April 2016

Altro Walkway 20 reliable choice for restaurant

The Pantry restaurant has been an important part of the Bayside landscape for twenty years. In a relaxed, stylish setting, customers can enjoy delicious food served with a smile by their fantastic team. Located in Brighton, Australia, the fun and friendly restaurant offers a calming environment with gorgeous interiors.
Recently they needed to upgrade the restaurant floor due to wear. They were searching for a floor that would stand the test of time and provide a stylish look to match the interior design. When they heard about Altro safety flooring and the long product guarantees, they chose Altro Walkway 20.
Altro Walkway 20 has been popular for over twenty five years because it’s easy to cove and weld. It achieves an R10 and a PTV≥36 giving sustained slip resistance throughout the lifetime of the product. It also includes PUR cleanability, and superior chemical and stain resistance.
Guy Mainwaring, Owner, The Pantry said: “We were in the market for a new floor after our previous floor had been worn down especially in the high traffic areas. Originally we were looking at another vinyl product. Once we had heard about the long term durability and life cycle of the Altro floor we knew we had to go with the better quality product. We chose Altro Walkway 20 in Pitch to match our interiors and love the new look and moody vibe it provides for the entire restaurant area.” 

Posted: 09/04/2016 00:00:00 by Chris Edwards-Thorne | with 0 comments

Celebrating in style

Sir Oliver Heald, QC, MP of North East Hertfordshire returned to Altro’s offices in Letchworth Garden City today to join our celebrations for being named, once again, in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for list. He also officially opened our new-look reception area, which has been completely refurbished using a colourful and imaginative combination of Altro flooring and wall cladding solutions.

Sir Oliver said: “I’m delighted to visit Altro once again and join in with celebrating the company’s ninth appearance in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For rankings. As the only manufacturing company to be on the list this year, this is a great achievement for Altro and good news for all employees. I’ve also had the opportunity today to open Altro’s new reception area; the new design is a great representation of what the company does and creates an impressive atmosphere for both visitors and employees.”
Posted: 22/04/2016 00:00:00 by Chris Edwards-Thorne | with 0 comments

Recofloor names 2016 vinyl flooring
recycling award winners

Recofloor members celebrated their record-breaking vinyl recycling achievements at the scheme’s fifth annual awards event at Old Trafford, the Home of Manchester United, in March.

Flooring companies, contractors and distributors have collected more than 2,700 tonnes of vinyl flooring – including 508 tonnes in 2015 alone - since the UK take-back scheme was founded by leading flooring manufacturers Polyflor and Altro in 2009 to divert waste material from landfill.

Winners received their trophies and certificates from guest host and former Southampton and England footballer Matt Le Tissier who was clearly impressed and commented: “Manufacturers collaborating in this way to improve the sustainability of their products must be unique. It’s fantastic for the environment: a win-win situation!”

Directors Bob Smith of Polyflor and Altro’s John Patsavellas both expressed their delight that ‘more and more companies are recognising the wider benefits of Recofloor, not just in connection with cost savings, but also with regard to enhancing their business offering and increasing their environmental sustainability’.

Thanking members, John said their ‘commitment and engagement is central to the success of the scheme’. “Altro, like Polyflor, is proud to be a founder of this scheme, which is a core part of both our sustainability programmes. Recofloor as a scheme leads the way across Europe. We have a ‘world first’ in collaboration that has created a scheme that really works. As Recofloor continues to evolve, others will find it very difficult to replicate.”

Involving staff with Recofloor and its sustainable aims through activities such as Toolbox Talks and introducing new recruits to the scheme as part of the induction process has been a great success, according to Anthony Francis, Managing Director of Mayfield Floors.

“Hosting a Recofloor event where the team can answer questions, especially on technical issues, is another great way to engage with staff. Since bringing these procedures in, we have seen remarkable results to a point where our staff bought into the idea of the scheme and are now very proactive in the collection process,” he said.

Recofloor Manager Jane Gardner, who showed the new Recofloor video on how the scheme works, praised members’ achievements and urged them to ‘keep the momentum going’. She said: “As a unique scheme, Recofloor is at the heart of the Circular Economy and shares these principles in recovering resources for reuse, where possible, in high value products. Everyone should be proud of what’s been achieved and we are striving to do even more.”

Key speakers from the flooring industry also included Richard Catt, CEO of the Contract Flooring Association and Ian James from FITA.

