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Heckmondwike FB sponsors Apprentice of the Year competition


One of the UK’s leading fibre bonded carpet manufacturers, Heckmondwike FB sponsored the Apprentice of the Year competition which took place at The 2014 Flooring Show in Harrogate recently.

Apprentice Darren Simpson of Active Flooring representing Accrington & Rossendale (Accross) College in Lancashire, took on Dean Davies of Wilmac Flooring, representing Coleg Cambria College in North East Wales.  Both Darren and Dean have recently completed their two year apprenticeships.

Heckmondwike FB supplied Diamond entrance matting with a custom-made logo which had to be integrated within the carpet, that read ‘Apprentice of the year 2014 sponsored by Heckmondwike FB’.

The competition was certainly a challenge, with the apprentices given three days of tasks to complete – from ply-lining the full area, installing sheet carpet, plus a plank border, preparing a flat area and winding staircase with underlay, before fitting the section of entrance matting, which had to be carefully centralised.  The final day of the competition was judged by Ian James, the President of the NICF.

Congratulations to Dean Davies who won the prestigious title of Apprentice of the Year, 2with Darren Simpson giving him a good run for his money.  Trophies were presented by Wendy Adams, the organiser of the Flooring show.

Abby Chandler, Commercial Manager for Heckmondwike FB, said: “We are delighted to be associated with the Apprentice of the Year competition.   Both Darren and Dean did a fantastic job and they certainly look to have a bright future ahead of them, well done!”

Tutor Tim Green from Accrington & Rossendale College, said: “A big congratulations to Dean and Darren – they really did themselves, their employers, their tutors and the trade proud! It was a fantastic experience for them which showcased the standard of training on offer at both colleges. The competition has far exceeded our expectations – the amount of support we had was unbelievable and we hope to be able to hold it again next year.”

Heckmondwike FB is one of the leading carpet suppliers to the education, commercial and public sectors and is well-known for the excellent value, durability and high performance of its products.

Sample cards for Supacord are available on request by calling +44 [0] 1924 413637 or visiting the website www.heckmondwike-fb.co.uk.

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