TTA support its members with briefing document on new rules for tile importers

TTA support its members with briefing document on new rules for tile importers

May 2021

The Tile Association has compiled a Briefing Document on the new trade rules, as they now apply to those wanting to place foreign-made tiles for sale on the UK market.

This follows a number of requests from members for support in this area.

It is important to be aware that, under the new rules, distributors bringing product into the UK from overseas are now considered to be importers. Given that there are new requirements which they need to comply with, this change potentially impacts on a significant proportion of TTA members

The Briefing Document can be downloaded from the Members' Area of the TTA website ( This type of support is another great reason to be a member of TTA!

The key points on tile importing to be aware of are as follows:

  • Products placed on the GB market from 1st January 2022 need to have the UKCA marking affixed.
  • Construction products have an exemption to the general rule that from 1st January 2023 the UKCA mark needs to be permanently fixed to the product itself.  Therefore the UKCA mark can be carried on a label or packaging.
  • CE-marked product can continue to be placed on the UK market until the end of 2021.  Unsold CE-marked products, which have been placed on the market before the end of the year, can continue to be sold after that date.
  • Distributors bringing product in from overseas are now considered importers and there are new requirements which they need to comply with.

The Briefing Document contains a link to the full Government guidance as it relates to construction products.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for TTA Awards 2021
TTA is very grateful to the Gold sponsors who have signed up for this year’s Awards so far.

They are: Banks & Lloyd, Jackoboard, Mapei, Norcros Adhesives, Palace Chemicals, PCS, Shackerley (Holdings) Group Ltd, Tilemaster, UltraTileFix and Verona.

It is support from these major brands that makes The Tile Association Awards possible.  They have recognised and value the marketing benefit that they get from their partnership with the Awards: the non-stop exposure in the lead-up to the presentations in September, which continues during the event itself and indeed afterwards.

But our sponsors are also making a statement in support of our industry. The Awards are all about recognising enterprise, innovation and achievement. Our Gold sponsors are the companies who support these values and who are making a commitment to help them flourish.

If you want to get involved, there are still sponsorship opportunities available.  Our most popular Gold sponsorship package includes:

  • Stand space at TTA Tiling Show
  • The chance to present one demonstration at the Show on a subject of your choice
  • VIP table of 10 for the awards
  • The chance to present an award
  • Graphics displayed during the ceremony
  • PR for several months in the run-up to the awards
  • Online marketing in web and social media
  • Acknowledgement of sponsorship in all promotional material
  • Awards banner advert on the TTA website in the lead-up to event

The Awards will take place on Friday 10 September at The Hilton Birmingham Metropole – please save the date! Now is also the time to think about getting your tickets ordered.

Individual tickets are £175 + VAT, and a table of 10 costs £1,575 + VAT. A second table of 10 is available at a discounted rate of £1,400 + VAT.

You can be sure that this year’s TTA Awards 2021 will be an event to remember. After the year-and-a-half that we’ve had, everyone is going to be more than ready for a celebration, alt-hough you should also be aware that the entire event will be held in a Covid-secure manner and in accordance with any regulations applying at the time.

The TTA Awards day will start off with the Tiling Show, an event that will provide an opportunity to restore and strengthen acquaintances and business connections which might have might have loosened during the months of covid restrictions.

The last Tiling Show in 2019 attracted 32 exhibitors and saw the Show established as a must-attend event for anyone involved in the tiling industry, whether as an exhibitor or a visitor, from whom feedback was highly positive last time. The Show will be free to visit and with many of the big brands in attendance, as well as product demonstrations, new product innovations and plenty of networking opportunities, why wouldn’t you want to attend?
For more information, please call TTA on 0300 365 8453 or email

TTA leads the way with new Technical Advice Note on theuse of tile levelling devices
In recent years the use of tile levelling systems when fixing large format tiles and panels has become increasingly common practice.

TTA has become aware that there is a market requirement for advice when using such systems, in view of differing designs, service conditions and tile installations.

The new TTA document was put together by members of the TTA Technical Committee, as well as representatives of key companies in the industry. It aims to provide advice and guidance for all parties in the use and installation of tile levelling systems for wall and floor tiling. It is designed to be used in conjunction with current and forthcoming British, European and International Standards, in particular BS 5385 and BS 8000-11, as well as the existing TTA Guidance Document Fixing of Large Format Wall & Floor Tiles and Panels in Internal Tiling.

The new Technical Advice Note covers all the background issues relating to this topic, including how tile levelling devices work and how incorrect use can lead to voids being formed under tiles. Some generic installation guidelines are also covered. These include:

  • Correct ‘back buttering’ of tiles when levelling devices are used and ensuring that the back of the tile or panel is fully wetted;
  • Ensuring the tile is placed during the open time of the adhesives, taking particular care when rapid-set adhesives are being used.

Correct bedding, finishing of the tile surface and correct tile joint widths are also covered, as well as a list of reference documents, including relevant British Standards.

Ex-Simpsons terrazzo tiler celebrates 101 years of life!

Well-known terrazzo tiler Jim Tiramani has recently celebrated his 101st birthday – showing perhaps that a career in tiling is the key to a long and happy life!

Jim, who will be known to many in the industry, was involved for a good number of years in the National Federation of Terrazzo Marble & Mosaic Specialists (NFTMMS), which had been formed in the late 1920s. His involvement included taking on the role of Secretary for 12 years from 1987.

The origins of terrazzo in the UK are intrinsically linked to the Italian immigrant families arriving in the UK, mainly from the Friuli Venezia Giulia region east of Venice, who brought the craft with them. Many of the elder members of these families retained their Italian citizenship while the younger men served in the British armed forces.

Jim was also a director of the Terrazzo Division of WB Simpson & Sons, and worked for them right up until his retirement.

During the war he had been in service with the Gunners, whilst his father was interned on the Isle of Man. This happened with a lot of the older terrazzo workers.

It’s certainly great to hear that someone with such a lengthy career in our industry is still going strong at the age of 101.

By all accounts, his memory relating to his time in the business is at least the equal of others just half his age!

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