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Introducing 'Rockwood': our new collection for commercial flooring

Here at Atkinson & Kirby, we recently launched our new Specification range, designed with commercial flooring in mind. Wood flooring can elevate any commercial area, from co-working hubs and office spaces to hotels and restaurants, providing classic flooring with modern twists and varying colour palettes. The focus was to bring a sustainable option to the commercial sector that is high quality and versatile. Within this new range is the 'Rockwood' collection, a selection of SPC flooring that draws inspiration from nature and boasts durability and improved eco-friendly credentials.  Our ‘Rockwood’ collection has a variety of flooring décors, each offering a tough, mineral composite base underneath the wood effect decorative surface. This design gives the effect of natural wood whilst still being both water resistant and highly durable. What sets our 'Rockwood' collection apart is the embossed in register finish. The texture of the surface exactly matches the pattern of woodgrain, giving an authentic feel to the flooring. This attention to detail ensures that our flooring not only visually replicates natural wood but also recreates the tactile experience. To successfully replicate real wood, ‘Rockwood’ has twelve different plank patterns within each colour to choose from to customise to the space, ranging from the grey tones of Cordillera Oak, warm patterns in Sierra Oak and earthy hues from Lebanon Oak. Each surface maintains an authentic feel while having a scratch shield coating that is highly water resistant, ensuring that the planks are not susceptible to moisture or temperature morphing. Rockwood flooring is perfect for kitchens, bathrooms and corridors, which are again, prepared for high footfall and large impact areas that need more protection. ‘Rockwood’ is the perfect blend of sustainability and durability. The flooring maintains a decorative surface on top of a mineral composite base, creating a tough and long-lasting floor that is also highly sustainable in its manufacture. For more information on the Rockwood collection, download the brochure below or contact our Specification team directly, who will be happy to answer any queries and arrange samples: specification@akirby.co.uk. To download the Specification brochure, click here: https://commercial.akirby.co.uk/brochures The view the full Atkinson & Kirby collection, please visit: https://commercial.akirby.co.uk/    

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We’ve been shortlisted for ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Investors in People Awards 2023

We are incredibly proud to announce that Archwood Group has been shortlisted as a finalist for ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Investors in People Awards 2023. The Investors in People Awards celebrates and rewards organisations that are committed to improving the work environment for their employees. This is a significant achievement for the business and a brilliant acknowledgement of our hard-working HR team. It signifies that we not only recognise the importance of employee wellbeing but have also taken substantial steps to make it an integral part of our corporate culture. It also serves as recognition for our team’s ongoing dedication to creating a workplace where employees can thrive both personally and professionally.  Earlier this year, we also received the organisation’s ‘We Invest in Wellbeing’ gold accreditation for our dedication to looking after our employee’s mental health and welfare. The accreditation followed the work we’ve been doing towards our new wellbeing strategy, which ensures all of our employees receive equal opportunities and have dedicated spaces to work, as well as socialise. Helping to improve the overall wellbeing of all of our employees has been one of the core focuses for our fantastic HR team over the past two years, especially following the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of this, we worked to ensure we could protect employee welfare and monitor how our team could work safely together within the workplace. As a family-run business, employees always come first at Archwood Group and this is reflected within all parts of our workplace and team, from our North Wales-based factory in Chirk, to our Scotland base and all of our brilliant employees working around the UK. The Investors in People Awards 2023 will take place on the 14th of November. Good luck team! To find out more, please visit: https://www.investorsinpeople.com/awards/

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Chirk Youth Under 10s Kick Off Season with Archwood Group's Support

Archwood Group, a leading manufacturer of timber products, has announced its latest sponsorship venture with Chirk Youth Under 10s football team. As a company deeply committed to community engagement and supporting local initiatives, the group has proudly donated team kits for the upcoming 2023/24 season. Based in Chirk, North Wales, Archwood Group is a family-owned, professionally run company and a prominent manufacturer of timber products, encompassing two well-known trading brands: Richard Burbidge and Atkinson & Kirby. The business has recently sponsored the local youth football team to provide new kits ready to kick off the season and reinforce the group’s community engagement. Youth clubs and Grassroots football play a vital role in helping young people build confidence, stay healthy, cultivate lifelong friendships, and learn the values of teamwork and sportsmanship. Archwood Group recognises the importance of investing in such initiatives that promote the well-being and development of the youth in local communities. Expressing his enthusiasm, Jay James, Team Manager at Chirk Youth FC, comments: "We are incredibly thankful to Archwood Group for their support. Their donation of team kits is a tremendous boost for our young players, and it reinforces our sense of belonging to the local community. With their backing, we look forward to a successful and enjoyable season." Archwood Group also serves as a sponsor for Chirk AAA FC, actively supporting the club's daily operations and facility maintenance. Chirk AAA FC holds a special place in the hearts of its supporters, and Archwood Group is proud to stand alongside them. Josh Burbidge, Managing Director of Archwood Group, comments “At Archwood, we believe in supporting initiatives that bring people together and promote well-being in our community. We are proud to partner with local organisations and invest in projects that have a positive impact on the lives of our neighbours. Our commitment to community engagement extends beyond our business operations, and we are thrilled to collaborate with like-minded individuals and organisations who share our values.” Archwood Group wishes Chirk Youth Under 10s every success for the upcoming season and remains committed to strengthening its ties with the local community through continued support for initiatives that make a positive impact.  

