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...rs and electricians had to be delayed as a result... and now the appliances are in place the trades people can't get to the job! And of course if the gas has been turned off ready for the hob to be connected and the trades person forgets to turn the gas (and therefore the heating) back on before leaving, there's the problem of frozen pipes to de...

Tile Depot store and head office to move to trading estate

...'s largest trading estate under single ownership with over 400 companies employing more than 17,000 people. Tile Depot is proud to join some of the World's leading businesses on the estate, which sits in an unrivalled location close to the M4, M40 and M25 Motorways. Tile Depot's massive range of tiles and flooring, natural stone, wood flooring, ...

Trend forecast 2010: Kitchen intelligence, colourful confidence, purposeful bespoke and eastern details...

...re will be a return to wallpapering whole rooms rather than adopting just feature walls. This means people will have to be a lot braver. Statement furniture pieces are also back and set to stay around for a while." Purposeful Bespoke by senior interior designer Kate Williams: "The idea of bespoke will filter down further into the general co...

Simpsons adds luxury to the bathroom with Lux Elements

...r screening and make accessibility generally straightforward. They achieve a contemporary look that people like and have become familiar with in hotels while allowing greater creativity in bathroom design. Modern wetrooms are designed to be installed anywhere and are perfect for small spaces because the entire room can be transformed into a shower ...

Travis Perkins takes stake in Mosaic Tile Company

...d Wickes. The Mosaic Tile Company had a turnover of £8m last year and currently employs 25 people, none of whom will be affected by the buy-in. Speaking about the deal, Adrian Hinchliffe said: "I am extremely flattered that Travis Perkins identified the success and potential of the company prior to its approach. Investment from such ...

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...he UK saved just one litre of water a day we could collectively save enough water to supply 410,000 people with their daily water needs - that's more than enough water to supply all of Cardiff for one day. Jacob Tompkins, Managing Director of Waterwise says: "The profile of water efficiency has risen dramatically over the past five years and now...

New Premises for Vado

... company's available warehousing space and also provides much needed office space for the extra two people a month being taken on! The new building will also house a recreational room for staff enjoyment, a new bank of meeting suites, plus another showroom area for customers. Sarah Williams, VADO's Commercial Director, comments: "We are commi...

National Sleep Foundation launches air purification product for the bedroom

...g with the experts at Austin Air to make the National Sleep Foundation Bedroom Machine available so people can breathe cleaner air as they sleep." "There are huge implications for our collaboration," adds Richard Taylor, Founder and President of Austin Air Systems. "Respiratory illness is one of the primary causes of sleep disturbance. The medic...

RETRA meets Chinese delegation

...the largest country in the world," says Bryan Lovewell. "China has a population of over one billion people, while Zhejiang Province's is over 47 million; a prospective retail market that is considerably bigger than ours! "I believe that the discussions were mutually beneficial as it gave the delegation an outline of what retra does for its membe...

Training for the KBB industry: first 12 delegates of 2010 put through their paces

...centre in Croydon on Wednesday. Twelve delegates took part in the course, which is designed to give people the skills required to increase conversion rates and improve profitability on installations. To date 380 delegates have attended the course which is run by Graham Hayden, and this January course included delegates from The Myers Touch, Dobs...

Siamp rises to the challenge to raise money for African charities

Siamp UK joined forces with industry colleagues and people from across the world to tackle a tough fundraising challenge in South Africa. Siamp managing director Stuart Lorne took part in the eight day Enduro Africa Challenge, a 1500-mile off-road motorcycle trip along South Africa’s rugged Wild Coast, to raise money for the Nelson M...

Nationally important Tap into Savings project launched in Surrey

...o Savings - was launched in Redhill, Surrey. The Tap into Savings community initiative will help people in nearly 1,000 homes in Redhill and Merstham save water and energy, as well as money on their household bills. Tap into Savings will also be delivered in two other areas in the UK - the Midlands and East Anglia - and will jointly involve m...

'Don't take risks with jobs recovery', CIPD and British Chambers of Commerce tell Mandelson

...le the government is rightly devoting taxpayers' money to helping Britain's 1 million jobless young people, it would be absurd at the same time to raise the youth minimum wage." Adam Marshall, BCC director of policy said: "The cost of employing people must be reduced if future governments are serious about giving businesses the freedom to cre...

Mark Two leads fundraising at Lads Club boxing night

...Two joint managing director Nick 'Hoppy' Hopkinson MBE helped raise nearly £225,000 for young people in one night. Bolton Lads and Girls Club's annual Boxing Extravaganza was organised and hosted by Hoppy, with help from the team at Bolton Lads and Girls Club. Special guest and former BLGC boxer Amir Khan joined local businesses and clu...

Over 1,000 exhibitors at biggest ever Ecobuild

...FCC) * Ventilation and indoor air quality - AECB * Delivering low energy sustainable buildings: the people dimension - Construction Skills For more about the Ecobuild fringe visit www.ecobuild.co.uk Elsewhere on the programme there are dozens of attractions and special events. The presentation of BRE Global's BREEAM Awards which recognis...

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Welcome to the KBzine A number of people have picked up on the move to scrap use-by dates on some products and I for one couldn't be more delighted! I muddle along pretty well most of the year, using common sense, my eyes and my nose to judge whether the food I grab from my fridge, cupboards or fruit bowl can be safely used ('grab' says ...

New report focuses on special needs bathroom products market - UK 2010-2014

With a growing number of elderly and disabled people in the UK, the demand for inclusively designed special needs bathroom products looks set to grow. With revisions to Document Part M in 2006, special needs bathroom products will continue to be installed in a wider range of domestic and commercial end-use applications. These will include domestic...

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...with information on where to collect replacements. Anyone who's been to this type of event where people camp out overnight will be aware of how awful the toilet facilities can be and how badly they generally end up smelling. There was no such problem with the compost loos though and despite what must have been going on inside them, they smelt ab...

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...ets as he didn't have any work on for the week - a more common occurrence these days as a result of people having to curb their spending. Findlay returned to give me a price on finishing the job and when he arrived for work the following morning he seemed surprised when I asked him where his sign was. "Sign?" he repeated. I replied that I mea...

New wetroom drainage system launched

... look of modern bathrooms," continues John. "They are also very user-friendly for elderly or infirm people, as there is no stepping into and out of a bath or being restricted by a shower enclosure. Our new wetroom drainage products are easy to install and require very low maintenance. We are experiencing a very positive response from the market pla...

Soapbox: Tips to turn around struggling businesses

... strategy and the right distribution strategy, but fundamentally it comes down to getting the right people doing the right things. Write a business plan: The benefits of writing up a detailed and feasible business plan are huge; it will provide a reference, against which actual results can be measured and evaluated. It will also provide an in...

Water For People announces new Board of Directors

Water For People, the international, non-profit humanitarian organisation that focuses on long-lasting, safe drinking water resources and improved sanitation facilities in the developing world, has announced today the individuals that will join the newly structured Water For People Board of Directors. In line with the organisation's 2010-2014 S...

Tap into Savings survey shows residents are already water wise

...tor in Coventry, says: "the survey results were really interesting and it is fantastic that so many people in Coventry are already taking individual action to save water. This project will help everyone save more by adapting the technologies in our homes to be water wise, too." The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Coventry and Jim Cunningham M...

Kitchen Tune-Up adds recolouring and glazing services

...ith our new technique, our clients can get a new glazed look on their existing cabinets. Also, many people with light cabinets have a desire to change the colour, which is possible with the recolouring process." Kitchen Tune-Up specialises in home remodelling; offering wood reconditioning 'Tune-Ups', cabinet refacing and redooring, custom cabinetry...

BMA continues rapid growth with Altecnic

...ver 75 well-known brands in the market place. The manufacturing base directly employs almost 10.000 people at over 60 sites in the UK with retail sales in excess of £4bn per annum. The Bathroom Manufacturers Association Federation House, Station Road, Stoke on Trent. ST4 2RT Telephone: 01782 747123 Fax: 01782 747161 email: ...

The NKBA calls for entries to the 2011 NKBA Design Competition

... and Best Sustainable Kitchen & Bathroom. As part of a new award in 2010, the finalists for the Peoples' Pick Kitchen & Bathroom Award were viewed by 2.7 million consumers on HGTV.Pro. The latest additions to the competition lineup for 2011 are the Budget-Friendly Kitchen & Bathroom Awards, acknowledging exceptional designs that impleme...

Whirlpool's new Fusion built-in collection hits the spot

...s spectrum at realistic and affordable prices. We believe our Fusion Collection responds to the way people live, encapsulated in a minimal yet futuristic design that is stylish and elegant. The line-up of products all have the intelligence to do much of the work for you, built-in!" For more information on Whirlpool's Fusion Collection call you...

Sealant-taming CornerTape to be demonstrated at two exhibitions this month

Plumbers, installers, builders and other trades' people will have the opportunity to see the innovative CornerTape range of products being demonstrated at two exhibitions in Coventry during September. CornerTape is a product system designed to guarantee easy and effective preparation and a simple, accurate and fast method of applying all types ...

AEG washing machine has A-30% energy efficiency and new load sensor

...options of prewash, stain, wool plus, daily / super quick and sensitive - designed specifically for people who are extra sensitive to dirt, dust and pollen - plus special programmes of handwash plus, silk, easy iron plus and quick intensive. Noise is part of most people's everyday life but the new 'silent system' technology from AEG-Electrolux m...

Sheer quality: the Stalto Professional tap from Abode

...tyling with multiple functionality. This majestically tall stainless steel tap has been created for people who want the perfect blend of design, performance and sheer quality. The tap is designed to complement a contemporary kitchen without dominating the space. The moveable spout and single lever operation allows for one-handed control of flow ...

Leader Extension (20/09/2010)

...lenary vote at the October session in Strasbourg. I hope it's passed as I hear of too many tradespeople and other small businesses struggling to maintain cashflow because their clients have a policy of making them wait for their money, knowing they're unlikely to make a fuss for fear of being replaced by another contractor or supplier who might ...

News in Brief

...power-efficient features that make them an ideal choice for environmentally-conscious consumers and people with young families. Tel: 01732 860360 / W: www.fagorindustrial.com Winterhalter has launched a 'TwinSet' version of its Energy+ GS 515 pass through dishwasher. It links two units side by side, allowing combined operation but with the op...

Running for the toilet!

...2,000 for the village of Arasur which is five miles from Pondicherry in India and home to about 500 people. "We intend to do so by coordinating a number of fundraising events and the money raised will be invested in a project in India," explains Julia. "Once complete, this project will be long-term and sustainable and it will make a positive and...

Myth-busting truths about using a dishwasher by AEG-Electrolux

...ing without your washing machine - you simply can't live without one once you have had one! Many people still justify their reason for not having one because "they guzzle so much water and energy". In fact this is one of the biggest myths. Just take a look at what a dishwasher holds - 12 place settings or 120 pieces of cutlery and crockery. Now ...

Wolf celebrates 10 years with Sub-Zero

... Green tea � Dark Chocolate � Mint Top 10 Food Influencers: � Organic foods � Locavore (people that only eat locally produced food) � Community Supported Agriculture i.e. allotments � International Cuisines � Food TV and Internet � Food Safety on packaging and internet � The Economy and subsequent shift to home cooking � Fas...

UK 'a nation of water wasters'

... use, many are unaware of how much water they use and waste on a daily basis.  Over half of people use double the amount of water they think they use, according to the latest figures from the water usage survey. Over 80% of people believe they consume less than 90 litres of water per day, yet each person in the UK uses an average of 150 lit...

BMA supports the Prince's START

...ant subject of sustainability being discussed and Prince's tour of the UK which is aimed at getting people to reduce waste and conserve energy, is great news. "We are always pleased to support any eco-initiative," comments Yvonne Orgill, Chief Executive of the BMA. "The BMA's Water Efficient Product Labelling Scheme is becoming increasingly reco...

Retailers shift focus to sweat budgets

... achieve a complete look at point of purchase. "A trend we're seeing at the moment is that more 'people' photography and life-size cut outs are being used around stores because it gives the impression of an enhanced customer service and that there's a permanent friendly face wherever you turn."    Andy believes that retailers and re...

New guidance highlights importance of managing stress during economic strife

...t stress adequately. In addition it provides advice on how employers can tackle stress through good people management. Dame Carol Black, national director for health & work, comments: "It is in employers' interests to manage stress at work proactively and not just assume all staff are coping, particularly in a tough economic environment wher...

Tap into Savings comes to Braintree

...he householder. Collectively, we'll be saving 247,500 litres of water a day - enough to supply 1700 people in Braintree with their daily water needs, or fill the main 8-laned swimming pool in Braintree twice a week. From now and until the end of February residents will be offered a range of free products, installed by an Anglian Water approved p...

SOAPBOX: BMA welcomes Part F

...sive ventilation is most welcome. The regs reiterate the need for ventilation in buildings where people are present. A key aim of the regulations is to limit the build-up of moisture which could lead to mould growth and pollutants which could be harmful. The Commissioning and Compliance guide gives guidance on the installation, inspection, te...

IDS introduces comprehensive new Panel Guide for customers

...products delivered in 24-48 hours from order. IDS is part of the Saint Gobain Group, employs 385 people and has a turnover of approximately £100m. IDS pursues a sound environmental policy, with more than 70% of its entire product portfolio being certified, ensuring that customers have access to an FSC or PEFC certified option in each of it...

Illegal gas fitter sentenced

... "Mr Morley deliberately misled householders about his qualifications. The work he carried out put people at risk and fell well below standard. While the danger was not immediate, the customers involved did complain, allowing the HSE to investigate and take swift action. "The HSE will not hesitate to prosecute workmen like Mr Morley who bypass ...

Pyramis Metallourgia 'one of the 'strongest companies in Greece', says ICAP

...n exported to 62 countries worldwide, owning nine subsidiary companies abroad, while it employs 400 people. This year Pyramis fulfils 50 successful years in the industry.  T: Christodoulos Rantis +30 23940 56779  E: c.rantis@pyramis.gr   W: www.pyramisgroup.com ...

PeopleChecking stress the importance of background checks

PeopleChecking, a service dedicated to offering employee background checks and employment screening services, reveal that regardless of the recession, conducting the necessary background checks is imperative for employers who are on a recruitment drive. Due to the year-on-year increasing amount of university applicants, the shortage of space...

Soapbox: Bathroom manufacturers do their bit for the water crisis

...ufacturers Association According to researchers reporting recently in the journal Nature, more people are likely to encounter severe stress on their water supply in the coming decades, as the climate changes and the human population continues to grow. They go on to say that nearly five billion people live in areas experiencing a high level of ...

Stevenage furniture body celebrates 60 years and a new strategy for growth

...ustry and the contribution it makes to the local economy.  Nationally, it employs over 120,000 people and is worth £8.3 billion to the economy." Attendees at the event were able to visit FIRA's state-of-the-art testing laboratory and flammability area, where fire resistance of various products is tested.  FIRA's newly-refurbis...

Water For People hosts first Accountability Summit at WEFTEC

On Tuesday, Water For People hosted its first Accountability Summit during the 83rd Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition & Conference held in New Orleans. CEO Ned Breslin invited peer organisations, donors and stakeholders to view Water For People's data, discuss the implications, and ask tough questions about the organisa...

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...nd bathrooms refurbished before the rise in VAT would make their project "unaffordable". Tradespeople were expected to stockpile parts while VAT was at the lower rate, causing problems for their suppliers because they would hardly be spending once it had gone up. Those of us who've had problems with tradespeople in the past expected that ...

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...nfident that they would be able to find good, trustworthy, hard-working, honest and competent tradespeople to look after their projects, they would be far more likely to invest in a new kitchen or bathroom. I know from personal experience that the fear of poor workmanship and all the hassle that this involves, is a real deterrent to those wanting t...

KBSA success at Grand Designs Live

....   "Our expert Alan Stanford was busier than ever this year, answering questions from people who are about to embark on a home makeover, reveals Ruth Ward, KBSA Sales & Marketing director. "The enquiries this year included more on bathrooms and lots of people were either involved in a new build project or a major extension - an...

Cooking with steam: More efficient, better results

...he choice of professional chefs, steam ovens are becoming an essential part of the home toolbox for people who are passionate about cooking. "If you are serious about embarking on the road to gastronomic perfection, you need steam," says Sophie Davidson. "Controlling and optimizing taste, texture and mouth feel using dry air alone is complicated. Y...

AEG is headline sponsor for Taste of Christmas 2010

...believe that AEG is a perfect partner for Taste Festivals. "AEG appliances have been created for people who demand superior performance time after time; for people that enjoy the whole cooking process, who want to be in total control and who relish perfection. "Our design process is equally exacting. Many years of research into precisely what...

Next Chapter of 'Vac from the Sea' initiative revealed

... to bring awareness to the situation and the need for better plastic karma. So far, over 60 million people have been reached and we are continuing the initiative following the great response," says Cecilia Nord, Vice President - Floor Care Sustainability & Environmental Affairs, Electrolux. Electrolux is looking into auctioning out one vac, ...

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...clear rivals such as India and Pakistan. "Worldwide, water is not only a problem for billions of people who lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation," said Maria Otero, US under secretary for democracy and global affairs, during a visit to Brussels last week. "It is also an issue of security as we see scarcity emerging more and water...

Hotpoint campaigns for confident cooks

...lack of cooking skills from family and friends ·          21% of people say that they would like to be more experimental but that they tend to be put off following a recipe because it looks too complicated  ·          One in four of us cook with what's on offer in the superm...

Win a Luxury Harvey Nichols Christmas Hamper worth £150

...vested in the village of Arasur which is five miles from Pondicherry in India and home to about 500 people. This project falls into two distinct areas... The first to provide water and sanitation to the village community and the second to provide a livelihood opportunity for the women in the same village. 'Wherever the Need' tells us that: ...

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...ing as customers are often fast-tracked to the ‘buy page’. “Most of the time people get away with it, but they should understand that their homes may be at risk if they submit inaccurate applications for household insurance. There’s no doubt that buying insurance can be a minefield.” The insurance industry sh...

Why relaxing in a VitrA bath is also peace of mind

What do people consider when buying a bath? Shape, size, maybe colour... but not much else. They wouldn't normally ever think about the bath's construction and how that will affect the eventual comfort and pleasure in use. Leading international bathroom products manufacturer VitrA make a huge range of acrylic baths but each differs from other ...

Have you seen 'Britain's Ugliest Bathroom'?

...e search for Britain's Ugliest Bathroom in association with top interiors website mydeco.com.  People all over the UK are living with ugly bathrooms that prevent them from enjoying their showering or bathing experience to the full. Grohe is inviting people to enter the competition and show off their bathroom design nightmares, to be in with a ...

An Industry to be Proud of!

...ing truly good for these children. I am also extremely proud to work and know so many compassionate people." The BCG 'Big Challenge' has attracted an incredible number of organisations from across the kitchen and bathroom industries to come forward and pledge their support with such generous donations for this remarkable charity.  A huge nu...

Water For People hosts first Accountability Summit at WEFTEC

Water For People hosted its first Accountability Summit during the 83rd Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition & Conference held in New Orleans. CEO Ned Breslin invited peer organisations, donors and stakeholders to view Water For People's data, discuss the implications, and ask tough questions about the organisation's...

Stevenage furniture body celebrates 60 years and a new strategy for growth

...ustry and the contribution it makes to the local economy.  Nationally, it employs over 120,000 people and is worth £8.3 billion to the economy." Attendees at the event were able to visit FIRA's state-of-the-art testing laboratory and flammability area, where fire resistance of various products is tested.  FIRA's newly-refurbis...

Nine-month figures for 2010: Grohe reports strong growth

...quarters in Hemer and Corporate Center in Düsseldorf, the company currently employs some 5,000 people worldwide, including 2,300 in Germany. It has six production plants, three of which three are located outside Germany, namely in Portugal, Thailand and Canada. The company currently generates 80 percent of its sales outside Germany. T: +49 ...

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...t doesn't mean that it's not very cold! Working from home my bills tend to be higher than many people's with similar sizes and styles of houses so I do my best to ensure that I waste as little energy as possible by switching off lights that aren't needed, not overfilling the kettle or leaving the fridge or freezer open for too long and through...

Laminate flooring firm sentenced over worker's injuries

...is unlikely to ever regain full movement in his left hand. Universal Mouldings, which employs 25 people, was fined £5,000 after admitting two health & safety offences. The court heard that workers at the factory had been instructed to reach under the guard on the machine to remove the laminate material while the 0.65-metre-wide blade w...

Franke helps Cambridge Cookery School

...tainly the most stylish cookery schools in the country. The environment will really help to inspire people and we have been able to create a really exciting programme of courses to match the fantastic kitchen." The cookery school will continue to run smaller daytime courses to make sure the intimate feel the cookery school is famous for is ma...

Marks & Spencer supplier Yonga is first non-EU FISP member

...ounded in 1974 by Turkish guest workers in Germany; today the company, based in Turkey, employs 230 people and is an exclusive supplier to Marks & Spencer. As a Marks & Spencer supplier, Yonga is fully committed to the retailer's Plan A scheme to reduce the environmental impact of the goods and services, and ensuring that it becomes the ...

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.... And the cost to the UK economy is said to be some £1.2billion for each day it continues! People whinge that the UK needs to get its act together and ensure that roads, airports and rail links are kept functioning at times like this but the news from continental Europe - much of which is used to coping with such weather conditions - is th...

Brits are back doing it for themselves

...The British public is falling back in love with DIY, a new study has revealed. More than one in two people said that they are now having a go at home improvement jobs that they would have got someone in to do five years ago. A whopping 61% of Brits said that they are more likely to tackle simple DIY tasks versus five years ago, the study by Spac...

Carron Phoenix launches upgraded retail brochure

... The new brochure continues to feature good product photography which is complemented by the use of people and lifestyle imagery designed to connect with its target audience, especially families. There are 80 pages overall divided into easy reference sections on sinks, taps and waste management products including disposers and sorter bins. The simp...

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...e problems for those having to drive enormous delivery lorries across several regions. And while people are happy to complain when things go wrong, they rarely seem to notice the efforts that have been made when they go right, do they? Maintaining delivery schedules when conditions are as bad as they are in some parts of Europe right now must be...

Self-build site insurance provider welcomes Government's self-build sector boost

...nt for one-fifth of Britain's new homes each year, but for far too long the aspirations of ordinary people to build their own home have been thwarted by barriers and red tape.  The Government says that barriers which stand in people's way will be torn down - including a complex and bureaucratic planning system, regulatory burdens, and lack of ...

Global bathroom scales: a market quickly gaining weight

...ontrast to body weight. Further, favourable demographics such as rapidly growing population of aged people are poised to result in increased sales of bathroom scales. The need as well as usage of bathroom scales is significantly growing among patients suffering from chronic congestive heart disease that need regular monitoring of their body fat....

Environmental award for Vac from the Sea

...of recycled plastic. Not just in green communities but in the broad masses. So far over 100 million people have been reached by the campaign. "This had not been possible without our partners in environmental- and research organisations, volunteers and experts. So Electrolux does not stand alone on the prize pedestal." www.electrolux.com ...

Electrolux announces Design Lab 2011 theme - 'Intelligent Mobility'

...ntelligent mobility within home appliances. The brief specifically seeks solutions that address how people prepare food, clean and do dishes both within and beyond the home. "Now in its ninth year, Electrolux Design Lab allows young designers to test themselves and gain valuable insight in to the world of commercial product design," says Henrik ...

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...d rain and mudslides in Brazil. The fact that heavy flooding on the African continent has killed 10 people and displaced over 10,000 in Mozambique, while forcing South Africa to declare eight of its nine provinces disaster areas after 41 people died there, has barely made the news. With natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods a...

The house that Ray built - in Romania!

...abitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information...

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...particular industry seems to leave others standing and the issue as far as I can see, is how to let people know about it! Obviously KBZine can help and we're looking forward to attending as many exhibitions and launches as we can over the coming year. In the meantime though, if you have any news you'd like to share with our readers, do make sure yo...

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...ernment's austerity measures that has had a widespread impact on consumers and it seems to have hit people's economic confidence hard, especially as the biggest drop was in consumers' appetite for major purchases. With inflation on the up and the full force of the cuts yet to hit, these figures could be the beginning of a very painful period." W...

News in Brief

... Geberit brings the number of retail sales representatives throughout the UK to 13 with three new people who have worked in the bathroom industry for several years. Adam Ester joins from Porcelanosa, Nick Hilbert joins from Farmiloe's and Leekes and David Boyd joins from Cosmo Ceramics. T: 0800 077 8365. ...

Grohe grows

...headquarters in Hemer and Corporate Center in Duesseldorf, the company currently employs some 5,000 people worldwide, including 2,300 in Germany. It has six production plants, three of which three are located outside Germany, namely in Portugal, Thailand and Canada. The company currently generates 80 percent of its sales outside Germany. T: +49 ...

Fundraising efforts help transform lives of young people

... Dame Hannah Rogers Trust has been transforming the lives of disadvantaged, yet inspirational young people for over two hundred years. Today the Trust specialises in delivering therapy and medical services, education and care for children, young people and young adults with physical and/or learning disabilities. The multi-disciplinary team at Da...

Talented young tilers in training for WorldSkills London 2011

...th October this year. WorldSkills London 2011 will bring together over 50 countries and 1000 young people to compete to be the best of the best in more than 40 skills. The four wall and floor tilers that form part of the 100 strong UK Squad are now taking part in an intense training programme as they work towards a selection event in June at whic...

CornerTape now at online retailer Sealants and Tools Direct

CornerTape is proving extremely popular with retailers and tradespeople, and is now available at www.sealantsandtoolsdirect.co.uk - the first dedicated online retailer to introduce the sealant-taming product system. The CornerTape product system perfectly complements the Internet store's comprehensive range of sealants and sealant tools, provid...

CornerTape now at online retailer Sealants and Tools Direct

CornerTape is proving extremely popular with retailers and tradespeople, and is now available at  www.sealantsandtoolsdirect.co.uk  - the first dedicated online retailer to introduce the sealant-taming product system. The CornerTape product system perfectly complements the Internet store's comprehensive range of sealants and sealan...

World Plumbing Day 2011 to see increased industry activity

...simple and it is already clear that this idea has sparked the imagination and enthusiasm of so many people in the global plumbing community," explains WPC Chairman, Robert Burgon. "We will see it as a success if even a few people get to know that plumbing should be respected. My feeling is that through the wide range of activities being organised, ...

Quality of management "crucial" to lift employee morale and engagement

... to recovery. Employers need to find cost effective ways of equipping their line managers with the people management skills to support employee engagement and wellbeing. They also need to consult and involve staff where major reorganisations or changes in terms and conditions are looming if they are to keep people on side and pulling together to d...

DEFRA Minister supports BMA's WEPLS

...make it easier to save water, taking personal responsibility is at the heart of water conservation. People need access to clear advice on how they can save water so I am pleased to support the Bathroom Manufacturers Association in its work to develop a labelling scheme which provides people with an easy means to identify water efficient products."[...

EDF Energy teams up with Wickes to provide low-cost insulation for millions

...r domestic households.[TRIMTO] The partnership will run until 31st December 2012 and will enable people up and down the country to insulate their homes for less by taking advantage of Wickes' Insulation and Energy Saving Lighting products, subsidised by EDF Energy. Loft insulation can save customers up to £145 on their annual energy bil...

Defra helps companies build confidence in green claims

...s Guidance to help companies describe the environmental credentials of their products in a way that people find easier to understand. The Guidance is designed to help buyers make more informed judgements, prevent misleading claims and encourage the development of greener products. As people look to purchase more products promising less environmen...

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...ed its own trends. What I'd like to know is, the effect trends such as these recorded here, have on people ordering new kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms... When people move into a new home, do they automatically covet a new bathroom or kitchen, because, for example, the one they've inherited has been used by someone else and as a result, will ne...

The phrase: "It's backbreaking work," takes on new meaning

...erefore simply used the nearest available ladder. "Sadly, this worker is just one of hundreds of people who are injured every year as a result of falling from ladders. Falling a short distance can still result in someone being seriously injured." On average, 12 people a year die after falling from ladders in British workplaces, and more than ...

Season's greetings from Croydex turn into hard cash for hospice

...hospice. Naomi House children's hospice is a charity that provides support to children and young people with conditions that mean they are unlikely to live to become adults. The charity provides care to families living in communities across the seven counties of Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Surrey, West Sussex and Wiltshire. The ...

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...on-EU workers bring to the UK economy. "Keeping out skilled non-EU workers won't help unemployed people in the UK in the near term, but could have real and negative consequences for business and the public sector." Figures show that in the UK, around one fifth of 18 - 24 year olds are out of work - something that is reflected throughout much ...

Vac from the Sea competition winner joins expedition

...to follow Brit's journey on vacfromthesea as of March 1st. About Vac from the Sea: To inspire people in solving the plastic paradox and bring awareness to the plastic environmental situation, Electrolux has, with the help of organisations, gathered plastic waste from the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean S...

Methven launches Vision and Values

...e team receiving a 'Values Award' for their valuable contribution to the business, and a further 17 people receiving recognition for 10 years' service at Deva. "The Methven Vision and Values are at the core of everything we do, globally," says Steve Lee. "We will realise our vision to be the leading global brand, recognised and loved worldwide f...

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... has been backed up time and time again by some of the initiatives taken by its players, to improve people's lives and wellbeing and help preserve our environment. This feeling was underlined today when I learned that kbb London is to be the launch platform for a fundraising initiative hoping to raise £20,000 to help WaterAid in its work t...

Ecobuild

...truction event of any kind', says the blurb, but I really had no idea how big it would be, how many people would attend and how many products were going to be on show. I didn't quite know where to start.[TRIMTO] As the 'megawatts to negawatts' conference session kicked off in the morning, we were told that 50,000 people were at Ecobuild. The pla...

'From megawatts to negawatts: taking the energy out of buildings'

...hion trend. As the conference proceeded, other comments from the speakers covered the problem of people not getting insulation put into their attics or walls because of the visual stress it will cause whilst the work is being carried out - like junk being left on the landing for weeks while the loft is being insulated or having to redecorate roo...

It's not just what's on show that matters...

...ichael Dillon (Senior Specification Manger) told me that the stand has been constantly inundated by people. Geberit was showcasing its range of innovative sanitary and piping solutions with a strong focus on sustainable products for hotel design. Paul Ashby (Technical Sales Manager) posed next to the bathroom design. Recognising that the...

Eco-friendly and a great base for futuristic design!

...t out is what you can do with it," - and once I had left the stand and was swamped by the crowds of people swarming around, I could not stop thinking about this remarkable concept... A world of Wedi flexibility and a perfectly eco-friendly solution - that is backed up by a 5-year warranty. Wow! Picture shows: Peter Tullener poses in a contempor...

KitchenAid adds revolutionary finish to gas hob range

...s renowned for its professional performance, designed for the most passionate gourmet; however, for people who love to cook they expect durability to be built in. The new collection of gas hobs from KitchenAid promises nothing less than everlasting beauty. The new hob range is the first stainless steel hob that will never age, thanks to an adva...

Abode wins JPD Innovation Award

... for training its staff on the full breadth of ranges and technical data. The site also allows salespeople an interactive view of our full portfolio where individual taps can be moved across the screen marrying up to different sinks." JP Distribution is one of the UK's largest privately owned national kitchen and bathroom products distributors. ...

TTA Awards 2011 finalists announced

...ebrate all that is best in the wall and floor tile industry.They recognise and reward the products, people, businesses and projects in the tile industry. These are the finalists. The winners will be announced at the annual TTA Gala Dinner on Saturday, 2nd April 2011 at the Birmingham Hilton Hotel, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. PROJE...

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...outh unemployment problem, but severe difficulty is being felt by only a relative minority of young people and the current situation is not worse than ever before, as many in the press would have us believe. The widespread perception that one in five, 16 - 24 year olds are unemployed is based on a narrow and somewhat misleading interpretation of of...

kbb London inspires with educational seminar programme

...for Life' will present inspirations and latest concepts from the industry's established designers - people behind the most innovative recent product concepts. The guests of this panel session include Simon Wilson, Benjamin Hubert, Amos Marchant and Martin Preen. Seminars on retail design will discuss efficient ways of marketing and selling origi...

Methven launches Maia Skincare Shower

...n wellness, our customers want to have the benefits of a spa at home. Another consideration is that people want their luxury showers to not just be good to them, but to be kinder to the environment too. "The Maia Skincare Shower can achieve all this with a stunning, distinctive New Zealand design. Maia transforms the bathroom into a true spa exp...

Government rolls out red carpet for entrepreneurs and investors

...eed effective interesting solutions that can be implemented swiftly and this new policy gives these people those possibilities, which in turn will attract significant capital to the UK." www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk ...

Shower Doctor sees surge in en suites

... popular idea at the top of the redesign list being the en suite bathroom. An encouraging 57% of people who were interviewed as part of a Shower Doctor survey stated that although they do not yet have an en suite; compared with 43% who do, this is something they hope to have at some point in the future - hopefully in 2011. Having an en suite ...

Presenting the Flex Factor winner!

... Tile is part of the Tamworth, Staffs-based Instarmac Group, which was founded in 1977, employs 130 people and is home to the following brands (which are all manufactured and certified under ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS18001): Ultracrete - Highway Maintenance and Pothole Repair materials Ultrascape - Mortar Paving System for Streetscape projects...

Ideal Standard International celebrates new RoSPA win

...Italy), Porcher (France and Incesa) and Vidima (Eastern Europe). The company employs some 17,300 people and is operational in over 30 countries. www.ideal-standard.co.uk ...

Electrolux Cube offers unique dining experience across Europe

...r of many top-chefs and fashion specialists). Showing their professional shortcuts, we want to show people it doesn't have to be difficult or expensive to create great experiences as long as you have the right tools." The Cube by Electrolux will feature a different, hand-picked resident chef at each venue and will offer tailor-made recipes using...

NKBA announces 2010/2011 Student Design Competition winners

...rket. Since March 2000, the company has been an affiliate of Sub-Zero, and it employs nearly 450 people. It is based in a state-of-the-art production facility in Fitchburg, Wis. Both Sub-Zero and Wolf products are available throughout the US and internationally. T: Annette Gray (800) THE-NKBA, x3773 E: agray@nkba.org W: www.nkba.org ...

Craig Rothwell scales Mount Kilimanjaro for charity

...d." Bolton Lads and Girls Club is open seven days-a-week, 52 weeks-a-year and welcomes all young people aged 8- 21 years. The mentoring scheme provides one-on-one support for children who have been born into unfortunate circumstances including child abuse, abandoned at birth or poverty. If you would like to congratulate Craig and help suppor...

The Prince's Foundation uses Shaw's sinks

...s local area. The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment exists to improve the quality of people's lives by teaching and practicing timeless and ecological ways of planning, designing and building in a sustainable way. The same styles of individually, hand-made fireclay sinks will also be installed in the re-creation of the house at th...

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...ticeships over the next four years, is very welcome indeed. However, while that's great news for people wanting to remain in the UK, I don't see our workforce taking many jobs in other parts of the EU until we Brits learn to converse competently in other languages, as our fellow Europeans manage to do so well! There are many things I like abo...

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...ng a fine! The EU is concerned that any new tax structure will need to cover falling revenues as people are driving less each year, so it's likely to be expensive. This means businesses are going to suffer and a large chunk of the money raised will be spent on keeping our EU masters in caviar and champagne. Now for the 'very angry' part... I'...

Majority of Europeans support 'pay as you go' driving scheme

...to internalise all costs of driving, such as congestion, noise pollution and accidents, and to make people pay for the services they actually use. It also proposes to introduce speed limits for commercial vehicles and speed-limiting devices for private cars. According to the poll, half of Europeans are in favour of such a move.[TRIMTO] The new s...

Brits more adventurous with bathroom design

...orating their home following the recession." Some of the key trends and colour schemes show that people want to have more fun with their bathrooms and their homes in general - and with the Royal Wedding set to take place on April 29th, many colourful and patriotic designs have come back in fashion, with the Union Jack, bunting and designs featur...

Leadership key to trade associations' power

...Mark Dober, senior director at Ellwood and Atfield. "Typically the best associations have excellent people within the leadership teams of their secretariats, at the level of director-general, director of communications, or head of public affairs. "Working together they communicate effectively internally and externally, and deliver favourable EU ...

Burlington Lakeland Stone: a natural alternative to marble and granite

...;million years in the making? ISO 9001 certified, Burlington currently employs approximately 145 people, many of whom live within the National Park itself. Indeed families across several generations continue to work in what is a very traditional industry. As well as being able to offer standard products for immediate sale, Burling...

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...ris and 19th Century industrial New York and reported on a rare medieval document, which shows that people living in medieval times had many of the same concerns about bathrooms as we do now. For example, in an era when many of her fellow citizens relieved themselves in chamber pots and surreptitiously tipped the contents out the window (often s...

News in Brief

... the opening of its new store in Vale Road, Tonbridge, with some fantastic opening offers for tradespeople. T: 01732 351600 The budget has been welcomed by the KBSA as a pro-business budget that should begin to offer the kind of support that businesses need. www.kbsa.org.uk ...

Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2011 "most successful yet" for KBSA

... "The show was exceptionally busy, the queue at the experts advice centre built up to well over 50 people within 10 minutes of the show opening and there was an excellent variety of kitchen, bathroom and bedroom projects from the people that I spoke with," reveals Alan. "About 60% of the enquiries throughout the show were for wet rooms or bathr...

Low Pay Commission's 2011 report

...nce the needs of low-paid workers and the challenges faced by businesses. "The position of young people in the labour market continues to be of concern. Their employment prospects have suffered more than adults. We recommended a lower increase for young people in order to help protect their labour market position. "We received evidence this y...

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... official labour market figures released by the Office for National Statistics, revealed that fewer people are out of work. The experts are telling us not to get too excited though, warning that unemployment is likely to rise again later in the year. The British retail consortium is concerned that consumer spending is down too. While this is not...

Irish SFA tells Minister for Jobs how to boost employment

...ting as the small business sector currently employs half the private sector workforce, some 700,000 people. SFA Chairman, Ian Martin, leading the delegation of small business owner-managers, has said that "Government job promises can only be delivered through successful small businesses. "Jobless growth emerging from this recession is a very...

News in Brief

... the opening of its new store in Vale Road, Tonbridge, with some fantastic opening offers for tradespeople. T: 01732 351600 The budget has been welcomed by the KBSA as a pro-business budget that should begin to offer the kind of support that businesses need. www.kbsa.org.uk ...

Hotel guests experience perfect motion with Blum

...light and airy room space and good bed...it's the details that impress the regular hotel stayer. People away from home, business travellers and holidaymakers are delighted by the small, technical comforts and impressed by 'things' that work so well when they're away from home. We live in a technical age where gadgets are highly prised and ten...

AKW takes home 'Best in Show' Award at Naidex

... UK leader in showering, daily living and kitchen solutions for the elderly, disabled and less able people, AKW was given the award for the development of one of its most innovative products, Luda, what is said to be an industry-first electric care shower. This is the first main award that the pioneering Luda shower has received since its launch la...

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Welcome to the KBzine Why is it that so many people are winding down for their Easter break this weekend, the Royal Wedding next Friday and all the other lovely public holidays that are coming up, while John and I are having to cram our full week's work into a much shorter space of time, over and over again? Not wishing to sound...

News in Brief

... the opening of its new store in Vale Road, Tonbridge, with some fantastic opening offers for tradespeople. T: 01732 351600 The budget has been welcomed by the KBSA as a pro-business budget that should begin to offer the kind of support that businesses need. www.kbsa.org.uk ...

Identity and Passport Service warns: Don't rubbish your passport!

More than 10,000 people a year accidentally throw their passports out with the rubbish, according to new figures released today by the UK's Identity and Passport Service. The research also shows a 60:40 split between genders when it comes to replacing lost and stolen passports, with more than 162,500 passports replaced each year by men compared...

News in Brief

... the opening of its new store in Vale Road, Tonbridge, with some fantastic opening offers for tradespeople. T: 01732 351600 The budget has been welcomed by the KBSA as a pro-business budget that should begin to offer the kind of support that businesses need. www.kbsa.org.uk ...

HMRC turns up the heat on plumbing industry

...ollow. The Plumbers' Tax Safe Plan (PTSP) is the first initiative in a campaign focused on tradespeople. It is designed to make it easy for those in the plumbing industry to put their tax affairs in order. "Our aim is to make it easy for plumbers to contact us, make a full disclosure of income and face a reduced penalty," explains Mike Wells,...

Builder jailed for putting profit before safety

...ve the safety issues. "The HSE decided to prosecute Mr Howe because his work had posed a risk to people's lives and we were able to support the prosecution. "I hope this prosecution will serve as a warning to any other builders that they may be taken to court if they do not comply with regulations which are there to ensure people are safe in ...

A charitable affair! Kitchen furniture donated to Oxfam

... support received from these two businesses, we are able to continue to provide a better future for people living in poverty. "Oxfam has already confirmed an interest, with enquiries already coming in from potential buyers." Oxfam undertakes long term work to fight poverty, development work to support and empower thousands of communities worl...

Whirlpool launches new range of washing machines

...ere the user can access the correct dosage via a series of quick and simple steps. On average, most people run four wash cycles per week and overdose their detergent by some 45%. By upgrading to a Whirlpool machine, based on a seven-year life cycle, it is estimated that £249 could be saved on detergent costs. Dean McKelvie, Product Marketi...

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Welcome to the KBzine Most people would think I'm daft saying I'm looking forward to going to work on Sunday, but when you consider that my work this coming Sunday means a day at KBB London, you might understand. I'm finally going to be able to see first-hand all the wonderful new products I've been learning about over the past few...

Roca acquires the Russian firm Akvaton

...ton has around a 15% market share of the bathroom market in Russia. The company, which employs 550 people, manufactures sanitaryware and solid surface washbasins in the city of Davidovo, just 100 km east of Moscow. This acquisition will enable Roca to satisfy increasing internal demand in the Russian market along with that of its Commonwealth o...

Quintessentially Abode

...comments: "Our designers have worked hard to create these exacting and exquisite taps, designed for people who want the perfect blend of design, performance and quality in their contemporary and classically styled kitchens." Counting as many as 26 new products on its stand Abode certainly had something to show! Tel: 01226 283434 Fax: 01226 28...

20-20 Technologies launches Fusion Version 18

... version, "The event has the added benefit of allowing the team to receive direct feedback from the people who will be using the software on a daily basis," says Craig Rothwell, managing director of 20-20 Technologies. 01233 635566   www.2020-fusion.com   ...

PJH duo take the ride of their lives in India for charity

...oject work in India. www.savethechildren.org.uk Adventure Ashram exists to help the poorest people on the Global Enduro routes through southern India and the Himalayas to achieve a higher standard of living and to raise their expectations by providing access to better health and education. www.adventureashram.co.uk Centre for Wildli...

CornerTape silicone renewal kit now shipping

... " The CornerTape sealant-taming product system is the original and the best. Popular with tradespeople and DIY'ers, CornerTape is easy to use, requires no skill or experience with a sealant gun and is said to be the only product range to guarantee that all-important perfect finish - every time. Sealant joints made using the system are not only ...

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...ving read the document, I feel it would be useful to have a copy of it around whenever and wherever people are making decisions about which appliance/s to purchase, as the new system is rather more complicated - and a lot more useful - than the old one. While years ago many of us would not have rated low energy or water consumption high on the l...

Leisure Sinks for 200 new kitchens near London's best local park

...idents and customers in 191 local authorities in England and is committed to making a difference to people's lives. T: +44 (0)115 946 4000 F: +44 (0)115 973 6602 E: tradesales@rangemaster.co.uk W: www.leisuresinks.co.uk ...

AKW launches stylish chrome shower

...om products and mobility support products. There are also modern kitchen ranges and accessories for people with special needs and fewer motor skills. The AKW showroom and training centre enables customers to view and try products first hand within a variety of healthcare and domestic settings. T: 01905 823298 W: www.akw-medicare.co.uk ...

Hotpoint rated as 'most trusted', in poll

...he UK's most trusted brands, for the 11th consecutive year. In a Reader's Digest survey of 1,000 people across the UK, almost one in four consumers chose Hotpoint as their most trusted large kitchen appliance brand. The accolade is fitting tribute for a brand which celebrates its 100 year anniversary this year. Ian Moverley, Hotpoint Brand Di...

Tile decorating a real hit at Play Day

...he activities on offer at the Arts, Cooking & Play Day, which proved extremely popular with 500 people attending on the Tuesday alone and children of all ages from across the borough taking part. Over the three days, more than 2000 people attended to celebrate National Family Week with Hillingdon Play Association. "Children love arts and cra...

Gorenje offers Retro prize for Summer fair

... raised was for Piccadilly Support Services, a community based organisation that offers support for people with learning difficulties and helps them to develop life skills through activities mainly based around horticulture. Ruth Ferguson, Gorenje's Marketing Manager, says: "We were pleased to be able to support such a good cause, and thank Home...

Ellis Furniture supports Cancer Research UK

...r, which is unfortunately a widespread disease. According to the statistics, more than one in three people will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime and there are more than 200 different types of the disease. They're very high figures. "Cancer Research UK funds more than 4,000 scientists, doctors and researchers who find ways to diagnos...

'Complete the look' - with the Kutchenhaus furniture range

...comes to their kitchen spaces. We like to say, 'if you can draw it, we can make it!' and very often people will choose to incorporate an additional area to their kitchen design, perhaps even two, as it will clearly improve the way they interact in their home." Very recently Kutchenhaus has introduced its own furniture into all its lifestyle room...

The drought is back - but no need to build canals

...s with over 75 well-known brands in the marketplace. The manufacturing base directly employs 8,000+ people at over 60 sites in the UK. T: 01782 631619 F: 01782 630155 E: info@bathroom-association.org.uk www.bathroom-association.org  |  www.bathroom-academy.co.uk  |  www.water-hog.co.uk  |  www.water-efficiencyla...

Bohle presents KBB London Prize Draw

...tunity to be entered into the prize draw to win an iPad and Darren Hales was just one of almost 200 people who entered the draw. Paul Miller, Sales Manager for Bohle, visited Darren in Billingshurst, West Sussex, to deliver his prize in person. "My visit to Showerpower is proof that the KBB exhibition has already brought positive results for ...

Make a difference with your next tap sale!

...gifting initiative Oxfam Unwrapped, with a commitment to purchase the charity's 'Safe Water for 10 People' gifts, with donations generated from every tap sold. The gifts enable Oxfam to set up or maintain a safe water supply, whatever the circumstances and in whatever form it is needed for washing, drinking or cooking. Equipment can be in the f...

Uform crowned 'Best supplier to independent kitchen & retail manufacturing sector'

...s suffered tough times within the last few years, that said the determination and sheer grit of the people has amazed me, their resilience and determination has shone through with many companies continuing to do well. "As a company we have continued and will continue to listen to our customers intently and have aggressively deployed a number of ...

New promotion at Apex Interior Systems

...hin the company, Managing Director Andrew Ashworth commented: "It's always good to welcome talented people who bring with them fresh ideas and motivation. With our evolving marketing policies the expansion of the management team will be to the benefit of the brand." T: 01704 896600 F: 01704 896611 E: sales@apexinteriorsystems.co.uk W: www.ap...

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...be doing, when and how. Back then (it was the early '80s) there weren't the mortgage constraints people have to overcome these days. We could borrow far more than we should have been allowed to (I believe it was slightly over eight times our income!) and our financial advisor knew all the tricks required to convince a lender that we could easily...

Kitchen specialist cooks up new brand identity ahead of major marketing push

... increasing revenues by at least 50% in the next three years. Lanzet currently employs more than 30 people across its two sites and, through a partnership with fitted kitchen and bedroom retailer Betta Living, it manufactures all products in Oldham, Lancashire. Per annum, Lanzet supplies more than 1,000 fitted kitchens and bedrooms and scores of...

Soapbox: The rental industry - how do we move forward in difficult trading times?

...ntinues to grow. The Chartered Institute of Housing issued a report which states that more and more people are looking to rent rather than to buy in the short to medium term. The Paragon Group's second quarter 2010 report also tells us that three times as many landlords say that tenant demand is rising. As marketers of white goods, do we need to re...

Grant Shapps joins forces with industry to take self build to the masses

...to would-be self builders. A new online self build 'portal' is proposed to be set up to enable more people to get a project underway. Mr Shapps said that significant work had been put into producing the report and thanked all those involved, and that he will consider any proposed action for Government carefully; prioritising those that could hav...

FIRA to exhibit at Timber Expo 2011

...andards that proliferate, particularly within the contract market. Commenting, Asli says: "Often people do not realise that there are many important issues to consider when specifying furniture. The tutorial I am presenting at the Timber Expo aims to unravel the mysteries of buying the correct furniture and to help you purchase products that ar...

Laundry and kitchen appliance owners increasingly seeking brands first, retailers second

...o mystery shoppers, LG, Samsung and Whirlpool washers and dryers are recommended most often by salespeople at major US appliance retailers. Kitchen Appliances Study The Kitchen Appliance Satisfaction Study measures customer satisfaction in three product categories: refrigerators; dishwashers; and hobs/ranges/ovens. Customer satisfaction is...

Pronorm signs five new retailers in under two months

...n kitchen furniture manufacturing sector. The factory is ISO 9001 registered and employs approx 250 people. It has the manufacturing capacity for 700 kitchens per week. All kitchens are precision manufactured being factory glued, assembled and supplied in rigid form to customers to ensure true built-to-last quality. Pronorm is part of the Dutch-...

Tile Depot winds back tile prices for Newbury

... tastes, from budget ranges to designer collections. The new store has created three jobs for local people. To celebrate the opening, prices are being wound back with a number of special Opening Offers, saving customers up to 80% off a selection of popular ranges in ceramic, porcelain and natural stone and there are over 100 other tiles at half ...

Leader

... in gathering the rioters to do their dirty deeds - to set up groups that would summon other decent people to start the clean up it helped restore my faith in human nature a little.  Do please keep your news coming in over the next couple of weeks as we will be checking our emails and we'll post any major breaking news. Wherever you are ...

