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The Flooring Group has a long-term partnership with Cormar Carpets. Cormar Carpets describe their brand below;

One of the success stories of the British carpet industry, Lancashire based Cormar Carpets was established in the North of England in 1956 and today ranks as one of the leading British carpet manufacturers in the UK.

Throughout the last 50 years it has placed great emphasis on quality, service and reliability and continues to invest in order to maintain and improve standards. In fact, such is the esteem in which the company is held, that it has won over thirty carpet and flooring industry awards, including being voted Best Carpet Manufacturer 2013 by readers of Interiors Monthly. In 2006 the company was named as one of the top companies to watch in the Sunday Times Top 100 independent companies in the UK.

While most carpet sold in Britain today is imported from the continent, Cormar continues to manufacture carpet at its two mills in Lancashire, working with other suppliers and partners to source quality raw materials and leading trade organisations such as Carpet Recycling UK (www.carpetrecyclinguk.com) to ensure sustainable manufacture.

Remaining as one of the few privately owned family carpet companies, Cormar’s primary aim is to manufacture quality carpets and provide a first class service to all its customers. Success is based on continuous improvement in machinery and systems as well as training and investment in its loyal staff.

There is no better combination of quality, value and choice than a Cormar carpet.

A comprehensive range of easy clean polypropylene carpet, wool twist carpet, textured loop carpet in plain and heather shades are all manufactured by Cormar Carpets. Ranges are updated on a continuous basis to ensure that the colours and styles remain in tune with current home furnishing styles.

All carpets made by Cormar are manufactured on site at the two mills in Lancashire – Holme Mill and Brookhouse Mill. This enables Cormar to retain control of raw materials and quality throughout the production process. Cormar Carpets are suitable for most areas throughout the home as bedroom carpet, lounge carpet or stair carpet. They are produced in various pile weights and a wear suitability rating is provided on all carpet samples.

Only the best quality yarns in 100% pure new wool, 80% wool blends and easy clean polypropylene are used and most ranges are available in both four and five metre widths for carpeting wider rooms without joins. To ensure the best possible installation Cormar recommend using an established quality carpet shop to measure up and fit the carpet. A good quality new underlay will also maximise it’s durability. Cormar Carpets are members of the Carpet Foundation and as such offer a 2 year guarantee against manufacturing fault and pile reversal, which is approved by the Trading Standards Institute.

All current ranges are shown on the website (see Carpet Ranges) and a free sample service enables carpet samples to be sent direct to your home for you to match to your own interior design scheme.

Cormar Carpets supply to most good carpet and flooring shops throughout Great Britain and Ireland, using it’s own delivery fleet. Over 40 vehicles are used to transport carpet overnight to regional hubs, in both the UK and Ireland, where the loads are then routed to local carpet shops. Cormar ranges are stocked in depth at the mills in Lancashire and the majority of carpets are delivered to retailers within 48 hours, in order to provide a prompt selection to fitting service.

Prior to visiting a local carpet shop, Cormar Carpets will send out three free cuttings, to help match up to your furnishing scheme. Click on free samples to access this service. Larger samples of carpet can be seen locally by visiting a local Cormar stockist. Please note when choosing colours, the actual colour of the carpet sample can appear different in different lights. Therefore it is recommended that carpet samples are viewed in natural daylight as well as artificial light. Please note the sampling provided should be used as a guide and not as an exact colour match. Cormar recommend that your flooring requirements are discussed with a professional carpet retailer. To see a list of your local carpet and flooring shops click on carpet shops.

Carpet Styles

Cormar Carpets manufacture mainly plain and textured tufted carpets. Tufted carpet was pioneered in the second half of the 20th century and has become the most popular method of producing carpet in Europe and accounts for 70% of all carpets made in the UK.

A tufted carpet can be made in different styles and textures:- Here are descriptions of the standard types to help you find the style which best suits the rooms in your home:

Twist Pile
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A twist pile carpet is made from yarn that has been tightly twisted and set to form a pile with a slightly textured surface. Twist piles are produced in both plain and heather colours (Heathers are created using a combination of complementary coloured fibres to obtain a tonal effect).

Loop Pile
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In a loop pile carpet the yarn forms loops on the surface of the carpet, either in uniform height, creating a level loop pile, or with differing heights creating a textured loop pile. Variations include a rustic tweed style loop known as a Berber which contains highlight flecks. Wool loops are a popular alternative to coir and sisal matting because they have the added comfort, warmth and durability of natural wool.

Saxony
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Saxony carpets are longer dense pile carpets made to create a luxurious deep pile effect. Available in both wool and man-made fibres.

Before choosing the carpet style and fibre for your room, first read our top tips for buying the right carpet:

  • Consider the area and AMOUNT OF WEAR it will receive, downstairs rooms and stairs will receive more wear and general soiling than upstairs. Be prepared to spend more of your budget on buying a durable, resilient carpet for these areas.
  • Get your room PROFESSIONALLY MEASURED and go to a good carpet retailer, who will help you to achieve the most cost effective way to carpet your house / apartment. By careful planning and use of the correct width of carpet he/she will enable you to minimise waste and save money.
  • Borrow carpet SAMPLES of the styles you like, look at the colour in daylight and the artificial light of the room to make sure it is what you want (please ensure the carprt samples are returned to the retailer).
  • Remember that carpet samples or cuttings provided must only be used as a guide, since it is unlikely that the carpet you receive will be from the same production batch.
  • Choose a good quality UNDERLAY, this will help prolong the life of your carpet.
  • Have your carpet FITTED BY A PROFESSIONAL.
  • Keep your CARPET CARE GUIDE (provided with the carpet) in a safe place, so that you get the best from your new carpet over the coming years.
  • To avoid seams in wider rooms all our loop and twist pile carpets are made in 5 metre & 4 metre widths.

Underfloor Heating And Tog Values

Underfloor Heating Systems are becoming increasingly popular for new build residential and commercial developments and are considered an extremely efficient and comfortable option for heating the home. This is why it is important to choose the right Cormar Carpet which can be used over underfloor heating in order to maximise the effectiveness of any underfloor heating system installed.

In order for your underfloor heating system to operate efficiently it is recommended that the combined thermal resistance of carpet and underlay should not exceed a rating of 2.5 togs. Please be assured that carpet and underfloor heating systems can operate effectively and efficiently together, but we do recommend that you consult the heating manufacturer to ensure that your carpet/underlay combination allows heat to be transmitted.

Tog Values of Cormar Carpet ranges below;

Cormar Range
Tog Value
Apollo 1.2
Apollo Plus 1.1
Avebury 1.2
Boucle Neutrals 1.0
Forest Hills 32oz 1.1
Forest Hills 42oz 1.1
Heather Classics 40oz 1.2
Heather Classics 50oz 1.4
Home Counties 42oz 1.4
Home Counties 50oz 1.5
Living Naturals 1.03
Malabar Textures 1.7
Natural Berber 45oz 1.3
Natural Berber 55oz 1.3
New Oaklands 32oz 1.2
New Oaklands 42oz 1.4
New Oaklands 50oz 1.4
Primo Choice Elite 1.2
Primo Choice Super 1.0
Primo Delight 1.9
Primo Excellence Elite 1.3
Primo Excellence Super 1.2
Primo Plus 1.4
Primo Ultra 1.5
Sensation Heathers 1.7
Sensation New Feeling 1.5
Sensation Original 1.7
Sensation Twist 1.2
Town and Country 2.0

Maintenance

The key to good carpet maintenance is to avoid particles of loose dirt and dust from working their way into the carpet pile where they will act abrasively on the fibres and discolour the carpet.

  • Vacuum your new carpet regularly at least two or three times a week.
  • A large, strong doormat will reduce dirt from outside being spread around the house.
  • Avoid where possible laying light coloured carpets next to external entrances.
  • Loop pile carpets should be vacuumed with a cylinder cleaner using the suction head only.
  • Cut pile carpets should be vacuumed with an upright cleaner with beater bar and brush.

Man-made fibre carpets and wool twist pile carpets should be vacuumed regularly as soon as they are laid to pick up any isolated particles.

Cleaning

Follow these general rules below for dealing with spillages. For more persistent or unusual stains contact a professional carpet cleaner.

  • Spillages are more easily removed if tackled immediately so act promptly and blot off all the liquid stain with dry kitchen roll or a clean dry white cloth. Semi solid substances should be removed with a plastic spatula.
  • To clean off any remaining stain use a clean damp cloth soaked in warm water to blot the stain. Use a dabbing action with the cloth and then blot out the remaining liquid with dry kitchen towel.
  • Do not rub the pile surface of your carpet or oversoak the stain.
  • Always work from the outside of the stain inwards to minimise the stain spreading.

Shedding

All carpets using a spun yarn will shed excess fibre when first installed.

This is to be expected and does not mean there is a defect. The short fibres given off, represent a very small fraction of the pile.

Natural Fibres

As a natural fibre, pure new wool is washed and scoured before being spun into carpet yarn. Throughout the manufacturing process it is also inspected and natural minor imperfections removed. Even so, fitted wool carpets may, on rare occasions, contain slight traces of the sheep’s outdoor environment. As such Cormar reserve the right to carry out small on site rectifications. Your statutory rights are not affected.

Shading

Cut pile carpets after use can develop light and dark patches, known as shading. This is as a result of the pile surface laying in varying directions, and the light refraction on the surface of the pile creating a ‘shaded’ appearance. Shading is not detrimental to the wear of the carpet.

Fading

Most textiles will fade very gradually over time due to natural light. To reduce fading of carpets in rooms with strong exposure to the sun, (i.e. south facing rooms with patio windows), judicious use of sun blinds or curtains is recommended.

Abrasion

Pet paws, claws, rubber soled shoes and heels can be abrasive on carpets, particularly where use is constantly concentrated to small areas (i.e. in front of armchairs). Move furniture occasionally to avoid any distortion to the carpet pile.

Pilling

Pilling can sometimes occur on loop pile and wool blend carpets. The expression is used to describe the little balls of fibres which collect on the pile surface. It is similar to the type of pilling which can occur on a sweater. Carefully remove these pills with scissors – the durability of the carpet will not be affected.

Matching

Identical matching between consecutive production batches is not possible and nominal deviation from original samples and patterns must be anticipated. It is therefore recommended that an installation is planned from one width.

Indentations

The feet of furniture will create indentations on any carpet. To help reduce marking, regularly move the position of furniture and other heavy objects where possible. To help lift the pile back up, use a coin to ‘gently’ tease the pile upright.

Static Electricity

When the atmosphere is dry, static electricity can build up in a carpet. This may be rectified by keeping the humidity high with a humidifier or indoor plants in water trays.

Flattening

All cut pile fabrics of any fibre type will flatten to some extent in traffic lanes although regular vacuuming will help to allay this. This flattening is a normal reaction to localised traffic and is not detrimental to the wear of the carpet.

Stairs

Stair carpets receive heavy wear especially on the nosings. In some cases shifting the stair carpet can help compensate for this, ask your carpet retailer for further details.

Treatments

Care must be taken if applying stain guards or other such treatments after installation. Over saturation can result in damage to the structure of the carpet.

New carpets require new underlay. Fitting a new carpet to British Standard BS5325 requires the services of a competent carpet fitter. This is extremely important to the life of your carpet.

Woven secondary backed carpets require to be stretched evenly across the room from wall to wall. For the best results a new and firm underlay should be laid on a clean dry floor, the underlay should be fixed by tacks or tape, with joins butted together. This will stop movement of the underlay when the carpet is laid. The carpet should be stretched evenly and held on carpet gripper which has been pre-nailed to the perimeter of the room. This will ensure the pile of the carpet will sit upright, giving the best resilience to foot traffic. This also helps to reduce the wear of your carpet.

Stain Resistant ‘Real Life Proof’ Carpets

Cormar’s Easy-Clean range of carpets are truly ‘real life proof’! Accidental spills are shrugged off by carpets made using Cormar’s Excellon Polypropylene. Everyday household stains such as wine and soft drinks become a thing of past as household food and drink spills are repelled for years to come.

Free Guarantee

We are so confident in our Easy-Clean family of carpets that we offer a range of Free Guarantees tailored to each product within the range.

Using a normal maintenance programme, each of the carpet ranges has been given either a 5 Year or 10 Year Warranty, during which time the carpet is guaranteed, in residential use, against staining from all household food and drinks spills.

To register your carpet for the carpet warranty fill out the online registration form and submit.

Easy Clean Technology

Cormar’s family of Easy-Clean qualities all use Excellon Polypropylene fibre. During the production process of this advanced fibre the colour is locked into the structure of the fibre preventing everyday food and drinks spills damaging the pile surface of the carpet. This technology also means that spills can be cleaned using a solution of bleach without damaging the carpet. For more information on cleaning advice follow the cleaning and advice tips provided with your carpet or go to the Carpet Care section of the website.

A Team from Cormar Carpets Holme Mill has climbed Scafell Pike in the Lake District, to raise £2,014 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
 
Thirteen employees, from the UK’s leading carpet manufacturer in Lancashire, Cormar Carpets, took on the challenge of climbing Scafell Pike – England’s highest peak, to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
 
Setting off from Wasdale Head on the western side of the Lake District, the team, principally from Cormar’s Tufting Production site in Ramsbottom, completed the trip within six hours.  One of the team was amputee Phil Higgs, who was also attempting the climb, for the first time. He received lots of encouragement and respect on the way up from other climbers as well as rapturous applause when he finally stood with his son on the summit. Though in spite of the climb being during the summer, the views from the top were minimal due to low cloud!
 
