FeRFA e-news June 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of the FeRFA enews




This month we are delighted to welcome Limegate Ltd and Adbruf Ltd.

Limegate Ltd

Limegate logoLimegate Specialist Surfacing have over 80 years’ experience in specialist surfacing of both traditional and contemporary styles. Based in the South East, Limegate have carried out domestic and commercial projects throughout the UK.

The Granary, Lamberhurst Farm, Shoreham Lane, Halstead, Kent, TN14 7BY / www.limegate.co.uk / 01959 546 208

Adbruf Ltd

ADBruf LogoFormed in the late 1960s, Adbruf Ltd has grown to become a leading manufacturer of technical coatings for use in a variety of different sectors. Adbruf’s success is built on a strong reputation for developing innovative products, operating a policy of continual research and development, their commitment to customer service and to the production of materials with exceptional performance.

Gibbs Marsh Trading Estate, Stalbridge, Dorset, DT10 2RX / www.adbruf.com / 01963 362 640

Events IconEVENTS


Belfry VistaThe 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 in July.


Jo Caulfield

Jo Caulfield is a stand-up comedian, host, and comedy writer.

She has worked on some of the biggest shows, and with some of the biggest names, in British comedy. Not only has Jo been the regular warm-up performer for Have I Got News For You for many years, she has appeared as a guest on the show, as well as on Mock The Week and Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Jo has also appeared on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.

On Radio 4, Jo has her own acclaimed shows, It’s That Jo Caulfield Again and Jo Caulfield Won’t Shut Up, as well as regularly appearing on shows including The News Quiz, The Now Show, and The Unbelievable Truth. She has written for Ruby Wax, Joan Rivers, Ant and Dec, and Graham Norton, who said of Jo, ‘I never knew I could like a woman so much’.


Remmers UK receiving the trophyThe 2017 FeRFA Golf Day took place on Friday 16th June at Erewash Valley Golf Club, organised by FeRFA Vice Chairman Tom Dossett. The event was well attended, with 11 teams participating from Remmers UK, Sika, Altro, Mapei, HTC Europe, The Preparation Group, 4m Floors UK, Resin Coating Specialists, IRL Group, Floor and Walls and Boud Minerals.

Remmers UK emerged as winners this year with 87 points. In second place were Altro Limited with 85 points, Resin Coating Specialists in third with 82 points, and 4M Floors in fourth place with 80 points.

Steve Allen of Sika was awarded Longest Drive, Nearest The Pin 4th was Lee Hopkin of Resin Coating Specialists. Nearest The Pin 14th was Matt Haddick of HTC Europe and Nearest The Pin 18th was Lee Hopkin of Resin Coating Specialists.  

FeRFA would like to thank the official event sponsors Remmers UK, Sika, HTC Europe and PPC. Prizes were generously donated by Zircon Flooring, ART, IRL Group and Altro.

We will provide details on the 2018 event in due course.



Resin 16 take Module 14 at InstarmacApprentices from Resin Flooring group 18 spent two days at Sika in Welwyn Garden City this month. Trainer Terry Foxley combined classroom theory with practical workshops to teach Module 11 - Resin Seals and Coatings. They also familiarised themselves with e-module C on Preparation of Background Surfaces.

The group will then travel to Arturo in Rugby in October for module 12 on Self Smoothing Systems.

Apprentices in group 17 are: Craig Bowden (Britannia Industrial Flooring Ltd), Jordan Kingston (Coatech Ltd), Craig MacGregor and Phillip Rockett (Euro Resin), Meshach Barrow, Daniel Dainty and Joe Walters (John Lord & Son Ltd), Michael Hutchinson, Philip Whitehall, Darren Collinson and Robert Rochford (Polydeck Resins Ltd), Lewis Pearce (Ryebrook Resins Flooring Ltd), Brendan Thomas (Stonhard UK Ltd).


Resin 18 Mod 10 at PPC LincolnPrep Group 9 apprentices continued their training this month with a 2 day training session at The Preparation Group with FeRFA trainer Stephen Walker. The modules gave an introduction to surface preparation and work practice and project planning. This group will then go on to complete a 3 day training session at the DSA for Modules 6-9.

Apprentices in this group are: Thomas Mallett (F & G Industrial) Sean Vickery and Richard Hughes (TPS360) Brian George and David Logan (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.

Topics include:

  • 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.


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.


FeRFA has a start date for the next NVQ Level 6 course - 4th & 5th of September.

Previously known as the Level 4 Diploma, the Level 6 course enables those in a Managerial role to gain an appropriate qualification reflecting the skills and knowledge required for their particular area of industry, and also provides a career route for exisiting construction supervisors.

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.

If you are interested in registering for this course, please email secretariat@ferfa.org.uk for more information.


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 Incorez and ACO Building Drainage.

Full details on all Associate Members are available in the FeRFA Associates' Catalogue.


EPMS LogoIncorez Ltd is a leading manufacturer of specialist resins and polymers, excelling in the development of high performance, low hazard materials, particularly waterborne and high solids systems. Incorez is also a global leader in oxazolidine chemistry, manufacturing a range of products marketed under the Incozol® umbrella. The Incozol® range has been widely adopted in 1K and 2K polyurethane coatings, as well as 1K PU sealants, where they operate as moisture scavengers, reactive diluents and curing agents.

In addition, the company is a global partner in waterborne, low hazard technology, manufacturing a wide range of waterborne aliphatic polyurethane dispersions and an extensive range of waterborne epoxy curing agents. These materials, marketed under the Incorez® brand, are used extensively in high performance coatings across a broad spectrum of applications.

