Instarmac Ranks Number One in Mid Market 300

Every year Insider magazine lists the Midlands top performing 300 businesses with a turnover of £20 – £50million and Instarmac Group plc are delighted to have been ranked number one in this respected list.

Sponsored by HSBC, Coventry University and the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, Insider magazine uses Experian IQ to measure each company’s turnover and pre-tax profit. Using these two numbers, an average is taken and the top 300 are drawn in order from that list. As well as turnover and pre-tax profit, Insider also looked at profit margin, the amount of businesses exporting and number of employees. Their research showed that, not only have average profits and exports increased but Midlands businesses have also created 10,306 jobs over the past year – great news for local businesses and residents. Instarmac Group plc are a market-leading manufacturer of cement and bitumen based products to the world markets. Established in 1977, Instarmac have built a solid reputation based on the research, development and production of innovative materials used in the highway maintenance, urban regeneration, tiling, commercial flooring and internal finishing sectors. Instarmac are committed to providing high specification products that are durable and independently tested, backed up by first-class customer, technical and sales support. This achievement is the latest in a long line of awards of Instarmac. In 2017 they were placed in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies for the eighth year, achieved a RoSPA Gold Award for the fifth year, were ranked as a Low-Risk Operator by the DVSA, received a FORS Silver Award and completed the transition to the new ISO accreditations, one of the first companies to do so. For more information on Instarmac, their product offering and career opportunities please visit or call +44 (0) 1827 254402. You can keep up-to-date with all the latest news from Instarmac by following them on Twitter @InstarmacGroup.

Integrated Flooring Technologies Shortlisted For Prestigious Business Award

Integrated Flooring Technologies have been shortlisted in the Family Business of the Year Category at the Glasgow Business Awards 2017.

Their nomination will go to round two judging before the winners are announced on Thursday 5th October at a glamorous ceremony at the Hilton Glasgow.

The Preparation Group Achieves SafeHire and re-joins HAE board

The Preparation Group, specialists in environmentally friendly solutions for preparing, cleaning & finishing, has achieved the HAE (Hire Association Europe) SafeHire accreditation. It is the only surface preparation company to comply with the scheme criteria.

Kate Walshaw, The Preparation Group’s Hire Group Manager has also been appointed as an HAE Supply Chain board member. After being co-opted onto the Board over 8 months ago, Kate’s re-election shows that she has clearly made a positive impact. Says Kate; ‘I am delighted to have been voted onto the HAE board again and in gaining SafeHire, we have demonstrated our commitment to a high standard of hire operations. Customers hiring our grinders, planers, shotblasters, STG’s, hand tools and vacuums can be assured that we run a professional service, with health & safety at the forefront of everything we do and with an emphasis on delivering full customer satisfaction. Many government offices and councils are already insisting on the SafeHire accreditation when engaging with a hire company for contract work so it will become increasingly important to our business.’ Paul Robertson, SafeHire Certification Scheme assessor commented: ‘The Preparation Group were a pleasure to deal with and worked hard to achieve their accreditation within the time frame. They are a perfect example of what SafeHire is all about. They made huge efforts towards all aspects of the scheme and grabbed the opportunities to improve, which will result in real commercial benefits.’ With the election of Kate to the Supply Chain Industry Board and achievement of SafeHire, The Preparation Group cements its place as the leading surface preparation tool hire business in the UK.

Central Flooring Services Recognised At Altro Installation Recognition Awards

The Altro Installation Recognition Awards have been designed to celebrate the skills and hard work of installers.

Central Flooring Services Ltd have been recognised by Altro for their installation at MM Flowers in Alconbury, Cambridgeshire. MM Flowers is the UK’s leading, vertically integrated cut flowers specialist, supplying major UK and European retailers. The company required a new build site to be laid with a resins solution that could provide a slip resistant rating of R12. Central Flooring Services laid 5000m² Altro Crete slip-resistant variant at 9mm to the large building and provided a first-class finish. CFS diverted 100% of all the waste from Landfill satisfying the customer that we had installed all his resin floors whilst using water-based products, made in the UK, whilst being installed by responsible contractor.


The 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 of the 2018 event in due course.

Arturo win 2017 CFA award for Resin Floors

Arturo was delighted in winning the 2017 CFA Award for Resin Floors.

Sharon Hart from Arturo received the award at the awards luncheon held at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridgeshire on 26th April.

The CFA Resin Floors Award is such a prominent accolade to win as it is voted for by flooring contractors. Kenton Penny, Managing Director proudly remarked, “It is an honour to win such a prestigious award. Thanks to everyone who voted for Arturo. The innovative designs made possible by our resins have been recognised and now display an external sign of excellence.” Sharon Hart added “A unique floor can determine the atmosphere of a room or workplace. Arturo specialises in resin design flooring, offering a wide range of possibilities and pushes the boundaries of what a floor can do.”

