This is where flooring in all its forms takes the starring role. The show is widely recognised as the UK’s national flooring event, and this year marks its 56th edition.
The perfect show for flooring retailers and contractors, the Flooring Show also attracts plenty of interest across the industry from fitters keen to spot new tools, techniques and offers, and specifiers and designers for whom the show delivers a great overview of what’s new and who’s new as well as great learning and networking opportunities.
New this year: Spot the trends…
Visitors will be able to book a free, 30-minute, guided ‘Trend Briefing’ at the show. Led by Laura Greenwood of specialist interior design trend forecaster Scarlet Opus, each session will give a quick overview of which key global consumer and design trends will affect the flooring market in the coming months and in 2019.
On Tuesday morning, 18th September, the show will be hosting a special networking event for interior designers to meet the flooring designers from key exhibiting companies. It’s a perfect opportunity to hear what new flooring developments are underway from the teams who are creating them. This event is supported by the SBID, but non-members are welcome to attend. If you are interested in attending this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01666 824624.
On a more practical note…
The Flooring Show also features two product Demo Zones organised by the Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA), supported by the Carpet Fitters Association (CFA) and National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers (NICF). The FITA team has put together two great programmes of live demonstrations for each of the zones.
Demo zone 1 in hall B will focus on subfloor and tools whilst in hall M, zone 2 will cover floor finishes. Timings for both zones can be found on the show website’s ‘What’s On’ section.
Meanwhile, don’t forget that six finalists will be battling it out to become ‘Carpet Fitter of the Year’ over in the King’s Suite. They will be put to the test under the watchful eyes of NICF judges Ian James, Richard Renouf and Jeff Hardy, with the winner being declared at 16:30 on Monday 17th.
Visit the show and be the first to see…
New product launches from key brands including Cormar Carpets and Karndean International, plus much more from Furlong Flooring, Cavalier Carpets, Westex, Abindgon Flooring, Interfloor and Distinctive Flooring to name but a few. From Europe you can catch up with Dutch company Condor Carpets, Moduleo from Belgium and newcomer Barth1873 from Germany.
All the big names are here plus over 50 new exhibitors including William Armes and its well-known Dandy brand, Oneflor-Europe, a global LVT brand from Belgium, the Portuguese family-owned and operated Ribadao Designs and Bautech Flooring UK which delivers industrial and decorative flooring, including paving and driveways like polished concrete floors, micro-cement, terrazzo and resin floors.
Finally – pick up some free expert advice through the show’s Live Talks programme this year.