Welcome to our news round-up for 2021 – a great way to keep up to date with all the latest news, views and commentary for the flooring industry and business owners. We’ve taken one story from each of our monthly flooring news roundups so you can see the main flooring news stories over 2021. We’ve split those into two blogs to make them a shorter read.
This blog is Part 1 and features flooring industry stories from January – June 2021. To keep on top of all the latest industry news why not follow our LinkedIn page – we always post interesting news stories and article links on our page.
The Stocklists reported on January 5th details of the latest UK lockdown and how it affects the industry.
“The ‘hardest yet’ extension of national lockdowns across the UK closes all non-essential retailers, but floor fitting has scope to continue as tradespeople may work in consumers’ homes.
The strengthening of Covid restrictions yesterday closed all the remaining flooring retailers – the 20% that were outside the English Tier 4. In-store one-to-one appointments are also precluded by ‘stay-at-home’ legislation.”
More details are available on The Stocklists website and all the stories from our blog flooring industry news January 2021.
The Stocklists reported on the CBI asking the UK Government tow work with retailer as the UK looks to reopen the economy.
‘The CBI accepts any reopening date must be guided by health data, but it
asks the government to confirm “what will be considered low, medium or high-risk economic activity, so that businesses can understand what will open sooner or later”.
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.
The Stocklists reported on the first Restart Grants beginning to be paid:
“The first Restart Grants of up to £6,000 are beginning to be paid out to retailers this week , after some delays in the system due to new fraud checking procedures.
Non-essential retail businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of £15,000 or less will receive a payment of £2,667, while those with a value of between £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a grant of £4,000. Grants of £6,000 will be paid to non-essential retail businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000.
‘Visitor registration is now live for The Flooring Show, which is running from 19-21 September 2021 at Harrogate Convention Centre.
Event Director Alex Butler said: “It’s incredibly exciting to get registrations off the mark for 2021. After what has been a challenging time all round, we’re really looking forward to bringing the flooring industry back together at our usual home in Harrogate.”
Retail price inflation for flooring has risen by 8.3% in the 12 months to May 2021 – the highest level since 2016.
And according to the latest ONS consumer price inflation data, flooring prices are still accelerating – the rise was 6.5% in the year to April.
The May figures for flooring are also outpacing furniture (at 6.4%) and the overall Consumer Prices Index which went up 2.1% in the same period.’
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