for non-visitors). If you are attending, please wait until after your visit so that you can complete that section of the questionnaire after you have attended. We’ll also be asking people at the show to complete the survey ‘offline’. After the turmoil of 2010 with competing shows changing dates and cancelled events, the flooring trade stayed loyal to Harrogate and to organiser David Wildman who stepped in ‘by popular demand’ to make it happen again in the Yorkshire spa town.

How happy are you with Harrogate? Is it worth it? And how would you like to see the event improve?

If you didn’t go (or aren’t planning to) we’d like to hear why not? Is the location a problem? Aren’t trade shows relevant to your business any more? Can’t you afford time out of your store? What might persuade you to visit?

If you are going, let us know afterwards what the organisers got right and what they got wrong. Did manufacturers do enough to make you more optimistic about the business for the fourth quarter. What caught your eye?

Most importantly, how should this show – and the new flooring hall at the Interiors show In January – develop to fulfil their main objective: to boost your business.

Inform the industry. Respond to our online survey (see panel) or visit Stand A3 at Harrogate.

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The online survey takes less than four minutes and it’s anonymous and doesn’t need any form filling. Please help us inform the industry. Visit www.thestocklists.com and click on the survey banner to take part.

Flooring Forum Join our panel

The Forum is the platform for retailers to respond to trade issues and inform the industry about the problems and opportunities they face on the High Street. You can join our online survey panel and you’ll be invited every two months to contribute your views - it’s anonymous so you can say exactly what you think.

To join the panel, visit www.thestocklists.com and click on the Online sign-up button.

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Company Feature: Thomas Hopkinson

The store stylists Triple King is at the heart of a quiet revolution that is transforming the sales environment for thousands of flooring stores across the UK. Effective point-of-sale display has become an art, a science and a service.

Retail ‘real estate’ is the buzz word for manufacturers who increasingly regard point-of-sale as one of the most critical aspects of their approach to the market. But it’s an expensive investment that manufacturers can’t afford to get wrong. But good news in a recent survey in The Stocklists revealed 65% of retailers thought POS was getting better and merchandising services were getting smarter.

That’s the difference with Triple King, the brand name of Thomas Hopkinson. Not only has their design approach to presenting carpet and smooths samples been getting increasingly stylish and innovative, they’ve wrapped up the whole merchandising service into a package that can transform a store.

“We know floor space is at a premium in store and our job is to make every inch of a sales unit work hard for the manufacturer and the retailer with maximum appeal to the consumer...” “When our vehicle arrives on site we can do the whole thing,” says director Ian Peers. “We’ve designed and manufactured the units, we install them, we load them with sampling – and we go back to keep them up-to-date.”

Attention to detail and new developments are key to success in this competitive sector. For example,Triple King have just introduced a speedy service to turn laminate or flooring planks into easy-to-use swatches, complete with printed information and graphics.

This full service approach has been welcomed by manufacturers and Triple King works with leading companies such as: Georgian,Victoria, Manx, Fells Carpets, Edel Telenzo, Cormar, MCD, Calverts, United Carpets and Cavalio.

The company’s business is based centrally in Bradford where the 40,000 square feet operation centre includes design, manufacturing and storage. The company offers lecterns, waterfalls, wall systems and so on but it has been their creative response to custom design projects that has earned it so many supporters.

“We know floor space is at a premium in store and our job is to make every inch of a sales unit work hard for the manufacturer and the retailer with maximum appeal to the consumer,” says Ian. “We bring a lot of experience and, equally, a lot of new ideas to every project.” Peter Kimmins, General Sales Manager at Georgian Carpets can confirm. “We like working with Triple King. We’re very happy with the style but we also appreciate the durability we get from their units which is so important,” he says. T 01274 582056

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Company Feature: Interfloor

Bouncing ahead While the economy is still reporting slow growth in the UK, one company has seen a significant upturn with more than 500 new customers in the past year. Interfloor has invested heavily in a campaign to build awareness of the benefits of sponge rubber and crumb rubber underlay. The Campaign for Real Underlay has been active through the trade press, direct marketing, email, web and point of sale. It has been highly successful in promoting the benefits that rubber underlay offers in terms of consumer preference, performance and enhanced “sellability.”

…we can help retailers sell more underlay and get better margins in these tough times “As a result, we’ve seen an increase in customers buying rubber underlay and the growth in some of our premium products, such as Tredaire Colours Red and Duralay Kensington Deluxe, has been outstanding,” says sales director Gary Cowley.

