Welcome to the latest edition of the FeRFA enews
IN THIS ISSUE
CHANGES TO FeRFA SECRETARIAT
As announced in the April issue of FeRFA e-news,the FeRFA Secretariat is now being handled by Smart Marketing Works.
So who is Smart Marketing Works?
Smart Marketing Works was founded in 2009. The company has been located since its formation in the Staffordshire town of Stone, in the heart of the Potteries. It provides a full marketing service to a number of big brands, mainly but not exclusively, in flooring sectors. The team of eight staff also has experience of working in a secretariat role for leading trade associations.
Key contacts for FeRFA members are Heather-Jayne Edwards for membership services, training and general enquiries, Jayne Green, for financial matters and Andrew Ross for FeRFA e-news, press releases and general promotion.
Please note, there will be no change to the FeRFA phone number 07484 075254 and all existing email addresses will be rerouted. The new address for FeRFA will be: PO Box 3716,
NEW FeRFA MEMBER
This month we are delighted to welcome Anderson Specialist Contracting Ltd.
ANDERSON SPECIALIST CONTRACTING LTD
Formed in 2007, Anderson Specialist Contracting is based in the town of Forfar, Angus and was established by Ian Anderson who has been involved in the industry for over 30 years. Anderson's has proven experience in all types of specialist repairs and building maintenance including industrial flooring, waterproofing, structural strengthening, car park decks, concrete repairs and coatings.
146 Castle Street, Forfar, DD8 3HX / www.andersonspecialistcontracting.com / 01307 477 844
FeRFA ANNUAL EVENT 2017 - FOR YOUR DIARY!
The FeRFA Annual General Meeting and Dinner 2017 will be held on:
Friday 17 November at the Belfry Hotel in the West Midlands.
Following the success of the new format last year, we will again have a shorter afternoon annual general meeting, with time for networking, so that guests can get ready for the evening entertainment and allow couples to travel together.
The Woodlands Suite at the Belfry provides a spacious setting in which to host this popular event and we look forward to welcoming members and their guests in November.
Full details and booking forms will be issued later in the year, but meanwhile please get the date in your diary.
FeRFA GOLF DAY - Friday 16 June 2017
This year we will be returning to the Erewash Valley Golf Club for this year's event on Friday 16 June 2017.
Situated in Stanton By Dale, Ilkeston, the golf club fully deserves its reputation as a top class venue with a well maintained 18-hole course along with a welcoming clubhouse. The excellent and scenic use of natural features provides enjoyable year round golfing and will test the skills of all standards of golfer.
The event is open to all members, and you are welcome to bring along customers and colleagues for the day.
Meet at 9.00 for bacon butties and refreshments, with a first tee-off time is 09.30 for a Stableford 4 balls competition.
Play will be in teams of four, so ideally participants are encouraged to put together their own teams but we will of course be able to make up teams if this is not possible for you.
The cost for the day's golf including breakfast and prizes will be £35 per player. Details are on the form, but players are requested to pay the fee of £35 per player to Tom Dossett on the day of the tournament. Please complete the booking form here to hold a place for your team.
APPRENTICES TAKE SELF-SMOOTHING MODULE
Apprentices from Resin Flooring group 17 spent two days at Resdev in Elland this month. They were studying module 12, Self-Smoothing Resin. Classroom theory was combined with practical workshops to demonstrate the applications, key factors, testing and control methods and much more.
The group will continue on to study Modules 14 and 13 at Instarmac and Resdev respectively before commencing their assessment period.
Apprentices in group 17 are: Gary Ashby (Polydeck Resins), Jake Brown (Central Flooring Services), Simon Murphy (Ultrasyntec), James Murray (Surtech) and Charles Abel (Hart Site Services), Daniel Moreland.
NEWEST GROUP OF FeRFA APPRENTICES TAKE PART IN THEIR SECOND TRAINING SESSIONS AT ARTURO
Group 19 resin flooring apprentices travelled to Arturo in Rugby for modules 4 and 5. This, the second block on their training scheme, provided them with a comprehensive introduction to resin flooring systems and was followed by sessions on work practice and project planning on the second day.
The apprentices were also given time to get familiar with FeRFA's on-line elearning portal and went through the health and safety module with all passing the on-line test.
