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Flooring, hard or soft

ON THE same day as the Westminster Hall debate, Martin Linton, the MP for Battersea, raised the hard flooring anomaly. The nonsense is that some specialists in this field are subject to the Construction Industry Training Board levy and others are not.

We're talking quite big sums for a small business, where £3,000 takes a lot of earning.

So those who lay carpets are relieved that they are not subject to such a levy.

Those who stick lino to a floor are.

Evidently it's the glue that counts, because the lino is secured to the floor!

So if you were to set up as a specialist flooring company, the temptation is to describe yourself as a carpet fitter who can fit lino rather than a lino fitter who can fit carpet.