“Another reason for the company’s recent success is that they are helping the retailer to increase their sales by selling more products to consumers who wouldn’t normally have purchased an underlay. “Rarely does the consumer ask for an underlay product by name, although they do have some recognition of the brands, especially Tredaire and Duralay. We’ve provided point of sale stands, as part of our Profit Ability programme, so that consumers can stand on the underlay and feel for themselves the quality and the difference which a superior product adds to a new carpet. “This not only makes customers more likely to buy a new underlay, but also more likely to buy a better quality product.”

Interfloor has worked with hundreds of retailers, via the Interfloor Profit Ability programme, to help them sell more underlay. More than 80%

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have increased volumes by 10% or better – some by as much as 100%.

“At Interfloor we can help retailers sell more underlay and get better margins in these tough times. Of course the recession has affected the volumes which retailers have been able to sell, but by offering a better selection and selling in the benefits to the consumer, we are starting to see a real difference in volumes– plus the consumers love the products.” And if that wasn’t enough, the company exports to over 70 countries as far afield as Russia, Africa, the Middle East and China. Interfloor rubber underlay is the preferred choice of many of the world’s leading hotel groups including Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton, Intercontinental, Hyatt and Jumeirah.

“They will only choose the very best and we’re delighted that they choose Interfloor. One of the most high profile customers includes the latest major five star hotel in Dubai, The Atlantis, with around 1,500 rooms, which has more than 100,000 square metres of Interfloor rubber underlay. But we had already supplied underlay for the seven star Burj Al Arab, and the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. We are also replacing underlay in all of the mosques in Abu Dhabi.”

Burj Khalifa Interfloor underlay for the tallest building in the world

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“We expect Tredaire to become the number one brand for PU in the next 12 months” Gary Cowley At the same time Interfloor has been beefing up its PU capacity. “Our role is to manufacture and market the underlay products that customers need. There has been an increase in the demand for PU and we have responded in a big way. Our manufacturing plant in Dumfries has introduced a new, state-of-the-art line to produce our PU. We’ve increased our range of Tredaire PU underlays to eight, the latest of which, Tredaire Contract 9, is an ultra high density 9mm domestic underlay suitable for double stick applications. We’ve overtaken the number two manufacturer and at our current rate of growth we expect Tredaire to become the number one brand for PU in the next 12 months.” But the story isn’t just about underlay. Interfloor also provides more than 800 flooring accessory products including carpet gripper, profiles, adhesives, tapes and fitting tools. Interfloor is the only manufacturer of carpet gripper in Europe, through its Gripperrods product. “And we have also invested heavily in this product too.” said Gary. “We have changed and improved the product’s look and quality so that it is now the best performing gripper product in the UK. We’re the only manufacturer to use Russian birch – the best type of plywood for

gripper due to its superior strength and consistency. There is competition from plywood made from poplar but we don’t recommend this as it’s softer and more prone to “bowing”.”

Interfloor, the only wholly UK-owned underlay manufacturing company, has also made customer service a priority. “One reason why the company is going from strength to strength is because we listen to what our customers are telling us and then act on it. We identified opportunities to improve the speed and responsiveness of our delivery service, to extend our product range and to provide enhanced marketing support to our customers; ” says Cowley. “We have made significant improvements to our customer offering, and that includes a faster response time to orders, greater flexibility, and an updated fleet. All of our tractor units are now less than a year old, with most of the trailers having also been replaced. With fuel efficiencies, lower emissions and a tracker system to enable timed routes, deliveries can be accurately timed to maximise convenience for our customers. “Interfloor is a very solid business, built on many years of trading, but we actually care about the products we supply and about the service we give to our customers. Customer service is of paramount importance, as is the range of products and offering value for money.”

Gary has been at Interfloor, and previously Tredaire, for eleven years and he sees the improvements in marketing support and customer service. “We’ve listened and we have worked hard to improve our service. We believe that we offer more value to our customers because we can give them the brands, products, suppor t and marketing customer service to help their businesses thrive. At the end of the day that’s what really matters.”

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Penta performs

Underfloor hots up

This autumn sees the launch of Penta, the latest floor from i-tec contract floors.

A new report from MTW Research has found that the under floor heating industry experienced unprecedented growth towards the end of 2009, as the market became increasingly reliant on smaller projects within the domestic market. In light of these developments Ambient Electrical, are offering their industrial forecasts for the next six months.

