Flooring Industry News March 2021
Welcome to our news round-up for March 2021 – a great way to keep up to date with all the latest news, views and commentary for the flooring industry and business owners. To keep on top of all the latest industry news why not follow our LinkedIn account – we always post interesting news stories and article links on our page.
Small firms call for “most ambitious Budget in modern history” as one in five overlooked by existing support
The Federation Of Small Businesses (FSB) launched its 2021 budget in February 2021 in anticipation of the 2021 budget on March 3rd.
“ FSB is encouraging the Chancellor to use next month’s Spring Budget to address gaps in the business support landscape as its latest research highlights the shortcomings of a sector-based approach.
Fresh FSB analysis of government data shows that more than half (56%) of workers furloughed to date are employed outside of the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors, but firms that do not neatly fit the definition for these industries – including suppliers to hotels, restaurants and event venues – are only entitled to around 10% of support grants. “
The full article and links can be found on the FSB website.
“BOLD” BUDGET BUSINESS PACKAGE EXTENDS SUPPORT
“ The Chancellor has announced a £65bn “bold” and wide range of business support including an extension to the business rates holiday in today’s budget.
Rishi Sunak said that the business rates holiday will be extended through to the end of June.
He confirmed the new Restart Grant in will go live in April, “to help businesses reopen and get going again”. Non-essential retail businesses will receive grants of up to £6,000 per premises. “
Article from The Stocklists.
CLC Leads CO2nstruct Zero
“ The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has published CO2nstruct Zero, a cross‐industry programme to drive carbon out of the construction sector as part of reaching the UK’s net zero target by 2050. With a focus on transport, buildings and construction activity, CO2nstruct Zero identifies nine priorities to enable everyone in the supply chain to play their part. “
Full article via The Contract Flooring Association Blog.
ZERO AVOIDABLE WASTE IN FLOORING — TOWARDS A CIRCULAR ECONOMY
“ Welcome to the CFA’s report exploring the concept of zero avoidable waste in the flooring industry, towards a circular economy. This report was commissioned by the Contract Flooring Association (CFA) to build on work that we carried out in 2009 dealing with how our sector could manage resources more responsibly. As work driven by the CFA, it mainly reflects the floor covering categories that our members, as a defined and focussed sector, manufacture, distribute, or install — namely textile flooring (carpet and carpet tiles), timber (solid, engineered and laminate wood) and resilient floor coverings (sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl tiles, linoleum and rubber). “
The report is 50 pages and can be accessed via the CFA website. Please note this link is to the PDF report.
Scottish Government Coronavirus Update
“ The Scottish government has set out an indicative timetable for the re-opening of parts of the economy over the next two months.”
Full article on the CFA Blog.
“ The Government’s roadmap out of lockdown confirms that people should continue to work from home where they can, and employers have the same health and safety responsibilities for home workers as for any other workers. “
The full article with links can be found on the CFA Blog.
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