IRL Group is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the prestigious Investors in People mark for the third time since 2006.

The Investors in People award helps organisations to develop their employees, improve performance and realise objectives through effective management. As a national standard for good business practice in the UK, it also provides external recognition to demonstrate how people-focused a business is, which in return attracts and retains employees.

In total 12 people from across the business including the MD and apprentices were interviewed, key strengths centred around:

  • Clear direction and clear priorities which are understood by everyone
  • A continued strong commitment to Health and Safety
  • Proactive, planned and effective training and development opportunities open to everyone
  • An open, approachable and consultative leadership style
  • Involving and engaging people in decision making at all levels
  • A culture of continuous improvement and review

Stewart Jones MD of IRL said:

"it is our mission to be the leading independent flooring company in the UK and to achieve this we focus on providing a high quality standard of service and advice that is built on the skills of our employees who are without doubt our greatest asset"

IRL are also committed to Health and Safety and are accredited to SafeContractor and CHAS


IRL are also committed to the Health and Safety of their employees.

In keeping with recent legislation changes IRL have had all employees Face Fit tested for respiratory wear and all employees are issued with an ID badge, all employees also receive regular health surveillance from our occupational nurse.


We are also pleased to announce that we are now Link-up approved. Achilles identifies, qualifies, evaluates and monitors suppliers so buyers for the worlds largest corporations can develop long term mutually beneficial relationships with reliable qualified suppliers to the Rail Industry.

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Apprentices Honoured At The FeRFA Awards Dinner

At the FeRFA Awards Dinner at the Belfry Hotel this month our apprentices took to the stage to receive their NVQ Level 2 Diplomas, FeRFA certificates and ID badges from Terry Foxley, the FeRFA trainer.

The two year scheme involves a great commitment from both the employer and apprentice trainee, and celebrating this achievement is the highlight of the evening.

Guest presenters Ray Stubbs and Mark Lawrenson welcomed the apprentice graduates from Resin Groups 5 and 6 and Surface Preparation Groups 3 and 4:

Our apprentices achieving the NVQL2 in In Situ Resin Flooring were: Mark Whitworth, Alan McAlinden and Jason McAlinden.

Training is an excellent way to share best practice, knowledge and skills which in turn raises quality standards within an industry sector. Apprenticeship courses attract newcomers to the industry, introduce new skills and move the industry forward, to give clients confidence that they are dealing with a trained and qualified workforce. Resin flooring and surface preparation are highly specialist occupations and through the FeRFA Apprenticeship Schemes, a training route is available to acquire knowledge and skills to achieve the NVQ Level 2 Diploma.


NVQ success for IRL apprentices

We are delighted to announce the following achievements in the FeRFA Apprenticeship Schemes:

Our Three apprentices (in the 5th resin group on the FeRFA scheme) have completed their two-year apprenticeship and achieved their NVQ Level 2 Diploma in In Situ Resin Flooring.


All the successful apprentices who complete their training this year will be invited to attend the Annual Dinner on Friday 9 November at the Belfry Hotel. At the ceremony all the graduates will be presented with a framed certificate as well as their FeRFA ID badge and certificate.


IRL Group awarded FeRFA Contractor of the Year 2010/11

We are pleased to announce that IRL Group Limited were awarded the much coveted "Contractor of the Year" award. Presenting the 2010 Awards on Friday 19th November at the Forest of Arden Hotel , FeRFA CEO Helen McGachie acknowledged the expertise and professionalism of all the entrants - giving the judges a pleasant but difficult task to select the eventual winners.

The awards yet again attracted a high number of applications, showcasing a wide range of top quality resin flooring projects. The excellent submissions showed members' continuing commitment to health and safety, training and environmental responsibility as well as demonstrating the variety of uses for resin flooring, from industrial to commercial applications and the innovation, technology and expertise which has brought resins to new and expanding markets.

To win this category the judges sought all-round performance, quality and variety of work, outstanding customer service, new application techniques, promotion of resin flooring, safety awareness, and a commitment to training.

For meeting all these criteria with ease, the award was presented to IRL Group Ltd.

The company has been a member of FeRFA for 30 years and throughout that period has upheld the FeRFA standards with its totally professional approach. It offers clients solutions to their problems and works with them to ensure they deliver complete client satisfaction. IRL's impressive training commitment throughout the company, includes two groups of apprentices on the FeRFA scheme and operatives trained to NVQ level 2 and above. This was a very impressive entry to reflect the professionalism of a winning contractor.

Stewart Jones – Managing Director of IRL said:
"We were absolutely thrilled to win such a prestigious award. Our employees work hard to ensure our consistent track record on delivering excellence for our Clients, which, combined with long term commitment from the management team, provides a strong base that sets IRL apart in today's challenging market"
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IRL Group Awarded FeRFA Small Project Of The Year

Following the contractor of the year award for 2010/2011 IRL Group have now been awarded small project of the year 2011/2012.

Introducing the 2011 Awards on Friday 18th November at the Belfry Hotel, FeRFA CEO Helen McGachie praised the excellent quality of the applications which demonstrated the diversity of resin flooring which was being taken into new markets such as very high end residential and still being developed to meet the changing needs of clients in more traditional environments. The number and variety of applications gave clear evidence that the market for resin flooring continued to grow.

As well as showcasing a wide range of top quality resin flooring projects, the submissions showed members' continuing commitment to health and safety, training and environmental responsibility. This year a new award has been established to acknowledge the importance of sustainability and the changes the resin flooring industry was making to meet its targets.

This award for small project focuses on projects up to 250m2. The shortlisted projects demonstrated the variety of applications with entries ranging from a photographic studio, a pharmaceutical clean room an operating theatre and luxury spa.

The winner was IRL Group and Sika for the York Hospital Operating Theatre.

The winning project is a great example of contractor and manufacturer working together to provide the client with an alternative to vinyl. The project was in a highly sensitive area , where the consequences for delays or any problems were enormous . The floor had to be seamless, hygienic and noise suppressing. Installation had to generate minimum dust, low noise and tight timescale.

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