Team Leader Les Holliday who led the expedition commented, “Everyone enjoyed the day, whilst at the same time raising money for a fantastic cause – one that resonates with so many people. I would like to say a sincere thank you to the Cormar charity committee for their support and all our sponsors’ it is greatly appreciated.”
 
Money raised by the Cormar Carpets team, will now go towards helping to fund the practical, emotional, medical and financial support provided by the charity to people affected by cancer.
 
The Team included Les Holliday, Phil Higgs SNR, Phil Higgs JNR, David Cormack, Tony Wojciechowski, Jack Brearley, Ryan Schofield, Danny Harrison, Jan Durcek, Slava Kozmova, Alan Blackley, John Hood and Sam Hall. 

Flying the flag for British-made carpets for over 55 years, Cormar Carpets celebrates winning Interiors Monthly 2015 Best Carpet Manufacturer award for the third consecutive year.
 
Voted for by readers of the flooring trade publication, Interiors Monthly, the award comes on the back of Cormar winning both the Flooring One and Metro Group’s Supplier of the Year further strengthening its position as one of the UK’s leading carpet manufacturers.
  
“We’d like to thank the readers of Interiors Monthly for voting for us.  To be recognised for the third year running as the Best Carpet Manufacturer is a great seal of approval” said David Cormack, marketing director at Cormar.
 
“Competition amongst carpet companies in the UK  is strong but to continue to stay ahead of the game, we work hard to ensure we provide the best quality carpets supported by a dedicated customer service and delivery team.”
 
Over the past 12 months the company has experienced strong sales growth and has had a successful year with the launch of easy clean range Primo Excellence and Boucle Neutrals – a wool rich loop pile carpet that is available in six ‘on trend’ colour ways and three designs – level loop, textured loop and stripe.
 
Cormar continues to produce all its wool carpets and polypropylene carpet ranges from its two production sites near Bury in Lancashire. Order your free carpet samples today to find your perfect new carpet.

Cormar Carpets has excelled itself with the latest addition to its Primo family of easy clean twist carpets.
 
Primo Excellence is made with the same family-friendly, polypropylene fibre – 100% Excellon – renowned for its stain resistance and hardwearing properties. It has been developed to make it softer than the standard Primo carpet ranges but retains the same level of lustre giving the range a more wool-like effect.  Available in two weights – Super and Elite, it comes in 15 modern plain colours.
 
Said David Cormack, marketing director of Cormar Carpets: “We’ve had great success with our ‘family’ of easy-clean primo carpets over the past 10 years, as homeowners increasingly look for stylish yet affordable, low maintenance interiors. So we’ve continued to update and expand the collection to give our customers more choice.
 
“The addition of Primo Excellence provides a softer, easy to care for carpet that is great value-for-money. With its stain resistant qualities and non-fade carpet colours this range is perfect to cope with hectic family lives and our confidence in the range is reflected in the full 10 year warranty.”
 
Cormar continues to produce all its wool carpets and polypropylene carpet ranges from its two production sites near Bury in Lancashire. Order your free carpet samples today to find your perfect new carpet.

Cormar Carpets cements its place at the top of the pile as it celebrates two further carpet industry accolades.
 
Recognising the company’s high quality carpets, service and staff investment, Cormar has been named Flooring One and Metro Group’s Supplier of the Year, for the 11th and 16th consecutive year respectively.
 
Said David Cormack, marketing director at Cormar Carpets: “It’s incredible to have won both awards so many times. The competition is strong but to continue to stay ahead of the game proves we are doing something right.
 
“In the last year we have grown our business with the Flooring One /AIS Buying Group members and the fact that the group has expanded its membership has undoubtedly helped the growth. Nevertheless the improvements they have seen from Cormar in service, product, technology and quality have all no doubt helped us win this award again.”

Cormar continues to produce all its wool carpets and polypropylene carpet ranges from its two production sites near Bury in Lancashire. It also has its own fleet of over 60 distribution vehicles to ensure a top class delivery service to customers, as well as its own team of 23 sales representatives throughout Britain and Ireland. Order your free carpet samples today to find your perfect new carpet.
 

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Cormar’s Marketing Director, David Cormack. receiving the Flooring One, Supplier of the Year Award from Glenn Harding, Flooring One Controller.

Leading carpet manufacturer Cormar Carpets held its seventh annual Flooring Guild training course to provide those starting out in carpet retailing with a valuable insight into the industry.
 
Twenty two carpet retailers attended the three-day ‘Selling Quality Carpets’ event at Cormar’s Brookhouse Mill, run by independent industry expert and course tutor Ray Morgan from the Flooring Guild.
 
The course gives independent carpet retailers a chance to enhance their sales skills and provides basic product knowledge about carpets, carpet care and how to effectively plan and estimate. 
 
David Cormack, marketing director of Cormar Carpets said: “Having run this carpet course for a number of years now, it’s great to know that it is still in demand, and that the positive feedback we receive, reinforces the fact that it really does make a difference to those retailers that attend.”
 
The Flooring Guild is a ‘not for profit’ organisation, which was founded in 1999 to raise standards in the flooring industry through training and educational programmes. The organisation aims to provide a formal induction programme to assist people coming into the industry and a skills development programme, to motivate current employees.

Cormar Carpets once again exhibited at this year’s Domotex Flooring Exhibition in Hannover, the world’s flagship trade fair for carpets, rugs and hard floor coverings, in conjunction with Wools of New Zealand.

The 4 day event proved to be a great success with over 1,320 exhibitors from 63 different countries, across 12 halls, with over 40,000 visitors visiting the exhibition.
 
Showcased at this year’s exhibition were Cormar Carpet’s wool collections including their latest additions – Home Counties Heathers and its highly successful Wools of New Zealand Home Counties Plains carpet range.
 
Manufactured  from 80% pure new wool, 10% tuftbond and 10% polypropylene, Home Counties is a premier quality tenth gauge carpet in two pile weights (42oz and 50oz), making it ideal for high traffic areas such as stairways and hallways.  
 
Domotex was also a golden opportunity to unveil Cormar’s brand new wool carpet range – Boucle Neutrals, a wool rich loop pile carpet blended with 50% New Zealand Wool and 50% Polyester.  Available in three designs – Texture, Level and Stripe, in contemporary neutral shades, this new range was very well received and expectations are high. 
 
“This is a new quality for us. Boucle Neutrals is a really attractive product, at an affordable price for which we have had a fantastic reaction here at the show,” said Cormar’s managing director David Judge.
 
The show also provided the ideal opportunity for the Cormar sales team to meet up with new and existing UK and export customers, and this year Cormar received well over 100 UK and international customers on their stand.        
  
As a major UK carpet manufacturer, all Cormar’s wool carpet and polypropylene carpet ranges are manufactured in the UK on site at its Lancashire mills and distributed to carpet shops throughout Britain and Ireland via its own delivery fleet. Order your free carpet samples today to find your perfect new carpet.

With over 3,000 carpet deliveries to carpet shops in Britain each week, Cormar Carpets run a highly intensive nationwide carpet delivery operation using specially designed, demountable ‘swap’ body trucks for efficiency and flexibility.

Every year UK carpet sales increase over the Autumn, as households re-decorate in time for Christmas. So in preparation, Cormar Carpets strengthened their fleet with 14 new DAF trucks and 10 swap bodies in September.  In total six new 18 tonne drawbar units and ten swap bodies were purchased to support the out-base depots, with another eight vehicles which included a new spec 18 tonne fixed body rigid, added to support the two new cross-dock operations.
 
The vans are built to the new Euro 6 specification, making them the latest in vehicle technology and ensuring Cormar operates the cleanest and most eco-friendly vehicles.
 
Gary Mitchell Cormar’s Logistics Manager commented “Building our own nationwide delivery fleet has become an important part of our offering to independent local carpet shops, differentiating us from many of our competitors, and earning us a reputation as one of the speediest and most reliable delivery services around.”
 
It was over three decades ago that Cormar decided to make delivering quality carpets, door-to-door to retailers, part of its service. Now from its Bury, Lancashire base, it delivers carpets right across the UK direct from site and through 25 additional outbases, strategically located to offer an average 48 hour nationwide turnaround service to customers.
 
All Cormar wool carpet and polypropylene carpet ranges are manufactured in the UK on site at its Lancashire mills and distributed to carpet shops throughout Britain and Ireland via its own delivery fleet. Order your free carpet samples today to find your perfect new carpet. 

The Metro Independent Retail Flooring Group members have once again voted UK carpet manufacturer, Cormar Carpets, it’s Supplier of the Year, adding to its growing list of industry honours.

Recognising the company’s quality carpets, service and staff investment, Cormar has won the Metro Group’s ‘Floor Supplier of the Year’ for the 15th consecutive year – an accomplishment that no other carpet manufacturer  has ever achieved.
 
The award was announced at the annual Flooring Exhibitionin Harrogate and was accepted by Managing Director, David Judge and Northern Sales Manager Carl Quail.
 
Said David: “We’ve worked closely with the Metro Group for over 30 years and are delighted that the relationship continues to flourish.”
 
The Metro Group is one of the UK’s five principal flooring buying groups, with over 100 carpet shops across the UK, selling a wide selection of Cormar’s wool carpet and stain resistant carpet.
 
The Metro Group is one of the UK’s five principal flooring buying groups, with over 100 carpet shops across the UK, selling a wide selection of Cormar’s wool carpet and stain resistant carpet.
 
Cormar continues to produce all its wool and polypropylene carpets from its two production sites near Bury in Lancashire.  It also has its own fleet of over 50 distribution vehicles to ensure a top class delivery service to customers, as well as its own team of 23 sales representatives throughout Britain and Ireland. 

British carpet manufacturer, Cormar Carpets, has re-launched its hugely successful, Easy Clean, Sensation carpet range with six brand new colours.

Value-for-money and practicality has become a top priority for many consumers choosing a new carpet, as they increasingly look for hardwearing, well priced, stain resistant carpets. This has resulted in polypropylene carpets becoming more and more popular in the market due to their bleach cleanable, stain resistant properties.
 
One of the leading ranges in Cormar’s Easy Clean polypropylene carpet collection is Sensation made with 100% Luxelle. This ground breaking fibre has been engineered to create a soft carpet, which feels more luxurious whilst retaining all the practical living qualities of a standard polypropylene carpet. The range also includes a 10 year stain warranty and is available in two qualities heavy weight Original and lighter weight Feeling in both four and five metre widths.
 
Produced using a two-fold specialised yarn to create a lustrous handle, the six new carpet shades include two modern greys, Atlantic Seal and Rydal Stone, as well as two traditionally popular browns  – Moccasin and Tuscan Clay.
 
Said David Cormack, marketing director of Cormar Carpets: “Sensation has been a real winner since its launch in 2012. Both the feel of the carpet and the colours have had tremendous impact. But at Cormar we are constantly striving to keep ahead and so with home furnishing trends constantly evolving, it made sense to introduce an updated colour palette, in time for the usual Autumn up-lift in sales.”
 
All Cormar wool and polypropylene carpet ranges are manufactured in the UK on site at its Lancashire mills and distributed to carpet shops throughout Britain and Ireland via its own delivery fleet.  Order your free carpet samples today to find your perfect new carpet.

Award-winning UK carpet manufacturer Cormar Carpets has expanded its Ramsbottom-based Holme Mill site in a move to further improve stock availability and service to customers.

Representing a £900,000 investment, the new warehousing space to increase the storage area for un-backed carpet was commenced earlier this year and was opened by Cormar Carpet’s Chairman Betty Cormack over the summer.
 
A small opening ceremony was held at Holme Mill attended by Cormar’s Holme Mill staff and the construction team. A ribbon was cut by Mrs Cormack after which the first roll of carpet was loaded into a decker.
 
The new warehouse features cutting edge construction technology with state-of-the-art electrics and fittings and gives 41,744 sq ft of new floor space with racking space for up to 791 unbacked rolls (or 300,000 sq m of carpet). There is also the option to double stockholding capacity in the future. 
 
Said Paul Murphy, Cormar Carpet’s production manager: “The extension is another significant step in future proofing our operations, ensuring we continue to efficiently handle the high volume growth levels we’ve enjoyed in the last few years. It puts us in a better position to drive improvements in service to our customers.”

Cormar Carpets have been voted Best Carpet Manufacturer 2014 by readers of the furnishing trade magazine Interiors Monthly.

Award-winning UK carpet manufacturer Cormar Carpets has been flying the flag for British-made carpet for over 55 years and winning this award, cements its position as one of the leading independent carpet producers.
 
“Receiving this award for the second year running is a great achievement and it’s down to the hard work and dedication of all the team at Cormar,” said David Cormack, marketing director at Cormar Carpets. “We’re delighted to celebrate another successful year supplying affordable, quality carpets and to be positioned as the Best Carpet Manufacturer, especially from those within the industry.
 
One of the success stories of the British carpet industry, Cormar continues to produce all its polypropylene and wool carpet ranges from its two production sites near Bury in Lancashire.  It also has its own fleet of 55 distribution vehicles to ensure a top class delivery service to customers, as well as its own team of 23 sales representatives throughout Britain and Ireland.
 
“Our reputation is built on reliability, service and quality and it’s essential that we continue to invest in all these areas for success,” said David. “Over the last twelve months we’ve been busy with investments in new ranges like Apollo Plus,  a sister collection to Apollo but with a finer, denser pile, an increased pile weight and an extended stain warranty from five to ten years, as well as the relaunch of our top quality wool twist carpet ranges, Home Counties Plains and Heathers.
 
