March 2016

Congratulations Recofloor Award winners!

The fifth Recofloor Awards was held at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United, last week. Hosted by TV presenter and ex-Southampton and England football player Matt Le Tissier, it was a great event and we enjoyed catching up with the many attendees. It was particularly rewarding to see the nominees and winners being recognised for their hard work and their commitment to recycling, making Recofloor the successful vinyl take-back scheme it is today.

Well done to all nominees, and all those named as bronze, silver and gold Award winners. Congratulations in particular to the following:

Outstanding Achievement – Birch Distribution, Hull

Contractor of the Year – Carpets ‘N’ Carpets Ltd, Treorchy

Distributor of the Year – 3D Flooring Supplies, Cardiff; MCD Wales; Flooring Accessories

Recofloor Champion 2016 – Mark Purnell, Fantasy Flooring Ltd, Bristol

Long-standing Service Award – Branagan Flooring Service Ltd, Manchester

Best Newcomer – S & D Flooring Specialists Ltd, Hull

Greatest Improver  –
1st Place - STS Flooring Distributor, Watford
2nd Place – Premier Carpets and Flooring Ltd
3rd Place – Rudge Brothers and James Ltd

Drop-off Site User of the Year – Mezmirizin Flooring Ltd, Cardiff

Only a couple of weeks back Recofloor announced a record annual amount material collected for recycling: 508 tonnes which brings the total collected since the scheme began in 2009 to over 2700 tonnes. This year-on-year increase, plus the enthusiasm of the scheme’s members in the lead up to, and at, this year’s awards event shows that Recofloor and its contribution to sustainability is going from strength to strength. We’re looking forward to the 2017 event already.

Posted: 08/03/2016 00:00:00 by Chris Edwards-Thorne | with 0 comments

Localised services put pressure on healthcare centres

Under reforms in the Health and Social Care Act, healthcare services are to be delivered locally to reduce hospital admissions.  This has led to the creation of ‘super surgeries’, where treatment for a wide variety of health issues are provided in a multi-purpose healthcare centre.  GP services, minor surgeries, diagnostics, therapy, dentistry, and social care can all be under one roof.    

Super surgeries need to cater for the physical and mental well-being of patients and staff.  Many GP surgeries must be refurbished and some even extended to house the increased services required.  In addition, the quality of healthcare the NHS has committed to in their five year plan must focus on patient safety, clinical effectiveness and patient experience, so refurbishments must take these aspects into account as well. 

Aesthetics, safety and hygiene are critical to delivering this level of quality healthcare.  With centres expected to run for longer hours and provide a wide variety of services, the environment must be safe and easy to clean and maintain.  It also has to put patients at ease.
In areas where minor surgeries are being undertaken, a fully sealed and hygienic environment is required, but it must coordinate with other areas of the centre to prevent patient stress and link all treatment areas together.
Use of colour for wayfinding and identifying treatment areas can also help patients and staff find their way around the centre and make the patient experience more positive. 
When surfaces are selected for healthcare centres, they should:
  • meet the strictest infection control, hygiene and health and safety standards
  • be easy to clean
  • retain their appearance through the life of the product
  • be durable
  • retain their slip resistance
For more guidance on specifying in healthcare environments and what products are best for different application areas please contact us.
Posted: 22/03/2016 10:46:16 by Chris Edwards-Thorne | with 0 comments

New addition to the Altro Whiterock Satins family

We’ve added a fresh green colour ‘ Orchard’ to our Altro Whiterock Satins hygienic wall cladding range – now giving you 27 options to choose from!

You might already recognise this shade from our glossy Altro Whiterock Chameleon range, and due to customer demand from the care home sector we’ve now made this popular colour available in our satin finish.

Altro Whiterock Satins provide the impact resistance and hygiene you would expect from Altro Whiterock, with a stain-resistant, wipe-clean surface. Colour-matched accessories are available too!

Find out more here and order your sample of Orchard today.

Posted: 14/03/2016 00:00:00 by Chris Edwards-Thorne | with 0 comments