Apprentices in Resin 19 are: Liam Griffin (Britannia Industrial Flooring) Neil Garnon (F & G Industrial) Mitchell Cross (Orchid Flooring) Luke Oliver, Adam Oliver and Nicholas Lancaster (Polydeck Resins) Ben Tanner and Stefan Mordecai (TPS360) and Gregor Eckert (Veitchi Industrial)
FeRFA's Upskilling courses are subsidised for members and cost just £50 per person and are eligible for grant funding (for CITB levy payers). FeRFA can organise upskilling days on a range of topics and, if you have at least six to eight staff members, they can be run at your premises (or another suitable venue) at a time to suit you.
- Decorative Stone & Quartz Systems
- Flowable Screeds
- Self Smoothing Static Dissipative & Slip Resistant
- Polyurethane screeds & coving
- Work Practice & Project Planning
- Surface preparation to receive resin floors
- Grinding & Polishing
- Specifying and Selecting Resin Flooring
- Recycling Waste Management Training Course - see below
For more details on all the upskilling courses that are available please visit the Upskilling page of the website.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT NVQs
If you are looking for career development, then consider enrolling on the NVQ level 3 in Occupational Work Supervision.
It is a 10 day course which takes three months and consists of 9 Modules (which are taken over 10 days as off-site training).
The cost for the course per candidate is £2520 payable in three instalments, and the current CITB grant is £2,225 (plus 10% if levy paid in time). This includes all the training plus food and accommodation for the training days. For more information click on this link, which gives details on the modules as well: www.ferfa.org.uk/pdf/Training/SupervisorTrainingInfo.pdf
To take your career to the next level there is the NVQ level 6.
The course includes 12 days, in two day sessions around 6 weeks apart, in the classroom and at the same time candidates will work, using on-line workbooks, to gather a portfolio of evidence during that time. The process will be fully explained at the first sessions. Once the programme is complete and enough evidence has been gathered candidates will achieve their qualification.
The cost is £2,800 and grants are available for CITB levy payers totalling £1,900. Hotel accommodation can be booked locally to the course if required, at £50 + VAT per person, per night and includes breakfast but no evening meal.
Each month we have a special focus on FeRFA Associate members who provide specialist services and products into the resin flooring and screeding markets. This month we are shining the spotlight on Innoveo and Schluter Systems.
Full details on all Associate Members are available in the FeRFA Associates' Catalogue.
EPMS Supplies Ltd
EPMS Supplies Ltd offers a bespoke service to the construction industry. The company operates nationally via a network of strategically located distribution centres. EPMS prides itself on its friendly reliable service, technical know-how and customer support. Working closely with all the major specialist manufacturers in the industry, the company has more than 100,000 items held in stock, covering a very wide range of product groups, from resin flooring to coatings and from sealants to concrete repairs. EPMS is therefore a partner who can be trusted to offer its customers the best cost-effective solution.
The company also offers a free estimating service and full technical support. All the company’s staff have excellent technical knowledge and vast practical experience.
Unit 1, The Moorings, Waterside Road, Stourton, Leeds, LS10 1RW / www.epms-supplies.co.uk / 0113 276 0037 / Distribution Centres: Northern 0113 276 0037 / Midland 0115 986 2414 / Southern 01622 963 000
Component Developments designs, manufactures and supplies stainless steel drainage systems, access covers and surface protection products. The company has 30 years experience of providing a rapid and efficient service from design through to installation.
The company utilises the most modern manufacturing techniques, including the latest design software, laser cutting and CNC bending. It uses bright annealed (mirror polished) stainless steel as the standard material for its drainage channels.
These hygienic and durable finishes inhibit the growth of bacteria and are easy to clean, leaving a bright chrome-like finish. The products are ideal for a range of applications, especially in commercial and manufacturing sectors where hygiene is critical, such as food production, pharmaceutical and health.
Halesfield 10, Telford, Shropshire, TF7 4QP / www.componentdevelopments.com / 01952 588 488
FeRFA's RECYCLING SCHEME
RECYCLING SUCCESS - ARE YOU TAKING PART?