Drawing inspiration from an architectural colour palette, Penta comprises five design categories, with contemporary interpretations of wood, stone and metal styles, joining Fantasy and Trend to deliver cutting-edge styles at every level.

Providing performance in a diverse range of locations from offices and retail environments, to schools, public buildings and healthcare establishments, Plano is part of the itec33 collection, achieving a class 33 rating for use in demanding environments.

The two-mm thick supercompact PVC sheet floor features a 0.55mm wear layer for high levels of durability and can be welded at the seams to create impervious floor coverings. Featuring Superguard Purtechnology for ease of maintenance and improved wear resistance, Penta is also 100% recyclable, making it ideal for locations looking for the advantages of vinyl flooring in a product that is environmentally sound.

“Penta is engineered to perform and has been designed to provide a variety of locations with a floor that is hardwearing and easy to maintain and its diverse aptitude is reflected in the variety of styles it offers,” comments Christ Taveirne, product manager Itec Contract Floors. “Whether it’s an office looking for the cutting edge design from the trend group, or a retail environment wanting the soothing calm of wood, Penta delivers stylish flooring solutions that are engineered to perform year after year.” T +32 5665 3211 www.ivcgroup.com

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The new survey found that 53 per-cent of under floor heating suppliers reported growth in excess of 10 per-cent in the last quarter of 2009, with 75 per-cent of companies in the sector having ‘excellent’ or ‘exceptional’ credit rating.

David Goose from Ambient Electrical, the leading providers of electric under floor heating, said, “Most suppliers have found that it is essential to shift their focus to maintain sales, and many under floor heating specialists are placing an increased focus on the issue of energy efficiency and the benefits of using under floor heating compared to traditional methods of heating. “As the rentals market becomes increasingly buoyant, under floor heating suppliers are finding that many landlords are investing in under floor heating systems as a way of making their properties stand out from the crowd, and as a result, many savvy businesses are tapping into this new target audience. “In the past, estate agents advised property investors to splash out on bathrooms or kitchens, but today the focus is on cutting edge technology and under floor heating.” Radiators have been the heating method of choice for many years, but under floor heating is certainly gaining in popularity, with more prospective buyers placing such systems on their ‘wish list’.

Mr Goose added, "The market will certainly remain strong for the rest of 2010 as more and more homebuilders, landlords and investors realise the selling power associated with under floor heating systems- now is a great time for those within our industry.” www.ambient-elec.co.uk

The biggest celebration in wool history

Wool Week is ‘biggest celebration of wool in history’ says Ian Hartley, CEO of the British Wool Marketing Board (see page 51 for details). “Every day this event is gathering momentum and we are seeing some really creative retailing put behind planned activities,” he adds. Watch out for a special feature in next month’s The Stocklists when we will showcase a selection of the finest wool carpets that are availabel to meet the expected increase in consumer interest in wool products. Manufacturers: to participate in Wool Week Gallery 2010, please contact Diane Martin on 01482 659396 or email diane@mayvillepublishing.co.uk

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‘Instant’ websites for flooring people who don’t really like the internet! Maybe you’re not too keen on the net but know you should have a decent website. Flooring stores don’t generally need anything too complex – most of the time, visitors are just trying to find out your phone number, your opening hours or where they can park! Or they’re just checking if you look professional. The Floorsites package from The Stocklists offers: l l

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It costs £390 for the set-up and the first year - and £90 per year thereafter (exc.VAT). Check out our dummy site at www.thestocklists .com/floor sites or contact David Spragg at davidspragg@thestocklists.com or call 01845 573241.

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Stand out from the crowd and have a say in the future of your industry

www.nicfltd.org.uk

The NICF covers all types of flooring including carpet, laminate, luxury vinyl tile, timber and sheet vinyl fitting, and are the driving force behind raising standards of floor covering installation. By supporting the NICF and becoming an active member you can have a voice in the future of your chosen industry along with all the other benefits you see listed below:

• Enhance your company image • Free listing on the NICF website and broaden your opportunities for work • Free business support helpline with Croner Consulting • Technical advice line • Great discounts on FITA training courses • Discounts on quality workwear and tools • Keep up to date with industry news with Free subscriptions to Stocklists and the Contract Flooring Journal • Free newsletter

NICF 4c St. Mary’s Place, The Lace Market, Nottingham NG1 1PH Tel: 0115 958 3077 Fax: 0115 941 2238 Email: info@nicfltd.org.uk

Sharpen up your fitting skills with fita Are you working in the flooring industry but need further skills to widen your client base? Or perhaps you are a new beginner in flooring and need training to go one step further? If so, then why not contact FITA, the Flooring Industry Training Association. Co-founded by the Contract Flooring Association (CFA) and the National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers (NICF), FITA has courses to suit not only real beginners just getting started in the industry but upskilling courses aimed towards seasoned professionals too!

