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Each month we ask a flooring industry professional 10 Questions. This month, we chatted to Paul Igo, Technical Director, The Preparation Group.


architectural technician whilst working for a large architectural practice in the North East. Very different to what I do today!


How did you get into the flooring industry?


What was your first job? I studied and qualified as an

thing you’d buy?

A single first-class ticket to Barbados! How do you know until it happens?

If you could have any super power, what would it

I was looking for a new direction to use my design skills when I returned from travelling in Australia in the early 90s. The opportunity arose with a newly-established surface preparation Company, PPC – Professional Preparation Contractors.

What actually transpired was hard graft at the sharp end, contracting! The job involved driving around the U.K. from site to site, long hours, living in a truck, blasting, planing, grinding. I developed my operation skills using equipment and managing projects 24/7.

PPC became The Preparation Group and has grown into the largest preparation contractor in the U.K. Now as co-owner I understand from that ground-level experience, the value of constantly investing in our team to provide our customers with the best level of service.


What do you think are the positives and negatives of

the flooring industry?

The positives are the infinite range of flooring products and materials to choose from. The main negative we encounter is the failure to realise and understand the importance of specifying the correct method of surface preparation, to ensure the lifespan of the specified product or to meet aesthetic expectations.


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

team, who would it be and why?

Someone who is better than me, if you can find them (laughs!) to drive the business forward and to energise our team.

50 | 10 QUESTIONS be and why?

Self multiplication; I could then create clones of myself and be in lots of places at once. That would freak everyone out!


Q8 Q9

If you could be one person for a day, who would it be

and why?

Alex Ferguson, to see what drives him, makes him tick, his philosophy, mindset, discipline and vision.

Where would you like to be a fly on the wall?

MI5 to see what the real James Bonds do.

What would you like to see in a future issue of

Tomorrow’s Flooring?

I’d like to see more newsworthy items championing up-and-coming industry talent. Those that will drive the industry forward and are inspirational at whatever level.


Paul Starkey, National Sales Manager at

F Ball and Co Limited asked: What could other industries learn from the flooring industry?

Quick response times, the importance of specifying the correct preparation and product, understanding the working environment, reliability and delivering the project on time.

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

If you won the lottery, what would be the first

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