NVQ6 Success for Reprotec’s Elliott Lindsay

Elliott Lindsay has been awarded the NVQ6, having been one of the first candidates on the pilot scheme which launched in 2014.

Having left school with few qualifications, Elliott joined Reprotec 15 years ago as a general labourer. He was able to benefit from the time and money the company put into its workforce; with regular personal development meetings, training plans, in-house supervised and other training. Elliott was amongst the first 19 nationally to achieve the newly established NVQ2 in resin flooring qualification in 2008. This gave him the encouragement to retake his Maths and English exams as well as completing the SMSTS and a business outward bound management training course, which then enabled Elliott to take the next step and achieve his NVQ3 Supervisory Management qualification.

The high point for him has been to gain his NVQ6 in specialist contracting operations which is a degree level course. Elliot said: “This is the best achievement of my career to date, and my challenge now is to put all that I have learnt into practice. It is thanks to John Holmes, our MD and the Reprotec team that I have got where I am today. They see the value of investing in training to help their staff achieve and develop as well as for the good of the company.”

John Holmes, Reprotec’s MD, added: “Elliott’s endeavour to achieve NVQ Level 6, even though it was hard work and quite testing at times, is a testament to his attitude and dedication to his profession. We are so proud of Elliott and no doubt he can achieve even more in the future.”

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Star Uretech celebrates living wage commitment

The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that Star Uretech has been accredited as a Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Star Uretech, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.45 – significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.95 and the new minimum wage premium for over 25s of £7.20 per hour introduced this April.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK.Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

Mark Almond, General Manager at Star Uretech says “As a company our ethos differs from what has become standard practice and paying our staff a decent wage for a hard day’s work is just one of the changes we have made to how Star Uretech operates. We place great importance on the well-being of our staff, our honesty regarding our products and a general desire to do the right thing. Morals and profit are not mutually exclusive and our ethical approach to business not only helps us to retain our customers but is playing a large role in securing new customers and helping our business grow. We have always been a market leader in our industry and hopefully other companies will continue to follow our lead and make the living wage commitment.”

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Katherine Chapman said: “We are delighted to welcome Star Uretech to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer. “The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.

“We have accredited nearly 3,000 leading employers, including Star Uretech, ranging from independent printers, bookshops and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the National Living Wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that.”

Rebranding for Altro

Exciting new developments ahead for Altro!

Designed for Possibilities – Made for People.

Over the past few months Altro has been working on developing its brand; talking to customers about what their current and future expectations are. Based on this, it is presenting a new brand and identity which represent the expanded possibilities it sees now and in the future.

The new website, logo and strapline reflects the new brand and product focus. It might look different, but there will be no change to the same high levels of customer care, technical knowledge and product innovation you’ve come to expect from Altro.

Over the coming months we will provide you with our extended portfolio of solutions, as well as new products that will give you even greater choice in colour, design and performance.

We are Altro.

Cost, Time and Compliance – 6 Ways to Control Waste

From planning to tracking progress on your construction project, don’t let waste add to your construction cost problems. Reconomy offers top tips on how to manage the cost of construction waste.

51% of construction companies claim they could increase profitability and simplify their supply chain by modernising the way they do things, according to a survey by the University of the West of England.

The cost of construction waste management is a major factor in the profitability of a construction project, as construction firms come under mounting pressure to minimise resource use across the supply chain, comply with legislation and satisfy competing demands from clients.

Collectively, construction, demolition and refurbishment accounts for around half of the UK’s waste, creating an estimated 100 million tonnes annually. This puts the industry firmly in the spotlight – and organisations such as Defra and the BREW (Business Resource Efficiency and Waste) are pushing for action across the industry.

But real change requires considerable effort along the entire length of the supply chain. The cost of construction waste must be controlled from the top through good communication, monitoring and collaboration.

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Introducing the Euclid Group: A World Leader in Construction Chemicals

The Euclid Group has announced its formation by joining several RPM International Inc. subsidiaries in business together, with the predominant operating companies being Euclid Chemical, Eucomex, Toxement, Cave, Viapol, Flowcrete, RPM Belgium and Vandex.

The formation of the new Group creates an advanced manufacturer of smart building solutions with strategically located infrastructure and offices around the world.

The Group’s combined product portfolio positions it as a leading supplier to the global construction and engineering industry. Brands without a foothold in particular regions will be able to leverage the Group’s global infrastructure to rapidly introduce product lines into new markets.