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Visit www.fita.co.uk for details of all FITA training courses available along with our booking form which is available for download. CALL TODAY FOR MORE INFORMATION ON:

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Charity news

Holiday grin and tonic Tenerife provided the perfect tonic for former carpet and furniture sales employees this summer – thanks to holiday grants from the Furnishing Industry Trust (FIT, formerly the FTBA).

Former furniture salesman and general manager Charles A’Court enjoyed a 10-night cruise to the popular holiday island with wife Elsie thanks to a grant of nearly £2,000 towards the cost of the trip. Also, retired carpet salesman John Easton, 65, was able to enjoy a seven night stay at the island’s Playa De Las Americas resort with wife Valerie thanks to the help of a £1,000 grant towards the cost of their holiday. “The Canaries are clearly the place to go this summer!” said FIT chief executive Charles Kerrigan. “Both Charles and John worked in the furnishings industry for many years before retiring and have had health issues in recent years.They both needed a break away from it all and FIT has been pleased to help them on their way.” John retired through ill health in 2004 and last year underwent major spinal surgery. He said: “It seems a long time since Val and I went on a holiday and it was lovely for us to get away and relax after the ups and downs of the previous year.” T 01367 240000

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Life cycle by Cormar Cormar Carpets has raised £1,000 for The Christie cancer centre with a charity bike ride when six employees from the company took on the challenge of the 60-mile bike ride to raise funds for the Manchester-based centre which treats over 40,000 patients a year.They completed the Manchester to Blackpool route in four and a half hours. Money raised by the Cormar team will go towards The Christie’s ongoing research, treatment and additional patient services. This includes plans for a new treatment centre to diagnose people more quickly and improve treatment services.

Sponsors of the team included Lancashire DAF, PPS Commercials,Transline and System Hygiene who provided support and equipment.

“We take part in numerous fundraising events each year and with a focus on staff wellbeing,The Christie bike ride was the perfect way to combine our love for fundraising and fitness. A number of employees cycle to and from work and jumped at the chance to take part,” said Craig Marshall, logistics manager at Cormar Carpets.

“Some of the team’s friends or family have been affected by cancer in some way and with The Christie’s Centre being so close to home, this bike ride was something we felt extremely passionate about.” Photo caption (L-R): Paul Entwistle from Lancashire DAF and Cheryl Bale, Craig Marshall, Jon Wheeler and Mel Fielding all from Cormar Carpets. T 01204 881234

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Yes you canyon! David Worthy is a well known manufacturers agent in the North East of England where he has been employed to represent several high profile companies over the last 25 years. Before becoming an agent David worked as a representative for Gilt Edge Carpets and as a regional sales manager with Crossley Carpets. However in January 2010 life changed for David as he was diagnosed after a very short illness with a cancerous bowel tumour, which would certainly have proven to be life threatening had it not been removed by immediate major and extensive surgery.This was successfully carried out during early February. After long and extensive care David has recovered remarkably well. Apart from his regular series of scans and tests a great deal of David’s recovery especially his mental state with regard to the future has been attributed to Macmillan Nurses and his local Marie Curie Care Centre.

As a way of showing his gratitude and as a way of “putting something back” David has enrolled on a most worthwhile venture in spring of 2011. In aid of his local Marie Curie Care Centre he is endeavouring to trek for what will be in excess of 40 miles through The Grand Canyon U.S.A. He is hoping to raise in excess of £3000 by this venture. David is appealing to any carpet colleagues or companies who would gladly contribute towards his ambitious trek by donating towards what is hoped you will agree is a ‘Worthy’ cause! T 07860 860670 www.justgiving.com/david-worthy email: davidworthycarpets@btinternet.com

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We are looking for good quality fitters for most of our 10 Regional Warehouses nationwide working on a sub-contract basis.

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“We get TWICE as many calls from our ad in The Stocklists” But then The Stocklists has an unfair advantage, we go to almost twice as many as people as some rival magazines. Ask us which advertisers have made the statement above - and we’ll give you a quote too!

Call Diane Martin on 01482 659396

Underlay Flooring factsheet Another in our series of helpful datasheets for the flooring retail and fitting trade - see page 14

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