FeRFA E-Newsletter June 2018

In This Issue

NEW MEMBRS - Welcome to Contar Resins & MC Engineering Solutions Ltd
AGM & AWards Dinner - Join us for the event of the year!
Training News - Updates from June training modules
Golf Day - Book your places for the FeRFA Golf Day
Associate Spotlight - This month we look at Long Rake Spar and Schluter Systems Ltd
Recycling - Taking part made simpler, top tips for minimising landfill, national rates available
Member Benefits - Cobra's Bespoke Insurance Service plus H&S Advice and Business Shield from SKA
Other News - Latest news from the industry, Build UK accident survey now live
Meetings & Exhibitions - Dates for your diary
Member's News - News stories from FeRFA members

Latest News

New FeRFA Members

This month we are delighted to welcome Contar Resins & MC Engineering Solutions Ltd

Contar Resins

Contar Resins has been developing, supplying and installing a range of exceptional flooring systems since 1982 and are well-established within the specialist manufacturing industry in resin flooring, screeds and fire resistance.


Contar Resins products provide durable, sustainable and efficient solutions to multiple industries and many complex environments. Our specialist systems are designed to withstand continuous usage, extreme temperatures, harsh weather conditions and exposure to potentially corrosive chemicals

The Coach House, Baddow Park, West Hanningfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 7SY /
www.contarresins.co.uk/ 01277 843955

MC Engineering Solutions Ltd

Specialist in stainless steel fabrications for the food industry;
design, manufacture and installation of food processing equipment as well as stainless steel drainage channels.1 Limber Road, Kirmington, Ulceby DN39 6YB / www.mcesltd.co.uk / 01652 688183

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AGM & Awards Dinner


The AGM and Awards Dinner provide the ideal opportunity to meet with colleagues old and new, and network over afternoon tea and dinner in convivial surroundings. You will find out what’s happening in the industry and to hear about the latest benefits and services available to FeRFA members.

St Johns Hotel, Solihull, Birmingham B91 1AT

Situated in the charming West Midlands town of Solihull and within walking distance of the town centre, this stylish hotel offers superb conference facilities and an excellent leisure complex with pool, sauna and gym.

FeRFA has negotiated a special rate (payment on booking, non-refundable) at the St Johns Hotel of £109 + VAT per double room and £99 + VAT per single room. Please book before 1 October for this rate calling the St Johns direct on 0121 711 3000, quoting FeRFA Awards when booking.

Thank you to our Sponsors of this year’s event:

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Preparation Group
Smart Marketing Works

Annual General Meeting

The FeRFA AGM and Council elections will commence at 3pm; this will be a short formal meeting and will include plans for 2019 and details of the latest benefits and services available to FeRFA members.

There is no cost to attend the AGM but booking is essential, please complete this booking form. (Booking is now closed

Kyran Bracken Confirmed To Host 2018 Awards Dinner!

The FeRFA Awards Dinner will be a glittering event in the Park Suite and an ideal opportunity to entertain customers, reward staff or enjoy a pre-Christmas get together with friends.

Our host for the Awards evening is former England rugby player Kyran Bracken. Kyran played rugby for England for 10 years, gaining 50 caps. After retiring Kyran swapped his rugby shirt for all-in-one lycra and agreed to appear on ITV’s Dancing on Ice. He went on to win the contest. The spray tan and sparkly outfits clearly made their mark – Kyran’s passion for ice skating continues. But he’s also stayed close to rugby as a coach at Leicester.

The 2018 FeRFA Best Practice Awards will be presented after dinner and we will be honouring this year’s Apprentice Graduates with the presentation of their NVQ diplomas and certificates. FeRFA graduation is supported by CITB.

You can then dance the evening away or enjoy a drink in the Park Suite Bar.

The cost for the dinner is £75 (plus VAT) with discounts available for tables of 10+.
Dress: Black Tie

If you would like to attend the AGM and/or the Awards Dinner, please complete this booking form and email to secretariat@ferfa.org.uk. (Booking is now closed

FeRFA Best Practice Awards 2018

FeRFA’s Annual Awards will be presented at the event dinner and this is the time of year when we ask you to start thinking about your entries and gathering the information to put forward in the following categories:

(awarded jointly to a FeRFA Manufacturer & Contractor)
sponsored by Stallard Kane Associates
(awarded jointly to a FeRFA Manufacturer & Contractor)
sponsored by Innoveo
(awarded jointly to a FeRFA Manufacturer & Contractor)
sponsored by Boud Minerals
(awarded jointly to a FeRFA Manufacturer & Contractor)
sponsored by ACO Building Drainage


New Innovation Award!

