Walton Flooring Centre is a wholly owned, independent carpet and flooring retailer, serving the whole of the Northwest from five domestic retail stores in Huyton, Burscough, Moreton, Walton, and Wavertree. Also dealing with commercial clients on a national basis, through a central warehousing and distribution centre, based on Chapel Brooke Trade Park, Huyton.
When growing a business in both the domestic and commercial markets comes many challenges, with one of the biggest being the recruitment of talent. Joining Knowsley Chamber has supported Managing Director, James Harper in opening doors to local schools and employment organisations, accessing young people who are keen to move into apprenticeships as flooring installers and offering work placements in sales and admin roles, to those not looking to go into higher education.
The business is about to move into larger premises in 2019, a three-storey head office and warehouse with one floor completely dedicated to a training academy. Again assistance from the chamber has helped with negotiations in securing the right location.
Walton Flooring Centre is set to hit an unimaginable target set back in 2016 by the management team, one that might not have been the case if they hadn’t based themselves within the Knowsley region.
Today the business wants to be able to give back in ways that will continue to benefit both the Knowlsey and Liverpool regions because of the support received in finding the company where it is today.