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Industry support for TTA Awards reflects a buoyant and optimistic sector

TTA Awards are all about recognising achievement, endeavour, and innovation. Given the problems that have affected all industries over the last two years, it is therefore excellent news that this year’s TTA Awards have attracted a record number of 13 Gold sponsors.

In this issue we are putting the sponsors in the spotlight and giving them the opportunity to tell us a bit about themselves and why they are supporting the Awards this year. These are the major brands from our industry who are associating themselves with the core values of the Awards.

If you still need tickets to attend the Awards at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 24th June please contact TTA a.s.a.p. The ticket prices are the same as last year. So that’s £1,575 for a table of 10, £1,400 for a second table, and £175 for a single ticket. To purchase tickets, please contact TTA on [email protected] or Tel: 0300 365 8453.

Please also visit The Tiling Show, which will be held from 10am – 4pm on 24th June at the same venue. The Show is free to enter. TTA members are also eligible to exhibit and Gold sponsors are automatically entitled to space at the Show.

Members who are not sponsors, who wish to exhibit, have a choice of:
2 x 1 metre space for just £100 + VAT (including a trestle table, suitable for
a pull-up stand)
4 x 1 metre space for just £200 + VAT (including trestle tables, suitable for
a pop-up stand)
For information about The Tiling Show, please email [email protected].

Gold Sponsors profiled
Once again, TTA wishes to thank all the Gold sponsors, and this is this year’s Roll of Honour.

“Freight forwarding excites us, plain and simple.” Banks & Lloyd say this is not a matter of opinion but a matter of fact, and that it is a passion that drives the company forward to provide the best service possible.

The company is a market leading UK freight forwarder for the tiles and ceramic industry, and has been in the business for 40 years, focusing on outstanding customer service, competitive rates and reliable, quick service. The company works with a globally connected network of partners and has a second office in Valencia, Spain.

The services which the company offers include sea freight, air freight, road freight, rail freight, cross trades and in-house customs clearance. The nature of the business means the company has had to constantly adapt to ever changing global situations, and believes it is well-placed to provide advice to its customers, whatever ultimately happens.

Forward thinking, agile, proactive and highly ambitious, the company aims to be the best and most experienced freight forwarder in tiles and ceramics transportation.

“The Awards provide an opportunity to reflect on another year gone by, and to recognise those who have gone above and beyond – which is important in the recent tough times. Sponsoring the Awards offers Banks & Lloyd the opportunity to show its reverence for the tile industry, and its mission to support the industry through turbulent shipping times.”

Genesis is a major player in the ceramic accessories and tools market, selling products into the tile industry and several other sectors. The company exports to over 70 countries world-wide and promotes its products via architects, retailers, distributors, contractors, and end-users. The product range includes tools, entrance matting and finishing profiles such as edge protectors, expansion joints, LED solutions, and much more.

Sales Director, Michael Gadney says: “Working with, and supporting, The Tile Association is imperative for us to continue improving, modernising and supporting the tile industry, as well as taking care of its members at all levels. These are traits that mirror our own company, so we are very pleased to sponsor this wonderful event.”

JACKON UK – JACKOBOARD® is a leading manufacturer of XPS board solutions for use as a tile backerboard and supplier of shower tray and wetroom systems.

The company offers a broad range of innovative products for environmentally-friendly and sustainable thermal insulation solutions used in construction projects.

JACKOBOARD® is now the ‘go to’ brand in this market and bases its strong brand personality on an innovative and fresh approach. The company’s strategy is to focus on the values of high performance and integrity, as an environmentally-responsible European manufacturer.

In recent years JACKOBOARD® has moved its marketing activity up a gear, with new materials, consistency of messaging and the introduction of new marketing campaigns.

Sponsorship of TTA Awards, with its explicit support for excellence, achievement and innovation, fits very well with JACKON’s brand aspirations, and the company is delighted to be associated with them once again.

JACKOBOARD® is also continuing its work with the Bee Centre, for which the company won a TTA Award for Best Environmental Initiative in 2020. JACKOBOARD® has supplied insulated bee hives to the Centre to support its important educational and conservation work. It is also assisting with the Bee Centre’s ongoing work with schools and the wider community.

Mapei is delighted to continue to support TTA Awards with Gold Sponsorship of the 2022 event, recognising the best that those in the tiling and tile industry have to offer.

With more than 85 years’ experience, Mapei is a world-leading producer of adhesives and chemical products for the construction industry. Mapei’s ‘Products for the installation of Ceramic and Stone Materials’ line incorporates complete quality systems for all types of projects.

Substrate preparation and adhesives that make up the range are manufactured and distributed from the state-of-the-art Mapei UK plant in Halesowen to an extensive UK customer base of distributors and retailers. Mapei’s coloured grout and sealant range boasts an extensive array of shades – enough to satisfy any design requirement.

Mapei places significant emphasis on R&D, investing significantly each year to bring the most technically advanced and sustainable system solutions to the market. Investment in sustainable products and practices dates back to the 1970s. In the UK, Mapei continues to experience consistent growth.