This year we have a new award category which is open to all members of FeRFA (Manufacturers, Contractors and Associates).

The Innovation Award will be judged on a company’s success through the introduction of an innovative product, process or step which has delivered business improvement and/or technological step change.

(open to all member categories)
sponsored by Cobra Insurance Brokers 

Read our hints and tips on submitting an entry here!

Download your entry form(s) by clicking on the individual Award title above and post TWO copies of your submission to FeRFA, PO Box 3716, Stone, Staffs ST15 9EU for the attention of Becky Hadley.

We would also welcome electronic copies of any photographs you are submitting for use during the marketing and promotion of the Awards. These can be emailed to secretariat@ferfa.org.uk

The closing date for entries is Friday 12 October.

FeRFA Golf Day

The FeRFA Golf Day will take place on Friday 21 September at Erewash Valley Golf Club.

The day is open to all members and you are welcome to bring customers and colleagues along with you.

The Erewash Valley Golf Club full deserves its reputation as a top class venue with a well maintained 18 hole course aling with a welcoming clubhouse.

The first tee-off time is 9.30 for a Stableford 4 balls competition. Bacon butties and refreshments will be available before the start at 9.00. Play will be in teams for four, so ideally participants are encouraged to put together their own teams but we will of course be able to make up teams if this is not possible.

The cost for the day (including breakfast and prize) is £40 per player. Please complete the booking form and email to Tom Dossett – tomdossett@remmers.co.uk before Friday 6 July.

Training News


The 9th Group of apprentices on the Prepare & Profile Substrates course took their module on Polishing this month.

The two day course, hosted by The Preparation Group, combined classroom theory and practical sessions on subjects including selection of equipment, types of surfaces and stages of polishing.

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


The Preparation Group hosted Prep 10 apprentices this month. The group took their planing module – covering methods, maintenance, PPE and storage. FeRFA trainer Stephen Walker led the two sessions, combining theory and practical workshops.

Apprentices in this group are James Brown, Michael Cordiner, Kevin Webster

(The Preparation Group) and Kristen Coussens (GSB Surface Preparation)

Associate Spotlight

Long Rake Spar Co. Ltd

Long Rake Spar has gained national status as a leading UK supplier of specialist dried aggregates for commercial surfacing.

Our comprehensive Grantex selection of dried aggregate granules is available in various colours and sizes, specifically produced for use in resin-bound and bonded surfacing systems.

With such a variety of projects available within the resin surfacing sector, we ensure stock of multiple products to cater for each eventuality. This ranges from bauxites for highway applications to granite and quartz for driveways, to marbles and fillers for pathways or internal flooring.

All our products are washed, dried, screened and produced to the highest quality to provide functional and aesthetically pleasing finishes for all sectors of the surfacing industry. We are proud to be accredited with ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems as a testament to our commitment to continued quality.

Long Rake Spar ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System



01629 630130


Youlgrave, Nr Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1LW

Schlüter-Systems Ltd

Market-leaders in tiling systems for over 50 years, Schlüter-Systems’ extensive range of high quality trims and movement joints also contains options suitable for resin flooring. Within Schlüter’s product portfolio, specifiers and installers of resin flooring can find: -transition profiles -movement joint profiles -coved wall connection profiles

01530 813396


Units 3-5 Bardon 22 Industrial Estate Beveridge Lane Coalville Leics LE67 1TE



If you are not already submitting your recycling data in 2018 please start doing this now to qualify for the recycling 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.

More details on the recycling initiative are here.

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 This Scheme:

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.


FeRFA Insurance Website Supported By Cobra Insurance Brokers

Cobra Insurance Brokers have partnered with FeRFA for over 10 years, gaining specialist knowledge and an understanding of the protection needed for the resin flooring industry. The new website, designed specifically to support FeRFA members and their business activity is now available at www.ferfainsurance.co.uk. The website covers all aspects of insurance, risk management and guarantees, as well as a client login portal where you can view your policy documents. FeRFA Members can also request free access to a vast library of resource material.

