FeRFA Annual General Meeting 2020

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the members of FeRFA Limited will be held online on Friday 27th November 2020 at 12pm.

All members are welcome to attend. Due to the current restrictions, the meeting will be held virtually.

Please email the office on secretariat@ferfa.org.uk for details on how to join the meeting. 

Brian Poulson Obituary

FeRFA is sad to announce the death of the former FeRFA executive director Brian Poulson on the 5th April 2020.

Brian Poulson was born on the 31st July 1937 in St Albans, Hertfordshire.

Having attended St Albans Grammar School where he excelled in both Mathematics and Sciences, Brian won a scholarship to study Chemistry at Downing College Cambridge in 1956, graduating in 1959 with an honours degree in Natural Sciences. He then devoted his working life to the application of science to building, construction and highway engineering.

His first post was at Rickmansworth as a research chemist for Cementation Research (1959-1968) concentrating on construction and mining processes. At Cementation Chemicals in Norbury, South London, (1968-1972), he became a Technical Manager focusing on industrial flooring, structural waterproofing, and concrete repair.

Brian was able to specialise as the General Manager for Technical and Marketing for Redland Prismo at Rowfant, (1972-1981) in road markings, specialist surfacings and joint sealants. He was particularly proud of the work he undertook in Japan, the USA and at Tehran Airport in Iran. From squash courts to international motorways, his research, laboratory development and applied learning were bearing fruit.

He became technical director at Fosroc in Leighton Buzzard (1981-4), specialising in international mining chemicals and resin products and then moved to Prodorite in Wednesbury, West Midlands (1984-1990). This was a smaller national firm specialising in industrial floorings, concrete repair and specialist coating products. He was to enjoy some of the most productive and fulfilling years of his working life in the Black Country, where he felt welcomed and at home.

Brian’s calm, analytical, scientific brain, became invaluable as an expert witness at the Investigation into the King’s Cross Underground Fire of 1987 chaired by Desmond Fennell. Brian was able to help disprove the initial belief that the paint provided by Prodorite had caused the disastrous flashover. In so doing, he contributed to evidencing the real lessons learnt by the enquiry.

In 1990 Brian moved back into the international business world with WR Grace, based in Slough, as Group Leader in the Industrial Flooring and Concrete Repair Division before becoming an independent consultant in 1995. The contacts he forged internationally became invaluable and his extensive technical knowledge was deployed with the generous enthusiasm of a life-long industrial chemist who perceived his labour as vocation.

Brian’s experience and technical expertise began to serve a wider scientific and commercial community and his horizons broadened beyond the UK. He became Technical Chairman of the Resin Flooring Association (FeRFA); and Secretary General of the European Federation of National Associations Representing producers and applicators of specialist building products for Concrete (EFNARC).

The former President of EFNARC, David Chapman, based in Belgium, paid tribute by declaring that, “Brian was incredibly knowledgeable in the field of Construction Chemicals and was one of the people who helped create a billion pound industry in the UK today”. He went on to remark how Brian’s contribution had been recognised more across Europe than in his own country where he had been instrumental in the development of the European Construction Chemicals industry.


FeRFA recognises excellence in resin flooring by presenting annual awards to celebrate the workmanship,diversity, innovation and commitment to quality and training shown by its members.

The winners will be announced at the FeRFA Awards Dinner on Friday 29 November at the De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre & Orchard Hotel by the host Reverend Richard Coles.

There are five Awards being presented this year for:

• Small Industrial Project of the Year

• Small Commercial Project of the Year

• Large Industrial Project of the Year

• Large Commercial Project of the Year

• Outstanding Contribution to FeRFA (there is no shortlist for this Award)

View the full press release here

FeRFA Golf Day 2019 – Results in!

FeRFA members met for the annual golf day at a sunny Erewash Valley Golf Club in Derbyshire. The event was a great success and congratulations go to the overall team winners, Altro Limited, whose team secured victory with 85 pts. Remmers UK came in a close second with 84 pts, The Preparation Group were third with 82 pts and Resdev collected the 4th place prize on count back from Uzin Arturo with 76 pts.

Longest drive was spectacularly won by Rob Harris with a drive that reached the green on the 365 yard par 4 16th hole and nearest the pin prizes from the 4th and 14th holes were collected by Alan Milner and Grant Wilson respectively.

A big thanks to all the event sponsors for their generous donations, Sika, Remmers UK, The Preparation Group, TPS360, HTC, Uzin Arturo and Long Rake Spar. Thanks also go to IRL Group for the provision of an additional prize awarded to Uzin Arturo as a consolation.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone again in 2020 when, hopefully, the sun will shine again and it will be equally enjoyable.” Tom Dossett – FeRFA Chairman

1st Place – Altro

2nd Place – Remmers
3rd Place – PPC
4th Place – Resdev


Once again the FeRFA Best Practice Awards have highlighted and celebrated the best projects and innovation that the resin flooring industry has to offer.

The gala Awards dinner, hosted by world cup-winning former rugby player Kyran Bracken, took place at The St Johns Hotel, Solihull, on Friday 23 November and saw awards presented in five different categories, recognising the workmanship, innovation and commitment to quality shown by FeRFA member companies.

Many congratulations to this year’s winners, who are as follows. Small Industrial Project of the Year, sponsored by Boud Minerals, was won by IRL Group & Remmers. The project was at Swiftool Precision Engineering Limited, Sutton in Ashfield, where the floor was transformed from a tired-looking space into a newly refurbished workshop area and walkway colour-matched by in-pail tainting. The project was completed within 72 hours causing minimum disruption, meaning the client was able to showcase their facilities to a potential high-profile customer. The product used was Remmers Epoxy Flex PH.



