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Popular Soft Furnishing and Floor Care Event a Success Again This Year


Following the success of the event last year the second Carpet Cleaners Carnival (CCC) – aimed primarily at the soft furnishing and floor care industry – was held in September again this year reports the National Carpet Cleaners Association.

(PRWEB UK) 24 October 2012

The National Carpet Cleaners Association (NCCA), the UK trade body dedicated to the cleaning of carpets, soft furnishings and hard flooring, has been setting the standard in this industry for over forty years through basic, specialist and advanced training courses for members and non-members at all levels of expertise.

In September this year the NCCA held their second Carpet Cleaners Carnival at Wicksteed Park in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

The event, which was visited by over 200 people, included an exhibition of major industry manufacturers and suppliers - many of whom were showcasing new products - along with business support organisations and other relevant bodies.

Throughout the day visitors were able to view equipment and attend the excellent demonstrations on rug and upholstery cleaning delivered by seasoned professionals Paul Pearce, NCCA President, and Glyn Charnock, NCCA Membership Director. Additionally Honorary Member and Past NCCA President, Derek Bolton, was present to answer technical questions and impart his vast personal knowledge and experience.

CCC 2012 also featured VanFest, organised by 'Clean It Up', the UK's largest cleaning internet forum. VanFest is an event where cleaners are able to showcase their vehicles, inside and out, and enter into a competition for the best presented van.

“The NCCA strongly believes in engaging with cleaning professionals and keeping up with best practices and cutting-edge ideas within the industry” says NCCA Events Director, Nigel Lay, “In today's challenging environment, it is increasingly important for cleaning companies to work together to help preserve the industry's professionalism. These events provide an ideal opportunity to speak with manufacturers, view new product launches and network with likeminded people.”

Unlike other industry events, however, the Carnival focuses on fun for all the family. Visitors attended with friends and relatives and for the less industry-minded there were non-trade stalls selling cupcakes, shoes and jewellery. There were also areas where holistic therapies and cake decorating demonstrations took place.

For the kids (and the kids at heart) there was an opportunity to have their faces painted, a toy hunting competition and an entertainment area with games and activities. There was also a special guest, Tracy Stephens, who was on-hand to sign copies of her new book Messy Melvin and the Marvellous Muddy Adventure.

The Carnival was again pleased to support Kirsty's Kids. Member John Bryden, who runs the charity in honour of his daughter Kirsty and her work to help sick and underprivileged children, wrote to express his gratitude for the assistance he received in fundraising and has already asked for a stand at next year's event. With various activities throughout the day, including an auction and a raffle, he was able to raise an incredible £2,479.44.

Festivities continued into the night with food and excellent live music from The Shamlas, who performed Funk, Soul, Pop, Disco, Tamla Motown, Rhythm and Blues, all delivered with enormous energy and drive.

NCCA Marketing Director, Keith Robertson says “We would like to say a huge ‘Thank You' to the visitors and their families, Corporate Members who gave up much of their weekend, and in many cases brought staff with them, and also the local businesses who joined us. Industry events provide an excellent networking opportunity and it was great to meet up with friends and colleagues and see what was new in the industry. We have booked the venue again for 14th September 2013, when we hope to expand even further on what was on offer this year. We would love to see you there again supporting the Association”.

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