IDS launches Twitter

...ely available to Twitter devotees. Says Rebecca Slinn, marketing manager at IDS: "Millions of people use Twitter every day now to share and discover ideas and it's proving a powerful tool in business to connect to customers and promote brands. IDS customers have fully embraced our online shopping solution with IDS Webstore in the last year an...

Carron Phoenix: so much to see and a history lesson too...

...turing power-house, driving the industrial revolution in Scotland to a point where it employed 5000 people, operated its own fleet of steam ships and even issued its own currency to enable global trading! Over the years it made domestic items such as flat irons, cast iron baths, range cookers and most famously the cannons used by Wellington at W...

Roca rocks it

...t water is a precious and limited resource and Drain News is an easy and effective way of reminding people just how much water can be wasted by leaving the taps running. Also with water meters becoming more widespread and with every chance that they will become compulsory in the not too distant future, Drain News will become a 'must have' to help ...

Legal Expert Judith Turner joins The Furniture Ombudsman

...udsman is absolutely essential and this appointment reaffirms our commitment to recruiting the best people. In Judith, we have a first class professional and I am thrilled that she has joined our team." Judith read Law at King's College London for three years before graduating with honours in 1998. She went on to complete the Legal Practice Cou...

Leader

...ng, but some of the results of a recent survey had me aghast so I read further... ...Things like people believing that as long as they don't use an electrical item, it doesn't use electricity even if it is still plugged in and turned on, or thinking that switching an item off by remote control means it's off so won't be using electricity. "Id...

International Water Education Conference now underway

Nearly 200 people from almost 40 countries are gatheredin Bozeman, Montana this week to discuss how education can lead to sustainable solutions for global water issues. The Sustaining the Blue Planet: Global Water Education Conference kicked off with a Sponsors' Reception on Tuesday evening and will continue through Friday. General sessions and i...

Bad habits burning energy and money

...never leave items on standby". Our biggest culprits are our set top boxes, with almost six in 10 people (59%) admitting to at least occasionally leaving it on when not in use, while just over a quarter (26.2%) said they leave it on all the time. A total of 16.1% said the leave it on "most of the time", and 16.8% said "sometimes /occasionally". ...

Are you attending InstallerLive this year?

...roduced a comprehensive programme of free seminars, training and practical demonstrations for tradespeople. So even if you feel today is not the time for you to invest in your training and up skilling to become MCS qualified, InstallerLive will help you to start thinking about the business opportunities available to you in the near future. Key H...

World's 50 best restaurants: trends from top chefs and critics

...rends Electrolux is a proud sponsor and partner of the World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy i.e. the people who select the prestigious World's 50 Best Restaurants list. To get the lowdown on what really goes on in the world of top tier cooking Electrolux conducted a survey among the members of the Electrolux World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy. I...

Australia: Home renovation programmes have spawned DIY kitchens revival

...novation series' have also illustrated, however, the frustrations that DIY beginners may face. Some people, the Kitset team has found, are great with design, but are challenged by the prospect of assembling their DIY kitchens. Recognising this, Kitset offers two options: self installation or a 'done-for-you' service by one of the company's recom...

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...hough it's not quite as glamorous as the KBB industry, it's still good fun and involves some lovely people. What I did find while I was there was that I kept noticing the brands of bathroom products gracing the hotels, restaurants, bars etc, so despite being so far away and missing some of the KBB shows we would have liked to attend, we were still ...

When a Little John makes a big difference...

... his wife Pearl in 1991, the family-run business has flourished over the years. Today it employs 18 people and has designed and installed around 2,500 quality bathrooms across Hampshire, West Sussex and Surrey.[TRIMTO] Bill Gosney now hands over the reigns of Managing Director to his son, Simon Gosney, (who has been with the company for 15 years...

EQ expanding businesses online

... £2000 a month on local newspaper advertising, which worked very well at the time and brought people into the showroom. "Nowadays, with consumers increasingly looking on the Internet before venturing onto the high street, it was important for us to have an impressive 'shop window' on the web - primarily to drive the browsing traffic to our...

NKBA announces call-for-entries to the 2012 NKBA Design Competition

...ies will also go on to be featured on HGTVRemodels.com to be voted on by consumers, and awarded the People's Pick in Kitchen and Bath. Judging for the competition occurs in a closed event with a panel of NKBA certified experts from around the country reviewing and scoring hundreds of entries received. The results will be announced live at KBI...

Steel adds Mega Wok burner to hob options

... for Steel Cuisine UK, says: "The Mega Wok burner is becoming increasingly popular as more and more people are turning to cooking at home. The Mega Wok burner not only creates fantastically tasting food it is also entertaining to watch." T: 01926 338116 E: mark.scott@steelcuisine.co.uk W: www.steelcuisine.co.uk ...

More UK retailers could collapse ahead of rent quarter due

Retailers woes likely to mean more firms going under this week rather than pay their next quarter's rent, a property specialist warns. [TRIMTO] Siobhan Jones, a commercial property specialist at law firm Manches, said there was a limit to how much flexibility landlords had in reducing rents because of their own pressures. "They will also be su...

A new Abode (albeit brief!) for needy children

...h needed joy to children in our locality. Hopefully it will bring happiness on the day for lots of people. "We applaud The Safe Anchor Trust which also provides education and training opportunities for young people and gives young offenders a second chance by taking them on board to help out and take responsibility for the children. We wish th...

Stourbridge builder fined for illegal gas work

...bould's substandard work meant the appliances were a serious risk to the health & safety of the people using them. "Poorly installed gas work can cause explosions or carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be fatal and can also cause serious long-term health problems. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, breathlessness,...

WEEE Directive recast negotiations sparking disagreements

...es on electrical and electronic equipment. The report by German MEP Karl-Heinz Florenz (European People's Party) - adopted with 52 votes in favour, 1 against and 5 abstentions - confirms the House's ambitious stand on e-waste set out at first reading earlier this year. But some tough trialogue negotiations are foreseen between the European Co...

Leader 14th October continued

... to be vigilant in order to minimise the risks of being hit," he says. "There is much to do to stop people who are determined to take money from your business by using someone else's card. "These criminals are much less likely to target businesses in person via a chip and pin transaction, and the majority of fraud is seen where the cardholder is...

New format a success for KBSA AGM

...] A total of 24 retail members and 28 representatives from corporate members were amongst the 59 people that attended the event, which was held at the Barcel- Billesley Manor Hotel in Warwickshire. "We offered a new format to invigorate and refresh what can be a staid meeting due to the legal nature of an AGM," says KBSA CEO Graham Ball. "...

Energy Saving Week highlights new 'intelligent' heating control

This isn't KBB as such but is very topical right now and offers qualified tradespeople who fit kitchens and bathrooms the opportunity to provide an extra service and earn some extra money too. Plus we're all in the business of saving energy...[TRIMTO] The Energy Saving Trust's Energy Saving Week kicks off next Money. With the weather having tur...

CRL's new Serenity sliding frameless shower door appears to float into place

...oor Hardware and Supplies catalogue and featured in CRL's GlassBuild 2011 booth. The response from people at the trade show was overwhelmingly positive. Simon Boocock, Managing Director, CRL Europe, says: "With its beautiful design, anti-lift feature and simple installation, we are sure the Serenity Series Sliding Door System will become a firm...

TTA invites nominations for 2012 Awards

... 2012 at the Hilton Hotel in Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre complex, rewards the products, people, businesses and projects in the tile industry.[TRIMTO] The Tile Association Awards are the only awards ceremony for the UK tiling industry, recognising both TTA members and non-members alike who have excelled within their field. Not only is...

UK taxman urges employers to ditch 'A N Other'

...revealed the following incorrect information: * 128 staff entered as Mr, Ms or Mrs 'Dummy' * 572 people whose surnames only included the letter X, ranging from Mr X to Mrs XXXXXX * 75 staff with the surname 'Casual', 11 'Cleaners', 9 'Workers' and 6 'Students' * 824 employees with the surname 'Unknown' and * 40 people were apparently 200 years o...

From surviving to thriving by doing business overseas...

More than 120 West Midlands business people were in Worcester on Wednesday to hear how they might benefit from the wealth of opportunities available in global markets as the recession continues to bite.[TRIMTO] As well as practical advice and information from UK Trade & Investment experts from eight central European countries, delegates he...

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...us fallout.  "Selling resource efficiency through the cost-saving argument will not work as people will just go and buy other stuff," noted WWF UK's David Norman, who said that the same problem applies, for example, to the energy efficiency gains obtained from more efficient fridges which is being offset by the regular addition of new energ...

Ellis Furniture apprentices win awards

...morrow and invest in the future of our industry, so it's fantastic to be able to help provide young people with a great start to their career. We've built the business on the solid foundations of our outstanding attention to detail and that begins with quality craftsmen lovingly producing quality furniture that's built to last." Daniel Fugler ...

Trustmark achieves 'Social Enterprise' recognition

TrustMark, the Government-endorsed quality mark for tradespeople, has been awarded the Social Enterprise Mark in recognition of its not-for-profit business, which helps consumers find reliable and trustworthy kitchen and bathroom installers. TrustMark joins other ethical businesses that have also been recognised by being awarded the Social En...

Bright Medical responds to report on need for bathroom safety equipment

Bathroom-related injuries brought over 230,000 people into American emergency rooms in 2008, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. In response to the study, Bright Medical, a leading online marketplace for medical supplies and equipment, decided to expand its Bathroom Safety Equipment category to inc...

The Tile Association shows support for 'Cut The VAT' campaign

...cording to the Office for National Statistics. Unless the industry can recruit and train sufficient people now there will be a serious skills shortage in future years. A cut in VAT on home repair and improvement work could create thousands of new jobs in the construction sector and the wider economy. According to Trading Standards a staggering &...

Backstage battle over energy efficiency directive

...year among their final customers, have also been expanded to include small firms employing up to 50 people and turning over a maximum of €8 million a year. The previous opt-out had been for companies employing fewer than 10 people with an annual balance sheet of €2 million a year. "It's a very concerted and well organised attempt no...

Birmingham tradesman fined over asbestos release

... decontaminated. Speaking after the hearing, HSE principal inspector Jo Anderson said: "Tradespeople are highly likely to come across asbestos at some point in their career. They must make sure they are properly trained so that they can identify it and know what to do next and there is a wealth of guidance available on HSE's website to help t...

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...d organisations to account like never before and I witnessed this only today. Often asked to 'like' people's businesses on Facebook, I visited one, only to see a discussion that had started up, about how bad some of the manufacturer's kitchen appliances were! Of course they may not be bad at all, but the seeds of doubt have been sown and the compan...

Apprenticeships: Vince Cable guarantees quality, slashes red tape and delivers cash boost for firms

Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced new measures to ensure more young people benefit from an apprenticeship, and to help employers gain the skilled workers they need to grow.[TRIMTO] As part of the Government's plan for growth, Ministers are taking action to make it easier for companies to take on apprentices and ensure that the qualit...

Customers are shouting, but is anybody listening?

...member organisations, shows that social media is widely seen by consumers as an effective means for people to discuss their experiences, good and bad, and compel organisations to take action. Almost half (46%) say they are likely to voice their dissatisfaction through social media. Further, approaching half (46%) of consumers agree that "social med...

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...nsumers use as we go about our daily lives. I'm ashamed to say though that I'm one of the 65% of people in the UK that doesn't own a dishwasher. Since joining the industry I've learned that they cut the amount of water used in washing up, rather than use more (as I'd always believed). Having examined the latest Whirlpool appliance on a visit to ...

Insurance company pays for VEDR cameras in company fleet

...ng RoadScan it became far simpler and Mereway now just presents the footage which clearly shows the people and vehicles involved, the road layout, lighting, weather conditions, the noise, road signs as well as traffic flow and volume. Since fitting out the company fleet with RoadScan 33 months ago, none of Mereway drivers have been involved in a...

UK mums dream of a white goods Christmas!

...ems the massive recent spate of markdowns - on Black Friday, Mega Monday and Cyber Monday - has got people thinking about investing in white goods again," reveals ILoveCashback managing director, Brad Blake. "It took us all by surprise when we also saw kitchen appliances like dishwashers and even refrigerators so high on the list of Christmas pr...

Hoover cooks up Britain's Best Dish

... recipe, along with other sumptuous menus, are available on Hoover's Best Dish Facebook page, where people also have a chance to win one of the stainless steel built-in ovens along with a 5 burner gas hob and black freestanding dishwasher. Three runners up will receive a dishwasher. Anyone can enter by liking 'Hoover's Best Dish' on Facebook. ...

Soapbox: The demand is there but the will to invest is not

...dvised that they would like to refurbish their kitchen but can't afford to. Equally there are more people wanting to upgrade, but they are being extremely cautious about the risk of overspending as they wait to see what happens with the economy. But at the same time increasing numbers of consumers are feeling left behind as the poor relation as...

Designer predicts bathroom trends for 2012

... are reporting an increase in sales of coloured ceramics for new bathrooms. Water Saving More people are seeing the value link between water saving and money saving. A good example of this is Ideal Standard's new CeraMix Blue technology taps. The thin plastic pipes within the spout of the tap means less water runs through before the hot water...

Duke of Gloucester meets Ellis Furniture apprentice

...mments: "We take on around three new apprentices each year, providing a great start for these young people and enabling them to learn the skills they need for a fantastic lifelong career. In doing so, we bring fresh talent into our business and the furniture manufacturing industry, developing wonderful young craftsmen, who we hope will stay with u...

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... best way possible. It will make you feel virtuous, it will allow local authorities to redeploy the people manning these tips to cover areas where there is insufficient manpower and will help keep our taxes down too! I'd like to see the myriad of literature that comes with these appliances when they're sold, to carry a strong message - and relev...

Soapbox: Graham Ball discusses National Training Group

...s formed in 2004 with the objective of becoming the conduit for relevant training opportunities for people in the KBB sectors. Before that there was simply nothing specifically for our sector, as all other national training opportunities were focussed on the wider (and larger) 'construction' sector - as opposed to our mission which relates speci...

KBSA welcomes two new Board members

...helps shape the direction and the future of the KBSA, so we're delighted to find two such excellent people to fill the roles."[TRIMTO] From the North/East region the first new appointee is David Dalglish (pictured left), managing director of The Knaresborough Kitchen Company - a KBSA retail member since 2000. The company boast 40 displ...

Anna Ryder Richardson and Gerd Bulthaup to speak at kbb Birmingham

... Vestlund, Deputy Technical Manager, FIRA International 15:00-16:00: Changing attitudes of older people - effects on the bathroom market, bycProfessor Peter Gore, Professor of Practice (Ageing and Vitality), Newcastle University; David Silverwood, Gordon Ellis & Co .The changing attitudes of older people and how they spend their money. The c...

Symphony 'Inspire' kitchen product supplier for TV advertising

...as become the largest fitted furniture trade showroom in the UK. It will now be seen by millions of people alongside OXO's kitchen products when the TV advert airs on the SKY and the BBC Freesat network on 28th February. Simon Collyns, Marketing Director at Symphony, comments: "It's testament to our stunning facility that OXO chose to film its T...

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...obably even more so for the driver following me! Be warned... The KBB industry relies heavily on people being out on the road for long hours: delivery drivers, fitters, joiners, salespeople etc. and while it's tiring and pressurised work at any time of the year, weather conditions such as those we're experiencing right now make things far worse,...

Queen's Diamond Jubilee: 60 years of Britain at work

...Britain has changed since 1952. The report finds:[TRIMTO] * There are at present some 29 million people in employment in the UK, six million more than in the 1950s, but there has been no increase in the total number of hours worked each week. The UK has thus undergone a process of informal 'work-sharing' since the 1950s with a fall of 10 hours i...

World record-breaking paralympic athlete champions independent living opportunity

... independent living. "Although my disability is not as debilitating as others, I train with many people who suffer from a range of disabilities who understand the need for daily living solutions that offer style, choice and value for money. AKW unquestionably provides this, which is why I am thrilled to be working with them. "The company offe...

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...hort straw - particularly when it came to exhibitions. Yes the cleaning industry has some lovely people but I can't quite summon up the same enthusiasm for a mopping system or pressure washer as I can for luxury bathroom furniture, fabulous kitchens, high-tech appliances and taps and worktops that are begging to have you run your fingers over th...

Drive away those chills with portable heating!

...om home, the need for effective heating of a single room or office area has also risen. While these people will save on commuting costs, the financial implications for increased presence in the home throughout the day, particularly in terms of energy use, cannot be ignored. For those who are concerned about a rise in heating bills as a result, the ...

Government urged to boost credibility of apprenticeship schemes

... effectiveness. It's also urging decision-makers to incentivise small businesses that take on young people and reward those that do; to work more closely with employers on delivering training provision in terms of local need; and to simplify other aspects of these types of training schemes. The Forum also reiterated in its submission, previous c...

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... Vestlund, Deputy Technical Manager, FIRA International 15:00-16:00: Changing attitudes of older people - effects on the bathroom market, bycProfessor Peter Gore, Professor of Practice (Ageing and Vitality), Newcastle University; David Silverwood, Gordon Ellis & Co .The changing attitudes of older people and how they spend their money. The c...

Anthony Nolan named Belling's centenary year charity

...for the brands 100th year. Anthony Nolan is a unique, pioneering charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer such as leukaemia.  The charity provides potentially lifesaving transplants for seriously ill children and adults with blood cancer, matching them with donors willing to donate their healthy stem cells. There are over...

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...ng to recent Met Office forecasts, the Environment Secretary urged water companies, businesses, and people to find ways of reducing water waste and water usage. Speaking after the summit, Caroline Spelman said:  "Ensuring we have enough water this summer is vitally important, and that is why I called the summit today. Drought is already ...

Abode Lisi: the new thermostatic shower range

...ew a new creation - Lisi, an innovatively styled thermostatic shower range specifically created for people who want the perfect blend of design, performance, quality and sheer luxury.[TRIMTO] The range comprises a white thermostatic post shower with chrome handset and hose, the Lisi shower head, plus a very modern and stylish seat and design sta...

BMA's delight in welcoming new member - Dietsche

...with over 76 well-known brands in the market place. The manufacturing base directly employs 10,000+ people across 73 sites around the UK. T: 01782 747123 F: 01782 747161 El: info@bathroom-association.org.uk W: www.bathroom-association.org ...

Major new TV series seeks Britain's most colourful and unconventional workplaces

... KBZine as they are looking for colourful bosses who make their own rules and don't care what other people think. If you are passionate about your business, and feel tremendously loyal towards the (sometimes long suffering) staff you employ - would love to hear from you. If your workforce is like an extension of your family - full of laughter, hone...

KBB seminar heralds the bathroom as an investment in quality of life

...e seminar to argue that although in terms of appearance the bathroom is merging with living spaces, people have different requirements on privacy, temperature and humidity in the bathroom than in bedrooms or living rooms. Therefore open-plan bathrooms have practical drawbacks which require bathroom designers to find other ways of opening up the bat...

Tyldesley tiler named as leading professional

... to compare their local tilers. It compares well with a site currently being advertised where tradespeople pay to register, then pay for leads. For customers, an extra TilerWorld bonus is that they can win back the cost of their tiling." A customer using a TilerWorld rated tiler can submit their own rating, with the incentive of a free prize dra...

Laufen

... collection and at a generous 580mm deep offers a relaxing bathing solution for even the tallest of people. Due to the compact nature of the bath, it fits neatly into particularly narrow or small bathrooms and is available with an optional whirl system, coloured underwater lighting and air massage turning it into a mini oasis. Control is simple ...

Pelipal

...beading you can see, but light). If this is bathroom furniture of the future then I can see lots of people bathing with the lights out. Gorgeous! This is the first time the company has exhibited at KBB Birmingham, preferring until now to exhibit at international shows, but Wayne Dance, Managing Director of InHouse, Pelipal's UK representative...

HiB

... agree with. The mood was definitely upbeat and confident, there were new players in the market and people were spending. This visitor confidence was plain to see right through to the time the doors closed on the final day, so Barry was spot on with his observations. But back to HiB... As well as its clever magnifying mirror placement solutions,...

Showerwall

We tried several times to speak to people on Showerwall's stand, to get the background to the major design update the company had made to its range of waterproof wallpanels, which it unveiled at the show.[TRIMTO] The launch was obviously making an impact as the stand representatives were always tied up with potential customers (a successful sh...

Drawers, doors and lifting systems - a study into the real usage of kitchens

...ever, the number of times the rubbish receptacle is used is much higher in Austria, suggesting that people in the UK are more likely to have a standalone bin. Hinge counters in the UK measured up to 165,000 uses over 20 years, with Austria showing usage of up to 286,000 cycles over 20 years. This figure is greater than that specified in the Standar...

Bohle

The exhibition attracted just the right kind of people for Bohle, the Manchester-based manufacturer and supplier of glass installation products. Alic McCabe, Sales Promotion Manager, said on the final day: "We've had a steady stream of visitors every day and unusually we even took orders on the stand for our new sliding glass door system, Portava...

Pegler Yorkshire

...ike Dickinson, Product Market manager of Taps, Mixers and Showers, showed us how it worked: "All people have a natural capacitance and approaching the tap with hands alters the active capacitance, triggering the water to flow," he explained. "Taps can be adjusted for sensitivity, have selectable auto-flush settings and a user active cleaning m...

CDA

...otonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress and boost daytime energy. Just what we busy people need! The extractor also makes a great job of clearing odours and steam as it has four brushless fans and an extraction rate of 600m3/hr. The brushless techologogy means that this extractor is much quieter in operation that a conventional m...

Abode

...g lots of attention was Lisi - a uniquely styled thermostatic shower range specifically created for people who want the perfect blend of design, performance, quality and sheer luxury. The range comprises a shaped white thermostatic wall shower with large shower head plus a chrome handset and hose. It also includes a very modern and stylish seat...

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...ng goods into this country - and with the global economy in such turmoil I can only think that most people, like me, will consider this action both stupid and selfish. The good news today is that a strike will not take place prior to the Easter break and I understand that the Government is in talks with hauliers to see if they can help distribut...

Symphony

Renowned furniture manufacturer Symphony took the opportunity to talk to people about the changes to its retail offer with the launch of a major new support package. Bringing together an entirely fresh approach for retail and an exciting new era for the business, 'New Perspectives' is Symphony's most comprehensive support package for KBB retai...

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...work? Or do you just absorb the cost and try and find other ways to increase your income? Are fewer people visiting showrooms and opting to shop online instead? Or are they just not shopping at all? If you have a view on that and would like to share it, do let us know.  If you enjoy reading KBZine so do others! If you have company news, ...

KBSA announces judges for Design Awards

...ertise and collectively their experience is unparalleled. I can't imagine a more suitable group of people to select our winners." Entries will be accepted until May 31st and judges with the hard task of making the decisions have been confirmed as: Martin Thomas - National Chair, KBSA Renee Mascari - CEO KBBNTG Tim Gent - National Trade Sale...

Brussels is to push for EU-wide minimum wage

...y is high, particularly in countries with uneven earnings distribution and low minimum wages, among people with temporary contracts and in low work intensity and single parent households," reads the Commission communication, 'Towards a job-rich recovery', which the EU executive published yesterday. Against this background, made worse by the ongo...

Crosswater Holdings joins BMA

... with over 80 well-known brands in the marketplace. The manufacturing base directly employs 10,000+ people across 79 sites around the UK. T: 01782 747123 E: info@bathroom-association.org.uk W: www.bathroom-association.org ...

Ellis Furniture praises enduring popularity of apprenticeship schemes

...More than a quarter of our team started with us as apprentices. "To give such enthusiastic young people a fantastic start with the opportunity to gain the skills required to carve out a lifelong career, is a real honour. In turn, we benefit from securing some incredibly promising young craftsmen who we nurture and train, enabling them to continu...

Stylish kitchen showroom opens in Perth

... tough times it is hard for a business to expand but at KI we are passionate about offering as many people as possible across Scotland and beyond access to our aspirational kitchens and exceptional design service," explains Paul O'Brien, Business Development Director of Kitchens International. "Perth and Tayside are a key area for us and this new s...

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...nstitute and a co-founder of the new coalition.  "We know better products can be designed with people and the planet in mind.  Better systems for recovering, reusing and recycling them will revitalise our economy and create jobs in our communities." The name of the coalition, Cradle, comes from the groups' vision of building a cradle t...

An open letter to Sir James Dyson

...more a day. It is the combination of consumer behaviour change and engineering ingenuity – people and products – which will help make us less wasteful with water. Science is not the answer on its own. Yours sincerely, Yvonne Orgill, Chief executive of the Water Label T: 01782 631619 F: 01782 630155 E: info@bathroom-...

Applications for ‘2012 Architect in the House’ initiative, now open

...l advice to help them realise their vision for improving their homes. “At a time when many people are choosing to improve their property rather than move, we hope Architect in the House will also provide a stimulus for the UK construction and property development sector.” Now in its 16th year, Architect in the House has raised ove...

Gorenje sponsors BTCC Pro racing driver

...levision coverage will prove a valuable method for getting the Gorenje name in front of millions of people on a regular basis,” says Bill Miller, Gorenje’s Sales & Marketing Director. “BTCC is a very popular sport with an excellent reputation, which continues to grow, and we are thrilled to take part by sponsoring such an exci...

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..., stressed-out drivers, disgruntled customers and worried traders. Let's hope that the influx of people to these shores, aiming to take part in the Olympics either as competitors or spectators, will bring with it some serious spending and thus boost consumer confidence. We certainly need a bit of a kick-start and this may just provide it! ...

New fridge-freezers: fresher colours, fresher ingredients

...ing thrown away before it is eaten,*" says Andrew. "TwinTech helps reduce food waste and also gives people more flexibility to cook what they want, when they want, instead of having to go by 'what will spoil first'." FreshPlus models take this a step further with MultiFlow, a forced-air system that ensures consistent humidity and temperature at ...

An opportunity for the industry to get involved with transforming neglected London dock into 'creative hub'?

...luding an array of studio spaces, museum, gardens and moorings for 50 boats. It will also enable people to walk for 26 miles from Hertfordshire to the Thames thanks to a new swing bridge. This will mean users of the new cable car will be able to cycle direct to the Olympic Park - rather than be left high and dry when they alight at Royal Docks, ...

EU Policymakers weigh options for water pricing

...ater prices? I am not sure that is the right way to go," said Austrian MEP Richard Seeber (European Peoples Party), who is in charge of water issues at the European Parliament. "The political message is very tricky", he told a Fondation EurActiv workshop earlier this month. While Richard Seeber understands that businesses have to cover the co...

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...edible dining concept brings together some of the most pioneering and innovative chefs in the UK... people whose food I've drooled over on Masterchef - and here they were to chat to whist I ate the food they'd prepared using Electrolux Professional expertise! more   Yours, Jan Hobbs   ...

New brand launch: Live Life The Mereway

...ham explains. "For Cucina Colore, it is the lady who loves coffee - we have also carefully selected people who we can work with, who in their own sphere' Live Life The Mereway'. "Penelope Jordan is young, aspirational and loves to work with colour and texture. Like us, she is passionate about what she does and creates individual work that peopl...

B & V Water Treatment calls for action after WWF report

...t report highlighted that freshwater ecosystems have declined by 70%since 1970 and that 2.7 billion people are living in river basins that experience water shortages at least one month a year. The HSBC report states that addressing the challenge will require improvements to the management of fresh water resources and imp roving the efficiency of...

Ellis Furniture commends loyalty of long serving employees

... workforce joined the company as apprentices - and through a continual programme of training, these people have become increasingly skilled and experienced with time. The retention of these experienced apprentices, such as David, plays a pivotal role in the success of the scheme, as these former apprentices nurture each annual intake of apprentices...

Soapbox: why we do need to save water

...n for green's sake'. We are in a recession, after all. Many homeowners are in negative equity. Some people have lost their jobs and our European neighbours seem to be lurching from one crisis to another. We're all frightened that it's all going to fall, like a big game of economic dominoes. Why on earth should we worry about saving water at a time ...

Indesit's Adam conquers the seas in life-threatening swim

...ne was numb due to the poison. "I was certainly glad to see the finish line, and I'm hoping that people will continue to sponsor me which will make it all worthwhile." This swim takes Adam one step closer to completing the Ocean 7 Challenge, to become the first British swimmer to conquer the seven hardest swims in the world. The remaining swi...

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...considerably year on year. Because these aren't just figures we're talking about, are they? They're people - and most of them have families, which means that the figures aren't really representative of the true picture. I think it's high time that health & safety got back to where it should be, so that we could all start to take it seriously...

Mereway Kitchens; ultimate test raises cash for charity

... always delighted to receive a donation for our cause and continue to be amazed and inspired by how people raise money!" Image: Sales & Marketing Director for Mereway Kitchens Graham Jones presents cheque to Janie Martin, Help for Heroes County Co-Ordinator for Leicestershire and Rutland To see the clip and help Mereway raise even more mo...

New figures published for fatally injured workers

...sks that continue to cause death and serious injury. HSE is working very hard to make it easier for people to understand what they need to do and to focus on the real priorities. Protecting people from death and serious injury at work should be at the heart of what we all do." The figures also show the rate of fatal injuries in several of the ke...

New 'messy map' of Britain reveals standards are slipping across the UK

...o ensure their homes and they feel as good as they possibly can." Spaceslide.co.uk surveyed 2000 people across the UK (NE, NW, Midlands, London, SE, SW) in May and June 2012 on their home tidiness and cleaning habits, using www.surveymonkey.co.uk. T: 0800 980 499 W: www.spaceslide.co.uk ...

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...of these figures could be attributed to the KBB industry. Manhandling heavy appliances into people's homes can't be easy at the best of times, but throw into the mix all this rain we're having and the way it's making everything so darned slippery - and add to that the ire of the householders who've had their carpets and ...

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...that - in an industry that is normally so good about sharing its successes - the relevant marketing people have kept so quiet. If this is part of the infamous Games crackdown on people using the event for marketing purposes I can understand just how frustrating that must be and hope that perhaps after the event I'm going to be inundated with press ...

Renolit Cramlington employee carries Olympic Torch

...ympics.[TRIMTO] Nominated by someone they know - in Neil's case his sister - 8,000 inspirational people carried the Olympic Flame as it journeyed across the UK. The Olympic Flame stands for peace, unity and friendship.[TRIMTO] In October 2010 Neil's world was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia. CML is a...

Get ahead of the Games

...isk management issues affecting the KBB industry during London 2012 Starting today, millions of people will be celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It's important, therefore, to consider the impact the Games will have on your daily business operations. Transport infrastructure will be exceptionally busy, with thousands of e...

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... bathroom or bedroom into one of the sets on a TV programme but it only really does you any good if people know that you're the manufacturer. Some interested viewers may take the trouble to 'phone the TV channel to find out, but most won't bother. Channel  5 is looking for a company to supply a new kitchen for use in the refurbishment part...

The Scent of Success for Mereway Bathrooms

...assionate about her products, and her beautiful handmade soaps are filled with fragrances that stir people's senses. Mereway haschosen talented people that it can work with, who in their own specialty field 'Live Life The Mereway'. "We have already created a series of scenarios for each Mereway kitchen collection to illustrate the Life Live The...

Roman Project 252 surpasses expectation

... "As we passed the halfway point of 2012, we decided to review Project 252, to understand how many people are looking at the photos and we were stunned to see that it is being viewed by so many," says David Osborne, Managing Director at Roman. "We are delighted that so many of our customers have themselves gotten involved and are sending photos in...

New man at the BMA's helm

...with over 80 well-known brands in the market place. The manufacturing base directly employs 10,000+ people across 79 sites around the UK. T: 01782 631619 E: info@bathroom-association.org.uk W: www.bathroom-association.org.uk ...

Bill Gates names winners of the 'Reinvent the Toilet' challenge

...elop 'next-generation' toilets that will deliver safe and sustainable sanitation to the 2.5 billion people worldwide who don't have it. The awards recognise researchers from leading universities who are developing innovative ways to manage human waste, which will help improve the health and lives of people around the world. [TRIMTO] Califor...

Paralympics coincides with launch of BMA's new special needs web page

...ided by those members of the BMA who design and manufacture bathroom products especially for use by people with special needs. "We have conducted a full root and branch review of our specialist web pages," explains Yvonne Orgill, Chief Executive of the BMA. "The result is a major expansion of these pages giving useful facts and ideas for both t...

Get ahead of the curve with Franke

...is demonstrated with state-of-the-art, accent-piece appliances and a ventilation hood is crucial if people are to enjoy living in a space without having to suffer cooking and other smells. The design parameters for hoods are virtually limitless and some of today's are positively space age - and, again, the contemporary hood is no longer a boxy, squ...

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...products with features we'd never have thought possible even a few years ago. How on earth the salespeople manage to keep up-to-date with it all I just don't know! Yours,     Jan Hobbs   ...

The true value and importance of a good toilet revealed...

...ohl, Managing Director of Bridport luxury bathroom company Ocean Bathrooms, is seeking to make more people aware of the true value and importance of the humble toilet in their home Robert believes that if more UK people were aware of the large amount of time spent using the loo and the fact that nearly half of the world's population don't have a...

KBSA AGM National Meeting and Awards a great success

...ative and highly entertaining. He also presented details of his Entrepreneur's Circle that supports people running their own businesses with coaching, mentoring and teaching. "We are grateful to our sponsors of the awards dinner: Bosch, Glen Dimplex, Hoover Candy, Hotpoint, JJO, NEFF, Rangemaster, Whirlpool and QANW, as their support contributed...

Illegal gas fitter put lives in danger in Rochdale

...Gas Safe Register, added: "A quarter of a million illegal gas jobs are carried out every year by people who don't have the skills or the qualifications to work safely with gas. "It's therefore vital that people always make sure the person working on their gas appliances is on the Gas Safe Register. If they don't, they could be putting their f...

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...verwhelming technology" into the UK (see story below, for more). I reckon it will down a storm with people like my mother and those like me that have to get psyched up before even opening an instruction manual... Yours, Jan Hobbs   ...

Business leader warns companies about investing outside established markets

...is growing in all principal EU countries other than Germany. The impact has been greatest on young people - with more than 50% of those under the age of 25 out of work in Spain and Greece and 35% in Italy. Generations are growing up in Europe for whom work is a distant prospect and who are denied the opportunity to develop the key vocational skill...

Gorenje partners with London charity RADICLE

...Enterprises). RADICLE provides emotional and practical support services for isolated and vulnerable people in the local area, including three residential schemes for homeless young mothers and their babies, two drop-in centres used by over 700 older people, and a nursery visited by more than 50 local families.[TRIMTO] These residences all aim to...

Axor Starck Organic: Harmony of head and heart

...ntuitive, ergonomic and economical.[TRIMTO] "To me, the essence of our work consists of allowing people to experience the fascination of water in its best way", says Philippe Grohe, Head of the designer brand Axor, "and to provide innovative solutions of the highest aesthetic and technological levels." The new Axor Starck Organic bathroom col...

Annual Bathroom Conference - The Retail Revolution:

...is afternoon which on the surface of it seems a bit bloody obvious - how we shop today. Yes we know people have less money, yes they shop online. But I want to look at the reasons why.[TRIMTO] Let's start with the really obvious stuff - money, and how it's changed. The economic crisis means that heap is accepted and expected. Cheap is clever. Th...

Annual Bathroom Conference - Good digital is just about connecting stuff with people who want stuff

...uses if you’re not. If what you do is amazing, why can’t I find you online? Not many people in the bathroom industry are getting digital right. The online space is incredibly important. Why? Well, nine out of 10 consumers are now purchasing using ROPO (research online, purchase offline). Four out of 10 ‘purchase journeys&rsq...

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...f year at my weekend job/hobby selling houses. Generally, come mid-October, the market dies down as people start to gear up for Christmas, but it's got really busy lately and it's taken everyone by surprise. Speaking to my counterparts in other agencies, it's something that's being reciprocated around much of the country too - and because there ...

Cutting a greener deal for consumers

...nsumers to upgrade their kitchens - providing considerable work for skilled tradesmen and for young people just starting out on their careers." University of Surrey Pilot Study Key findings: * Participants keen to switch off lights and phone chargers, avoid standby etc., yet very little understanding of energy labels. * Whe...

Record month for Schuller sees new record set for September

...range brings designer kitchens into an affordable price point. "While the economy has stagnated, people's aspirations have not," says Wayne. "Retailers need to be sure that what they're offering is still appealing to customers. "Without quality displays showcasing new technology, colours and finishes, retailers can quickly fall behind and fai...

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...l on the problem of plastic waste in the same way that it tackled drink driving. “I hope some people will be embarrassed out of their comfortable way of living,” he said. Public consultation under the green paper will last until the beginning of June 2013, resulting in further policy action on plastic waste in 2014. You can learn mor...

IDS announces winner of its national design competition for the company's new HQ

...methods including rainwater harvesting, grey water recycling and solar panelling. IDS employs 75 people at Stoke, out of 420 nationally. Says John Bagshaw, managing director of IDS: "I am delighted with the calibre of entries that we received showcasing some very well thought-out and creative ideas incorporating our decorative surfaces. "...

Azea launches 2013 behavioural safety training campaign for construction and utilities sectors

...is complete. Working with Azea enables companies to create long term safety bubbles that protect people, plant, buildings and the environment, their expertise ensuring that both staff and the public are safe whilst work is carried out. T: 01665 714 000 E: info@azea.co.uk W: www.azea.co.uk ...

Government's flagship employment programme off to a promising start, but low employer awareness hinders progress

...ch as retail and the hotels, catering and leisure sectors, which are more likely to hire unemployed people and/or employ unskilled or low-skilled workers. "Secondly, the high rate of churn after the six month mark suggests that there may be a mismatch between participants and the employment opportunities that are being given to them, and that so...

BTCC season closes with success for Gorenje-sponsored driver

...th the Independent drivers' and teams' titles is terrific. We are growing all the time as a team of people and have had to beat rival teams and drivers of real quality." Bill Miller, Gorenje's Sales & Marketing Director, says: "We would like to wish Andrew many congratulations for his superb win as Independents' Champion. Gorenje has thoroug...

Soapbox: World Toilet Day - what can you do?

... those of us living in the more wealthy parts of the world, it is a harsh reality that one in three people on our tiny planet don't have access to either a toilet or drinkable water.[TRIMTO] Poor sanitation and lack of access to clean water is one of the world's key issues. The humble toilet can be a stepping stone to a healthier life, greater d...

Kitchen Magic now offers free fitting on all kitchen refurbishments

... One of the main issues with kitchen refurbishment is effective completion of the project. A lot of people imagine it's a simple DIY job, but then discover half way through it's a lot more complicated than they thought. The most efficient and cost-effective way to transform your kitchen "We transform old kitchens into beautiful luxury kitchen...

Homeowner demand for expert advice soars at Grand Designs Live

...iries were related to how to obtain the best design advice before embarking on a project. A lot of people had been disappointed with the level of customer service and design expertise they had found on the high street. "Alan was able to demonstrate how good design can influence the success of a project and recommend retailers from the KBSA netw...

British Ceramic Tile and Tile Town support charity project Houses 2 Homes - as seen on Channel 4

...d in to offer its support to Houses 2 Homes (H2H), a pioneering initiative through which ex-service people transform derelict properties into habitable homes for fellow veterans and their families.[TRIMTO] After seeing a call to arms by interior designer George Clarke on Twitter, British Ceramic Tile joined forces with Derbyshire-based retailer ...

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..... well... it could actually break them. And what will happen to workplace camaraderie when several people want to be off at the same time? I'm pleased that the Forum of Private Business is highlighting some of the potential pitfalls of this idea, (which I believe is actually another EU edict rather than Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's baby -...

£4.8 billion of unpaid work completed by British tradespeople every year

According to new research from Direct Line for Business (DL4B), seven in 10 British tradespeople work extra unpaid hours each week, which equates to around £4.8 billion in unpaid overtime every year. Just one in four (26%) of workers claim they don't work any unpaid overtime in a typical week. On average, each tradesperson completes 5.29 ...

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...agination will. I know something slightly similar happens in the building industry whereby tradespeople 'call in favours'... a plasterer may find a slight leak in one of the pipes coming from the boiler, but rather than down tools until the householder's had it sorted, he (or she) will call in a gas fitter friend who'll quickly deal with the pro...

Localised online skill exchanges - what a good idea!

...ist capacity issues, improve staff development and retention, allowing more efficient deployment of people and skills. Employers of any size from any sector will join together to create on line local networks acting as a 'clearing house' for good ideas and developing local solutions to local challenges. The key objectives are to provide local...

Apprenticeships must be improved and focus on employers' needs, says review

...hould be made to ensure that schools and teachers, parents and all those who inform and guide young people have a better understanding of what a high-quality apprenticeship can offer. The Government will now consider Mr Richard's recommendations and will issue a full response in the New Year. The full report and terms of reference of the revi...

Property developer sentenced over Manchester gas explosion

...ng the initial gas leak, including 21 apartments at the Didsbury Gate development which already had people living in them. Businesses, three schools, a hospital, two health units and a police station also had to be evacuated, and the Urban Search and Rescue team was brought in to search the rubble to see if anyone was trapped. Debris from the site ...

CIPD responds to Richard Review of Apprenticeships

... and career choices - which, as Doug Richard notes, is crucial to ensuring that the supply of young people inspired to follow this route to developing work-based skills and entering employment continues to grow. "We welcome Doug Richard's recommendation that employers and professional bodies should take the lead role in establishing high quality...

Roman to the rescue

...oy Builders," says David Osborne, Managing Director at Roman. "They do a fantastic job in restoring peoples' homes after being left in often unliveable conditions after cowboy builders have destroyed them. We have now become a regular supplier for the show, having worked with them now over many years. Because we manufacture all our products in the ...

Soapbox: Census lessons for bathroom industry

... for England and Wales and amongst the raft of information (including the utterly useless fact that people still like Star Wars enough to put their religion down as "Jedi") the change in the population and its living arrangements may help bathroom manufacturers with their portfolio planning. The population is growing - and we knew that already -...

Handles for handleless kitchens

...es. As Matthew Lord, LDL's managing director, explains: "Edge is the perfect solution for those people who want the visual impact of uninterrupted door and drawer surfaces but prefer to have a handle. A major benefit of this range for installers is that the handle sits on top of the door or drawer and simply screws in from behind, thus avoiding...

Property maintenance chief urges us to plan ahead for non-emergency refurbishments

While tracking the number of shopping days until Christmas, people also should track the number of remodelling days until the relatives arrive, says the managing director of one of the UK's largest property management firms.[TRIMTO] "We will fit more bathrooms and paint and decorate more spare rooms between now and Christmas than any other time...

Commercial tile trends for 2013

Thousands of people across the country will stand in their kitchen this month, possibly cooking a Christmas feast for their family, and they will resolve to upgrade their kitchen as part of a New Year's resolution. Home improvements are a very popular resolution for many people to make, and with the kitchen one of the most frequently used rooms in...

Pegler Yorkshire goes social to increase global brand awareness

...and energy-saving products. Marketing & business development director, Phill Jackson, says: "People are more interested now in finding out about a company's story and they have the communication platforms and tools to do that more easily than ever before. They are searching online for advice and information about products and services - and ...

Christmas energy saving tips for businesses

...n staff are so keen to finish work for the holidays that energy saving is usually the last thing on people's minds. "Businesses' energy use always increases over the festive period, particularly for retailers who really go to town on their festive lights," he warns. "But there are still a few simple measures that can be taken to ensure energy c...

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...five minutes before the end - spectacular as it all was - I started wondering what all the homeless people watching from sleeping bags in doorways, or cardboard boxes in London's parks, would be thinking as they looked up into the night's sky. Then I thought about the homeless throughout the world, and those who are sick but can't afford essential ...

EEF Environment Consultant appointed as UK expert on the guidance for ISO14001

...er." EEF has a growing membership of almost 6,000 companies of all sizes, employing some 900,000 people from every sector of engineering, manufacturing, engineering construction and technology-based industries. E: groberts@eef.org.uk W: www.eef.org.uk ...

The state of water in 2013

... may also cause water rates to increase * We will see more advocacy groups emerge urging people to conserve water and use it more efficiently * As a result of these factors, finding ways to use water more efficiently in homes, offices, and especially in agriculture and industry will become the "new normal" in 2013. "This la...

Biggest idiot on a ladder crowned by Ladder Association after public vote

...The competition, which aimed to shame dangerous ladder users into changing their ways, then offered people the chance to vote on Facebook to decide which picture was the worst. Entries came from as far away as Mexico but the clear winner, with over 30% of the vote, was of a UK worker. It showed him reaching up to the top of a chimney with a gaping ...

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...music outlet). And of course there was Comet not that many weeks back. As well as the recession, people are blaming the companies' failures on the growing use of the Internet for personal shopping and for Jessops this is particularly sad as its staff have shared their expertise with customers interested in finding out about a camera's attributes...

Transform a home kitchen into a chef's paradise

With 'eating in' as the new 'eating out' increasingly many people are becoming budding master chefs. But without the right kitchen and appliances to cook on our culinary creations can turn out a disaster.[TRIMTO] Luxury kitchen designer Kitchens International, with input from leading Scottish chefs, such as Nick Nairn, Andrew Fairlie, Martin W...

New face joins Geberit sales team in the South West

... far has been extremely positive. "Geberit has an exciting range of products and is a brand that people trust and it's exciting to be a part of their growing success." T: 0800 077 8365 W: www.geberit.co.uk ...

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...speech about Britain's position in the EU and - perhaps surprisingly, he seems to have won a lot of people over. Reading the comments made by those working for the EU machine prior to the speech, it was clearly felt that we Brits had joined a 'club' and were asking for the rules to be changed, or saying we only wanted to observe some of them whi...

I-Radium becomes part of the Glass wellness portfolio

...-Radium radiant system uses infrared technology. The infrared system firstly heats the objects and people in a room and then heats the air: this means that just as soon as the device is turned on, you have an immediate sensation of warmth on your body and on objects around you. Infrared rays are dynamic, when striking an object they heat it and b...

Ellis Furniture wins award for supporting youngsters

...r and manufacturer of furniture, Ellis Furniture, has won an award for its work in supporting young people with career choices. Awarded by the Almondbury Aspiration Project from Huddersfield, the accolade recognises Ellis Furniture's ongoing contribution to helping local youngsters identify opportunities in furniture design and manufacturing.[TRIMT...

Trustmark builds its board

... "TrustMark has been providing consumers with a platform to find reliable, safe and competent tradespeople and has become the tool of choice for consumers looking to have work carried out in their home. Employing a TrustMark 'approved tradesman' gives consumers assurances that the work will be carried out to a consistently high professional standa...

Happy New Year for NewBuy!

...ks of 2013 is running at the highest levels since the scheme was launched last March. Well over 100 people have reserved a new home each week, continuing the upward trajectory in the take up of the schemes. In total 3000 people have now reserved a new home using the scheme. NewBuy, the industry funded Government backed mortgage indemnity scheme,...

Aiming high for 2013!

...ure Makers (incorporating the Furnishing Industry Trust). The skydive - currently standing at 18 people and still growing - is the brainchild of Andy Corbett, a FIRA Council Member, who is a great fundraiser in his own right. The jump, from around 13,000ft - approximately two miles high, will take place from Beccles Airport in Suffolk on Satu...

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...the word about not dumping old furniture, unwanted appliances and even kitchens but instead getting people to donate them to charity, put them on Gumtree or sell them to someone who may not be able to buy new. Well I scored something of a double whammy late last month. Over the years I’ve committed hundreds of two litre plastic drinks bott...

BMA continues its rapid growth

...with over 80 well-known brands in the market place. The manufacturing base directly employs 10,000+ people across almost 80 sites around the UK. T: 01782 631619 E: info@bathroom-association.org.uk W: www.bathroom-association.org ...

Soapbox: The symmetry of success in football & sales

...ucture and strategy with the company. Here Neil shares some really interesting theories on why some people are more successful at reaching the top of the tree when it comes to sales (and football) than others... [TRIMTO] Have you ever wondered what qualities are required to make a great salesperson? I am talking about attributes rather than jus...

We have mail: Derrick Blunden responds to last week's leader on the EU

...nsibilities for non trade powers to any other entity. The European Union has been foisted on the people of the UK. Snip by snip we have seen our democratic control relinquished to the Eurocrats. In the past my vote on these issues had a 33% chance of influencing the outcome. Today my vote in EU elections has only about a 3% chance of influenc...

"...It's all in the detail"

...uccess, attracting a good deal of comment and over 3000 visitors viewing it on YouTube. "So many people have asked us what we would do this year that we decided to create another memorable story. The new approach is deliberately different and, we hope it will become even more popular than last year's film. "We love it and we hope our customer...

KBSA welcomes returning member - Mobalpa of France

...kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms, (it has three production sites in France employing more than 1000 people) and has hundreds of showrooms all over the world. Export Manager, Cyril Raberin (pictured) says: "As a previous corporate member, we were aware of what the KBSA had to offer. We are looking to accelerate our development in UK and reali...

BMA's brainchild shortlisted in Sentinel Business Awards

...best, the most successful and the most innovative firms and acknowledges the cream of local businesspeople and entrepreneurs," reports Yvonne Orgill, Chief Executive of the BMA. This year's event for 450 guests, will take place at the King's Hall in Stoke on the evening of Tuesday, 26th March. VIPs on the night will include mobile phone billi...

Electrolux Design Lab 2013 opens for entries

...five stages, allowing the applicants to concentrate on different areas throughout the process. The 'People's Choice Award' encourages applicants to campaign on behalf of their submissions and garner support for their design in social media. At each stage the public votes will play a major part, as the concept that receives the most public votes wil...

kbb LDN Innovation Award triggers global recognition for De Dietrich

...ways enhances the promotion of both the product and the brand." Q: What advice would you give to people who are thinking of entering the awards? Would you recommend entering? A: "We would definitely recommend entering the awards. All of the entries are on display throughout the duration of the show in a special Innovation Zone. This environme...

Showcase your work and discover whether you're a Topps tiler!

... to various social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, making it easier for people to enter and maximising opportunities to win. Entries can also be posted via laptops, tablets, PCs and mobile phones, increasing opportunities to share snaps and vote on the top interior design shots. Throughout the competition, trade entra...

Take a seat for inclusive bathing

...room, it is possible to preserve independent bathing for those with mobility difficulties and older people. "Similarly, the luxury of being seated for a long steamy shower appeals to most of us. It was important to us that the seats we brought to market stood up to what can be a tough job but that also complemented the overall bathroom des...

