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Manufacturers Offer The CFA Extensive Support

THE CFA has always been based around contractors and they remain our focus and the reason for being.
Consequently many of our member benefits are directly targeted at the contractor and the typical small to medium sized enterprise (SME). These include:
Business help-lines (e.g. employment, legal and Health & Safety);
Listing in the CFA website directory and handbook (bringing members work);
Use of the CFA logo (on vans, stationery, website and advertising);
Free credit checks;
Dispute resolution service;
Monthly email update and regular newsletter;
Plus a host of templates (including terms and conditions and disclaimer documents; and
Members area of the CFA website
All of which forms the standard package available to all contractor members. Though I say so myself, that’s not bad for just over £1.50 per day!
As a credible sector based trade association, we also represent other parts of the flooring supply chain, including 60 manufacturers and more than 20 distributors, covering almost fifty geographic locations.
Both manufacturers and distributors enjoy networking opportunities, the use of the CFA logo to demonstrate their support and interest in the values and work of the CFA and, of course, their use and input into core technical documents such as the Guide to Contract Flooring.
Whilst we carry out wider consultation, manufacturer members are very active within the development of technical information, guidance notes and British Standards.
Many of our manufacturers’ technical staff attend quarterly manufacturers meetings where technical matters of industry interest are discussed and guidance developed.
I am pleased to be able to boast they are incredibly well supported and to some extent I believe this is because there is essentially no other forum where manufacturers can get together, in a non-competitive environment, to discuss, share and develop guidance for the benefit of our sector and to feed back to their own businesses.
Our average attendance is around 35, who also receive regular presentations from other industry specialists on subjects including construction based economic forecasts, environmental matters and wider issues such as CE marking and one recently focussing on building information modelling (BIM).
The manufacturers committee is currently working on taking the CFA plywood guidance note, published in 2013, towards being included within British Standards.
Defining a quality of plywood that is of a consistent quality for use as a plywood overlay. They are also currently reviewing the guidance in the CFA Guide to Contract Flooring in relation to adhering floorcoverings direct to chipboard substrates and the very broad subject of the installation of floorcoverings over underfloor heating.
The innovation within the underfloor heating market and demand for installation of floorcoverings over a growing range of underfloor heating systems makes this a very important area for us to work on.
Thanks to all who contribute and work directly on these standards, plus of course a mention and thank you to our manufacturer’s committee chairman, Garry Bateman from Forbo Flooring, for his work and continued support. All of our members enjoy the benefits of this technical work, as to some extent does the wider industry.
Although we can’t claim it makes us unique, as a trade association, it does make us a very strong player, leader in our sector and a genuine voice of the industry.
If you would like an application pack or further information on the benefits of membership of the CFA, please visit our website
T: 0115 941 1126
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