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An introduction to our 'Specification' range with Megan Davies

Earlier this year, we launched our brand-new sustainability-led range for commercial spaces. The ‘Specification’ range consists of two bespoke collections, ‘Breathe’ and ‘Rockwood’, which are both inspired by inviting nature inside and using more eco-friendly materials. We recently caught up with Atkinson & Kirby’s Product Executive, Megan Davies, to discuss the inspiration and innovation behind the range. What was the inspiration behind the range? We wanted to bring something to the market that had all the benefits of real hardwood flooring, whilst still being functional for use in commercial settings. We’ve noticed that our clients have a much greater emphasis on sustainability within their design choices now, so it’s important to keep up with these market trends and upcoming innovations. We have also recently found that trend-led collections are not always the most sustainable option, so focusing on products that promote timeless classics is something we’re putting a lot more thought into. What are the USPs? The focus was to bring a sustainable option to the commercial sector that is high quality and versatile. Therefore, each collection within the range focuses on longevity, finish, which considers footfall, abrasions, cleaning, etc, as well as personality to ensure seamless design is still at the forefront of each collection. With sustainability at the forefront, the new range meets LEED V4 requirements, has low VOC, is solvent free, manufactured at our solar powered Chirk factory and is FSC certified. ‘Breathe’ offers a unique commercial lacquer called Purotec, which helps to provide all the beauty of real timber floors, with elevated protection. Whilst ‘Rockwood’ is our SPC range, which offers the perfect impression of wood for those wet areas that we wouldn’t usually advise for timber floors. Further to this, we have also eliminated all plastic from our flooring packaging, making this one of our first ranges to be launched in full cardboard. Do you have a favourite flooring from the range? It has to be the Komi Oak from the ‘Breathe’ range. It’s the perfect statement piece for a space, with lots of natural colour variation in the smoked oak flooring and an all-round beautiful timber. For more information on either range, download the brochure below or contact our Specification team directly, who will be happy to answer any queries and arrange samples: specification@akirby.co.uk. To download the Specification brochure, click here: https://akirby.co.uk/brochures The view the full Atkinson & Kirby collection, please visit: https://akirby.co.uk/  

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The timeless 'Rich' Trend

In recent years, the world of interior design has undergone a shift in attitudes towards trends and their longevity. Many designers are moving away from encouraging constant changes to spaces and instead opting for more enduring, timeless styles. Our 'Rich' trend draws upon retro themes and pattern play, adding a timeless feel to modern interiors. Characterised by vivid and daring colour palettes, paired with gleaming metallic accents, lavish furnishings, and bold geometric patterns, our ‘Rich’ trend makes a powerful statement. This interior design style exudes opulence and decadence, reminiscent of Art Deco-inspired design – an equally timeless style, especially when incorporated into a contemporary setting. Picture the comforting atmosphere of a high-end country house hotel, complete with its panelled rooms, plush curtains, antique treasures, and inviting log-burning fireplaces. This isn't just a passing trend; it's a design approach that stands the test of time. How can you achieve this trend with Atkinson & Kirby flooring? Bringing the ‘Rich’ trend into your space is easy with Atkinson & Kirby. Not only is wood flooring a long-lasting, timeless option, but it’s also a sustainable one, and a more environmentally conscious approach to interior design is always in. Opting for a deep-toned hardwood floor might be considered a bold step, but it’s also a timeless, sophisticated interior choice that exudes luxury. Deeper shades of wood enliven the contrast in a room, making colours pop and adding to its warmth and comfort. Choosing a 'Select' grade wood from Atkinson & Kirby guarantees an attention to detail that complements the 'Rich' trend flawlessly. The intricate grain patterns, minimal faults, and lush, dark staining of Hackfall Oak captures that historic house look. Incorporating parquet also adds an additional layer of interest to the overall design, serving as a captivating focal point. Multi-toned parquet flooring in particular, such as Sloane Smoked Oak and Eltham Walnut, help to form a rich and indulgent space. The view the full Atkinson & Kirby collection, please visit: https://akirby.co.uk/ Floors that define your space…  

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The Benefits of Our Online Ordering Platform

In today's fast-paced world, convenience is paramount, especially for seasoned professionals. That's why Atkinson Kirby understands the importance of a streamlined and efficient ordering process, saving you valuable time and effort. Embracing the digital age, we are proud to offer an exceptional online ordering system. With our user-friendly online ordering platform, you have the freedom to place orders at your convenience, unrestricted by business hours. Whether you're an early bird or a night owl, our online system empowers you to make purchases with just a few clicks, anytime and from anywhere. When selecting wooden flooring, the variety of wood, grades, hues, finishes, and materials may feel overwhelming. These factors define the look and feel of your space and are pivotal for interior design and construction projects. It may seem like an impossible task, but at Atkinson & Kirby, you can rest assured that any flooring you choose will achieve the utmost quality and durability. Our seamless online ordering process enables you to effortlessly request samples for Atkinson Kirby products. With just a few clicks, you can order samples and have them conveniently delivered to your doorstep, facilitating well-informed decisions regarding the products you wish to incorporate into your project. One of the most frustrating aspects of ordering products is discovering that what you need is out of stock. Rest assured, our online ordering system provides real-time visibility into stock levels, enabling you to make informed decisions about your purchases. Our new online account feature eliminates the hassle of entering your card details with every order. Instead, we offer personalised quotes and payment options tailored to your preferences. This streamlined process saves you time and ensures a hassle-free checkout experience. By registering for an online account with Atkinson Kirby, you gain access to a wealth of features that streamline your ordering process and save you time. Enjoy real-time visibility into trade prices and stock levels, effortlessly request samples, and place orders for delivery at your convenience. Additionally, you can easily keep track of your entire order history for quick reference, simplifying the reordering process. Ready to get started? Check out our informative how-to video today: For more advice on choosing your perfect floor, please visit:https://akirby.co.uk/advice-articles/choosing-your-perfect-floor  

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