“This coupled with the ongoing improvements to our delivery service, such as the Northampton Cross Dock operation and the warehouse extension to our Home Mill site to further improve stock availability and service to customers has helped us retain the award.”

Award-winning UK carpet manufacturer Cormar Carpets has lift off with a brand new carpet collection that is simply out of this world!

Apollo Plus is a stain resistant carpet made from the same easy clean 100% Excellon fibre as Apollo, but is tufted on 1/10th gauge machinery for a finer, denser pile. It also has an increased pile weight and an extended 10 Year Stain Warranty. 
 
As with the existing Easy Clean Collection, Apollo Plus uses the popular Excellon two-fold yarn and is available in four and five metre widths. It comes in a choice of 15 best selling plain and heather shades.
 
“We have had a great reaction to this quality carpet,” said David Cormack, marketing director of Cormar Carpets. “With the housing market starting to lift, the timing of Apollo Plus is just right. And it fits into so many markets – offering great value for money, stain resistance, appealing to the ‘new homes’ market, as well as being an ideal choice for bedroom carpet.”
 
In line with other members of Cormar’s easy clean family of products, Apollo Plus is a bleach cleanable and stain resistant carpet. It remains an entry level carpet range that is designed for families setting up home or on a restricted budget.

Award-winning UK carpet manufacturer Cormar Carpets’ extension at its Ramsbottom-based Holme Mill site is more than half way complete and is set to meet the current July completion deadline.

Now over midway through the extension at Holme Mill, the steel structure is complete, the roof is on and for the first time you can really start to get a good feel for the scale of the building as its outline begins to take shape. 
 
The concrete flooring has now been laid, leaving two critical construction timelines outstanding – the roof sprinklers mid June and the decker installation at the end of June, plus there is still a lot of work to do for both contractors and Cormar before they can drive through from the existing building.  
 
Said Paul Murphy, Cormar Carpet’s Production Manager “We are very much looking forward to the opening of the building. The space availability created at Holme Mill will have significant benefits for the business, enabling us improve stock availability and on time delivery, ahead of the traditional Autumn peak.”

Cormar Carpets has continued its run of industry accolades by winning the Flooring One, Supplier of the Year Award for the tenth time.

The award is voted on by all members of the retail buying group, with scores based on delivery performance, quality and response to quality issues, products and sales support/communication.  It was presented to Cormar’s Managing Director, David Judge by Glenn Harding Flooring One Controller, at the Buying Groups National Flooring Show held at Flooring One’s head office in Solihull. 
 
Said David: “We have been busy at Cormar Carpets over the last 12 months, with investments in new carpet qualities like Sensation Twist and Heathers, coupled with the improvements to our delivery service, such as the Northampton Cross Dock operation. Ongoing improvements such as this have helped us retain the award. Having said that at Cormar we very much appreciate there is strong competition amongst carpet companies throughout the UK and the Continent and therefore we will be increasing our efforts to win the award again next year.”
 
Cormar continues to produce all its quality carpet ranges from its two production sites near Bury in Lancashire.  It also has its own fleet of 50 distribution vehicles to ensure a top class delivery service to carpet shops throughout Britain and Ireland. 
 
Cormar Carpets is one of the UK’s most successful independent carpet manufacturers with some one million people a year buying a Cormar carpet.

During April this year, Cormar Carpets hosted their annual Flooring Guild Training Course, with independent industry expert and course tutor Ray Morgan.

The training course is designed to give independent carpet retailers a chance to enhance their sales skills, as well as providing basic product knowledge about carpets, carpet care and how to effectively plan and estimate. This is the sixth year that Cormar has held the event to help retailers train staff that are new to the carpet and flooring trade. 
 
The three-day ‘Selling Quality Carpets’ event, which took place 28 – 30 April, was run by independent industry expert and course tutor Ray Morgan from the Flooring Guild. 
 
Held at Cormar’s Brookhouse Mill site, the carpet training course was attended by staff from nine carpet shops from throughout Britain. One of the delegates on the course – Holly Wilson from Generation Flooring commented “I would definitely recommend this course to anyone in the carpet industry.”
 
David Cormack, marketing director of Cormar Carpets said: “Having run this course for a number of years now, it’s great to know that it is still in demand and that it really does make a difference to those retailers that attend.”
 
The Flooring Guild is a ‘not for profit’ organisation, which was founded in 1999 to raise standards in the flooring industry through training and educational programmes. The organisation aims to provide a formal induction programme to assist people coming into the industry and a skills development programme, to motivate current employees to sell quality carpets.

UK carpet manufacturer Cormar Carpets brings star quality to home interiors with the relaunch of its successful wool carpet range: Home Counties Plains and its brand new complementary twin collection, Home Counties Heathers.

Cormar’s Home Counties Plains hits the right note with one of the best choices of fashionable colours for the home using New Zealand Wool . The 18 strong palette has been infused with 12 inspirational new plain colours, including four new grey carpets. And while contemporary neutrals remain at the heart of the collection, those who want to opt for a splash of colour on stair carpets or lounge carpets, can choose from striking shades, such as Cardinal red and deep Espresso brown.
 
For those who prefer a more understated look, Home Counties Heathers offers a selection of 14 natural heather hues, such as Rutland Elm and Kirkstone using British Wool. These provide the perfect canvas to work alongside welcoming country decor schemes or the most modern of urban retreats.
 
Made from 80% pure new wool, 10% tuftbond and 10% polypropylene, Home Counties Plains and Heathers are high quality tufted carpets in two different weights; (42oz and 50oz) making them ideal for high traffic areas,  such as stairways and halls. Both are available in both 4m and 5m widths to avoid joins and retail from ?29 per sq m.
 
“We’ve carefully considered the two new carpet ranges and are confident they will match the market’s requirements in terms of composition, colours and styles,” said marketing director David Cormack.
 
“The continued popularity of neutrals and renewed interest in wool carpets has encouraged us to refresh and extend the range to reflect current trends.”
 
 
All Cormar’s wool twists, wool loop and stain resistant polypropylene carpets, are produced on site at it’s Lancashire mills and distributed in the UK and Eire via its own delivery fleet. For further information on the Home Counties collection or any other Cormar Carpet range log on towww.cormarcarpets.co.uk

Award-winning UK Carpet manufacturer Cormar Carpets is expanding its Ramsbottom-based Holme Mill site in a move to further improve stock availability and service to customers.

Representing a £900,000 investment, work is now underway on the new warehousing space, designed to keep the Lancashire carpet company at the cutting edge of customers’ needs.  The base foundations have already been laid with several hundred vehicles of coarse stone delivered to site.  The new extension, which significantly expands the un-backed carpet storage area, is expected to be completed in June.
 
Said Paul Murphy, Cormar Carpet’s Production Manager: “The extension allows us the opportunity to grow the business and increase our warehouse capacity for un-backed carpet.  It is a critical development that will free up process time at both sites and enable implementation of our plans to deliver the growth and performance enhancements not previously possible due to space constraints.”

To support growth in retail sales Cormar Carpets has introduced a new cross-dock distribution centre in Northampton.

The new 20,000 sq ft cross-dock distribution centre was opened in September last year, in time to cope with increased demand for carpets during the run-up to Christmas. Already the new cross-dock centre is proving to be a success, having handled over 18,000 carpet orders in the first three months.
 
The distribution centre sits alongside the company’s existing out-base depots, providing additional support to current facilities in the loading bay and cut lengths department at Brookhouse Mill in Bury, Lancashire.
 
 
The Northampton site is operated in conjunction with the Company’s existing transport partners. The depot now operates 11 vehicles each day.
 
 
Carpet orders are loaded in bulk on huge 44ft trailers in Bury, to then trunk to Northampton overnight, unload and finally reload onto local delivery routes, as normal.
 
 
Said Craig Marshall, Head of Order Channels and Logistics “We pride ourselves on our on time delivery performance, so wanted to make sure we had as seamless a transition as possible, with no disruption to our customers during the peak delivery period of the year. We are now looking forward to volumes rising further and providing an even better service to our customers.”

Neville Cormack OBE, Chairman of Cormar Carpets and one of the UK carpet industry’s leading figures, has died.

A pioneer of tufted carpets in Britain, Neville was Managing Director and then Chairman of Greenwood & Coope Limited, better known as Cormar Carpets, based in Bury. The business started in 1956 when the first tufting machines came to Britain and under Neville’s leadership, Cormar became one of the UK’s most successful carpet manufacturers.
 
Neville joined Greenwood and Coope in 1949, the company founded by his father in 1924. Originally the company supplied bindings and felts to the shoe and slipper trade in the Rossendale Valley. Then in 1956 he founded Cormar Carpets and tufting began at Nunn Hills Mill, Stacksteads, with the first machines producing 54” wide tufted carpet. During his lifetime Cormar has thrived and expanded to the two mills operating today in Lancashire – Brookhouse Mill, Greenmount and Holme Mill in Ramsbottom, where 23 machines produce over nine million sq metres of carpet a year.
 
 
Elected chairman of the Tufted Carpet Manufacturer’s Association in 1969, Neville was a prominent and highly respected member of the UK carpet industry and led Cormar Carpets for 57 years. As a leading local businessman he was the Founder, Chairman and Director of the Rossendale Enterprise Trust and Chairman of the Rossendale Industrial Society. In 1987 he was awarded the OBE for his services to industry.
 
 
Neville passed away peacefully at his home in Rossendale, on Sunday December 8th. He leaves his wife Betty, three children – Helen, John and David – and five grandchildren.

Cormar Carpets has recently added to its popular Sensation stain resistant polypropylene carpet collection by launching the new Sensation Twist range.

Like the rest of the “family”, Sensation Twist is made with easy clean Luxelle fibre, that makes it dirt and stain resistant.  It also has the same soft feel and lustrous silk like effect, but with a finer twist definition.
 
A sister range to Sensation (Original and New Feeling) and Sensation Heathers, the new carpet, Sensation Twist is the ideal home carpet and comes in a choice of 16 contemporary plain colours from alternative neutrals such as Pewter, Fenland Barley and Crystal Grey to striking vibrant shades like Scarlet and Wild Cherry.
 
Available in four and five metre widths, Sensation Twist is a quality carpet, which offers great value for money, retailing at approximately ?22 per sq m.
 
Says Cormar’s Marketing Director, David Cormack: “Both Sensation and Sensation Heathers have been great successes for us as they are carpets that look good, are easy to live with and are great value-for-money.  Sensation Twist offers a sophisticated deep-feel carpet but with all the benefits of being easy to look after- perfect for modern family life.”
 
As a major UK carpet manufacturer, Cormar’s stain resistant polypropylene carpets, wool twists, berber carpets and wool loop carpets are produced on site at its Lancashire mills and distributed in the UK and Eire via its own delivery fleet.  If you are thinking of buying a new carpet for Christmas why not order your free carpet samples or visit your local retailer using our carpet shops directory.

Cormar Carpets has continued its run of industry accolades by winning the Metro Group ‘Flooring Supplier of the Year’ for the 14th consecutive year – a feat that no other carpet manufacturer has ever achieved.

The award was announced at the annual Floor Show in Harrogate and was presented to Cormar’s marketing director, David Cormack by Malcolm Piper , Metro Group Chairman.
 
Said David: “Cormar Carpets has traded with Metro for over 30 years, so it is great to see that the relationship continues to flourish. We’re delighted to have won it 14 times on the trot!”
 
The Metro Group is one of the UK’s five principal flooring buying groups, with over 150 carpet shops across the UK, selling a wide selection of Cormar’s wool carpet and stain resistant carpet.
 
Cormar continues to produce all its quality carpet ranges from its two production sites near Bury in Lancashire. It also has its own fleet of 50 distribution vehicles to ensure a top class delivery service to customers, as well as its own team of 23 sales representatives throughout Britain and Ireland.
 
Cormar Carpets is one of the UK’s most successful independent carpet companies with some one million people a year buying a Cormar carpet. To help select your new carpet, click on carpet samples, to receive three free cuttings, at home. 

This year Cormar Carpets unveiled the latest member of their Sensation carpet family – Sensation Twist. Using the same soft, lustrous Luxelle polypropylene yarn, the range was introduced at the National Flooring Trade Show in Harrogate, held at the beginning of September.

One of the UK’s major tufted carpet manufacturers, Cormar Carpets have enjoyed success over the last 18 months with their new Sensation range – a deep pile, luxurious carpet which has a silk like look, but being produced from Luxelle polypropylene, carries a 10 year stain warranty. In June an additional heather carpet range – Sensation Heathers was successfully launched and now the latest Sensation Twist, means that three Sensation ranges will be available in flooring shops throughout Britain and Ireland, this Autumn.
 
Like the rest of the Sensation stain resistant carpet collection, Sensation Twist uses Luxelle polypropylene and comes with a 10 year stain warranty. It is available in 16 plain colours, including a wide selection of neutrals as well as a selection of brighter shades – ideal for lounge carpet, stair carpet or bedroom carpet . Carpet samples will be available throughout good quality carpet shops, from October.
 
During the flooring exhibition Cormar were presented with the Carpet Supplier of the Year Award by the Metro Independent Flooring Retailer Buying Group.  Recognising the company’s high quality carpets, delivery and service to the group, Cormar were given the Metro Group’s ‘Supplier of the Year’ for the 14th consecutive year – an accomplishment no other British carpet manufacturer has achieved before.
 
