Jim Breen joined the flooring industry in 1973 and has gained a wealth of valuable experience in planning, specification, estimating, preparation of substrates, project management, and professional installation of all types of flooring, providing expert personalised services to commercial, retail and individual clients.
Business experience includes contract sales management and installation including the day-to-day supervision of twelve teams of professional flooring installers and a sales team of four.
As sales director of a contract and retail floorings and soft furnishings company for over 10 years he gained hands-on knowledge of what it takes to successfully create and install high quality interiors by dealing at boardroom level with a number of the largest Building Contractors, Housing Developers, Architects, Interior Designers and Shop Fitting Contractors throughout the UK.
As specification executive for a major flooring manufacturer for over three years his experience was invaluable in dealing with the Health and Education Sectors. Particularly, in the specification of suitable floor finishes for Private Finance Initiative (PFI) Projects. This further evolved into the Public Private Partnerships (PPP) Scheme; and included wood, vinyl, sports, anti-static and safety floorings for new major hospital and school developments throughout the UK. He successfully developed and introduced the partnering concept and negotiated at the highest level to achieve exclusive agreements with a number of major PFI and PPP construction and development consortia. The partnering agreements were structured to meet the needs of the joint venture partners and encompassed all elements of the supply chain management system – from initial costing, specification and design, supply, subfloor preparation, installation and finishing -through to a detailed annual maintenance programme to meet the needs of the Facilities Management Partners.
In recent years he has researched and developed his own highly successful methods of installing leather floor and wall tiling using non-flammable adhesive systems that enables the safe and fume-free installation of leather floors and walls in the most demanding environments. Finishing of the leather has also been made much more effective with ease of maintenance by working closely with a wax polish manufacturer to develop a slip and water resistant liquid wax polish.
A mature professional craftsman who takes great personal pride in each individual job.