If you are not already submitting your recycling data in 2017 please start doing this now to qualify for the recyling logo within your FeRFA website entry.
It is easy to do using the datasheet (if not using Reconomy) - only two figures are needed per month - total weight collected and total weight recycled or recovered. This is information that should be provided by your waste collector. If it isn't then ask them why not. The spreadsheet includes a graph, automatically generated from your figures - which you can show to prospective clients.
Discover the benefits of using the Reconomy Portal to manage your construction waste
Did you know that the Reconomy Portal will give you round-the-clock access to your key waste documentation and data - across all your construction sites? We would like to show you how to gain:
- control over the waste streams generated on each construction site you manage
- the ability to create detailed reports on your waste management with ease.
By giving you an in-depth insight into the handling of waste across all your building sites, with dynamically updated information, the Reconomy Portal offers an unrivalled opportunity to gain control over your waste management.
Arrange a free Reconomy Portal demonstration today:
Click here or Call - 0800 834 133
FeRFA's partners in the recycling scheme are:
- Reconomy, can assist you to reduce your total waste management costs, increase your landfill diversion, ensure compliance, under current Environment Agency legislation, maintain consistency and best practice across all sites and back-office functions. Contact 0800 834 133 / 01952 211790
To see Reconomy's National Rates for FeRFA members please click on this link.
- If you are a manufacturer, Protech Plastics Containers can supply containers in various sizes to suit your product range, which are now produced from 40% recycled material. Call Protech on 01827 314615.
If you would like to improve your company's sustainability and learn more about effective and efficient waste management, why not register your interest in a one day Upskilling course. The course will cover the following topics:
- Pre project planning for waste
Identify the waste streams produced
Recycling and disposal options
- Managing Wastes on Site
- Overview of the waste regulations, including hazardous waste streams
Duty of Care
- Cost of Non-Compliance
- Benefits of Best Practice of Managing Waste Efficiently
FeRFA MEMBER BENEFITS
NEWS FROM COBRA INSURANCE BROKERS
In view of the recent cyber-attacks on businesses across the world, it is now a real threat that your business could be targeted by criminals with a view of corrupting your electronic files. There is no better time to seriously consider the need for Cyber Insurance Cover; COBRA help you assess the cyber risks faced by your company and organise Cyber Insurance.
Cyber Insurance is very inexpensive and starts from as little as £100 + Insurance Premium Tax for an annual policy.
View these two useful guides from Cobra:
Cyber Risks & Liability: Cyber Security Tips for Small Businesses. As a small business owner, you face unique risks in today's cyber environment. Learn helpful tips to protect your assets from a cyber attack with this article. Download here.
Cyber Risk Exposure Scorecard: This easy-to-use scorecard/checklist can help you assess the severity of cyber risks facing your business. Download here.
If you have not spoken to Howard Collins before, or it is sometime since you reviewed your insurance needs do get in contact with him, for a FREE insurance health check and a no obligation quote,
call 07775 888933 or visit www.cobrainsurance.co.uk
H&S UPDATE PLUS BUSINESS SHIELD FROM STALLARD KANE ASSOCIATES
Stallard Kane Associates Ltd provide a support service to SMEs for both Health & Safety and Employment Law. FeRFA members can access its services for free via the Business Shield - detailed below.
The latest news from SKA looks at:
Business Shield - free to FeRFA members - ensures you are always up to date.
SKA understands that busy management teams don't always have the time to keep up-to-date with changes in workplace legislation and health and safety policies, which is why FeRFA has supplied FeRFA Business Shield as a key member benefit
All FeRFA members have FREE access to the Business Shield service giving you:
- FREE access to the FeRFA Business Shield online portal
- FREE and unlimited use of the 24hr hotline
- FREE one hour review of your daily activity and associated risks
- FREE one hour review of your existing employment contracts
Further details on the service are available in the brochure here.
All FeRFA members are supplied with a unique username and password for the FeRFA Business Shield and can speak to an advisor to answer any queries that you may have regarding the service.
In the meantime, members can access the advice line on 0345 076 6485.
The dedicated FeRFA Business Shield Account Manager is Barry Nicol, please call him on 07854 938693 for more details.