As well as promoting the latest new carpet Sensation Twist, Cormar also showcased their in store retail displays including the Sales Station, which highlights two carpet ranges on a double-sided lectern, as well as showing smaller five other ranges on the side of the display. Designed to show the maximum amount of carpet samples in one square metre of space, the Sales Station offers carpet shops the opportunity to show either Cormar Carpet’s Easy Clean ranges or its Wool ranges, including 100% wool carpets and British Wool twist ranges.
 
Also featured on the exhibition stand was Cormar’s Trade Web Portal which allows carpet shops to check stock and order carpet online any time of the day or night, including weekends.
 
Over the course of the three-days there was the opportunity for carpet / flooring retailers to win a Mini I Pad every day on the stand. To enter Cormar stockists were required to fill in an entry card and present it at the show. The three lucky winners were Rodney Gowans from Gowans Flooring in Castle Douglas, Paul Telfer from Tony Roberts Carpets in Whitehaven and Teresa Bennett from Carpetwise in Stratford upon Avon.

Cormar Carpets have been voted Best Carpet Manufacturer 2013 by readers of the furnishing trade magazine Interiors Monthly.

Over the last six years Cormar Carpets have won five Interiors Monthly awards including Best Flooring Customer Service Supplier last year. Cormar were also voted Best Carpet Supplier by Flooring One– a leading association of independent retail furnishing stores, earlier in the year.
 
Said David: “ It is great to see that a truly British carpet manufacturer has won this award. Whilst much of the carpet sold in the UK is imported from overseas, Cormar still manufacture all our carpet in Britain and deliver to carpet shops throughout the Britain and Ireland using our own delivery fleet. “
 
“For us at Cormar, providing quality carpets, value for money, service and reliability have always been paramount – these days perhaps more than ever. We accept though that we cannot stand still and as a consequence we’re continuously evolving our service offer and product range to meet the demands of our customers. Our latest hit has been the Sensation range of carpets – a luxurious stain resistant carpets collection, ideal for lounges and bedroom carpets, produced in both heathers and plains .”
 
Over the past five years Cormar Carpets has continuously invested in plant,, machinery, distribution and people to keep itself competitive. This has included a new 5m cutting facility at Brookhouse Mill and an expanded sales team to 23, to improve service to carpet and flooring shops.

Hot on the heels of the hugely successful Sensation carpet ranges, comes Sensation Heathers, a new member of Cormar’s Easy Clean Polypropylene Carpet family.

Sensation Heathers is another heavy weight quality new carpet, using the two-fold specialised yarn to create a lustrous, luxurious handle. The new addition comes in the same easy clean fibre, 100% Luxelle polypropylene, for a super soft handle and stain resistant properties and is ideal for bedroom carpet or all around the home.
 
Available in a choice of 10 fashionable and natural carpet shades, from traditional stone beiges and brown carpet to contemporary colours and greys, the carpet is ideal floor covering for all around the home.Dirt and stain resistant and bleach cleanable, Sensation Heathers is available in four metre and five metre for wider rooms.

 
Says Cormar’s marketing director, David Cormack:“Sensation has been a real winner for both Cormar and our customers. It’s unique tactile feel, the fact that it is simple to clean, easy to live with, and tremendous value-for-money, has meant that it has been a real success story. It seemed the obvious next step to introduce a heather collection, from the ‘same stable’ to give our customers even greater choice when buying carpet.”

All Cormar’s stain resistant polypropylene carpets, wool twist carpets, berber carpets and wool loop carpets are produced on site at its Lancashire mills and distributed in the UK and Eire via its own carpet company delivery fleet.

In May, Flooring Retailer Groups, ACG, BRM, Carpet 1st, Flooring One and SMG headed up the annual Buying Group National Flooring Show held at the AIS Head Offices in Solihull, at which over 60 leading carpet and flooring brands were present.

This year, Cormar Carpets were delighted to be awarded Supplier of the Year by the independent retail buying group, Flooring One, for the ninth time in 14 years – a feat no UK carpet manufacturer has ever managed before.

The award is voted on by all members of the flooring retail group, with scores based on delivery performance, quality and response to quality issues, products and sales support and communication. It was presented to Marketing Director of Cormar Carpets, David Cormack, at the Buying Group Show held at Flooring One’s head office in Solihull. 
 

Said David Cormack: “For Cormar Carpets to pick up this award for the ninth year with an improved score, is a wonderful achievement. At Cormar we very much appreciate that whilst price is always going to be important, reliability, service and quality are still recognised by carpet shops as much as they have ever been.”

Cormar continues to produce all its quality carpet ranges from its two production sites near Bury in Lancashire. It also has its own fleet of 50 distribution vehicles to ensure a speedy delivery service to customers, as well as its own team of 23 Sales Representatives throughout Britain and Eire.

During April this year, Cormar Carpets hosted their annual Flooring Guild Training Course, with independent industry expert and course tutor Ray Morgan.

The three-day ‘Selling Quality Carpets’ training event, run by the Flooring Guild, has been held every year for the last five years for carpet shops to help retailers train staff that are new to the carpet flooring trade. It is designed to provide basic product knowledge about carpets, such as selling techniques and how to plan and estimate effectively.
 
David Cormack, Marketing Director of Cormar Carpets said: “We have been running this course in conjunction with the Flooring Guild for the last five years now. And basically it is intended to help our Independent Retailer Customers with their staff training. This year it was really pleasing to see how many young people attended the course. Every year we get really good feedback from those carpet retailers that attend the course and I am sure that the training not only helps not them in terms of their sales, but also their overall customer service.”
 
 
The Flooring Guild is a ‘not for profit’ organisation, which was founded in 1999 to raise standards in the flooring industry through training and educational programmes. The organisation aims to provide a formal induction programme to assist people coming into the UK carpet industry and a skills development programme, to motivate current employees. The programme also improves relationships between key customers and carpet manufacturers in the UK.

Leading UK carpet manufacturer, Cormar Carpets, has re-launched its Primo Ultra easy clean heavyweight range with brand new plain and heather colours

Primo Ultra is part of the easy clean family, one of the most successful polypropylene tufted carpet collections of recent years.  Made with 100% Excellon – a polypropylene fibre renowned for its stain resistance and harwearing properties – it also comes with a 10 year stain warranty to provide extra carpet care.  Primo Ultra is a fine tenth gauge quality carpet and is available in 4 and 5 metre widths.
 
Said David Cormack, Marketing Manager of Cormar Carpets: “Heavy weight polypropylene carpets are becoming more and more popular in the market, but since colour trends are constantly evolving, it made sense to update Primo Ultra with a fresh palette of heather and plain shades.”
 
“Over the last few years we had great success with our Primo easy clean family of carpets and as such have continued to update and expand the collection to give our customers more choice.
 
All Cormar’s stain resistant polypropylene carpets, wool twist, wool loop carpets are produced on site at its Lancashire mills and distributed in the UK and Eire via its own delivery fleet.  For further information on the Primo collectionk and order your free carpet samples please log on to:

Luxury carpets are affordable for all, as Cormar’s Sensation range is now available in two qualities; “Original” and now “New Feeling”.

Like “Original” Sensation, “New Feeling” is a quality carpet made from 100% Luxelle polypropylene to provide a super soft touch, with the same lustrous look, but in a lighter pile weight.  And at a reduced price, Sensation New Feeling is the perfect new carpet for those households on a budget.
 
Both qualities come in 10 contemporary, plain colours, including “Arctic Grey”, “Polar White” and “Siberian Mink”, in four and five metre widths.  Sensation “Original” is expected to retail at around ?25 per sq m, with “New Feeling” offering excellent value for money at just ?23 per sqm.  Both Sensation “Original” and ‘”New Feeling” are available now at carpet shops near you.
 
Sensation New Feeling is also part of Cormar’s practical Easy-Clean Carpet family.  It is stain resistant and bleach cleanable and comes with the added satisfaction of a  carpet manufacturer’s 10 year stain warranty.  To discover more about the benefits of Cormar’s easy-clean polypropylene carpets and to order your free carpet samples why not visit www.cormarcarpets.co.uk.

Cormar Carpets, one of the UK’s leading tufted carpet manufacturers, is expanding its national sales team.

Cormar has increased its field sales personnel from 20 to 23, to cover the three new sales territories which have been created to cover carpet shops across the Scottish Borders, North Wales and Devon & Cornwall. In total, four salesmen have been recruited, three for the new areas and one to replace Neil Burgess, (previously covering the Midlands area), who has been promoted to Western Regional Sales Manager.
 
“I am delighted that we have been successful in recruiting four salesmen who already enjoy an excellent reputation within the carpet industry. We received an overwhelming response to fill these new areas and we believe that the new recruits will be a good addition to the team. This reorganisation means that we will be able to cover carpet shops across the country more effectively and supply our customers with our wool and polypropylene carpets on a more timely basis”; said Roger Clarke who is responsible for recruitment.
 
The four new sales representatives are Mark Ponting who will be covering the Borders, Martin Hemmings who will cover North Wales, Darren Jackson covering Devon & Cornwall and David Grebby who will cover the Midlands M6 Corridor.
 
Photograph shows from Left to Right; Roger Clarke, Neil Burgess, Martin Hemmings, Darren Jackson, David Grebby and Mark Ponting.

From the beginning of January Cormar Carpets will become members of the Carpet Foundation. This is a carpet trade organisation whose objectives are to promote and communicate the benefits of quality carpets and quality carpet retailers throughout the UK

It’s members are drawn from UK carpet manufacturers and retailers, who all sell under the CF quality mark and subscribe to the Office of Fair Trading Code of Practice. This Code of Practise underpins the Foundation providing confidence to people purchasing carpet from it’s members.
 
“We firmly believe that the Carpet Foundation benefits the UK carpet industry in many ways. It enables us to have an industry voice on key flooring matters such as the environment, safety and quality testing, as well as trading standards. In addition, the Foundation does a great job in promoting carpets in the media.” said David Cormack, Marketing Director at Cormar. ”However, key to our involvement, is the fact that the Carpet Foundation has more recently become a vehicle to promote Independent Flooring Retailers and Buying Groups in the UK. And as we are a 100% British carpet manufacturer, with the majority of our business with Independent Carpet Shops, it obviously makes sense for Cormar Carpets to endeavour to support them and joining the Foundation will only strengthen that bond.”
 
Another new carpet manufacturer joining the Foundation at the same time is Brockway Carpets, who are based in Kidderminster. Chairman of the Carpet Foundation, John Duncan, was understandably delighted at the news: “I am thrilled that Cormar and Brockway are joining. It is a real bonus for us and sends out a strong message to the industry at large. It is no secret that it has been a challenging period for us but we have remodelled ourselves and will emerge leaner, fitter and stronger and ideally positioned to build on the hard work of the previous 12 years. We have exciting and innovative plans in place for 2013 and this is the perfect way to start a new year.”

Once again Cormar Carpets exhibited their range of quality carpets at the annual trade Flooring Exhibition in Harrogate. The exhibition, which first started in 1962, celebrated its 50th year in September. Cormar were doubly proud to be one of the original exhibitors, all those years ago.

This year Cormar Carpets majored on two new carpet ranges –Sensation, a deep pile, heavy weight, easy clean carpet, which was launched in July and Primo Choice, a polypropylene heather, stain resistant carpet, available in two qualities – Elite and Super, which was launched at the show. Both new carpet ranges met with a very good reaction, with displays and rolls of both ranges being sold to carpet shops throughout the UK and Ireland.
 
As well as promoting the two latest new carpet ranges, Cormar also introduced a new display unit called the Sales Station, which highlights two carpet ranges on a double-sided lectern, as well as showing five other ranges on a tombala display. Designed to show the maximum amount of carpet samples in one square metre of space, the Sales Station offers carpet shops the opportunity to show either Cormar Carpet’s Easy Clean ranges or its Wool ranges, including 100% wool carpets and British Wool twist ranges. Both stands are provided with attractive, eye-catching graphic panels.
 
On the technology side, updates to Cormar Carpet’s Trade Web Portal were shown for the first time; including an option to remember retailers Log-in and password details. The trade website was launched in 2011, to allow carpet shops to check current stock and place orders any time of the day and night, including weekends. “The reaction to the trade portal has been tremendous” said Craig Marshall, Cormar’s Head of Channels. “Our trade customer’s like the easy-to-use nature of the site and the ability to see’real-time’ stock online and obtain an accurate delivery date.”
 
An additional bonus this year was the opportunity for flooring retailers to win an I Pad every day on the stand. Customers were able to fill in an entry card and over the course of the three-day show, three I Pads were given away. The lucky winners were Chris Walker of Jims Carpets in Leeds, Steve Parson from Astra Carpets in Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire and William Eastham from Potts, Ward & Woodcocks in Brighton.

Thanks to the launch of brand new heather twist range, Primo Choice, shoppers have more choice when buying carpets than ever before.

Savvy shoppers have more choice when buying carpets than ever before, thanks to the launch of brand new heather twist range, Primo Choice from Cormar Carpets, which adds a new dimension to its popular Easy Clean collection.
 
Made from 100% Excellon, it has all the qualities of Cormar’s Primo ranges – easy clean, stain resistant and bleach cleanable to improve your carpet care .  Primo Choice comes in 12 bestselling heather shades including Filbert, Almond and Shingle – making easy living more fashionable than ever.
 