David celebrates an incredible 50 years at Ellis Furniture

...tball events. "During my 50 years with Ellis Furniture I have witnessed many changes in terms of people, technology, products and customers," he said. "It has been a pleasure to work for a company that embraces change as something necessary and positive. I have learnt a lot from being involved with a business that values and listens to its peopl...

Fresh new finish for Cucina Colore

...We launch to reflect market trends and we listen to our retailers and consumers to create the looks people want right now," explains Graham Jones, Sales & Marketing Director. "We're excited to introduce this new door into a low price group, as it presents a bright, fresh new concept at the more affordable end of our Cucina offer. "This new ...

F & P Wholesale raises more than £18K for charity - and there's more planned!

... kids by providing powered and manual wheelchairs, skills training, and fun clubs to young disabled people. In 2012, Whizz-Kidz provided mobility equipment for 2,025 children and 1,500 adults, with an additional 1,700 children benefiting from added value services. After such a successful year in 2012, the team at F & P Wholesale has already ...

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...had it all, but apparently we hadn’t - until now. A new company has put together a team of people to provide every kind of conceivable help to those buying or selling their property. And as well as offering traditional services such as legal help and financial advice, it also caters for the more spiritual needs of the prospective home buye...

Anthea McIntyre MEP Visits Mereway Kitchens

...rrange to visit the company after learning that it had won the EEF Manufacturing Regional Award for People Management.[TRIMTO] "During the visit Anthea made some very nice comments about Mereway," says Bob Norris, who, alongside his brother Richard, is Joint Managing Director. "She particularly emphasised the fact that it was very encouraging to...

Zanussi Slimline dishwasher: perfect for smaller kitchens!

...perfect for smaller kitchen spaces yet still has the capacity for nine place settings. "Some of the people with the most active lives live in cities in small apartments," says Chandrasekar Kunche, Product Manager at Zanussi. "They'd love a tidy kitchen, but even small meals generate a lot of dishes." The new Slimline is designed for singles, sma...

SBID commits to KBB designers

... for the SBID qualification, I am really proud of this. It's often difficult to prove your worth to people, as there is so little formal recognition or credit given to our particular skill-set. Not only do we bring our creative and interpersonal talents to a project, we possess a huge amount of technical knowledge and understanding of planning need...

One-for-all from Britton Bathrooms

...the Tall range 6cm higher than standard. This also introduces an important comfort factor for older people - a 48cm high WC is much easier to use than one at 42cm for anyone with creaky knees and a taller basin avoids the need to stoop. "We are proud to say that the Britton Bathrooms range ticks all the boxes," enthuses Darren. "Contemporary d...

National Self Build week launches

...ive coincides with the results of an exclusive Ipsos MORI poll, which shows that around six million people in Briton are currently planning or researching how to build a home for themselves and want to start their new home in the next year or so. The survey also suggests that one million people have already moved from the 'researching' to the 'acti...

Whirlpool named one of Fortune's World's most admired companies for third time

... first in this sector for the third year in a row.[TRIMTO] Whirlpool's highest marks came in the people management, quality of management and global competitiveness categories. Other companies joining Whirlpool on the Home Equipment, Furnishings list include Tupperware Brands, Newell Rubbermaid and Steelcase. Companies that also ranked top of ...

Millions won't be celebrating World Water Day

... lack safe drinking water, while competition for water from agriculture and industry could put more people at risk in years to come, says a Portuguese lawyer who is the United Nations' independent advocate for the right to water. Catarina de Albuquerque, speaking ahead of World Water Day earlier today, said the official UN figure - 800 million - do...

'Talk to your tradesman' app puts spring into home improvements

...it.[TRIMTO] According to a new survey by TrustMark, the Government endorsed quality mark to help people find reputable tradesmen, the busiest tradesmen this Spring are likely to be painters and decorators, general builders and kitchen and bathroom fitters. Nearly half of people who have just bought their first home think their home needs a li...

Lakes Bathrooms opens new factory

... invest not only in the site and the materials used, but also in the skill and craftsmanship of the people we employ. Our facility includes a vapour-deposition chamber where all the glass is treated with AllClear stay-clean coating, affording protection to both sides of the glass. This is just one example of our comprehensive approach to building...

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...zine As someone who works from home and who also seems to always have a houseful of people, was interesting to see that ‘Effortless Cleaning’ was one of the categories in this year’s global Electrolux Design Lab competition - and while I’ve not yet had a chance to look at all of the 1700 submissions, one that...

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...a boost. Generally a bit of warmth and sunshine creates a ‘feelgood factor’ which makes people want to go out and spend money.  In the absence of any warmth and sunshine, let’s hope that the prolonged Winter we’ve had to endure will have forced householders to contemplate their tired old kitchens, appliances, bathrooms ...

Let local people build their own homes, says think tank

...sioners looking to downsize will be able to benefit from a radically new proposal that allows local people to buy their own plot of land and design their own custom built home. A new report by Policy Exchange says that councils which fail to hit their own housing targets should have to release land to local people who want to design their own ho...

Environment Agency calls for better management of construction spills

... Sir Robert McAlpine, Bovis Homes, Lend Lease and MACE Group. Key safety and environmental spokespeople from these companies have interacted with Environment Agency to offer a practical guide to implementing effective spill prevention and control. Topics such as 'Developing a spill training plan: Knowing the basics to put in place today' and ...

Diverting water between bath and shower made easy

...ull out diverter," comments Crosswater's Chairman David Hance. "It is easy for anyone to use - even people with limited hand movement who can find it difficult to grip and pull a diverter knob." The Wisp bath/shower diverter is specially designed to operate two fittings in a bathroom and is perfect for use with combination bath overflow filler a...

Granite Transformations helps double kitchen in TV project

It's tougher than ever for homeowners to move up the property ladder, which has prompted most people to adopt an 'improve not move' mindset, focusing on home improvement instead. Channel 4 series 'Double Your House For Half The Price', hosted by Sarah Beeny, takes this one stage further, showing viewers how to make the most of property they alrea...

Vado becomes part of Norcros

...roducts and brands... expanding into taps, showers and valves. It now has a workforce of around 150 people, with sales to over 60 countries worldwide, achieving more than £26 million in sales turnover. Norcros has a global turnover of some £220 million per year, is headquartered in Wilmslow, Cheshire and the group employs around 1600...

AEG's The Lab set to stir up a foodie frenzy!

...longside Taste Festivals. The recent popularity in cookery shows and celebrity chefs has meant that people are not just being more experimental in terms of what they eat, but also what they prepare themselves. "AEG appliances will be used throughout the event by celebrity chefs and other exhibitors and have been created for passionate foodies wh...

Director of Brand, Marketing & Culture of London Olympics to headline this year's Bathroom Conference

...th almost 90 well-known brands in the market place. The manufacturing base directly employs 10,000+ people across almost 80 sites around the UK. T: 01782 631619 E: sandra.cliff@bathroom-association.org.uk / conf2013@bathroom-association.org.uk W: www.bathroom-association.org ...

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...ne, in a fertiliser plant in Texas, US, has claimed an estimated 15 lives and injured more than 100 people; there have been calls for the entire town surrounding the plant to be evacuated. The other, in the Smurfit Kappa cardboard recycling mill in the Nechells area of Birmingham, doesn't appear to have injured anyone, but is...

Michael's Marathon for Sense

...re 250,000 children and adults in the UK who are deafblind and Sense has a vital role in supporting people of all ages and raising awareness. "I'm used to a tough challenge from my time on BBC1's The Apprentice, and from my career as an entrepreneur, businessman and founder of Dream Bedroom & Kitchen Designs but the Marathon will be one of t...

Electrolux hosts CookIt! competition for children in its fully kitted HO training kitchens

...re niche at the moment, but we expect them to grow into mainstream appliances in the future as more people become aware of the many benefits induction and cooking with steam offer." www.gfw.co.uk T: 08445 613613 W: www.electrolux.co.uk ...

Van users: life is going to get tougher

Van users have been reminded by The Fuelcard People of ever-tighter emissions controls. Steve Clarke, group marketing manager, said: "Life is already tough for anyone running vans or other LCVs, but those who fail to address emissions reduction will find it getting harder. As restrictions spread, the worst polluters will soon find themselves runni...

Mark Wilkinson - Ambassador for Helen Arkell Centre

... who spoke at the ceremony.[TRIMTO] The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre works in many areas to help people manage and cope with dyslexia, but is perhaps best known for the work it does with educationalists in helping them in their dealings with pupils who are dyslexic. Mark Wilkinson Furniture has adopted the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre and als...

HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, opens new Belling hospitality training centre

...l as offering one-day experiences for visitors. During his visit, Prince Charles met with young people completing The Prince's Trust Get into Hospitality programme, which has been delivered in partnership with Dumfries House for the last 18 months. The five-week training course is aimed at unemployed young people aged 16 to 25 and offers ess...

Match 1950's-inspired retro pastel switched sockets and light switches to your decor!

...resh 1950's inspired colours will certainly brighten up any interior design scheme... "Ideal for people who are looking for light switches to match the plethora of retro-styled household appliances now available on the high street," says the company. "The pink and blue options are perfect for kids' bedrooms, while the cream and green versions wo...

Tile Choice lays out the opposition for the second time at industry awards

...n the night for the Children Today Charitable Trust. This charity helps disabled children and young people up to the age of 25 to enjoy a better quality of life by providing them with the specialised equipmentthey need. Since 2010 the TTA Awards dinners have raised well over £20,000 for this worthwhile cause. Established in 1991, Tile Choi...

Gas fitter may face prison after illegal work

...lently avoiding the time and expense of becoming competent and registered. "Every year around 15 people die from CO poisoning caused by gas appliances and flues that have not been properly installed, maintained or that are poorly ventilated. Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause fires, explosions, gas leaks and carbon monoxid...

'Greenness' - a way to prove your products' claims!

...efficient and environmentally-friendly products on the market are known and recognisable. By giving people reliable and comparable information about the environmental impacts and credentials of products and organisations, we enable them to choose. And by helping companies to align their methods we cut their costs and administrative burdens." Com...

EEF and ENER-G launch hunt for Britain's greenest manufacturers

...pportunity to showcase their achievements across seven different award categories; business growth, people and skills, innovation, export, health and safety, environment and education. The EEF awards are free to enter and provide many opportunities to win.The awards will be judged in five regions across the UK and regional winners will be announ...

Dare to imagine...

...of case studies demonstrating its use. Andrew Pickup, director, explains further: "Now that most people are familiar with Mistral, we want to ensure they fully appreciate the design possibilities of its solid structure and how simple and straightforward it is to install. The show will give us the perfect opportunity to expand on this." T: 084...

New study shows that more night-time deliveries work better

...ames proved a major success.  Goods and services were retained at highly efficient levels, and people were able to move London’s streets more quickly and easily.  We must now take advantage of this ‘London 2012 effect’ and put some of the lessons learned into practice on a permanent basis for the sake of all road users, ...

Romex launches new module to manage risk to drivers

...lication, the biggest cause of occupational fatality is driving on business. There are more than 20 people killed and a further 250 seriously injured every week.[TRIMTO] The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents states that: "Drivers who were using a mobile phone were nine times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident," while the ...

kbb LDN

...and in 1934 Fisher & Paykel has grown into a global design-led company employing more than 3000 people. One of their newest employees, Claire Mansfield, we met on the stand at kbb LDN having joined the marketing department only two weeks before! Talk about in at the deep end! www.fisherpaykel.com   KitchenEx KitchenEx is a bra...

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...zine Regular readers of KBzine will be well aware of the issues I’ve had with people from the building trade over recent years, in as much as just about everyone I’ve called in to do work – either at my house or at my elderly mother’s, has proved that they’re not actually up to the job. I’ve of...

And the kbb LDN 2013 Innovation Awards Winners were...

...concealed cistern. The benefits include making installation simpler and ideal for small spaces. People's Choice Award Lastly, the People's Choice Award voted for the most Facebook 'likes' was taken by Rodi Sinks and Ideas for the Rodi Art sink. The multifunctional sink has been designed to house five very useful and versatile accessories; g...

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...nveiled the proposed new consumer rights bill this week, I would encourage both consumers and tradespeople striking a deal about the supply of goods and/or services, to record their conversations and confirm everything by email. Having been on the receiving end of what I can only describe as a scam a couple of years ago, it was a recording ‘f...

Work begins on BRE Refurbished House

...ve improvements for Scotland's and the UK's existing housing stock that will improve the quality of people's lives, address the fuel poverty issue and reduce carbon emissions in line with Government targets." The BRE Innovation Park @ Ravenscraig, launched in September 2012 by Cabinet Minister Alex Neil, showcases the future of Scottish construc...

Bath Fitter's EducationAd advertising funds 26 Fisher House scholarships for military children

...inancial support provided by Bath Fitter through our EducationAd program, these inspirational young people will have the resources they need to continue their educations. It is a privilege to help them achieve their goals and dreams; at EcoMedia, it's our goal to fund, through our EducationAd, WellnessAd and EcoAd programs, a wide range of worthwhi...

Free app helping homeowners and tradesmen make most of proposed new consumer rights

...h a new right to enforce verbal agreements, TrustMark, the Government endorsed quality mark to help people find reputable tradesmen, is calling on home owners and tradesmen to have a full and open conversation at the start of every job to ensure a successful working relationship.[TRIMTO] The proposed new Consumer Rights Bill aims to increase con...

Iain McKinlay leaves Hansgrohe UK

...ansgrohe UK's growth from its first year of trading with sales of £800,000 and employing five people to today's level of sales exceeding £30m with 64 staff from expanded facilities in Esher and Woking. Iain, who turns 60 this October, comments: "After 35 years in the kitchen and bathroom industry, I have decided to leave Hansgrohe....

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...way with me was the resolve never to do it again and the mantra that we are more likely to buy from people that we know, like and trust -which had been drummed into me from the beginning to encourage me to sell to my family, friends and neighbours. I’m not in the type of business that needs a machine which wraps toilet rolls in plastic, bu...

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...take place during business hours, take only about three to five minutes, and happen even when other people are in the washroom, which I find quite incredible. While theft angers me, it occurred to me while reading the report that there’s often a silver lining somewhere and in this case it’s in the need for replacement parts to be man...

Ellis Furniture awards apprentices

...ccess demonstrates that they are as passionate about furniture making as we are. These are the very people we want in our business in the future. We truly value the role our apprentices play in the continued success of our business. Through four generations of the Ellis family we have invested in our apprentice scheme, which continues to go from st...

Electrolux Design Lab 20 semi-finalists revealed

... had a chance to influence the selection as two of the semi-finalists have been chosen by an online people's choice vote. These semi-finalists have been chosen from over 1700 ideas from more than 60 countries. Now they have developed their concept and the visual details of their ideas to enter the functionality development stage. Design Director...

CE Marking comes to bathrooms

...with over 90 well-known brands in the market place. The manufacturing base directly employs 10,000+ people across almost 80 sites around the UK. T: 01782 631619 E: info@bathroom-association.org.uk W: www.bathroom-association.org ...

Zanussi fridge freezers are only the 'Tip of the Iceberg' at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

... says: "Tip of the Iceberg is a beautiful creation from the jetsam of consumer society, encouraging people to look at the humble fridge from a new perspective. "Through association with the garden Zanussi has facilitated another use for fridges and demonstrated an imaginative outlook by supporting this creative venture." Zanussi is part of the ...

UK shoppers explain why they hate the High Street

...ng revolution. "It's become a vicious circle," says Ian Ashworth of shopfitDirect.co.uk "As more people abandon the High Street, the more shops close and the worse the shopping experience. "As professionals in the shop fitting industry, we're in a unique position to see what's happening, but it's not all bad news. The more imaginative, custom...

Vado celebrates 25th Birthday

...wn products and brands, expanding into taps, showers and valves. Vado now has a workforce of 150 people, with sales to over 60 countries worldwide, achieving in excess of £26 million in sales turnover. Vado operates in the mid and high end markets boasting a broad customer base with particular strength within the contract and specificat...

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... commissioned new research into public perceptions of tradesmen. At first glance it seems that most people have a good impression – 71% of respondents felt their overall experience was more positive than negative.  When given a list of good and bad adjectives to describe tradesmen, the five most frequently used words were ‘skilled&...

Government confirms its strong commitment to TrustMark in new Industrial Strategy

...top priority now, working closely with Government and the many consumer advice bodies that signpost people to the good guys. "We will work together to improve the image of tradesmen among the general public, because it matters. The domestic RMI sector is economically very significant, accounting for £27 billion spend per year, so we need a...

Businesses fly-tipping reaching epidemic proportions

...the clean-up," says BusinessWaste.co.uk 's Mark Hall, "And a lot of the time it is dishonest trades people leaving their waste somewhere they shouldn't." A scan through local newspaper reports show that fly-tipping is a constant and severe problem for local authorities the length of Britain, despite the threat of £50,000 fines for those ca...

Builders fined for illegal asbestos removal during bathroom/bedroom construction

...n cause mesothelioma, which is always fatal, and other life-threatening conditions. More than 4,000 people die every year from asbestos-related diseases." "An estimated 70% of properties contain asbestos. It is illegal to undertake any work which will disturb the fabric of the building without carrying out and obtaining the results of an asbesto...

What price recovery?

...available labour and that employers are in a buyer's market when it comes to wage rates, unemployed people do not make good consumers and poor productivity still haunts the European Union, particularly in its most recent member states. Certainly many former barriers to improved productivity have fallen during the recession. Governments have rel...

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... be the same – although we didn’t get the sunny bit at the beginning this time and some people were still having to heat their homes throughout June. This long heatwave has really taken us by surprise, hasn’t it? I was saddened to hear about Lincoln postie Graham Bennett, who died on Monday while delivering letters in temperatu...

BMA AGM delegates learn how to avoid jail sentence for wrongly labelled toilets!

...with over 90 well-known brands in the market place. The manufacturing base directly employs 10,000+ people across almost 80 sites around the UK. Image: Chris Taylor-Hamlin, Technical Director. Yvonne Orgill, Chief Executive. Steve Lee, President, BMA. T: 01782 631619 E: info@bathroom-association.org.uk W: www.bathroom-association.o...

Employers urged to take extra care of young people starting Summer jobs

... season approaching, employers are urged to pay extra attention to the health & safety of young people hired for temporary, Summer work.[TRIMTO] By taking some simple steps, says Alex Botha, Chief Executive Officer at the British Safety Council, the risk of injury to young workers can be easily prevented. "Vacation jobs are a great way for y...

No need to pay premium for energy-saving radiators, says Quinn

...iators use up to 31% less water than comparable radiators, requiring less energy to heat. Nick: "People are increasingly realising that radiators have an important role to play in the efficiency of a heating system and the reduction of energy bills but we don't want installers and home owners to think they have to buy expensive energy saving pro...

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...s, delivery may be up to an hour later than specified (well why not say 11.00 – 14.00 then so people can plan ahead? And I’ve yet to find this clause anywhere on the website)! The offer of free delivery next time naturally prompted the response that we wouldn’t be using the unreliable service again; customer services couldn&rsq...

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...ployers, has filled me with the hope that in a few years there may be large numbers of decent tradespeople out there, so that the problems I and so many other householders have, may seem less insurmountable as time goes on. If you missed the announcement you can read it here and I’d love to receive your thoughts on which of the options set ...

World's biggest construction project!! Thousands of jobs for Brits in one of the world's best cities

...or Brits, in a city which has been voted one of the best to live in the world. And of course, these people will all need homes! The projects, in association with Hawkins Construction, the second largest construction company in New Zealand, will create new hubs and train stations and have the full backing of the country's prime minister. Paul ...

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...than being on the receiving end of the pranksters who’ve realised that they can operate other people’s programmable loos from a distance, via Smartphone apps. Unfortunate users have, apparently, had them continuously flushed while they were trying to spend a penny, while others have had their nether regions blasted with hot air or water...

KBSA welcomes two new Board members

... and design. "It's a demanding role being part of the board," he says. "However, it's so vital that people support the organisations that support them. I hope to bring enthusiasm and energy along with me, as well as expertise of course!" The two new positions will be ratified at the AGM in September. The KBSA is a national trade association f...

First Roca Gallery in Asia set to open its doors in the heart of Shanghai

...llowing for interaction as well as the possibility of learning about the brand's commitment towards people and the environment more intimately. According to Xavier Torras, Roca's Brand & Communication Director: "Shanghai is a prime strategic location in what business is concerned and offers unlimited possibilities. Since its arrival in 1999,...

Soapbox: World Water Week calls attention to growing need for clean water

...UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation, 768 million people do not have access to clean water, while 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation facilities. Conserving the planet's water resources and ensuring global access to clean water, while preparing for a global population of nin...

Electrolux unveils YourWaterMark app

...yet according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, by 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world's population could be living under water stressed conditions. Electrolux believes that it's time to stop and recognise our impact on the water ...

Abode bathes with Mr & Mrs Smith

... expected luxury, on their visit to the hotel. As with all Abode products, Fervour was created for people who want the perfect blend of design, performance and sheer quality. The Fervour range of bathroom brassware and showering products offers the best contemporary styling in this unique and stunning design. Sharp, crisp lines meet smooth ang...

Roman's Barney Army on Tour

...rs prior to the 2013/14 season and has many cultural and social activities included, when the young people are away from the sports field. Image: Barnard Castle's Rugby and Hockey Teams in their Roman kits T: 0845 050 7611 E: brochures@roman-showers.com W: www.roman-showers.com ...

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...ld right now and much of our media focused on ‘celebrity’ rather than real issues, most people will be unaware that this week is World Water Week and that what comes out of this week’s global conference taking place in Stockholm could well be crucial to the very survival of mankind. A sobering thought, eh? The need to make e...

Summit to celebrate: leading UK chefs triumph on peak of Kilimanjaro

...ey have also raised awareness about alternative solutions to ending the cycle of hunger by enabling people to become self supporting." All the money raised from the climb will go towards Farm Africa's Food for Good campaign which brings together the UK food and hospitality industries to help tackle one of the most pressing problems facing the wo...

World Water Week opens with a call for life-saving cooperation over water

...r and sanitation. "Diseases caused by unsafe water, sanitation, and hygiene kill more than 5,000 people every day. Despite these staggering numbers, the area of sanitation rarely receives the attention it so desperately needs." Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, urged governments, development partners and the pr...

Methven celebrates outstanding commitment of employees

...tomer care advisors to our management team, that define our organisation and make us a company that people want to work for and deal with," says Steve Lee, Methven CEO. "The hard work and dedication of our employees has helped to shape Methven and we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for their loyalty and efforts." w...

The third big name in as many weeks for the BMA

...ster the biggest and most important yet. The conference will discuss and debate the most important people in the bathroom industry - customers," promises Yvonne. Booking is available on line at: www.bathroom-association.org T: 01782 631619 E: info@bathroom-association.org.uk W: www.bathroom-association.org ...

Knowing your customer? Handle with care!

The future of the UK bathroom industry is in the hands of a rather select group of people. Customers. Your customers. But who, exactly are these people and how do they wield so much power? This is one of the fundamental questions to be discussed and debated at the Bathroom Business Conference on 8th October 2013. This annual conference has grow...

Axiom by Formica Group proud to support the Made in Britain campaign

... claim to be made in Britain, while 67% wanted an official seal of approval. The survey of 1,000 people found that more than a third would buy British goods more often if it was easier to identify the country of origin. The Formica Group factory at Newton Aycliffe currently employs 72 staff, and the facility was built in 1969. Axiom by Formic...

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...cends on us during the festive season. It argues that if we wait for too long, all the decent tradespeople will be tied up with the type of emergency work that crops up when the weather gets cold. It makes perfect sense, doesn't it? And I know that although Christmas seems far away right now, it will be upon us all too soon. I also know how diff...

Independent Made In Britain Committee launches as 1,000th company joins campaign

... "Stoves will remain very much involved with the Made In Britain Campaign and we are delighted that people passionate about British manufacturing are giving their time for free to be part of the committee." The Directors of the Made In Britain Campaign are: * Kate Hills (Make it British) * Anthony Wallis (Best Of Britannia) * ...

Uform celebrates 20 years in business

...Service is not just about operational stats, it's about knowing your customers and having the right people with the right attitude and skill set to deal with their needs and delivering on the company mission statement that represents our values and brand." The Uform mission statement is reinforced daily to ensure that high standards continue to ...

Property maintenance chief urges us to plan ahead for non-emergency refurbishments

While tracking the number of shopping days until Christmas, people also should track the number of remodelling days until the relatives arrive, says the managing director of one of the UK's largest property management firms. "We will fit more bathrooms and paint and decorate more spare rooms between now and Christmas than any other time in the ...

A 45th birthday to remember...

...45th year in business, inviting members of the public to its showroom for celebrations. Over 100 people attended the event, including the winners of the Modern Homes 45th year celebratory competition. The Rees family received a new Trend Interiors kitchen, due to 10 yr old Jordan's passion for cooking, and was keen to find out how best to use i...

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...finally lifting themselves out of the doldrums. With construction projects on the increase, more people finding employment and house prices rising (which always tends to give property owners that feel-good factor despite only really benefiting those who are either downsizing or selling up for good, but never mind…) it really looks as if w...

Better Bathrooms announces competition to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2013

...ub filled with balls; customers simply have to guess how many balls are in the bath. To help entice people to get involved and raise even more money, the person who guesses correctly/closest wins £500 to spend at Better Bathrooms. In addition to the in-store promotion, the public can donate via the company's Just Giving Page: www.justgivi...

Distinctly affordable kitchen taps from Abode

The Abode design team creates taps for people who have come to expect the perfect blend of design, performance and sheer quality. Earlier this year Abode launched four brand new great value, designer kitchen taps, all offered in popular chrome and brushed nickel finishes and now widely available. They are: - Linear Flair - Strong linear...

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... companies promoted individuals into managerial roles based on their performance record rather than people management or leadership skills and that 28% have not taken any action when they have received poor feedback on line managers! “We hear organisations lament the lack and quality of leaders, but we aren’t seeing evidence of their...

Zapper launches Scan-to-Pay to help SMEs who suffer from late payments

...y to pay and a result, they are more likely to pay rather than leave it and pay late. It also gives people the choice of using credit cards when cash may be tight." Larger enterprises are also finding benefit in this new technology as it is reducing the stress on their call centres and thus increase profitability for these firms by using Zapper....

Major milestone reached by BMA

...eakers and delegates arriving from many parts of the world to discuss and debate the most important people in the bathroom industry - its customers. The multi award winning BMA, based at Keele's Innovation Centre, is the trade association for bathroom manufacturers operating in the UK. It is the principal 'Voice of the Bathroom Industry' and ac...

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... visiting the website to see the latest 'Idiots on Ladders' photo's, I was amazed at the risks some people will create, to get the job done. With some of them though, I thought: "I've done that" or even: "I'd do that" (despite it having been deemed dangerous by those who'd taken and posted the photo).So what is it? Are those of us who take risks...

Way forward for forests and woodland is announced

...king change happen has been through engagement with a diverse range of stakeholders - thousands of people passionate about the UK's woodlands and over 280 organisations from the forest and wood industry, community groups, campaigners, wildlife and woodland trusts, professional bodies and government" reports Dr Peter Bonfield OBE. "We are collect...

Ladder Exchange focuses on training; number trained jumps 40%

...eaking year for ladder training - which has seen the number of users trained, leap 40%. Allowing people and companies to trade their old ladders in for safe, new ones, this year's Ladder Exchange is highlighting a different theme for each month between September and December. This month's theme comes at an important time for the growth of lad...

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...er to stick with the old one. I do wonder whether some manufacturers have ceased trading because people like me, who want to spend our money on home refurbishment, are too afraid to do so because we're plagued by cowboy tradesmen... www.facebook.com/KBzine   Yours, Jan Hobbs   ...

2014 snapshot - a year of design inspiration where there are no rules, says Uber's Bob Gonzalez

...t for the fashionable material. Another really popular material - glass - will continue to soar as people recognise how perfect it is for the demanding kitchen environment. Homeowners and designers who may be slightly bored of lacquered finishes can opt for glass for individuality and the wow-factor; it's really easy to clean too. Handles ...

British Safety Council welcomes drop in fatal and major injuries in GB workplaces

...cil's vision that no one should be injured or made in Britain's workplaces. "While the number of people killed and seriously injured in Britain's workplaces continues to fall year-on-year we echo the comments of HSE's chair, Judith Hackitt, that many of these deaths and serious injuries could have been prevented by simple safety measures," he sa...

Soapbox: Doing nothing is not an option, so here is your invitation

...odesign which is backed by legislation and run by the civil service. The scheme would be managed by people who don't understand the bathroom industry and gross errors, similar to the electric light bulb fiasco, could be made. The system would be gagged with red tape and because it would be a 'one size fits all' scheme, it would level all in the EU ...

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...droom renovations, kitchen extensions, islands and bi-fold doors. She says it’s apparent that people are choosing to improve rather than move. With the latest reports indicating that the UK is finally coming out of the doldrums, things are clearly looking good for the KBB industry! www.facebook.com/KBzine   Yours, J...

Homeowners looking to improve rather than move at this year's Grand Designs Live

...re also plenty of questions regarding bathroom and bedroom renovations, in the current climate many people are choosing to improve rather than move, and this certainly seemed to be the case with the visitors to our Advice Centre. "As with previous years, we had plenty of enquiries about how homeowners can ensure their chosen retailer is reputabl...

Help for Heroes Award for Mark Stephenson, CEO at PWS

... ever done anything for the charity but this just isn't possible so each year the charity nominates people for their outstanding achievements. This year 30 individuals were presented with awards at Tedworth House, the Help For Heroes Headquarters. The Awards were hosted by Bryn & Emma Parry and ex-rugby international Simon Halliday. Presenta...

Whirlpool's pyrolytic ovens make for an easier and happier festive season

... ranges are a boon at any time of the year, but most especially during the busy festive season when people don't want to be stuck in the kitchen doing tiresome chores," suggests Juliana Sado, Senior Brand Marketing Manager Europe for Whirlpool. "However, the pyrolytic feature is one of just many top class features offered by these intelligent ove...

IDS launches first range of kitchen taps from Grohe

...nel products with over 12,000 product lines available ex-stock. The company, which employs over 400 people and has a turnover of approximately £100m, has 12 regional branches that offer nationwide coverage with core products delivered within 24 - 48 hours from order. IDS pursues a sound environmental policy, with more than 70% of its entire p...

Are these the most unusual toilets in the world?

...h them... The safest is said to be at the Zhongguan Village Plaza, Beijing. Used by some 500,000 people a year (mainly tourists) it cost $100,000 to build, weighs 15 tonnes, is bulletproof and resistant to explosives. Just why it's been built that way I'm not sure! The Victorians are famous for their love of washroom culture and the 'most Vic...

Topps Tiles named Top 100 Apprentice Employer

...ceship Awards. Apprenticeships are at the heart of our drive for a stronger economy: equipping people of all ages with the skills employers need to help their businesses prosper and compete in a global market. And, as we work to increase the opportunities for hard-working young to people to achieve their ambitions through high-quality app...

Shabby kitchens and bathrooms are biggest bugbear for tenants

...nked as the most important influencer, with 33% claiming they are the deal-breaker. Of the 1,000 people that were questioned, all of whom have lived in multiple rental properties, more than half (56%) rated the interior of standard rental properties as only average or poor and a third have ended tenancies because of the state of the property. ...

Hansgrohe takes the headache out of selecting the optimum shower experience

...andheld and overhead showers, as well as bath fillers. Use in minimum-barrier bathrooms Older people, children and less-able bodied users will welcome the ergonomic and intuitive operation and the easy-to-read symbols. Moreover, there is an option to install the Select buttons in such a way that they protrude slightly when they are in the shu...

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Welcome to the KBzine The weather in the UK has turned chilly and people are succumbing to the seasonal colds that spread rapidly through the workforce. It’s rare for me to become unwell so I shouldn’t grumble at having been laid up this week with a heavy cold and what feel like broken ribs from all the sneezing (do...

A Mereway phenomenon... proudly 'Made in Britain'

...r memorable film, with the focus being on British craftsmanship. "We enjoy making the films, and people are still watching them on YouTube, with over 10,000 views to date and still climbing. Mereway is all about innovation, and our novel marketing activities are fresh, exciting and unique - concepts which get people talking about our business a...

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... for Winter – as we’ve been told for many years to do. Steve Clarke, of The Fuelcard People, says: “There is a long-held view that reducing tyre pressures will increase grip on awkward surfaces.  This might be all right for driving over desert sand, but it is certainly not safe for winter driving. It simply is not true, un...

Coram introduces shower tray collection for new Premier Range

...ift unassisted is 25kgs. Most stone resin trays are above this limit and so should be lifted by two people. Coram's entire range of trays on the other hand have all been designed to be below 25kgs, so the entire range is 'safe' for one person to lift and install. Coratech is a revolutionary resin formulation developed by Coram for use in its sho...

Don't deflate the van tyres for winter

...esert sand, but it is certainly not safe for winter driving." As marketing manager for The Fuelcard People, part of Fuel Card Group, he has been working with van users for years and knows the challenges they face.[TRIMTO] "Some drivers believe that reducing tyre pressure increases traction," said Steve Clarke. "It simply is not true, unless temp...

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...ialist retailers. I felt he had a point so promised I’d investigate and report back. When people ask about KBzine’s readership I say it was the first e-zine for this industry and that everyone who was anyone in the trade, signed up to receive their weekly copy which was, back then, produced by Richard and Debbie Schwarz. I add that ...

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...y daughters going through senior school at the time Tony Blair was encouraging as many of our young people as possible to attend university, they ignored my advice to ‘get a trade’ and went down the further education route, both gaining excellent degrees in subjects about which they were passionate and aligned to industries which &ndash...

Water waste of money! Complacency over water saving is wasting thousands of litres - and hundreds of pounds

...er instead - but expensive bad habits significantly reducing associated savings. * 73% of people leave showers running for an average of 1 minute 45 seconds before getting in, wasting up to 60 litres of water before every shower * 83% of people admit they have no idea how much water they use personally on an average day and estimat...

More than a third of UK employers bridging gap between education and work

...o a survey of more than 1,000 UK employers, conducted by the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development.[TRIMTO] As youth unemployment continues to show few signs of falling, the CIPD is urging UK businesses to channel their engagement with schools via established programmes, such as the Inspiring the Future initiative. With 70% o...

British Ceramic Tile teams up with Empty Homes to bring properties back to life

...or tiles have been donated to the charity Empty Homes with the aim of creating more homes for local people. The tiles have been distributed to councils, housing co-operatives and associations across the country and will be used to transform inhabitable homes into liveable spaces for people in the surrounding community. Tony Taylor, British Ceram...

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...itement of the holiday period, getting back into the work groove can be a little difficult and many people confess to feeling somewhat miserable at this time of year. Not us though… with kbb Birmingham less than two months away, it’s a bit like anticipating the joys of Christmas all over again!  Well over 200 brands will be rep...

WaterAid steps up advocacy on behalf of 2.5 billion people without a toilet

... sanitation crisis at the forefront of advocacy efforts aimed at improving the lives of millions of people living without toilets or sanitation in Ghana, India and Senegal. The $2 million grant comes at a time when support for the sanitation crisis is critical: nearly two fifths of the world's population do not have access to a toilet. Poor s...

Last chance to apply for £150,000 high street challenge prize

...s have until Friday 31st January to apply for the Revive & Thrive Challenge which aims to bring people and businesses together to breathe new life into their high street. The Revive & Thrive Challenge will provide a package of prizes to the winning town or city to help residents bring their high street ideas to life. Entrants must sugges...

Innovative accessory saves money and promotes safety by keeping tools within reach

...olbox. We have developed a truly innovative armband and vest that is the perfect solution. "Many people wanted simplicity, to avoid scratching around in tool belts or pockets trying to find stuff. Now you have a safer working environment with frequently used tools to hand! Just 'Slapon' where convenient, easily and quickly! "Slapon, we believ...

£8 million technology boost for UK high streets

...er of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts said: "Technology plays a vital role in people's everyday lives and has the ability to influence our movements and shopping habits. By developing innovations to regenerate the retail sector we will be able to breathe new life into the UK's high streets. "This competition will encourage ...

Croydex and European Water Label commit to Marathon WaterAid Charity fundraising campaign

...et around one in seven of the world's population does not have access to safe water and 2.8 billion people do not have access to a decent toilet," says Jon Langford. "With the bathroom accounting for more than 60% of the water used in the home, we are committed to helping people cut down on the amount they use but we also believe we have a wider...

Industry experts to brief on impact of new EU Regulations on common refrigerants

...l who manufacture, install, purchase or use cooling systems for use in buildings or businesses. "People can get up-to-speed with the changes, and what they mean, by attending our free expert-led seminars at the ACR Show in February." The F-Gas changes will be covered in several seminars across the three days of the show: - Mike Nankivell, hea...

Time to down tools?

...il estimates that as many as 300,000 employees in the UK suffer from HAVS and more than one million people are exposed to vibrations above safe levels set by the Health & Safety Executive's Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005. This legislation states that employers must protect employees from vibration exposure and take action to low...

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...’s issue is a report on how WaterAid is stepping up its advocacy on behalf of the 2.5 billion people across the globe that don’t have a toilet. It’s when we think about statements like that – two fifths of the world’s population having to get by without a toilet – that we realise just how lucky we are in the deve...

Global economy growing - but 'wellbeing' may be left behind

... health is far from a rosy picture. According to the International Labour Organisation, 200 million people around the world are unemployed - about 6% of the global workforce. Conventional economics regards economic growth as an unalloyed good, necessary to improve human wellbeing. But it is only a nominal indicator, lacking the many intricacies ...

Bathroom company launches apprenticeship scheme to help young people build their careers

...David Cameron puts emphasis on the value of apprenticeships in bridging the skills gap to get young people into their first jobs, Better Bathrooms is launching an apprenticeship scheme aimed at local young people. The scheme will run across the business with opportunities in Accounts, IT, Design and Administration. Apprenticeships will last for...

Signs of recovery for UK furniture industry

...portant contributor to UK manufacturing, but of greater importance to government, employs many more people per pound of turnover than most other sectors. "Our Statistics Digest does much of the hard work and number crunching that would otherwise be a laborious task for strategic planners and as any good MD, or bank, will attest, understanding cu...

Wickes moves its support centre to Watford

...p 100 UK towns for company growth last year, according to the local Chamber of Commerce. The 200 people currently based at Wickes' Harrow office are moving eight miles down the road to the Watford site - close enough for almost all to relocate - at the end of January. Watford Junction is just 10 minutes away from the new site and has both Lo...

F & P Wholesale fundraising efforts result in £37K donation to Whizz-Kidz

...I am blown away by the £37,000 total amount raised. "There are thousands of disabled young people in the UK currently waiting for the correct wheelchairs for them. By raising as much money as we possibly could during the past two years, we have made a real contribution toward helping Whizz-Kidz get the right equipment to the right children...

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...ealised.   In the meantime though, life can’t be easy for delivery drivers and tradespeople who are having to brave the high winds, rain and the inevitable diversions around floodwaters and fallen trees and I hope that those awaiting their arrival are understanding of the difficult circumstances under which they are forced to go abou...

Showering with a splash of colour and innovation from Vado

...hidden wire. Jim Williams, managing director at Vado comments: "Having carefully considered what people really look for when choosing a new or replacement shower for their bathroom we simply couldn't overlook the fact that colour is continuing to make a comeback in the bathroom. "Whilst the days of avocado suites may be long gone many homeown...

Abode Zeal 'on display' with Splinter Works Vessel Bath

...on Fibre exhibition from January 28th to March 20th. Just as the Zeal range has been created for people who want the perfect blend of design, performance and sheer quality, so has the Vessel hammock bath. The Zeal range of tall, square shaped bathroom brassware and showering products offers the very best contemporary styling in this stunning ...

Late payments concerns for tradespeople in construction sector

...nd invoices and creating and utilising 'remind me' functions to ensure that work completed by tradespeople, isn't forgotten. It works by enabling tradespeople to access their own personalised account from their office or even from site by the use of a tablet or smartphone. It really couldn't be simpler, especially as there is a free trial period...

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...e one at home or in their place of work. In his artist statement, he says: “Because most people think of a urinal as being ugly or dirty, it is the perfect object to beautify. My pieces echo the classic conflicts between masculine and feminine, good and evil, soiled and chaste.’ I’m not quite sure where this Venus Fly Trap...

Wickes helps communities in need, build for tomorrow, with charity tool trade-in

... vocational programs across Africa and the UK. "WorkAid do a fantastic job of helping disadvantaged people learn the trade skills they need to start their own businesses, and we're thrilled to be teaming up with them for our TradeIn event," says Simon King, Managing Director at Wickes. "We're also excited to offer our customers such a fantastic dis...

Kitchens International announces major staff changes

...ith a very discerning clientele Kieron is aiming to offer some exquisitely designed kitchens to the people of Aberdeen and the north east. He is known for his innovative and exciting kitchen designs. Carol Cameron has returned to Showroom Manager at KI's Dundas St studio following her maternity leave. Carol has been with KI for almost 15 years f...

Belling helps Temple Primary pupils to Cook It!

... to the whole school." Denver Hewlett says: "Cooking is something that offers great enjoyment to people of all ages as well as being a vital life skill. It is a huge thrill for us to see this next generation of cooks using some of our Belling and LEC appliances and to be given the chance to expand their education in ways they might otherwise not...

Setting fears aside, Kitchen Door Workshop retains 'Buy with Confidence' accreditation

...ne kitchen and bathroom replacement door specialist the Kitchen Door Workshop understands that many people can feel wary of buying online. As such, it has applied and been accredited for the seventh year running for the Buy with Confidence East Sussex Scheme, once again reassuring cautious online shoppers that they are making a well researched ...

A great show but a lot to pack in, reports the iKBBI

...few days for the team, but one of the real positives I always get from these shows is the number of people I meet and the conversations we have. It seems that, for many, business is looking positive which is of course great news!" Damian said it's tough to try and get the iKBBI's message across to visitors in the space of a few minutes, so the t...

Schueller smashes expectations for kbb 2014

... added: "We are helping retailers market their business in three key ways. First is to attract more people into the showroom through creative advertising using a cohesive brand theme across the UK. Secondly it's about educating consumers in terms of Schueller's quality and service. Thirdly, it's driving post sales support with creative ideas to inc...

"Not just browsing" on the InSinkErator stand

...t and doing business. The exhibition has given us four very good selling days, a chance to see more people than usual, and it has turned out to be a thoroughly worthwhile event for InSinkErator." The new M Series range of food waste disposers is ideal for growing households and affords first time buyers the opportunity to own a disposer. "The r...

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...ne lead me to believe that one of my bugbears – having to deal with cowboy builders and tradespeople that bring the very word into disrepute, is on the way to becoming a thing of the past. The first, the relaunch yesterday of the Government’s Trustmark scheme, will help raise standards and underline the need for consumers to deal wit...

UK government relaunches Trustmark

...s tradesmen out of business. One of the best ways to do this is to pick out the best businesses, so people know where to turn first for their home improvements, maintenance and repairs. "I would encourage all legitimate and honest tradesmen to sign up to this scheme." Peter Hansford, Government's Chief Construction Adviser, added: "TrustMa...

Today's tradesman is well qualified and happy in his (or her) work

...ecoming more attractive to females starting out in their careers. Across both male and female tradespeople, 43% made a 'career choice' to enter the profession they are in and over half have set up their own business. Some 28% went into the family business and nearly half had worked in another industry before settling on their trade. When it come...

Shower for the freshest thinking

...nducted on behalf of Hansgrohe shows that 72% of the globe has so you're not alone; in fact, 14% of people have showers with the only reason being to generate new ideas.[TRIMTO] The consumer survey interviewed 4,000 people aged 18 - 64 across eight different markets online (Brazil, China, France, Germany, South Africa, Spain, the UK, and the USA...

IDS exclusively distributes nifty new Yu Seal solution for sealing upstands, splashbacks and tiles.

...S branches nationwide for installers and retailers to purchase. IDS, which employs more than 400 people and has a turnover of approximately £100m, is thought to be the UK's largest distributor of surface materials encompassing high pressure laminates, solid surfacing, worktops, flooring and panel products with over 12,000 product lines ava...

Deputy Prime Minister visits Glen Dimplex Home Appliances

...At its 26-acre Liverpool base, GDHA turns over £150 million a year and employs more than 1000 people (including 200 engineers trained to the highest standards and 18 apprentices). www.gdha.com ...

A retrospective: The best of British design - New Design Britain at May Design Series

...of the highlights of my career so far. It's been really positive and opened a lot of doors; I think people pay a bit more attention if you have won awards!" Rob Scarlett is a familiar face among the New Design Britain team, even judging the awards in between setting up his own design studio, Scarlett Designs. On his win at the start of the compe...

Croydex marathon team begins WaterAid fundraising campaign

...et around one in seven of the world's population does not have access to safe water and 2.8 billion people do not have access to a decent toilet," says Jon Langford. "With the bathroom accounting for more than 60% of water used in the home, we are committed to helping people cut down on the amount they use but we also believe we have a wider res...

Government must 'Help to Build', before Help to Buy, says property businessman

...ut house prices in the capital have just gone through the roof. Unless they can create capacity for people to be able to afford to move out of London but still be within range of the capital, there are going to be problems." Will cites the proposed Garden City in Kent as an example which could calm the house shortages but he believes the governm...

Tradespeople spend a working week away from home each month

British tradespeople are spending on average a working week (around five nights) away from home each month, according to new research1by Direct Line for Business (DL4B). Builders are most likely to spend a night away from home, stopping out on average nine nights per month. The research also reveals that tradespeople are travelling on average ...

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...ent household appliances with more energy efficient ones. It argues that new appliances will enable people to potentially cut their energy bills by up to £75 a year – and collectively make an enormous difference to the nation’s electricity consumption. The report - supported by The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appli...

Homeowners desperately seek space solutions as stay-at-home children count soars

... the last eight years according to the Office of National Statistics, to an astonishing 3.3 million people. The issue is most acute in areas such as Northern Ireland, the West Midlands, the North West and Wales where, in some locations, as many as 36% of young adults are still living with mum and dad. As a result, many homes are bursting at t...

Brighton & Hove City Council chooses Propelair water-saving loos for historic city gardens

...ing overall Loo of the Year in December and it's a pleasure to be working with them and serving the people of Brighton and Hove. We hope to work more closely with Brighton and also look forward to helping other local authorities reduce their costs and carbon footprint while improving hygiene." Propelair has achieved several milestones since its ...

Hull bathroom maker hopes for Cup Final flushed with success as it creates Steve Bruce Tigers toilet seat!

... kit club colours which earned them the nickname 'The Tigers'. Ideal Standard employs around 300 people in Hull and has been manufacturing in the city since 1936. Managing director Keith Boad, says: "We are very proud of our hometown football team, Hull City AFC, and wanted to do something to mark the team's achievement and let the players know ...

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...s conference is, once again, stretching boundaries and looking for fresh ideas and inspiration from people who are not usually connected with our industry. Today’s consumer is becoming more aware of sustainability issues and the bathroom and kitchen industry has to respond to this with more attractive and engaging marketing and sales communic...

iKBBI co-develops industry training for life-saving asbestos awareness

...os Awareness course is incredibly straightforward and has already been used by tens of thousands of people in the workplace from the self employed worker through to very large organisations, to ensure that they are fully aware of the risks as well as being compliant with current regulations. "This e-learning course will provide the all-important...

Geberit AquaClean answers BBC's DIY SOS call for help

...make a huge, huge difference to my mum and dad's lives." Designed specifically with the needs of people with reduced mobility such as June in mind, the Geberit's AquaClean 8000plus combines the convenience of a warm water wash and a warm air-dryer to leave the user feeling fresh and clean. The extending spray arm of the WC washes with a gentl...

In-toto celebrates 22% increase in 2013 kitchen sales

...ur franchise business and we are focused on finding great new retail properties and recruiting more people into a rewarding in-toto career." T: 0113 3315 100 E: info@intoto.co.uk W: www.intoto.co.uk ...

Family-friendly: the new washer dryer from Amica

...ul special features such as an anti-allergic rinse which removes all traces of detergent to protect people with skin problems. Easy iron minimises creasing and there is a pre-wash setting for heavily soiled clothes. The 29 min. /60 min. Wash & Dry programme, thought to be the shortest on the market, will be appreciated by any Mum or Dad who ...

Latest member, Vado, boosts BMF P&H Sector

...O] Established in 1988, Somerset-based Vado has an annual turnover of £30m and employs 160 people. It is now part of the Norcros Group and its high end bathroom brassware is specified for projects around the world. "We are delighted to be a part of the BMF," says Jim Williams, Vado UK managing director says. "Merchants have been a key p...

Industry leading guarantee announced by the Kitchen Door Workshop

...e this claim without warrant, but that it is fully dependable. "We know that it is essential for people in the trade to be able to plan in deliveries so that they can schedule their work effectively," says Robert Clark, Managing Director at the Kitchen Door Workshop. "We hope that by making this statement and by backing it up with a guarantee, t...

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...to send off their guarantee cards, or moved house (taking their appliances with them)? Or are these people aware that the appliances may be putting their lives in danger, but are simply too busy to do something about it? Do they read the papers or are they blissfully unaware of the danger they may be in? Or do we instead have disproportionately hig...

Britannia appoints new business development manager

... he'll bring to the table. We've got big plans for 2014 and beyond and it's vital we have the right people on board who share our vision." T: 0844 463 9705 W: www.britannialiving.co.uk ...

May Design Series makes its mark

...gn Series. Key decision makers have walked up to our stand and spoken with our own decision-makers. People have been visiting our stand not purely to enquire, but to do business." Gareth Tyrell, Agent, Vintage Fridge Company said: "The good thing about May Design Series is that it opened the doors to a wide mix of relevant clients, from the worl...

Two more speakers secured for Conference

...is getting it out there." Heather will speak about telling the story the right way, to the right people, at the right time. She manages an account base of over 100 clients, working together with them to ensure they get the most out of collaborating with MyNewsDesk.com - the all-in-one brand newsroom and multimedia PR platform. Over 5,000 brands ...

