NICF welcomes new member

We are pleased to welcome new retailer member SJH Carpets Ltd of Wincanton, Somerset.

Date posted: Friday 15th July 2016

Carpet Fitter of the Year 2016 - Finalists announced

We are delighted to announce that the fitters who have been successful in reaching the Carpet Fitter of the Year Final taking place in Harrogate in September are:

Darren Ash of Alfrick, Worcestershire
Michael Atkinson of Ulverston, Cumbria
Paul Finch of Wantage, Oxfordshire
Nick Hood of Birmingham, West Midlands
Mark Smurthwaite of Whitehaven, Cumbria
Byron Terrett of Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan

Many congratulations to all and the very best of luck for the finals later in the year.


Date posted: Monday 13th June 2016

NICF welcomes 4 new members

We are delighted to welcome three new Fitter members to the Institute, they are:

Richard Bryant of Camberley, Surrey
David Merrilees of Preston, Lancashire
Chris Mullis of Solihull, West Midlands

Our other new member is retailer Total Flooring of Alnwick, Northumberland.

Date posted: Thursday 9th June 2016

Carpet Fitter of the Year Trials 26-27 May 2016

NICF is pleased to announce that the following 12 fitters have reached the Carpet Fitter of the Year trials taking place over 26 and 27 May 2016.

Darren Ash - Alfrick, Worcestershire
Michael Atkinson - Ulverston, Cumbria
Hayden Barr - Windermere, Cumbria
Jonathan Blackbourn - Haconby, Lincolnshire
Shannon Fairhurst - Fenton, Lincolnshire
Paul Finch - Wantage, Oxfordshire
Nick Hood - Birmingham, West Midlands
Daniel Sherras - Leeds, West Yorkshire
Mark Smurthwaite - Whitehaven, Cumbria
Byron Terrett - Llantwit Masor, Wales
Bradley Whitehead - West Malling, Kent
Ian Woolley - Liverpool, Merseyside

Well done to the above fitters on reaching the trials - we wish you all the best of luck.

Thank you to all those fitters who entered the competition this year.  We are sorry that some of you were not successful in reaching the trials on this occasion but please do try again next year.

Date posted: Friday 29th April 2016

NICF welcomes new members

NICF is delighted to welcome new 'Fitter' member Aaron Smith of Birchington, Kent.

Date posted: Friday 29th April 2016

NICF welcomes new members

We are delighted to welcome the following new members to the Institute:

Master Fitter member
Wayne Whiting – Houghton Regis

Fitter members
Carl Iain Henderson – Saltburn-by-the-Sea
Darren Herring – Plymouth
Jamie Nelson - Kirkcolm
Gary Sanderson - Leigh
John Wright – Leighton Buzzard

Trainee members
Adam Gilbertson - Wallasey

Carpet and Furniture Supplies – Preston
JBJ Midlands Ltd t/a Colourbank Carpets – Leicester
M & S Carpet & Flooring LLP
N H Flooring - Richmond
Yerrell Flooring Ltd - Chesham

Date posted: Thursday 14th April 2016

Obituary - Michael J Wilson

We are sorry to learn the very sad news that Michael J Wilson, a Master Fitter member of the NICF for many years, has passed away.

Michael was based in Chesterfield and had been a member of the NICF since 1993; in 1998 Michael won the Carpet Fitter of the Year competition and from 1999 to 2007 served as a Council member.  Michael went on to be further involved with the Carpet Fitter of the Year competition as a judge as well being part of the set up and design team.

Our sincere condolences to Michael's family, friends and colleagues at this sad time. 

Funeral service arrangements

The funeral service is taking place on Thursday 21 April 2016 at 2.30pm at Chesterfield & District Crematorium, Chesterfield Road, Chesterfield S43 1AU.  Family flowers only.

Should you wish to make a donation this can be to either Guide Dogs for the Blind or Hearing Dogs for the Deaf; please forward donations to the funeral directors B Hattersley & Sons Ltd, 211 Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield S40 2BA.

Following the service there will be a funeral reception at the Gate Inn, Overgreen, Cutthorpe, Chesterfield S42 7BA.

If you are going to attend the funeral and reception please can you contact Helen Tidmarsh on 0115 958 3077 or email by no later than Tuesday 19 April to confirm. 