The Large Industrial Project of the Year category , sponsored by ACO Building Drainage, was won by Integrated Flooring Technologies & Flowcrete for the Macallan Distillery, Scotland. Aesthetics were a critical aspect of this project, with over 21,000m 2 of flooring installed within a complex facility at a remote location. The use of resin flooring ensured that the floors in the industrial space would maintain a functional, visually attractive finish for a long period of time, with tourist areas having to withstand foot traffic of approximately 50 – 60,000 visitors per annum. The products used were Flowfresh, Peran SL and Flowcrete Quartz Structure.


Small Commercial Project of the Year was sponsored by Innoveo/Dorfner. The category was won by Zircon Flooring and Sika for the Leeds Art University. High-skill levels were required on this TV studio project to ensure that a totally flat floor was achieved. The performance of the specified products was crucial to create the ideal floor for the environment. It was required to be level, durable and smooth, as well as aesthetically pleasing and safe from damage caused by static electricity. The products used were Sikafloor® 161, Sikafloor® Level-30, Sikafloor® 220W, Sika Earthing Kit and Sikafloor® 262 AS N.



Large Commercial Project of the Year was sponsored by Stallard Kane Associates and was won by Coatech and Flowcrete for the Menai Science Park (M-SParc)in Gaerwen, Anglesey . The resin flooring on this project needed to reflect the high-tech, architecturally innovative principles, which are central to the new business centre. This requirement was met by using a combination of systems in a unique layout. Matching products were used internally and externally on pathways around the building and in the courtyard areas to give the impression of the surfaces flowing from inside the building through to the outside and vice-versa. The products used on the project were Flowcrete Peran Comfort, Flowcrete Rustik Glamourstone.


This year saw the introduction of the Innovation Award. Sponsored by Cobra Insurance, this was won by Altro for their new Quickcure Extra product. This is a rapid curing seal coat. It enables reduced downtime, resistance to water spotting and spillages, in addition to providing a hard-wearing finish.




FeRFA congratulates all those who won Awards this year, and also extends its thanks to those companies who entered Awards – the time and effort required to produce high quality entries is very much appreciated. Special thanks also go to the sponsors and judges and to all those who came along to the galaAwards night, helping to make the evening a highlight of the year for the resin flooring industry.


The past summer has seen an important personnel change at FeRFA, the Resin Flooring Association, with the retirement of longstanding CEO Helen McGachie and the arrival of a new incumbent Mark Spowage

Helen had been Chief Executive at FeRFA for 13 years, during which time the Association has changed dramatically, growing its membership base, considerably increasing and diversifying the services it offers to its members, launching a highly successful recycling scheme and constantly pushing forward innovative training initiatives. Helen transformed FeRFA into the ‘go to’ resource for training in the resin flooring industry, and this undoubtedly reflects Helen’s passion for this subject more than anything else. She is now leaving the Association to enjoy a well-earned retirement.

So FeRFA is delighted to welcome its new chief executive Mark Spowage. A self-confessed “techie”, Mark views his main role as to build on the work carried out by Helen during her tenure at the top.

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September 2018

Apprentices learn how to prepare for the perfect finish

The 16th group of resin flooring apprentices continued their training this month with a two-day session on Surface Preparation.

Starting with the essential techniques of correct floor preparation and through a combination of classroom teaching and practical experience, the trainees learnt the various methods of surface preparation and the choice of equipment available. The Preparation Group’s provided its custom-built facility at Lincoln for the training and 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. Apprentices in Resin group 16 are pictured here with Stephen Walker (second from right): Daniel McLaughlin and Jordan Speed (4m Floors UK) Matthew Marvin (Central Flooring) Danny Malone (Coatech Ltd) Jack Findlay (Genco Construction) and Adam Moore, Jason Earl & Jake Ross (IRL Group Ltd)

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The FeRFA, The Resin Flooring Association, held its 2017 Awards at The Belfry on 17 November. These once again highlighted the very best projects and examples of first class flooring installations that the resin flooring industry has to offer.

The gala Awards dinner, hosted by comedienne Jo Caulfield celebrated excellence in the resin flooring industry. Awards were presented in five different categories to recognise the workmanship, diversity, innovation and commitment to quality and training shown by its members.

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The FeRFA, The Resin Flooring Association, held its 2017 Awards at The Belfry on 17 November. These once again highlighted the very best projects and examples of first class flooring installations that the resin flooring industry has to offer.

The gala Awards dinner, hosted by comedienne Jo Caulfield celebrated excellence in the resin flooring industry. Awards were presented in five different categories to recognise the workmanship, diversity, innovation and commitment to quality and training shown by its members.

Click here to view the full Awards press release


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.

Tom Dossett elected as FeRFA Chairman

FeRFA is delighted to announce that Tom Dossett of Remmers UK Ltd has been elected Chairman for the next two years.

Tom has been in the construction industry for 20 years, nine years within the ready mixed concrete and screeds sector working for Tarmac, and for the following 11 years specifically in resin flooring. Tom has worked in a technical sales role for over 10 years, dealing with all market sectors from Automotive and Aerospace through to Education and Retail. Having joined Remmers UK Ltd in 2010, he has happily settled into the role of Midlands Technical Sales Manager for all market sectors. He has been an active member of the FeRFA Council for over four years as the Remmers UK Ltd representative.

Tom’s appointment follows on from the election of Tracey Glew, MD of The Preparation Group, who is not only FeRFA’s first female Chairman but also the first to come from the surface preparation side of the industry.

Together and with the assistance of FeRFA Council they will build on the success of FeRFA in promoting resin systems as the flooring of choice across a range of sectors, raising standards of health and safety and ensuring the future of the industry through a skilled and qualified workforce.

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Press Releases 2014

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