Iotech House, Miller Street, Preston, PR1 1EA / www.incorez.com / 01772 201964

ACO Building Drainage

Aco Building DrainageACO Building Drainage specialises in the development of corrosion resistant drainage systems and building products for applications across the internal and external built environments.

Engineered to eliminate design risk, to optimise installation and to minimise lifetime ownership cost, every product in the range delivers exceptional levels of performance, finish and durability.

ACO Business Centre, Caxton Road, Bedford, MK41 0LF / www.acobd.co.uk / 01462 810400



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.

Recycling Data March 2017

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
    Potential risks
    Recycling and disposal options
  • Managing Wastes on Site
    Maximise Recovery/Recycling
  • Overview of the waste regulations, including hazardous waste streams
    Duty of Care
    WM3 legislation
  • Cost of Non-Compliance
  • Benefits of Best Practice of Managing Waste Efficiently



Stallard Kane LogoStallard 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:

  • Engineering company fined after worker suffers hand injury

    Chris Davis was working at the site in Royson, Hertfordshire using a manually operated metalworking lathe, when his hand became entangled with the rotating workpiece. Read more...

  • Company and contractor fined after member of the public struck by fencing wire

    A member of the public was in her garden, when she was sprayed with pieces of fencing wire that had become entangled in a mechanical flail. Read more...

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

SKa Business Shield Brochure CoverAll 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.

Other News IconOTHER NEWS



The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is challenging the industry to stop turning away non-construction related workers without CSCS cards.

Most people are familiar with the role CSCS cards perform in improving standards and safety on construction sites. However, not everyone realises that those people attending site to perform a non-construction related occupation should not be expected to carry a card.

CSCS Head of Communications Alan O’Neile said: “CSCS cards are intended for construction related occupations only. Due to the wide range of skills required on construction projects, there are times when a worker arrives on site to perform a non-construction related activity, for example catering staff, delivering materials or cleaners. These individuals do not require a CSCS card and CSCS has stopped issuing cards for these and many other non-construction related occupations.”

Despite this some construction sites still operate a 100% carded workforce policy. The policy is often reinforced in client’s prequalification documents or by head office insisting all workers and visitors to site should carry a CSCS card.

Alan O’Neile added: “The rigid enforcement of a 100% carded workforce results in legitimate, non-construction related, workers being refused entry to site as they do not hold a card. This indicates a misunderstanding of the scheme and undermines the construction industry’s desire for a fully qualified (not carded) workforce.”

This approach is supported by the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) announcement (via the Industrial Strategy: Construction 2025) that skills certification card schemes carrying the CSCS logo must only certify those occupations with nationally recognised construction related qualifications, or approved equivalents.

The move away from a 100% carded workforce will see an increase in the numbers of individuals turning up to site without a card.

Alan O’Neile continued: “We are not asking site managers to allow just anyone on site. If a worker is there to carry out a construction related activity then a card is required as proof of their training and qualifications. If they are there to perform a non-construction related activity it becomes the responsibility of site managers to induct and escort these people to ensure they remain safe at all times when on site.”

The decision not to issue CSCS cards for non-construction related occupations is seen as a practical step towards achieving the CLC’s requirements and ensures cards are only issued to those who are working towards, or have already achieved, a nationally recognised construction related qualification.

For further information on this issue and details of occupations that do not require a CSCS card, visit www.cscs.uk.com/cro3.


Build UK LogoThe 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.


The latest edition of the Build UK Newsline is available at builduk-newsline.org.uk where you can find more on:

  • Fair Payment
  • BuildUK NewslineHealth and Safety
  • Image
  • Pre-Qualification
  • Training & Skills and
  • Other News



  • LANDSCAPE SHOW September 12-13, Battersea Park, London (Exhibitors include: Star Uretech)
  • 100% DESIGN September 20-21, Olympia London
  • SURFACE & MATERIALS SHOW October 10-12, NEC Birmingham

    Surfaces & Materials Show 2017 LogoFeRFA is an event partner for the Surface and Materials Show to be held at NEC Birmingham from 10 - 12 October as part of UK Construction Week. FeRFA members are being offered enhanced packages and discounts on stands. For more details contact Jessica Visser on 020 3225 5364 or jessica.visser [@] media-ten.com


Resin 16 In assessment period
Resin 17 MOD 14: Sep 13-14 at Instarmac, Tamworth
MOD 13: Oct 24-26 at Resdev, Elland
Resin 18 MOD 12: Oct 11-12 at Arturo, Rugby
Resin 19 MODS 6-9: Oct 4-6 at TAC, Nottingham
MOD 10: Dec 5-6 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln
Prep 9 MODS 6-8: Oct 4-5 at TAC, Nottingham
MOD 10: Nov 28-30 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln


FeRFA Council Meeting: Wednesday 13th September, hosted by Instarmac
Technical Resin Committee: Thursday 21st September at Smart Marketing Works
FeRFA AGM and Awards Dinner: Friday 17th November at the Belfry Hotel


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

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Ivy Wroe
Tubs Hill
  • Tubs Hill, Sevenoaks

  • Total Protection carried out some decorative Resin Bound Gravel to a circular designed courtyard for a £11 million residential development in Sevenoaks, Kent. Read more...
  • Total Protection (Great Britain Ltd)
Industrial Flooring Project
Central Food Safe Floor

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