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... KBzine I know I’m always banging on about being caught out by dodgy trades people so it’s only fair that I share my good experiences too…  Water had made its way into the workings of the Triton shower in the flat that I let, causing the shower to make a loud popping noise and the thermostat to stop functio...

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...es and supermarkets, in a move to reduce waste and the environmental impact they have and encourage people to take their own bags with them when they shop. It is hoped that the 5p levied on each bag will go to charity, but bearing in mind the good causes that will benefit and knowing just how little 5p is actually worth these days, I wonder whet...

Methven announces appointment of new CEO

...have all achieved at Methven in the last four years. The business is in great shape, with fantastic people and I look forward to seeing Methven's continuing success in the years to come." www.methven.com ...

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...are some more responses to my comments about the plastic shopping bag tax. I love learning of other people’s opinions, which can often kick my original thoughts into touch, so do keep them coming… www.facebook.com/KBzine   Yours, Jan Hobbs   ...

How increasing the number of apprenticeships in the building trade could solve more than one problem

...t first glance this seems to be good news, especially given soaring unemployment levels among young people, but a closer look at the issue reveals a deep-running problem. It is not just a demand for a workforce but a demand for a skilled workforce that has to be met, and a recent fall in the number of apprenticeships in the construction, housing an...

A night of celebration as The European Water Label wins its 4th award!

...oom Manufacturers Association. "It's taken a number of years of hard work and determination by many people, particularly the staff of the BMA, to get The Water Label to this level of success and it's wonderful to be given the recognition for it." The European Water Label and its accompanying Water Calculator is used by architects and specifiers ...

We have Mail: plastic bags 2

... are not as clear cut as it first appears. I like to consider myself 'green', and I, like most people who do use supermarket disposable bags, reuse them as bin liners, as apart from being free, I find them stronger than liners that are available to buy.[TRIMTO] Were you aware that in Ireland, the number of plastic bin liners sold rocketed w...

KBSA announces keynote speakers at its 2014 National Meeting

... fun and unpretentious approach to the world of interior design, with a genuine passion for helping people make their home, work and leisure spaces more inspiring to be in. Having trained in art and specialist painting techniques, she has a wealth of creative skills and is an experienced, entertaining and informative presenter on the subjects of co...

Health and safety for an ageing workforce

... of over-65s in work is now at the highest level since records began in 1992, with almost one in 10 people in this age group now employed. Of those 615,000 are men and 388,000 women. In recent years Slingsby, which sells more than 35,000 workplace products to all industries through its catalogue and website, has seen customers increasingly order...

Wall-hung sanitaryware "to grow six fold in the next two years"

...ry aesthetic, cleanliness and ease of servicing have helped make wall-hung sanitaryware popular. As people travel and visit hotels and spas, they are appreciating first-hand the advantages - in terms of stylish aesthetics and the feeling of space that they can bring to their bathroom - and are keen to emulate the high-end style that these products ...

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...lth & safety will have a positive impact on its adoption. Whenever I'm out and about I hear people moaning about how EU legislation is impacting negatively on their businesses and that health & safety legislation in particular has become something of a joke. The results of this poll seem to show that the tide is turning. If this is the ...

Teka to sponsor Real Madrid basketball team for next three years

...n the President's box of the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium before an auditorium of more than 150 people, Arturo Baldasano, Teka's president, said: "Our Group is an iconic trademark that has to be with the best and that is why we want to manage the sponsorship of Real Madrid. "We're returning to the Real Madrid Basketball Team because we're co...

Search is on for next Master Craftsmen

...and experience on to the new generation of fixers coming through. "We can only put the very best people forward to the Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers as our chosen recipients of the Master Craft Award, and we look forward to receiving applications." Tile fixers who want to apply for the Master Craft Award should call the Tile As...

Britton Bathrooms makes life easier

...rence. This is certainly the case with Britton Tall, a clever design to make life easier for taller people, the elderly, less able or anyone with back or knee problems. For a tall person, a standard height pedestal basin can, quite literally, be a pain in the neck because using it involves stooping. Britton Bathrooms has introduced a round f...

Why less will always mean more for the successful independent kitchen specialist

... a lifestyle. Do your research thoroughly on your catchment area and your customer profile. Talk to people at length, when they visit your store, and establish their aspirations. Take some time out of the business each month to visit other local retail outlets both national stores and independents. What lessons can you learn and what works and what...

Team 7 increases international reach with expansion to China

... international reach," says Dr Georg Emprechtinger. "Tapping into new markets and inspiring lots of people around the world with our natural wood furniture is not just a financial goal for us; it also reflects our ideals." Liu Dong is also convinced by the business model, saying: "Our customers in China are getting more and more excited by our t...

How to go from toddler to teenager in online marketing

...e time to do simple things like add their address or even put up a picture. Our research shows that people searching on Yelp spend 2 and a half times longer on a business page that has photos compared to one without any images. Any online profile for your business must include updated contact details at the very least. Additionally, include informa...

Gorenje appliances make ethical best buy

...emanding that their household appliances are the most energy-efficient, we're now recommending that people choose Gorenje as this represents the best possible ethical and environmental choice." T: 0208 247 3980 W: www.gorenje.co.uk ...

Max-Top set to revolutionise UK kitchen worktops

...lled to be launching it in the UK." Max-Top has a 40mm depth, creating a perfect replacement for people wishing to upgrade without much disruption and an 8mm solid quartz edge to give a perfectly uninterrupted look. It is available from stock in finishes including sparkling black onyx emerald, warm grey and anthracite. T: 0161 224 0333 W: ww...

REC JobsOutlook: Jobs boom at risk from growing skills shortages

...y, engineering, construction and HGV driving, and companies are already increasing pay to encourage people to jump ship and join their workforce. "However, attracting talent goes beyond focusing on pay packets - workers are increasingly looking for more flexible hours, better benefits packages and nicer work environments. Your company brand and ...

People news...

...to be promoted to sales management, Lucy, enthuses: "I cannot wait to put the faces to the names of people that I've known so long, plus meeting new customers and sharing the Lakes Bathrooms' support and service with them. I'm proud to work for our company and believe passionately in the quality it represents. "Introducing our wide range of pro...

Blooming great response to Franke's Marie Curie 'Blooming Great Tea Parties'!

...ised over £2,000 to help Marie Curie Cancer Care nurses provide more free care and support to people with terminal illnesses - with donations still coming in. All three scrumptious recipes can still be downloaded in return for a donation to Marie Curie via Franke's website at www.franke.co.uk or by linking directly to the Marie Curie Jus...

European Water Label wins major award for its commitment to education

...oom Manufacturers Association. "It's taken a number of years of hard work and determination by many people, particularly the staff of the BMA, to get The Water Label to this level of success and it's wonderful to be given the recognition for it." The Environment Agency and Waterwise UK Water Efficiency Awards 2014 are a celebration of the achiev...

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...g KBzine. Our next issue will be broadcast on 29th August. I for one will be joining millions of people celebrating the warmer months at picnics, festivals and various beaches, where practicalities mean that taking a picnic is often the most enjoyable and easiest option. One of my bugbears about picnicking is having to take home dirty plates, cu...

Infrared heating display deal for kitchen and bathroom retailers from Infrarad

...nd we can vary it. However, it does give a good cross-section of the product range and, as we know, people like to see and touch what they are buying and this deal covers all options. For such a small investment, the returns could be huge." The Designer glass radiator towel-warmers are designed for wall-mounting in all bathrooms irrespective of ...

iKBBI co-develops industry training for life-saving asbestos awarenes

...os Awareness course is incredibly straightforward and has already been used by tens of thousands of people in the work place from the self-employed worker through to very large organisations to ensure that they are fully aware of the risks as well as being compliant with current regulations," says Jacqui Royall, training manager at Asbestos Trainin...

University addresses construction industry skills shortage

... the Built Environment will have the opportunity to gain direct experience of both construction and people skills with Mott MacDonald in Birmingham's projects around the UK," says Birmingham City University's Professor Nick Morton. "The construction industry needs problem solvers with the skills to enable them to develop the talents of others and t...

KBSA National Meeting: final speakers confirmed

..., as many relish input from sales & marketing professionals, as they always find value in other people's experiences. Our independent retailers are no different, and reaction from previous years indicates clearly that Ben will add genuine value to them from his own business experience. Elaine Cowan is an experienced showroom and interior de...

1...2...3 giveaways with Magnet Trade this Autumn

Magnet Trade, the kitchen & joinery specialist, is rewarding tradespeople this Autumn with its new '123 Rewards' initiative, enabling customers to choose from a range of prizes based on instore spend. Customers spending £3,000, £5,000 and £10,000 throughout September and October are able to choose rewards which increase in...

Abode invests in apprenticeships

Having been an employer of local people in and around the Barnsley area for many years, Abode is committed to giving something back to the community by working with the National Apprentice Service and First for Apprenticeships Barnsley.[TRIMTO] Two new employees on apprenticeship schemes have recently joined Abode following the company's first...

Ladder Exchange looks at safe use with 'Idiots on Ladders contest'

... of a two-pronged push to help ensure ladder users are safe. While the Ladder Exchange - which lets people trade their old, possibly dodgy ladders for safe new ones at a discount - takes unsafe equipment out of circulation, Idiots on Ladders looks at the role of people using the equipment. The contest is held on the Ladder Association's Facebook...

Inclusive bathroom design looks set to grow

...of this demographic change.[TRIMTO] These modular consistently designed solutions can be used by people of every age regardless of their physical capabilities allowing comfort, convenience and accessibility to become inherent features. "Over the past 12 months we have noticed an increase in the numbers of enquiries from customers wishing to m...

Celebration marks quarter of a century

...ppalling recessions," admits Commercial Director John Bainbridge. "We've seen retailers, brands and people come and go and come back again! But thanks to the tenacity and loyalty of our retailer base, Portway has grown exponentially. "Today, retail margins have never been tighter with prices being driven down and down. To help our customers redu...

Is 'same old, same old', what you're after?

...EO of the non-profit behaviour change company, We Are What We Do. He has been creating ways to help people make positive shifts in their everyday behaviour and Nick will share five simple ideas which can be applied to product design and marketing. * Heather Athie, key account director of MyNewsDesk, (said to be the world's leading all-in-one bra...

MPs must respond to public demand for action on pavement parking danger, says Living Streets

...n the road and damaging the footway and creating trip hazards, but it is particularly dangerous for people with sight impairment, mobility problems or parents with buggies," says Living Streets' Chief Executive Joe Irvin. "We know over three quarters (78%) of councillors favour national legislation to tackle the problem. This bill is an opportun...

AEG encourages families to embrace future of cooking and technology at The Big Feastival 2014

This year's Big Feastival saw an amazing attendance of 40,000 people who all turned up to sample a day of delicious food and innovative cooking technology. As headline sponsor, AEG's latest induction hobs and steam ovens were shown off at their best through the expertise of some of the UK's hottest chefs. Jamie Oliver, Alex James, Rachel Khoo ...

Hafele extends helping hand to Channel 4 renovation project

...TO] Jamie Clarke and Shital Shah from Sheffield featured on the primetime programme, which helps people achieve their property dreams for a fraction of the cost of moving. The pair, who both have disabilities, were given a helping hand by Hafele UK which donated a number of mobility assisted products to improve accessibility in their home. Sa...

Soapbox: "Beggar Brussels!"

...ddress the issue of youth unemployment. But in countries like Spain the unemployment rate for young people continues to rise. A whole generation is growing up for whom work is not the norm and who consequently feel alienated from their society. This also produces a vicious circle effect, with a much higher proportion of young people dropping out of...

In-Toto Kitchens invests in market research

...ion behaviour, it provides precise information and in-depth understanding of the different types of people in each area. "Research is the key to every businesses success," says National Franchise Manager, Jasmine Powdrill, "and we continually invest in the development of our products, our business systems and our market to ensure the business is...

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...zine You may recall me questioning the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ which saw people donating to charity for the privilege of being doused with icy water – it was meant to be a bucket-load but some used dustbins and industrial tippers instead, in an attempt to outdo everyone else. My concerns were about the waste of wate...

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... the issue. One of the non-KBSA items, reports on a survey into what features would make it onto people’s wish-lists when it came to creating a luxury bathroom and apparently ‘Rainfall Showers’ and ‘Standalone Baths’ made it into the top slots. For me, it would be having someone carry on with my work for me and answ...

Franchise makes concessions to High Street trading conditions

...g for the top spot in the Granite Transformations sales revenue ratings. "These are enterprising people and our concession site franchise model has enabled them to enter the home improvements market or extend their retail operation, with a manageable cost base and immediate cash flow returns," concludes Danny. "Although the new bricks-and-mortar...

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...tact them. I’ve come unstuck too many times to be slaphappy in my choice. Apparently, most people choose their builder on personal recommendations. I’ve come unstuck this way too, as of course a builder performing well on just one job, isn’t necessarily going to come up trumps every time, is he (or she)? And of course we all ha...

Brand designs for Schueller

...p;asked me what else they as a company could do," explains Wayne. "It's not often that I can't tell people what else needs to be done, but for the first time ever I said, 'Nothing. You've done it all.' That's a first for me and I never imaged saying that about any manufacturer. What makes Schueller such a great company to work with is not only...

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...tact them. I’ve come unstuck too many times to be slaphappy in my choice. Apparently, most people choose their builder on personal recommendations. I’ve come unstuck this way too, as of course a builder performing well on just one job, isn’t necessarily going to come up trumps every time, is he (or she)? And of course we all ha...

Geberit announces offer to acquire bathroom ceramics giant, Sanitec

... technology, the Geberit Group is a global provider with sales of CHF 2.3 billion. It employs 6,300 people in 41 countries around the world. All elements of the integration and target organisation will be developed jointly with representatives from both companies. For Geberit, the merger with Sanitec represents an expansion of its strategic f...

Homeowners set to spend £6BN on property upgrades

...work and all of our members are eligible to join the Government-endorsed TrustMark scheme for tradespeople." T: 020 7025 2900 W: www.fmb.org.uk ...

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...supply to eke it out, have been backed by 69% of those that responded to a survey, out of the 5,000 people asked. I have two things to say to that: “Who the heck did they ask!” and: “How many people responded?” I gather Thames Water launched the consultation with a view to finding the best way of serving the rapidl...

British Safety Council offers free stress advice to businesses

... to one that is more service orientated, the pressures on government and the NHS with the fact that people are living with illness and disease for longer. "But with so many pressures on businesses too, and the complexity involved, we recognise that we have an important role to play in providing practical steps on how to address occupational heal...

Big Energy Vision will boost market for energy saving home improvements, says Trustmark

...their energy. Together they will communicate clear, simple and consistent messages about the things people can do to control their bills, which includes a wide range of energy saving home improvements and maintenance jobs that can be done by local, reputable tradespeople. Liz Male,Chairman of TrustMark, said: "We want to see homeowners feeling c...

Top five tips for selecting your worktop

...installed with a short lead time and for a cost-effective price. The heavier the worktops, the more people will be needed to manage the installation, which obviously drives costs up. Not only this, but heavy materials need to be pre-cut off site, which is also time consuming. Laminate and composite surfaces on the other hand can be installed by jus...

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...fections by keeping everything so much cleaner – a brilliant touch when one considers how few people apparently wash their hands after using the loo! Apparently each cone costs just a few pennies which is a small price to pay for a regular health check on a part of the body most men don’t want examined by their GP! There are dispen...

Three Peaks Challenge Team raises a big cheque Motor Neurone Disease Association

...y national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland dedicated to improve care and support for people affected by MND, fund and promote research, and campaign and raise awareness so the needs of people with MND are addressed by society. www.miele.co.uk / www.mndassociation.org ...

'Hot Water Burns Like Fire' campaign launched at the Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference 2014

... Ken Dunn, Consultant Burns and Plastic Surgeon and Medical Trustee for the CBT, added: "Nearly 300 people a year are so badly burnt that they have to be admitted to a NHS specialist burns service with severe scalds from tap water in their bath, sink or shower... two thirds of these are children. The young and elderly are especially vulnerable as t...

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...I felt self-conscious walking into the room without a poppy, but noticed immediately from the other people’s lapels that I’m clearly not alone in being unable to buy one! Where have all the poppies gone I wonder? Has so much effort been put into making the wonderful display of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London and the large ve...

UK Infrastructure ambitions in jeopardy unless skills shortage addressed, says LCCI

... be required to meet demand for skilled labour between 2014 and 2017 to plug a gap of nearly 15,000 people. Unless the supply of construction labour is increased, house building targets will not be met and the delivery of large infrastructure projects will be jeopardised. With 255,000 workers needed on site to deliver the 2015 pipeline of housin...

Idiots on Ladders contest reaches new heights

... be announced in January 2015 following a public vote open until 31 December 2014. "Thousands of people look at these horrifying images each year, and judging by the number of entries received so far, 2014 promises to bring the problem of ladder misuse into even sharper focus!" says Ladder Association communications & social media officer, M...

Hafele announces winner of national trade competition

...time that the trade's best kept secret had the exposure it deserved. Our competition has really got people talking about Hafele and we were happy to see that Jon will be using the money to support the growth of his business." www.hafele.co.uk ...

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...s here have relatives who died so for them it’s very special. It’s great to see so many people with different skill levels coming together for this, we’re all very passionate about it.” One of these workers was Paul Turner, employed at Johnson Tiles 25 years ago, who returned to help with the project. He says: “I&...

Saniflo unveils new Kinedo brochure

...sign and Style together with the upgraded Kineprime are in direct response to that demand. "More people - trade and consumer - are realising the benefits of shower cubicles versus shower enclosures or wet rooms. Shower cubicles are a very attractive alternative, not just in terms of ease of installation, but with some models ready to use in just...

Is it easy to be green?

...y away from sustainability challenges, argues Steve Clarke, group marketing manager of The Fuelcard People. He says: "We have all heard the song, 'It's Not Easy Being Green', but being greener is not as tough as some might think. The easiest place to start is with monitoring and managing emissions." Steve says that some emissions management acti...

Abode strengthens social media channels

...out being accessible," comments Helen Clark, marketing manager of Abode. "We're always mindful that people communicate and interact with brands in such a varied manner these days, and therefore, providing easy access to us, our products and brand developments, is key." T: 01226 283434 E: info@abodedesigns.co.uk W: www.abode.eu ...

Re-thinking sanitation in support of World Toilet Day

...rtunity to meet the architects, designers and engineers working to change the fact that 2.5 billion people don't have access to clean and safe toilets. This is a subject that Roca strongly supports, particularly through its We Are Water Foundation ( www.wearewater.org ), which aims to mitigate the negative effects associated with the lack of ade...

KBSA welcomes another new corporate member

...up, which was founded by Joh. A. Benckiser in Schriesheim, Germany in 1823. BWT Group employs 2.643 people and its sales have steadily grown to reach over € 507.7 million last year. The UK arm, BWT UK, is a UK leader in water treatment technology, supplying safe, high quality water treatment products for domestic and commercial use. The pr...

Brits turn 'do-it-yourself' into 'devalue-it-yourself'

... can't do yourself to be sure you're preserving the value of the property." Interestingly, young people, including those who may be first time buyers, were less likely to reduce their offers because of these issues. One in ten (10%) 18-34 year olds say they would actually be more likely to make an offer on these properties - yet would still offe...

New report shows how healthy workplaces are managing stress

... well as company level -all illustrated with real-life examples and case studies. Although fewer people report working long hours, as presented in the report, job insecurity has increased across Europe, and in some countries work intensity has risen in companies struggling in the economic crisis. Work-related stress is often seen as a 'sensitive...

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...of website crashes! I can understand those trying to bag a bargain online, but what is it with people in the stores? Have they no dignity? I chuckled at an image of a woman spreadeagled over a flatscreen TV, desperately trying to keep hold of it as a rival shopper did her best to drag it away, but on reading that shop staff have been attacked ...

World-class base for a business with world-class ambitions...

...ndustry. The new showroom will be available to retailers, architects, specifiers and designers. "People from within the industry and from the design community will be astonished!" said Bathroom Brands CEO Patrick Riley. "This is a true landmark within the bathroom industry. We are enormously proud of what has been achieved. This fantastic new fa...

UK retail property industry makes last ditch attempt at reform for ‘archaic’ business rates system

...ls gap in retail customer service; acknowledging the sector’s role in employing three million people and providing proper careers advice and relevant skills training in schools. “The delay to the 2015 revaluation was a kick in the teeth to our industry - the impact of which, particularly in regions outside London and the South East...

KBSA calls for SME support in Autumn Statement

...Review in calling for a US style Small Business Administration here in the UK which would be run by people who genuinely understood the needs of the SME sector; I believe that some of the longstanding issues SME’s have been lobbying for go unheeded, because MP’s focus on big business without realising the importance of the SME sector to...

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...squo;m so glad my ideas were implemented… Yes - I am joking! So often when showing people around properties during my weekend estate agency hobby-job, I’m aware  that any which are a few thousand pounds or even £30,000 into the next tax bracket, will not sell if they sport dated, damaged or grubby kitchens and bath...

Kickboard mounted mini vacuum cleaner makes short work of dust and debris

...re overjoyed to have the backing of such an established distributor. "There are a huge amount of people that have mobility issues, pets and children who want a quick and easy way of keeping their kitchen tidy without the stress and strain of using a standing vacuum or dustpan every day - and Sweepovac is the perfect solution for this." W: ww...

'Festive fall' tips released by the Ladder Association

Industry body the Ladder Association is helping keep people safe over the Christmas period as part of its annual Ladder Exchange scheme, which gives people the chance to trade in old, dangerous ladders for discounted new ones. Each month the Ladder Exchange focuses on one safety theme, and December's is all about the dangers unique to using a ...

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... We hope the festive season was a good one for you and that – unlike us and most of the people we know, you weren’t laid up with a heavy cold or the flu! We received some lovely Christmas greetings prior to our break but if there were to be a prize for the most memorable, it would have to go to the “rogues, rascals...

A very merry 12 Tools of Christmas from Festool

... to run a competition aimed for our followers," Says Jon Burcham, Marketing Manager of Festool UK. "People have really engaged with us this year on Facebook and Twitter, especially with #FestoolFriday. It will be excellent to end our social media activity this year on an even greater high!" www.festool.co.uk ...

Wirquin staff support Cash for Kids

...sda supermarket and will be distributed by Santa's helpers, aka the Cash for Kids charity, to young people living in poverty to help make their Christmas morning that little bit brighter.[TRIMTO] Picture shows: Tina Pashley, Finance, with gifts kindly donated by Wirquin staff for local children. www.wirquin.co.uk ...

Franke Water Systems raises valuable funds for Cancer charities

...d to raise valuable funds for Ashgate Hospice, Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support. "People don't realise Snowden is our highest peak outside Scotland - it's far more taxing than you imagine," reports Andrew Dukelow. "Thanks to all our supporters for donating. The funds are to be split equally between the charities." E: ws-market...

Abode supports the Barnsley foodbank charity over Christmas

...o afford to buy food. According to the Trussell Trust charity, in 2012/13 food banks fed 346,992 people nationwide and of those helped, 126,889 were children. Rising costs of food and heating fuel, combined with static income, high unemployment and changes to benefits, are causing more and more people to visit food banks. Food banks rely on t...

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Welcome to the KBzine Having suffered yet again at the hands of tradespeople during the holidays – the first a roofer who was supposed to repair/replace whatever was allowing rainwater to drip through a ceiling, who charged a small fortune for rebedding ridge tiles then left me with the same problem as before by damaging...

Minister highlights safety concerns as too few people register their domestic appliances

...according to research published yesterday. Consumer Affairs Minister Jo Swinson is encouraging more people to take this important step and use 'register my appliance.' A YouGov survey for The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) found that just over a third of consumers currently register all of their appliances with the m...

iKBBI welcomes first female member

...hen asked why she chose plumbing as a career, Pam said: "I get great satisfaction from transforming people's homes, adding a decorative touch to a practical space and utilising the many years of study. "Unfortunately, the industry is riddled with rogue traders that prey on the vulnerable. Being female somehow engenders trust in the eyes of the c...

Key rooms kept beautifully increase a home's value

...nfident that this correlates with the housing boom, where home-owner confidence is growing and more people are looking to sell. This means investing in those key rooms and the best products, which is reflective in our sales." All Moduleo products are come with at least a 15 year guarantee, are easy-to-clean, durable, scuff and stain-resistant, a...

Barwood Products welcomes DisabledGo report

...mation provider DisabledGo, as 'sad but true.' The report, commissioned by Minister for Disabled People Mark Harper, audited more than 30,000 shops and restaurants and claims access for disabled people on Britain's high streets is 'shocking.' According to the audit, the largest of its kind ever undertaken in the UK, 40% of restaurants and a t...

Record-breaking Ladder Exchange crowns 'biggest idiot on a ladder'

...Communications & Social Media Officer, Michael Fern, says: "The public sent in more pictures of people working dangerously at height (during 2014) than ever before, and some of the pictures were among the most unbelievable we have seen. "Along with the winner, one of the runners up also showed a ladder being used from inside an excavator, hi...

Inclusive kitchen and bathroom products to grow by 20% to 2018

With the ageing UK population and the increasing number of people with disabilities, inclusively designed bathroom and kitchen products have been progressively installed in UK homes. In 2014, the inclusive bathroom and kitchen products market was estimated to be worth around £150 million at Manufacturers Selling Prices (MSP). This repres...

#HealthSimplified with Gorenje

...e the key to success is keeping it simple! "To be in with a chance of winning, we're encouraging people to share a picture of a healthy or easy-to-cook meal that they have made before the competition closes on the 28th February!" The prize, a Fiery red RK6193 Colour Edition fridge-freezer, uses IonAir technology to destroy up to 95% of bacter...

Dream Doors opens 50th retail showroom as demand for kitchen makeovers continues to grow

...ft in the top picture), believes they have found a model which is transferable all over the UK: "People love their kitchens, but many consumers just don't want to spend £ 10s of thousands on a re-fit and put up with the weeks of disruption it causes. That's why our franchisees are doing so well, filling a market need that exists from Aberd...

Total relaxation in a customised luxury bathroom - what Grohe Spa is all about

...essionals with young families to older generations. When setting out to remodel a bathroom, many people continue to believe that the bathroom should remain a space of privacy and seclusion, a room to indulge in me-time, and focus entirely on ourselves and our personal needs. The focus of any remodelling project should therefore be on creatin...

Some like it hot... (but women like it hotter)

...spelled the myth surrounding soft southerners and hardy northerners when it comes to heat. Overall, people in the north like their homes warmer than households living in the south. The average preferred room temperature of those living in the south was 23°C, while the mean among respondents from the north was 25°C. "The results offer an ...

Abode Tempeau: an installer's dream

...ey wish to have them, as it is not a legal requirement, especially if there are very young or older people living in the property. With this is mind Abode, one of the UK's leading bathroom tap and shower manufacturers, designed and patented a thermostatic valve product called Tempeau, a revolutionary bathing and showering system designed to co-o...

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...UK productivity and pay, we must look at what British businesses are doing to develop and use their people’s skills. Apparently almost half of the UK workforce has seen either a pay freeze or a pay cut (3% pay cut, 39% pay freeze) in the 12 months to December 2014. In contrast, a similar proportion (40%) have received a pay increase of 2...

Bathroom Brands announces two new regional managers to its support growing UK business with Britton, Burlington, Clearwater and Arcade brands.

...ogressive business like Bathroom Brands." The company's Darren Allison says: "Adding experienced people known to the industry is a considered move. Where we are unable to promote from within, we look for the best experience. Bathroom Brands is an exciting place to work but it's all about the right people." T: +44 (0) 01322 473222 W: www.bath...

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...n has taken a lot of flak for her suggestion that consumers should record their dealings with tradespeople to provide evidence under the new Consumer Right Bill which comes into force in October, but I for one think it’s a great idea! So often householders feel their needs haven’t been met by tradespeople and it’s only when conver...

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.../water-saving fanatic. You’re probably also aware that I have a way of attracting dodgy tradespeople. You’ll no doubt be as surprised as I am then at the fact that last week, I treated my family to our first ever household laundry drying appliance and even booked the delivery man to install it for me! I’ll readily whinge abou...

BAL strengthens specifier support with new business development manager

... forward to continuing working with designers and architects for BAL, utilising our great products, people and the technical knowhow available to assist them throughout a tiling project. "Support through our free PowerSpec specification tool, to create concise, technically accurate and up-to-date specifications for tiling, as well as teams of ex...

Abode's Edge tap... pushing the boundaries

...white and each and every one will look stunning in all modern homes. "Abode taps are created for people who want the perfect blend of design, performance and sheer quality and our kitchen mixer tap range combines precision perfect engineering with stunning design," comments Paul Illingworth, Design Manager of Abode. "It's all about enabling idea...

BAL breaks new ground with launch of high spec training centre

...aining in tiling techniques, skills and product use, the multi-use venue is available to a range of people in the tiling and construction industries including apprentices, installers, architects, specifiers, distributors, retailers and colleges. A full programme of courses is available at the ITC, helping to raise standards across the industry ...

Gorenje makes a splash with new 'Colour' brochure

...g products. "The feedback we have had from retailers is that our colourful appliances really get people through the door - the variety of colours we offer is unique to our market place and it is something that we are really proud of," says Stuart Benson, national sales manager for Gorenje UK. "Sales of our colourful products have soared over ...

Seven tips for better bathroom lighting, from 'across the pond'

..., one of the most critical rooms in the home is the bathroom. It’s most often the first place people go to when they wake up in the morning, and it can set the mood for the day. The bathroom is where you wash and groom, and many people take their morning medications there—all strong cases for optimised lighting and daylighting. The othe...

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...lions of pairs of these special specs which, on reflection, were not needed. I understand that most people suffered the same disappointment as I did, peering through layers of cloud in a futile attempt to catch a glimpse of the action – although it was quite obvious from the skies from very early in the morning that even this would be a waste...

Manufacturing apprentice talks about learning safety and new skills, in unison

The British Safety Council's priority is to raise young people's awareness of health and safety risks. A new video, Manufacturing risks: an apprentice's view, features Leila, a young apprentice engineer, walking a production line while she talks about risk and learning new skills. "Video is a great way to get an insight into what work and good...

Forget bonus culture and use behavioural science to boost employee motivation, says new CIPD report

...esearch by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, the professional body for HR and people development. The report, 'Show me the money! The Behavioural Science of Reward', discusses how money may not be the straightforward workplace motivator we expect, and highlights how alternative approaches to reward may be more effective in ...

Register my appliance supports Government smoke alarm campaign

...e safety tips. The new portal www.registermyappliance.org.uk is designed to make it easier for people to register all of their domestic appliances, to ensure that manufacturers know where to find them if a safety repair is needed. As a top tip the 'Register my appliance' website also urges householders to fit smoke alarms on each level of thei...

Home repairs left undone by over 65s through fear of finding good tradesmen

Anxiety surrounding finding trustworthy tradespeople is leaving older people across the country struggling with home repairs. New research released by TrustMark, the Government endorsed find-a-tradesperson scheme, has revealed that almost a quarter (23%) of 65+ year olds don’t know where to find information and are not confident when it come...

One in three trade businesses delivers poor customer service over the phone

...man being. "Failure to offer this service will quite simply mean that you lose customers. 68% of people said that having call handlers that are impolite or unhelpful would be enough to make them move their custom elsewhere. "This may be why frustrations with Local Authorities are so high, as we have no choice in who we can use for these public s...

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...ndering whether all the talk of potential deflation is having an impact on our industry and whether people are waiting to see if prices will fall before splashing out. After all, many of us hold off making a purchase until the January sales, so a discount clearly does tempt people. I’m never sure though whether the majority end up deliberatel...

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...cording to the Office for National Statistics report released this morning, there are 31.05 million people in work - 248,000 more than for September to November 2014 and 557,000 more than for this time last year. These figures support the findings of the Screwfix’s Trade Pulse report, (see news below) which reports that 97% of UK tr...

Busy start to 2015 for UK tradespeople - 97% are in work

2015 has got off to a busy start for UK tradespeople, according to new research released by multi-channel retailer, Screwfix. An impressive 97% of the plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters and other tradesmen questioned in Screwfix's Trade Pulse report are currently working. In fact, nearly one in six are so busy they have more work tha...

Three AEG Grassroots rugby teams have won the training session of a lifetime!

...des bespoke Canterbury kit and AEG washing machines. Supporting Grassroots Rugby means giving young people the chance to play rugby, be part of a team and learn skills they'll use for the rest of their lives. AEG and Canterbury are committed to the game, to players, to coaches and to touchline heroes everywhere. Image: One of three winning team...

Renowned designers head up an impressive line-up of showroom content for upcoming Clerkenwell Design Week

...vity across the three days. Amongst the hustle and bustle of the festival, Sto Werkstatt invites people to take things easy with its 'Hypnos' installation which explores the architecture of sleep. Francesco Draisci of Draisci Studio, in collaboration with architects Hassell, will present an immersive environment exploring the benefits and pleasu...

Bauformat's new 2015 consumer kitchen brochure will smooth sales process

German kitchen manufacturer Bauformat has just launched its 2015 'kitchens for people' consumer brochure showcasing over 65 new striking door options. The 84 page A4 brochure is a valuable marketing tool to share with customers to emphasise the versatility and heritage of the brand; retailers are able to easily refer to a quick view of colour ...

Jobs growth is encouraging but we need to see improvements in productivity and pay

...onomist at the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, the professional body for HR and people development, said: “The last set of statistics before the General Election show jobs growth continues on its upwards trend.  "We need jobs growth on this scale to provide employment for our growing population and reduce unem...

Homeowners at risk of letting 'a wrong'un' in!

...rsquo;s project or asking for written references from former clients are done by only a minority of people (39% and 28%) compared to twice as many people who rely on personal recommendation (81%) Almost half of homeowners (46%) say they would check if the tradesman was in a doorstep directory, when often these are paid for advertising slots with...

Verona takes on warrior challenge for charity

... by the team will be donated to Martin House Children's Hospice in Boston Spa, which supports young people with life-limiting illnesses, along with their families. T: 0113 244 4984 E: sales@veronagroup.co.uk ...

Abacus brings catwalk glamour to Bathe's bathroom showroom

... can provide a complete bathroom package within the showroom which is a service that very few other people can offer. Consequently, instead of dealing with six or seven suppliers to complete a project, you're getting a one- stop shop as well as an exclusive high end product." Ben de Lisi is a prolific fashion designer. He designed the knock-out ...

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...sh; but will they be bad or good years, I wonder? What I have been enjoying is the way so many people are engaging with the process this time around, even if, like me, they’re in a constituency where one candidate has such a huge majority that they feel their vote doesn’t count. I have to agree; our country’s voting system is...

Miele launches Kitchen Advice Centre at Grand Designs Live, London, from tomorrow

...n Experience. Miele will be presenting a taster of its Let's Do Lunch course, which is designed for people in the process of changing their kitchen and will show visitors how to make the most of its innovative appliances. www.granddesignslive.com www.granddesignslive.com www.miele.co.uk ...

Distinctly Abode: new bathroom brochure features eight new ranges - and more!

... has been very successful. Our ranges of bathroom brassware and showering solutions are created for people who want the perfect blend of design, performance and sheer quality in their homes without an enormous price tag." "As part of our continued, ongoing product development plan for bathrooms and with the introduction of eight new ranges, the ...

Big names booked for industry conference

... that design is not just about being different or more stylish, but about being better - better for people, better for business and better for the world. Paul McGee (pictured left) is an internationally recognised speaker and best-selling author whose presentations are relevant, thought-provoking and packed with unique insights. His aim is to e...

Seismic change needed if political parties' claims about housing targets are to be met, says legal expert

... compulsory purchase powers. That all takes time - and of course you have to build houses, where people want to live (which may not be on a former industrial site). There is often the added complication of expensive clean-up of contamination or increased costs arising say from digging out old foundations. Those costs can make schemes unviable wi...

Leader

...bility and that we can get back to the job of improving both our economy and the lot of the British people. I don’t know how you feel about it but I’m really concerned about Cameron’s pledge to extend the ‘right to buy’ scheme. There’s a real shortage of homes in this country and unless those who do end up b...

Ridgeons hires first apprentice

...s over the next year. Rick Brothwell, General Manager at Ridgeons, Cromwell Road, says: "Finding people in the construction industry can be hard - as you need people with the appropriate set of skills, who want to learn and are willing to work hard. "Ridgeons does a lot of work with the community and apprenticeships are hugely important to th...

PWS gets smart with Kesseboehmer storage offer

...storage solutions will only become more popular. Also as the average size of UK homes is shrinking, people are increasingly looking to streamline their storage by maximising every opportunity in their kitchens. In creating a more coherent and better communicated offer, our aim is to deliver a market-leading range and, in turn, simplify the planning...

Impact of L & D initiatives too rarely measured against business outcomes

... The annual L & D Survey from the CIPD, the professional body for Human Resources and people development, highlights that a lack of effective evaluation can contribute to skills gaps being undetected, particularly in the use of innovative approaches such as new learning technologies. In response, the CIPD is urging L & D profe...

Leader

... the size of your house and certainly can’t change its location without moving home. However, people can so easily underestimate the amount of time it takes to choose and install a new bathroom… and as someone who lived for some years with a sky blue bathroom with blue patterned tiles covering all the walls, and who now boasts a white ...

Leader

...weet smelling. I’m told that adults used to follow the same personal hygiene routine and that people generally only washed their hair once a week. I’ve seen on social media that people are signing up to a monthly ‘switch-off’ protest day whereby they pledge not to use any gas or electricity; something that has been done w...

BRE Academy and IEMA announce educational collaboration

...want to make a positive difference and reduce adverse impacts on the environment for the benefit of people and the commercial world. We are delighted to work with IEMA in this way and develop targeted and applicable training programmes for educational institutes and industry." E: mckeownl@bre.co.uk W: www.bre.co.uk / www.iema.net ...

BAL strengthens specification support team

...rd to continuing working with designers and architects, helping them to utilise the great products, people and technical knowhow available from BAL, including our free PowerSpec specification tool, to create concise, technically accurate and up-to-date specifications for tiling, as well as a team of experts who can provide designs and specification...

Space and light: key trends for 2015

...ondon of £157,202, while the average bedroom extension cost is £35,000, it is no wonder people want to expand and add value to their properties. The asking price difference in Scotland between two and three bed properties is still £45,949, reinforcing that home owners can potentially make a hefty profit by extending their exis...

Major milestone for British manufacturing as Triton turns 40 and appoints new MD

...the years, resulting in the company becoming one of the largest employers in Nuneaton with over 350 people working across all areas of the business today. As Lorna hands over the leadership of Triton to her successor, her next step will be to embark upon a new role as an advisor to the Norcros Group, which will see her draw upon years of valuabl...

Brighton's Eco Technology Show

...ger looking for energy efficiency solutions, it's always good to put a face to a name and meet with people in person. For professionals, networking can be the key to success. Making contacts, meeting with them and collaborating is the best way to generate new business and the Eco Technology Show is a fantastic place to do this. At this year's show ...

iKBBI Inspectors: A great response

..."" reports iKBBI business development manager Lisa Dines. "We've had responses from a wide range of people within the industry, to include our members, retail installation managers, specialist gas & electrical engineers and professional witnesses already operating within other areas of dispute resolution." The iKBBI will now take its time re...

Amica Home Appliances supports first open water swim event in Oxford

...Freear, country manager for Amica in the UK and Ireland. "Supporting local sports focusing on young people is a key part of our marketing focus for the coming 12 months. Although the 4Km Lock to Lock is also open to experienced adult athletes, the entry age actually starts at 14 and there are plenty of opportunities for spectators to watch event...

Electrolux Group launches 'Simple Switch' campaign for new Premier Partners

...who actually comes to see me, and who understands my business is invaluable. "The quality of the people and their willingness to go the extra mile makes a massive difference. The Premier Partner range gives you great quality at reasonable prices. With a dedicated team to support you, you really don't need to consider anyone else." AEG Premier...

Leader

...er the period January 2011 to March 2014. It’s been widely reported that only a third of people register their electrical appliances – which means that an awful lot are unlikely to be aware that their potentially faulty items have been recalled. I used to be one of them but changed tack when I joined this industry and discovered wh...

Industry leaders uniting to discuss future of construction, address issues of skills shortages

...age to come out of the debate was the urgent need to tackle skills shortages and attract more young people into construction. Dr David Hancock, Head of Construction at the Cabinet Office, argued that now is the time to invest in upskilling young people as there is £125 billion of public sector and infrastructure projects in the pipeline, whic...

Some questions answered as census reveals swing to renting began early this millennium?

...e realised, with the 2011 census showing that there was a marked reversal in the 100 year trend for people to buy rather than rent their homes. Bearing in mind that landlords tend not to install the most expensive furniture and appliances in properties they plan to rent out, this trend reversal may have impacted on people's purchasing decisions and...

Leader

...know it’s not the easiest job in the world… coming up with new ideas that will inspire people can be tough and so is the art of getting journalists out of their offices, so hearty congratulations from us to all the lovely PR and marketing people covering our industry; the invisible Superheroes who work so hard to get their clients the ...

Behaviour change - improving health & safety performance

...egies to help reduce the likelihood of risk taking behaviour. The course will cover: * Why people take risks at work * The consequences of risk taking for individuals and the organisation * Factors that influence behaviour * Strategies to encourage safer behaviour / less risk taking * Effective risk communication *...

Aging population needs 'future-proofed' bathrooms

With approximately 3000 people turning 65 every day of the week in the UK, Ripples says it is seeing the demand for future proofing for stylish accessibility continuing for years to come. With recent medical advances and a greater awareness of how to live a healthier lifestyle, many people are not only living longer, but they are also living full...

Geberit AquaClean plays its part in BBC DIY SOS Big Build heartwarming project

...s diagnosed with Fabry's, a rare, life-limiting illness, and Motor Neuron Disease (MND) local tradespeople in his home town of Hull rallied to transform his house into a safe haven in which he could make precious memories with his wife and young children. Answering the call from the BBC's DIY SOS team, Geberit supplied its top-of-the-range AquaC...

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...e dangerous for those on a tight schedule who are humping washing machines and the like up and down people’s stairs. www.facebook.com/KBzine   Yours, Jan Hobbs     ...

As heatwave threatens, lack of clear guidelines on maximum workplace temperatures puts employees at risk

...loyers must act if workplace temperatures dip below 16 degrees C (13 degrees C for workplaces where people carry out intense physical work), but there is no equivalent maximum temperature. So Office Genie has put together its own guidelines and advice to remind employers as to how they might ‘beat the heat’. Peter Ames, Head o...

Leader

...t above a takeaway in my area going for just under £200K, there’s very little about for people to buy. The announcement that planning laws are to be relaxed, should – I hope – make a big difference. If, as is being mooted, developers are given automatic planning permission to build on disused industrial sites, coun...

New Furnipart 2015 designs available exclusively from LDL

...ilers of any size wishing to display the new designs. There is no catch - it is simply that we want people to be able to experience the feel and quality of these handles and, as our retailers are only too aware, what's on display always sells." Six themed display boards presenting all the new 2015 models will be available shortly. Customers can ...

Matt Rotherham takes the helm at J. Rotherham

...mpany is undertaking as part of its expansion programme. Joe adds: "To stay successful, you need people who want to push the boundaries forward and it is these individuals, such as Matt, who need to operate at the very top level." Highly progressive, J. Rotherham offers a truly comprehensive design service which is strengthened by its exclusi...

Has there ever been a better time to be an independent kitchen specialist?

...st able to meet the needs of this customer. It no longer makes sense to try to be all things to all people, specialise and strive to be an expert in every product area. Simplify your business, rationalise your spending, so that you spend more with fewer suppliers, this not only reduces your administration but also gives you greater leverage with...

It's 'Armitage Thanks' as brand launches new charity initiative to celebrate 200 year anniversary

...tions." Deborah Gilbert, Chief Executive of Bowel & Cancer Research, saYS: "More than 41,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year in the UK. Our aim is to help change that. The nature of bowel disease means that people don't always talk about it and risk dying of embarrassment. The fact is, however, that bowel cancer claims lives...

Pegler Yorkshire launches range of CPD modules

...or Pegler Yorkshire. "Initially, we have selected topics which will benefit a wide cross section of people from installers and contractors to specifiers and consultants, and more modules will be coming very soon as we continue to build on our training programmes." The online training modules, which can be accessed via 'My PY' on the company's ne...

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Welcome to the KBzine   I was always taught to look after other peopleís things with as much care as I would my own and I would like to think that my behaviour is the norm. Give someone a company vehicle to drive though and the situation changes. Iím sure Iím not the only one who believes they can s...

iKBBI unveils new major sponsor

...ecialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, which employs over 40,000 people in 14 countries, and sells over £10 billion worth of products and services every year, online and in some 3,000 stores. T: 01992 478 109 E: info@ikbbi.org.uk W: www.ikbbi.org.uk ...

Aga Rangemaster sold to US kitchen products specialist Middleby for £129.2m

...ction in the UK, hundreds of jobs are likely to be saved at the company, which employs around 2,500 people worldwide. Middleby, which owns the Viking brands amongst many others, believes the acquisition of AGA presents an attractive opportunity to extend its global reach in the premium kitchen appliances segment. AGA's world class brands, includ...

The fabulous forties - two employees celebrate 40 years' service at Burbidge

This month sees not one but two Burbidge employees celebrate 40 years' service at the UK's equally celebrated kitchen manufacturer. Neil Clarke, factory manager and, Jill Harrison, a factory worker, both joined the burgeoning Burbidge business back in 1965 at the tender ages of 16 and 26 just ahead of the 70's retro boom. Four decades later, a...

Franke sponsors specialist clothing for injured soldiers suffering gruelling Yukon kayaking expedition in Canadian Alaska

...nd young offenders' institutes, Pilgrim Bandits Charity also seeks to inspire underprivileged young people by sharing these remarkable experiences in informal and informative presentations with interactive question and answer sessions. "This is our toughest expedition yet," says Steve Beard, CEO of Pilgrim Bandits Charity. "The Yukon is one of t...

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... shopping could prove useful. But what will it do to the nation’s shopkeepers? On one hand people are saying that the new laws may – and particularly with news that the longer hours’ opening may not be extended to out-of-town superstores - bring people out onto the High Street and allow those that work long hours during the wee...

UK's biggest kitchen makeover retailer celebrates 40,000 kitchen installations

...or Troy Tappenden, has noticed a change in the way kitchens are viewed over the past 16 years, with people becoming more interested in cooking and keener for their kitchens to look and feel better than ever before. "The transformation of 40,000 kitchens since we first started is a mind-boggling achievement," he says. "Since we began trading, pe...

IdealPro teams up with CIPHE to promote membership benefits

...alPRO at Ideal Standard, says: "We want to be recognised as more than simply a loyalty scheme where people can earn discounts or points. This new partnership with the CIPHE will help to further demonstrate our support for improving professional standards for plumbers and installers to the overall benefit of the plumbing sector, wider industry and c...

First Abode Apprentice graduates

Abode Home Products launched an apprenticeship scheme in 2013, helping young people learn about the design, manufacture and distribution of Kitchen & Bathroom products, whilst also helping to support the continuing growth of the Abode business. Regan Goddard has become the first apprentice to complete his training, working as part of the A...

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...s, but also the amount of time it now takes to make the journey and the potential of accusations of people trafficking if people do manage to get on board! Although it’s hard to believe - thanks to the incessant rain, thunder and grey, wintery-looking skies, today’s the day John and I bid you a brief farewell so we can take our annua...

Fewer than half of businesses believe they have a duty of care to employee health

...s the UK and from a mix of sectors and a range of company sizes, with two thirds employing over 250 people, and none less than 50. The statistic of 46% is in contrast to a previous Morgan Redwood study conducted in 2009, where 95% of businesses believed they did have a duty of care to the health of their employees. "The latest findings really...

Ladder Association launches 2015 Ladder Exchange

...nce with the regulations. Comments Ladder Association chairman, Martin Brooke: "Over two million people work on ladders daily in the UK and we want all those workers to work safely. If you take a chance with a faulty ladder you are risking an accident and potentially your life." "We are delighted to champion the Ladder Exchange because it's a...

Soapbox: CIPD calls for balance in debate on zero hours contracts

... "The latest ONS statistics suggest that there has been a further modest increase in the number of people on zero-hours contracts and a growing proportion of people on zero-hours contracts for more than a year. However, it is important that the debate about zero-hours contracts is a balanced one, recognising that when managed well, these contracts...

Popularity poll reveals cream is king for Retro refrigerators

... consumers, which is why our Retros are available in such a wide variety of colours," adds Stuart. "People are increasingly looking for appliances that act as a stylish, standout feature within the room, and models in our Retro collection do exactly that!" T: 0208 247 39 80 W: www.gorenje.co.uk ...

Glasgow to build its future on sustainable foundations

...oking to lead the way in this aspect, having recently announced its comprehensive housing strategy 'People Make Glasgow Home', which will deliver 25,000 homes by 2025. As with many cities around the UK, lack of housing - especially affordable housing, has to be balanced against finding the physical space within the city. As a part of the People ...

Kitchen makeover retailer Dream Doors expands into Ireland

... he can help grow the business there. He says: "Dream Doors is a proven success and I think the people of Belfast are going to relish the chance to get a kitchen makeover without weeks of hassle and disruption and at a far more affordable price. "Lisburn Road is a wonderful location for the first Dream Doors showroom in Ireland, but Belfast ...

Hayley McQueen to challenge Glasgow's trade skills

TV sports presenter and reporter, Hayley McQueen, is to put Glasgow's tradespeople to the test at Stax Trade Centres' upcoming store launch in Glasgow next Thursday (17th September) when Stax, which has been supplying the trade for over 30 years, will launch its first Glasgow store with a range of challenges designed to test the skills of the reg...

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Welcome to the KBzine   When people talk about the standards of education in the UK, they rarely have anything good to say and this breeds the feeling that our young people are entering the world of work without the skills they need to succeed. Sometimes it takes a reminder, such as the news this week that a studen...

The American Hardwood Export Council to present four projects at 100% Design

...ing the viewer's perceptions of craft and the handmade". Benchmark is a leading company of craftspeople and designers, founded 30 years ago by Terence Conran and Sean Sutcliffe. Based in West Berkshire on a converted farm, the team is now 50 strong in over 40,000 sq ft of workshops for timber milling, carpentry, veneering, spraying, specialist m...

