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ENTRIES have officially opened for the CFJ/CFA Awards 2021, to be held at Coombe Abbey in September. Because installations have undoubtedly been affected by Covid-19, CFJ has this year decided to extend the timescale for entries. If you have completed an installation between January 2019-December 2020, you will be eligible to enter for the 2021 awards.
Although the success of the 2020 Awards, presented via video by former world snooker champion John Parrott on Friday 11 September, has been widely praised by the awards’ sponsors, participants and viewers, the optimistic hope is that next year’s event will be held in a world free of Covid-19.
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The closing date for entries is Friday 29th Jan 2021. Full details can be found on the organisers website.
Global specialist for adhesive technology STAUF has pulled out of exhibiting at the BAU trade fair in Munich in January 2021.
Carsten Bockmühl, Head of Sales and Marketing at STAUF, said: “Normally, the BAU is a fixed date in our trade fair calendar, but we can’t guarantee protection against infection for our employees, customers and partners at such an event. Due to the continuing pandemic and the unpredictable development of the infection, we feel it is impossible to experience a trade fair in a relaxed and carefree way.”
Rev Richard Coles has been announced as the presenter of the CFJ/CFA Awards 2021 to be held at Coombe Abbey on Friday 3 September.
Coles is a priest of the Church of England and Vicar of Finedon in Northamptonshire, where two of his ancestors were vicars in the 17th century (the latter sequestered for malignancy). He has a parallel career in broadcasting and currently co-presents Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4. He appears regularly on television as a panelist on QI and Have I Got News For You. Richard also appears in the Pause For Thought slot on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2. In 2017 and 2018 Richard co-hosted the Big Painting Challenge for BBC1 and was also a contestant in 2017’s Strictly Come Dancing.
The ‘homewares’ exemption will not apply to flooring retailers in Wales, along with pubs and restaurants, non-essential stores must close on Friday, October 23, at 6:00pm for at least two weeks. Furnishing stores are not on the essential list – an unwelcome change for many retailers who were able to stay open or re-open early during the March/April lockdown.
Retail figures from the Office of National Statistics show home furnishing sales in September were 4% above their level in February – well ahead of the general improvement across the retail industry of 1.5%
And the three months to September saw the biggest quarterly increase on record for retail in general, as sales volumes increased by 17.4% as compared to the previous three months.
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