The Euclid Group unites several of the world’s leading construction chemicals brands, principally: Euclid Chemical, Eucomex, Toxement, Cave, Viapol, Flowcrete and RPM Belgium Vandex.

The Euclid Group will be comprised of 34 plants, over 2,100 worldwide employees and a sales presence in 55 countries.

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Mapei to exhibit at Architect @ Work 2017

Mapei will be exhibiting at Architect @ Work, in Olympia, London on 25-26 January 2017. Visit Mapei specification managers and product specialists on Stand 21, who will be on hand to offer advice.

Mo Aljan, National Specification Manager at Mapei commented “We anticipate another excellent event and look forward to exhibiting at Architect @ Work again this year. We will be showcasing Mapei’s new comfortable seamless flooring solution, Mapefloor Comfort AR/X system, discussing project requirements, and providing technical advice.”

Mapefloor Comfort System AR/X is an attractive and self-smoothing resin-based flooring system, which provides a seamless comfortable level of flooring in commercial environments.

Due to its elastic properties Mapei’s comfort flooring system proves advantageous when a good level of comfort is required underfoot. This is provided from the matting at the base of the system which also has excellent soundproofing capabilities, reducing the impact of noise transmission into areas below. Recently installed at BDP Architects practice in Bristol, the flooring system has a high resistance to wear and abrasion from constant foot traffic and moveable office furniture such as castor chairs.

Apprentices’ latest training gets them well prepared

The 16th group of apprentices held their last training session of 2016 at The Preparation Group’s training facility in Lincoln.

The two-day session started with the essential techniques of proper floor preparation and continued, through a combination of classroom teaching and practical experience, with the various methods of surface preparation and the choice of equipment available.

Stephen Walker, who ran the two day sessions, gave the apprentices plenty of opportunity to try a range of machines.

This group has now completed the first ten modules of their two year apprenticeship and will continue their training with further combined classroom and practical sessions on Coatings, Self smoothing, Screeds & Covings and Flowable Screeds.

The apprentices in Resin 17 are: Steve Baker, Lee Cornish and Gary Ashby (Polydeck Resins) Jake Brown (Central Flooring Services), Simon Murphy (Ultrasyntec), James Murray (Surtech) and Charles Abel (Hart Site Services), Brian Quinn (Veitchi Industrial Flooring), Daniel Moreland and Mark Harrison from (Reprotec UK).

Schlüter-Systems gives feature staircase the edge with illuminated profiles

Schlüter®-LIPROTEC illuminated profile technology in conjunction with Schlüter®-TREP stair nosing profile gives a feature staircase a unique lighting design with a modern, slip resistant finish, within the entrance to Longvale’s brand new facility.

Industrial Sensor Specialist, Longvale, was founded in the mid-1980s and supply products such as Mechanical Switches and Special Sensors from manufacturers around the world to industries ranging from Oil and Gas to Rail and Automotive and many more; however, their new facility, located at Lancaster Park in Burton Upon Trent, now allows them to design and produce bespoke solutions for customers themselves.

Schlüter-Systems has been a market leader in essential flooring accessories since it was founded in 1966 and it provides complete system-solutions and technical support for residential and commercial projects, large or small.

Schlüter introduced the new range of illuminated profiles to add a fourth dimension to architecture, with lighting playing an essential role when it comes to inspired design. Schlüter®-LIPROTEC is an intelligent lighting concept that combines lighting and profiles within the tile and stone covering. A choice of indirect or direct light is available, with Schlüter profile technology, allowing you to emphasise curtain walls and illuminate stairways, foyers, bathrooms and more, all with an innovative, unique appearance.

Intelligent receivers control the LED strips with power supply units that convert the mains voltage to the 24 V required. Pre-programmed colour changes can be selected using the control system, where you decide the mood with the touch of a button. If the client is looking for a particular ambiance or to bring brand colours into the design, then the system can be programmed from 16 million colours.

Suitable for moisture-rich rooms, the LED strips are completely encapsulated and conform to IP65, allowing subtle detail to be incorporated into the smallest rooms in the house, office, hotel, or wherever your imagination takes you.

For this particular project Schlüter®-LIPROTEC-PB with indirect and direct light was combined with the high quality Schlüter®-TREP-E stair nosing profile in a brushed stainless steel finish, turning the staircase into a stunning focal point with an illuminated subtle accent. The Schlüter®-TREP range also improves safety on staircases, maintaining and protecting installations to keep the edges of the floor coating intact.