The company’s training facility, Mapei Academy, provides practical and theoretical courses for all specialisms of contractors, installers, distributors and specifiers. Mapei’s renowned technical services department is available to offer guidance, on-site support nationwide, NBS specifications, technical drawings and BIM Objects. Mapei is proud to be supporting TTA Awards in 2022 and look forward to being a part of such a key construction industry event.

N&C are British manufacturers and distributors of high quality tile adhesives, grouts, smooth-ing compounds, and tiling systems.

With over 60 years’ experience, the company has grown from strength to strength with expertise in the manufacture and distribution of high quality products.

N&C invented ready mixed tile adhesive in 1958. It was in the early days of ready mixed adhesives that it was the adhesive of choice for the leading wall tile manufacturers, long before the development of their own brand.

Today, N&C continues to offer an unrivalled range of solutions that allow the fixing of every format of product imaginable, from large format stone to slim porcelain tiles or slabs. There are a multitude of solutions for tiling contractors, including specialist applications, as well as day-to-day applications – within domestic and commercial settings.

N&C has further developed its range of reputable powder adhesives, making use of new innovative raw material technologies, which offer the professional tiling contractor exceptional handling characteristics alongside market leading levels of strength and flexibility.

As a manufacturer with distribution and retail sites, N&C is unusual in that contractors, whether small or large, can buy direct, place orders for delivery to their offices or site address and with no minimum order value for nationwide delivery (subject to terms and conditions). N&C adhesives are manufactured to high and exacting standards, which enables the company to offer a lifetime warranty.

Palace Chemicals is a leading independent manufacturer of building, construction & DIY products, as it has been for more than 40 years.

Established in 1978 in Speke, Liverpool, its ongoing commitment to technology and development has enabled it to bring to market a more extensive range of flooring, tiling and DIY products than any other manufacturer in the UK.

All Palace products are manufactured at its advanced high-volume and fully automated manufacturing facility. This ensures consistent high quality and readily available stock across all product lines within its portfolio, alongside the service and logistical support demanded by modern, fast-moving projects.

Palace Chemicals, which is also the UK Manufacturing Licensee for LATICRETE’s award-winning range of adhesives, grouts and waterproofing products, has built its reputation on high quality products at competitive market prices. With its well-established infrastructure and deep-rooted in-house expertise, it is well placed to remain at the cutting edge in the advances of tiling, adhesives and construction as the industry continues to develop.

PCS are a UK-based manufacturer of high-performance construction products that are thermally insulating, lightweight and waterproof.

DeltaBoard Thermal Construction Boards and DeltaTray Tileable Shower Floor Formers, form part of an extensive range of products manufactured by PCS, that offer high performance for the lining and overlaying of subfloors and walls prior to the application of tiles, plaster and flexible render coatings.
PCS products offer effective and durable solutions, designed to enhance performance, and reduce construction time of your project. All PCS products have been designed to meet the challenges and demands of modern-day construction.

Designing or developing a residential project, hotel complex, spa resort or private home? Our technical team can advise from the outset. Detailed CAD drawings, bespoke manufacturing, and short lead times are all part of our services.

PCS product range includes: Tile Backer Boards, Construction Boards, Shower Tray Formers, Flexi Board, Wall Niches, Wedge Board, Tileable Seating profiles, Wellness Spa Pods, and more.
As a UK manufacturer, we are committed to reducing energy costs associated with construction. Installing PCS products will help to lower your carbon footprint, a concern that affects all of us. Manufactured in the UK. Installed Worldwide.

Shackerley is a British, independently owned, manufacturer and prefabricator, renowned for supplying innovative, engineered products to the architectural and construction industries for over 55 years.

Today the company leads the UK ceramic granite and natural stone ventilated cladding market with its award-winning patented SureClad façade systems, and is universally recognised as the country’s leading authority on the use of large format ceramic granite in external cladding applications.

In less than two decades, SureClad ceramic granite ventilated façades have literally changed the architectural landscape. Since Shackerley first introduced its innovative modern method of construction at the turn of the 21st Century, SureClad façade cladding has been specified across the UK, to enhance and protect new and refurbished properties in every sector of the market; from healthcare, education and civic and public service buildings to hotels, sports and leisure facilities, retail centres and office complexes. In recent years, their specification has increased in the high-end residential sector too, particularly for buildings more than 18 metres high, where only non-combustible cladding materials are permitted.

Ceramic granite is an exceptionally hard, strong and durable form of porcelain that is ideally suited for use as an external façade material. Shackerley is able to offer the specifier an almost infinite array of aesthetic design options with colourways, finishes, styles and panel formats to meet every design brief, including panels up to 3m by 2m in size.

Every SureClad system is supplied as a complete ‘installation-ready’ package that minimises the time required to install façades on site. Essentially the SureClad system comprises fully prefabricated ceramic granite panels – cut to exact sizes and fitted with SureClad façade fixings – together with strong, lightweight vertical and horizontal aluminium rails and profiles, and flexible and load bearing support brackets. Bespoke features, such as cills, soffits and reveals, can all be supplied as factory-assembled bracketed units. Ensuring the highest quality standards, all prefabrication work is carried out at Shackerley’s two ISO 9001-accredited factories in Lancashire.

