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24th June 2016
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The Water Management Society is running a two-day event on 28th and 29th June 2016 at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham, which will combine presentations with interactive workshops and will reveal intriguing insights into various water management disciplines.
It’s been a lively few weeks, hasn’t it? And the fact that no-one really knew which way it was going to go, made it an even more nail-biting event. Now I feel blank.
So what’s next?
Well, Parliament’s going to debate the possibility of holding a second referendum, which means that like those in Eire some years back, we could be asked to vote again! A petition on the Government website currently has more than 150,000 signatures, so cannot be ignored.
While I don’t like a lot about the way the EU is run and the money it wastes (and I certainly didn’t like being bullied by the likes of Juncker and Hollande!) there is a great deal that’s good about it and I’m hoping that once things settle down, we can all look at things more calmly and find a way to work together for the benefit of us all. Comments made by those running the EU, show they are clearly now aware that many of us throughout Europe actually do have plenty to grouse about and – frustratingly – some are saying that the issues need to be addressed. With 27 entities debating them, it’s not going to be a quick fix though, is it?
John and I have been working very closely with our European friends and counterparts for many years now and count lots of those we’ve come to know well, as some of our dearest friends. Whether we’re ‘in’ or ‘out’, we don’t feel it’s going to make the slightest difference to our business relationships or our friendships and I hope that this is echoed by Europeans everywhere.
Something that demonstrates the benefits of collaboration, is The European Water Label and we’ve just heard that it’s running a competition to highlight the label’s strength and visibility across Europe.
To participate (and be in with a chance of winning an iPad), just upload a picture of the label – whether it’s in a magazine, at a trade show, in a stockists or printed on packaging or literature. When you see the label, use the hashtag #EWLspotted stating where you have seen it, retailer, merchant, manufacturer and also the country/area it was in.
This Week's News
The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM) meant significant change for anyone using contractors from 6th April 2015; not only due to a change in duty holders and their responsibilities, but because smaller scale works and domestic projects were required - for the first time - to follow the CDM process. Anyone commissioning works, using contractors, designing, pricing, scoping or delivering projects has had to review their arrangements and act.
The new Blanco Subline 500-IF SteelFrame sink showcases an innovative material mix of stainless steel and Silgranit. The sink is made from Silgranit PuraDur, an invincible material, while the extra-flat, modern stainless steel frame is what makes this sink set-up truly different.
Thanks to this IF rim, the Subline SteelFrame sink can be installed from above the counter. However, inset installation in stone or glass is possible with the 1mm edge of the sink sitting flat on the worktop creating a modern flush-mounted look.
Following the dissolution of the Kitchen Bedroom Bathroom National Training Group Member Council, the KBB NTG and the The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association have announced that are working together to ensure the ongoing training support of the kitchen industry during this period of change.
"We are working towards safeguarding the excellent work and achievements carried out by Renee Mascari and the NTG," said Tina Riley, KBSA national chair.
The clean lines of the square base on the new Elena from Carron Phoenix, combined with its elegantly curved ribbon spout, offer a distinctively-designed tap to suit any modern or contemporary kitchen. As well as being competitively priced, it comes with the assurance of a five year guarantee.
The monobloc Elena in chrome is available now. It features a swivel spout which rotates through 360 degrees and the design of the square base is complemented by a single joystick-style square side lever. It has an overall height of 375mm and a spout reach of 230mm.
The value of the kitchen and bathroom worktop market is estimated to have reached a value of more than £200m in 2015, reflecting a recent recovery in the market after the difficult post-recession trading period, reports market research organisation AMA Research.
There has been steady growth in the market since 2011, as a result of an increasing level of consumer confidence and a return to favour of the housing market in particular. The worktop market has grown fractionally faster than the equivalent kitchen furniture and overall bathroom products market.
No more a simple piece of utilitarian or functional design, Abode kitchen sinks are innovatively created by the manufacturer's talented in-house designers. Every piece is produced to withstand everyday usage in the kitchen which is, in effect, the heart of the home.
Abode launched this generously proportioned stainless steel, Matrix R50 XL kitchen sink at KBB this year and it is now widely available through Abode's distribution partners.
To simplify the tedious task of doing laundry and help families save time, Haier has launched the revolutionary washing machine, the Haier Duo, in the UK this Summer. A one-of-a kind innovation, Haier's latest laundry appliance features not one, but two drums, allowing up to two wash cycles to run simultaneously, according to the user's needs.
Only one water mains inlet is required to supply both drums which makes it practical for installation anywhere at home.
Leading the way in introducing the very latest shower toilet technology to consumers and raising awareness of the many benefits of cleaning with water among a growing audience, Geberit is taking to the road this Summer on the Geberit AquaClean 'My First Time' tour.
Visiting key destinations throughout the UK, the Geberit My First Time tour will stop off at Edinburgh, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds, with a variety of activities taking place at each stop to encourage people to get on board with this latest bathroom technology in the most innovative of ways.
Bathrooms, kitchens and appliances supplier PJH has announced that Andrew Yates, present CEO of PJH has been appointed CEO of parent company Globe Union Industrial Corporation - succeeding Scott Ouyoung, who will take up the role of Chairman.
Andrew, who has been successfully leading PJH for over 10 years, is succeeded by Richard George, who takes up the role of CEO having served the company since 2011 - latterly as COO.
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Dads who regularly cook are challenging Mums' supremacy in the kitchen, according to a recent poll by Sharp Home Appliances. Stepping up to the plate, Dads appear to be more creative and less prone to cooking disasters than Mums, who have, traditionally, come out on top in the family kitchen.
The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers has teamed up with electrical safety organisations NICEIC and ELECSA to promote consumer safety within the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom installation market.
Lustrolite acrylic high gloss wall panelling, available from Abacus Manufacturing Group, is proving exceptionally popular with designers and retailers who want to add pizzazz to kitchens and bathrooms - or, indeed, any room. There is a choice of nine vibrant colours - Arctic, Glacier, Blue Atoll, Rouge, Mocha, Titan, Carbon, Forest and Safari (pictured) - so that all design and colour schemes can be enhanced with this innovative panelling.
Despite the rise in popularity of superfoods such as quinoa, kale and avocado - and gadgets such as spiralisers and juicers - Brits still place cottage pie and toastie makers as firm favourites when it comes to dining.