Break with the confines of convention, Arturo is your place to explore the new found creativity of resin-based flooring systems. For stand out projects that demand performance and beautiful aesthetics, Arturo provides extremely durable resin flooring and in a huge variety of RAL colours to give designers and specifiers the opportunity to create stunning floor designs. Arturo has a wide product range and provides the perfect solution for either epoxy or polyurethane resin flooring subject to either light or heavy duty usage. Arturo can be used across a wide variety of commercial or public locations including schools, healthcare, retail and industrial environments.

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Arturo gains Environmental Product Declarations

Arturo Unique Flooring gains Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) to help improve the environmental credential of their products.

Arturo Unique Flooring gains Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) to help improve the environmental credential of their products. The following Arturo products now have an EPD:

EP6900 Construction Resin

PU2030 Self-smoothing Floor

PU2060 Self-smoothing Floor

PU3320 Floor Seal

PU7320 Floor Seal

The environment is one of the most significant issues facing the construction industry and clients are increasing looking at sourcing building materials which are sustainable. Environmental building certification such as LEED, BREEAM and SKA also put pressure on companies to develop sustainable and eco-friendly buildings.

An EPD is an independently verified and registered document that provides information about the life-cycle environmental impact of a product. Products with an EPD are suitable for clients which require a SKA rating. SKA rating is an environmental assessment tool for sustainable installations and is designed for companies which want to install resin floors in an environmentally sustainable way.

Arturo provides unrivalled possibilities for design with infinite colour options and bespoke designs. The systems also provide exceptional resistance, sound insulation and easy maintenance. A unique floor can determine the atmosphere of a room or workplace. Arturo offers a wide range of resin floors and pushes the boundaries of what a floor can do.

Central Flooring Services Win Prestigious Award

Central Flooring Services were rewarded for their continuing efforts in sustainable resin flooring, being awarded a Green Apple Award at The Houses of Parliament on Friday 9th June.

The judges said that Central Flooring Services were setting the standards in their industry by not only recycling up to 100% of all the waste generated on Customers sites, they install sustainable systems where possible.

Central Flooring Services install all types of factory flooring, from floor coatings and screeds, to safety demarcation and anti-slip.

Resin Surfaces Speak Of Global Opportunities After Joining Sherwin-Williams

Ivy Wroe, Sales Director of Resin Surfaces (RSL), has today spoken for the first time about the impact of becoming part of Sherwin-Williams.

RSL, which celebrates 35 years in business this year, joined the world-leading coatings giant in May last year.

The company will now lead the Sherwin-Williams commercial flooring business in the EMEAI (Europe, Middle East, Africa and India), working alongside a sister business in the US.

The aim is to build a significant global presence in the sector.

Next month (July 2017) RSL will relocate its administrative and manufacturing headquarters from Hazel Grove to Sherwin-Williams’ Bolton operation as the final stage of a merging of people and skills.

Ivy, who has joined the board of Sherwin-Williams EMEAI, commented: “The last 12 months has been an extraordinary journey for us all. “Becoming part of Sherwin-Williams is testament to everyone’s hard work in helping us build a business over three decades which has led the way in resin wall and flooring solutions both in the UK and internationally.

“We now have the opportunity to take our product knowledge and technical expertise to a worldwide audience and lead Sherwin-Williams’ offer, certainly in the EMEAI region, but also wider, in close collaboration with our US counterparts.”

Ian Walker, General Manager for Sherwin-Williams EMEAI, said the deal with RSL reflected its dominance in the resin wall and flooring sector. “We wanted a partner with an established reputation for technical knowhow and new product development to help us build a global presence in what is a new sector for us.”

He continued: “Ivy’s team showed all the drive and ambition we needed to see to know that a relationship with them would be mutually beneficial. We are already making great progress in introducing their specific skills and experience into our worldwide network of existing contacts and opening up new ones together.”

Sherwin-Williams is a US Fortune 500 company serving the construction, retail, industrial, automotive and marine sectors. It reported $11.8 billion sales revenues to end of 2016 and the company employs over 37,600 people worldwide from its Cleveland HQ.

In an upbeat message to the firm’s wide range of customers Ivy concluded: “We are grateful for all the best wishes we have received in recent months from customers and the UK resin flooring industry as a whole. It’s good news for everyone.

“Being part of a bigger business means better career opportunities for our people, better investment in products and an extended global reach. The future is indeed very bright for resin flooring.”