Date posted: Tuesday 12th April 2016

Call for entries for re-launched Carpet Fitter of the Year 2016 Competition

The NICF (National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers) has proudly relaunched the Carpet Fitter of the Year Competition. The prestigious 2016 competition is open to all UK fitters (including non-members), with a generous prize package including £1000 cash, a selection of tools, winner’s trophy, one year’s free Master Fitter membership and an iPad, kindly donated by Which? Trusted Traders. The deadline for online entry, at, is Thursday 31 March 2016.

“The Fitter of the Year competition last ran in 2001, when it was won by Tim Nicholas from Wales. I was fortunate enough to make the finals of the competition three times; an experience that was only eclipsed by my being on the winning team in the European Floor Laying Competition in 2005. I always said that if I were ever NICF President I would make it my mission to bring the competition back - after all, there isn't a fitter in the land that wouldn't want UK ‘Fitter of the Year’ on his van,” commented Ian James, NICF President.

To apply, all entrants must complete an online questionnaire. Twelve entrants will then progress to the practical trials on 26/27 May, at the FITA Training Centre in Loughborough. Six finalists will then be selected to take part in the final, at the Flooring Show in Harrogate (18/19 September). All applicants must be aged 18 years or over on 31 March 2016.

Industry sponsors of the NICF Carpet Fitter of The Year 2016 Award include Ardex, F Ball, Ball & Young, Bostik, Carpenter Underlay, CFJ magazine, Cormar Carpets, Hanson Plywood Ltd, Interfloor, Lifestyle Floors, Roberts, Spotnails Maestri, The Stocklists, Tramex, Uzin and Which? Trusted Traders.

For more information, please contact Helen at the NICF on tel. 0115 958 3077 or email

Date posted: Wednesday 17th February 2016

NICF - new members - Uzin Ltd

NICF is delighted to welcome Uzin Ltd as Patron members of the Institute.

Date posted: Friday 5th February 2016

Carpet Fitters wanted - London area

Posners Floor Store are currently looking for experienced Carpet Fitters in and around the NW London area. Must have own transport and Public Liability insurance. Regular work at top rates.

If interested please contact Posners on 020 7625 8899.

Date posted: Wednesday 3rd February 2016

Carpet Fitter of the Year launch - 4 January 2016

Carpet Fitter of the Year 2016 will be officially launched on 4 January 2016. 

NICF is delighted to once again host this prestigous competition and would like to take this opportunity to thank the official sponsors for their support.

The sponsors of the competition are:

Ball & Young Ltd
Bostik Ltd
Carpenter Ltd
Contract Flooring Journal
Cormar Carpets
F Ball & Co Ltd
Hanson Plywood Ltd
Interfloor Ltd
Lifestyle Floors
Spotnails Ltd
The Stocklists
Tramex Ltd
Uzin Ltd
Which? Trusted Traders

Entry forms are being distributed with the January issues of Contract Flooring Journal and The Stocklists but if you would like to complete the entry form on line there will be a digital version available on the NICF website.

Fitters can pre-register their interest now by clicking here


Date posted: Friday 18th December 2015

NICF members achieve Which? Trusted Trader endorsement

We are delighted to confirm that the following NICF members have achieved Which? Trusted Trader endorsement for their companies:

Paul Coomber (Reading, Berkshire)
Ian James (Kidlington, Oxfordshire)
Mark Saunders (Swindon, Wiltshire)
Trevor Smith (Weston-super-Mare, Somerset)
Peter Trimmer (Camberley, Surrey)
Matthew Yerrell (Chesham, Buckinghamshire)

Many congratulations to all!


Date posted: Friday 13th November 2015

NICF launches new website

We are delighted to launch our new website and hope that you will find it more informative and easier to navigate.

We have made four specific routes to information, one for fitters looking to join the Institute, one for fitters or companies who are already members, one for customers to find fitters or members in their area and one for news.

There is also a new look to the 'members area' of the site.

Please take a few minutes to have a look at the site, we hope you like it.

Date posted: Sunday 8th November 2015

Find the Fault Carpet competition winner

Many congratulations to Sam Hall of Lenleys in Cantebury, Kent, winner of the NICF's Find the Fault Carpet competition, which took place at The Flooring Show, Harrogate.

Date posted: Wednesday 7th October 2015

Annual General Meeting - 12 August 2015

The NICF Annual General Meeting took place on 12 August 2015 at the FITA Training Centre, Loughborough.

Ian James, Steve Ramsden and Kevin Stephen were re-elected to serve a further term as Officers of the Institute.