Available in two weights, Super and Elite, Primo Choice carpet comes in both four and five metre widths and will retail from around ?17 per sq metre.  Primo Choice also comes with a full 10 year stain resist warranty providing peace of mind with your purchase.
 
David Cormack, Marketing Director at Cormar Carpets said: “Our Easy Clean carpet ranges have been a great success over the past few years and with its stain resistant qualities and heather colours, Primo Choice adds the missing piece in the Primo range. It’s ideal for families and those on a tight budget who are looking for a carpet that not only acts the part but looks the part too.”
 
The Cormar Easy Clean collection includes Apollo, Primo Plus, Primo Ultra, Primo Delight and the recently launched luxury carpet; Sensation. All the ranges are available in 4 and 5m widths and are produced on site at its Lancashire mills and distributed in the UK and Eire via its own delivery fleet. The new Primo Choice carpet range is available at carpet suppliers throughout the UK and Eire, to locate a list of recommended carpet shops near you and to order your free carpet samples why not log on to www.cormarcarpets.co.uk.

Leading UK tufted carpet manufacturer Cormar Carpets invests in top of the range 5m wide cutting machine.

Leading UK tufted carpet manufacturer Cormar Carpets has completed the final phase of a three year programme of investment with the installation of a second top of the range, 5m wide cutting machine within its cut lengths department.
 
“The project has provided several benefits for the business and customers,” said Cormar’s MD, David Judge. “Specifically the second 5m cutting machine will be faster and more efficient, which in turn increases our capacity to service customer’s needs.”
 
“Having two 5m cutting machines also provides us with ongoing back-up and as the second machine features the latest technology; it helps to ‘future-proof’ the cut lengths department.”
 
The last phase follows on from the installation of a new conveyor system between the warehouse and cutting tables that increased cutting rate and capacity, along with the purchase of four new ‘compact boom trucks’ to service the updated system back in 2009. The sortation system was upgraded in 2008, which maximised Cormar’s ability to cut, load and ship carpet to tight deadlines.
 
Over the past year, Cormar has demonstrated a continuous policy of inward investment both in terms of plant, machinery, delivery fleet and people – including a brand new advanced logistics system and investment in five new vehicles for its truck fleet of 49 vehicles.
 
It is this commitment to ongoing investment that has seen Cormar Carpets become one of the UK’s most successful independent carpet companies with some one million people a year buying a Cormar carpet. 

Cormar Carpets wins Interior’s Monthly 2012 Best Flooring Customer Service Award for the third time.

Cormar Carpets has cemented its position as one of the leading independent carpet manufacturers in the UK by continuing its run of industry accolades – winning three this year, including Interior’s Monthly 2012 Best Flooring Customer Service Award for the third time.
 
The award was voted upon by readers of the flooring trade magazine Interiors Monthly in June and follows last years award for Best Carpet Manufacturer.  During the Spring, Cormar Carpets also won two independent retail carpet buying group awards in quick succession – Flooring One’s ‘Supplier of the Year’ (eighth time), followed by the Metro Group ‘Flooring Supplier of the Year’, which Cormar Carpets has won for 13 consecutive years – an accomplishment no other carpet company has achieved before.
 
Says David Cormack, Marketing Director of Cormar Carpets: “The service we provide to carpet shops throughout Britain and Ireland is one of the areas we have always concentrated hard on. The past few years have been tough for the flooring industry and, as a result, retailers are looking for carpet suppliers that they can rely on. After all, their reputation is on the line every time they place an order.
 
One of the success stories of the British carpet industry, Cormar remains independently owned and has set a formidable industry benchmark for ‘getting it right’. With fierce competition from overseas, it has earned a reputation for offering top service, quality carpets and reliability of delivery.
 
“Our service starts the minute the yarn is put on the tufting machine at Holme Mill, to when the carpet is delivered by the Cormar driver. And it carries right through to our people in invoicing and after sales.”
 
Over the past five years Cormar Carpets has continuously invested in plant, people, machinery and distribution to keep itself competitive, including a new cut length machine that will increase capacity.
 
Last year the Company also invested in new technology and developed a new B2B trade web portal that showcased a range of interactive services including stock check, delivery days, online ordering, price checks, online statements and proof of delivery, order tracking and order history – all through a secure personal log-in.
 
Said David Cormack: “The challenge was to go beyond what is currently available and provide our retail customers with a truly effective business tool, benchmarking the web portal against such e-commerce market leaders as Amazon for speed and ease of use.”
 
As one of the UK’s leading carpet manufacturers, Cormar continues to produce all wool carpets and polypropylene carpets from its two production sites near Bury, in Lancashire. It also owns a fleet of 49 distribution vehicles to ensure a top class delivery service to customers. In addition, there is a team of 20 Sales Representatives throughout Britain and Ireland to service carpet shops throughout the UK and Eire. 

Bury based Cormar Carpets, one of the UK’s leading tufted carpet manufacturers, is waving the green flag for recycling.

Cormar Carpets is waving the green flag for recycling.
 
We have become one of the latest manufacturers to join trade association, Carpet Recycling UK, whose mission is to divert carpets from landfill to obtain the best value from the valuable raw materials in them.
 
“Recycling is very important to us,” says Robert Barker, finance director of Cormar Carpets. “Being part of Carpet Recycling UK will help to get recycling moving faster as well as providing Cormar with the opportunity to help further drive down our waste.”
 
In the past two years, Cormar has halved the amount of company waste sent to landfill and is looking at ways to reduce it further. The company has focused on recycling initiatives, along with creating enough revenue from recycling to pay for the remaining compactor waste to be removed.
 
“It is widely accepted that industry needs to move away from landfill as an “end-of-pipe” solution towards waste management, and more towards treating the issue of waste in a more proactive and sustainable manner,” said Robert. “Wherever possible at Cormar, any discarded materials are diverted away from local landfills through reuse and recycling.
 
“Today, the issue is not just about the cost of disposal but increasingly about the value of what we are throwing away.”
 
Carpet Recycling UK is making the investments the industry needs to carry out the collection, sorting, and processing for a wide variety of end-uses. The overall result will be a carpet recycling capacity of around 20,000 tonnes per year by mid 2009.

The recently launched New Oaklands collection offers consumers a choice of three carpet weights in 18 different shades.

With the launch of New Oaklands, Cormar is wading in on the weight issue – and the result is even more choice and value-for-money options.
 
As well as fashionable colours and trendy textures, many carpets now come in a choice of pile weights.
 
Says David Cormack of Cormar Carpets: “Carpets in multiple pile weights are becoming increasingly popular. There has always been a trend for people to use the same carpet throughout their home and now different weights, in the same carpet range, mean you can upgrade or downgrade in each room, where necessary to save money.
 
Cormar’s New Oaklands carpet collection offers three weights for the consumer – 32, 42 and 50oz at the approximate price points ?21, ?23 and ?26 respectively. Made from 80% pure new wool, 10% tuftbond and 10% nylon it comes in 18 popular shades and is extremely versatile.
 
More expensive, heavier piles are ideal for areas that receive the most footfall ie hallways and stairs. Living rooms and dining rooms still need a carpet that is resilient to wear and tear but can afford to choose a more middleweight pile and as bedroom carpets do not receive such consistent use, a lighter weight pile can be used.
 
So what is pile weight? Well simply put, the more yarn there is in the carpet, the better the carpet. So for once, it pays to be heavier!
 
Yarn content is measured by pile weight and the more pile, the more wear surface it has. Pile weight impacts on feel, resilience and durability and is measured in ounces per square yard. All carpets flatten with wear over time, but a heavier weight carpet will generally always out perform one of a lesser weight.

Metro Chairman, John Keyworth presents Cormar’s Neville Cormack OBE with Supplier of the Year Award

Cormar Carpets has continued its run of industry awards success by winning four trade awards in 2009.
 
The Metro Independent Retail Buying Group voted Cormar Supplier of the Year for the 10th consecutive year, plus a special lifetime service award was presented to the company’s chairman, Neville Cormack OBE. Flooring One Retail Group also named the Lancashire based carpet manufacturer its Supplier of the Year for the fifth time, and in August Cormar were given the best Customer Service Award by readers of Interiors Monthly.
 
A pioneer in tufted carpet production, Neville Cormack was given special recognition for his contribution to the carpet industry, in particular supplying the Metro Group for 30 years. The Supplier of the Year award, voted for by Metro members, was announced at the AGM annual dinner at the Hyatt Hotel in Birmingham. Neville Cormack accepted both awards.
 
The Flooring One accolade was presented during the buying group’s one day show in Birmingham. The award recognises first class delivery performance, product quality, response to quality issues, communication, sales support and representation and was collected by Roger Clarke, Cormar’s Northern Sales Manager.
 
The Interiors Monthly Award for Best Customer Service was published in August and was voted for by readers of the Interiors Trade Publication. Commenting on the award, Managing Director David Judge said “Service is one of the areas we have always concentrated hard on. In a tough market, as we have had for the past 12 months, retailers are looking for suppliers they can reply on. After all, their reputation is on the line everytime they place an order”. For more information about Interiors Monthly, please visit their website www.interiorsmonthly.co.uk

Cormar Carpets launches Twin Wool Textured ranges, Avebury and Lindisfarne.

Cormar Carpets brings star quality to home interiors with the launch of two wool textured carpets, Avebury and Lindisfarne, offering couture chic carpet at high street prices.
 
“Gone are the days when getting designer style meant forking out a small fortune,” says David Cormack of Cormar Carpets. “We realise that consumers want a certain look without the exclusive price tag and that’s why Avebury and Lindisfarne can add desirable decadence at a price they can afford.”
 
Cormar’s two new textured ranges are retailing around the ?28-30 per sq m mark: half the price of comparable ‘designer’ textured carpets – great given the credit crunch and the size of the average purse.
 
Avebury and Lindisfarne are crafted from top grade 100% pure new wool and offer superb resilience to wear and tear. Both are available in four and five metre widths and are branded with the company’s British Made logo as well as the Woolmark Carpetslogo.
 
“Neutral carpets are still very much in demand but we are now seeing more people experimenting with texture for that added twist,” says David.
 
In a fine textured loop design Avebury is available in 12 contemporary neutrals – eight plain and four heather – in colours such as soft Marlborough Putty and rugged Fosbury Clay. Lindisfarne comes in a choice of six natural colours, in two different textures: a level loop and a ‘knobby’ textured loop.
 
Photography is available to retailers to use on their own advertising, providing they have a trade account and a credit to Cormar is given. For more details contact Jeanette Sau at Cormar on jeanette.sau@cormarcarpets.co.uk

Starring Role for New Oaklands on ITV

Cormar Carpets has had a starring role on ITV1’s This Morning programme ‘Help! I Hate My House’ (Friday 4 September).
 
We supplied our 80% Wool Carpet – New Oaklands in the Silverstone colourway for the second series of the hugely popular show which transforms houses that are in dire need of expert help!
 
Presented by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, the show features top interior designers such as Linda Barker and Danielle Proud who will give walls a lick of paint, fit new carpet and even rip out fireplaces!
 
“Swapping a tired old carpet for one in a fashionable new shade will give a home a new lease of life,” says David Cormack, marketing director of Cormar Carpets.
 
“A new carpet is a really worthwhile investment and will reap dividends. Whether you are putting your house on the market, or just looking to refresh your decor – a carpet is the best way to create an immediate impact.”
 
Made from 80% pure new wool, 10% tuftbond and 10% nylon, New Oaklands is extremely versatile: ideal for all areas of the home, fantastic value for money and has been designed to work as a neutral background to today’s home furnishing styles.
 
It comes in three pile weights – 32, 42 and 50 oz per sq yard – and is available in 20 heather and plain colours, including a bank of fashionable taupes, greys and browns. Retail prices start from approximately ?21 per sq m.

Cormar flys the flag for British Manufacturing

A hot topic in the media currently is all things ‘home grown in the UK ‘and as buying British once again becomes cool, Lancashire based Cormar Carpets is flying the flag for British manufacturing.
 
One of the few UK carpet manufacturers still manufacturing all of its products in the UK, Cormar is raising awareness of its home grown heritage with a brand new ‘British Made by Cormar’ logo which will feature on all sample books, swing tags and displays.
 
“We are proud to be one of the few remaining British-made manufacturers,” says David Cormack, marketing director at Cormar Carpets. “It is very important to us to be seen to be delivering British made, high quality, affordable carpets. It seems it is also becoming increasingly important to consumers and retailers as the recession takes hold.”
 
As a consumer, buying British also means supporting British jobs, something that is an increasing concern given the current economic climate.
 
“It’s nice to know, for example, that buying from Cormar helps to support over 200 jobs in the north of England as well as over 50 van drivers and sales reps nationally. Not only are all Cormar carpets made in the UK but much of the wool used in the yarn production is British Wool, and British Wool carpets help British farmers too!” said David.
 
For a retailer dealing with a manufacturer who is locally based means that we are on the spot to take full control of the manufacturing and distribution process. Retailers know they can rely on a good backup service and in a competitive marketplace, that is a vital reason for choosing to buy.
 
Cormar prides itself on offering a 48 hour service to the vast majority of its customers through its 10 outbases nationwide, to reduce lead times and offer a flexible and reliable delivery service.
 
“We noticed that there was a surge of support for British produced goods and the logo is a reassurance to consumers and retailers that our carpets are made in Britain,” says David. “Good UK companies continue to thrive because retailers know that dealing with a British-based company has many advantages, especially when it comes to service.”

