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Each month, we ask a flooring industry professional 10 Questions. This month, we chatted to: Mark Brooks, Northern Sales Representative Flooring, EGGER (UK) Ltd


10 QUESTIONS WITH… Q5


What’s the best advice you could give to


someone new coming into


the industry? Enjoy it! There are plenty of great characters to work with so you will have plenty of fun along the way.


Q6 Q7


Q1 Q2


Q3


What was your first job? As a kitchen porter (chief pot


washer!) at the local pub.


How did you get into the industry?


Other than washing dishes at the pub, I have always worked in sales and marketing. I joined EGGER in 2017 as marketing co-ordinator and worked on the launch of the EGGER PRO Flooring collection 2018 -2020. During this project I realised I was interested in the flooring industry and when a role came up in the sales team I applied.


What has been your proudest moment?


We held our launch event at St George’s Park in September 2017, it was a huge success with over 250 people attending. Two weeks later, we exhibited at the Harrogate Flooring Show. I was involved with the logistics of both events, with displays and samples coming over from our head office in Austria. Both events were a big team effort and I was very proud to be part of EGGER.


Q4


If you could hire any one person to be part of your


team, who would it be and why? Comedian Greg Davies, I’d no longer be the tallest or funniest member of the team.


60 | 10 QUESTIONS


If you could be any character from film or


TV who would you be? I wanted to say James Bond but when I asked my colleagues, they said Bungle from Rainbow!


What do you think are the positive and negative


aspects of the flooring trade? Everyone is very passionate about their products. There are many friendly faces and I always learn something new when I visit a retailer or distributor.


However, the flooring trade is very cautious when it comes to adopting new products. I think they should be seen as an opportunity to broaden the product offering and make it more versatile.


We need to make sure we support and encourage the next generation of flooring professionals to ensure the industry continues to thrive.


Q8


What do you think the future holds for


flooring design? We know that customers are looking for ‘greener’ solutions across everyday life as they become aware of the effects of some manufacturing processes. Flooring retailers should start to look for solutions that use sustainable materials, like our EGGER PRO Design Flooring, for example.


Q9


If you weren’t in flooring, what career


would you choose? I’d love to be a car designer…but I can’t draw cars.


Q10


David Hockley, Key Project Manager


Sika Limited asked: What about your work, gets you out of bed


in the morning? Working with a great team – we all get along very well and have a good time along the way.


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Check out next month’s issue to see what Mark asked our next industry professional…


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