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17th November 2017
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The elegant Envoy tap boasts a sweeping swan neck and a tall spout, while the single lever control and high-pressure supply ensures a practical and powerful flow. Its ceramic disc cartridge improves performance and longevity.
Years ago, as assistant editor on Baker's Review, I was given a Dualit 4-slice toaster and a Warburton loaf at a press launch as a 'thank you for coming' gift. The toast was soon gone but the toaster went on for years, having pride of place in my kitchen where it was probably the most expensive and covetable item.
It had lots of use and eventually one of the elements burnt out - and although I looked at having it replaced, it would have cost the same as a new Dualit, which I couldn't afford. So I continued using it until all but one of the four heating plates broke and I was forced to recycle the thing.
Looking back, it was stupid to keep using an electrical appliance that was clearly broken. However, there was nothing in the instructions telling me what to do if one of the elements stopped working and as Google wasn't around I couldn't ask the masses for advice...
If you read these leaders regularly you may be wondering whether this is another case of me making a risk assessment and deciding the appliance was safe to use, or whether it was simply the hippie in me not wanting to discard something that was still usable (or perhaps even a bit of both?). I'm not sure myself!
Either way, I was lucky as my toaster didn't end up setting a tower block on fire, as the one in Belfast did this week.
Expanding on thoughts in last week's leader, should we be looking at what we put on instructions, so people like me who do actually read them, know they'll only contain important information, rather than silly things such as 'Do not use toaster while in the bath'? Should we be looking at different scenarios in which users might find themselves, and gear the instructions toward those scenarios so users know they won't be wasting their time reading through them? If busy consumers are faced with the silly 'we're covering our backs' type of instruction, such as the fast food restaurant warning that the coffee's hot and may burn, we're less likely to bother taking notice and end up missing something important.
Also, should the typeface be bigger, and thus more readable? And should we be telling people to unplug their appliances when not in use?
This Week's News
The Supreme Court has ruled that workplace tribunal fees, introduced in 2013, are unlawful. This is now forcing the Government to repay more than £27m to thousands of claimants, who were charged up to £1,200 to take unfair dismal, discrimination and other workplace claims to tribunal.
As a result of the changes to fees, cases are once again being brought before an employment tribunal without the need for the applicant to pay any kind of fee - resulting in a significant rise in cases.
As a captivating alternative to ceramic wall tiling, innovative home builder Darren Smith Homes in West Yorkshire has chosen Bushboard's Nuance bathroom wall panelling as a compelling and practical way of creating spectacular bathrooms for 38 luxury apartments in Newgate, Mirfield, West Yorkshire.
Darren Smith Homes is a family-run company that has been creating luxury homes for over 50 years. Proud of the company's reputation for quality and service, site agent Tony Hutton explains the thinking behind the decision to attract potential buyers with Nuance-enhanced bathrooms:
The company is already paying its employees more than the voluntary living wage rate of £8.45 an hour, or £9.75 in London, but in achieving this accreditation has ensured that all regular contractors engaged by the company are also paid The Living Wage.
Currently an Assistant Designer at Room - the Blackpool-based professional bespoke kitchen, bedroom and furniture designer, Joanna has just embarked on the three year course at Bucks New University. The course has been designed in conjunction with key members of the kitchen industry in response to national training needs.
New students on the Kitchen Design Foundation Degree course at Buckinghamshire New University were joined by the second years for the first residential weekend of the academic year.
Distributed exclusively through wholesalers, retailers and retail showrooms, Amber offers the full electric underfloor heating solution. The easy-to-use products include 100W/sq.m and 150W/sq.m AmberMat heating mats, 140W/sq.m AmberDry thin heating foils for installation directly below timber-based flooring - removing the requirement for latex - and two ranges of electronic, stylish thermostats.
Bathstore has long recognised that a bathroom is a complex and personal purchase, where the customer's wants and needs are at the heart of the journey, from inspiration to installation.
Abode designers are forever keeping their eyes cast on fashion and colour trends, ensuring that its ranges of products are always 'on trend' and are 'of today'. This year the colour spectrum for kitchen taps has widened dramatically with introductions of more colour and Abode tells us it is delighted to launch the Althia single lever tap, which is an existing popular model, into a family of modern, colourful taps to enhance any kitchen.
The contemporary styled Althia single lever kitchen tap offers cutting edge, up-to-the-minute creative styling which is now available in six 'on trend' finishes: Matt Black, Urban Copper, Graphite, Rose Gold, Brushed Nickel and Chrome.
Finished in a striking high gloss, dark grey tone, the new range is available in fitted and combination furniture configurations including full depth, slimline and L-shape designs, making it perfect for compact bathrooms.
Beautifully photographed and packed with inspiring ideas, the new 145-page brochure from burgbad highlights how this global-leading company has built a reputation for producing bathroom products that combine world-class design with outstanding quality.
Recognised across Europe as a brand leader in bathroom design, burgbad, which was founded in Germany 70 years ago and is market leader in Germany now, started life as a simple woodworking company.
Utopia Bathrooms has extended and enhanced its popular Visualise online planning function at www.utopiagroup.com It now includes all of the new modular ranges and also offers the user an improved experience.
The number of bathroom layouts available has been increased to nine, including the recent modular additions, Star, Lustre, Opula and Halo. Also available are Roseberry, You, Fitted, Symmetry and Downton.
Roper Rhodes, whose brands consist of Roper Rhodes, Laura Ashley, R2, Tavistock and Trade, is experiencing record-breaking service speeds after investing in its operational infrastructure and consolidating its warehouse space into a single, state-of-the-art facility.
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