Cormar Carpets installs new conveyor link system in their Bury based mill to maximise efficiency within the business and to put themselves first for customer needs.

Lancashire based carpet manufacturer Cormar Carpets has invested over ?1million in its cut length system over the past two years to keep the company at the cutting edge of customer needs.
 
The latest phase has seen a new conveyor link system installed between the warehouse and the cutting tables and the purchase of four new ‘reach’ boom trucks to service the updated system.
 
“The project provides several benefits for the business and it’s customers,” said Cormar MD, David Judge. “The new conveyor link from warehouse to cut lengths machines will halve the journey time for carpet rolls going into and out of the department, increasing cutting rate and capacity.
 
“The reduced boom truck travelling and new reach trucks will cut traffic conflict in both operational and warehouse areas and will result in local environmental benefits and energy savings. Segregating the boom truck traffic from operational areas also has safety benefits for Cormar employees as it reduces the risk of accident or collision.”
 
Other improvements include an upgraded state-of-the-art carpet measuring system, new labelling system and developments in IT. An automated carpet roll wrapping mechanism, currently under development, will also contribute to improving the effectiveness of the cutting process.
 
This latest phase follows on from the upgrade to the sortation system in July 2008 which maximised Cormar’s ability to cut, load and ship to tight deadlines.
 
It is this commitment to ongoing investment that has seen Cormar Carpets become one of the UK’s most successful independent carpet producers with some one million people a year buying a Cormar carpet.
 
The photograph of the new conveyor link system shows carpet rolls coming in from the warehouse, and transported to the cut lengths machine to be cut down to size and then carried back into the warehouse ready for delivery to carpet shops and retailers.

The Fun on the Floor Generic Advertising Campaign which is supported by Cormar Carpets has kicked off again for the second year running with a broad multi media advertising campaign run by the Engine Group in London.

At the forefront of this years PR campaign, is the Fun on the Floor Trend Report produced by Scarlet Opus. The report which is a complete guide to future interior trends, shows how carpet is an integral part of five future key furnishing trends and is illustrated with a wide selection of good quality, new roomset photography. So far, it has been presented to a large number of Home Furnishing Journalists, including leading representatives from Living etc, Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home and has received a very positive reaction. We hope this will generate quality coverage on carpet and Fun on the Floor over the coming months.
 
Following on from last year’s ‘Nothing feels like a New Carpet slogan’ the above the line advertising campaign, running from September to December, will comprise of a Single Page, Double Page and a 4-Page Spread along with 4 page Insert. At least 73 advertisements have already been booked for the months of September through to November.
 
All the adverts will major on the line, ‘Carpet. The look you can really feel.’ The key messages of this years campaign will be Transformability – how carpet can transform your home, Comfort, Practicality and Affordability.
 
Over the Autumn, adverts will appear throughout the major home interest and womens titles including Ideal Home, Country Homes & Interiors, Homes & Gardens, Living etc, Womans Own, Marie Claire, Prima, Essentials and You Magazine.
 
The Fun on the Floor Website (www.funothefloor.com ) has also been refreshed to include a dedicated team of interiors and style experts on hand to make sure you make the right choice when choosing a new carpet. The team made up of Danielle Proud, Andrea Maflin, Steve Elliott and Victoria Redshaw are all leading authorities on home improvement and are able to offer expert knowledge of interior flooring trends, carpets, colour and crafts online.
 
Over the course of the Autumn campaign, Fun on the Floor will spend a total of ?1.35m, to promote the benefits of carpet to consumers throughout Great Britain with a reach of over 21 million homeowners ages 18 and above, including 9 million woman homeowners aged 25 and above. The campaign is funded by leading carpet manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, including Cormar Carpets.

Cormar Carpets sponsors Flooring Guilds training course at their mills in Lancashire to train up their retailers in selling quality carpets

Independent carpet retailers are being given the chance to boost their sales skills thanks to Cormar Carpets. In association with the Flooring Guild, Cormar hosted a three day ‘Selling Quality Carpets’ training course, exclusively for its customers, at its factory in Bury, Lancashire.
 
Ten people, from carpet shops around the country, attended the course (28-30 September) led by Ray Morgan of the Flooring Guild, who has over 20 years experience in the carpet industry.
 
Content included understanding production methods, planning and estimating and an introduction to professional retail skills. Attendees were also given a chance to look around both Cormar’s Holme Mill and Brookhouse Mill production sites.
 
“By hosting the course we are actively encouraging retailers to invest in their business through training,” says David Cormack, marketing director of Cormar Carpets. “However for many carpet shops the time and cost element means that training isn’t always a priority. By sponsoring the course we gave those interested parties an opportunity to attend a very concise informative course for a small nominal fee. And feedback was extremely positive.”

For more information on Flooring Guilds and the services they offer, please visit their website. www.flooring-guild.co.uk 
 
Photo above was taken at Cormar’s showroom in Brookhouse Mill, Bury. L-R:
Steve Flesher (Rep) from Cormar Carpets, Robert and Karol Dank from Sash Interiors (Hereford), Richard Creaser from Scarborough Flooring (North Yorkshire), Len Lembo from Lincolnshire Flooring (Lincolnshire), Ray Morgan (Course Leader) from Flooring Guild, David McClaron from Greendale Carpets (Belfast), Zach Jefferson from Lincolnshire Flooring (Lincolnshire), Louisa Cosgrove and Tanya Atack from MBA Flooring (Lincolnshire), Marcus Beardsmore from Elliot Carpets (Derbyshire), Peter Betts from Craft Work Carpets (West Sussex) and Steve Tapp (Rep) from Cormar Carpets.

Cormar Carpets takes on a new ‘bright spark’ Alex Nuttall joins the Engineering team at both mills in Bury.

Alex Nuttall, 19, from Haslingden has joined the company as an apprentice electrical engineer and will work alongside the engineering team to develop his skills to complement his course through Bury College. He will learn key aspects of the company’s carpet backing, recently invested cut conversion equipment and the initial manufacturing stage on Cormar’s state-of-the-art tufting machines.

“We are proud to support apprenticeship schemes,” said Cormar MD, David Judge. “In the short time that Alex has been with us, he has already impressed us with his work ethic and maturity. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial working relationship.” 

In spite of economic conditions, Cormar Carpets has expanded it’s delivery fleet by nearly 20% to cope with peak demand throughout the year.

Cormar has introduced eight new vehicles to its line up, taking the total in-house fleet to 58. The vehicles (DAF 75’s and LF’s 55’s supplied by Lancashire DAF, Preston) are built to Euro 5 specification, making them the latest in vehicle technology and ensuring Cormar operates the cleanest and most eco-friendly vehicles.
 
Over the past five years Cormar has invested over ?2million in building its own nationwide delivery fleet. It has become an important part of its offering to independent carpet retailers and local carpet shops, differentiating it from many of its competitors, and earning a reputation as one of the speediest and most reliable delivery services around.
 
“Our delivery service is fundamental to the success of the company,” said David Judge, MD of Cormar. “As consumer demand for ever shorter lead times puts retailers under increasing pressure to deliver, we have risen to the challenge and added extra vehicles to the fleet.
 
“The vehicles formed part of a re-organisation exercise ensuring that we have the capacity to deal with peak demand throughout the year. And we will monitor the performance of the vehicles with 12 DAF dealers around the country on a daily basis.”
 
In addition, eight new de-mount boxes are also on order, which take the fleet to over 150 pieces of equipment operating 24 hours a day six days a week. With an updated specification they will ensure the condition of the fleet is maintained through its five year plus life cycle.
 
Said David: “It is estimated that a commercial vehicle is viewed by over by four million people each year therefore keeping the vehicles clean and in tip top condition means the ‘quality’ of the Cormar brand is consistent.”
 
It was over three decades ago that Cormar decided to make door-to-door delivery part of its service. Now from its Bury, Lancashire, base, it delivers right across the UK direct from site and through 12 outbases, strategically located to offer an average 48 hour nationwide turnaround service to customers.

A process operator from Cormar Carpets has qualified for an international fork lift truck competition in Germany, after securing second place in a national challenge organised by fork lift truck manufacturer, Linde Sterling.

Runner up Colin Booth, 33, from Radcliffe, will be making his debut in the 2010 Stapler Cup Competition for the Linde Sterling English team. They will be up against eight other European teams, all made up of the country’s three best fork lift drivers, and will compete in a series of driving tests.
 
“I am really delighted to be able to represent England and participate in the international competition and I am hoping we win!” says Colin, who has been driving fork lifts for the last 7 years and joined Cormar four years ago.
 
Colin was able to perfect his fork lift skills through his day to day role at Cormar by transporting wool carpet and polypropylene carpet within the companys Ramsbottom site, Holme Mill.
 
Colin went on to say “I won the first heat of the regional competition and then went forward to the national final. The Linde Sterling training centre, in Westhoughton, was transformed into a complex maze of disciplines which included steering, stacking, de-stacking, precision and careful transportation, and finally time trails. And I came second.”
 
Note: The national ‘Linde Sterling Challenge’ is an annual event held from July to November. It not only identifies operators who possess supreme skills and knowledge, but encourages them to develop and achieve much higher standards of professional safety and efficiency.

Cormar Carpets, one of the UK’s leading tufted carpet manufacturers, is expanding its national sales team.

Cormar has created three new sales territories and increased its field sales personnel from 17 to 20.
 
“Although the carpet trade remains tough, we have confidence in the future and like other aspects of our business we are not afraid to invest” says Cormar md, David Judge.“This expansion of the Sales Team means that they will be able to concentrate on servicing our carpet retailers even more effectively and developing new business.”
 
The new Sales Appointments are Mark O’Brien, who will cover South London, Chris Hudson covering West London, Mick Binks who will cover Oxford/ Berkshire and Dennis Johnson who will cover East Midlands. All four new members have extensive experience, all coming from within the carpet trade.
 
To help manage the larger sales team, Cormar are dividing the UK and Ireland into three regions – Northern, Western and Eastern, with a Regional Manager responsible for each sales region.
 
Photograph shows from Left to Right ; Roger Clarke, Mick Binks, Mark O’ Brien, Chris Isaacs, Dennis Johnson, Simon Tucker and Chris Hudson.

Offering even more choice is a new collection of popular natural and neutral berber shades from Cormar Carpets.

Made from 80% British Wool, 10% Nylon and 10% Tuftbond, the new Natural Berber Twist range is available in 12 fashionable natural flecked shades such as Cluster and Parsnip, ideal for use as bedroom carpet and throughout the home.
 
Natural Berber Twist is available in four and five metre widths and comes in three weights – Super (35oz per sq yd), Elite (45oz per sq yd) and Deluxe (55oz per sq yd) – retailing from around ?21 – ?26 per sq metre.
 
“Wool Carpets in multiple pile weights are becoming increasingly popular,” said David Cormack, Marketing Director of Cormar Carpets. “There has always been a trend for people to use the same carpet throughout their home and now with Natural Berber Twist in different weights, means you can upgrade or downgrade in each room, where necessary to save money.
 
To receive free carpet samples please click on Carpet Ranges and then follow the link to the Natural Berber Twist Range.

In January a presentation was given by HRH Prince of Wales to launch The Campaign for Wool– a major campaign to promote wool. The UK launch held at Wimpole Farm Estate outside Cambridge was attended by over 130 textile stakeholders from the world of wool including merchants, scourers, spinners, weavers, apparel and carpet manufacturers, including David Judge M.D and David Cormack Marketing Director from Cormar Carpets.

The Campaign for Wool is the Prince’s initiative to bring the natural and sustainable aspects together the practical benefits of wool to the attention of textile buyers, retailers and ultimately consumers. Prince Charles gave the keynote speech explaining why he believes wool to be the fibre that can add immense value to both fashion and interiors.
 
His interest in wool stems from discussions he has had with tenants on his estates who have now told him that the money they are receiving from the wool fleeces often does not cover the costs of shearing the sheep.
 
“The sad truth is that around the world farmers are leaving sheep production because the price they get for their wool is below the costs of actually shearing it”, he said “The future of the fibre was looking very bleak indeed.”
 
To combat this drift away from manufacturers using wool and consumers buying carpets and apparel using man made fibres, a Wool Week will be held from the 11th – 17th October to highlight the benefits of wool and HRH Prince of Wales will play a large part along with Nicholas Coleridge, managing director of Conde Nast, the global publishing company behind titles such as Vogue who will spearhead the project.
 
Cormar Carpets are already one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of wool carpets, manufacturing both wool twist and wool loop carpet at their two mills in Lancashire. Cormar are also already strong promoters of both British Wool and Woolmark Carpets and all of Cormar’s carpets are manufactured in the UK.

Town & Country, Cormar Carpets heavy weight 60oz flagship wool twist carpet collection, has been re-launched with a new updated range of colours.

Perfect as stair carpet, lounge carpet or throughout the home, the new Town & Country range is available in a collection of contemporary and traditional shades with 12 new colours including fashionable new strong colours like Plum, Cayenne and Norwegian Grey, as well as a large proportion of popular neutral shades.
 
Made with 80% British Wool, 10% Nylon and 10% Tuftbond, Town & Country contains both plain and heather shades and is available in both four and five metre widths. Double tip sheared, it is produced using fine 10th gauge machinery which in conjuction with the 60oz pile weight offers an unbeatable high density, hard wearing carpet.
 
Said Cormar Carpets Marketing Director David Cormack: “Town & Country has been popular since its launch almost ten years ago. Obviously the last 18 months have been more challenging, but as a British Carpet Manufacturer we firmly believe that the new Town & Country package represents such good value for money for a heavy weight British Wool Twist that this range will be a winner during 2010”.
 
