EXCELLENCE F. Ball and Co. Ltd. has redesigned and reconfigured the training and demonstration facility at its Staffordshire headquarters, with restyled course content delivered to offer a more dynamic, hands-on learning experience.

The state-of-the-art training facility has been rebranded as the F. Ball Centre of Excellence to reflect its aim of inspiring the highest levels of professional attainment and knowledge of cutting- edge flooring installation methods to help flooring contractors work to ever higher customer expectations with increasing ease and efficiency.

The new Centre of Excellence offers free training for all flooring professionals, including specialist courses for both apprentices and seasoned professionals, led by experts from the company’s technical department, covering subfloor preparation and floorcovering installation through practical demonstrations and exercises using a range of high- performance F. Ball products.

F. Ball Sales Director Darren Kenyon said: “As the market leader in flooring preparation products and adhesives,


WORLD LAND TRUST The Commercial Business Unit of Topps Tiles Plc has announced the ‘40 for 40’ initiative, donating 40p per square metre of every 40% recycled content tile, in partnership with World Land Trust.

For every square metre of tiles with over 40% recycled content purchased from Parkside or Strata Tiles, the companies will donate 40p to World Land Trust, through the conservation charity’s Buy an Acre programme that preserves crucial natural habitats.

Available on 40 ranges with more than 40% recycled content, ’40 for 40’ is part of a range of initiatives to reduce environmental impact with a clear ambition for the Commercial Business Unit to be carbon neutral by 2022. The partnership is part of the

F. Ball believes it has a responsibility to promote best practice in floorcovering installation and, by extension, the positive reputation of the flooring industry.

“The name Centre of Excellence reflects our aim to help flooring professionals stand out from the competition amidst increasing customer expectations, including working to ever more exacting time constraints and keeping up to date with the latest advancements in product technology. As such, evidence of completing a course at the F. Ball Centre of Excellence is proof to customers and other flooring professionals of having received the most advanced training and their

commitment to delivering the highest flooring standards.”

Training programmes, which run year- round, include a three-day course on achieving optimum results when installing increasingly popular luxury vinyl tiles. Subfloor preparation, including moisture measurement and management, is covered in one or two- day courses.

F. Ball has also introduced a four-day masterclass on subfloor preparation and floorcovering installation for apprentices, helping them meet ‘off the job’ training requirements of new standards-based apprenticeships.

with World Land Trust. The charity’s crucial work is hugely important in protecting some of the world’s most threatened habitats, preserving forests and wildlife through permanently protected reserves.

“Our growing number of 40% recycled content tiles give opportunity for designers and specifiers to provide projects with floor and wall tiles that have proven positive impact while also supporting the incredible work of World Land Trust through 40 for 40.”

work of the Sustainability Council, an internal committee with the task to identify priorities and opportunities to lessen environmental impact in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Brian Linnington, Managing Director, Commercial Business Unit, said: “We’re delighted to announce this partnership

Since its foundation in 1989, World Land Trust has helped to secure more than 2,222,247 acres of threatened habitat in 20 countries. The charity pioneered the Buy an Acre concept as a way of purchasing and protecting land for conservation. It now ensures that more than 4million acres of land is managed under active protection worldwide. WHAT'S NEW| 07

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