Meet our Team

Here at Floor Factory, we are proud to have such a small but dedicated team, check out our team and view their profiles below.

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John Barlow
Company Director

“After setting up and running a successful flooring company in Chesterfield for 5 years I decided to sell that business and open Floor Factory with Bronya. We opened our showroom in Derby in March 2012. Since then I’ve been pleased to see this new business grow and develop and become one of the largest flooring showrooms in the area. I am the main estimator for the business so will be the one to come out to your home and measure up and quote for installations. We have a small team here, so you will likely meet me at some point during your visit. We look forward to welcoming you very soon”

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Bronya Barlow
Company Director

“As well as working with John on the general running of the business behind the scenes, my role within the company is mainly on the administrative side of things –  invoicing, marketing, personnel, health & safety etc. But as an Amtico One Design Consultant, I love getting stuck in to whatever fabulous and crazy flooring designs our customers have in mind! I have also been trained by many of our high end brands such as Woodpecker and Karndean as a Product Advisor. I love interior design so really enjoy that side of the job.”

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Rob Durnie
Store Manager

“I have worked in the retail side of the flooring industry for over 30 years now and have been Store Manager at Floor Factory since 2013. You will usually find me on the shop floor, meeting and serving customers. As I’ve seen many changes in the flooring industry over the years and I have gathered plenty of technical product knowledge that I’m happy to pass onto you. So if you want to know more details about the products you are interested in, I look forward to helping you out.”

Macey Cooling
Assistant Manager

“After working as an Admin Assistant for Floor Factory for many years, I became Assistant Manager in 2022. I assist Rob with the general running of the showroom and the customer ordering process.  I have been fully trained by Amtico to help you design your new LVT flooring and advise you on these kind of products. Since purchasing my first home in 2019, I have been keenly interested in finding the latest interior trends online and have been using this to help our customers find a design and style that is unique to them.”

Matt Sims
Installations Manager

“I trained as a floor layer straight from school so I have almost 20 years experience and in this time have been able to learn more intricate laying skills such as installing unusually shaped stair runners and sisal carpets. After a few years installing high-end wood and intricate designs of LVT at Floor Factory, I became the Installations Manager, supervising our small team and taking on the more complicated installations we sometimes undertake here.”

Kian Barlow
Floor Layer

“After leaving school in 2017 I joined the family business as an apprentice floor layer. In 2019 I received my diploma, NVQ and completed the Karndean Designflooring apprenticeship scheme. Since then I’ve learned so much more on the job and grown in confidence and skill. I have completed the Advanced Installer course by Amtico and look forward to developing my skills further with more intricate LVT designs such as Amtico Decor. “

Adam Linthwaite
Floor Layer

“After a number of years working with Matt for another local flooring retailer, I joined the Floor Factory installations team in February 2021. I am qualified to lay all types of flooring but I mainly focus on LVT installations, as Floor Factory specialise in this type of flooring. I assist with the training of our Apprentice Floor Layer and Matt and I enjoy passing on all the techniques we’ve learned over the years.”

Katie Voxby
Admin Assistant

“I joined the Floor Factory team part time in March 2021. My main duties are administrative, but I also spend time serving customers and advising on our vast range of products. I recently visited the Woodpecker HQ in Wales to see up close how high quality wood flooring is produced and manufactured. Trips like this have given me a real insight into the very high standard of flooring brands that we sell here at Floor Factory.”

Nathaniel Bailey
Apprentice Floor Layer

“I joined the installations team in March 2022 and enrolled on a two-year Apprenticeship course with Floortrain the following month. I am learning how to install carpet, LVT and wood, along with all types of sub-floor preparation. I am learning so much from the installations team in the time I’ve been here and I am looking forward to a long career with Floor Factory.”

Ryan Durnie
Floor Layer

“I worked as a flooring installer from 2009-2015 before switching careers, but then I returned to the Floor Factory team in 2023 to re-train and develop, and now I hope to have a long lasting career in flooring. I look forward to the challenge of advanced LVT installations, which Floor Factory specialise in, and improving my skills and knowledge with engineered wood and designer carpets”

Winnie 'Sausage' Cooling
Pawject Manager

“I have worked for Floor Factory as an Apprentice Office Dog for a few years now, but since my recent spinal surgery, I have joined the team on a more permanent basis as Pawject Manager. My general duties are security alarm system, parcel sniffer and of course, lunch inspector. Don’t be fooled, I’m mini but mighty! I look forward to meeting you soon.”

Why Choose Us
  • Local dedicated team
  • Family run business
  • Public & trade
  • Expert help & advice
  • Affordable flooring solutions