The first woman to achieve a highly specialised industry NVQ qualification

The Preparation Group is committed to improving standards and producing high quality products, solutions and services and is proud to announce that “Jessica Wells is the first female to achieve NVQ level2 in “Specialist Concrete occupations (Construction) – Substrate Preparation and Profiling”.

The Company recognises that investment in our team is the key factor to drive the business forward, to learn through accredited training provides a recognised career path for our employees. Jess started her employment with The Preparation Group in October 2018, moving from the Care Industry.

Jess said: “I enjoy journeying around the country with the people I work with, there is never a dull moment. I am onsite with guys using high tech machinery, I thought working on site might be intimidating, but if you are interested in learning, people will show you how to do things right, help and support you. Go for it, it is entirely down to you.” “My goal is to be a site manager to mentor and train more females. It doesn’t matter if you are male or female you need to love what you do to deliver results.”

However, Jess has run up against issues faced by women working in a sector dominated by men, such as a lack of suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) and work clothing, and even a recent site not having women’s welfare facilities or female toilets.

Jess was assessed by Ferfa (The Resin Flooring Association) Appointed Assessor Mr Jack Longdon, with over 49 years of industry expertise, appointed by Ferfa in 2018. Jack confirmed that Jess was the first female to be assessed and that she handled the largest equipment with ease and expertise, demonstrating ability and determination to get the job done right.

With the UK having one of the lowest percentages of female professionals in the Construction Industry, Jess is an inspiration, and we hope to encourage more females to train and benefit from the carer opportunities that the Surface Preparation, Polishing and Resin Flooring industry offers. There is no difference between male and female in terms of skills, expertise and added value to the industry and respective companies”. Tracey Glew – “Jess has worked extremely hard to achieve her goals, we are proud of her achievement and will support her to achieve her future ambitions”.

The industry has changed a lot since The Preparation Group started 30 years ago, there is considerably more awareness in the importance of investment in training, recognition of achievements and rewarding for achieving qualifications.

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Akeel Ahmed is the latest addition to the Kemtile team – having just been appointed as Business Development Manager by the UK leading of hygienic and sterile flooring and Stonhard division.

In his new role, Akeel will be responsible for the growth and development of contact with existing customers, as well as identifying and securing new opportunities.

With an enviable background in pharmaceutical flooring, he will also play a key role in strengthening Kemtile’s growing market presence within this global market – highlighting Stonhard’s enviable resin solutions, which are the specification of choice amongst world renowned brands such as AstraZeneca, Fusion, Pfizer, Recipharm, Cytiva and Bard Pharmaceuticals.

Also, within his remit, Akeel will be responsible for developing and undertaking Kemtile and Stonhards CPD’s in the UK, as well educating architects, engineers and design companies on the benefits and technicalities of specifying the brands’ products and services.

Having previously worked for another well-known manufacturer of resin flooring systems, Akeel brings with him to Kemtile a wealth of experience, contacts and a proven track record in the sector.

Commenting on the new appointment, Kemtile National Sales Manager David Priest said: “Akeel’s expertise and approach is already proving to be a great asset to our company, and we’re delighted to welcome him on board. His role here is varied and underpins many areas that we’ve identified as important for future strategic growth and commercial success of the business. We wish him all the best in helping both the Kemtile and Stonhard brands to realise our ambitions.”

Akeel said on his appointment to Kemtile: “I jumped at the opportunity to join such a longstanding and respected business, and I feel that my experience and expertise is particularly relevant and makes me really suited to the role.”

“It goes without saying that I’m delighted to join the business and to playing my part in achieving our ambition to become the single source solution of choice for UK commercial flooring and drainage systems across a wide range of sectors.”

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Sika launches Schönox Renotex 3D – an industry-first thin-layer screed system for damaged or contaminated flooring

Leading building products manufacturer, Sika, has launched a pioneering thin-layer screed system that can be applied to surfaces beyond the capability of traditional screed solutions and helps avoid the deconstruction and reinstatement of existing subfloors.

With a minimum layer thickness of only 14mm, Schönox Renotex 3D is thought to offer the thinnest floating screed in the world. The hybrid system comprises a patented mesh which in combination with Schönox HS 50 – a low-stress hybrid levelling compound – allows for the application of extremely thin layers of screed. Despite its slender composition, the screed retains a supremely hardwearing and heavy-duty consistency.

Gavin White, Marketing and Product Manager at Sika said: “Schönox Renotex 3D is another Sika product that lives up to our reputation for innovation. We believe it will prove itself an asset to customers and the construction industry as a whole, as it provides the versatility, strength and support that is out of reach to most screed systems.”

The Schönox Renotex 3D’s hybrid cement and gypsum composition inspires its rapid-install, fast-curing, super-strong performance, enabling it to be walkable in just two hours and flooring-ready in two days. Pumpable, with minimum shrinkage and excellent self-levelling properties, the system’s high load and live load capacity makes it ideal for contaminated flooring or ageing concrete unable to take traditional coatings.

Other benefits of the Schönox Renotex 3D include:

  • Improved heat transmission for underfloor heating
  • Mininmises thickness and weight with fire insulation
  • Provides impact and sound reduction

To coincide with the product’s launch, Sika hosted a live webinar which showcased Schönox Renotex 3D’s pioneering properties. Hosted by members of Sika’s technical team, the one-hour presentation – which included a Q&A session – was warmly received by representatives throughout the construction industry.

Gavin White at Sika added: “The webinar attracted a large audience and the feedback received from attendees on the product and the presentation was extremely positive. I’d like to thank all those who tuned in for their interest, with a special mention also for the Sika team for making it such informative and interesting viewing. I think we’d all agree, though, the real star of the show was Schönox Renotex 3D; an industry-first screed system with the quality and versatility to make good floors that might otherwise be beyond repair.”

To learn more about the new Sika Schonox Renotex 3D visit: