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20th April 2018
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The premium Supreme Care benefits from what is said to be the quietest spin cycle on the market, at just 68 dB(A), thanks to Whirlpool's Zen Technology.
Resistant to scratches and fingerprints, the velvety-matt surface can be integrated with the new Blanco Zerox range of sinks which are also available in a Durinox surface.
Keller Kitchens are manufactured in the company's own factory in The Netherlands, meaning that the quality of materials and parts are of the highest standard and can be shipped to the customer with ease. Keller is meeting the market's demand for quality kitchens delivered to customers' homes in record time.
Pictured is the Keller Kitchens GL7300 kitchen
First, please accept our apologies for the late arrival of this issue of KBzine - which was due to have been broadcast on Friday, but wasn't, due to a glitch in the type of technology we've all come to rely upon so much as we go about our work. Computer software, hardware, servers and fast Internet connections are wonderful when they work, aren't they, but as soon as something goes wrong...
To avoid any chance of us being compared to buses (all coming along at once) the issue we'd normally broadcast this coming Friday will be with you on Monday instead. Well - what better way to start the working week than to discover the latest innovations in kitchens, bathrooms & bedrooms?
Talking of tools, a friend mentioned that DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles has been grousing about how easily petty thieves get let off, when caught stealing tools from tradespeople's vans, after a worker who had volunteered to help out in the DIY SOS had been relieved of thousands of pounds-worth of tools. Apparently, Nick has said that if a judge's car was stolen, space would be found in jail for the culprit but that because a working man's tools of the trade are involved, theft from vans is considered unimportant. I understand Nick has said that van thieves receive a £60 fine.
As the now famous saying goes: 'I agree with Nick'! Well - perhaps not about the judges' cars as I'm not party to the facts, but like Nick, I'm incensed that petty thieves are let off so easily and virtually encouraged never to change their ways but instead hone their skills until they're classed as career criminals.
Knowing roughly how much these judges, barristers and others involved in our legal system earn, the cost of bringing these criminals to justice makes my eyes water. Surely it makes sense then to increase the fines for those who think it's ok to make a career out of thwarting the work schedules of others by stealing the tools of their trade? After all, it's not just the Court costs we need to consider here, but the loss of taxes because those relieved of their tools are unable to work. And what about the cost of visits to the GP because of the resulting stress and possibly long-term depression? Don't you agree that it's time the Courts got tough on petty crooks, so crime doesn't pay?
This Week's News
The management buyout of LDL Components led by former director Simon Ogden is now complete. This follows the company's announcement last Autumn that it intended to centralise its business operation at its Northern premises in Hadfield, near Glossop in Derbyshire.
The company was formed in 2010 when Bath-based business, Lord Distribution and OML, located in Hadfield, merged. Although there was natural synergy between the two companies and the resulting business has grown dramatically, there remained the challenge of working from two sites 170 miles apart. Now all functions have moved to Hadfield, previously the LDL distribution centre, and the Bath office has closed.
Research by LABC Warranty has revealed that the size of the nation's kitchens is shrinking, making it all the more important to ensure the right decisions are made when it comes to fitting out a space. That's according to Nathan Maclean, managing director of Virtual Worlds, who has said that smaller spaces can still be a valuable part of the family home when designed correctly.
Furthermore, this decrease in size should not be seen by designers as a problem, but rather an opportunity to show their creativity and flair and offer solutions that delight their customers.
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has named the host and first speaker for the 2018 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference, set to take place on 15th October at The Vale Resort in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Financial journalist Sally Bundock who has been covering financial and economic news for the BBC for the last 10 years, will be hosting the event. In 2014 Sally was named as one of the UK's 50 most powerful part-timers on the third annual Power Part Time List compiled by both Timewise and the Financial Times and has just launched the BBC's flagship business programme, Business Live which airs every week day at 08.30 on BBC News Channel and BBC World News.
Wilsonart is offering creative designers the chance to win high street vouchers and valuable publicity through social media in an exciting new competition featuring the company's unique Zenith slimline work surfaces.
Zenith is made from solid laminate and features a unique black core. The tops are just 12.5mm thick, giving a sleek, slimline look that adds a touch of distinctive flair to any kitchen. The material comes in 11 designs inspired by natural stone and timber. Upstands, splashbacks, breakfast bars, shelves, cabinet framing, curves and drainer grooves for under mount sinks allow plenty of scope for innovative design.
Wayne and his wife Gerardine started and built the fashion label Red or Dead into a company that received global acclaim. After 21 consecutive seasons, Wayne and Gerardine sold Red or Dead in a multi-million cash sale. They then set up Hemingway Design, which specialises in affordable and social design. Wayne received an MBE in the June 2006 Queens Birthday List, is a Professor in The Built Environment Department of Northumbria University, a Doctor of Design at Wolverhampton, Lancaster and Stafford and a Fellow of Blackburn College.
