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EDITOR’S VOICE


Hello and welcome to the November issue of Tomorrow’s Contract Floors.


The Covid-19 pandemic has had widespread and diverse effects on us all. The beginning of lockdown saw the country unite in doing our part to stay at home and protect the NHS. Those that could work from home did while some contract flooring projects could still go ahead with social distancing and safe working practices in place.


However, for the hospitality and leisure industry the lockdown was shattering as businesses were forced to close their doors for four months from March until July. The summer months brought some optimism with some semblance of a return to normality until the second wave hit in September.


Now, rather than a United Kingdom, we have become segmented under a three-tier system defined by county borders. As I write this at home in Manchester, I am in tier three, meaning that all pubs and bars that don’t serve food have now had to close. The nightlife sector is all but dead and many clubs and live music venues are on the brink of permanent closure. The move to online shopping had already been felt by retailers but Covid-19 might just spell the end for some high street stores.


While this will undoubtedly impact on our post-pandemic leisure time, the repercussions on the flooring industry will be hard hitting. As AMA Research points out in our exclusive feature, the hospitality, leisure and retail sectors were estimated to account for a combined value share of 36% of the £1bn overall UK contract floorcoverings market in 2019. Turn to page 22 for more insight on the effects of Covid on the sector and predicted market trends.


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GREAT BRITISH INNOVATION


Although live football matches are still on hold for the moment, teams are getting prepared to welcome fans back with open arms. In our safety flooring focus, we step inside Aston Villa’s grounds where Amtico has provided a stunning yet practical floorscape that’s in keeping with the brief to celebrate the team’s long history.


Elsewhere in the issue we feature advice and inspiration on specifying flooring for the workplace as well as the latest guidance on levelling compounds.


As always, I hope you enjoy the reading.


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