Cobra offer a free insurance health check plus no obligation quotes. Howard Collins can be reached on 07775 888933 or emailed at howard.collins@cobrainsurance.co.uk or visit the website.

H&S Update Plus Business Shield From Stallard Kane Associates

Stallard 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.

Running a family business can sometimes mean that policies and procedures may be treated as being ‘flexible’ and so we asked the team at FeRFA Business Shield to look at some of the challenges that a family business may face.

Read Stallard Kane’s Lastest Business Shield article here.

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

All 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


The Duty to Report on Payment Practices and Performance requires the UK’s largest companies and LLPs to report on their payment practices every six months. In order to submit data via the Government web service, you will need to have your Companies House login, 6-digit business authentication code, report data for that period and approval by a company director. Reports must be submitted within 30 days of the end of the reporting period.

Read the guidance document.

Go to the Government web service.

Build Uk Accident Survey 2018 - Live Now

The 2017/18 BUILD UK Accident Survey is now live for FeRFA CONTRACTOR MEMBERS to submit accident statistics for the last 12 months from 1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018 via the following link:

Accident Survey 2017/18

The deadline for responses to this year’s survey is Friday 1 September 2018 – 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

CSCS To Withdraw Construction Site Visitor Card

The card was originally introduced for workers who often did not perform a construction related role but visited site on a regular basis.

All Construction Site Visitor cards issued from 3rd September 2018 will expire on 31st August 2020 and CSCS will stop issuing the card from 28th February 2020. For the avoidance of doubt, all Construction Site Visitor cards issued before 3rd September 2018 will remain valid until their expiry date.

The good news is many people holding the Construction Site Visitor card will not be required to obtain another CSCS card. CSCS cards are intended for construction related occupations only and many people holding the card work in roles considered to be non-construction related, such as site cleaning and catering staff. Historically these workers have applied for the Construction Site Visitor card because they were told to do so by their employer, this was often a result of policies requiring sites to be 100% carded, as opposed to construction workers being 100% qualified.

However, those with Site Visitor cards that work in construction related occupations must now start to develop plans to move across to the appropriate skilled card. For some this will be straightforward as they will already hold the appropriate qualification or membership of a recognised professional body. Those working in construction related occupations without qualifications will be expected to register onto the appropriate qualification before their Construction Site Visitor card expires.

Read more.

Tax Guidance For Build Uk Members - June 2018

FeRFA Contractor members can access the Construction Industry Joint Taxation Committee’s (JTC) monthly tax guidance newsletter as a key benefit of Build UK membership.

The June edition includes:

  • Reverse charge VAT – this is definitely taking place in October 2019, and perhaps is one of the biggest changes in VAT for those currently working in construction
  • Making Tax Digital – From April 2019 you must have used HMRC approved software to produce and submit the figures for VAT
  • Childcare voucher scheme extended – Employer childcare voucher schemes which have been replaced by the new Tax-free Childcare scheme can now remain open to new entrants until 4 October 2018.

Read the newsletter.



Resin 18 Assessment
Resin 19 MOD 13: Sep 4-6, Venue TBA
MOD 14: Oct 3-4 at Instarmac, Tamworth
Resin 20 MOD 11: Jul 11-12 at Sika, Welwyn Garden City
MOD 12: Oct 17-18 at Arturo, Rugby
Resin 21 MOD 6-9: Sep 19-21 at DSA, Nottingham
MOD 10: Nov 6-7 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln
Prep 9 MOD 14: Sep 12-13 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln
Prep 10 MOD 12: Sep 17-18 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln
MOD 13: Dec 5-6 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln
Resin 22 New start date in September 2018, dates to be announced


FeRFA Council Meeting: Sep 19
FeRFA AGM & Awards Dinner: Nov 23
FeRFA Resin Bound/Bonded Technical Sub Committee: Sep 11
FeRFA Technical Meeting: July 18


Hospitality Technology Innovation – ExCeL, London: 25-26 Sep

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