Soapbox: Same road, different rules: what fleet drivers should know...

.... The cost of this investment is nothing in comparison to what it could cost a company - and its people, should an accident occur as the result of neglecting to do so. At best, it could cost a company significant fines and penalties. It could lead to personal injury costs along with time off work, lost business, replacement vehicles and legal fe...

CDM 2015 & the homeowner

... CDM only applied in the commercial sector. But statistics tell us it's the smaller jobs where most people are being harmed - not larger construction projects where there are more resources and greater supervision of workers. The construction industry has the largest number of occupational cancer cases with 3,500 deaths and 5,500 new cancer registr...

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...he household has been using, by talking wirelessly to a microphone on the main water line. It shows people the impact of their daily water use habits and the difference they make when they save water, allowing them to set goals to do even better. It also forecasts the weather, how much water is in local reserves, and can text/email you if there's a...

Keep clients mindful of home water use with Smart, wall-mounted device

...usehold's daily water use on a disc-shaped touchscreen mounted anywhere in the home. Oasys can tell people how much water they've used so far in a given week, compare it to last week, show standings next to similar households, and set goals and challenges tailored to recent use. This means the environmentally-conscious have specific goals to sho...

New managing director for Alno UK

... "I am very proud of everything we have achieved over the last six years and I believe the right people are in place to continue taking the business forward and supporting our business partners for the years to come", says Jonathon Wagstaff. Adinde adds: "This is a very exciting time for Alno UK and our customers. We have invested heavily in ...

Trustmark assures advice to its firms through partnership with Bucks and Surrey Trading Standards

...ansparent rights to help homeowners make better choices, save time and money when they employ tradespeople to carry out work around their homes. Our partnership with Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards marks a significant collaboration and we are now able to support and advise our registered firms with their compliance with the changing co...

Lakes Bathrooms launches in USA

...en as the third most populated city in the US as, with its metropolitan area, it houses 9.5 million people. The market is well known by Ark Showers, which incorporated in 2010 and found success in the sale of bath screens or 'bathtub shower screens' as they are called in the States. The contract signed conveys exclusive rights for Lakes Bathroom...

Construction workers' sick days revealed

...pa. "That situation can have a very real financial impact if wages aren't coming in. Especially for people who are self-employed and don't have a financial safety net. "With financial protection, anything is better than nothing to pay the bills if you get injured and can't do your job. Our 'Too ill to work' insurance is designed to pay out if so...

British Ceramic Tile appears at London Fashion Week

... world famous London Fashion Week (LFW), an event that attracts famous faces and the most important people in the fashion industry from across the globe. The company that designs and manufactures its market leading tile collections here in Britain has supplied tiles to the HIX Cafe in a move to communicate its design credential to fashion influe...

Ultra Matt is the new kitchen texture for 2016, says Leicht

...hows how the company has gone that extra mile in creating a finish to suit modern, busy living when people want kitchens that require minimum cleaning and will still look like new a few years down the road." T: 07802 402921/ 0844 561 0969 W: www.leicht.com ...

Money isn't everything for 75% of tradespeople

...anding out lumps of cash is not an effective way of increasing staff efforts - indeed, 75% of tradespeople would not work significantly harder in exchange for a bonus equivalent to 10% of their annual salary. And even incentives equivalent to 25% of annual salaries would not motivate over half (55%) of traders. Similarly, a 10% pay rise would...

British Ceramic Tile donates tiles to BBC One's DIY SOS veterans' village

...or British Ceramic Tile to get involved in such a worthwhile project and give something back to the people who have served our country. "We were delighted to supply tiles, as well as the grout and adhesive, so that the project could provide ex-servicemen with a suitable home that meets their individual requirements following their time in active...

Porcelanosa bites into the Big Apple

...s state-of-the-art building solutions for contemporary architecture. Porcelanosa employs around 500 people across the UK. The Group's headquarters is based in Castell-n, Spain and globally, it has more than 400 showrooms. www.porcelanosa.com ...

Granite Transformations franchise conference previews brand transformation

...Response Media and digital marketing specialist Motionlab, with support from BA Components, SpaceandPeople, the BFA, KeraKoll, PVL vehicle wrappers and other suppliers, all of whom were allocated display space within the hall and given a chance to talk with those attending. T: 01892 509 680 W: www.gtfranchise.co.uk ...

We have Mail: Build UK

...real opportunity to transform construction". A very worthy aim and one which a great many of the people who work in construction would subscribe to I have no doubt. But, and it's a big but, I for one doubt that this noble mission will be achieved by this new body. 1) Build UK is made up of "27 of the largest major contractors" and "40 trade a...

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Welcome to the KBzine   A study into tradespeople’s websites has found that many companies may be missing out on new business opportunities through failing to make the most of their websites. The results feature below and while I’m not party to the websites studied, I have to say that I wasn’t sur...

One third of employers say more staff are going into work despite being ill

Nearly a third of employers have reported an increase in people coming to work while they are ill, according to the annual Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development / Simplyhealth Absence Management Survey. The survey of nearly 600 employers finds that 31% have seen an increase in so-called 'presenteeism' in the last 12 months. It als...

Crossrail skills vacuum creating 'competence chasm' in other parts of UK

...er end of this skills vacuum. Crossrail will revolutionise the daily commute for thousands. But the people creating this engineering marvel have their own stories of relocation and long commutes - and their home towns will tell the story of a skills exodus." Since Crossrail's 2009 ground-breaking, workers have been recruited an average of 30.1 m...

Tradespeople are failing to make the most of their websites

A large majority of tradespeople are not getting the most out of their websites, and could be missing out on possible new business opportunities, according to a new study. IronmongeryDirect, the online and mail order supplier of ironmongery products to the trade, analysed the websites of 240 trade companies from across the UK, including those ...

UK Construction Week building nicely...

...onstruction growth is continuing to drive the UK's economic recovery and with more than 2.2 million people employed in this sector, output and productivity is only set to increase. We recognised that there is a very real desire for an event like this brings the whole industry spectrum together, providing a much needed opportunity to network, learn ...

Two new ranges and a fresh strategy see Coram stride ahead

... Bridgnorth near Telford, which was established in 1988. The landmark headquarters employs over 100 people, housing not only the manufacturing and distribution plant but also Research & Development, Design, Marketing and Branding plus the company's UK management arm. After undertaking an extensive programme of market research earlier this ye...

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...; for example, having the biggest and best fridge freezer. The research also revealed that young people are choosing to socialise at home rather than nipping to the pub or dancing the night away in a club. With recent news that half of UK nightclubs and pubs have closed down in the last 10 years, it’s not surprising that over half (50%) of...

Reap the benefits of the One Fuelcard

The Fuelcard People have announce the launch of a new product that will offer exclusive benefits to its customers - the One Fuelcard. The One Fuelcard offers access to the largest fixed price fuel network in the whole of the UK (more than 50% of all UK filling stations). It also covers all Shell sites and all Esso stations, as well as all Topa...

iKBBI unveils historic initiative

...ith the research and development phase, I'm confident that over time we'll be the vehicle for young people to join our industry and a place for reputable businesses who operate within the sector, to find and employ these students as the next generation of future professionals. "This isn't about reinventing the wheel or unveiling a finished produ...

Touch points at Bathroom & Kitchen Conference 2015

...y "fell off the cliff edge". He suggested that today's shopper is a new shopper. The recession made people rethink how they shopped and he forecast that by around 2025 at least 25% of all purchases will be made online. Omni-channel retailing, show-rooming, web-rooming and queue busting are the current trends and retailers can't hide from them. A...

Toto reveals new washroom gallery at Narita Airport

...m. Directly behind the glass windows are fabric-covered LED monitors that show changing colours and people moving like a shadow play. Visitors are welcomed by a world entirely in white featuring 10 different booths, or room-in-room installations, as well as toilets and a multi-purpose sanitary area. As people enter the space, interesting videos ...

Work related injury and ill health still costing Britain £14 billion per year

More than a million people are being made ill by their work, costing society £14.3 billion, according to new figures published yesterday. Despite Britain remaining one of the safest places to work in Europe, injury and ill-health statistics released by the Health & Safety Executive show that an estimated 27.3 million working days wer...

Lustrolite helps householders stay calm and collected

...lue is known as a 'serene' and 'mentally calming' colour * so it is perfect for use in spaces where people like to relax and unwind. Why not inject a new lease of life into a kitchen or bathroom (or both) with Lustrolite's vibrant Blue Atoll shade and let users sit back and enjoy the colour's calming qualities? Lustrolite's glass effect acrylic...

Soapbox: Celebrate being truly independent

...time. There is a strange contradiction where consumers and independent outlets are concerned. People much prefer the atmosphere and the service that we provide, yet they cannot resist the convenience and perception of lower price offered by the multiples. Most of us, when in 'consumer' mode, experience this test of our loyalties, which is why...

Hauliers warn of empty stores at Christmas as driver shortage bites

...A chief executive Richard Burnett. "Thousands of older drivers are leaving the industry and younger people can't afford the £3,000 it costs to get a truck licence. "The government could help but won't. They should support a truck-driving apprenticeship but are refusing to do so; even though they are forcing the larger trucking firms to pay...

Construction staff remain in high demand

...uestionnaire from a panel of 400 UK recruitment and employment consultancies. In 2013/14, 1,155,932 people were employed in either temporary or contract work through consultancies and 634,608 people were placed in permanent positions through consultancies. Data for the monthly survey were first collected in October 1997 and are collected at the end...

Campaign raises awareness of the dangers of scalding and makes over £5000 for charity as it does so

...Living - Roberts Radio - Crosswater - 4 ball golf at Moor Park golf club - Croydex - Golf Day for 2 people at Stoke park Buckinghamshire - Francis Benali - Signed Caricature Francis Benali and Mat Le Tissier - Laufen - Swiss Watch - Lecico - Mystery prize - Neoperl - IPad mini - Pro Publishing - Hamper - Roca - Rioja wine - Roman - Pamper kit - Sar...

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...g? And are they wondering, like me, where it’s all going to end? If you’re one of these people, I’d love to hear what you think... www.facebook.com/KBzine   Yours, Jan Hobbs     ...

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...b. If you’re a regular reader of KBzine you’ll be aware that I watch the many tradespeople who’ve worked at my house in recent years, very closely indeed – but it’s not to check out their builders’ bottoms or ogle their bulging biceps, it’s to see if they’re capable of doing the job I’m payi...

Buff builders bin the booze for burly biceps

...nd in the gym working out than drinking pints, according to a new survey. A study of 1,000 tradespeople by IronmongeryDirect, the long-established online and mail order supplier of ironmongery products to the trade, found that a substantial 69% of tradesmen don't go to the pub that often, while 10% never go. Some 17% go once or twice a week but ...

Uform announces appointment of new managing director

... assisted with the strategic direction of the business and aligned needs against growth from both a people and processes perspective. Eamon Donnelly will now step into the role of company chairman and will continue to manage the sales & marketing functions of the business. Commenting on the recent management restructure, Eamon explains: "We ...

Toto Washlet sales top 40 million units globally

...ly dry the area, protecting the environment by reducing the need for toilet tissue. Committed to People-First Innovation, Toto advances are designed that meet people's real world needs. To this end, the company introduced what it says is the first use of electrolysed water designed to make the toilet bowl easier to clean. To create eWater+, Toto...

Whirlpool awarded consumer Superbrands status

...ances. In 2014, Whirlpool Corporation generated annual revenue of $20 billion, employs over 100,000 people with 70 centres of manufacturing and technical research and development worldwide. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Bauknecht, Scholtès, Hotpoint, Indesit, and other big-name brands in over 1...

Industry stalwart, Ron Blount of Blanco, reflects on his career as he bows out

...omely and is a permanent legacy for the company's future development. Major achievements Judging peoples' strengths, harnessing and focusing on that strength - no one is an 'only'. When a janitor at Cape Canaveral was asked what he did, he replied: "I'm part of a team to put a man on the moon". Another one was the value we obtained for our workt...

Kitchen makeover franchise Dream Doors launches new recruitment and training programme for franchisees

...lding franchise networks: "I've seen throughout my career the importance of recruiting the right people and then providing the training and support they need to succeed, and we have totally overhauled our recruitment process and training programme to reflect that," he says. "The cost of getting the wrong franchisee can be anything up to &poun...

Schmidt shows how a relaxed country casual style suits both modern and period homes

When it comes to buying a new kitchen, it's just as easy for people to fall in love with a modern handless slab door as it is to hanker after a Shaker-style scheme. Furniture no longer falls into classic or contemporary categories; today it's all about getting the best of everything to create an ultimate dream design. Schmidt has the perfect ...

Add some colour with multi-coloured grab rails

...of grab rails and hinged arms which were designed to add a dash of colour to rooms designed to help people with mobility issues and even dementia. The attractive, brightly coloured rails are made to order in any RAL colour and to any size thanks to the bespoke manufacturing capability of the Staffordshire-based business. The rails not only offer...

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...o;re already seeing housing developments starting to stall because the cost of hiring skilled tradespeople is threatening to make some sites simply unviable,” he argues. “Unless we see a massive uplift in apprenticeship training in our industry, there won’t be enough pairs of hands to deliver housing on this scale.” Mark ...

iKBBI & CAPITA join forces to raise gas safety awareness

...y on gas appliances. By law, all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register. It replaced CORGI. People should use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix or service appliances and should always check the engineer's Gas Safe Register ID card. "We are delighted that iKBBI - given its leading position in the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom ins...

Leicht Contracts opens new office in London's Blackfriars

...e contracts around there. The new office will house the whole Contracts team, which numbers some 15 people, ranging from designers, project managers and installation and technical staff. Heading up the team is commercial manager Matt Duncan, along with managing director Liam Hopper. The company is already fitting kitchens for developments in the...

Abode supports the British Red Cross this Christmas

...pt to reach safety. From Turkey to Hungary, Greece to the UK - the Red Cross is striving to support people who flee war and persecution. Desperate families have no choice but to risk their lives, but Abode's donation will contribute in helping to supply food, water and medical care to those poor stateless people who have made a terrifying journe...

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...apprenticeship and training opportunities as well as more homes and better neighbourhoods for local people. The programmes ended in March and Empty Homes is asking the new Government to invest in bringing empty homes back into use through new dedicated funding streams. It is also calling on it to further reduce the rate of VAT charged ...

Remote flushing technology can be positioned freely in the bathroom

... prefer to site the flush to the left or right of the WC, rather than directly behind it, with many people even keen on the idea of siting it by the bathroom door, ready for flushing on their way out. The launch of the Geberit Type01 and Type10 flush buttons gives consumers just this level of freedom, as they can be positioned up to 1.7m away f...

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...tangible value could be calculated by the amount of use a downstairs facility gets or the number of people it benefits. The intangible value knows no bounds as it supports the needs of whole family - particularly useful for felt-pen wielding minors and less limber seniors! For those who like to entertain at home but don't wish to invite multiple gu...

Sublimated Trascenda is permanently patterned

...ken from time-worn wooden barrels. Memories - six designs reflecting treasured memories of Trend people and images that capture Italian family life, including Kiss The Chef evoking handwritten cookery notes, Bottles and Pots & Pans graphically depicting regular kitchen items and Numberswith its blocked numerals. Classic & Remastered ...

Van drivers face increasing dangers

...ors must remind their drivers of the increased dangers of winter driving, according to The Fuelcard People. Steve Clarke, group marketing manager, has commented upon a joint publication from the Department of Transport and the National Office for Statistics, modelling the impact of the weather on road casualty statistics. He says: "Common sense ...

Electrolux group wins CIH supplier of the year award

...veryone back at head office feels incredibly proud of this achievement. We have a team of dedicated people, who do what they do because of the passion and determination shown by the independent retail trade. We will continue to invest in exclusive products and bespoke marketing campaigns coupled with the support from our field and in house teams." ...

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...r it. With so many UK families now having to use food banks and ever greater numbers of homeless people crammed into hostels and bed & breakfast accommodation – and of course the millions of homeless and displaced people worldwide, the idea of over indulgence at Christmas now feels obscene. I do hope that if you’re involved in...

Unions in redundancy consultations with Aga Rangemaster following news of 188 possible job losses

...ell as the staff grades. "This is very disappointing news - especially at this time of year when people should be looking forward to a break with their families. GMB has met with the company to discuss the reasons for this decision. The priority will be to limit the number of job losses and to avoid compulsory redundancies." www.gmb.org.uk ...

First Stoves Community Kitchens winners revealed

...And in third place, receiving £2,000 of appliances, was One Church Brighton, which works with people on the margins of society, focusing on homelessness, social isolation, poverty, unemployment, young people, social exclusion and drug addiction. One Church was selected by judges because it runs four key projects - Chomp, Real Junk Food Pro...

Trustmark's new consumer protection payment service should be a winner for reputable traders too

A new consumer protection service to help homeowners and tradespeople enter into an agreed contractual arrangement when paying for home improvement, repair or maintenance work has been announced this week by TrustMark, the only Government-endorsed scheme for all trades in and around the home. The Escrow service is a low cost, quick and effecti...

TKC completes management buyout to Northedge Capital

...company thrive and grow into the great business it is today. We have an exceptionally strong set of people here at TKC and it is the combined team's hard work, dedication and determination that have enabled us to reach our current position. "We are all excited about the future and looking forward to taking TKC to the next level, whilst ensuring ...

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...t, have been even more spectacular than those we enjoyed last year, yet alongside that, millions of people were (and still are) going though turmoil, from the families displaced by the growing global conflict, to – closer to home – those who are fighting to salvage what they can from flooded homes and businesses. I’ve been fol...

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...es place from 6th – 9th March, so there will be lots to see and play about with and plenty of people to meet. You can register for your free ticket at https://registration.n200.com/survey/1yjdujk98ujp1 and if you’re exhibiting, do make sure you send us your press releases for a chance of being included in our exhibition preview. ...

Showers make a splash in bathroom industry

... than filling a tub - and with the days of 'rub a dub dub, three men in a tub' being far behind us, people no longer want to re-use bathwater after another family member - a quick shower it is then! Luxury showers are becoming the focal point of many bathrooms as smart, technologically innovative showers and wet room facilities are transforming ...

Granite Transformations COO Danny and pal Bernie attempt Cook Strait world record

... quote to motivate us for the swim, as well as raising money for our charities," he says. "Very few people are successful at completing the Cook Strait swim, because of the strong currents and cooler waters, so Danny and I looked at our individual strengths and decided, as we are both relatively fast swimmers, our best chance was as a two-man relay...

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...” Danny’s words got me thinking about what a fantastic industry this is, in terms of people putting their health and sometimes even their lives on the line, to raise money for charity. And that’s not forgetting the companies donating products, furniture and appliances to others in need, and the tradespeople giving up their time...

Making bathrooms beautiful - HiB unveils new identity, new website, new brochure and new range!

..., the feedback was very positive; HiB products were highly regarded, the service was seen as great, people valued our innovation but we needed to evolve the communication of these values through branding." The next objective was to determine a new brand and strapline which more adequately communicated the ethos and the goals of the company to bo...

Shaws' sinks test as 99.99% antibacterial

... Shaws use more clay, more glaze, more heat and more care to craft character products, made by real people. Every Shaws sink is unique and designed to last a lifetime!" T: 01254 775111 www.shawsofdarwen.com ...

Sing to the sound of SysRock for a chance to win £5,000 of Festool Tools!

... This fun competition is to celebrate the launch of the new SysRock BR10 Site Radio by asking tradespeople to submit a video of them singing along to one of the SysRock songs, as chosen by tradespeople at the end of last year. Entrants can visit have 20 songs to choose from and can download the backing track and lyrics. Once you've recorded your...

Bathroom Academy upgrade launches at KBB

...on surrounding bathroom products, their features and benefits and their marketing. More experienced people use the downloadable guides and training courses to refresh their knowledge of the rapidly changing industry. The Academy is available to everyone. "The Bathroom Academy plays a very important role in our industry," comments Yvonne. "It is ...

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...uced, increasing the pay of millions of the UK’s lowest paid workers (reportedly one in three people will benefit) in by far the biggest compulsory rise that’s been seen since the National Minimum Wage was brought in, back in April 1999. While it has long been felt by many that taxes collected from better-off workers should not have...

More than 8.1 million searches for accredited tradespeople during 2015

...d improvement is continuing apace, according to TrustMark, the Government-endorsed scheme for tradespeople, which this week announced that it has recorded another bumper year of helping homeowners.[TRIMTO] With more than 8.1 million search results provided to those who used TrustMark's website and telephone helpline to find local firms and exper...

AEG enters water softener market in the UK... creating a new market opportunity for kitchen retailers

...the latest electronic technology, the AEG water softener is ideal for most households of up to nine people. T: 0800 435 548 W: www.aeg-watertreatment.co.uk ...

Ministers call on construction industry to invest and build home-grown talent

Ministers called upon the construction industry this week, to remove barriers to get more young people to consider careers in construction and develop an ambitious action plan to address the skills pressures and other constraints that are limiting housebuilding and infrastructure development. Housing Minister Brandon Lewis and Skills Minister N...

Mereway launches £30,000 charity initiative to celebrate 30 years

...or its continual innovation and quality of design and service. The Group currently employs over 260 people in four production sites. Image: Sarah Walmsley, corporate partnerships assistant, Acorns with Kevin Galer from Mereway accounts department, who is dressed as Alex the Acorn mascot Details of the planned activities can be found on the Ju...

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...own about fluff, so would suggest that a warning sticker be placed on the front of new machines for people like me to see. Meanwhile, owners of machines that have been identified as being potentially dangerous, have been asked to make contact with the manufacturers to organise repairs, modifications or replacements. However good the customer ...

Dream Doors targeting kitchen industry as it launches major new recruitment drive

...n to focus on recruiting those with existing kitchen skills and expertise. "We want to hear from people running their own independent kitchen business, or those working for someone else but feeling they could do things better if they were in charge," says Bill Owen, director of franchising, Dream Doors. "Dream Doors could benefit hugely from...

F & P Wholesale names Alzheimer's Society as its 2016 charity

...ctured) managing director at F & P, Primaflow & Connections. "Dementia affects over 850,000 people in the UK; this figure is expected to rise to one million by 2021, with no cure currently available. "Through its tireless work, the charity aims to make sure being diagnosed doesn't mean life has to end, by providing the best support possi...

MX Group saddened by Bob Johnson's passing

...ely well thought of. He only retired two years ago from the company.[TRIMTO] "There are a lot of people in the industry who will remember Bob and his genuine charisma," says Marleton Cross chairman Bernard Robinson. "He was a great friend and he was an excellent sales director for the company over many years. "He was one of the major reasons ...

AMDEA signs up to Government product safety proposals

... sharing and good ownership data are crucial if we are to ensure that vital safety news reaches the people who need to know and act on recall advice. Douglas Herbison, chief executive, AMDEA, hopes that the announcements and the work that will be involved, will strengthen public understanding of the product recall process and prompt more owners ...

Steel windows add style to south London home

...nnection between the indoor and outdoor spaces. "The steel windows are probably the feature that people notice most - we've had lots of wonderful comments about them," comments the homeowner. "From start to finish, Steel Window Service and Supplies were excellent and they were incredibly thorough. I couldn't fault them; the guys were great and I...

Twyford works with homeless charity, CRASH, to support projects in the North East

... and T4 ranges to two projects in the North East that provide accommodation for vulnerable homeless people, through the charity CRASH. CRASH is a practical charity addressing the issues of homelessness by harnessing the skills, products and goodwill of the construction and property industry. Every year, the charity uses this support to help a la...

The right way to light a kitchen

...ve kitchen lighting solutions... "For too many years, the advice about kitchen lighting given by people who should know better has been to place the ceiling lights out in the aisles of the kitchen. This looks nice on the plans, but it keeps the people working in the kitchen in the dark. I prefer to locate ceiling lights closer to the upper ca...

Tradesmen busier than ever in 2015 as trade booms

...found that 72% of trade businesses experienced a revenue increase in 2015. The majority of tradespeople (43%) said that sales had increased by up to 10%, with a third claiming revenues had improved by 11-20%. 16% said revenues rose by up to 30% and 8% claimed they had increased by more than 30%. The report revealed that the construction secto...

More than one in three of us prefer neutrals when it comes to decorating our bathrooms

New research conducted by bathroom furniture supplier, Virtual Bathrooms, has revealed that people are wary of using bright and vibrant shades when decorating their bathroom.[TRIMTO] Their latest survey questioned a total of 1,500 people and found that 36% would choose neutral shades when revitalising their bathroom. The ratio was the same ...

Slide into style with a new feature from in-toto

... look with innovative sliding doors. The kitchen is often the heart of the home... a busy hub of people gathering to eat, drink and socialise.[TRIMTO] Sliding doors give rise to flexible new design possibilities, creating more usable space, changing the constellation of 'open' and 'closed', altering a cabinet's appearance time and time again....

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...llip; but going back over the notes I took at the show, looking at the pictures and remembering the people we’d chatted to, the stands we’d admired and the sheer beauty of some of the products, I can’t help but hanker after Birmingham. Some with whom we spoke, felt that the show was smaller than before; others said it was sli...

Ideal Standard unveils two new bathroom collections

...bject matter, don't you? Renowned designer Robin Levien (pictured below right) is just one of those people. John and I agree that we could listen to him talk about the whys and wherefores of the design concept all day, so who better to present Ideal Standard's new collections than Robin himself?[TRIMTO] The manufacturer showcased over 250 of its...

Terence Ball Kitchens: everything for your favourite tipple but all hidden away!

The bars some people fitted in their living rooms back in the 70s were all very well in terms of keeping everything in one place, but they didn't exactly look wonderful or create a good impression for visitors who weren't there to party, did they? Terence Ball Kitchens has come of with a great solution, as our picture illustrates. Yes - everyt...

Stylish bathroom solutions for all ages and abilities; Italian by design

... "Why should bathrooms designed for the aged, infirm or disabled look like torture chambers? "People need functionality and robustness, but they also seek attractive products; this is what we are offering - functionality, luxury and style." Moving onto the children's ranges, he added: "It is rather a design challenge to produce a range ...

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...uced, increasing the pay of millions of the UK’s lowest paid workers (reportedly one in three people will benefit) in by far the biggest compulsory rise that’s been seen since the National Minimum Wage was brought in, back in April 1999. While it has long been felt by many that taxes collected from better-off workers should not hav...

Trend Interiors: creating a stir

...ones believes that the company's offering that will be attractive to retailers, builders and trades people alike. He said: "Trend Interiors is unique in that it offers a single source of furniture for the home and the brand values of trust, simplicity and value make the range a real alternative to the offer from the sheds. "No other brand can of...

Abode apprentices gain their NVQ's

Abode, the renowned manufacturer in the kitchen and bathroom sector, is a proud employer of local people, in and around the Barnsley area. [TRIMTO] Over the last three years the company has been working closely with the National Apprentice Service and First for Apprenticeships Barnsley. Its aim, quite simply, is to help young people learn a...

Blanco - German perfection at impressive KBB

...lean the Silgranit PuraDur material is. Rubbing in hard stains like curry paste and beetroot juice, people watched in awe as, with just a spray of water and a gentle rub of a cloth, the stains disappeared like magic! T: 01923 635 200 W: www.blanco.co.uk ...

A double whammy - HIB presents cheques to chosen charities

...al health problem - a cause which is even more pertinent given that it is now estimated that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year. Both of these charities are close to our hearts here at HiB and we hope the funds will help to make a real difference." Cheque it out: the Starlight Children's Foundation ...

Promising start to 2016 for UK tradesmen

2016 has got off to an encouraging start for UK tradespeople as they declare revenues are up, according to new research. IronmongeryDirect's Annual Industry Review, which was compiled to gain a snapshot of the construction industry, found that 61% of trade professionals expect their business's revenue to increase in 2016. When asked the reas...

Success of National Living Wage depends on businesses raising their game on productivity

...day, Charles Cotton, Performance & Reward Adviser at the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, comments: "The introduction of the National Living Wage will increase the pay of millions of the UK's low-paid workers. Ultimately, though, it will only be judged a success if employers can sustain higher wages for the low-paid...

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... the trades, rather than settle for university and what may end up a rocky employment future. Tradespeople – well good ones, anyway – are estimated to be able to earn around £70,000 to £80,000 a year. I was about to suggest that persuading youngsters to take up a trade and then retrain to carry out an office-based role ...

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...land on how stressful it must be for those who have to travel regularly for work. Not so tradespeople though! Over 90% of tradespeople are happy in their jobs, with the majority putting it down to the flexibility of mobile working, new research has found – and of course, with this type of work, travel to and from the workplace is a ...

Abacus charity skydives raise £4,000 for local hospice

...e care services to the Harrogate community and has been a vital source of care and support for many people close to the Abacus team. "The Skydive was an exhilarating experience; everyone should try it at some point in their life," says Chris Burrell, national technical manager at Abacus Manufacturing Group. "Being able to raise money for such a ...

Search begins for Britain's top tradesperson 2016

Screwfix is once again launching the nation's top competition for tradespeople - Britain's Top Tradesperson 2016, but what trade will top the table this year? The competition launches on 9th May, and previous winners have included plumbers, joiners and electricians. Do you or any of your staff have what it takes to stand up for your trade acro...

Local students explore 60 years of manufacturing history in support of upcoming GCSEs

...0 years manufacturing worktops for markets across the globe. The site in Durham employs over 150 people and is a showcase for modern worksurface manufacturing in the UK. The company has invested heavily in recent years in cutting edge technology to produce designer laminate and solid-surface worktops, splashbacks and upstands for homes as well a...

Bathtime decline, but showering Brits are still a nation of water-wasters

...ts in UK households in order to monitor water efficiency behaviours. It found that whilst 86% of people don't know how much water they use each day, 70% of respondents answered 'yes' when asked if they personally take actions to try and save water. However, when asked to estimate, just one in 10 people (14%) correctly estimated their average ...

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... Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom Installers then, for doing what most of us have wanted to do, by asking people in the industry what they think. iKBBI members have come down squarely on the Brexit side as you’ll see from the report below – but of course that’s probably not surprising, since it’s their trade that has been one...

Foundations for success: the future looks bright for family businesses in the construction sector

...ion reveals the vast contribution family firms make to the UK economy - employing over 11.9 million people and making up 87% of all private sector firms in the UK. There are now more than 800,000 family firms in the construction sector, making up almost one in five of all businesses in the industry. Family businesses also account for 94% of all ...

Victoria + Albert Baths unveils oceanic-inspired Pescadero bath at Salone Del Mobile

...popular with local surfers. With a deep, double-ended bathing well, it comfortably holds one or two people for single or double bathing. Measuring a compact 1695mm long, it is ideal for both large and small bathrooms requiring a statement- making design. As with all Victoria + Albert's baths, it is made using the brand's exclusive material, Quar...

British homeowners call for action to address the nation's lack of builders and plumbers

British homeowners have called on the government to encourage more young people to enter the manual trades after a survey showed nine out of 10 agreed with the idea. The survey, commissioned by trade vetting firm Checkatrade.com, quizzed 1,000 homeowners across the UK - and left no-one in doubt about how they feel about the nation's manual skills...

Extending working lives

...Meanwhile the demographic data suggests that there is unlikely to be a sufficient supply of younger people in Britain who would replace retiring workers. These facts cannot be ignored by any employer. "Retaining older workers will become not only an economic but also a social imperative. The companies that would be prepared to retain older emplo...

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...itted in the first place or how it’s been treated since, that’s the real problem.  People moving home sometimes dismantle appliances to make them more easily transportable (and then don’t reassemble them again correctly) or perhaps connect something up that they shouldn’t be fiddling around with. Few notify the manufact...

Guy Malam of Tembe DIY & Building Products, raises £4,000 for Children with Cancer UK

..."Cancer is the biggest child-killer disease in the UK," notes Guy. "Almost 4,000 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK every year and the incidence has been on the increase. There are more than 50 types of childhood cancer. Thanks to research funded by Children with Cancer UK survival rates for the most common form of c...

Custom made wet room flooring solutions for Voyage Care

...e." Voyage Care is a UK wide company providing healthcare, social care and support to a range of people of all ages with disabilities and associated problems in their homes or in a care home environment. Currently operating around 400 properties, all Voyage Care's development schemes are managed and designed in-house, working with carefully chos...

How to make the North a magnet for the 'Millenials'

...ed recently said that the biggest issue facing the Northern Powerhouse is how to attract and retain people in their twenties and thirties - the 'millenial' generation. To meet this challenge, the North has to become a magnet to rival London and similar mega-cities across the world. It already has a 15 million urban population. Now it needs not ...

Checkatrade celebrates latest partnership with successful Open Day

...ip with the Trading Standards Authorities by hosting a successful open day recently for local tradespeople in East Sussex. The event, which was held in Eastbourne, saw over 40 tradespeople attend to find out more about what the Trading Standards Authorities can do for their hardworking businesses along with providing information about what the p...

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...might just see them in 'away from home' washrooms too. Cleaning toilets can’t be on many people’s bucket list, can it? Another area where I see a real crossover is in the conservation of this planet's resources – and particularly water. Both industries are working really hard to ensure that we use as little water in our ...

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...f a survey I was sent this week (see below for more) surprised me. It found that while 85% of tradespeople feel technology has improved their working life, only 67% of office-based workers feel the same way. Those who have to work all over the place absolutely have to keep in touch via the Internet, or their competition will soon be eating int...

BMA builds its conference line up

...nments on wastes management issues. She appears in the Hot 100 (Resource Magazine) most influential people in wastes management and acts as an expert for a range of local and national organisations. Chris Goodall taught economics at Harvard, worked as a consultant for McKinsey and BSG and is now head of competition practice at Europe's leading ...

Dream Doors appoints Ed Brewer as new director of operations

...r, Dream Doors has more than doubled its support personnel. "I joined Dream Doors because of the people and the culture," he says. "I've been around franchising a long time and it's clear that Dream Doors has both a compelling proposition for its customers and also that it really supports its franchisees. "Managing director Troy Tappenden and...

More Bette Baths with hidden overflow - BetteSensory options extended

... Germany, and specialises in the processes of steel-forming and enamelling. The company employs 350 people at its production and administration centre in Delbrück. Bette combines high-tech industrial production with individual craftsmanship, with more than half its products made specifically to customers' requests. The natural raw materials...

Hippo extends sponsorship of the iKBBI for a further three years

...iKBBI will continue to support HippoTrade, which is Hippo's tailored service for professional tradespeople. The Institute will be further communicating the commercial benefits to its members over the coming weeks. T: 01375 489 430 E: info@ikbbi.org.uk W: www.ikbbi.org.uk ...

Xpelair puts noisy bathroom fans back on the agenda

The latest Noise Attitude Survey highlights that 48% of people feel that our home life is spoilt by noise, whilst a fifth are kept awake by sound disturbance at night. From 23rd - 28th May, Noise Action Week - co-ordinated by Environmental Protection UK - will be highlighting the impact that noise can have on our health and quality of life, in...

HIB welcomes bathroom renovation popularity

...s.com ) UK bathrooms are now the most popular choice of home improvement, with nearly half (44%) of people choosing to renovate their bathroom. In comparison, the kitchen comes a close second with 42%, followed by the garden with 17%. Notably, the study showed the bathroom to be a more affordable renovation option - equating to an average spend ...

Miele crowned Which? Home Appliance Brand of the Year 2016 with "unparalleled" results

...ives innovation through the passion for finding better ways of doing things, and a desire to enrich people's lives and bring pleasure to every household. The product range includes household appliances for laundry, cooking, refrigeration, dishwashing and vacuums, and commercial appliances for laundry, sterilisation and dishwashing. Miele encoura...

Home Décor acquires Optiplan Kitchens and Manor Cabinet Co

...ing various future options for the company and believe that the deal is a very positive one for our people, our customers and for the continued success of the business. Our focus is now on working in partnership with the Home Décor management team to ensure a smooth integration over the coming weeks and months." Manor's Terry McPartlan ad...

2016 Trends in the Home

...oms are now adaptive spaces which can change depending on the mood and personality of the consumer. People like to be in control and have options; they can change the light, temperature and water pressure in the bathroom. "Technology it is up to the individual. It can be personalised to the individual." Will Brocklebank: "Lights that change colo...

Uform chairman named as Ernst & Young 'Entreprenuer of the Year' finalist

...ur of the Year' awards," he says. "To be named alongside some of Ireland's most successful business people is an absolute privilege. "I have been working in the kitchen industry now for 33 years and I have along with my brother Paul and my late father Eddie established a market leading company which, now in its 23rd year of business, has doubled...

Sanicubic XL goes out to sea

...ing out at sea on a drilling rig providing drainage from toilet and bathing facilities for up to 24 people at a time. Two Sanicubic XL pumps are in use at any one time with one as a back-up.[TRIMTO] Dealing with waste on a drilling rig out at sea is no easy task given the constant exposure to the elements. Any solution has to be highly durable, ...

Challenge is on for tradespeople

To kick start the nation's football fever, Screwfix is providing tradespeople with the chance to participate in some football fun with its 'Back of the Van' 2016 football challenge. At selected Screwfix stores across the UK, tradespeople have the chance to be rewarded for their football skills whilst stocking up on trade essentials for work. P...

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...the results of this poll are so close with the referendum fast approaching. “The number of people who could still change their minds could determine the outcome.  The remaining campaigning, from both sides, will be crucial in deciding the UK’s future.”   It’s not just the UK’s future that will be decide...

Geberit AquaClean goes on tour for the first time

...nchester, 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. The showroom is fitted out with working Geberit AquaClean shower toilets, and consumers will be encouraged to try the technology out for themselves and to ...

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... dampening effect on the KBB market, as consumers defer making high ticket purchasing decisions and people weigh more carefully the commitment to borrow significant sums to buy into the housing market,” he says. “All we can do is to continue to operate with ‘business as usual’ while we await further news on the exit strategy...

Double Trouble: the rise of the 'sexy bathroom'

...asier than ever to create the sexy yet practical bathroom space so many of us are striving for. "People are buying them to recreate that hotel-spa experience at home, inspired by celebrities and Instagram - it's all about 'us time' and relaxation," says Leanne Martin, head of product at Ideal Standard. "We are finding that people want to put ...

RAK Ceramics wins Best Sanitaryware Brand at the BKU Awards

...m & Kitchen Update Magazine, celebrate the best in the industry and include retail, product and people award categories. Award winners were voted for in an independent poll. RAK Ceramics received the prestigious award at Shakespeare's iconic Globe Theatre in London on Thursday evening, at an event attended by leading figures in the industry....

Whirlpool reveals all change in the UK's busy kitchens

...K. Our multicultural nature; the culture of eating out; the rise of food as a way of maximising people's lifestyles, and the popularity of the celebrity chef have all exposed consumers to a wide variety of different cuisines and ingredients that they want to replicate at home. These have contributed to a cultural shift that sees the preparat...

Dream Doors sees 50% upturn in quality franchise applications vs 2015

...to a telephone interview, a 50% increase. "The initial enquiries invariably include a number of people just sounding us out, or at the very early stages of looking at franchise opportunities," says Alex Waite (pictured),head of franchise recruitment, Dream Doors. "That's fine - franchise recruitment is a two-way process so it's important to get...

BMA finalises conference line up for conference looking at the Circular Economy

...t and a Chartered Scientist. Marc is a passionate believer that unless you understand and work with people, both in supply side organisations and demand side customer segments, positive change around the circular economy cannot be achieved. * Jane Thornback has been sustainability policy adviser at the Construction Products Association (CPA, the...

iKBBI confirms Parliamentary line-up

...nnouncements on the day, with press releases to follow. As we were unable to open the event to more people, we'll be broadcasting news from Parliament on our social media channels - to include a live video feed on our Facebook page," iKBBI CEO Damian Walters adds: "Whilst we celebrate 10 years, an important landmark for the organisation, the rec...

New president and vice presidents take BMA helm

... the recent AGM of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association. The record 85 members, associates, press people and guest speakers attended the event which was held for the first time at the Breadsall Priory in Derbyshire. In the formal proceedings, members elected Paul Massey, Group CEO of AKW and DLP Group as the new president of the Association w...

Polaris Home Design launches a new line of bathroom vanities

...ile maintaining some of the most competitive prices on the market," reports the company. "We wanted people to see us not just as a bathroom and kitchen store, but as a brand that offers durable and trending home products." To accomplish this goal, Polaris worked closely with a leading furniture designer from Los Angeles to come up with the desig...

Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP (as she was at the time) visits new Maidenhead Screwfix store

... from the company's trade customers and some of the key issues, opportunities and challenges facing people in the trades in the local area. Last year Screwfix launched its Tradesman Manifesto which highlighted the desire of UK tradesmen and women to hire their own apprentices, and called upon the Government to support this increase in the trades...

Messi, Piqué and Turan surprise school kids to give them the dream day of play

...uuml;k, Global Beko CMO, says. "Everyone deserves to have time to play in their lives, but for some people this is not always possible," "For children at the school, football and FC Barcelona means everything to them, so Beko teamed up with the club to give the kids the dream day of play at FC Barcelona's training ground and the surprise of their l...

New partnership explores exciting opportunities for Veterans

...t that many will have the attributes and appetite to succeed in our industry. "Here's a group of people that are deserving of a new challenge in life and already possess many of the skills that our industry would greatly benefit from. Former military personnel have acquired a varied skill-set and are inherently punctual and demons...

Dream Doors announces winner of inaugural 'kitchen transformation of the year' award

...k with our customers to give them the very best kitchen for their money, and always use local tradespeople to complete the job. Whites and blues are very popular right now, and allow customers to add their own splashes of colour with pictures and when painting the walls. This kitchen is a wonderful example of what can be achieved and is a worthy wi...

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...s that only sell appliances, does it? But what is the answer? Just what do we need to do, to entice people back into the stores, I wonder? What do you think, that we as an industry can do, to reverse consumers’ buying patterns, or do you think we’re on a hiding to nothing? www.facebook.com/KBzine    Yours, ...

BSH appoints five new area service managers due to increase in sales

...today made up of nearly 80 companies in around 50 countries, with a total workforce of about 53,000 people. Within the brand portfolio the main brands are Bosch and Siemens. With its eight special brands (Gaggenau, Neff, Thermador, Constructa, Viva, Ufesa, Junker and Zelmer), BSH caters to the individual wishes of consumers. Four regional brands...

Channel 4 viewers see George Clarke give new Energy to period bathroom with Twyford

...00 Square sanitaryware, from the brand's Energy collection, reached an audience of over two million people when it appeared on new Channel 4 show 'George Clarke's Old House, New Home', this month. The show sees architect and presenter George Clarke getting under the skin of period homes, to make them fit for the future. Twyford e500 Square s...

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...ernet could increasingly become a one-way broadcasting tool, rather than a place of connections and people power. In September, the European Parliament is to decide the future of the link tax, which we believe is a cumbersome and unfair money-grab that would undermine everyone’s access to information and which will also limit innovation....

Dream Doors launches new kitchen design tool to allow customers to plan their perfect kitchen

...ream Doors visualiser aims to help both consumers and franchisees. "It can sometimes be hard for people to get a feel for how different colours and styles will go together in their kitchen, so we have created the visualiser to make doing so much easier," says Troy Tappenden, managing director, Dream Doors. "Choosing a new kitchen is not always s...

Dream Doors launches new door styles and colours for 2016

...or, Dream Doors. "We do still have an enormous range of bolder and more striking door colours if people want that, but there can be no denying the on-going popularity of more subtle colours in kitchen doors and we think these made an excellent addition to the range." Details on the new ranges can be found in one of Dream Doors 70+ showrooms a...

Neff announces Masterpartner design competition winners at the Big Feastival

...and one that met all the needs of the customer. The competition was judged independently by four people. "The standard of entries this year was very high," comments Charlotte Gorringe-Serrano, BSH Group trade marketing manager, kitchen. "We would like to congratulate all the winners and runners up who have clearly put in a lot of hard work. I...

BMA urges conformance and competence

...nstallation services? "Whether it's a bathroom, a bedroom or a bar of chocolate, I always advise people to buy from a long-established retailer with a great track record, selling well-known branded products manufactured by companies belonging to a trade association," says Yvonne Orgill, chief executive of The Bathroom Manufacturers Association. ...

Mereway launches silent auction for charity

...rt during our fundraising year," says Mereway sales & marketing director Graham Jones. "We hope people can continue to do so as every contribution, no matter how small, can make a big difference to our charities." Mereway is aiming to raise at least £30,000 from a series of charity events throughout the year. The company is supporting ...

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... I have to say, it’s not household appliances that drive me nuts with their noise, but noisy people; I abhor unnecessary loudness… having to listen to shouty conversations from those who have no dignity when it comes to sharing their intimate secrets with strangers, who are forced to listen whether they want to or not. They’re n...

UK tradespeople quoting for more work than 12 months ago

...more work than 12 months ago, according to multi-channel retailer, Screwfix. Of the 95% of tradespeople currently working, the majority (67%) say they have enough work to keep them busy and 16% claim to have more work than they can handle, with nearly half (48%) believing business will improve for them over the next year. However, the latest ...

Further key management appointments at TKC

...wfix with vast experience of growing business, developing customer relations and working with tradespeople. Says Chris Hazelhurst, commercial director at TKC: "Warren has been a valued member of the TKC team for nine years and we are confident that his extensive knowledge of TKC and the wider industry will be a boon to the company, particularly ...

Whirlpool announces first ever 'National Quiet Day'

...ietest spin cycle on the market, is establishing a National Quiet Day. In these busy times, more people are suffering from stress. Often made worse by the relentless invasion of unwanted noise in our lives, stress levels can be lowered by reducing your exposure to noise and taking a little sanctuary in silence. National Quiet Day is therefore th...

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...ilding more homes. When are we going to find a way out of that one, I wonder, and enable young people who are good with their hands to leave school and take up a trade, learn from (and alongside) the best and earn a decent salary whilst doing so? Another survey is strongly blaming the Brexit vote for people’s apparent inability to f...

Ideal Standard factory at Armitage stars in new BBC children's programme about toilets

...om raw material to casting, glazing, through the kiln drying and packaging. Employing around 500 people, the Armitage Shanks factory originally opened in 1817 and produces over 1,500 toilets per day, along with other high quality bathroom ceramics, including basins and bidets, which are sold across the UK and exported globally. Jenny Smith, m...

Smiths Briten reaches new highs with latest shower enclosures

.... The enclosures now scale up to 1950mm, a height which is quickly becoming the norm - with more people opting for low profile trays, the additional height is needed to keep the water contained. Designed for luxury, but with a purse-friendly price tag, the enclosures feature toughened, 6mm-thick glass, and expertly crafted hinges. Their incre...

Zanussi celebrates centenary year

...se on the European market. Fast forward to the 1950s and Zanussi's workforce had expanded to 300 people, enabling the brand to open its new factory in Porcia. The factory enabled the company to bring the first-ever gas cooker into the homes of thousands of European families and is still one of the most important facilities in the domestic applia...

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...rsquo;ve been aware of) any top-loading appliances for many years – both in the stores and in people’s houses. Is this because our typical houses have smallish kitchens that require us to make the most of every available surface in terms of creating worktop space, or is it simply fashion? I know we’re considered odd in the UK...

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...en breaking the legal maximum speed of 70mph, still seems tempting – particularly so for salespeople who these days seem to spend dangerously long hours on the road… but looked at in terms of extra fuel use, it’s not such a good idea – particularly if it’s your own business that’s paying for you to be on the roa...

Ideal Standard adds to Concept Freedom range with new accessible bath for all ages

...ut of the bath a more controlled experience. Manoeuvring around the bath can be tricky for older people, which is why this product features a handy step within the bath itself, allowing users to push themselves into a seated position when in the bath and to push themselves towards the support rail when steadily getting out. Luxury accessories...

Czar kitchen taps from Abode: simple, stylish and easy to use

...d modern styling, offering a curvaceous spout with precision water control and has been created for people who want the perfect blend of design, performance, quality and certainly, value for money. Over the past few years spray taps in the kitchen have become very popular and the second Czar tap (pictured) is just that - an easy-to-use, single ...

Team Croydex counts down to Tough Sh!t challenge

...ets in communities currently without this basic facility. "It's a shocking fact that 2.5 billion people worldwide don't have access to a decent toilet," explains croydex retail commercial manager, Dominick McHarg, who is taking part in the challenge. "Many have no choice but to go in the open, which can be embarrassing and also spread disease...

Vado Rally raises £65,000 for the Rainy Day Trust

In the early hours of a perfect September morning, 124 unusually dressed people packed into 37 vividly decorated cars, gathered together in Dover for the start of the gruelling four-day Vado rally across Europe. Coming from as far as Dundee and the southern tip of Cornwall, each of the teams came with one purpose, to raise money for the industry ...

Franke and More in Store retailers raise £8,250+ for Marie Curie and reach 1.1million+ audience

...'More in Store' retailers have raised over £8,250 and reached an audience of over 1.1 million people through a pro-active fundraising drive for Marie Curie, as part of the charity's national 'Blooming Great Tea Party' campaign. Franke's aim with the More in Store initiative is to support its retailers and help them increase footfall into t...

BMA celebrates three major milestones

...tly 10 years ago, in 2006 - the third milestone. Yvonne set about turning the BMA from what some people had described as a "cosy gentleman's club" into a modern, pro-active and thriving "Voice of the Bathroom Industry". Her vision was to quickly expand the membership and to turn the "club" into an influential Association which both lobbied and c...

Have you heard the Big Bang: explosive promotion from Benchmarx?

... money', this much-loved annual promotion runs until 31st October and means that builders and tradespeople can benefit from a range of great deals across an array of appliances, accessories, flooring and ironmongery. Maintaining the high-quality you'd expect from Benchmarx, offers forming part of the Big Bang promotion include branded Neff multi...

Two construction firms benefit from national apprenticeship scholarship

... the course, with day release, would have been extremely difficult. We really want to support young people in the area who will play an important part in growing our company, so we were thrilled when we found out we had won the scholarship scheme." Ian and Andrew Leigh, joint managing directors for Matthews & Leigh, adds: "We really value t...

