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Recofloor, the UK’s vinyl flooring take-back scheme, held its second annual awards and seminar event last month at The Building Research Establishment Innovation Park (BRE) in Watford.

Flooring companies, contractors and distributors collected trophies and certificates in six major award categories plus Gold and Silver groupings at the ‘Recofloor – Closing the Loop’, event, which also featured key speakers covering sustainability topics across the flooring and construction sectors. The awards were presented by directors of Recofloor’s founder companies, Altro and Polyflor, Geoff Cleverdon and John Whitesmith.

Amongst the winners, Essex-based The Apollo Group took Construction Company of the Year and

Birch Distribution scooped Distributor of the Year. It was a double celebration for long-standing Recofloor supporters Alan Parker Flooring, which won both the Contractor of the Year and the Greatest Improvement Award. Sean Murphy, Construction Manager at Wates Retail, was crowned Recofloor Champion for his heavy involvement with recycling efforts in many projects, Headlam Scotland, Motherwell, was named Best Newcomer, Sean Dawson, Managing Director of Hull Flooring collected the Outstanding Achievement Award and after that was the Gold Award winners, among which were Nutland Carpets, Mayfield Floors, Axiom Group and Alan Parker Flooring, and the Silver Award winners, which included 3D Flooring Supplies, The Flooring Co, and Roberts Flooring.

Left to right - Geoff Cleverdon (Altro), Mark Merryweather (Hull Flooring), Rebecca Pridham (Alan Parker Flooring), Jamie Wilkins (Tingdene Homes), Mark Mulchinock (The Axiom Group), Ellen Bunting (CB Contracts) and John Whitesmith (Polyflor)

Recofloor Project Manager, Jane Gardner, commented: “Once again, Recofloor members have demonstrated their unswerving commitment to maintaining high standards of uplifted, offcuts and safety flooring material for

recycling in line with Recofloor specifications.”

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The Preparation Group has appointed RJC Cleaning Solutions Ltd as the official UK distributor for its Storm Diamond Pads. Established last year by industry expert Richard Johnson, RJC offers a wide portfolio of the latest products and floor cleaning systems with a focus on ‘green’ cleaning. Sue Brown, winner of the 2011 BICSc Cleaning Supervisor of the Year award has also recently joined the company as Training Director.

Tracey Glew, The Preparation Group’s Managing Director, said: “RJC’s focus on providing the


latest eco-friendly solutions made Storm Diamond Pads a natural addition to its range and the accessory is already proving a success for many of its customers.”

Storm Diamond Pads provide a simple, cost effective and environmentally friendly solution for cleaning, maintaining and high shining polished floors. The pads are prepared with billions of microscopic diamonds throughout to hygienically clean and produce a high gloss finish on floors without the need for harsh chemicals, waxes and polishes and, unlike

competing pads on the market, they are double sided for twice the value.

They are designed to fit The Preparation Group's STG450

machine, along with most other types of surface texturing, auto scrubbing and polishing machines.

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