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TTA strengthens board with three new directors

TTA members can take centre stage at The Tiling Show

Key speakers unveiled for ‘Business Insight’ tile event

TTA strengthens board with three new directors

The TTA, the trade association for the whole tiling industry – retailers, distributors, manufacturers and fixers – has strengthened its board with the appointment of three new directors, bringing the number on the board up to 14.


In combination with the existing board members, the new additions represent a mix of experience and fresh insight from different strands within the tiling industry.

The first new appointee is Richard Wallis, managing director of Norcros Adhesives, who has been a member of the TTA’s marketing committee for the past year, although not previously a director. With his wide experience of the adhesives sector, his appointment will bring a fresh approach to the working of the TTA.

Ian Crowther, northern operations manager of N&C Building Products, on the other hand, has an existing wide experience of the TTA, having been a founder board member of the Association who is coming back to the main board, after a period focusing on other aspects of the TTA’s work. He is currently chair of the marketing committee and brings a wealth of experience of the TTA at all levels.

The third new board member, David Rowley, training manager at BAL, also has many years experience working for the TTA, latterly as chair of the supply chain committee. Dave’s particular area of expertise is in training, both in a TTA and a BAL capacity – and he is widely known and respected throughout the industry for his work in that area. He organizes the Skillbuild event, in which the TTA works in partnership with the CITB, and he has also worked on the development of the TTA’s new Retail Training Apprenticeship.

The appointment of the TTA’s new board members was ratified at the Association’s AGM in May.

Chairman Ian Kershaw says: “I’m delighted that we are able to announce these appointments which will help carry the Association forward in the coming years. I am happy that as long as we continue to attract representatives from our industry of this calibre to sit on our board, the TTA is in good hands.”

TTA members can take centre stage at The Tiling Show

A packed programme of demonstrations organised by The Tile Association will be taking place at the first ever Tiling Show in September.

The Tiling Show — a brand new exhibition that will be running alongside The Flooring Show — will be held at the Harrogate International Centre from 18th to 20th September 2016.

The TTA Demo Zone will be at the heart of the show, with practical presentations lifting the lid on a huge range of topics and techniques.

The schedule for the three days is below, and TTA members are encouraged to book one of the slots if they would like to take centre stage at the event.

Ian Kershaw, chairman of the TTA, said: “The Tile Asociation is delighted to be partnering with the prestigious Harrogate Flooring Show to create the first-ever UK Tiling Show in 2016. After a number of years without a dedicated tiling show for the UK market, we view the launch of The Tiling Show as a very welcome development. This will be somewhere that our members and others in the tiling sector can do business, network, learn about the key trends and view demonstrations in the TTA Demo Zone.”

The Tiling Show is also a perfect exhibition opportunity and members of the Tile Association get a 10% reduction to exhibit. Further information and pricing is available on The Tiling Show’s website. If you’d like more information, email or call 0300 365 8453

Here’s the schedule for the TTA Tiling Show Demo Zone. TTA member businesses who would like to present in the Demo Zone should call 0300 365 8453 or email to book one of the slots below:


10am — Introduction and application of heating cables to prepared floor

10.30am — Introduction and application of levelling compound over heating cables

1pm — Introduction to tools used and cutting of large format tiles including thin porcelain

1.30pm — Introduction and application of decoupling mats

3pm — Fixing of large format porcelain tiles

3.30pm — Grouting using flexible grouts or admixes


10am — Introduction and application of wet room systems

1pm — Introduction to tools used and cutting of ceramic and glass mosaic tiles

1.30pm — Fixing of ceramic/glass mosaics

3pm — Grouting of mosaics using flexible grouts

3.30pm — Grouting using epoxy grouts


10am — Introduction and types of stone

10.30am — Introduction and application of sealing of stone

1pm — Introduction to tools used and cutting of natural stone products

1.30 — Fixing of natural stones

As well as the TTA Demo Zone, The Trends Hub will give visitors from both the retail and contract sector inspiration and ideas of where the market is heading in terms of design over the next few years. And there’s a packed seminar programme too — see the full schedule HERE

And there is lots more information about the whole event HERE

Key speakers unveiled for ‘Business Insight’ tile event


Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has announced the key speakers for the tile industry event, to be hosted at the Tile Association’s Staffordshire headquarters on 26th November.

They include Kay Porter from the TTA; Phil Crowshaw from the Geeky Group; Fired Earth’s Sam Blythe; and Tile and Stone Journal editor Joe Simpson.

The ‘Business Insight’ day takes place on Thursday 26th November and is free to attend. The programme will focus on IT-related issues faced by the tile and KBB industries and will conclude with a networking lunch.

Following registration and coffee, keynote speaker Phil Crowshaw will explore the technological and cultural changes taking place and will guide attendees on how to survive and prosper in The Digital Media Revolution.

Sam Blythe will present Fired Earth’s own case study and will reveal how these changes have impacted on business and the steps being taken by the company to steer future growth in a new environment.

Joe Simpson will explore the latest aesthetic and technical trends in tile production that are set to shape the industry and TTA’s Kay Porter will discuss the Association’s place in the industry and the huge range of benefits for members.

Meanwhile, KSC’s own presentations, by Mike Beech and Paula Hayter, will focus on Online Trading and Customer value vs discounting. A Q&A session will then conclude the programme, ahead of lunch.

You can register for the free event now. For more information, email