Meet The Team

MATTHEW HARLOW – LEAD FLOORING TECHNICIAN

Matt is the company Director and Lead Flooring Technician; his whole career has been dedicated to the flooring industry. Over 15 years of passion and experience gaining the following qualifications along the way:

  • Level 2 NVQ in textiles, impervious and resilient.
  • Quickstep Master Installer
  • NICF Master Fitter (Laminate) #1653
  • Altro Contractor Trained
  • Jenflow Resin Approved Installer
  • FBall Sub-Floor Prep Trained

Every day he is still eager to learn new techniques and processes to further himself and the company. Matt enjoys the great outdoors, a keen off-road cyclist and enjoys downtime with his wife and 2 young boys.

JENNIFER HARLOW – ACCOUNTS MANAGER

Jen has a long career in Nursing, naturally caring and compassionate which works very well as she also handles our Accounts and Finance Department.

Jen is also not afraid of getting her hands dirty and mucking in with the rough and ready nature involved in this business, much like the Nursing.

When Jen is not juggling her hectic work and aiding her father’s accounts for his farm she enjoys Bingo with friends, outings with her boys and young puppy and relaxing.

STUART DAWES – GENERAL/CONTRACTS MANAGER

Stuart joined the Company in 2015 but has been involved in the business with Matt since the beginning. Stu has wealth of business knowledge having run previous endeavours. His focus now is growing the Commercial arm of the company, he is very much the face of First for Floors, if you have dealt with us in the past chances are you would have dealt with Stu. Overseeing the general day to day practices.

He has gained the following qualifications in a short period of time and always approaches every project with confidence and a can-do attitude:

  • Jenflow Resin Approved Installer
  • FBall Sub-Floor Prep Trained

Stu is also a keen off-road cyclist along with Matt with a background in Mechanics and Carpentry he enjoys taking things apart and rebuilding. He has 2 young children whom keep him busy with any other spare time he may have in his busy life.

JAMIE BEST – DOMESTIC SALES MANAGER

Jamie joined the company in September 2017, as the business has grown we focused on separating our Domestic and Commercial Departments. Jamie has a wealth of knowledge regarding Customer service, Sales and effective Management skills.

His skills in IT are helpful also as the business expands.

A devoted family man with numerous pets he is always on the go, Jamie has a passion for technology and when possibly enjoys past times like gaming and various fitness activities.

OWEN (NEWO) HARRIS – FLOORING TECHNICIAN

Owen joined us in May 2016 as an apprentice, he has a natural ability to use his initiate and is a very fast learner. Recently flying through his apprenticeship, he is now a very confident junior technician. Always keen to learn the next flooring project and keeping things moving aiding the Lead Technician. He is also the most physically fit which leads to great competing rivalries among the teams pushing everyone on. An extremely reliable addition to the team.

He has gained the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 NVQ in textiles and impervious
  • FBall Sub-Floor Prep Trained

Owen Is a petrol head, wildly passionate about cars regularly attending shows and drag drift style events. He loves rap music, his Iphone and socialising with his friends. He also used to train with Plymouth Argyle!

RHYS MILLS – FLOORING APPRENTICE

Rhys joined us in 2017 and is currently working through his apprenticeship. He has excelled in all areas he has applied himself to, approaching tasks with confidence and initiative he has exceeded all expectations and well on the way to be an excellent fitter, when qualified. Reliable and hard working the business regularly receive compliments regarding how mannerly and calm Rhys presents himself.

He has gained the following qualifications:

  • FBall Sub-Floor Prep Trained
  • Working towards his Level 2 NVQ’s

Rhys enjoys gaming when he isn’t working or socialising with his friends. He loves music from all genres and is very savvy with mobile technology, able to fix most issues with no help. Rhys is very independent and is now focused on learning to drive and moving into his own place.

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First For Floors

We are a local family run company based in St Austell, Cornwall with over a decades worth of experience in the flooring industry.

Our aim is to offer a first class service at the best possible price while still maintaining the quality and excellence you would expect and deserve.