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SUFFOLK FOOD HALL Integral to the installation of the 415m2

wooden floor at the Cookhouse

restaurant in Suffolk Food Hall, Ipswich, Sika’s trusted Rapid DPM and SikaBond-52 adhesive were used to ensure an incredibly strong bond.

Offering views of the River Orwell, the new Cookhouse restaurant is a unique place to eat and drink, offering locally sourced food to its visitors. As a very busy restaurant environment, the Cookhouse sees a high level of footfall and therefore a hardwearing oak floorboard was specified.

For the installation, SikaBond-52 Wood Floor was ideal. Offering intelligent I-cure technology in a unique, patented fast-curing, bubble- free hardening system, which offers improved adhesion that is both solvent and odour free. The product was even strong enough to use on the 15mm thick oak boards.

Compatible with all SikaBond Elastic wood floor adhesives, Sika’s Rapid DPM was applied before the engineered boards were laid, to help prime and seal the sub-floor below.


FLOORING FIRM A luxury flooring firm from Renfrewshire is growing by extending its product line and increasing its workforce, after securing a new loan facility from Clydesdale Bank.

Established in Paisley in 1990, Carpetronic specialises in the supply of quality carpet and flooring to commercial and residential customers across the UK. Current clients include Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Royal Yacht Britannia, and Turnberry Resort.

Carpetronic has secured £120,000 funding from Clydesdale Bank’s


Being solvent-free, it was safe to use inside the restaurant, and its quick- drying qualities ensured that the prepared subfloor was ready for the application of the wood flooring in the minimum amount of time.

Toby Willis, Project Manager from Suffolk Food Hall, said: “Preserving the oak floorboards was an important consideration for us. As such, we required a reliable product solution that would help keep the flooring relatively maintenance free. With high levels of traffic passing through the restaurant on a daily basis, the selected adhesives needed to work with the floor without succumbing to the effects of general wear and tear. Sika Rapid DPM and SikaBond-52 Wood Floor undoubtedly did the job, enabling us to create a flooring solution that will look good for years to come.”

Mick Hooper, Key Account Manager from Sika, said: “We continually develop our flooring range, making sure we offer the best products in the business to stay the contractors number one choice. The intelligent curing system of the SikaBond-52 Wood Floor adhesive was especially useful on this project, as it was applied using the SikaBond 5400 dispense. This was further complemented by

Business and Private Banking Centre in Glasgow, under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme, with matched funding coming from the company’s directors. The loan has allowed the company to extend its product offering from traditional soft flooring to include tiling and wooden flooring. The deal was arranged by Neil Berry, Business Development Manager at Clydesdale Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in Glasgow.

Des Martin, Managing Director at Carpetronic, said: “We are poised for a period of major expansion that will allow us to extend our reach in a sector in which we are already well established. By introducing new product lines, we are confident we will at least double our turnover by 2016, and also take on new staff to meet expected demand. This would not have been possible without

the support of Clydesdale Bank, which has worked closely with our team to help us realise our ambitions.”

Carpetronic is expected to enter a sustained period of growth in the next three years with conservative estimates, suggesting turnover will rise from £775k to £1.7m. The increase in demand will allow the company to expand its workforce with up to 10 new posts to be created by 2016.

Mike Yates, Head of Wholesale, Retail and Franchising at Clydesdale Bank, said: “Carpetronic is a company with a clear business plan and a resilient brand performing well in a challenging economy. Clydesdale Bank is pleased to support the company, and we are looking forward to continuing to develop our relationship in the coming years.”

Sikabond Rapid DPM, and created the perfect product package, enabling the flooring installation to be completed to a high-standard in approximately a third of the time of a normal wood floor installation.”

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