DVSA seeks views on changes to tachograph centre rules

...of important industry bodies to review the current manual. It now wants to gather the views of more people who will be affected, including ATCs and vehicle operators. The review will close on 9 November 2016 and you can give your views on the proposals at: www.gov.uk ...

Self-build consumer confidence high at London Homebuilding & Renovating Show

.... More than 350 specialist companies displayed their latest products and services to ensure that people attending the exhibition would be able to put theory into practice to bring life to a project, commence a build or complete a restoration. Next year's London show will be held at ExCeL, London, from 22th - 24th September 2017. The next even...

Turkey's VitrA invests in new capacity

...illion units. VitrA’s new plant will encompass an area of some 38,600sq.m and employ 500 people when completed. VitrA is the single largest exporter of ceramic sanitary ware in Turkey, accounting for more than 50% of all exports. VitrA inaugurated the first phase of the investment with a ceremony attended by Bilecik Governor Sü...

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...s important that our electrical appliances are checked too. On several occasions I’ve noticed people using vacuum cleaners and irons with leads that have clearly been sucked into and chewed up by the works or ironed over and damaged. These items are dangerous! I also often see a lead’s innards where the casing doesn’t quite meet t...

Consumers upgrading from laminate to Quartz increases Max-Top sales

...nsumers and specifiers remain budget conscious. Upgrading from laminate to quartz is one area where people can indulge in excellent kitchen furniture without breaking the bank. "With growing lifestyle and foodie trends, consumers are now realising the importance of a high-quality work surface in terms of scratch-resistance and durability, as wel...

Blum opens new state-of-the-art Experience Centre at its UK HQ in Milton Keynes

...art facility, where our partners can experience not only Blum's products but also its services, its people, its heritage and culture." (Please note: All visitors must have an appointment - call 0800 917 5550 to book).[TRIMTO] Heritage : Designed by Think Architecture & Design, the centre starts with a 'welcome pod', a reception area that ...

Building Adhesives appoints David Hackett as GM

...op businesses. David says: "The market leadership that Building Adhesives enjoys is due to great people, innovative products and a fantastic customer base throughout the UK, all of which are continually evolving to suit the challenges of the day." The role of sales & marketing director will remain under David's control to continue an acti...

KBSA facilitates free members' seminar next month

...o be informative and interactive, to help delegates tackle the day-to-day challenges that employing people brings, the seminar will cover the following subjects: - How to reduce sickness & absence - Employment documentation - what you need and how often it should be updated - Employee discipline, grievance situation - Brexit - how it might a...

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...s buildings and one of the country’s most popular attractions, which more than half a million people visit during its Summer opening. With these visits and the millions of tourists flocking to the Palace’s gates every year to see the Changing of the Guard, it helps deliver a £multi-billion boost to the economy, so my view is that ...

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...only from a consumer’s point of view but also for anyone in the trade; be they fitters, craftspeople, suppliers/retailers or the manufacturers themselves.   As a consumer, you’ll know that (generally) your service provider or supplier will have had to meet specific and often strict criteria to be able to join the trade body in...

Franke and its More in Store retailers fund over 400 hours of nursing care for Marie Curie

... retailers will fund over 400 hours of vital nursing care for the charity. Marie Curie supports people living with any terminal illness, and their families, offering expert care, guidance and support. Says Jeanette Ward, communications manager at Franke: "Our retailers really got on board with us this year and have helped us raise a fantasti...

British Ceramic Tile lend a helping hand to home development charity

...have been donated by the company, with the intention of renovating houses across the region to help people gain access to habitable accommodation. "We were amazed with the generosity displayed by British Ceramic Tile and that the company chose to support our cause," says Hana Nadat, representative for Fusion Housing. "The donation will help us c...

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...be an absolute nightmare! And what about returns? Are Black Friday deals returnable, simply because people may have changed their minds? This last point occurred to me over the past few days, in my quest to find the biggest capacity fridge freezer I can fit into the space, before my daughter moves back home to start a new job in January. Althou...

The future is now

... project stages of a development. It's also something that we encourage at the company, keeping our people abreast of new and emerging technologies. 'This is important for us, as it is for our customers, so that we ensure they are fully supported with effective solutions and a robust service. It's centres and exhibitions like this which are a be...

Faith Furniture Company employee takes on Britain's highest peak for charity

...o reach the summit of Ben Nevis in Scotland for Hft -a national charity which provides services for people with learning disabilities throughout England. When reflecting on his expedition, Ian comments: "On August bank holiday, I commenced my hike up Ben Nevis with a guide and three other climbers. After a six-hour drive we set off at 08.15 u...

Holloways of Ludlow launches three kitchen designs to celebrate move to Shropshire

...y, year after year, to meet the needs of their family. These kitchens have been designed with those people in mind. The next kitchen they'll need is when they downsize! "We have also pulled together a really experienced team of cabinetmakers for our new workshop. They are currently making the display kitchens for our new Clapham Showroom, so we ...

AKW promotes independent living on Care England and ITN's 'Caring Communities'

...g and enabling independent living is really more important than ever. AKW is dedicated to improving people's lives through their bespoke solutions, which are tailored to individuals living with health issues such as dementia and arthritis." Caring Communities shines a spotlight on AKW's dedication to the sector, highlighting the company's consta...

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...ionality to a kitchen that may not otherwise have much workspace, they are perhaps not as useful as people think. They have also, apparently, become a status symbol for the middle classes. The publication has enlisted the help of a handful of interiors experts to back up these claims... One says they're impractical, preventing those using the ki...

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...come to the first 2017 issue of KBzine. I hope you had a good break and that you are one of the few people who managed to avoid that dreadful virus that's had the majority of us laid low with raging sore throats and hacking coughs over the past month. My daughter has a theory that we tend to get sick around holiday times, because we can. That may s...

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...chat to folk 'at the sharp end' of the business, 'off the record' and in a social environment, when people say what they're really thinking, rather than worry about any comments being reported in the press. One thing that struck me is that despite it having been quite a tumultuous year, there was a real air of positivity amongst those with whom ...

British Ceramic Tile takes the LEAD with its workforce

...c Tile we can spread the word on lean principles. "It was brilliant to work with a great team of people who were totally focused and passionate about what they did." T: 01626 831391 W: www.britishceramictile.com ...

Andrew takes sales & marketing crown at AKW

... and an innovative approach to logistics and manufacturing. All of this is enabled and supported by people that are exceptionally passionate about the markets we serve and our role in improving the daily lives of our customers." Over the last two decades, Andrew has worked with a number of extremely successful companies, building a solid track r...

Daval ends 2016 with a bang!

...recognising that speculation brings greater stability in the long run. In addition, investing in people is also fundamental for Daval which has resulted in 10 staff appointments this year which is no doubt set to continue next year - from office to factory floor. "Our heritage as a cabinet maker is what makes us so passionate not only about d...

The New Range Generation: GDHA releases report on Range sector

...en an assumption that Range cookers are for foodies. However, there are clearly a growing number of people for whom range cookers are simply a tool to make family life and cooking for a family, easier and more convenient." GDHA's research also explored the way people shop for range cookers and found that almost two thirds of all consumers (65%) ...

New research shines a light on what really works in performance management

...specific can be effective in driving performance. But, many jobs involve complex tasks that require people to process unexpected information. In this less predictable work, unspecific 'do-your-best' outcome goals can be more effective than those that are clear and challenging. Then there are behavioural and learning goals which, in complex jobs,...

Abode supports Mission Christmas

...ey on hundreds of Christmas cards for its customers and distributor partners, Abode has helped many people by donating money and gifts to different charities. This Christmas, Abode donated to the largest annual 'Christmas Toy Appeal' in the UK - Mission Christmas.[TRIMTO] Mission Christmas is run by Cash for Kids, which works with thousands of g...

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... forward with new innovative products and ideas," he says. "The company has invested heavily in its people and infrastructure and developed into a major player; a brand that is recognised and in demand; I know that in this industry, there is none better." The natural question to ask Gary is of course, where he will be in 10 years' time? "I would...

AKW promotes independent living on Care England and ITN's 'Caring Communities'

...g and enabling independent living is really more important than ever. AKW is dedicated to improving people's lives through their bespoke solutions, which are tailored to individuals living with health issues such as dementia and arthritis." Caring Communities shines a spotlight on AKW's dedication to the sector, highlighting the company's const...

Geberit teams with the Sleep Geek in campaign to uncover secrets to a good night's rest

...e country to more than four million listeners, the Sleep Geek used results of a Geberit survey into people's sleeping habits to offer tips on reducing night time disturbance. The research revealed that 90% of Brits wake at least once a night, with 1 in 10 people waking five times or more. The number one reason for waking is to use the toilet, wi...

Wilsonart UK celebrate 60 years with a terrific £6,592 raised for Macmillan Cancer Support

...draiser and co-ordinator for the events. "Macmillan Cancer Support has touched the lives of several people here at Wilsonart in County Durham so it was a perfect choice. "We will shortly be announcing our charity for 2017 with even higher hopes." Image (from left): Wilsonart fundraisers Scott Howden, Rachael Fothergill, Garry Applegarth, Kyle...

Stoves Community Kitchens winners revealed

... to the Moorland Community Centre in Splott, Cardiff, which provides hot food and company for older people within the community, including serving two courses of freshly prepared and cooked food every lunchtime. The prize means the Community Centre can replace its old and temperamental appliances to further improve the vital support it provides....

Age UK Trading CIC & BiKBBI announce strategic partnership

.... Age UK Trading CIC is a trading subsidiary of Age UK, the UK's largest charity working with older people. The partnership will see BiKBBI assisting Age UK Trading CIC and its mission to support the country's older population to make the most out of later life, specifically within the bathroom environment. BiKBBI will support Age UK Trading ...

Kitchen and bathroom inspiration on show in Bury St Edmunds

Bringing high quality, Italian styling and interior design inspiration to the people of Bury St Edmunds and beyond, the new Design Republic showroom is now open. Founded by Max Spenser-Morris in 2003, Design Republic is one of the leading kitchen & bathroom design specialists in the UK. The showroom, on Risby Business Park, is now home to ...

Glasgow bathroom superstore boosts ecommerce capacity with £3.5m investment

... supercharged sales performance, Wholesale Domestic has won national awards for its work with young people with challenging routes to work. Derek Johnstone, head of employer engagement at Tigers, the employability training provider which has partnered with Wholesale Domestic on supporting its staff needs says: "Tigers has been working in part...

Rearo appoints marketing manager to support 2017 growth

...er, and the launch of its first flooring range, Clixeal. Rearo was launched in 1989, employs 100 people across the UK and has an annual turnover of around £10million. It has five showrooms in Scotland (Shetland, Ayr, Rosyth, Govan and Inverness), one in Gateshead (Newcastle) and one in Newport, Wales. The company manufactures its additi...

Ripples franchise appeal to industry-insiders!

...owroom in the South East in May too. Ripples has also announced a new incentive that will appeal to people already working in the industry. "We are very keen to work with individuals that are already working in the industry, we have a rigorous programme in place when recruiting franchisees and we are pleased to announce that anyone looking to op...

Maxtop helps family on BBC DIY SOS Big Build

...d: "Having visited the Payne-Cheney's house during the renovation, it was incredible to see so many people gathering together to give this much-deserving family the home they needed." Maxtop's modular quartz surfaces feature a patented interior honeycomb structure, offering the aesthetic benefits of a solid stone surface, with the advantage of a...

Was 2016 the year of the specialist tradesman?

...vent of new technologies and energy efficiency systems, homeowners are now seeking specialist tradespeople to carry out their home improvements according to TrustMark, the Government-endorsed scheme for tradespeople, which today announced that it has recorded another bumper year of helping homeowners. In 2016, more than 8.3 million search result...

Utopia launches new online lead generation tool for retailers

...displaying showrooms in their locality but also take it one step further by stimulating leads. "People don't shop for bathrooms that frequently so may not always be ?aware what bathroom services are on offer in their local area. It's crucial we capture these customers at their online research phase, increasing Utopia brand awareness as well as ...

Installing sustainability is an education for Geberit apprentices in Poland

...huses team coach for the project, Sieglinde Just. "The great personal commitment shown by the young people was impressive to see." Tamara Greiner is in her third year of her Geberit apprenticeship and remarks: "For me, the highlight of the project was looking into the children's bright eyes after the two weeks and realising that we overcame much...

Worktops leverage Levenshulme housing project

...able rent and 14 properties for shared ownership sale. Priority for the properties will be given to people who currently live or work locally and existing social housing tenants. "As with projects of this nature, costs were tight and we've been able to get the finish we were looking for within our strict budget," continues Allen. "We trust the d...

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Welcome to the KBzine   I know people say you shouldn't do it as it prevents you from getting off to sleep, but I tend to do it anyway as I find it helps me relax while I'm warming up the bed so when I do shut down, I'm warm and cosy and ready for sleep and can avoid those minutes of shivering a little (which c...

TKC achieves Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody certification

...on and auditing process," says Chris Hazelhurst, commercial director at TKC. "Almost half of the people in the UK recognise the FSC trademark logo design and the market for responsibly sourced timber and timber products is growing. We have recognised that FSC certification is an important requirement and it is a major milestone for us, underpinn...

Budget relief on business rates welcomed KBSA

...e reconsidered) he said that the rise in Class 4 National Insurance contributions for self-employed people was not so welcome: "This could have an impact on KBB retailers that have teams of fitters that are self-employed," he warned. "This is another example of the Chancellor increasing the tax burden and along with the reduction in the tax-free...

78% of construction workers use their personal smartphone whilst at work

...se of social media during the working day, the research shows that there is still a large amount of people continuing to use their device. "Use of smartphones and social media in the workplace can lead to hundreds of thousands of hours in lost productivity per year, which could cost UK companies millions of pounds." The Top 10 Business Sector...

T-Levels must match A-Levels, says FMB

...els could be the answer if they genuinely rival A-Levels in the eyes of parents, teachers and young people. "UK society as a whole has been guilty of putting too much emphasis on the academic route - this has made it more difficult for vital sectors like construction and house building to attract the talented people we need. In construction, we ...

Builders welcome NI U-turn, says FMB

...lity, this would have been a destabilising tax increase which would have hit large numbers of tradespeople on quite modest incomes," said Brian Berry, FMB chief executive. "That would have felt very unfair and would have been in danger of undermining the entrepreneurial spirit Britain will need to rely on as we approach the economic uncertainty of ...

The UK's kitchen culture

Five-star acrylic sheet supplier The Plastic People, a company that creates kitchen splashbacks to add a stylish touch to a cooking area, has delved into what the UK's kitchen culture looks like today. From the items bought for the kitchen to the country's cooking habits, there's so much to discover from the research below: Sales of various...

Faith Furniture Company releases two-year anniversary photo tribute to staff

...-year anniversary photo tribute to its staff, saying the secret of its success is simple - it's the people! Pictured here is the entire FFC team.[TRIMTO] As FFC continues its year-on-year double digit growth, managing director Paul Jenkinson says it's the people behind the company that make it a success. Passionate people means commitment to ser...

Homes and buildings industry: integration of new technology drives double-digit growth

...th. * Data analytics will penetrate beyond energy management in 2017, e.g. equipment management, people management, and supply chain. * The cloud's full potential in energy management will be realised by developing a centralised data repository for customers to access their building's energy data. * Connected HVAC systems in the commercial...

Exhibitors thrilled with the launch of k+b design London

... interesting mix of visitors, including interior designers and property developers. With only a few people here just for inspiration, overall the show delivered a solid trade buying audience." Bea Addis, Eporta * "The exhibition was phenomenal! I was inundated with leading buyers and professionals. Because of k+b design London I have successfully b...

Der Kreis presents research results at LivingKitchen

...young talent in the kitchen industry. In 2009, a foundation was set up to recruit, and excite young people into the specialist kitchen and design industry. Together with kitchen specialists and partners from the kitchen industry, the foundation initiates and encourages study projects at universities and colleges that focus on the kitchen, and al...

Staff at IDS Nuneaton give local children an 'eggs-celent' Easter treat

... (IDS) donate 200 Easter eggs to Barnardo's Children's Centres across the town. "We appealed for people to bring in Easter eggs and due to the generosity of customers, staff and the wider community the donations have really piled up," says Jamie Barnes, sales office manager at IDS in Nuneaton. "We can't thank everyone enough for their amazin...

First bathroom manufacturer to exhibit at Clerkenwell Design Week: Bette takes the bathroom in a new direction at Design Fields

...ively in steel-shaping and enamelling processes. The Managing Director is Thilo C. Pahl. Today, 370 people are employed at the production and administrative centre in Delbrück. This German site is the company's exclusive manufacturing facility for more than 600 bath and washbasin designs in a wide range of different colours. Bette's assembl...

Stoves reopens Community Kitchens Competition

...s by helping community organisations to transform their kitchen facilities. The competition asks people to nominate charities and organisations which have a positive impact on their local communities. In the last year, more than 400 nominations were received from community projects across the country, with more than 11,000 votes cast to choose t...

Roman wins Queens Award

..., says of the accolade: "Roman winning the Queen's Award is brilliant news for the business and the people who work there. The Award is also excellent news for Newton Aycliffe, County Durham and the North East of England. The local community in Aycliffe can be really proud another company on the business park, the largest in the North East, is help...

Birmingham resident's oven stands the test of time

... ago in Bretten, Germany by Carl Neff whose focus was not on the technology of the ovens but on the people that use them. From the first patented gas burner for bakeries in 1919 to the launch of the first microwave in Europe in 1954, the brand continues to set new standards with inspired ideas in cooking and baking. Today, Negg continues to win maj...

Darren Holliday, Abode managing director, takes on another challenge

... families in need, in and around the area. George was a gregarious man who was always helping other people and had recently returned from Tanzania, where he worked for another charity project, so it only seems right to attempt to climb Africa's highest peak without oxygen, in honour of his name. Darren's training is intense right now and will se...

House builders' views on their supply chain: from the Jablite round table debate

... strong feeling that there needs to be more done to inform school leavers, university graduates and people leaving the armed forces about the career opportunities in the construction sector. "During the debate Andrew Burgess from Churchill Retirement Living mentioned how on one site, in return for planning permission, they were 'forced' to visit...

Checkatrade adds a touch of Hollywood glamour

Consumer champion Checkatrade is best-known for providing reliable tradespeople across the country through its easy to use online database of vetted members, but it is also known for throwing an unforgettable party as its events has proven throughout the years! Wishing to unite Checkatrade members, staff and consumers for a glittering evening,...

Big push for Saniflo's Kinedo Kinemagic shower cubicles

...ail and installer customers. We're already receiving a good number of quotation requests, even from people who want to install a shower cubicle for a family member. Kinemagic offers a great way to revamp a bathroom as the Kinemagic models fit in the space of a bath, meaning a new bathroom can be up and running again with a working shower in less th...

Top of the colour charts

...selection taking into account trends in living and working spaces alongside macro trends around how people want to live. Available across a variety of Dulux Trade's products and finishes, Denim Drift and its complimentary colour palette is the go-to choice for decorators seeking to stay ahead of the curve. It is just one of the tools and servic...

Learning with Blanco

...playing games on Adam's iphone.[TRIMTO] The teachers at this school are volunteers and encourage people from all over the world, with English as their first language, to come join them - even just for a day! T: 01923 635 200 W: www.blanco.co.uk ...

Zip Water UK's Hannah Sherwin raises more than £3800 for charity in London Marathon

...t." King's Renal Unit provides a full range of care in a friendly and supportive environment for people with kidney disease. Its clinicians also provide a full pre-kidney transplant service, supported by counsellors and dietitians, to help prepare patients for transplant. Having practiced her long-distance running from the moment she found ou...

World's largest dishwasher unveiled

..., Bosch Home Appliances. "By allowing visitors to control the water inside our giant dishwasher, people experienced the control, convenience and peace of mind that Bosch's home appliances offer. "At Bosch, we create products that make our consumers' lives easier, giving them more time to do the things they enjoy so we hope the installation wi...

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...ls, floors and shower curtain, as well as on shower heads which have never been properly cleaned... people underestimate how much cleaning the bathroom requires. They do the toilet, floor, bath tub and basin but forget all the other bits and pieces which collect dirt and where bacteria can thrive." Tests have shown that the average bathroom cont...

Franke scoops four prestigious design awards

..., quality and stylish design are at the core of our 'Make it Wonderful' ethos. "We aim to ignite people's imagination with our products, bringing added value and enjoyment and making everyday lives a little less ordinary. 'Make It Wonderful' is reflected across everything we do at Franke so we are delighted to have new products recognised on an ...

Smeg supports Young Enterprise in local Oxfordshire school

...ouring Larkmead School.[TRIMTO] Young Enterprise is the UK's leading charity that empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills. Young Enterprise make the connection between school and the world of work, enabling young people to develop the knowledge and attitudes they need to succeed. After deliberating on ideas for the...

WaterAid and H&M Foundation join forces for sustainable water, toilets and hygiene in poor communities

...he scope with a holistic approach to provide sustainable access to water and sanitation services to people in their communities, in their homes, at healthcare facilities and in schools. The primary goal of this global programme is to improve the wellbeing and living conditions for some of the world's poorest people by focusing on sustainable sol...

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...s are more cautious and not spending as much. This could be down to uncertainty or simply mean that people have less disposable income. Richard says typical KBSA customers are older, spending money on their 'empty nest' homes, but these couples are now having to use their money to help their children get on the property ladder, leaving less for ...

Creating opportunity out of change: Host and first speaker for B&K Conference 2017 announced

...level business networking and personal reputation building. All of his work is dedicated to helping people network more confidently and effectively for more business and a higher profile. Says Yvonne Orgill, chief executive of the BMA: "We are really thrilled that we have been able to secure Nick and Rob for this year's conference. "Conferenc...

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...y the devastating news about Wednesday's fire at London's Grenfell Tower. I know that every day, people are injured or killed in their masses throughout the world and like most of us, I hurt for them all. With my daughter working for the London Fire Brigade though, and seeing her return home late the past two nights - so very distressed at what ...

Kitchen islands back to the future

...trend and we are seeing an increasing number displayed in showrooms and at kitchen exhibitions. "People are looking to stamp their own identity on their kitchens with a pivotal, elegant installation, where they can incorporate the mixed-material effect but also provide a multi-functional space to eat, work, socialise and chill out." Zenith, w...

Trio of new starters join Hoover

...sure that the brand continues to be front of mind for quality, state-of-the-art products which make people's lives easier. Steve Macdonald, marketing director Hoover Candy Group, says: "Innovation is the very essence of Hoover and employing the right people with a wealth of knowledge, experience and skills to complement our existing team will he...

HIB directors raise £13,500 for charity

...o supporting worthy causes. "Muscular Dystrophy UK is a wonderful charity which helps the 70,000 people living with muscle-wasting conditions across the nation and it was an absolute honour to take to the skies in their aid," says Himesh. "The overall amount raised really has blown us away and we're incredibly grateful to our friends, families a...

Apprenticeship Levy key to unlocking disabled talent

...pprentices have a disability. According to the Disabled Living Foundation around 19% of working age people in the UK have a disability, meaning that disabled people remain significantly underrepresented at apprenticeship level. Key recommendations which came from the event included; raising the awareness of apprenticeships among those with disab...

Franke More in Store retailers ready to support Marie Curie Blooming Great Tea Party campaign

...retailer event raised over £8,250 for Marie Curie and reached an audience of over 1.1 million people through a pro-active and consistent marketing, PR and social media campaign T: 0161 436 6280 W: www.franke.co.uk ...

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...th a dangerous appliance. It happens almost everywhere. It's just that in most cases - luckily - people don't die. This morning, I was wondering what the answer might be, in terms of ensuring that our appliances don't become dangerous. As landlords, we're responsible for updating our gas safety certificates annually and wo betide anyone whose...

'Creating Opportunity out of Change': embracing the conference theme

...ars. He sees the quality of water and public health being safeguarded by the use of qualified tradespeople and compliant fittings and materials. * Peter Adkins: A solicitor, Peter is director of regulatory services at Emms Gilmore Liberson solicitors based in Birmingham. He is well versed in the difficulties of the sector and is a regular contribut...

Zip Water UK gets muddy in memory of former colleague

...ers, St Catherine's simply wouldn't be able to continue providing such valuable end-of-life care to people like John. "So thank you to the Zip Water UK team - and City Plumbing Supplies! You really are helping to make a difference to local people and their families when it matters most." Robbie, Dan and the team are already looking for people...

Tradespeople are the healthiest workers in the UK, according to new research.

...lame work pressures for their lack of activity, stating stress and busy schedules. Despite tradespeople being known to love mid-morning snacks to keep energy levels up, it's office-based workers who are more likely to succumb to sugary treats, with 23% admitting to enjoying a daily indulgence, as sweets and biscuits are passed around. Top fiv...

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...bsp;   I visited a friend this week who was having work done on her bathroom. I knew the people who'd replaced her electric shower a couple of years ago and had expected that they'd done a good job, so was disturbed to join my friend at the consumer unit, as the electrician showed us how the wiring hadn't been properly fed through the ca...

Official workplace fatality figures hide tens of thousands of related deaths

...ide tens of thousands of related deaths. Official Health & Safety Executive figures show 137 people died at work in the financial year 2016/17. [see note 1 for breakdown by sector]. GMB says while the number of deaths is down slightly, they are just the tip of the iceberg and every death demands justice and enforcement. "Whilst this is a ...

In frame and in colour - Benchmarx launches four new kitchen ranges

...d crisp metro tiles with contrasting black grout, all work together to create a look that will draw people into the kitchen. The addition of the brand-new Matt Dove Grey finish to the ever-popular Eton range from Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery, is perfect to bring this look to life. And, with matt cupboard finishes making a statement in designer...

Call to end 'one in, three out' deregulation gains wide support

...ed to sit down with the Government to help ensure it promotes smart safety regulations that protect people without being overly burdensome - but it's time to scrap the red tape initiative." www.britsafe.org ...

Hudson Contract encourages young people to pursue a career in construction

H udson Contract is encouraging young people across the country to pursue a career in construction with a new video campaign featuring apprentices, employers, Ian Billyard, principal of Leeds College of Building and MP for East Yorkshire, Rt Hon Sir Greg Knight.[TRIMTO] Aimed at addressing potential industry skills shortages and inspiring young...

Zip to join forces with Culligan

...ed and sparkling drinking water appliances in an environmentally friendly way. Zip employs some 700 people and Zip appliances are installed in over 76 countries across the globe. "We are delighted to have been recognised by Culligan as an innovator in the global market for boiling, chilled and sparkling instant drinking water appliances," says J...

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...a hot sunny day. I'd not expected it to be busy either, since it was late morning, mid-week... Most people would have been at work... The hold-up was partly because of stringent checks made by the 'gate-man' to ensure we were indeed locals and that we were not dumping waste we shouldn't be. I was thinking that I'd had an easier time getting into...

Fatalities in the workplace - how can they be avoided?

...The statistics released by the HSE found that: - 72% of the workplace fatalities in 2016/17 were people aged between 16 and 59 - 23% of the fatalities were due to people being struck by a moving vehicle - 18% of the fatalities were due to people falling from a height - 15% of the fatalities were due to people being struck by a moving object O...

Investing in IT security products alone is no silver bullet in battle against cyber crime

...on mistake can make firms a target, not just for cyber criminals, but also for over-zealous IT salespeople. Businesses must first assess their current controls against best practice, such as the guidance issued by the UK's National Cyber Security Centre, to help identify any gaps and prioritise essential areas in which to invest. Furthermore, ev...

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...l have been sitting there - stagnant - for many months. We're expecting a drought next year so many people will be installing water butts for the first time. Worth reading up on how to stay safe while using them then... www.facebook.com/KBzine    Yours, Jan Hobbs ...

Older people and children most at risk this Summer from Legionella

Older people, parents and business owners are being encouraged to stay vigilant against a potentially deadly disease that has infected over 200 people in the UK and many more overseas, this year alone. Legionella Awareness Day (30th August) aims to make people aware of the risks of the lethal bacteria. A Legionella awareness website and he...

Double promotion celebrated at HiB

...stment in staff progression and development. "When I first started at HiB, there were just three people working in the warehouse and I was responsible for picking and packing orders, unloading deliveries and other general duties," says Neil, who joined as a warehouse operative, aged 16. "The company has grown enormously since then - we now ha...

25 years in the UK for VitrA. Do you have stories or images to share?

...rofile VitrA brand has enjoyed significant growth, due to its commitment to producing products that people really want in their bathrooms. [TRIMTO] Celebrations have kicked off with a party for staff at its UK headquarters in Didcot, Oxfordshire. To mark the occasion VitrA is also asking retailers to share any bathroom stories or images fro...

Alno UK board announcement

... 2017, and in the business until the end of September 2017. The real assets in any business are the people and whilst I am sad to leave, I am confident that the exceptional management team at Alno UK will take it on to even greater things." Stuart has a wealth of business experience and is looking forward to securing Alno UK's position as a lead...

Bertazzoni launches cooling lines

...ers a full choice of compatible appliances, while allowing them to select a single integrated look. People can choose from the Professional, Master or Heritage Series with each presenting the same quality manufacturing in three striking styles. The Professional Series features sleek-angular lines and gloss finishes in colours such as red, yellow...

Tradespeople are contributing to the growing landfill problem

An overwhelming number of tradespeople are failing to recycle efficiently, according to new research. [TRIMTO] The survey of 1,055 British adults carried out by tradeskips.com, found that 73% do not recycle their waste materials in their place of work, compared to 22% who do not at home. While almost two thirds (65%) claim that they would m...

BMA finalises industry conference line up

...up following recent political and cultural changes. "The conference brings together over 250 key people from all sectors of the B & K industry and offers a unique opportunity for senior industry decision-makers from manufacturers, merchants, distributors, retailers, architects, designers and the media, to discuss and influence the industry's...

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...hap found a way of enabling the hot and sticky to clean up, as my picture shows. He'd give people a quick douse and then a minute to use the soap supplied, before spraying them down. It used minimal water but I don't want to have to live like that so if you have a garden but don't yet have a water butt, it might be time to get one! That...

Roman produces international videos

... David Osborne, managing director of Roman, comments: "Our company video has been created to help people to get to know the brand and introduce them to Roman's in-house design and manufacturing capabilities. We see it as an important marketing tool for introducing Roman and promoting British manufacturing." www.roman-showers.com ...

Neolith celebrates the workshop professional with 'Top Fabricator' competition

...design expos. With a prize value of 5000 euros, this includes two flights, accommodation for two people at a 4-star or higher hotel and two tickets to the show. Additionally, the winner will receive promotion of their project through Neolith's PR, marketing and social media channels. For more information and entry details, visit: www.neol...

Successful thought leadership summit focuses on food and design trends, expert voices and experiences

...ystems and solutions that enhance living spaces and environments. These solutions influence the way people experience their homes and their work environment - they, in fact, turn a house into a home, and a workplace into an inspiring environment. "Our brand has many touchpoints with people's everyday life, so we aim to engage in discussions and ...

VitrA stars at Designjunction

...nerated with high confidence, Gateways is a ceramic installation consisting of four gates that draw people to wander through and experience the various views at the centre of the enfilade perspective. Set to be the central feature for Granary Square with Central Saint Martin's (UAL) as backdrop, the 4m-high and colourfully-tiled gates reference ...

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...tardant plastic backing on fridges, freezers and fridge freezers, which could create a fire risk in people's homes due to their potential to accelerate the spread of fire. In response to the announcement by Which? that it is getting behind the campaign, LFB's assistant commissioner for Fire Safety Dan Daly said: "We have been calling for fridge...

Bertazzoni goes to new lengths with 110cm range

... and burgundy, in addition to a cream option. "The popularity of range cookers continues rise as people take the time to invest in and renovate their homes," notes Maurizio Severgnini, managing director of Bertazzoni UK and Eire. "Because of this increase in popularity we've seen a notable rise in requestes for 110cm models, so we've launched th...

Ridgeons donates essential building materials to Barbuda hurricane appeal

...onating £1,000 worth of construction materials and building tools to a Barbuda appeal to help people on the island rebuild homes following Hurricane Irma. The appeal, operated by Suffolk residents Alice Bolton and her mother Ruth Bolton, who have family and friends living in Barbuda, will be receiving items from the Ridgeons branch includi...

How changing UK bathing habits can boost business for KBB retailers

... ritual of relaxing in a long and luxurious bath is dying out, a recent survey revealed. Just 4% of people are now choosing to take a soak compared with over three quarters (79%) who prefer to take a quick and efficient shower. Ash Chilver, sales director at HiB, has some ideas on how this change in our personal habits can be used to the advant...

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...he UK's most annoying domestic habits - the top three being: 1) Food left in the fridge: 83% of people get frustrated when rotten & out of date food is left festering in the fridge 2) Messy kitchens: 81% said that the kitchen being left in a mess causes them stress 3) Not closing the fridge: 72% hate it when someone leaves the fridge door...

Step into the future with Hoover's touch-screen oven

...efs because everything you need is available at the fingertips. Not only is it a good appliance for people who want the very latest products, it's also great for keen bakers because they can check cooking progress with the in-cavity camera, without fear of ruining their creation. "Even though Hoover was established more than a century ago, the c...

Smeg UK competes in Dragon Boat festival for their charity of the year

...s established in Oxfordshire over 15 years ago, the charity has supported over 4300 children, young people and families. www.smeguk.com / www.mydonate.bt.com ...

Labour must work with business on its plan for post-Brexit economy, says FMB

... members, thousands of small businesses across the UK, are united in wanting to see many more young people being trained to higher skill levels. "They also recognise the importance of being able to upskill our existing workforce. Though robot bricklayers may be a way off yet, we know that, like other sectors, ours will need to innovate and adapt...

Hoover plays it cool with freezer donation

...me of food donations it's receiving. The charitable organisation, which provides food parcels to people facing difficult times, has noted a significant and rapid increase in those needing its service. As the community, including local supermarkets, has drastically increased the number of donations to help those in need, the charity was strugglin...

Aquavision appoints director of business development

...ady has an excellent reputation and technically we have some of the leading experts in the field... people who are experienced in developing brands that are innovative but which also meet the real needs of our customers." With full responsibility for developing markets in EMEA, Ronnie will play a key role in meeting the company's aggressive grow...

New financial protection for BiKBBI members and their customers

...antees 100% payment for a completed job. Escrow combats the frustratingly constant problem of tradespeople being unfairly 'out of pocket' on completion of jobs, by securing the funds at the beginning of the project in a separate account, releasing full funds when the works have been completed to the standards outlined in the original contract. "...

'Support and growth for retailers' key messages from KBSA AGM and conference

...ted home. He outlined how powerful modern apps already are and their potential to have an impact on people's lives, not just in the kitchen. David Sanders, sales & marketing director from Blum gave an entertaining talk about the importance of education, including his own experiences as a boy from Liverpool who was given the chance to take th...

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...working very soon after education. You might think that this won't go down well with good tradespeople who are already in the business, and are probably enjoying the benefits of being in high demand, but perhaps this isn't the case... Busy plumbing business owner Stephen, for example, says: "I'm the only plumbing business serving quite a la...

Ideal Standard become latest BiKBBI Corporate Sponsor

...t of the industry - and are continually looking for ways in which we can work more closely with the people who use and fit our products, utilising their expertise to add to our own with the end goal of ensuring our latest solutions meet and exceed their needs. "With that in mind, our partnership with a well-respected industry body like BiKBBI is...

New report reveals acquisition targets

... you buy cheap or high value?" asks Plimsoll's senior analyst, David Pattison. "In reality, most people's idea of an acquisition is to wait until the business has declined so far... meaning the only option is for a new owner to come in and save the business - essentially spending peanuts. "However, we feel this approach needs to change. The a...

Whirlpool donates dishwasher to local charity in support of National Quiet Day

...cognised for its innovative and quiet technology and we established National Quiet Day to encourage people to take time out of their day and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet, enjoying some sanctuary and silence. "The Sanctuary is a truly wonderful initiative and we are really pleased to provide a dishwasher to help the team and visitors to keep th...

British Ceramic Tile rolls out new brand

...ave, this new brand will embed itself throughout all of the company's communications as well as its people. Bold in its execution, the new brand will focus upon communicating the company's British manufacturing expertise, commitment to innovation and ongoing creative collaborations. A distinctive mark has been introduced to represent the differe...

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...ed Trading Standards Institute and Ian Moverley, communications director, Hotpoint, Whirlpool. When people's lives are at stake we need to work together to put things right. It will be interesting to see what changes come as a result of Tuesday's session, since whatever they are, they will affect us all. www.facebook.com/KBzine    ...

'Sleep Easy' with Springfield Bedroom Furniture by Daval

...gn detail not only creates additional storage when required, but also provides a dedicated area for people to sit with the morning tea or coffee when they just can't get out of bed! The Springfield Ottoman by Daval is a great addition to any bedroom space, especially one that favours the extra scatter cushion or throw blanket here and there. Pos...

Nominations open for Tile Trader's 'Tiling for a Good Cause' campaign

... tiles - a material often used to revamp smaller spaces in need of a makeover. "We encourage the people of the UK to nominate a worthy space. We look forward to reading through all the nominations!" The full prize details and terms and conditions of the campaign can be seen at: www.tiletrader.co.uk ...

Primitive kitchen: back to basics with Hi-Macs

...ction to 'stone' objects. Man begins to break food into pieces, cut it and crush it. 2017. While people watch TV cooking programmes looking for the very latest hi-tech kitchen devices, Swedish designer Erik Bele Höglund goes back to basics, and designs the Primitive Kitchen Tool, fashioned from Hi-Macs, for modern cavemen. There's a lot ...

Uform makes London Stock Exchange list

...nd grow revenue to £40million by 2020, so it's a hugely exciting time for the company and our people." CEO of London Stock Exchange Group, Xavier Rolet KBE, describes the latest list of companies as "our greatest prospect for building a resilient and productive economy that works for everyone". Uform sells upwards of 1,000 kitchens per ...

New Easy Bathing collection from Bathstore overcomes any obstacle

...hing, there is now an elegant, stylish and practical solution to all but the most specific barriers people experience using the bathroom, ensuring that there is a dream bathroom to suit everyone. Given the current economic climate, it is more important than ever to look at investing in products that help safe-guard independent living now and into t...

Gorenje donates appliances to ITV renovation project

... well known in the local community for his volunteer work with Samaritans, listening to and talking people through concerns and troubles. Richard Mackey, product manager at Gorenje UK, says: "As a company, we always try to support and donate to worthy causes like this when and where we can. This one was especially heart-warming, as it was all ab...

Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference: Who said you can't mix business with pleasure?

...the way the industry works to attract the next generation of workers. He noted that the majority of people with construction skills across the world are in the 45 - 49 year age bracket and around 19% of the UK workforce in the industry are above 55. The time is right for change! According to Paul, the offsite industry in 2017 is approaching &pou...

Smart winners will be safer in seconds @registermyappliance.org.uk

... and dishwashers, which is practically double the figure for 2015. "Our challenge is to persuade people to register the forgotten 93 million* large white goods they already have in use in their homes. Once they realise that no purchase is necessary, and they can win a prize by simply registering their older appliances, as well as understanding t...

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...xpanding 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 ...

Soapbox: Tribunal system overrun with claims since scrapping of fees

...erience tells us that if we deal with things correctly, work within our robust processes, and treat people fairly, we and our clients have little to fear because they are fully protected by Hudson Contract: we fight any employment tribunal cases on their behalf, picking up the stress and eliminating all financial risk. From now on, though, I hop...

Thirty-eight stunning apartments pick Nuance for beautiful bathrooms

...ures, the speed of installation and seamless look is second to none. "Darren Smith Homes' tradespeople really took to the product and using BB Complete adhesive, installed all 38 bathrooms in a very short space of time." Nuance panels are manufactured using a patented core that is 100% impervious to water. The panels can be used for walls, a...

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...th World Toilet Day (19th November) which highlighted the lack of toilet facilities for millions of people on this planet. I applaud the actions of those who are working hard to redress this huge imbalance. Decent toilets should be accessible to all, shouldn't they, whether it's in the home, the workplace or places we visit when at leisure? ...

Record-breaking results for The Homebuilding & Renovating Show in 2017

...pletions by 2020, which reinforces the show's strategic role in delivering advice and resources for people keen on building their own homes. Nick Noble, commercial & events director at Future, comments, "This growth in visitor figures reinforces two key considerations. "The first is the undiminished appetite from consumers who see their h...

Cautious welcome to business-friendly budget from KBSA

...r up the chain but it will certainly go some way to helping the affordability crisis facing younger people. "There was yet another commitment to ensure more new homes were built. Let's hope that this does lead to substantial improvements in the housing market which will benefit retailers and manufacturers alike." T: 01623 818808 W: www.kbsa....

British made heritage goes international with Thomas Crapper

...f bathroom fittings to consumers looking for classically styled sanitaryware and fittings. "When people think of Thomas Crapper they immediately think of its history," comments Paul Dwyer, managing director. "It is this heritage that is making the brand so popular internationally, as the Made In Britain goes a long way in symbolising quality and...

Modern Homes launches partnership with fine dining chef

...ookery demonstrations. The concept behind the business is to make fine dining more accessible in people's homes and to bring fresh, local, street food to the public via a mobile food truck. Modern Homes owner Tina Riley says: "Richard's approach to food and fine dining is so refreshing, we know that there are people who think it is not for th...

BAL at Skills London

...ag mural game. Dave says: "It was a fantastic opportunity to speak to college students and young people about wall and floor tiling and what a great career it can provide. "We talked about the range of skills and knowledge required to be a tiler, from practical skills such as cutting and mixing, to an eye for detail, creativity and mathematic...

Voting open for Tile Trader's 'Tiling for a Good Cause' campaign

...tham Vale Adventure Playground, Streatham Vale, London * Young Actors Theatre, Islington, London People across the UK can show their support by casting their vote (before midday this coming Wednesda, 6th December) at: www.tiletrader.co.uk The public vote will be coupled with the opinions of an expert panel of judges - Karen Stylianides, ...

Sleep success for Bushboard

...gside a seamless wetroom display. Paul Findley, product manager for Bushboard Nuance says: "When people come into direct contact with the product - see it free floating in a tank of water - it makes it very clear that this is a robust, reliable, 100% waterproof product. The look is seamless as it has no edging strips or extrusions, and the decor...

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...d – interestingly – it will research consumer behaviour to identify the best way to get people to register their appliances. Am I naïve in thinking that the best way of ensuring products are registered, is for anyone selling an appliance to be bound by law to take the customer’s full contact details for inclusion on a nati...

Abode supports the Ochre charity this Christmas

... Instead of spending money on hundreds of Christmas cards, the caring Abode company has helped many people by donating money to different charities. This year, Abode is making a donation to the registered charity Ochre, which promotes awareness of oesophageal cancer. This is in memory of Abode's media buyer, Bob Williams, who worked with Abode s...

Gorenje searches for a new strategic partner following net profit announcement

...re customers replacing their kitchen appliances to make way for newer, energy-efficient models. "People are wanting to save money on running costs or boost their green credentials, and are becoming increasingly aware of how impactful highly-rated appliances can be," adds Iztok. "We have always prioritised energy efficiency and it'll certainly...

Rewards and penalties: taking bold steps to protect your company's data

...nvest in research and development or to deploy additional resources to drive innovation * Hire more people: A quarter (25%) say enhanced data compliance will allow the organisation to employ more staff to provide better customer service "The GDPR will take effect on 25th May, 2018 and will apply to any organisation-inside or outside the EU-that ...

Samsung Electronics debuts next generation of Family Hub refrigerator at CES 2018

...on of Bixby and SmartThings is bringing a new level of intelligent connectivity into the room where people spend the most time: the kitchen." The new Family Hub works with the SmartThings ecosystem, allowing users to control and monitor their connected home from the screen. The SmartThings app seamlessly connects the Family Hub with hundreds of ...

Moderate growth for UK shower market in 2017; market penetration now at c.90%

...emand for 'inclusive' showering solutions is growing, as increasing numbers of elderly and disabled people are now living at home, creating demand for accessible solutions that make the bathroom easier to use and more functional. For example, walk-in enclosures or wetroom areas, level access trays, thermostatic shower controls with easy-to-use cont...

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...g able to 'wing it'... When it comes to these gadgets, which have clearly become crucial to so many people's ability to function, I look forward to seeing plenty of old favourites as well as new innovations very soon, alongside so many other industry products, furniture and ancillaries at KBB Birmingham, at the NEC from 4th - 7th March. Our rolling...

BMF looks to woo 1,400 Carillion apprentices into building materials sector

...s. "In all parts of the country, there are many great opportunities for enthusiastic and skilled people to enter our exciting sector. Through our own Apprenticeships Training Agency, and our dedicated recruitment portal, we will be seeking to bring as many former Carillion employees as possible into the sector so that they can further their care...

Soapbox: Barry Ashmore of Streetwise Subbie on the demise of Carillion, saying: 'Demand a public inquiry #Enoughsenough'

....[TRIMTO] Whatever happens it's time for truth! Sometimes it takes a big name to fail to make people sit up and look at things happening in the industry in a different light. We are not interested in the politics of procurement, we are interested in fairness, objectivity and a professional approach to construction. Enough's enough, let's a...

Supply chain reaction: global certification expert states big data key to improving safety standards

...tors. Moreover, when it comes to consumer trust, research by Bureau Veritas found that just half of people worldwide trust businesses to do the right thing - and that figure is fast declining. To provide greater clarity to the issue, Bureau Veritas recently launched its new white paper 'SafeSupply: A data-based approach to supplier monitoring', ...

Spare a thought for the great man... 27th January is Thomas Crapper Day!

...per became known as an advocate of sanitary plumbing, encouraging the notion of installation inside people's homes and for refining and developing improvements to existing plumbing and sanitary fittings. For over 150 years Thomas Crapper & Co. has been true to the ethos of its founder, producing quality bathroom products with an unrivalled a...

New Kinemagic model even more accessible

...magnetic handset holder that 'sticks' to any part of the shower rail making it easier to handle for people with a weak grip. An integrated horizontal safety bar provides support along the middle section of the cubicle to provide extra security and peace of mind for those who need to hold on whilst moving along the shower. An additional durable grab...

Satisfaction guaranteed! Häfele introduces lifetime guarantee across in-house product set

...system. Members of staff and a customer panel were involved to understand the level of guarantee people would expect to see across products, and concluded the level of guarantee for each range as a result of this process. "Häfele is perhaps best known as a distributor of kitchen, bedroom and bathroom furniture and fittings, developing pa...

Diana Celella appointed SBID president and Tom Marquardt, president elect

...quality of teaching in the sector is supported by the industry's experts to enhance the exchange of people, services and knowledge. SBID has also appointed HOK's vice president and director of interiors, the internationally-respected Tom Marquardt, IIDA, SBID, AMA-EC as president elect until 2020. Tom's innovative work with interiors, interdisci...

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...ed to be confident they have made a good purchasing decision.  The research also found that people are now combining online and in-store shopping, with 79% saying they've found an expensive product online that they've liked, but have then gone in store to make the final purchase so they can see what the item looks like in reality.  ...

We have mail: Product recall made easy

...ey arise, and - interestingly - it will research consumer behaviour to identify the best way to get people to register their appliances. "Am I naive in thinking that the best way of ensuring products are registered, is for anyone selling an appliance to be bound by law to take the customer's full contact details for inclusion on a national regis...

Top inclusive design award for VitrA and Sheffield Hallam University

...tics show that between 1976 and 2016 there was a 3.8 percentage point increase in the proportion of people aged 65 and over. It is projected to continue to grow to a quarter of the population by 2046. 'Inclusive Bathroom Design - As We Age', a publication prepared jointly by VitrA and Sheffield Hallam University's Lab4Living within the Art &...

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...Federation of Master Builders really hit home. Well actually, it appeared to have been written with people like me in mind... Headed up: 'Consumer fears over cowboy builders costs UK economy £10bn', it highlighted new FMB research, which has revealed that the UK economy is missing out on potentially £10billion each year because homeo...

Ripples managing director Paul Crow takes on a challenge with a heart

...g challenge to raise money for charity, Sanitation First. "I am on a mission to persuade as many people in the industry as I can, to join me on a challenging but fun bike ride across Europe," he says. Sanitation First is a world leader in ecological sanitation that since 2005 has transformed the lives of over 537,000 men, women and children t...

Croydex partners new national campaign to Love The Home You Live In

...nationwide campaign, which runs from 12th to 18th March 2018, offers advice and inspiration to help people make the most of their living space. "Croydex is committed to providing no mess no fuss bathroom accessories and is delighted to support this exciting new initiative," says managing director, Nick McGrellis. "We believe everyone should b...

Stoves relaunches Community Kitchens Competition

...rojects that support the homeless, a pensioners' dinner club and organisations that help to educate people of all ages about cooking, food and nutrition. The competition asks people to nominate their charity or organisation and explain why it has a positive impact on the local community. In the previous phase of the competition in late 2017,...

Maxtop Quartz strikes agreement with Irish distributor

...ain aesthetics in a project. It offers more wriggle room with schemes where budgets are limited, so people can either upgrade from laminate to maximise investment or choose an engineered alternative to natural stone, without compromising on the look and feel of the room." www.maxtopquartz.co.uk / www.cookstownpanel.com ...

Successful show for Mereway

...displays that really impressed visitors was this beautifully-designed unit that enables those lucky people with large kitchens to hide away all the cleaning products, washing & drying equipment - and, if perhaps they're secret drinkers - the bar! The doors open up and slide back into the unit, making it easy to access to the unit's interior,...

Builders Merchants Federation reports apprenticeship levy success

... year. In all parts of the country, there are many great opportunities for enthusiastic and skilled people to enter our exciting sector. "We truly value what apprentices can bring to our industry and through our own Apprenticeships Training Agency, and our dedicated recruitment portal, we are keen to encourage as many people as possible into the...

Skills shortage in the construction sector

...wn, however larger construction firms do not tend to directly employ large numbers of on-site tradespeople. This means that there is a real danger that these vouchers are not being spent on training the key skills that the industry so desperately needs." How will the apprenticeship levy work alongside the Construction Industry Training Board lev...

Checkatrade introduces monthly payment option for new and existing members

Checkatrade, the online directory of customer recommended tradespeople, has announced a new membership structure that allows new and existing members to pay monthly instalments for the first time. Now in its 20th year, Checkatrade has over 28,000 members with more than 1.2million visitors to the website each month leading to almost 3.5 million co...

