10 QUESTIONS WITH… Each month, we ask a flooring industry professional 10 Questions. This month,

we chatted to Gill Finch, Managing Director at Stroolmount UK Ltd., the furniture and flooring protection specialists.


What was your first job? It was a Saturday job in a shoe repair shop when

I was just 13 years old – so you could say that the first job I worked on, was my last! That’s a cobbler’s joke as a last is the name of the 3D foot mould that you repair shoes on. I left school at 16 years old at 10.30am and by 10:45 I had started work as a trainee gym instructor. I’ve been working and working out ever since.

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How did you get into the industry? I was working in furniture manufacturing and I

found the award-winning Quickclick interchangeable glide system. I realised it would be great protection system for the flooring trade. In 2007 I started my business Stroolmount UK Ltd and specialised in furniture and floor protection products – of course Quickclick is one of our most popular.

What do you think are the positives and negatives of the flooring trade?

I love the flooring trade as people are very loyal, honest and hardworking. They truly love the industry and have a great passion for it which is infectious. I’m very lucky as I have great customers and I haven’t come across any negatives.

If you could hire any one person to be part of your team, who would it be and why?

Karen Brady as she is a strong independent woman and an inspiration to others. She works hard, values truth and honesty and she builds relationships.

What’s the best advice you could give to someone new coming into the industry?

As the saying goes, ‘people buy from people’ so work hard and build relationships with trust and honesty. This is true both in business and in life and a great way to work, have fun and create friendships too.

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If you could invent any product what would it be and why?

Something to stop flooring from being scratched and dented by my shoe heels! That plus an everlasting Prosecco bottle.

If you could have a dinner party with any three people, dead or alive, who would

they be and why? Most importantly, number one would be my hubby Andrew, as he’s my soulmate and we do everything together. Then as a northerner, it has to be Peter Kay so we can talk about “Everyone in it’s spitting” and his other northern catchphrases. Finally, Take That: the whole original line up. If I had to choose one of them, of course it would be Robbie to sing me Angels.

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What do you think the future holds for flooring design?

I think we’ll see new softer and more hardwearing fabrics and more durable smooth flooring. I could see how flooring will become smart, so you can change it to be cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Whatever it is, we’ll be there to help protect it so it stays looking great.


What would you like to see in a future issue of Tomorrow’s Contract Floors?

A few more company profiles; I always love reading about how businesses started, the journey they’ve come on, how they’re progressing, their new products and any tips they have.


Syd Merryfield, Managing Director, Dromec Measurement Ltd T/A

Merryfield Carpet Cutting Machines asked: Is

carpet still the most popular floorcovering? As I don’t sell flooring, I’d have to guess at carpets and smooth floors each selling at about 50/50.

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

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