Retailing at around ?31 per sq metre, the collection is availble from good carpet shops nationwide. To received free carpet samples please click on Carpet Ranges and then follow the link to the Town & Country range page.

Following on from its successful training course at the end of 2009, Cormar Carpets held two further Flooring Guild courses in April to give carpet retailers another chance to boost their sales skills.

In association with the Flooring Guild, the UK training and education centre for the flooring industry, the two 3 day ‘Selling Quality Carpets’ courses were held at Cormar’s mills in Bury, Lancashire, exclusively for its customers.
 
Twenty five people, from carpet shops around the country, attended the courses held during the last two weeks of April. The courses were led by Ray Morgan of the Flooring Guild, who has over 20 years experience in the industry. Content included understanding carpets, planning and estimating and an introduction to retail carpet selling skills. Attendees were also given a chance to look round Cormar’s carpet manufacturing facility and certificates were presented on the final day.
 
“Following the success of our first Flooring Guild course, demand for a second training increased” says David Cormack, marketing director of Cormar Carpets. “We actively encourage training both within Cormar and in retail. It has got to be in everyone’s interests to ensure their staff are as knowledgeable and well-informed about the product they are selling as they can be. ”
 
Ray Morgan commented “One of the main advantages that Independent Flooring Retailers have is the service that they can offer their customers and it is widely recognised that trained staff can provide better customer service which then goes on to improve business. Flooring Guild have had great support from Cormar and it is to their credit that they are actively promoting better knowledge and training throughout the carpet trade. “

For more information on Flooring Guilds and the services they offer, please visit their website. www.flooring-guild.co.uk
 
Photo’s above were taken in Cormar Carpets showroom in Bury.

Top Photo L-R:
Simon Tucker (RSM) from Cormar Carpets, Kevin Cannon & Gary McCarthy from Bennetts Flooring (Bedfordshire), Debbie Dunning from Convenient Carpets (Shropshire), Mark Thistleton from Worldwide Carpets (Hampshire), Sandra Dunning from Convenient Carpets, Neil Andrews from Reynolds of Bognor (West Sussex), Timothy Reed from World Wide Carpets (Hampshire), Ray Morgan (Course Leader) from Flooring Guild, Andy Johnston from Mathieson Carpets (Lancashire), Peter Lockwood from Completely Carpets & Flooring (East Sussex), Mike Frost from Carpet Creations (Cheshire), Mark Taylor from Ware House (Cornwall) and Dave Wright from Supafit (West Sussex).

Botton Photo L-R:
Dan Beswick from Diamond Flooring (Greater Manchester), Amrit Panesar From John Lewis (Solihull), James Taylor (Rep) from Cormar Carpets, Luke Disney from The Floor Store (Surrey), James Barnes from Simon Barnes Carpets (Merseyside), Steve Harding from Martells of Sutton (Sussex), Matthew Brant from John Lewis (Cardiff), Tom Conway from Coast Road Furniture (Clwyd), Natalie Clarke from West End Carpets (London), Daniel Stairs from John Lewis (Nottingham), Thomas Tuck from John Lewis (Trafford), Mark O’Brien (Rep) from Cormar Carpets, Lizzy Houston from John Lewis (Sheffield), Patrick Jolly from Barsley Dept Store (Kent), Keri Savory from Richard F Mackay (Scotland) and Ray Morgan (Course Leader) from Flooring Guild.

One of Cormar Carpets longest running and best selling ranges has been revamped, recoloured and repositioned.

Malabar Textures, a 100% Pure New Wool, loop pile carpet, takes the original dual-design Malabar collection to a new level. A modern ribbed texture design has been introduced to sit alongside the best selling weave design.
 
Six contemporary new shades bring the twin-texture range bang up to date emphasising the collection’s wool heritage and position it alongside the recently launched Natural Berber Twist range.
 
New shades of natural now spicing up the range include Carob, Sable, Ebony, Liquorice, Iron and Heron. The best selling Cottonwood and Oatmeal colours have been retained across a collection that now offers a broad bank of neutrals with eight shades on offer for each of the two carpet designs.
 
Said David Cormack: “Customer reaction has been extremely positive –people really seem to like carpets in these bolder more fashionable shades. This has been illustrated by the use of Malabar Textures in carpet features shown in the Daily Mirror (10th June) and carpet makeovers in various consumer magazines. Keep a lookout for the Alabaster in the Malabar Textures range in September’s issue of House Beautiful magazine.”
 
Malabar Textures comes in a choice of 16 colour and style options and is offered in 4m and 5m widths. It retails at around ?23 per square metre and is suitable for heavy domestic use.

Cormar Carpets has ‘done the double’ and won two top trophies from major Independent Retail Buying Groups within the Carpet and Flooring Industry.

The Metro Group voted Cormar Carpets Supplier of the Year for the 11th consecutive year, a feat no other company has achieved. In addition the Flooring One Group has also named the Lancashire based carpet manufacturer its Supplier of the Year for the sixth time.
 
The Supplier of the Year award, voted for by Metro members, was announced at the AGM annual dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Birmingham. Md, David Judge accepted the award.
 
David Judge said: “To pick up this award for the 11th year running is a wonderful achievement for Cormar. We have been supplying carpet to the Metro Group for over three decades and we have always had a great relationship with both the members and the board. It is fantastic that service, quality and reliability are still recognised and are as valued as they have ever been.”
 
The Flooring One accolade was presented during the first day of the Flooring One Group Show in Solihull. The award recognises first class carpet delivery performance, product quality, response to quality issues, communication, sales support and representation and was collected by Roger Clarke, Cormar’s Western Regional Sales Manager.
 
Photograph above was taken during the Metro Group AGM Annual dinner in Birmingham. L-R: Martin Ward (Metro Board Member), David Judge (Cormar MD) & John Keyworth (Metro Chairman)

A new in-store corner display system for carpet samples has been launched by Cormar Carpets to offer carpet shops and carpet retailers flexibility in showcasing it’s portfolio of wool and polypropylene carpets.

Designed to make a distinctive first impression, the stylish corner system features a graphics panel and carpet sample cassette of the featured carpet range together with storage hangers underneath for three carpet sample swatches.
 
Retailers can choose from a selected range of graphic range panels featuring home furnishing photography to add impact – including Berwick, New Town & Country,Natural Berber Twist, Avebury or Primo UItra – with the complementary carpet sample cassette alongside and carpet samples featured underneath. With the Avebury, 100% Pure New Wool option, a leaflet holder is also incorporated giving advice on how to care for Woolmark carpets.
 
Says Tony Elliott – Merchandising Manager at Cormar Carpets: “This new corner display unit is functional but also provides a real selling benefit for retailers. People buy into a lifestyle these days and home interest lifestyle graphics within the store adds to the shopping experience and helps improve the retail environment.” 

For hot new colours at austerity-proof prices, Cormar Carpets brand new collection is out of this world!

Apollo is an easy to clean, stain resistant carpet that is available in a palette of fashionable new colours and well priced at around ?14 sq m, ideal for families setting up home or on a restricted budget. An average size 4x5m bedroom carpet would cost less than ?300 plus VAT to fit – nearly half the price of a new iPad.
 
“This is a carpet range which is appealing to the ‘new homes’ market, the ‘stain free’ market as well as being an ideal choice for bedrooms and the living room,” said David Cormack, marketing director of Cormar Carpets. “And as colour returns to the home, and in particular to flooring, we have introduced some daring bold colours such as a vibrant red and jet black.”
 
In line with other products of the easy clean Primo family, Apollo is made from 100% Excellon polypropylene, is bleach cleanable and comes with a five year stain guarantee. It is available in 4 and 5m widths and comes in a choice of 15 best selling plain and flecked shades. 
 
 
All Cormar Carpet ranges as well as the latest new Apollo range is available nationwide – for stockist details please visit our carpet retailers page “Carpet Shops”. To received free carpet samples please click on Carpet Ranges and then follow the link to the Apollorange page.

Cormar Carpets has raised £1,000 for The Christie Cancer Centre with a charity bike ride.

Six employees from the leading carpet manufacturer in Lancashire, Cormar Carpets, took on the challenge of the 60-mile bike ride to raise funds for the Manchester-based centre which treats over 40,000 patients a year. They completed the Manchester to Blackpool route in just four and a half hours.
 
Money raised by the Cormar team will now go towards Christie’s ongoing research, treatment and additional patient services. This includes plans for a new treatment centre to diagnose people more quickly and improve treatment services.
 
“We take part in numerous fundraising events each year and with a focus on staff wellbeing, The Christie’s bike ride was the perfect way to combine our love for fundraising and fitness. A number of employees cycle to and from work and jumped at the chance to take part,” said Craig Marshall Logistics Manager at Cormar Carpets.
 
“Some of the team’s friends or family of the team have been affected by cancer in some way and with The Christie’s Centre being so close to home, this bike ride was something we felt extremely passionate about.” 
 
Sponsors of the team included Lancashire DAF, PPS Commercials, Transline and System Hygiene who provided support and equipment.
Photograph above L-R: Paul Entwistle (from Lancashire DAF), Cheryl Bale, Craig Marshall, Jon Wheeler and Melanie Fielding (all from Cormar Carpets), Chris Edwards and Michael Fallon (also from Cormar Carpets but not pictured).

Cormar Carpets has been awarded Interiors Monthly magazine’s Best Flooring Customer Service, voted for by readers of the leading Interiors Trade magazine for the 2nd year running.

Not only have Cormar Carpets picked up the Best Flooring Customer Service Award for 2010, it is also the third award that the leading UK Carpet Manufacturer has won this year. Cormar Carpets have already been voted Flooring Supplier the Year by the Metro Retail Buying Group for the 11th consecutive year, and the Flooring One Retail Buying Group Supplier of the Year for the sixth time.
 
David Judge, managing director of Cormar Carpets says “Service encompasses all aspects of the business and it is one of the areas on which we have always concentrated hard . 2010 has been a tough year for the carpet and flooring industry and as a result carpet retailers are looking for suppliers that they can rely on. After all, their reputation is on the line every time they place an order.”
 
“Our service starts the minute the yarn is put on the carpet tufting machine at Holme Mill, to when the carpet is delivered by the Cormar driver. And it carries right through to our people in invoicing and after sales.”
 
Over the past five years Cormar carpets has continuously invested in the plant, people, machinery and distribution to keep itself competitive. This has included a new backing plant extension, which increased capacity whilst at the same time reducing gas consumption; an expanded sales team; and the introduction of eight new vehicles that conform to Euro 5 specification making them the latest in vehicle technology.
 
Cormar’s own nationwide delivery fleet has become an important part of its offer to independent carpet retailers, differentiating it from many of its competitors. Over ?2million has been invested in building the in-house fleet of 58 DAF trucks that deliver direct to customers throughout the UK and Ireland.
 
By operating its own distribution network, Cormar is able to maintain high levels of service, providing over 90% of all carpet cut length deliveries to Britain and Ireland within 48 hours from receipt of order. It is estimated that the vehicles cover two million miles every year.
 
 
The Interiors Monthly Award for Best Customer Service was published in August and was voted for by readers of the Interiors Trade Publication. For more information about Interiors Monthly, please visit their website www.interiorsmonthly.co.uk

Another British Wool classic from Cormar Carpets is proving a hit with homeowners looking for West Country style.

The new high quality wool-rich carpet range, West Country, is made from 80% pure new wool, 15% polypropylene and 5% tuftbond polyester and comes in a fresh palette of 15 heather shades including a core of ever popular neutrals as well as new muted tones of purple, pink and grey (Mauve, Redwood and Gunmetal) to match the decor of any living room and bedroom.
 
A multi-weight 60oz and 50oz natural flecked berber twist carpet, West Country is branded under the British Wool Crook mark – a symbol of quality – and is available in 4m and 5m widths, retailing from £26 per sq m (50oz) and £31 per sq m (60oz).
 
All Cormar Carpet ranges as well as the latest new West Country range is available nationwide – for stockist details please visit our carpet retailers page “Carpet Shops”. To received free carpet samples please visit the West Country range page.

Cormar Carpets were pleased to exhibit at the Harrogate Flooring Show this year along with many other manufacturers and companies within the carpet and flooring industry.

This 3 day event which took place from the 5th – 7th September proved to be a huge success after it introduced a brand new Sunday trading day, the first time in the industry’s history attracting many carpet shop owners and small independent carpet retailers.
 
Cormar showcased its latest new products – Apollo, a 100% Polypropylene Stain Resistant carpet range in 15 colours and West Country – 80% Wool Berber Twist carpet range which comes in 2 weights, 50oz and 60oz. The new ranges were well received by the trade and are starting to achieve strong sales nationwide.
 
Cormar has already signed up for next years Harrogate Flooring Show which will take place from 4th – 6th September 2011.
 
All Cormar Carpet ranges as well as the latest new Apollo and West Country range are available nationwide – for stockist details please visit our carpet retailers page “Carpet Shops”. To receive free carpet samples please view our carpet ranges.

With over 100,000 carpet deliveries per year, Cormar Carpets run a highly intensive nationwide delivery operation using specially designed demountable ‘swap’ body trucks for efficiency and flexibility.

Cormar Carpets has just taken delivery of 12 new DAFs under its rolling annual fleet replacement programme. The arrival was timed to meet the increase in demand for carpets leading up to Christmas and those vehicles being replaced will not leave the fleet until January. This planned overlap enables Cormar Carpets to optimise its fleet size in line with the high peak of seasonal demand and to maintain a high level of customer service.
 