BMA to reveal bathroom habits in the home

...he Bathroom Manufacturers Association is undertaking consumer research to understand more about how people use their bathrooms. The project which is designed to provide valuable insight into water usage and habits will be carried out in two parts, a seven-day diary study with a sample of 50 homeowners and a questionnaire that will be completed b...

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...maged but surely there's a better way of ensuring that this happens? Is the removal by the delivery people and re-use of the packaging by the warehouse, too difficult and time-consuming to contemplate, I wonder? www.facebook.com/KBzine    Yours, Jan Hobbs     ...

Ideal Standard International looks to the future with full support of new owners

...ustomers." Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Ideal Standard International employs almost 9,500 people and operates 17 manufacturing sites, serving over 60 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Using the latest technologies and working with world class designers, the company is focused on developing innovative bathroom solutions ...

Uform looks to the future with a brand refresh

...itchen doors, has now evolved into a multi award winning, market leading company employing over 170 people and boasting an impressive customer base including some of the leading kitchen retailers throughout the UK & Ireland. T: +44(0)28 7965 1650 E: customerservices@uform.co.uk W: www.uform.co.uk ...

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... to (or having to) go without for a while until they can buy a replacement product. After all, many people aren't in the position to be able to afford to buy an appliance without having saved up for one and many of these won't be able to resort to using credit either. I also wonder whether the news will mean prices of appliances not featuring on...

Keeping the Great British Spring Clean sustainable

...sign and engineering company with over 180 operations across 33 countries and employing over 20,000 people. The polythene used to make the company's award winning Green Sack range of refuse sacks is made from recycled British farm waste plastics. The finished product has a carbon footprint that is estimated to be at least 35% less than any other...

Franke's 'Refill Not Landfill' campaign aims to reduce use of plastic water bottles

...led or incinerated every day," says Neil Clark, managing director at Franke: "But we also know that people are now more attuned to taking personal responsibility for their actions, rather than waiting for legislative regulation, and we have launched this campaign as our corporate contribution. "Making small changes to behaviour is very easy to d...

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...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 be...

Are you ISO 45001 ready?' Embrace change now to help spearhead workplace safety

...injury and ill health. This major safety shakeup comes as it is estimated that over 2.78 million people still die each year as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases - in addition to some 374 million non-fatal, work-related injuries and illnesses each year. As such, although not coming into full effect until March 2021, B...

Macmillan Cancer Support unites kitchen industry in support of men with cancer

...ing with conversations about my cancer and often make jokes about having one ball. I think it stops people treating you differently as it's a subject that it's very easy to be embarrassed by." Dr Anthony Cunliffe, Macmillan Cancer Support GP lead for prevention and diagnosis says: "Many men with cancer find talking about their health with fri...

Bathrooms of the future to be flooded with technology...

...hat this tech could help to create. Revolutionising the design process We found that 46% of people would be extremely unsure how to tackle a modern bathroom refurbishment, partly because they would struggle to visualise how certain products would fit within this room. However, AI and AR are solving this issue by providing innovative ways fo...

Bette products now on Virtual Worlds CAD system

...ly in steel-shaping and enamelling processes. The Managing Director is Thilo C. Pahl. Today, 370 people are employed at the production and administrative centre in Delbrück. This German site is the company's exclusive manufacturing facility for more than 600 bath and washbasin designs in a wide range of different colours. Bette's assembl...

Hoover launches integrated heat pump tumble dryer

...which could be anything from a cotton shirt to a teddy bear. "We know that the majority (60%) of people wash and dry different fabrics together, so this machine has been developed to lighten the load for the user, including detecting when certain fabrics are dry and notifying when they need extracting. "Up until now, the only option for integ...

Homebuilding & Renovating Show reports growth of over 16% in last five years

...visitors at the NEC show with an average project spend of £120,000. The most popular projects people undertake are a self or custom build (21%) and a single and two storey extension (26%). Nick Noble, commercial & events director at Future, says: "The show continues to reinforce its relevance in this growing market so we take pride in ...

GDHA to shed up to 300 jobs at its Prescot, Merseyside cooker factory

... that we are announcing this significant change to our business. "We are incredibly proud of our people and our long-standing history of manufacturing at this site, and we know how tough this news will be on our colleagues. "Sadly, these proposals are necessary to ensure a viable GDHA business." GDHA has said that it is to consult with tra...

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...advice by dabbing neat washing up liquid onto the offending stain. It works for me but I know other people wash clothes at far higher temperatures than usual to remove these offending stains; wasting valuable energy and paying higher bills as a result. The researchers showed for the first time that novel formulations of laundry detergents in co...

Kitchen & Bathroom Business Conference now open for registration

...10 years. James Lawrence: James Lawrence founded Plumberparts in 2007 when he decided to help people out in the world of plumbing. With an A-level in Media Studies and a completed HVAC apprenticeship, James started to create informative videos about plumbing and publishing them on YouTube. Now each week James releases new videos from installa...

Furniture manufacturer fined for exposing employees to dust

...athing in dust can cause life-changing lung disease or make existing conditions worse. Thousands of people die from work-related lung diseases every year, often due to continued exposure over a long period of time. "Everyone has the right to go home healthy from work and employers must do the right thing to protect their workers and ensure this ...

LDL strengthens senior management team

...smooth and efficient running of the business. An accomplished and driven leader with over 12 years' people management and leadership experience in the KBB industry, Simon is passionate about delivering solutions that increase business value through continued efficiencies. Joining LDL as financial controller, Ross Darroch is a chartered accountan...

Pants down for equality: Bathstore launches Looathon to promote bathroom equality

... 'Pants down for equality' - an all-day Looathon designed to highlight the conditions many disabled people face when using public toilets. The campaign is launched in partnership with Sarah Brisdion, who helped bring the issue to public attention in December 2017 through her #ChangingPlaces toilet selfies. The Looathon, which sees Sarah sit on a...

USB charging ports are the new must-have, says HiB

Two thirds of people now own a smartphone, using it for nearly two hours every day to browse the internet, access social media, bank and shop online. For many people, their device is such an essential tool that being separated from it causes a feeling of unease - a phenomenon known as 'nomophobia'. As a result, USB integration is now a des...

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...from the sender's database forever. Bearing in mind that I'm a journalist and thus rely on being on people's databases, the threat of not responding to these emails is a real one. I've had, literally, hundreds of them over recent weeks (and a real flurry today!) and the time and effort it's taken to deal with them is ridiculous. The good ones (s...

Zypho shower heat recovery device improves energy efficiency

...footprints of houses and buildings across the world. "The daily showers for a household of three people account for approximately 5,000Kwh of energy consumption. Zypho could help save around 30% of that, which would be the equivalent of 12, 9W compact light bulbs running constantly for an entire year," he explains. "As a completely passive te...

Congratulations to British Ceramic Tile on another Award win!

... and 30 pieces of coverage in high tier consumer and trade titles, with a reach of over 5.5 million people with the gold throne appearing on ITV's This Morning. www.britishceramictile.com ...

Neolith announces Instagram sensation @pepitamola as its new brand ambassador

...lebrating these moments Neolith also wants to contribute to the awareness and social integration of people with the extra chromosome, T21. Furthermore, Neolith will donate a part of its 2018 profits to the Pepitamola Foundation whose main objective is to fight for the acceptance and integration of people with different and extraordinary abilitie...

KBSA reaches out to those planning a new kitchen at Grand Designs Live

...Myers from The Myers Touch, were all part of an expert panel, providing 30-minute design chats with people looking at a variety of different renovation projects. Keith says of the experience: "It was amazing to get such a vast range of projects to give ideas on, from people all around the UK. I was particularly pleased to see the amount of young...

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... user's individual preference and may sometimes run cold. Shouldn't we as an industry be warning people that an expert installer should be employed to fit a shower screen, rather than it be a simple DIY project? After all, it will show that not everyone's an expert fitter, and if it prevents the manufacturer's name from being shattered when some...

Soapbox: Government must be realistic about skills of construction T Level students

...vely to overcome those challenges. If the UK is to increase its productivity, we need more young people, and their parents and teachers, to recognise the value of a career in construction. With Brexit just around the corner, this has never been so important." www.fmb.org.uk ...

UK inclusive bathroom and kitchen products market sees 4% growth

...owards care in the community has also contributed to the increasing numbers of elderly and disabled people continuing to live at home. The inclusive bathroom & kitchen market has been positively impacted by new product development and the trend towards product solutions that are suitable for all users. As such, inclusive bathroom & kitch...

British Ceramic Tile supports the Air Ambulance Trust

...the famous Lego artist as part of last year's Clerkenwell Design Week the sculpture sees a group of people holding someone up to provide a visual representation of teamwork and collaboration, an image that resonates well with the charity. Tracy Owen, from Devon Air Ambulance commented: "We love this sculpture. It represents our charity well, ref...

If you want to learn from world class speakers, you'd better register soon...

...he past 10 years. James Lawrence: James founded Plumberparts in 2007 when he decided to help people out in the world of plumbing. With an A-level in Media Studies and a completed HVAC apprenticeship, James started to create informative videos about plumbing and publishing them on YouTube. Now each week James releases new videos on everything...

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...p;   I thought when I read about the recent ruling that tradespeople working for Pimlico Plumbers are not to be classed as self-employed, that the decision would have far wider-reaching implications for our industry, and indeed it seems I was right. Hermes has also been in Court over similar issues and of cours...

BMA calls for more anti-scald education after man dies after falling into scalding bath

...gic incidents. "This is another avoidable death reminding us all that it is a shocking fact that people die in the bathroom from scalding accidents," says Yvonne. "Scalding is deadly serious and the very young and the very old are the most vulnerable, as this case shows." The Romford pensioner is believed to have fallen while getting showered...

Kitchen TVs make handy save as World Cup kicks off

... "The increasing versatility of kitchens means they now have the potential to be all things to all people. And with the World Cup kicking off, they're the perfect space for homeowners to either catch - or avoid - the big match." www.hafele.co.uk ...

Soapbox: Urgent review of Apprenticeship Levy required to reverse decline in apprenticeships

...y than this. In the construction sector, larger firms often do not directly employ on-site tradespeople or directly train apprentices and so there is a real danger this industry and others will continue to fail to take advantage of the Apprenticeship Levy if we can't change this. These figures have been published shortly after the FMB's lates...

Stoves Community Kitchens winners revealed

...iances went to Kentish Town City Farm in Camden, London, which uses a 'field to fork model' to help people living in the city to connect with animals, nature and the environment. Kentish Town City Farm also provides an extensive educational programme to schools, therapeutic riding to people with special needs and farm related activities to local ch...

Tradespeople shake off stereotypes by choosing work over World Cup

For years, tradespeople have been unfairly tarnished with the reputation for prioritising football over work. Many members of the public see them as being a bit too eager to down tools and head to the nearest big screen. Nearly 20 million viewers tuned in to watch England in its first World Cup match; although, it is the daytime games that wil...

BMA looks to the future at AGM

...en the first headline results from the recent consumer research undertaken by the BMA to understand people's buying decisions and how they use their bathrooms. "These are eagerly awaited results," said Yvonne. "We are releasing the top headline details to begin with and the full report will be revealed at the Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conf...

No more leaks! See how it all works...

People have been saying for decades that a picture tells a thousand words, so what would a video be worth in those terms, we wonder, to companies such as Abacus Bathrooms, which boasts its own YouTube channel?[TRIMTO] Our link will take you through to a video focusing on the company's easy-to-use and reliable sealing kit for showers and baths which prevents leaks - hence the name, No More Leaks.! Take a look here: www.youtube.com ...

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... next February will showcase a range of assistive technologies, equipment and gadgets to help older people, those with a disability and people with dementia to live more independently and safely in their own homes. From simple devices to stop baths overflowing or burning and self-pouring kettles to reduce the risk of scalds and burns, to more ma...

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...what I do and why. If you're not someone who's been called 'weird' for decades for washing up other people's plastic bottles for your family to fill with their own drinks, or taken binned plastics home from your workplace to wash and recycle (as I have), then you need to take this survey now. "We'd love to see as many people as possible taking ...

Soapbox: Poor project managers: Are they contributing to the rise in insolvency?

... than double its recorded value at the start of the century. This is all powered by the 2.7 million people working in the sector, which has seen a sharp increase in the number of new workers thanks to a construction boom in the wake of new legislation. But of that figure, only around 47,000 are project managers, while there are over five times a...

Future Business Magnates pave Roman's road to an award win

...siness Magnates Competition. This exciting and fun competition aims to build enthusiasm in young people and introduces them to the basics of starting and running a business. School teams are supported by a business partner from a local firm who works with the team throughout the competition, lending experience and expertise and guiding the team ...

Morgeous Design uses Bushboard Options for community centre kitchen transformation

... the local community and in partnership with other organisations to develop opportunities for local people through the provision of activities that meet the needs of the local community. "I wanted people to be wowed when they walked in but we had to keep to a budget and to the time scale," says Sian Astley from Morgeous. "I had saved an inspira...

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...niversal standard - but may be more expensive as a result. I'm also well aware that we need younger people in the country, to help pay our pensions with their taxes - but mindful of the dearth of young workers this leaves the older ones to contend with back home, which somehow doesn't seem fair. I'd really love to know what your thoughts are on...

Blanco's Ricky Clarke stars in charity boxing match

...oxing, to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Ultra White Collar Boxing is designed to encourage people to get fit and try a new experience.[TRIMTO] The organisation offers free fitness training programmes for eight weeks for those who sign up to compete in one of the events across the country. Ricky Clarke signed up for an event and received...

Logistics industry commits to ambitious carbon reduction target by 2025

...nt logistics is vital to keep Britain trading, directly having an impact on more than seven million people employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. ...

More needs to be done to protect workers' lives

...y to make workplaces more healthy and safe. That is the least we should do as a memorial to the 144 people who died last year." www.britsafe.org ...

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30% off promo for William Ball's new Phoebe

...pecified on aluminum and 20% when specified on white cabinets. The Phoebe kitchen features a high-gloss slab-style door in bright white with an ultra-modern 2mm aluminum effect trim. An alternative aluminum profile strip can be specified for a more minimalist effect, featuring concealed handles or a choice of touch-opening systems. Cabinets are ...

Vitreous China Plumbing Fixture report now available

...exposes the industry to further possibility of merger and acquisition opportunities, as well as anti-trust scrutiny. The competitive landscape section provides a closer examination of this situation. This 153-page report includes the most recent information on the domestic market, global market and overseas growth opportunities. Updated quarterl...

Domestic kitchen and bathroom worktops market - UK 2009-2013 - just published

...rowth, although it remains a small sector of the overall sanitaryware and bathroom furniture market - accounting for around 10% at the present time. It is also a small market when compared to the kitchen worktop market - being the equivalent of around 10-11% of that market. In the housing market there has been growth in the number of second bathroo...

A one-stop brochure from Aqata

...sure to suit the space, a matching shower tray, high quality thermostatically controlled shower and - for the perfect finishing touch - choice of beautifully chrome-finished bathroom accessories. "We have excellent relationships with our customers and are always open to their feedback for ideas that can help improve service and make life easier ...

BCG adds value to its keenly priced service with Airmiles

...tant than ever to give customers something back. That is why we have negotiated this exclusive three-year Airmiles deal with The Mileage Company. "It is the first incentive scheme of this magnitude within the industry and provides BCG with a distinct advantage over its competitors. As a business-to-business scheme, BCG is breaking new ground by ...

Maytag's washer now in classic black

It's the super intelligent, freestanding washer that is equally able as a powerful stand-alone unit or as the stunning centrepiece of a total laundry room concept. Styled in classic black and carrying an 'A+' washing performance, Maytag's versatile MWA 0714FBC washer can smoothly fit into your lifestyle in any way you wish. The laundry room co...

Two new distributors for Franke

Kitchen specialist, Franke, has recently appointed two new distributors - Leaker Direct and Cooper Callas. Both distributors offer Franke's full range of sinks, taps, hoods and kitchen solutions, and Franke is confident that both companies will deliver high service to meet the exacting standards of Franke. Leaker Direct is Scotland's large...

2010 Bathroom Conference announced

...ar with this early announcement of the date and venue."[TRIMTO] T: 01782 747123 E: info@bathroom-association.org.uk W: www.bathroom-association.org ...

Hate recycling? Look this way

... problem, but we all know that it's the right thing to do. Everyone has a different way of doing it - bags, or boxes in the kitchen, in the garden, squashed into a cupboard until the next trip to the supermarket. Even for those lucky enough to have kerbside collections, where do you store your recycled materials until the collection date? Wouldn't ...

Mark Wilkinson awarded OBE

...pport he has given over the years to skills training, education and qualification in, both furniture-making and design creativity. In July 2009 he was awarded the medal of the Order of the League of Mercy for his support of the specialist teaching charity Dyslexia Action - a cause dear to his heart as he is dyslexic himself. The Medal was presented...

Stephen Joseph takes financial stake in Theobald's Distribution

...n Joseph, the former managing director of Allied Kingswood, has taken a controlling interest in Kent-based Theobald's Distribution. Stephen, who has been acting as a consultant to Theobald's since September 2009, becomes the CEO of the company and will be working with present directors Jamie Gardiner (Operations Director) and Steve Brooks (Sales...

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...of the catches – the heir and the spare. The part number we originally found online is: #21-284. If you are able to forward my email directly to Showerlux, which would be much appreciated. Thanks, Mrs Pat Wenger T: 416 691-8235 E: wenger8235@rogers.com Ed: Can anyone help this reader please? ...

National Kitchen & Bath Association reports the styles for 2010

... behind, while the Shaker style is seeing a surprisingly strong resurgence. Shades of whites and off-whites will be the most common kitchen colors in 2010, while brown, beige, and bone hues will also be popular. 2. Cherry on top: Cherry will remain the most popular wood for kitchen cabinetry, followed closely by maple, while alder increases in u...

Digitally delicious! Belling launches interactive cookery book

...g home appliance brand Belling, has announced the launch of a new interactive digital cookery guide - the Media Chef. Ideal for cooks of all abilities, the Belling Media Chef is the perfect kitchen accessory for those looking to create a culinary masterpiece. Pre-loaded with 48 cook-a-long demonstration recipes including three exclusive recip...

Baumatic joins forces with Galaxy in series of consumer competitions

The Baumatic brand is being strengthened further thanks to an exciting cross-marketing partnership with chocolate manufacturer Galaxy. The two companies are teaming up for a series of competitions appearing in several high-circulation consumer titles, across both magazine and online formats, including Womenandhome.com and Prima. The competitio...

New brand launched: 'Trade' by Roper Rhodes

...t offering continuity of supply on all products. To support the launch of the new brand, an eight-page leaflet and a trade branded point of sale dispenser box will communicate the products and sales information. The current product portfolio includes soft close thermoset toilet seats, a dual flush concealed cistern, bath panels, showers, taps...

Freestanding induction by Amica

...t, traditional convection heating, top heat, bottom heat and fan with ring heater and bottom heater - ideal for pizzas. Rated A for energy efficiency, the 601IE3Ta also features an easy-clean ceramic induction hob with four zones - two 21cm and two 16cm - for quick and efficient hob-top cooking using a minimal amount of energy. The oven has a...

A new year and a key appointment at Kaldewei

...ined valuable insights from roles which include training as a painter and decorator, running a multi-site builders merchant, being responsible for training and even running his own contractor business. "Kaldewei has a fantastic range of products and I look forward to steering the sales team towards achieving the first class results that the prod...

Black box signals U-turn in bad driver behaviour, turning White Van Man into Golden Boy

...teams more effectively." Research saw the white van man voted the most feared driver on the road - scarier than young drivers, elderly drivers or motorcylists. And statistics released last year by the Institute of Transport Management showed one in three company drivers have a crash annually. The figure was even higher for those driving more ...

Get Waterwise!

...m high profile speakers including the Minister for the Marine & Natural Environment, Huw Irranca-Davies MP and Jonathan Porritt, Director of Forum for the Future. Baroness Barbara Young, Member of the Government's Climate Change Adaptation Sub-Committee and former CEO of the Environment Agency will give the keynote speech at the gala dinner. ...

Tyneside firm has designs on markets worldwide

...a as "Punk Rock ECO design”. The Gateshead firm, launched in 2006, has already gained world-wide recognition for its innovation and Eco credentials and has now signed up to UK Trade & Investment’s Passport to Export scheme in a bid to explore new markets. Richard Liddle, founder and Managing Director of Cohda Design, explains:...

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...king about what's available in terms of kitchen and bathroom appliances, fixtures and fittings, was - prior to my involvement in KBZine - decades behind the reality. Although I've not been able to get out and about as much as I'd have liked to (although that's about to change - watch this space!) I've tried to get myself up to speed and had thou...

Blanco's new showroom's 'open week' starts Sunday

...sting and potential trade customers to come and visit its team 'at home' in the company's new custom-built UK distribution centre and showroom during a special 'Open Week'. The 2700 sq.ft. showroom in Radlett, Hertfordshire, displays the complete Blanco range and all the new products for 2010, including the very latest sink designs, a wide variety ...

Retro-chic at the sleep room

Online bed specialist, The Sleep Room, offers a range of glamorous, retro-inspired beds for stylish sleepers. Nostalgia is a big theme for 2010 but it's often difficult to pull-off this look with modern products. Whilst vintage beds look great they rarely offer maximum comfort - are you really willing to put style before sleep? With the 'R...

New eLIX tap meets criteria for Code for Sustainable Homes

...he tap spout. The eLIX also has a click valve which can be used to give the water a temporary boost - for example when filling a kettle. eLIX, along with the Elio and Enya, are three tap styles that offer these performance benefits for CSH. eLIX is available in chrome and is part of Carron Phoenix's Developer range. This commercially focussed co...

Bushboard's Encore Chocolate Sparkle solid surfacing is rich and luxurious

...s further enhanced by subtle pearlescent particles, with the beautifully smooth surface. Metallic-based worksurfaces are one of the hottest design themes around and the three finishes offer a contemporary neutral palette of Black, Chocolate and Caramel that have been researched to design well with classic and contemporary kitchen styles. The ...

RETRA shows there is strength in numbers

...12 months include: Big Red Sales, D.A.D, Digital Radio Development Bureau, Digitaltvinfo.com, Kodak - Tetenal, Midwich, Euro Digital Services, Humax Electronics Co., LG Electronics UK, Philex Electronic, The Sirius Buying Group and Technisat Digital UK.[TRIMTO] Retra also welcomed: Vogel's Products UK, Sennheiser UK, Top Level Solutions, VDC Tec...

New Ebro tap range goes with the flow

...n 2009, Pegler Yorkshire has expanded the range further with the introduction of two new tap ranges - Ebro and Pulsar. Both are minimalistic in style and despite being part of the Francis Pegler range are competitive in price. Ebro is a fresh new design and named after the largest river in Spain, it has an unashamedly European vogue - a flow straig...

MGA Distributors introduces the brand new Europa-2 drawer from Indaux

MGA Distributors has been chosen as the UK's first distributor of the new Europa-2 drawer from Indaux. Indaux has been creating, developing, manufacturing and marketing fittings and components for the furniture industry since 1962. The Europa-2 drawer demonstrates Indaux's knowledge of its market and customers' needs. The complete one-p...

SMEs can utilise free web-based technology to improve cash flow

Recession-hit small businesses are actively managing their cash flow yet struggling to access finance because they are not presenting their management accounts in the correct format to the finance and credit industry. The news follows the latest research from the Forum of Private Business, commissioned by CreditPal, the free accounts analysis s...

New brochure adds culture to the bathroom

... getting the New Year off to the very best of starts with the launch of its latest product brochure - Bathroom Culture. In full-colour throughout, the brochure has an impressive 260 pages packed with full details on the manufacturer's complete portfolio of products, printed on heavy-weight stock to lend it the quality feel which has become synon...

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...liances etc. and is designed to stimulate the economy while saving energy and encouraging recycling - thus helping the environment. Seems like a good idea to me... The 'cash for appliance clunkers' rebate programme has a pot of $300m. Those taking advantage of the scheme can be awarded up to $200 for the purchase of an energy efficient appliance...

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...its own". Next week we kick off our 'rolling' preview of another much anticipated industry event - kbb Birmingham 2010, which is celebrating its 25th year at the NEC, Birmingham, from 21st -24th March. If you're exhibiting at the show and haven't yet told us why visitors should make a point of going along to your stand, please do so quickly and ...

Indesit wins Good Design award 2009 with the Quadrio

...e Indesit Moon washing machine (in the 'Bathroom' category) in 2008, the 2009 award went to Hotpoint-Ariston's Quadrio fridge in the domestic appliances section. Granted by the Chicago Athenaeum - Museum of Architecture and Design together with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies, the award was in recognition of t...

iF Product Design Award 2010

...e its professional opinion on the design quality of entries in 16 product categories and noted that - especially in economically uncertain times - design is a decisive factor in terms of market success and value creation, with many of the submitted products setting new benchmarks in their respective fields. According to the jury chairman Fritz F...

'Next' kitchen collection from Schueller makes great design affordable

...with the promise of making great design affordable. The collection includes 'next125' and the handle-less 'nextline' range, which rival premium brands for the finish and the fixtures, but offered at a mid-market price. Each kitchen has a pure cubic shape, made possible by a depth of 575mm, which not only looks beautiful but provides additional s...

Mereway Bathrooms kick off new launch this coming Monday

...d brassware, available from 1st February. First to announce is the new addition to Mereway's long-established style Aegean door style. Aegean; (pictured) is a stylish paneled raised and fielded design that has helped Mereway cater for the traditional end of the market for many years. As this market is showing signs of strengthening, Mereway has ...

Tiles anywhere and everywhere

...urnishings and are extremely robust and hard wearing. Ring the seasonal changes with colourful rugs - cool pastels for the summer, deep reds and golds for the winter. You can even tile outside as many tiles are frost resistant; but do check. Tile the floors both sides of the patio doors with the same tile and watch as the dining room passes almo...

20-20 Fusion welcomes Pilkington's Tiles Group to its fast-growing catalogue portfolio

20-20 Fusion, the renowned developer of advanced design and visualisation software for the kitchen and bathroom industry, is delighted to announce the addition of Pilkington's to its fast-growing portfolio of manufacturer catalogues. Pilkington's will be represented across both the Fusion Bathrooms and Kitchens platforms with the inclusion of...

Thermastone: for the design conscious kitchen connoisseur

...id to be twice the heat store capacity of the cast iron used in other heat storage cookers. The hob - comprised of two gas burners and an electric solid surface Chef's Plate, perfect for simmering, sizzling and sauteing, all powered separately from the ovens - unusually offers users the option of adjustable heat storage temperatures throughout the ...

Lawmakers join forces to 'waterproof' EU policies

A newly-established Water Intergroup in the European Parliament has started to help MEPs consider EU water policies more horizontally, as the European Commission prepares to put its water strategies in line with climate and resource-efficiency policies. "Adaptation to climate change, risks of flooding and water scarcity will be on the agenda, a...

Return to Zehnder!

...ew additions from the Zehnder range. Bisque, acquired by ZGUK in 2007, will continue to offer design-led products to premium showrooms under its own brand name. "Zehnder and Bisque will complement each other perfectly in their respective markets," explains Allan Jones, Head of ZGUK Retail Division. "By optimising the synergies of these two stron...

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen helps citizens 'age in place'

...dults over 50 are looking for ways to refresh their existing residence as opposed to moving into age-restricted communities. Today's mature population is more independent than ever, so they're bucking the trend of downsizing." Doug says the following remodels can perform double duty for seniors by upgrading both the look and accessibility of their ...

Jade Allen joins 20-20 Fusion’s dynamic sales team

20-20 Fusion, the design and visualisation software specialist, is delighted to announce the appointment of Jade Allen as its new Area Sales Manager for the North of England. Jade comes from a sales background, having worked for a Manchester-based PR agency where she learned the value of nurturing strong business relationships with clients and...

New cooperation between Keller Kitchens and Bruynzeel Kitchens

...s enables Keller to improve the performance level in terms of better products and services in a cost-effective manner; important in these challenging times. "The union with Bruynzeel will help Keller to increase its competitive power and to establish growth in the fast-moving and widespread European kitchen industry. Equally importantly, the fut...

Franke helps provide a touch of luxury

...r and historical parkland of Hensol Castle Estate. Beautifully designed and located within an estate-managed development, these homes promise much from the outside and then deliver more from the inside with so many bespoke design features. The apartments are all furnished with Franke sinks, taps, waste disposal units and cooker hoods. "When we d...

Zero from MHS Radiators - a high output alternative to steel panels

MHS Radiators has launched the Zero range of low cost, lightweight aluminium radiators with contemporary styling and excellent heat outputs from 423W to 3,068W. They make an excellent alternative to steel panel radiators and thanks to their low water content heat up rapidly and are extremely efficient. And where high pressures are needed, ...

Rangemaster introduces three new colours to popular Professional+ Range Cooker

...wer levels * Two fan ovens, with separate grill compartment, offers maximum cooking capacity * Glide-out grill for maximum safety * Unique handy rack allows you to tend easily to roasts * Griddle for healthy cooking, on gas hob models Professional+ 110 * Two spacious ovens and a separate grill compartment with the popular glide-out grill system ...

Secret to long-term business success (as the economy recovers) revealed...

...ge and achieve sustainability, the report concludes that organisations need to focus on:[TRIMTO] - - Distributed leadership: Senior leaders set a clear strategy, but also empower and motivate managers to innovate to deliver it - - Alignment: All component parts of the organisation are focused on the same vision and values, obje...

Nearly 40% of CEOs worldwide plan to increase workforce in 2010

...ence since PwC began its tracking. The survey revealed striking differences in confidence levels -- and by extension the impact of the global recession -- among CEOs in emerging economies and those in developed nations. In North America and Western Europe, for example, about 80% said they were confident of growth in the next year. That compared ...

There's nothing like a good bubbly!

...become cause for celebration! Renowned UK bathroom specialist Frontline, has three new fabulous free-standing baths to entice you to luxuriate in the tub... The Aquabathe range, exclusive to Frontline, is a clever fusion of contemporary and lavish design. With sumptuous lines, the curvaceous Pano bath is one to admire. This brand new freestandin...

Croydex welcomes Damixa to the UK with huge KBB giveaway

...promotion. Damixa has been eager to regain its foothold in the UK market since its management buy-out last year. President of Damixa, Kim Kenlev states: "This exciting new partnership with Croydex, one of the country's leading players in the bathroom fittings and accessories market, offers perfect synergy for both parties". Croydex takes f...

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...ted to learn earlier this week that The Bathroom Manufacturers Association, which represents 75 well-known bathroom brands in the UK, has been shortlisted for a major eco-award. The BMA has made it to the finals of the ‘Sustain Magazine Awards 2010’ for its work in designing and developing the UK standard for Water Efficient Product ...

US NKBA President Mark Karas announces goals for 2010

The newly-elected president of the US National Kitchen & Bath Association, Mark L. Karas, CMKBD, has stated four areas for the NKBA to focus its efforts in 2010 to empower the association's members to make the most of a recovering kitchen and bath market. 1. Education and Certification - Mark's first goal for the association is to expand t...

Kitchen Furniture Market to grow with style in 2010

...chen suppliers, as design trends and consumer preferences have changed fairly rapidly in the last 12-18 months. Senior analyst at MTW, Mark Waddy describes, "A growing preference toward flecked greens and browns in the kitchen worktops market, as well as bold colour statements in moderation for fitted kitchen furniture. Clean lines continue to rema...

New complete shower cubicle installs in just three hours

...and ready for use in just three hours. Novellini UK, said to be Europe's largest producer of walk-in showers, cubicles, wet rooms and shower cabin products, has developed a stylish, high quality and, competitively priced (starting from just £400 trade) range of shower cubicles that provides builders and specifiers with a product that can b...

Easyquote announces re-brand

...p; As a precursor to the upcoming major UK KBB industry show at the NEC in Birmingham from 21st - 24th March 2010, popular business management software provider EasyQuote announces it is re-branding to EQ Software. The re-brand will be showcased at KBB2010. Since its inception in 2000, the EasyQuote brand name has served the business well bu...

Fisher & Paykel announces Managing Director and CEO appointment

...ortance of the role, the search for a new CEO has been international, thorough and considered. A sub-committee of the Board has screened a wide range of candidates and the final contenders were interviewed by the full Board. Although we had some impressive external options, Stuart was a very strong internal candidate and he was our unanimous final ...

2010 Window Blinds Trends: Apollo's guide to what's set to be hot in 2010

...dows in 2010. Be it sunshine yellow as a colour trend, sheers that let in more natural light or high-shine fabrics that shimmer in the sunshine. "There's also a major new development around the corner in terms of wallpaper fabrics for windows, plus black is back in the bathroom."[TRIMTO] More Mood Lifters - colour The explosion of bright acce...

UK's No.1 contemporary interiors exhibition announces Good Design Manifesto

... and objectives from exhibitor selection and visitor inspiration to curation of the event. The 12-strong panel includes Tomoko Azumi; Jason Bruges; Max Fraser (London Design Guide); Matthew Hilton; Benjamin Hubert; Nina Tolstrup (StudioMama); Meriel Scott (Precious McBane); Ruth Silver (Project Orange); Kara O'Reilly (Sunday Times Style Magazine...

Utopia expands product portfolio

...iment to natural timber. There are three granite and three marble options, carefully chosen to co-ordinate with the Golden Oak and Walnut furniture in the range. So far, Imperial Marrone, a dramatically patterned marble worksurface, is proving the best-seller with Star Galaxy, a sparkling black granite, coming second. Explaining the rationale...

BOGOF in ceramic, porcelain and stone from Tile Depot

...oughout March and April. Ceramic ranges available in Tile Depot's BOGOF deal include Forma Negro - wonderfully textured ceramic 31.6 x 44.7cm wall tiles in black with cut grooves to create the effect of three smaller tiles from £4.99 each, and Lorenzo - 30 x 30cm ceramic tiles in black or white from £1.79 each. Natural stone also ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

Polypipe acquires ventilation business rival Silavent

...Domus product range. The Silavent brand is a good match for Polypipe's portfolio as it has a well- deserved reputation for providing excellent quality products and high levels of technical support in the developing UK ventilation market. "This acquisition significantly widens Polypipe's offering in the ventilation market alongside our Domus b...

New season, new year, new look Four Seasons

... set up, such as the Star Reward scheme which rewards Four Seasons retailers who increase their year-on-year turnover with top prizes including holidays and cars. As one of the biggest promotions in the kitchen industry for some time, this scheme also helped to attract new retailers to the brand. There are even more exciting developments ahead i...

Belling Built-in has the White Stuff

...ance brand, Belling, has unveiled a fresh new twist on white appliances across a number of its built-in products. Belling has given the traditional white finish a modern designer makeover, combining pure white with black glass and contrasting white handles. "White appliances often get a bad press because it can be difficult to achieve a uniform pur...

Raukantex Magic 3D offers depth-effect patterns

...ocess which gives the impression of three dimensions by combining a transparent surface with a depth-effect pattern. It is ideal for worktops, carcasses, book cases, side panels, shelves and tables and opens up a host of possibilities for designers and manufacturers looking to maximise the contrasting design features of edgeband. Manufactured...

Frontline's Dare Devil Diver!

...with the Red Devils to launch the new Saints 2010 home jersey whilst raising another impressive four-figure donation to the Steve Prescott Foundation, which supports the Rugby League Benevolent Fund's Try Assist Fund and Christie Cancer Hospital. The event was funded by new club sponsor, Frontline, which was also collar sponsor of Saints' home and ...

Burbidge oozes natural sophistication with a splash of hessian

...gine, it's easy for consumers to create a striking statement in their kitchen. The delicate, hand-sprayed paint effect subtly reveals the natural grain patterning of the timber frontals, giving each kitchen a unique and stylish look. Inspiring even more creativity for the most discerning consumer, kitchen retailers and manufacturers can also tak...

Rosemary Conley sees fit to use Amica hob in new show

...guest experts including GMTV doctor Dr Hilary Jones, psychologist Raj Persaud and chef, Dean Simpole-Clarke. Amica, one of the most dynamic household appliances manufacturers in Europe, is expanding in the UK market with its range of freestanding and built-in appliances. With numerous awards and prizes for its products, including Product of the ...

And in flows another award for Deva's Satinjet...

Deva's Satinjet Awatea Hi-Rise Adjustable Arm by Methven has scooped another award after achieving 'Highly Commended' in the bathrooms category of the Self Build Awards 2010. Judged by leading industry professionals from the Federation of Master Builders and the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Satinjet Awatea Hi-Rise Adjustable ...

East Coast makes three new appointments to sales team

...rs and suppliers of quality components & accessories to the UK furniture industry. As a Trade-only supplier, the company is able to service its market from a centrally located 80,000 sq ft headquarters in Rearsby Leicestershire. "With an ever increasing and diverse product portfolio, our comprehensive stock range provides a wide selection...

"Have a ball with our prices!" says fitted furniture manufacturer

...ases is worth 60% off. The promotional colde WBPL10 must be quoted at point of order. T: 01942-270000 F: 01942-270225 E: sales@wball.co.uk ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

Leader

...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

Leader

...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

Leader

...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

Leader

...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

Leader

...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

Leader

...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

Leader

...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

Leader

...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

Leader

...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

Leader

...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

Leader

...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

Leader

...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

Leader

...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

Leader

...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

Leader

...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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Welcome to the KBzine This is our last issue of KBZine prior to our much-needed Summer break. Please continue to send us your news though, for consideration for our next issue, which will be broadcast on Friday 20th August. If you're having a break yourself this year, do enjoy it, stay safe and try and recharge your batteries. John and I...

Take a fresh look at Westin

Award-winning Westin has unveiled a fresh, exciting new look and company name. The company has re-branded to Westin Design as a commitment to both its sustained growth strategy and its expanding range of innovative and exclusive domestic kitchen extraction solutions. The new brand rollout includes a new website, product catalogue, new sign...

Hansgrohe mourns loss of valued and respected colleague

...ales Manager at Hansgrohe, died tragically from a heart attack. Aged just 51 years, Niall was a well-liked and valued member of the Hansgrohe UK team with sole responsibility for special key accounts. "Niall was not only a respected colleague, but a personal friend for nearly 20 years," says UK Managing Director, Iain McKinlay. "He did not smoke...

Warts and all: major bathrooms customer service survey launched

...ers to show delegates how the industry is fairing. The full results of the survey will be published - warts and all. The survey gives everyone in the bathroom industry the chance to have their say and, more importantly, influence the direction of the conference programme. So how importantly do you really take customer service? The survey take...

Growth of UK construction sector weakened, led by slowdown in residential construction, says new report

...or new homes, if new projects are to get off the ground and reverse the slump in the residential sub-sector." T: +44 1780 761576 E: trudy.salandiak@cips.org ...

Mereway Kitchens New English Revival Shaker Collection

...duct range that is built to last. "Timber drawers are often seen as the signature of a quality in-frame kitchen and our new in-frame Shaker is no exception." Comments Ginette Crowther, Marketing Manager for Mereway Kitchens "It will be the first in our English Revival range to feature solid timber dovetail drawerboxes as standard as well as th...

New flooring is perfect for kitchens and bathrooms

... kitchens and bathrooms or the refurbishment of existing ones. Now, a new range of laminate effects - indiscernible from the original material and with significant practical advantages - has been introduced . A world leader in laminate flooring, Faus (a division of the international Finsa Group) has introduced an exiting new range of laminate fl...

Gorenje welcomes decision to scrap use-by dates

...for its creative and innovative appliances, welcomes the decision by food manufacturers to scrap use-by dates on some products. Around £10 billion worth of food is dumped every year, and it is estimated that each household throws away £400 of food a year, with many consumers disposing of meals, drinks, and fruit and vegetables that a...

Mix and match showering solutions from Damixa

...tical features, all Damixa showers are thermostatically controlled for maximum safety, offering anti-scalding protection by way of a thermostatic and physical limiter, ensuring that the 'full hot' selection is never reached accidentally. For the eco conscious consumer, each shower also features a built-in Eco-klik device, providing a subtle remi...

Corporate membership is helping KBSA members beat the recession

...rate membership of the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association is proving to be a recession-beating benefit according to several corporate members who have voiced their support and urged other organisations to take up membership. Malcolm Scott, corporate chair of the KBSA explains: "The main advantage to a corporate business of being a KBS...

HiB flying high with its new Icarus and Apollo stainless steel mirrored cabinets

...the range, four use a mirror attached to the bathroom wall to give reflections both open and closed - Dione, Atlas, Melia and Apollo. This is a new HiB innovation meaning the mirror is always in view. Careful thought has also gone into the design of the mirrored face of the Apollo cabinet, which has a 30/70 split so that the user always has a f...

Historic refurbishment gains steam-free bathroom mirrors

Steam-free mirrors with heated mirror pads by demista were an integral feature in the recent upgrading of the residential accommodation at the historic Royal Society of Medicine building in London opened in 1912 by King George V and Queen Mary. The entire project involved the upgrade of 41 bedrooms to 5-star standard, including new bathrooms w...

Tradesmen be warned - mind your Ps and Qs

... For further advice on selecting a tradesman these sites might be useful, try: www.eca.co.uk - search for ECA registered electricians www.competentperson.co.uk - more about Part P requirements and who is registered www.nhic.org.uk - National Home Improvement Council ...

Some 111.4 million European households will have smart meters by 2015

...rdrola, three of the absolutely largest electricity network operators in Europe, have launched large-scale pilots in France and Spain, respectively. Next year, these deployments will evolve into nationwide rollouts in these countries, reportsTobias Ryberg, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. On top of that, the UKs largest electricity and gas retailer...

Winner of Britain's Oldest Fridge search chooses new fridge freezer

...ition, organised by the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances, chose to replace his 56-year old fridge with a state-of-the-art Whirlpool fridge freezer. Edmund Garrod of High Wycombe, the winner of the recent Time to Change UK's oldest fridge competition, selected the top-quality, European built and Italian designed, A+ energy effi...

MFI to reassemble

...d are set to relaunch the company, two years after its collapse due to the credit crunch. The 111-strong chain, which was a popular first port of call for those seeking a decent-priced kitchen and advice on how to design it, was founded in 1964 and became famous for its flatpack furniture. A statement on the company's basic website says: "...

New models join latest Blancoair extractor range

...erformance and low noise emissions with optimum efficiency at price points to attract the mid to low-end markets. Energy efficiency is achieved with lower powered motors using less energy, made possible as a result of the advanced technology of the airflow system.  In premium quality stainless steel, sometimes in combination with glass, ...

FIRA teams with Brunel University to offer free design projects to member companies

...s some of the top design students in the UK and FIRA is linking with the teaching team to bring real-life design issues to these students. The aims of these projects are to identify problems of user interactions and recommend solutions to improve the design of a product by means of ergonomics principles and methods. These projects could be eithe...

Hansgrohe's iPhone/iPod Touch app aids easy planning

...test in modern technology, Hansgrohe presents what it believes is a first for the bathroom industry - an innovative and fun planning tool for its PuraVida bathroom collection called Hansgrohe@Home. This takes the form of a free iPhone or iPod Touch application that allows you to upload an image of the PuraVida basin mixer and see exactly how it wil...

Whirlpool's new fridge freezer extends freshness up to 50% longer

... when choosing foods and consumers expect food companies to be responsible for their health and well-being. Today 50% of Europeans purchase fresh food and 30% choose fewer frozen products than they used to. There is a quest for quality, freshness, flavour, nutritional value and long preservation times. Whirlpool's new fridge freezer, the WBE 332...

V-Zug UK joins Johnny Grey for Decorex

Premium Swiss appliance brand V-Zug has confirmed a partnership with Johnny Grey Studios in creating a concept kitchen at next month's Decorex 2010, showcasing Johnny's new concept of the Modern Cottage Kitchen and incorporating the World renowned appliances from the V-Zug Futureline collection. "Johnny has been at the forefront of innovat...

KitchenAid's powerful hood is on an island of its own!

...y models of 10 or 15 years ago now seem a lifetime away as consumers are romanced by hoods with show-stopping designs and state-of-the-art technology. Premium manufacturer KitchenAid's Architect Island Hood, the KCIP 1010, is a beautifully designed example of the exciting new genre. With an impressive wing span of 1000mm and blissfully quiet in ...

Kaldewei UK opens its doors

On 8th July, Kaldewei, the world-renowned manufacturer of steel baths and shower trays, held an Open Day to officially mark the launch of its new UK headquarters in St. Ives, Cambridgeshire. Around 100 guests turned out to meet the team - including senior members of the management team from the German head office -and tour the new purpose-buil...

Symmetrical design at its best!

...ink from Franke replaces the popular GAX 611; with its perfect symmetry, it represents a complete re-design of the original. The sink's large 390 x 445mm bowl configuration, which is ideal for large pots and pans, is popular for hardworking, stylish kitchens. The new Alpina design features a modern drainer pattern which incorporates the tap ledg...

Electrolux reveals more about Design Lab competition finalists

...fridge to a dishwasher that composts food left on your plates, they really do make you wonder why no-one's thought of them before. Check them out on the website and then make sure you see them for yourself at 100% Design, which is taking place at London's Earls Court from 23rd to 26th September 2010. www.electroluxdesignlab.com ...

New 'International' hinge from CRL blends value with performance

...r and bevel edge styles, the hinges are available as wall mount with full back plate, as well as 180-degree glass-to-glass models, which essentially cover the majority of popular installation configurations. "We are pleased to be offering this very cost-effective line of hinges to the frameless shower door market," says Brad Murphy, Brand Manage...

Whirlpool's clever accessory makes it easy to use any pot or pan on an induction hob

...sed on an induction hob. As we all know the induction hob is an amazing appliance with superb eco-credentials - it is the fastest, most energy efficient hob technology available and is the true alternative to a gas hob. However, true volume sales have yet to come. For some there is still a reluctance to purchase. This is either down to the initi...

Plan a GRAND Day out at Grand Designs Live this October!

... Kitchens and Bathrooms industry, then look no further than Grand Designs Live. The show runs from 8-10 October at the NEC and will showcase the very best cutting-edge design and innovation in your field. With over 500 exhibiting companies and talks from familiar faces in the industry including Johnny Grey, the event brings together all aspects of ...

Amica to showcase brand new Platinum range at IFA 2010, Germany, 3rd - 8th September

Amica will be showcasing its brand new Platinum built-in range at IFA2010, the World's largest trade fair for consumer electronics and home appliances, taking place in Messe, Berlin, Germany from 3rd to 8th September. The 50th IFA exhibition promises to attract industry representatives from all over the World, who will visit the show to ch...

Glamorous and practical - that'll be Bushboard's Chocolate Sparkle worksurface

...ved by consumers for its sheer practicality and designs like Chocolate Quartz give them all the hard-working, easy maintenance advantages plus access to luxurious looks at a far more affordable price point." The Chocolate Quartz design comes in 4100 x 600 and 4100 x 665 in worksurfaces and a 4100 x 900mm breakfast bar. Matching upstands, midway ...

To all members of The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association

... please do think if you are able to support us in any way. Please come and make your voice heard - after all, we need your voice! If you would like to attend the Kitchen Conference, T: 0208 515 2113 or visit W: www.kbbreview.com Regards Graham Ball, CEO KBSA T: 01623 818808 W: www.kbsa.org.uk ...

Deva registers 86 products on BMA WEPLS

... rate for shower controls of up to 13 litres a minute. All chrome taps feature a comprehensive 12-year parts guarantee and shower controls have a five-year parts guarantee. The full list of WEPLS registered Deva products is available on the company's website. T: 0870 848 8400 E: sales@devatap.com W: www.deva.org.uk ...

Reflex points the way in new mirror styling from HiB

...lluminate the face for both shaving and make up routines. The Reflex mirror is an internally back-lit design enclosed in a statement metallic frame that can be installed in either portrait or landscape format. Dimensions are 71 x 51 x 6.5cm and the new mirror is IP44 rated. T: 0208 441 0352 W: www.HiB.co.uk ...

Trendy Triflow from Franke

The new Franke Triflow Trend tap with U-Spout is a modern take on the popular Pro-Value three-handle lever tap model. Designed to coordinate with a full range of Franke sink models, the tap delivers hot, cold and filtered water in high style. John Swain, Product Manager, comments: "In these price-conscious times, the Franke Triflow Tren...

US DIY & home improvement market report just published

... affirmative manifestation of the 'New Frugality', claims a new report. The report provides an in-depth analysis of how retailers, suppliers and - most importantly - consumers, are responding to a home channel marketplace that is changing in fundamental ways. It includes: - Analysis of consumer expenditures in the broader home channel market ...

9th UK Natural Stone returns to ExCeL, London

...wcase event for the UK stone industry returns to London's premier exhibition venue, ExCeL from 15th - 17th March 2011. Set within a stunning waterfront environment in the dynamic and thriving Docklands, just a stone's throw away from Canary Wharf, ExCeL offers a world class facility for visitors and exhibitors alike. The recent completion of its...

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Siamp UK's new Uni-Siphon universal siphon eliminates the need for merchants to hold multiple sizes in stock. Adjustable from 7.5 to 9.5 inches and suitable for all high and low level applications, it is manufactured to WRAS, Kiwa and NF standards and comes in two parts for quick and easy installation and maintenance. T: 0161 205 1200 / E: i...

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..., 'Nebraska' combines simple, classic styling with a light Oak finish and comprises basin unit, tall-boy, open-boy, drawer unit, bath panel, back-to-wall WC unit, mirrored cabinet and toilet seat. E: sales@jaxbathrooms.com Simply screening the showering area to help the bathroom 'flow', the Centre Fix Panel from Aqualux allows access from...

KitchenAid's double dishwasher is super functional

...s flexible Dishwasher Drawer represents a special touch of luxury. This spacious and versatile built-in model, offering an optional stainless steel door, will blend seamlessly into kitchen layouts of different sizes and formats. KitchenAid's Dishwasher Drawer is available as a single unit (KDDS 6010) or as a double unit stack (KDDD 6010), thus a...

Work the look with Nuance worksurfaces in the bathroom

...h are available in high gloss texture and the brand new Soft texture which looks and feels like semi-matt polished marble. There is also the rich and exotic Ebony Oak (pictured) woodgrain laminate in the Grain texture which is matt to the touch and ever so lightly raised like real timber. Laminate worksurfaces come in 28mm thickness in two sizes...