Richard commented: “Sustainability and waste management are extremely important to our industry and Recofloor makes a significant contribution. Winning a Recofloor award is an achievement that is growing in recognition and an important addition to any company’s profile. So congratulations should go to all the winners – particularly the significant number who are CFA members!”

Read the full article on the Recofloor website

Recofloor Awards 2016 Winners

And the winners are.....

Contractor of the Year Winner: Carpets ‘N’ Carpets Ltd, Treorchy

Highly commended: Breydon Flooring Ltd, Great Yarmouth

Distributor of the Year Winner: 3D Flooring Supplies; MCD Wales; Flooring Accessories

Highly commended: Ashmount Flooring Supplies, London

Drop-off Site User Winner: Mezmirizin Flooring Ltd, Cardiff Services Ltd, Hull

Highly commended: MCD Kidderminster

Recofloor Champion Winner: Mark Purnell, Fantasy Flooring Ltd, Bristol

Highly commended: Jeffrey Abbot, Top Floors (East Anglia) Ltd, Ipswich

Long-standing Service Winner: Branagan Flooring Services Ltd, Manchester

Outstanding Achievement Winner: Birch Distribution, Hull

Best Newcomer Winner: S & D Flooring Specialists Ltd, Hull

Highly commended: Westlinks

Greatest Improver 1st: STS Flooring Distributors Ltd, Watford

2nd: Premier Carpets and Flooring, Cornwall

3rd: Rudge Brothers and James Ltd, Bristol

Gold Award winners included: 3D Flooring Supplies (Cardiff); Birch Distribution (Hull); Breydon Flooring Ltd (Great Yarmouth); Carpet & Flooring (Manchester); FMI Contracts Ltd (London); Mayfield Floors (Stockport); MCD Wales (Bridgend); Parsons Carpets & Flooring Specialists (Gloucestershire); Portakabin Group (York); Reform Flooring Ltd (Norwich); Top Floors (East Anglia) Ltd (Ipswich).

Silver Award winners were: AA Flooring Ltd (Bleadon); Alsim System Building Ltd (Hull); Ashmount Flooring Supplies Ltd (London); Birch Distribution (Sheffield); Branagan Flooring Services Ltd (Manchester); Carpets ‘N’ Carpets Ltd (Treorchy); Elements Europe (Telford); The Hull Flooring Co Ltd (Hull); Kent Flooring Supplies Ltd (Kent); Key Floors Ltd (Hampshire); Middlesex Flooring Ltd (Middlesex); N&S Flooring Bristol Ltd; Nutland Carpets Accessories Ltd (Chandlers Ford); Oxden Floors Ltd (Kent); Rudge Brothers and James Ltd (Bristol); Ross Hughes Flooring Ltd (Caernarfon): Stanground Carpets & Flooring Ltd (Peterborough); Status Flooring Ltd (Dorset).

Congratulations to all our winners!

MCD Kidderminster trade event

Keen to promote the benefits of Recofloor to their customers, flooring distributor MCD Kidderminster invited the Recofloor team to attend its recent trade event and to speak to its customers about the benefits of collecting and recycling uplifted vinyl flooring.

Despite very challenging weather conditions and local flooding on the day, the Kidderminster flooring sector turned up to support the event. MCD Kidderminster customer John Hopewell, owner of County Contract Flooring, Droitwich was very positive about the benefits of the Recofloor scheme:

"From our point of view, Recofloor is a saving in terms of using skips and throwing material away that could be recycled. We save on using a skip a month through the scheme; that's a £280 per month saving. The Recofloor bags we are given encourage the fitters to collect the offcuts and it also helps to keep the site tidier too.

" I would recommend Recofloor to anybody because it's a saving. Anything that saves you money and also helps you to be a bit 'greener' can only be a good thing."

Recofloor team member Joe Gardner was delighted to have the opportunity to meet new MCD customers and to explain the way the scheme works.

Joe says: "If you would like us to visit your drop-off site to promote Recofloor to your customers, we would be happy to arrange a bacon butty event at your site. Please call the Collections Team to arrange on 0161 355 7618."

New video to introduce Recofloor

We were very pleased to unveil the brand new Recofloor video at the recent awards event. This short animated film has been commissioned as a useful tool to clearly explain how the Recofloor scheme works.You can view the video on the Home page of the Recofloor website

Posted: 07/04/2016 00:00:00 by Lea Charnley | with 0 comments