BLFA 2017 Golf Day at Hawkstone Park

The 2017 annual BLFA Golf Day was held at Hawkstone Park, Weston-under-Redcastle, Shropshire  on Thursday 11th May 2017. Excellent weather combined with 2 first class courses meant that everyone enjoyed a hugely successful event.

The highlight of the evening was a presentation dinner where prizes for each main category were announce. We would like to congratulate the all the players who won prizes in the various categories as follows:

Morning Trophy (F G Chambers Cup) – Graham Douglas of Arnold Laver & Co

Afternoon Trophy (Christopher Thomas Memorial Trophy) – Steve Phillips of Polyrey

Guest Prize – Mark Vertigens (guest of Arnold Laver & Co)

Team Trophy (Arnold Laver Cup) – Polyrey (Team A)

Nearest the Pin competition – Nigel Wilson (Guest of Westag & Getalit AG)

Longest Drive competition – Neil Enefer (Guest of James Latham Ltd)

President’s Putter (0verall winner of the day) – Ian Holmes of International Decorative Surfaces

 

The event was a huge success and we are sure that everyone who joined us will be looking forward to future events. Details of next year’s golf day will be announced soon.

Here are a few photos from the day:

 

BLFA 50th Anniversary

The BLFA is celebrating 50 Years since the association was incorporated in 1966, the same year as the England football team won the world cup  at Wembley.

To go along with the 1966 theme, we are holding our annual dinner at Wembley Stadium on Thursday November 17th and our special guest speaker is legendary former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton.

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200 industry professionals are attending this landmark event which will include a private tour of the stadium and we are encouraging all members to join us for a memorable evening.

If you are a member and haven’t yet submitted your application form please send this ASAP to our email address.

We look forward to seeing everyone there !

BLFA at the Surface & Materials Show – UK Construction Week

The BLFA had a hugely successful 3 days during UK Construction Week and the Surface & Materials Show at the NEC Birmingham from 18th to 20th October. Hundreds of people visited the stand which was directly opposite the Surface & Materials Hub. The Hub was one of the key areas of the exhibition and hosted a variety of seminar presentations and panel discussions. Grant Turner, BLFA Chairman, delivered a 45 minute presentation on new innovations in laminate surface technology and the next generation of laminates.

Here is the link to the show website:

http://www.ukconstructionweek.com/surface-and-materials/exhibitors/exhibitor/58856-british-laminate-fabricators-association?back=true

The BLFA was proud to be an Association Partner for the event and is planning an exciting return to next year’s show which will involve a showcase area for laminates. Members will be invited to sponsor a display area within a ‘Laminates Zone’ which is being discussed with the event organisers.

We would like to thank all the members that supplied samples for display and also our thanks go to Kaye Charles from Greenlam, Sonia Bassett from H S Bassett and Darren Hill from Quin Global (Tensor) who gave their valuable time to support the stand.

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BLFA at Clerkenwell Design Week – Surface & Materials Advisory Panel

The BLFA is proud to have taken part in the Surface & Materials Show Advisory Panel which was held at Grimshaw Architects, London during Clerkenwell Design Week. Grant Turner, BLFA Chairman, was there as a representative of the Association and was invited to comment on various innovations in laminate surface technology.

The Surface & Materials Advisory Panel brought together a group of like-minded professionals from across the industry to discuss the current state of the surface and materials industry. What’s new, innovative and exciting in the sector, what issues we face and how we can safeguard for the future of the industry were all discussed as part of an engaging debate at Grimshaw Architects.

The BLFA is an Association Partner of UK Construction Week and are exhibiting at the Surface & Materials from 18th – 20th October 2016 http://www.ukconstructionweek.com/surface-and-materials

We are encouraging all of our members to attend and support the show.

Here is a video of some highlights from the advisory panel:

BLFA at the Surface Design Show 2016

Thousands of designers, specifiers, manufacturers and fabricators descended on the Business Design Centre in London for the Surface Design Show which was held from 6pm on Tuesday 9th to 5pm on Thursday 11th February 2016. The BLFA stand was a resounding success and the team were able to speak with a constant stream of visitors over the 3 days, many of which were working on live projects requiring laminate finishes. We were able to display a wide range of samples and materials which had been provided by BLFA members and we would like to thank everyone who supported the event in this way including Arnold Laver, Panel Systems, Formica, Abet, Polyrey, Woodlam. Also, a special thank you must go to staff from Formica, Abet, Fundermax, Decra and H S Bassett who gave of their time and resources both in the preparations for the stand and being on the stand during the event. We also received requests from 6 companies wishing to join as either Fabricator Members or Associate Members so we look forward to announcing these new members soon.

Here are just a few photos from the event:

 

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BLFA Annual General Meeting and Dinner 2015

 

The Annual General Meeting of the British Laminate Fabricators Association will be held at Celtic Manor on Thursday 3rd December 2015 at 17:30hrs. All members are encouraged to attend.

Following the AGM we will be enjoying our annual dinner with a special after dinner guest speaker; TV impersonator Les Gibson ‘The Man of a Thousand Voices’. The guest for list for this year’s dinner is the biggest ever and everyone is sure to enjoy a superb evening at this increasingly popular event. The dinner is the main fixture of the BLFA’s calendar and is a great opportunity to network with industry professionals.

If you are a member and would like to apply for tickets please contact the BLFA office by email.

 

 

BLFA Annual Golf Competition 2015

The 2015 BLFA annual golf competition was held on Thursday 21st May 2015 at the Marriott Breadsall Priory Hotel & Country Club, Moor Road, Morley  Derbyshire DE7 6DL

The annual golf day is one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the BLFA calendar and this year’s event has proved to be a real success. Everyone enjoyed a superb day which was made even better due to the glorious sunshine; a welcome reprieve from the storm last year!

Here are some photos from the day:

 

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BLFA AGM & Annual Dinner 2014

 

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We would like to thank everyone who attended this year’s AGM and annual dinner. We had a record attendance of over 170 guests this time and everyone we spoke to on the night said they had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Our after dinner guest speaker was Garry Richardson from the BBC Radio 5 Live Sportsweek programme. Garry also presents the sports reports on the Radio 4 Today programme. He certainly had us all laughing along with anecdotes from his career as a radio presenter and it really was the highlight of the evening. We would like to thank Garry once again for providing such superb entertainment for everyone.

Here are some pictures from the dinner. See if you can spot yourself somewhere amongst these!

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Annual Golf Competition 2014

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The 2014 BLFA annual golf competition was held on Thursday 22nd May  at the Marriott Breadsall Priory Hotel & Country Club, Moor Road, Morley  Derbyshire DE7 6DL

As one of the most eagerly awaited events in the BLFA calendar  we are pleased to report that the day was a real success, despite the extreme weather ! Many of the teams had to evacuate the course due a brief storm, lightning included, but the day then continued with most managing to complete the afternoon round.

An evening dinner was held afterwards with a prize presentation to the winners and runners up of the various trophies including the President’s Putter and the Christopher Thomas Trophy.

A special thanks must go to Graham Douglas and the team at Excelsior Panelling Systems who put so much into organising the day.

We look forward to arranging another event next year and we are hoping to book the same venue as everyone was very impressed with the golf and hotel facilities.

 

Here are some more pictures from the evening dinner:

 

 

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