BUILD UK ACCIDENT SURVEY 2017 - LIVE NOW
The 2016/17 BUILD UK Accident Survey is now live for FeRFA CONTRACTOR MEMBERS to submit accident statistics for the last 12 months from 1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017 via the following link:
Accident Survey 2016/17
The deadline for responses to this year’s survey is Friday 1 September 2017 - but please don't wait until the deadline to complete it as we will send regular reminders until it is completed.
It should only take a few minutes to do, and if you have had no reportable accidents it will be just seconds as all you need to give is number of employees for that period, then click NO to accidents and it is done.
Please note that providing annual accident statistics is a requirement of membership for contractors.
A good response to the survey is vital as the information can be used to demonstrate to clients and others that the safety record of members is better than non-members. It can also help to identify accident trends in order to produce guidance which can reduce the risk of similar incidents in future.
CITB HEALTH, SAFETY & ENVIRONMENT TEST: updated revision materials
Revision materials for the CITB Health, safety and environment test will be updated from 1st April 2017. Candidates taking the CITB test from the 1st June should revise from the new version of the revision material.
Candidates taking tests before 1st June can continue to use the 2016 version. Read more
BUILD UK NEWSLINE
The latest edition of the Build UK Newsline is available at builduk-newsline.org.uk where you can find more on:
- Fair Payment
- Health and Safety
- Training & Skills and
- Other News
MEETINGS, SEMINARS & EXHIBITIONS 2017
EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS 2017
APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME DATES 2017
||In assessment period
MOD 14: Sep 13-14 at Instarmac, Tamworth
MOD 13: Oct 24-26 at Resdev, Elland
|| MOD 11: Jun 28-29 at Sika Welwyn Garden City
MOD 12: Oct 11-12 at BASF, Redditch
|| MODS 6-9: Oct 4-6 at TAC, Nottingham
MOD 10: Dec 5-6 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln
||MODS 4-5: Jun 27-28 at The Preparation Group Lincoln
MODS 6-8: Oct 4-5 at TAC, Nottingham
MOD 10: Nov 28-30 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln
FeRFA MEETINGS AND EVENTS 2017
FeRFA Technical Meeting: Thursday 15 June at Smart Marketing Works, ST15 0HG
FeRFA Golf Day: Friday 16 June at Erewash Valley Golf Club
Council Meeting: Wednesday 28 June at Smart Marketing Works, ST15 0HG
FeRFA AGM and Awards Dinner: Friday 17 November at the Belfry Hotel
FeRFA MEMBERS' NEWS
FeRFA members can add news stories via the Members Area of the website. For more information on how to access this facility contact FeRFA.
Use the following links for more COMPANY NEWS or you can go to specific CASE STUDIES and GALLERIES
- Respol has installed Mapei’s Mapefloor i302 at the Morrison's Supermarket food processing plant in Northwich, Cheshire to provide a a safe and durable solution on time for its scheduled opening date. Read more...
- Respol Ltd & Mapei (UK) Ltd
- IFT was approached by 71 Brewing to give advice and proposals for the flooring element on the conversion of an existing industrial warehouse in Dundee city centre into a new brewing facility Read more...
- Integrated Flooring Technologies
- Apollo Construction Solutions (APCS) is excited to launch Drive Restore (A1398), a unique and cost effective solution for rejuvenating resin bound surfaces. Read more...
- Apollo Construction Solutions
- A successful olive and Mediterranean food business, and long-standing customer of UltraSyntec Ltd, needed to create an extension for its ever expanding company. Read more...
- Ultrasyntec Ltd
- The future looks bright for concrete floor grinding. With the global development of the industry still in its early years, Husqvarna has acquired two other leading players in the field – HTC Floor Grinding Solutions and Pullman Ermator. Read more...
- Husqvarna Construction Products
- Ultrasyntec has recently finished a new flooring project for Radcliffe Construction at Alco Valves new state of the art facility at Brighouse, West Yorkshire, which went live for the start of 2017. Read more...
- Ultrasyntec Ltd
- Total Protection provided a serene and safe environment for the external areas at Mortlake Crematorium. Read more...
- Total Protection (Great Britain) Ltd
- See the latest vacancies in the resin flooring industry
- Visit the FeRFA Situations Vacant page here...
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