Furniture distributor TCS — The Complete Service — is launching into the carpets and flooring sector and has invested in machinery and product to enable fast delivery.

The company, which has operations in Ireland and the UK, has invested in 5m and 4m cutting machines and is holding 1,300 rolls of stock at its Morecambe site in the North West.

It has established a dedicated company for the carpets and flooring business, which is being headed up by Chris Melling, well known in the carpet trade as a former md at major distributor Furlong Flooring.

TCS has also secured exclusive product from a small number of European manufacturers.

TCS owner and md Thomas Small said carpets represented a big opportunity for retailers — including those specialised in furniture — to maximise store space.

“A small display in terms of square feet can deliver big returns,” he said. TCS is offering next-day delivery across the flooring range, with the firm additionally stocking 1,000 pallets of laminate flooring.

TCS is launching the carpets collection at the January Furniture Show this week, where it is also previewing a new upholstery brand called Passione Divani, a sofa programme being manufactured in the South of Italy scheduled for full launch in the spring.