Marble-effect surfaces bring a natural beauty to their surroundings and with Pietra Grey, the latest addition to the Ceralsio ceramic collection by CRL Stone, the aesthetics work in harmony with its practical advantages.
Influenced by the strong trend for natural materials in interior design, Pietra Grey is the latest colour to join the Ceralsio range of ceramic surfaces from CRL Stone. Its subtle white veining gives a timeless grey colour palette a distinctively individual edge while ensuring the surface will work in harmony with other popular materials, from wood to metal.
With workplace safety presenting one the biggest challenges for modern industry, global certification firm Bureau Veritas is urging businesses to take up the mantel and ensure they are 'ISO 45001 compliant' ahead of time in order to help improve standards for all.
Published in March 2018, ISO 45001:2018 constitutes the world's first occupational health & safety international standard. Replacing the current OSHAS 18001, the new standard is intended to offer one single set of requirements designed to help organisations of all types and sizes create and implement systems that proactively prevent work-related injury and ill health.
"Consumers are spoilt for choice when it comes to in-home technology, with innovative new products such as Amazon's Echo, Google's Assistant and a range of smart kitchen appliances helping to modernise homes. Indeed, estimates suggest that smart devices can now be found in up to three million UK households.
However much of this innovation has focused on transforming the kitchen and living areas, and the bathroom has remained fairly traditional as a result; we recently conducted research that revealed that 42% of homeowners would describe their bathroom as 'very outdated'. However - encouragingly - 46% of consumers also see tech innovations as a very exciting prospect in this space.
Technology threatens the safety of employees in the workplace, claims the British Safety Council. In a recent report entitled Future Risk, the BSC has highlighted the potential risk that new technology and machinery will have on the UK workforce. The report, published by Robertson Cooper in February 2018, urges businesses, trade unions, educators andgovernments to help make the inevitable introduction of robotics into the workforce as smooth as possible for all parties involved.
Along with thorough demonstrations of how to correctly and safety operate such equipment and technology, the BSC is also urging businesses to train their existing staff so that they fully understand the potential risk that new technology may have on their current role in the company and how they must adapt and learn new skills in order to work in harmony with such technology.
Blanco UK has launched a virtual showroom live on its website. Customers can explore the new range of products on display in Blanco's St Albans showroom from the comfort of their own studio, office or home.
The 360-degree panoramic virtual tour is easy to use and allows users to look around and find out about Blanco's new products and latest innovations with a simple click.
The promotion applies to purchases made until 9th May 2018. Consumers will receive a nine-month supply of Fairy Platinum All in One dishwasher capsules and the promotion applies to both freestanding and built-in models and both slimline and full-sized models.
The first in a fleet of Wirquin branded lorries hit the road this month and to mark the investment, the Doncaster-based sanitary equipment manufacturer is running a competition on its twitter page @WirquinLtd
The branded livery is part of a new contract with haulier, J P Walton & Sons, one of South Yorkshire's fastest growing independent transport companies, based in Doncaster. Wirquin is asking entrants to take part in its #thewirquinlorry competition to win up to £60 of Wirquin products.
Macmillan Cancer Support is uniting with nine companies from the construction, electrical and home improvement sector for their 'Just Say the Word' male cancer campaign. Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery, CEF, ISG, Mace, Selco Builders Warehouse, Telent Technology Services, Topps Tiles, Travis Perkins and Wolseley, have joined forces with the charity to raise awareness of the impact of cancer on men and encourage those who need it to access support.
A cancer diagnosis can have a significant emotional impact, and the charity says being able to talk is an important part of coping with the disease. Yet new Macmillan and Toluna research reveals more than one in four tradesmen (26%) wouldn't feel comfortable having a serious conversation about any health concerns with their work colleagues.
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As in previous years, the morning will be dedicated to updating full members on key topics that have a direct impact on their businesses.
Five KBSA retail members will be on hand to discuss visitors' kitchen projects throughout the show in the 'Ask an Expert' area. Individual sessions can be booked online, in advance, with one of the following retailers:
Now, Blanco UK, the kitchen sink and tap specialist, has received ISO accreditation in the form of the ISO 9001:2015 Certificate.
Following the report published by Which? on refrigeration standards which listed those companies it considered to be manufacturing products that are not as safe as they could be, AMDEA, the UK trade association for manufacturers of large and small domestic appliances which represents over 85% of the domestic appliance industry and nearly 90% of white goods brands, has issued the following statement:
Stuart joins Smeg with over 17 years of industry experience in sales director and account manager positions across Waterline, BCG, The CDA Group and most recently at Gorenje. He will bring a wealth of knowledge to his new role in the expanding built-in division at Smeg.