New Council members elected were:

Ryan Evans
Darren Robinson of ARDEX UK Ltd
Trevor Smith
Lee Syles
Steve Whitehead

Council members re-elected to Council were:

Matthew Blackbourn
Dan Evans
Dennis Green
Adrian May
Mark Saunders

The full NICF Council is now:

Ian James - President
Steve Ramsden - Vice-President
Kevin Stephen - Honorary Treasurer
Matthew Blackbourn
Scott Carter-Dowding
Dan Evans
Ryan Evans
Dennis Green
Brian King
Adrian May
Darren Robinson
Mark Saunders
Trevor Smith
Lee Styles
Steve Whitehead
Matthew Yerrell


Date posted: Thursday 13th August 2015

NICF announces partnership with Which? Trusted Trader Scheme

NICF is delighted to announce that it has entered into partnership with the Which? Trusted Trader scheme.

NICF members will receive a discounted rate for membership of the scheme.

Which? Trusted TradersNICF President, Ian James, states:

“The collaboration between the NICF and Which? Trusted Traders Scheme enhances and compliments the aims of both organisations. The NICF brings technical expertise from a long established, highly regarded trade body within the domestic flooring market. Which? helps deliver this expertise through a recognised and trusted consumer brand. The end user simply gets greats service and a quality installation.”

Stephen McCluskey MD of Which? Trusted Traders states:

"Which? Trusted Traders' partnership with the National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers is a positive step in supporting consumer choice. By selecting a dual endorsed carpet and flooring fitter, consumers can feel confident they are selecting a trader who is reputable and trustworthy."

For full details of this new member benefit please contact the NICF office on 0115 958 3077 for details.

Date posted: Monday 18th May 2015

Letlinks - work opportunities for NICF members

Announcement to all members of NICF National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers.

Letlinks require carpet and floor layers to join our free maintenance software system for local, regional and national landlords and letting agents.  Letlinks is dealing with 50,000 properties nationwide and this is on the increase every month.

Letlinks currently require qualified professional carpet fitters and floor layers to meet the demands of jobs being booked through our free online maintenance booking software.

NICF members will be able to register their services and business for free and you will be notified of all flooring jobs that are required in your postal region.

For further details on how to register with Letlinks for free, please contact Gareth, Paul or Simon on 08450 665444 or email

Date posted: Tuesday 18th November 2014

NICF Annual General Meeting - 6 August 2014

The NICF Annual General Meeting took place on 6 August 2013 at the FITA Training Centre, Loughborough.

Ian James and Kevin Stephen were re-elected to serve a further term as Officers of the Institute.  Steve Ramsden was elected as Vice-President of the NICF.

New Council member elected was:

Ian Woolley

Council members re-elected to Council were:

Matthew Blackbourn
Scott Carter-Dowding
Dennis Green
Brian King
Tim Nicholas
Mark Saunders
Matthew Yerrell

The full NICF Council is now:

Ian James - President
Steve Ramsden - Vice-President
Kevin Stephen - Honorary Treasurer
Matthew Blackbourn
Scott Carter-Dowding
Dan Evans
Dennis Green
Brian King
Adrian May
Ronnie Newton
Tim Nicholas
Steve Ramsden
Mark Saunders
Graham Schofield
Byron Terrett
Matthew Yerrell

Justin Walker is a Co-opted member of the Council.


Date posted: Thursday 7th August 2014

New from 1 September 2013 - Accredited Fitter category

This is a new category of membership aimed at practising fitters who are of an intermediate level of competence.  Entry requirements are:-

a) three written references from people who can vouch for the standard of the fitters work;
b) successful completion of examination (WRITTEN OR ORAL);
c) assessment of a completed installation;
d) a customer survey will be undertaken during the assessment of the completed installation.

For more information on this new category please contact the NICF office on 0115 941 1126 or email

Date posted: Tuesday 13th August 2013

Domestic Sheet Vinyl Installation

We would like to remind Fitter and Master Fitter members that they can now be listed for Domestic Sheet Vinyl installation.

Officially launched in the July 2012 newsletter, this new category is a welcome addition to the already substantial list of flooring types installed by members.

If you would like to add this to your list of flooring activities please contact the NICF office on 0115 958 3077 or email

Date posted: Friday 8th February 2013

NICF working for you

NICF have, over the past year, developed 2 partnerships, one with NEXT and the other with Tesco Carpets, to promote NICF and its members direct to the consumer market.

Customers who buy their flooring from either NEXT or Tesco Carpets wil be directed to NICF members for measuring and fitting requirements.

Date posted: Monday 15th August 2011