The latest addition to Shackerley’s product portfolio is their patented BrickClad system for mechanically fixed brickwork – real bricks, but slimline and installed without bedding mortar – into a steel profiled rail, which is produced by a specially designed roll-forming machine at Shackerley’s factory.

Manufacturing at any level is a challenge but here at STS we are constantly working to ensure our products such as NoMorePly are both sourced and manufactured to a high standard.

As a respected provider in the UK construction industry, STS is proud to hold to our core values to be Industrious, Cheerful, Creative and hold to Sound Family Values.

The driving force behind the STS team is not merely to meet industry standards, but to exceed and redefine them, and in doing so, bring our customers and installers a clear competitive advantage. Whilst holding to our values, innovating and providing our customer with excellent customer service we are also constantly working to improve our Corporate Social Responsibility and Employee Welfare.

As a leading manufacturer of Fibre Cement Tile Backing solutions in the UK our vision is to ensure our stockists and installers are provided with The Ultimate Solution for their needs. We have a vision to provide sustainable, eco-friendly solutions for all your tile backing needs whilst upholding a high level of product quality and exemplary customer service.

Here at Topps Tiles, we’re excited to be back sponsoring TTA Awards, it is important to us as a brand to celebrate the success of the tiling industry and support the tilers that shop with us, making up such an important part of our customer base.

We greatly value our trade custom which is why we offer the best product innovation at great prices with some top exclusives seen nowhere else in the UK. Our award-winning trade website allows for convenient shopping with Express Click and Collect at checkout as well as handy online visualisation tools to help show their customers future project possibilities.

Alongside our trade discount we also offer more benefits with our Rewards+ loyalty programme including identifying our ‘gold’ traders whose loyalty we like to reward with additional benefits and offers. Our dedicated trade social media channels help discover talent and showcase trader portfolios to help increase visibility for those working hard at representing their business online.
We are proud to be able to offer a great range of products to consumers in over 300 locations around the UK and also online. Tradesmen are encouraged to register for a trade account with us, by visiting their local Topps Tiles store and speaking to in-store staff.

UltraTile supplies the tiling market with a comprehensive range of adhesives, grouts, primers, levelling compounds, silicones and external tiling solutions. All products are manufactured in the company’s state of the art factory in Tamworth, Staffordshire. The six-acre site houses production, distribution, transport, research and development, sales, marketing, quality and training.
UltraTile from Instarmac has been a TTA member for over 10 years and actively supports the Association in many ways. Hands-on roles are held by many of the UltraTile team providing expertise and industry knowledge for TTA initiatives.

Marketing Manager, Rebecca Talbot, Board Member and Chair of TTA General Purposes and Marketing Committee, says: “We are delighted to be sponsoring TTA Awards again for 2022. The Awards are a highlight of our promotional calendar and such a great opportunity to showcase our work across the tiling industry. TTA aims to promote professionalism and technical standards, something we aim to emulate here at Instarmac with our research and development, technical support and training academy. A TTA Award is an outstanding symbol of excellence and the event provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase and celebrate all aspects of the tiling industry, as well as praising nominees for their hard work and commitment.”

UltraTile is very much looking forward to attending again this year and wishes all nominees the very best of luck.

As the UK’s leading distributor of tiles, mosaics, outdoor porcelain, and flooring, Yorkshire-based Verona offers a comprehensive portfolio of products at competitive prices, with professional merchandising concepts to support independent and national tile retailers across the UK.

Verona supplies directly to customers nationwide from its state-of-the-art distribution centre in Doncaster. With a large UK stock holding, competitive prices and short lead times, Verona caters for everything from single independent retail outlets to large scale commercial or residential projects. The friendly and knowledgeable sales support team are on hand to help six days a week, whilst the online trade portal allows retailers to check stock, place orders, view their account and download marketing materials 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Verona will once again be showing its support for the industry as a Gold sponsor for this year’s TTA Awards. A stellar accolade, TTA Awards highlight the very best in the industry, from creative campaigns to cutting edge design and innovation. A key event in the awards calendar, it will be wonderful to get the industry together again to celebrate the strength and resilience the tile sector has shown over these past years and shine a positive light on what’s to come.

Weber is the leading manufacturer of easy to apply products in the tile fixing, renders, construction mortars and flooring system markets.

Weber has supported TTA, including the prestigious TTA Awards, for over 19 years due to their tireless work to improve industry standards by updating qualifications, providing CPDs and training. Our involvement in the committee provides us with invaluable information on challenges and opportunities within the industry allowing us to adapt our products and services for our customers.
At Weber, we believe that what matters most in the construction industry is to care about people and their environment, which is why we created the ever-popular Weber Rewards loyalty scheme, ensuring every customer who registers benefits not only from using market-leading products but also an extra special Thank You: a ‘love-you-back’ from Weber.

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