Seven of the trucks are 15 tonne rigid vehicles and the other five are drawbar units operating at 30 tonnes gross weight with trailers. The rigid trucks, the drawbar prime movers, and the trailers are all designed to carry the same six-metre long demountable box, which allows total ‘interchangeability’ between both types of truck and the trailers.
 
This swap body system adds a high degree of flexibility to the carpet distribution operation allowing fast turnaround at the Lancashire manufacturing site and at the 12 outbase distribution points nationwide.
 
“Over the last 18 months, because of the difficult trading conditions, retailers are relying on Cormar to provide a fast reliable delivery service – now, even more so than ever”, says Logistics Manager, Craig Marshall. “And this latest investment of over ?500,000 in DAF vehicles, coupled with the roll-out of hand held PDA’s to all our drivers over the summer, is helping us maintain high, on-time delivery performance levels to our carpet retailers both in the UK and Ireland. “
 
Cormar Carpets are pleased to be featured in the Country Homes and Interiors 2011 Calendar supported by the British Wool Marketing Board.

The Calendar which went out with the January edition of Country Homes & Interiors features images showing British sheep and the many uses of pure new wool in home interiors – including Cormar Carpet’s Natural Berber Twist range. It is part of the Campaign for Wool which was launched last year as a cross industry promotion to raise the profile of wool and highlight its many benefits. With its patron being HRH Prince Charles, the campaign has certainly caught the eye of the public and the media. Consumer publications such as Country Living, Country Homes and Interiors, Ideal Homes, House Beautiful and various other home interest magazines have produced many articles including wool carpets over the last 3 – 4 months. This has helped to bring the unique product story of wool to life through fashion, interiors and of course carpets.
 
The image above was taken by Country Homes & Interiors magazine on behalf of theBritish Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) for the 2011 calendar which was sponsored by British Wool to promote British Wool in the home as part of the Campaign for Wool. Carpet shown is Cormar Carpets Natural Berber Twist in the colour Coconut.
 
Natural Berber Twist comes in 3 qualities – Super, Elite and Deluxe. Retail prices start from ?22 per sq metre and the range can be found at all our recommended flooring retailers – visit our ‘Carpet Shops’ page for your closest stores.

A Cormar Carpets employee has completed the climb of his life, trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for charity.

Cormar Carpets sponsored Area Salesman Dennis Johnson who covers the Leicestershire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire territory along with a team of 10 others from rotary clubs in Northampton. And in recognition of the company’s support, Dennis planted a Cormar flag at the peak!
 
The group raised over ?4,000 which will be split between the Warwickshire and Northants Air Ambulance and the Rotary Polio Plus Campaign.
 
Out of the team setting out on the expedition, Dennis was one of eight that managed to scale the 5,895 metres to the top of Africa’s highest mountain “Without a doubt it was the hardest thing I have ever done. But with the combined support of friends, relatives, Cormar customers and the Cormar Carpets itself, I was able to complete this mammoth journey.” Said Dennis.
 
The Warwickshire and Northants Air Ambulance provides emergency medical services for the area, transporting to and from scenes of serious incidents and saving countless lives. The Rotary Polio Plus Campaign is an international Rotary Club campaign to eradicate polio worldwide.
 
Cormar Carpets are available nationwide – for details of your nearest Carpet retailers please visit our Carpet Shops page. Carpet samples can also be be ordered using our Free Carpet Sample service.

Help is at hand for hard pressed homeowners looking for new carpet on a budget.

Cormar Carpets has launched Forest Hills, a practical, hard wearing carpet made from 50% wool. And it costs from less than £20 per sqm, just perfect for a bedroom carpet, stair carpet and everywhere else in the home!
 
Available in an array of 15 subtle natural heather shades, the colour palette offers a neutral backdrop for the home in the ever popular beiges and browns, as well as new neutral carpet colours such as grey and damson. The new Forest Hills collection comes in four and five metre widths and a choice of two pile weights: Super 32oz and Elite 42oz . It is made from 50% wool, 40% lanelle polypropylene and 10% polyester tuftbond.
 
“With all the price hikes on VAT, petrol and home energy costs, people are having to be increasingly savvy about eking out the household budget,” said David Cormack, marketing director of Cormar Carpets. “It has created a real need for good quality wool twist carpets at a reduced price. Forest Hills is aimed at the more discerning shopper looking for affordable quality – but until now hasn’t been able to see the wood for the trees.”
 
Priced at around ?19 per sqm for the Super and ?22 per sqm for the Elite, the Forest Hills Collection is available from most good high street carpet suppliers and flooring retailers in the UK and Ireland. For carpet samples of the Forest Hills please visit the carpet ranges page.

Avebury, Cormar’s latest range to be updated with popular plain shades as well as co-ordinating striped carpet designs to match!
 
Although in these times of austerity, beige carpets and browns still dominate carpet and flooring sales – hope is just around the corner. This Spring sees the new update of Cormar Carpet’s Avebury wool carpet loop pile collection with an updated colour choice and a selection of complementary stripes, suitable for a stair carpet or even throughout the home.
 
Originally launched in 2009 this Woolmark branded range has enjoyed considerable success with interior design lead flooring shoppers – however Cormar intend to widen the appeal by offering five co-ordinating neutral based stripes to the collection.
 
Made from 100% pure new wool in a quality 3 ply yarn with a neat level loop pile surface, the new Avebury Stripe range offers five striped designs and 12 plain stylish plains in 4 and 5 metre wide that can be teamed together to accommodate the trend for a streamlined look in the home.
 
“In the same way that beiges and neutrals have dominated the residential carpet market for the last ten years because they offer an easy neutral canvas – so we believe that the Avebury Collection now offers consumers a new and different look, still within the confines of an ‘easy to decorate with’ colour palette,” says David Cormack Marketing Director.
 
All Cormar’s loop pile, wool twist and easy clean ranges are made in the UK at our Lancashire mills and available from all good high street carpet retailers. For a list of your nearest stockists please visit our carpet shops page.
 
If you like the new Avebury range, why not request a free carpet sample today? Order up to a maximum of 4 free samples from any of Cormar’s existing carpet collections.

Not only are Cormar Carpets keen to offer the best in quality and service throughout its carpet collections, they also take pride in training its workforce to the highest standard.
 
With manufacturing businesses now accounting for only 10% of the country’s GDP it is encouraging to see Lancashire based Cormar Carpets continuing to invest in training for eighty employees at their Holme Mill and Brookhouse Mill manufacturing sites in Bury.
 
At the end of 2010 the company embarked upon a mission to ensure that each and every one of it’s operatives gained the next grade of the NVQ in Business Improvement Techniques. Taking part in various onsite projects in conjunction with Bury College, 64 employees gained NVQ level two and 16 attained NVQ level three.
 
Said Cormar’s manufacturing manager, Paul Murphy: “Cormar implemented the course to support personal development of its staff and every single member has done extremely well – we are very proud of their achievements. The scheme has really helped employees to take pride in their work, engage with the business and their improved knowledge will ultimately enhance the efficiency of our manufacturing plants.”
 
To celebrate passing their NVQ’s the 80-strong team of graduates enjoyed a three-course meal and entertainment at the Red Hall Hotel in Bury where funds raised have been split between local Bury and Ramsbottom charities.
 
All Cormar’s carpet ranges are produced to their highest standards at Cormar’s Ramsbottom and Greenmount mills and distributed throughout Britain and Ireland using their own transport fleet. Over the years Cormar have consistently been awarded Flooring Supplier of the Year by two large Carpet and Flooring Independent Retail Groups ( AIS and Metro ) as well as winning ‘Best Customer Service’ award voted for by Interiors Monthly for two years running.

Leading UK carpet manufacturer, Cormar Carpets, is celebrating an awards treble, adding a trio of further accolades to its growing list of industry honours.

Recognising the carpet company’s high quality products, service and staff investment, Cormar has won the Metro Carpet Buying Group ‘Supplier of the Year’, Flooring One Carpet Buying Group ‘Supplier of the Year’ and Bury EST’S (Employment, Support and Training) ‘Employer of the Year’ awards. It brings the total number of awards achieved by the manufacturer in the past 10 years to 26.
 
Cormar was presented with the Metro Group’s ‘Supplier of the Year’ award by Metro Chairman – Martin Ward for the 12th consecutive year – an accomplishment no other carpet company has achieved before. The award was announced at the group’s annual AGM dinner held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Birmingham on Saturday 4th June.
 
Cormar Carpet’s marketing director, David Cormack, accepted the award on behalf of the company. He said: “Having worked closely with the Metro Group for over three decades it’s a great honour to receive this award for 12 years running. It recognises the efforts of everyone at the company in working so hard to maintain our high standards of service, quality and reliability.”
 
The Flooring One accolade was presented to Sales Manager – Roger Clarke, at the Carpet & Flooring Buying Group Trade Show held at Flooring One’s head office in Solihull. The award recognises first class delivery, performance, product quality, response to quality issues, communication, sales support and representation.
 
After working with Bury EST for eight years providing work experience for young adults with various disabilities or learning difficulties, Cormar was also presented with the ‘Employer of the Year’ award at a ceremony for Bury Local Authority Voluntary Work Sector at the Village Hotel in Bury on Thursday 2nd June.
 
Said Paul Murphy, Cormar’s Manufacturing Manager, who attended the event: “Allowing these individuals to actively participate in the work place can help give them the necessary self-confidence to make the leap from education to work life which most of us take for granted but can be a particularly daunting experience for those with learning difficulties.”
 
All Cormar carpet ranges are produced on site at their Lancashire mills and distributed in the UK and Eire via their own delivery fleet. 
 
Photograph above was taken during the Metro Group AGM Annual dinner in Birmingham. L-R: Martin Ward (Metro Chairman) and David Cormack (Marketing Director).

Cormar Carpets, has hit the spot again with independent carpet retailers after another successful carpet and flooring course conducted in association with the Flooring Guild – just one of the reasons why they are still one of UK’s leading carpet manufacturers.

Providing independent carpet retailers with the chance to boost their sales skills, the course, which is in its third year, was run by industry expert Ray Morgan of the Flooring Guild, the UK training and education centre for the carpet and flooring industry, who has over 20 years experience.
  
The three-day ‘Selling Quality Carpets’ event was held at Cormar’s offices at Brookhouse Mill in Bury, Lancashire from June 6 and brought 19 delegates from 13 different UK independent carpet shops together. The course included different modules including retail selling skills, planning & estimating and carpet product knowledge, demonstrated first hand by a tour of the Cormar Carpet’s production facilities at Brookhouse & Holme Mills.
  
Commenting on the course Richard Burton Smith of Islandwide Carpet in the Isle of Wight said: “Even though I have been in the carpet trade for 13 years, the amount of information I picked up was amazing”.
  
David Cormack, marketing director of Cormar Carpets said: “Ray Morgan of the Flooring Guild has great experience in running these carpet and flooring courses and every year we get really good feedback from the carpet shops and carpet retailers that attend the course. We also firmly believe that these courses help develop the skills that the retail trade needs – whether those delegates are newcomers to carpets or have been in the trade a while.” 
 
  
Photo’s above were taken in Cormar Carpets showroom in Bury.

Top Photo L-R:
Chris Hudson (Sales Rep) from Cormar Carpets, Richard Smith from Smiths the Rink (North Yorkshire ), James Callaghan, Antony McKenzie, Michael Davies all from Carpet Giant (Kent), Oliver Smith from Smiths The Rink, Ray Morgan (Course Leader) from Flooring Guild, Mike Smith from Camp Hopson & Co (Berkshire), Kevin Perrett from C & H Carpets Flooring (Somerset), Geoff Attrill from Islandwide Carpet Warehouse (Isle of Wight), Timothy Ryan from Bramley Carpets (Cheshire), Sam King from Elliott Carpets (Derbyshire), Michael Walmsley from Smiths The Rink, Craig Spencer from Elliott Carpets, Tom Orton from Carpetworld (Leicestershire), Sonia Trew-Fay from J Q Carpets (Hampshire), Richard Barton Smith from Islandwide Carpet Warehouse, James Caine from James Caine Ltd (Isle of Man), Paul Price from Carpetwise (Warwickshire), Lewis Mundt from Oldrid Downtown (Lincolnshire), Moustafa Tartoussy from Preston Carpets (Middlesex) and Steve Flesher (Sales Rep) from Cormar Carpets.

Easy living has never been so fashionable thanks to the re-launch of Cormar Carpet’s Primo Plus collection.

The UK’s leading producer of tufted wool and polypropylene carpets, have added 11 brand new colours to the popular Primo Plus easy-clean carpet range. It increases the total offer to a choice of 18 stylish plain shades.
 
Said David Cormack of Cormar Carpets: “As well as offering a wide selection of beiges and creams which have dominated the past decade, Primo Plus offers the latest in interior colour trends. New shades include Lavender, Burgundy and Spearmint – perfect for brightening up the home. In addition to Mocha and Carbon for those looking for a deeper brown or black effect.”
 
Made from Excellon fibre – this polypropylene carpet is renowned for its stain resistance and hardwearing properties – Primo Plus is bleach cleanable and now comes with a free 10 year stain warranty.
 
Said David: “We’ve had great success with our ‘family’ of easy-clean carpets over the past few years as homeowners increasingly look for stylish yet affordable, low maintenance interiors.”