Frontline scores with professional rugby league live

... Fairplay index in 2007 as a method of maintaining good sportsmanship in the Super League and the Co-operative National League One. "We are really excited about the release of this game," enthuses Michael Sammon, Sales & Marketing Director, Frontline Bathrooms. "We are passionate about Rugby League and also our sponsorship of the St Helen...

Blast of future technology keeps food safely

Popular appliance manufacturer Baumatic has launched the perfect product to ensure home-cooked food can be stored at its optimum temperature for re-heating at a later date; a great way of ensuring the whole family has access to a healthy, nutritional meal - however hectic life gets. The Department of Health suggests that in order to ensure...

Neoperl joins the BMA

...n, particularly in the areas of water and energy conservation." T: 01782 747123 E: info@bathroom-association.org.uk W: www.bathroom-association.org ...

Waterfront website wows the crowds

...oms, leading British manufacturer of quality bathroom brassware, has launched an exciting new 'flick-book' brochure on its revamped website. The website's fresh new look and use of the very latest hi-tech software adds further fuel to its go-getting marketing campaign. Users can access Waterfront's very latest product lines by clicking on the br...

Inspired cabinet design from HiB

...ew illuminated and mirrored cabinets in particular. The Lenny design has a deep recessed, halogen-lit mirror framed by a graciously formed door complete with soft-close which conceals a storage area to one side. The Logan design is a double-sided version with a centrally-placed mirror and storage cabinets to either side. Both cabinets demo...

New distributor of greywater system for Spain

...s backing greywater systems as a way for households to reduce their water use. "We carried out in-depth research into the market and Ecoplay is one of the most effective and simplest products that can be fitted into existing and new homes. We are very excited about this new partnership with CME Sanitary Systems, as this is a product that is just...

BEAMA welcomes The Energy Saving Trust's public report

...stry about the positive and negative impact of heat pump design, installation, commissioning and end-use. "During 2009, the installed base of heat pumps doubled with annual sales of around 14,000 units, which points towards a future of rapid market growth," comments Kelly Butler, BEAMA's marketing director. "As with all developing markets, field...

Get your plumbing questions answered

Some plumbing problems require immediate assistance from a licensed professional, but for non-emergency plumbing tips and advice, ARS/Rescue Rooter, a privately held, nationwide provider of a plumbing, drain cleaning, air conditioning and heating in the US, offers Home Connect. This free online service puts homeowners in contact with experienced, ...

New kitchen component event is just 11 days away...

... range of special show offers and promotions. The event will also include a guided tour of the state-of-the-art Blum UK headquarters. All UK furniture manufacturers and retailers are invited to pre-register for this exclusive event now. As an added incentive, everyone pre-registering will be automatically entered into a prize draw for a weekend ...

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...e, but Parliament's negotiators succeeded in persuading Member State representatives to accept an EU-wide 30-day rule. Four key points were settled in the negotiations: more   Yours, Jan Hobbs ...

Graeme Freedman joins bespoke kitchen company - Figura

... the company is so well known. Graeme will be working closely with Figura's discerning clientele - whether in Surrey, the Home Counties or further afield, using his knowledge of product design and his desire to innovate, to create something really special. T: 01428 686500 F: 01428 685624 E: graeme.freedman@figura.co.uk W: www.figura.co.uk ...

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Hi Jan, Just a big thank-you for covering the news about the death of Niall Geldard in last week's issue of the K&BZine. This was very timely as it was his funeral that morning and many of his colleagues and friends from Hansgrohe attended. With best wishes Tracy, Esprit PR T: 01428 714546

Take off with Magnet Trade's Autumn Flights promotion

...equest a quote. A 'passport' leaflet detailing the activity has been sent to all account holders - a database of over 90,000 tradesmen. It will also be on display in stores. The Magnet Trade website, Deal, and The Mag will all be including the flights information. Magnet Trade has also teamed up with Talk Sport who will be advertising the fli...

Just nine days to Decorex International

...rt of London Design Festival and just 11 days until the opening of Decorex International 2010 (26th - 29th September, Royal Hospital Chelsea) London is a frenzy of design excitement. The marquee is being constructed and the building underway for this year's interiors feast. Why should you take the time out of your busy working week to attend Dec...

Baumatic and E-cloth add sparkle to the kitchen

...l range cookers as part of a special promotion with EnviroProducts, the name behind the innovative E-cloth. The Baumatic BRC4IV is a rustic-style 90cm dual fuel range cooker with a hob featuring four burners and a wok burner, a 61 litre multi-function oven and a separate static oven with grill. With heavy-duty cast iron pan stands and a styli...

Furniture built to last a lifetime: new brochure available

...lassic and contemporary styles. Chamber is a long established family run business, producing hand-built bespoke kitchens in its purpose built factory/showroom in Halstead, Kent.[TRIMTO] Its service is second to none and the company offers a flexible design service for all its furniture and appliances. In its showroom it has a wide selection o...

Be fully supported with Autumn seminars

Leading CAD software developer for the kitchen and bathroom industries, 20-20 Fusion, will be running a series of free seminars for its supported customers this Autumn, to ensure they are getting the most out of their software and to bring them up to date with the latest developments available. The Fusion Care Seminars will kick off in Nov...

FIRA reinvigorates Innovation Award: Italiana Ferramenta wins with new range of cabinet hangers

...e new creativity and thinking in the furniture industry. First off the blocks to receive this new-look award is Italiana Ferramenta, which specialises in producing high quality accessories and ironmongery for the furniture industry and gained the Award for its LIBRA H1 range of cabinet hangers and wall plates. "The Innovation Award provides a...

Exciting new wall tile ranges to inspire...

...finish marble effect tile available in beige and grey. The range includes four complementary strips - two with a mosaic scroll design and two with a contemporary square design. Both designs of strips are available in beige and grey in a 198x50mm size with the wall tiles available in 198x248mm size. Cappuccino is an addition to the existing Elgin...

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... Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has warned that an energy surcharge applied by large multi-national material producers is creating additional costs in the supply chain and playing havoc with kbb retailers' pricing levels. "It is unfortunate that this Energy Surcharge is being applied at a time when retailers have to look so hard at all...

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Apollo has just launched two new types of shutters - a blackout shutter and a cost-effective Craftwood range to compliment its existing hard wood collection. T: 0800 915 3030 Indesit's Hotpoint and Indesit cookers, hobs, washing machines and tumble dryers have taken a record eight 'Best Buy' awards from consumer champions Which? since th...

Lifeline for firms with just one week left to claim backdated small business rate relief

... least £200 million. Leaseholders United's Andrew Bacon, who is Property Adviser to the not-for-profit business support and lobby group the Forum of Private Business, said the problem is being made worse because too few business owners are aware that they can claim the relief.  He said many local councils fail to provide details of...

Exciting laminate worktops from DK

...s, Amber Granite, Night Frost and Everest Gloss. DK Distribution offers a full range of products - doors, high quality (colour coordinated) carcases, appliances, sings and taps, stools and chairs and handles. T: 0161 230 0700 F: 0161 230 0701 W: www.dkdistribution.co.uk ...

KitchenAid presents the ultimate in food and wine storage

...food is preserved with accurate professional care. The fridge features humidity management and multi-temperature preservation zones, and has a generous capacity of 406 litres, while the freezer has 153 litres of storage space.  Electronic temperature and management in both sections means that it is constantly monitored by intelligent techno...

Rehau invites visitors to live demonstration of new laser edge

...hich will be demonstrated live uses a highly efficient laser to melt the lower polymer layer of a co-extruded Raukantex Laser Edge edgeband, which is then bonded seamlessly to the substrate eliminating the presence of a glue joint completely. Visitors will be able to ask questions about the products, machinery and tools available and all three c...

Superpan - the advanced substrate from Finsa

Multi-national board specialist Finsa is known for developing advanced products through exclusive manufacturing techniques and market-led innovation. Superpan is one such product, especially developed for the MFC products market and now seen as the optimum substrate for the latest high gloss finishes and photo-realistic patterns and grains. ...

California Building Standards Commission reinforces importance of NSF International Plumbing Standard

...umbing Code includes requiring all brass fittings used with PEX tubing to meet NSF/ANSI Standard 14 - 2009: Plastics Piping System Components and Related Materials requirements. The effective date to comply was 18th August 2010 for the 2007 California Plumbing Code and is 1st January 2011 for the 2010 California Plumbing Code. The regulations in...

Retailers halve waste sent to landfill

...s by 2013.  Retailers have also achieved an 18% reduction between 2005 and 2010 in both: - Energy-related emissions from buildings  - Carbon dioxide emissions from transporting goods  But to help retailers go further with their environmental goals they need the Government to help them, rather than hinder. Supermarkets, fo...

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... Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has warned that an energy surcharge applied by large multi-national material producers is creating additional costs in the supply chain and playing havoc with kbb retailers' pricing levels. "It is unfortunate that this Energy Surcharge is being applied at a time when retailers have to look so hard at all...

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Apollo has just launched two new types of shutters - a blackout shutter and a cost-effective Craftwood range to compliment its existing hard wood collection. T: 0800 915 3030 Indesit's Hotpoint and Indesit cookers, hobs, washing machines and tumble dryers have taken a record eight 'Best Buy' awards from consumer champions Which? since th...

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Welcome to the KBzine   Moves to develop a single EU-wide patent system began in 2003 but progress has been hampered by repeated linguistic, technical and legal difficulties. The cost of filing and protecting patents in Europe is substantially higher than in the US and Japan, and businesses have consistently complained abou...

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...& safety portal that communicates key industry updates, news and opinion. Subscribe at www.risk-management-services.co.uk Intuo by ewe's new Island Kitchen offers features two islands that separate the kitchen into clearly defined zones... one for the cooking area and one for the food preparation and wet area. Searle & Taylor Kitchen...

Aga Rayburn launches home energy management centre

...re in Kidderminster. Showcasing its range of renewable energy products, woodburning stoves and ultra-efficient Rayburn A-rated central heating range cookers, the Aga Rayburn Home Energy Management Centre is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK. The Home Energy Management Centre acts as a 'one-stop-shop' for installers, self-builders, ar...

Amica's built-in goes Platinum as new collection celebrates UK debut

Amica's first 'collection' - the Platinum collection - provides a choice of coordinated appliances; all finished in finger-mark resistant stainless steel with striking red illumination within black glass in one coherent design.   Notable firsts include what is thought to be the first mid-market combination steam oven expected to retail...

Chalon's new Knutsford showroom opens for business

...treet, it is part of the central town shopping footprint and is positioned in what is already a well-established hub for the luxury kitchen market.  The doors have officially been open since the August Bank Holiday but  the new showroom's staff are looking forward to and working towards a client / trade / press launch event on Thursday 7t...

Huppe unveils partner showroom in the South East

...ngleton and both showrooms display the two flagship products most recently launched by each company - Studio Paris from Huppe and PuraVida from Hansgrohe.  These products were designed in conjunction with internationally recognised Phoenix Design Studio, further embedding the complementary design ethos of the two companies. "We're delighted...

LDL event a 'Bluming' success!

One of Blum UK's largest distributors, LDL, hosted a three-day open house event at the Blum UK headquarters in Milton Keynes to show visitors its  full product portfolio including the extensive range of solutions from Blum. The Blum UK premises proved an ideal location for the event both from its central geographical position and the exce...

Whirlpool launches new Ambient built-in collection

...d needs of consumers in and around the home, with the introduction of the stunning new Ambient built-in appliance collection. The new Ambient built-in range boasts understated, elegant aesthetics in an advanced fluid design combined with smart features, sleek handles and slim, easy to read displays. Integrating advanced technology with simple fu...

Ten reasons to be at Big Tour 2010

...reasons why you cannot afford to miss Big Tour 2010: 1. Visiting five major cities within the UK - Big Tour is visiting a venue near you! Scotland - Hampden Park on Thursday 4th November Birmingham - National Motorcycle Museum on Wednesday 10th November Manchester - Manchester United FC on Friday 12th November Bristol - University We...

Tile Depot helps transform Home for the Brave

...ly change the lives of two British soldiers by donating the tiles for a brand new wet room in a make-over by designer, Ty Pennington for a brand new five-part television series for the Home channel. The UK's largest independent tile and stone retailer offered the donation of tiles, grout and adhesive after hearing about the Homes for the Brave s...

Vado team completes Great North Run and raises £3K for charity

...For more information on VADO's full range of products: T: : +44 (0) 1934 744466 E: sales@vado-uk.com W: www.vado-uk.com ...

V-Zug customers and partners to become more experienced!

V-Zug UK has appointed its own home economist and demonstration duo and announced a series of consumer experience days and partner training days - both at Zugorama (the new name for the company's showroom at Newport Pagnell near Milton Keynes) - and at its partner retailers' own studios.  Ten nationwide V-Zug steam cooking and appliance i...

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  Moves to develop a single EU-wide patent system began in 2003 but progress has been hampered by repeated linguistic, technical and legal difficulties. The cost of filing and protecting patents in Europe is substantially higher than in the US and Japan, and businesses have consistently complained about the fragmented and inconsisten...

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... but something made me set up my laptop in the living room last evening and I switched on the little-used box in the corner. I'm so glad I did as a prominent name from the KBB industry was featured on the BBC's Watchdog. Dolphin Bathrooms had a real slating from some of its customers and everyone who saw the programme is likely to stee...

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New Glide White Gloss bathroom furniture collection from Bauhaus boasts a reduced projection - only 390mm - to create the feeling of space even if there isn't much!  E: sales@bauhaus-bahrooms.co.uk Congratulations to Whirlpool for being awarded a Best Buy from 'Which?' for its new Green Generation ADP7955 dishwasher! T: 0208 649 5...

Wolseley to introduce a new UK listed holding company

... becomes effective as the current Group has. The Proposals will not result in any changes in the day-to-day operations of the business of the Group or its strategy. It is expected that New Wolseley will continue to report the Group financial results in pounds sterling. The Proposals are not expected to have any adverse implications for Wolseley sha...

New interactive website for Shaws of Darwen

Shaws of Darwen, the well-known fireclay sinks manufacturer, has launched its new, interactive website. The site which is constantly used by architects, interior designers, kitchen studios and commercial building consultants, features the full range of traditional and classic style products with photographic and line drawing visuals as well as fu...

Rugby League legend cooks up a celebration at GDHA

...rters. As part of GDHA's ongoing commitment to its 'Made in Britain' policy, the new Stoves built-in collection of ovens and hobs is being manufactured in Prescot, Merseyside.  And in the week that Keiron made his final playing appearance for St Helens, after 17 years with the club, he found time to pop in to meet the GDHA team. Keiro...

Warming drawers from KitchenAid - a vital addition for a busy kitchen

...being able to prove bread and perform other useful tasks such as thawing delicate dishes. "Design-wise, these warming drawers can slot beautifully into a bank or stack of appliances for the perfect streamlined look. They are ideal for resting joints and poultry prior to carving, as well as keeping vegetables warm or warming crockery for that spe...

CaesarStone the ideal choice for Poggenpohl

...d, "CaesarStone was a fantastic choice for the show home at Greystones.  Its durability and non-porous properties make it ideal as a perfect stain free kitchen worktop.  The quartz surface also requires minimal maintenance to keep it looking like new.  Poggenpohl use CaesarStone quartz surfaces as they compliment our contemporary and...

With Lima, sophisticated sleekness is ingrained

...meowners to create a kitchen which is as individual as they are, while every drawer and door is soft-close for that added bit of luxury. As with all Four Seasons kitchen, quality comes built in with Lima, which is available with an oak carcase made up of 18mm panels for maximum durability that will last a lifetime. So confident is Four Seasons o...

Whirlpool launches 'best ever' range of resource-saving appliances

... sticking to our ethics is not always feasible. The Whirlpool Green Generation is a new range of top-quality, Italian designed and European built appliances that will save money and the world's resources. The Green Generation incorporates laundry, dishwashing and refrigeration appliances designed to save resources, consumption in the home and to...

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... but something made me set up my laptop in the living room last evening and I switched on the little-used box in the corner. I'm so glad I did as a prominent name from the KBB industry was featured on the BBC's Watchdog. Dolphin Bathrooms had a real slating from some of its customers and everyone who saw the programme is likely to ...

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Renowned fashion designer Jeff Banks says he took inspiration for his latest collection for UK-based window blinds manufacturer Sunway Blinds , from his latest ladies fashion line. T: 0161 442 9500. Renowned for its French inspired bedroom furniture, family-run UK manufacturer, Newtons , has given its gorgeous Louis Rattan and Louis Padded ...

Bali offers the perfect retreat

...m essentials are always close to hand. Extra storage is available with the addition of separate wall-hung single cabinets and a stylish mirrored cabinet. The look is completed with a choice of stylish handles and chrome brassware, while soft mood lighting can be added to create a truly relaxing atmosphere, highlighting the depth of colour and lu...

Burlington's shower sanctuaries are set in stone

Cumbria-based stone engineer, Burlington, is continuing to diversify and expand its standard/off-the-shelf product range with the introduction of natural stone inline shower trays and aqua panels. Serving as a perfect solution within today's modern contemporary bathrooms, shower areas and wet and steam rooms, this latest product offering takes...

Four classic looks in one range

... its Classic  range of stylish taps, showers and bathroom accessories for the Period and Period-style bathroom.  The timeless Classic range, part of the company's exclusive Designer Collection, offers no less than four elegant head options for its basin, bath and shower mixers ¬- a classic cross-head design and three different leve...

Individually designed and beautiful!

Figura is the ultimate in individually designed, joinery-made, hand crafted furniture and bespoke kitchens for your home. The company looks at each project in isolation and with an open mind, taking each client's ideas and the property as a whole into consideration. It  does not provide preconceived ranges of furniture. "Each client, e...

Maine and Harvard are in the frame

Traditionally only associated with high-end bespoke kitchens, in-frame doors are now available off-the-peg thanks to two revamped ranges from uber furniture; Maine and Harvard.  Classic in-frame kitchens are more expensive because of their high-tech construction, involving butt hinges, special drawer runners and the expense of making and ...

Mereway Kitchens provides 'Best Display Support' at KBSA AGM

...ega. "In the current climate it is essential that we remain close to and work with our customers - and for the independent retailer strong display presentation is of major importance, says Ginette Crowther, Marketing Manager. "We pride ourselves on having a team who are able to help support them every step of the way to ensure that their show...

Home Building industry asks for firm Government timetable on new housing system

Earlier this week the house-building industry welcomed the Housing Minister, Grant Shapps' commitment to cutting red tape, simplifying the planning system and increasing housing supply, but demanded more detail on the policies behind the promises. The national housing crisis has seen fewer homes built in the last year than at any peacetime s...

Market conditions prompt insurance cover changes

...am Ball. "We have seen significantly fewer failures amongst KBB members than other KBB retailers - only 2% compared to an industry norm of 13% - but our insurance providers were badly hit by the collapse of William Ball and this together with a review of their risk in the KBB market has led to this decision." The KBSA insurance premium has ri...

New legislation will hit US KBB renovators

...otection Agency's Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule addressing the presence and removal of lead-based paint in target housing and child-occupied facilities reached its date of enforcement. The EPA regulation requires the use of a Certified Renovator and the incorporation of lead safe work practices in most pre-1978 residences and child-occu...

Staffordshire ceramics firm set to unlock potential of South Korea

...siness opportunities in South Korea, thanks to UK Trade & Investment. Johnson Tiles, of Stoke-on-Trent, has won an Overseas Market Introduction Service from UKTI after taking part in research to find out companies' future export plans and potential. An OMIS is a detailed in-country report giving UK companies access to market and sector sp...

Which? Best Buy award for Whirlpool's JT 366 microwave oven

...l's unique 6th Sense technology and an automatic steaming programme, the JT366 attained maximum five-star ratings for evenness, reheating, speed of cooking and grilling, and it was also rated very highly gaining four stars for continuous use, multifunction and its defrosting capabilities. The overall score was 78%, which was top score for a microwa...

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...s and 18 paint colours. T: 01227 742424 From sliding and hinged to walk in, Amode's new Italian-built bedroom furniture features well organised spaces with a wide range of containers and accessories dedicated to specific functions. E: info@amode.co.uk German kitchen specialist Kuetchenhaus will be opening a £1 million, 8000 sq ft ...

BCG's BIG new brands

...GE and Jacuzzi will all join BCG's already desirable portfolio and will exhibit their existing, new - and in some cases - exclusive ranges to BCG's retail customers at this year's five Big Tour venues.  "We are delighted to get three such high profile brands signed up and in place to be part of this year's tour," says Chris Honer, BCG's Man...

Hettich partnerships bring concepts event to life

  'Kitchen Concepts - Virtual & Reality', the re-opening showroom event at Hettich in Clerkenwell, London, was a hit with the 80 invited guests from the kitchen specialist, architectural and interior design industries who attended. The theme of the event was the 'Intelligent Kitchen Concept'. Leading German furniture fittings manufa...

Hettich partnerships bring concepts event to life

'Kitchen Concepts - Virtual & Reality', the re-opening showroom event at Hettich in Clerkenwell, London, was a hit with the 80 invited guests from the kitchen specialist, architectural and interior design industries who attended. The theme of the event was the 'Intelligent Kitchen Concept'. Leading German furniture fittings manufacturer...

Ten reasons to be at Big Tour 2010

...reasons why you cannot afford to miss Big Tour 2010: 1. Visiting five major cities within the UK - Big Tour is visiting a venue near you! Scotland - Hampden Park on Thursday 4th November Birmingham - National Motorcycle Museum on Wednesday 10th November Manchester - Manchester United FC on Friday 12th November Bristol - University We...

EverGrip and new Sealants Catalogue launched by CRL Europe

...sories. Ever Grip is a trademarked product, and is introduced alongside CRL new catalogue, CRL03 - Sealants, Adhesives and Fasteners. CRL SAF 03 contains 444 pages of products from sealants to tapes, fixings to adhesives, and all associated items for application and use. Detailed product guidelines and application data fills this unique and h...

Buy One Get One Free at Tile Depot, back by popular demand

... the South East and online. Among the bargains are: Elegant Polished Cream ceramic wall tiles - timeless in neutral creams and beiges with a natural stone effect, 30x60cm and polished for a heightened feeling of space.  Vega Light Cappuccino wall tiles - incredibly popular, Vega is a wonderful 25x40cm neutral stone-look ceramic tile, ...

Carron Phoenix's new Zeta105U undermount: perfect for the compact kitchen

... dishwasher, without losing valuable worksurface area.  Zeta is one of Carron Phoenix's best-selling mid market sink ranges and by popular demand has been introduced in an undermount option designed to be partnered with granite or solid surfacing, shown here with Bushboard's fitter-friendly and affordable Encore solid surfacing range of wor...

Complimentary pans with Atag induction hobs!

Atag, the leading Dutch brand for stylish and technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, presents a lovely opportunity - a free set of high quality stainless steel pans for the consumer with every induction hob purchased (offer excludes the Domino HI6217T Touch Control Induction Hob). ...

Elegant and efficient glass showerlights from HiB

...ghts offering a variety of styles and technical advantages. HiB's Dante design is a good example - a flat, clear glass round showerlight that enhances the shower area. Dante uses a low energy bulb and requires no transformer. The energy needed is a mere 11W but gives the illumination equivalent to a 50W halogen bulb. Five other showerlight de...

FIRA's FurnitureFootprinter updated and improved

...ulator for the furniture industry and has now been updated to deliver improved results with an ultra-user-friendly design. The online tool, with its useful 'drag and drop' capability, allows all parties within the furniture supply chain to generate and compare carbon footprints for their businesses and products quickly and easily. Calculating, a...

Going with the flow at Butlins!

...orkshire is renowned for its quality products and Butlins at Bognor Regis has become the latest blue-chip customer to realise the benefits of installing Pegler Yorkshire products. The complete refurbishment of all bathrooms at the site, a staggering 1200 in total, commenced a short time ago with the Pegler Yorkshire's Ebro basin tap being fitted...

Hansgrohe establishes new subsidiary in Brazil

...timate that about 50% of Hansgrohe's growth will be contributed by these emerging markets and the so-called 'Next Eleven'," explains Siegfried Gänßlen, CEO of Hansgrohe AG. In Brazil, the growth potential for Hansgrohe is not limited to the numerous building projects in connection with the football World Cup in 2014. As one of the few...

Individually designed and beautiful!

Figura is the ultimate in individually designed, joinery-made, hand crafted furniture and bespoke kitchens for your home. The company looks at each project in isolation and with an open mind, taking each client's ideas and the property as a whole into consideration. It does not provide preconceived ranges of furniture. "Each client, each ...

The price is right on best-selling products

...rs to extend their profit margins during the months leading up to Christmas. Two of Laufen's best-selling bathtub ranges are available with up to 30% off selected models for a limited period and there is also a reduction in price in its ever-popular Pro soft-close toilet seat, with the introduction of the Pro X - exactly the same product but sou...

Ultraheat's hot new models in demand

...Kalender. Both are very attractive replacement products as well as being an excellent choice for new-build properties. "White is always the biggest volume seller in the Ultraheat Premier Range, however chrome is a frequent choice for kitchens and bathrooms. For low cost impact, we have historically had considerable success with the black finish ...

Record low housing numbers reveal scale of the crisis

...veal that the net number of homes added to the housing stock in England fell to a record low in 2009-10, down 23% on 2008/9. Just 128,680 net additional dwellings were provided last year compared with around 167,000 in 2008/9. This figure is even lower than the previous record low of 130,510. Fewer net additional dwellings were supplied in the 2...

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...onditions for sustainable supply and management of domestic primary raw materials.  * Sector-specific innovation performance will be addressed through actions in sectors such as advanced manufacturing technologies, construction, bio-fuels and road and rail transport, particularly in view of improving resource efficiency. * The challenges...

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...Britannia Living and Maytag UK, is Fisher & Paykel's new Area Sales Representative for the North-West. T: 07740 639 042 Armitage Shanks has aimed its new Sensorflow 21 sensor operated washroom range, launched on Wednesday, at specifiers. E: arm-idealinfo@idealstandard.com CP Group's  new 'Pure' range of white-on-white til...

Modena tap by Carron Phoenix is a move outside of the design box

...ise directional control of the water delivery, as well as a neatly encased but highly practical pull-out nozzle with integral spray. The slim single lever with simple forward and backward motion, mirrors the streamlined aesthetics of the spout. Modena is available in two finishes of polished chrome and brushed nickel, offering tactile material a...

MEP for London calls for EU and national framework to promote sustainable housing

...ikely that ecological concerns are at the bottom, resulting in a failure to build the number of high-energy houses that we need. Indeed, only eight level 6 zero-carbon certificates have been awarded to completed houses during the last three years! "We are missing a huge opportunity. Ambitious policy on both new builds and retrofitting would deli...

Making a splash! The new addition from Leisure Sinks

...ion easier, Leisure Sinks has invested in new tooling to produce a reversible version of the LR9502 - augmenting the existing range of left or right handed versions. For peace of mind all 12 designs in the range are sold with a 10 year guarantee. "Quality is at the heart of Leisure Sinks' values, and the Linear Reversible demonstrates this perfe...

Major brands at 'innovative' kbb London...

... chosen for their truly unique function or design, resulting in a display of the industry's most eye-catching creations. A competition will be held to decide the most innovative of these products with the eventual winner announced at the show.  "I'm thrilled to announce the theme for kbb London 2011," says Sam Cande, Sales Director of UB...

Lighting display boards from HiB are a fantastic aid for retailers

... products in the market spotlight. One of HiB's most successful retail aids is the range of point-of-sale display boards like the one dedicated to bathroom lights. The w50cm x h100cm board sports a dynamic background design on a matt black surface and displays 11 of HiB's latest bathroom lights, all designed for use within the shower enclosure. ...

Indesit and Hotpoint join the Big Tour 2010

Indesit and Hotpoint will be joining the Big Tour 2010 to promote their built-in product ranges at five venues from Bristol to Glasgow throughout November. The tour is organised by BCG, the UK's leading kitchen, bathroom and heating distributor. Among the products on display will be design-led appliances from Hotpoint's Kitchen Studio collec...

Buy One Get One Free at Tile Depot, back by popular demand

... the South East and online. Among the bargains are: Elegant Polished Cream ceramic wall tiles - timeless in neutral creams and beiges with a natural stone effect, 30x60cm and polished for a heightened feeling of space.  Vega Light Cappuccino wall tiles - incredibly popular, Vega is a wonderful 25x40cm neutral stone-look ceramic tile, ...

Complimentary pans with Atag induction hobs!

Atag, the leading Dutch brand for stylish and technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, presents a lovely opportunity - a free set of high quality stainless steel pans for the consumer with every induction hob purchased (offer excludes the Domino HI6217T Touch Control Induction Hob). W...

Going with the flow at Butlins!

...orkshire is renowned for its quality products and Butlins at Bognor Regis has become the latest blue-chip customer to realise the benefits of installing Pegler Yorkshire products. The complete refurbishment of all bathrooms at the site, a staggering 1200 in total, commenced a short time ago with the Pegler Yorkshire's Ebro basin tap being fitted...

2010 Bathroom Conference embraces good customer service

...mentators have questioned how it could possibly be bettered! This year's theme 'Customer Service - making good business sense' attracted a full house.  Delegates from all sectors of the industry were represented - bathroom manufacturers, importers, merchants and retailers, installers and the media. They were provoked, stimulated and inspire...

Deva welcomes new CEO and announces company name change

...th effect from 1st November 2010. It has also announced a company name change to Methven UK from mid-December.  Commenting on his appointment, Steve, who is well known to the UK bathroom industry after 19 years with Bristan and a period as president of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, says: "What has attracted me back to a hands-on C...

KBSA welcomes luxury brands into the association

...m Bedroom Specialist Association has welcomed  two of the best know luxury appliance brands Sub-Zero and Wolf to the association, as Westye Group  becomes the latest company to join as a corporate member.  Craig Davies, President & CEO Europe for Sub-Zero and Wolf comments:  "The needs of our customers always come first, ...

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...ur houses and damaged many more. It is understood that the explosion occurred when 76-year old Marie Burns switched on her gas cooker to prepare her breakfast porridge. Tim Doyle, Chief Executive of City West Housing Trust, which owns the homes, has confirmed that: "Major works to Marie's property on Merlin Road were underway prior ...

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...nt hot drinks need different temperatures to release a perfect aroma and taste, Bosch's new energy-saving kettle has four temperature settings. T: 0844 892 8979  Sliderobes provides custom-built storage solutions to suit every space - even around alcoves, sloping ceilings, chimney breasts and low beams. T: 0800 454 465 Raines & ...

Whirlpool's new white oven from the Ambient line is a winner

...st of time. No surprise, then, that Whirlpool has added a white version of its AKZM 756 single built-in oven to accompany its black and stainless steel counterparts. The smooth and stylish AKZM 756WH multifunction oven forms part of Whirlpool's new Ambient Line of kitchen appliances and is equipped with the very latest labour saving intelligent ...

Abode and Q4 tie-up with bathroom brassware

Abode and renowned bathroom distributor Q4, have tied-up to promote the company's vast range of design-led bathroom taps and showers, throughout the North of England.   Richard Parker, Managing Director of Q4 comments: "We are delighted with the tie-up between our companies which means we can offer our customers a far greater choice of ta...

BMA joins the boffins at Keele!

... all staff remain the same but there is a new telephone number: T: 01782 631619 E: info@bathroom-association.org   W: www.bathroom-association.org ...

Plumber endangered customers' lives

A self-employed plumber has been prosecuted after carrying out illegal work on gas boilers that was so bad it put his customers' lives at risk. Michael Gallimore, 62, formerly of Hengrave Road, Fornham All Saints, near Bury St Edmunds, but now temporarily living in Shefford in Bedfordshire, admitted breaching health & safety laws at Bury...

Franke's flow restrictor is perfect for saving water in the kitchen

...he home, Franke's flow restrictor is a really simple tool. When attached to a Franke kitchen tap - such as the Olympus pictured here - the amount of water is almost halved from six litres per minute in line with regulations, with no loss of performance or power in the flow. The flow restrictor is a small screw-in aerator which can be retrospe...

Stoves unveils new built-in collection and switches production back to UK

Leading cooking appliance manufacturer Stoves has unveiled its new built-in collection of ovens and hobs and has moved production from Europe back to its Merseyside base. The new offering, consisting of nine single and double ovens and 13 hobs, is available in a choice of black or stainless steel finishes.  The portfolio of ovens inclu...

Growth of construction activity weakest in eight months

... The seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS Construction Purchasing Managers' Index posted 51.6 in October - the lowest reading in the current eight-month sequence of expansion. Meanwhile, constructors implemented a further round of job cuts, with future expectations also remaining relatively weak. Of the three broad UK construction sub-sectors, only c...

20-20 Technologies solidifies its presence in the United Kingdom

Leading CAD software supplier 20-20 Technologies has merged its two principal UK subsidiaries into a single, more efficient legal entity, thereby improving its delivery of a complete and consistent service to all of our customers.  This is the final stage in a three-year process, which began when its parent company, 20-20 Technologies Inc...

Composting the clean and easy way with Brabantia's new biodegradable bin liners

Keep waste bins clean and dry with Brabantia's 100% biodegradable and compostable bin liners - specially designed for all organic kitchen waste and now available in three convenient sizes - 10lt, 12lt, 18lt. Vegetable peelings, mouldy fruit and used coffee grounds all go to produce great compost, but also make a dirty, soggy mess at the bo...

European Hotel Design Awards winner Olga Polizzi, to speak at this year's Conference

... Olga will join others from across the industry at the Conference, which this year focuses on first-hand accounts of various hotels projects journeys from planning to opening. Projects include: The Savoy, London; Vidago Palace, Portugal; Costa Navarino, Greece; Tune Hotels, London; The Squair and many more. There are only three weeks left until...

New Campisi porcelain tile collection is first Daltile line featuring Cliks

Daltile's new Campisi floor tile is the first in the line to feature the Cliks Uniclic tongue-and-groove interlocking joints and built-in grout system - a modern, easy-to-install locking floor tile that simply clicks together. No mortar or grout is needed, simplifying installation and making it possible to transform a room in just one afternoon wi...

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...crystals... Now imagine them in two vertical bands on the front of a black Gorenje fridge freezer - stunning! E: info@gorenjeuk.co.uk Inspired by France but made in Britain, Newtons new Chateau D'Or bedroom furniture has an air of opulence. E: info@newtonsfurniture.co.uk   Online blinds retailer Tuiss has launched a range of st...

Business owners sceptical over Coalition's ability to cut red tape

...y to free them from the shackles of red tape, according to new research.  A study by the not-for-profit Forum of Private Business found that just 28% of small to medium-sized enterprises believe the Tory/Lib Dem Coalition will make a noticeable difference to the rules and regulations they face.  A sizeable 40% of respondents said th...

Get the Regency feel from British Ceramic Tile

Following the success of the recently launched Brighton range of wall tiles from British Ceramic Tile, a selection of new border & feature tiles has also now been released in the same striking colour palette. The new Brighton Regency border & feature tiles have an intricate wrought iron design with colourful accents and platinum highli...

Everything for today's supply chain operations - under one roof!

If you haven't yet pre-registered for IMHX, you have only until noon on Friday to do so if you wish to receive your visitor pack in the post in time for the event. Remember, IMHX 2010 runs from Tuesday 16th to Friday 19th November at Birmingham's NEC. Taking place only once every three years, IMHX - the International Materials Handling Exhib...

Liebherr scoops six awards in world's largest technology competition!

...ide of the compartment liner ensure uniform illumination throughout the interior, while the BioFresh-Plus technology facilitates an accurate setting of three different temperatures. At a temperature of 0°C, meat, dairy products, fruit and vegetables can be stored up to three times longer than in a traditional refrigerator compartment. Fish and ...

New self-builder's/renovator's contract pack could save £ thousands

Self-Build Zone has teamed up with  ContractStore.com  and construction lawyer Giles Dixon to produce a suite of contract templates specifically for self-builders and renovators for just £49 + VAT. The easy-to-understand documents have been specially designed for self-builders and renovators  by award-winning constructio...

Painted palette perfection for English Revival

In-frame has never been so diverse.  With a beautiful palette of painted pastel colours, natural oak and a primed ready to paint option, Mereway Kitchens allows designers to display their creative flair with this spectacular timber product. Drawing from the success of the Lincoln Shaker range, the new In-frame collection follows suit wit...

Three companies fined after man suffers serious leg injuries

...year and underwent intensive physiotherapy. Two years after the accident he is not able to work full-time and still suffers pain and disability.  BAE Systems took on the role of Construction Design & Management co-ordinator, which meant it had to ensure that the design could be built without risks to the health & safety of those doi...

Smart move to Smart Systems!

...understanding of what make KBB businesses "tick", he will also promoting the company's core product - Smart Systems. "Having actively been involved with and highly impressed with both products and the team behind them, I am very excited about making a meaningful contribution to this very innovative and professional company," he enthuses. &nbs...

Sponsors needed...

...rble, Ezystone and Franke in promoting the Institute and its aims. Launched in 2007, the not-for-profit registered organisation has just celebrated its third birthday with the announcement that it has over 500 installation businesses registered nationally. It has also promised that an exciting new level of membership is soon to be unveil...

New Whirlpool brochure showcases stunning freestanding collection

...produced a stylish new brochure for its freestanding collection. Printed in full colour with high-quality photographs of each product and detailed specifications, the A4-sized, portrait brochure reflects Whirlpool's ethos of combining ease of use with good looks - and is a powerful marketing tool for the kitchen retailer. The brochure explain...

Night Black laminate slate from Faus

... are the emotions engendered by one of the latest laminate flooring designs from world leaders Faus - its Night Black Slate. Night back Slate is one of a number of new laminate floor designs that faithfully replicate the richness of natural stone and the elegance of ceramic and marble tiling both visually and from a tactile dimension. This is wh...

Latest issue of 'Housebuilding and RMI Forecasts Bulletin Great Britain' now available

...including England, Wales and Scotland Issue 4 includes: * Annual forecasts to 2014, from 2004 - housing new build construction output, housing RMI output and starts & completions * Housing construction output new work and RMI, MAT quarterly analysis 2004-2010   * Output and new orders analysed 2007 Q1 - 2010 Q2 by quarter ...

Spooky PJH fundraising aims to make a difference

...aff from the north west division of PJH Group have already organised and got involved with cake bake-off's; an abseil; the Great Manchester 10k run; bring and buy sales; and now, spooky fancy dress!  Marketing executive, Cindy Allcroft, one of the PJH charity coordinators, explains: "We chose Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity due...

DR Services has shower and bath leaks taped

...hat disruption is now a thing of the past since D R Services (London) has it taped! The company's DR-y Seal is simplicity itself to apply. Simply peel back the paper on the inside of the tape (100mm at a time) and then apply to a clean and dry surface.  Being a tape it wraps around corners perfectly and since there is no cure time, tiling c...

Atag Hobs have starring role on Market Kitchen: Big Adventure

Atag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in appliances exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, appears in the new series Market Kitchen: Big Adventure, on the Good Food channel. Two of Atag's stunning HG1111MBB Panorama gas on glass hobs, from the 2010 Magna Design line, have been installed in the studio ki...

Fabulous fusion worktops and eyecatching ceramics from Mereway Bathrooms

...tent in colour and texture than granite. Made from a special blend of polyester and acrylic non-porous surface resins, these surfaces are highly durable, heat resistant and extremely hygienic.  [TRIMTO]   There are four soft matt and four gorgeous gloss finishes available to enhance the current range of solid surface products. ...

Croydex taps into the beauty of wood

...mes with all concealed fittings included.   The range includes a soap dish, innovative self-supporting free-standing mirror, towel rail, toilet-roll holder, tumbler and holder, shelf and tumbler and bathroom waste bin. For a truly coordinated bathroom, team the accessories with Croydex's Kingston bath panel, cabinet and toilet seat. T: ...

Stuart Turner updates Pump Solutions brochure

...rochure to include the latest new products and accessories. Retaining the same crisp, clean and easy-to-read style, the new brochure includes the new Showermate Universal, updated Monsoon Extra Pressure Sets and has a new 'Accessories' page that includes the new Stuart Flange. [TRIMTO]   Domestic products now include Monsoon, Monsoo...

Freshness packed in

... Baumatic's Vacuum Packer from its PremiumLine compact range. Freezing freshly cooked food for re-heating at a later date is a great time-saver and food lasts up to five times longer when vacuum packed, as well as freeing up extra space in the freezer. Baumatic's Vacuum Packer is easy to use, simply place a plastic bag in the chamber, close the ...

CRL Shower Door Hardware and Accessories

...ccessories, including the Hydroslide sliding shower door kits. These are available in 90 degree wall-to-glass installations and 180 degree wall-to-wall installations.  The Hydroslide system accommodates the option of floor to near ceiling glass panels with a sliding door. Bottom fixed glass attachments and handles can be ordered separately....

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RhinoFloor's Nottingham slip-resistant vinyl bathroom flooring has the appearance of timber planks. It comes in two, three and four metre rolls. T: 0845 287 6197 Marmox floor-level, barrier-free, solid shower boarding trays are now sold by Essex-based online plumbing, heating & bathroom supplies retailer PlumbClick. T: 0844 8000 932 ...

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...;! The writers must have thought all their Christmases had come at once as the flooding in the South-West will have guaranteed that every journalist with the slightest involvement in housing, restoration and refurbishment, will have opened it up and read it! I had already been discussing the issue of insurance with some friends who have a hous...

Mellow Yellow oven scoops awards for Baumatic

...has signed a deal with the global building supply company Wolseley to distribute its popular Premium-line and Slim-line appliance ranges. To celebrate this new alliance, Baumatic took part in Wolseley's BCG Big Tour last month, taking to the road to showcase its appliance line-up to potential customers at five venues around the UK.  Baum...

New face makes the Welsh connection for Moores

Moores Furniture Group, which manufactures and supplies quality kitchen and bathroom furniture to the private and public sectors as well as to retail customers, has bolstered its already strong team in Wales with the appointment of Jessica Davies to the role of Business Development Manager. In her new role Jessica will head up the company's Bu...

Spend on presents - not plumbers

...40 F: 0208 739 2020     E: rcurtis@kfh.co.uk W: www.kfh.co.uk/residential/home-surveys/       ...

The Cotswold Chef Partners Everhot

...or for Everhot. "Not only is he an exceptional ambassador for our products, he is a great presenter - and Everhot owner himself. He is extremely well known in his field.'' Rob Rees agrees with these sentiments, saying: "Everhot range cookers embody the best of British manufacturing; a quality product, built by hand.  It's a pleasure to be a...

The Wine Show confirms shift in consumer market

...es that the middle ground within this particular market has effectively disappeared.  "Multi-temperature wine cabinets and wine storage cabinets offer the benefit of innovative climate technology, engineered specifically for storing wines, combined with premium quality equipment with a classical, elegant design," he says. "The high-end c...

UK's first conference on Retrofit sees unveiling of University of Salford's Energy House

... the world's first Energy House. The conference, which is being sponsored by construction and fit-out specialists ISG, will see delegates drawn from across industry, the public sector and academia. They will be sharing insights on sustainability challenges and the government's policies to meet them.   Its timeliness is highlighted by the...

Chamber Furniture - ingenious, sleek hidden cooking areas

Chamber Furniture combines the best of traditional cabinetmaking skills with the latest in technology and has achieved this and more in this Figured oak kitchen. The doors of this kitchen are on concealed hinges with touch latches that enable the centre doors to effortlessly fully retract, to reveal a cooking station which is left fully open w...

LDL launches new 2011 catalogue

...ly highlighted.  [TRIMTO] "Our new brochure has been carefully designed to appeal to the end-user so that our customers can use it as an effective sales tool as well as a reference book," explains Commenting on the brochure, Matthew Lord, LDL managing director. "We now have many exclusive items in our comprehensive product range and are del...

New self-builder's/renovator's contract pack could save £ thousands

Self-Build Zone has teamed up with ContractStore.com and construction lawyer Giles Dixon to produce a suite of contract templates specifically for self-builders and renovators for just £49 + VAT. The easy-to-understand documents have been specially designed for self-builders and renovators  by award-winning construction solicitor ...

CRL Shower Door Hardware and Accessories

...ccessories, including the Hydroslide sliding shower door kits. These are available in 90 degree wall-to-glass installations and 180 degree wall-to-wall installations.  The Hydroslide system accommodates the option of floor to near ceiling glass panels with a sliding door. Bottom fixed glass attachments and handles can be ordered separately....

New Whirlpool brochure showcases stunning freestanding collection

...produced a stylish new brochure for its freestanding collection. Printed in full colour with high-quality photographs of each product and detailed specifications, the A4-sized, portrait brochure reflects Whirlpool's ethos of combining ease of use with good looks - and is a powerful marketing tool for the kitchen retailer. The brochure explain...

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...stock sale. E: jay@pipesdirect.co.uk Darlings of Chelsea's new Kent single sofa bed has a two-fold metal action frame and a fully sprung 5" mattress suitable for frequent use. T: 0207 3715745 The Furniture Ombudsman , which covers more than 2000 UK retail outlets, has recorded a 67% increase in take-up of its training courses over the sa...

Soapbox: How will the property sector fare over the coming months?

...e quickly.[TRIMTO] For the 13 companies analysed for the purposes of this report, we have a three-year net asset value compound annual growth rate of 6%, in line with the long-term average and showing a slowdown next year but a pick-up in 2012. We have seen capital growth of 15.8% since July 2009 across all sectors and types of property, but ...

Greystone welcomes WorldSkills Tiling Squad

...hampion, Ian McMahon, who holds triple gold medals from NI Skillbuild and a bronze medal from the UK-wide competition. Ian is facing stiff competition for the elusive place on the squad from Harry Coyle, Leeds College of Building, Jonothan Carter, Northumberland College, and Mark Woods of South West College's Omagh Campus. The past three days...

Fabulous Fusion worktops and eye-catching ceramics from Mereway Bathrooms

...tent in colour and texture than some granite. Made from a special blend of polyester and acrylic non-porous surface resins, these surfaces are highly durable, heat resistant and extremely hygienic.    There are four soft matt and four gorgeous gloss finishes available to enhance the current range of solid surface products. The Fusion n...

Damixa brassware showroom unveiled at Croydex HQ

...llection to shine in its own defined area for maximum impact and visual clarity in the company's 200-square-metres of showroom space.  The brassware is displayed on pale timber to give the showroom a contemporary Scandinavian feel which reflects the design ethos of Damixa's Danish roots. Products are organised logically in the light and air...

Employers need to be flexible during adverse weather conditions, says CIPD

...PD would not recommend that employers take this line. It's important to show empathy with employees - particularly those that normally perform well - as research shows that this flexibility and trust will pay off in the long-term, with employees more motivated and going the extra mile when they are able to get to work. "Our experience is that em...

Carron Phoenix and Westag agree exclusive deal

...stributors and will offer nationwide availability on Carron's complete range of undermount sinks pre-fabricated and supplied in Westag's solid surface module worktops. Westag's UK head office is based in Watford, while its distribution centre is located in Doncaster. Westag manufactures the Getacore range of 3mm and 10mm solid surfacing which...

KitchenAid's Hero gas on glass hob packs a punch

...eek and classy KHGL 9010 model is the hero product of the company's prolific range of professionally-styled gas hobs. The 90 cm KHGL 9010 gas hob packs a formidable punch with five powerful burners that include a central triple-crown wok burner boasting a powerful 4kW. The robustly designed, multi-zone KHGL 9010 has a stunning and highly resi...

...oubt I will be in touch some time during January 2011. Kind regards, Neil Schofield, Marketing- Products- Training E: neil_schofield@uk.hettich.com ...

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...ian manufacturer of components for domestic appliances, has been awarded   'Creators of value - Metal and mechanical and general use machinery sector', by China   Awards 2010. T:   +39 030 6843001 Upofloor has been awarded the right to use the Blue Angel Eco-Label, highly regarded by the building industry, for four of its Lif...

Sustainabilliy tops new year resolution for Pregis

...ctive packaging, says the company was working on the creation of a broad, innovative environmentally-friendly product portfolio, building on its existing successes such as its Superlite Poly Mailer and EP-Flex Renew biodegradable film, suitable for a wide variety of end markets, including household products. "Pregis has always prided itself on b...

KBSA launches 'Boost your business' recruitment campaign

...for membership. KBSA retailers also offer full deposit protection, work in progress cover and a 6-year workmanship warranty. In addition, all members are subject to regular monitoring of their businesses to ensure levels of quality are continually maintained. T: 01623 818808 F: 01623 818805 W: www.kbsa.org.uk   ...

Whirlpool's gas hobs add further steel to stainless

... hugely popular with consumers, but Whirlpool has advanced the concept on its new range of new built-in 600mm and 750mm gas hobs. The application of iXelium to the stainless steel marks a new and genuinely innovative advance.   Due to the application of nanotechnology, Whirlpool's iXelium acts as a barrier against chemical and mechanical a...

Bushboard's Nuance range gives McCarthy & Stone home a stylish new shower room

...lises in helping the ageing population enjoy living at home for as long as possible, providing a one-stop-service from initial planning and design through to the installation of bathrooms, kitchens, stairlifts and through-floor lifts.   "Our service centres on the 'ageless design' concept our company has developed which combines good d...

Wall-hung artworks for your bathroom - toilets with invisible fixings from Duravit

The best-selling Starck 3 wall-mounted toilet from Duravit has received a facelift for 2010 that is set to prolong its popularity for many years to come. Already well-known for its no-nonsense design with distinct lack of superfluous detailing, the revised version offers even cleaner, uninterrupted lines as the wall fixings are completely ob...

Keep the heat in and the snoopers out this Christmas!

Window blinds are a useful winter product for the home - to seal in warmth and reduce the likelihood homes being targeted by thieves. At this time of year, UK homes are not only under attack from the harsh winter weather pushing up winter fuel bills, but from thieves after festive booty, often proudly displayed under Christmas trees in the f...

The Cotswold Chef Partners Everhot

...or for Everhot. "Not only is he an exceptional ambassador for our products, he is a great presenter - and Everhot owner himself. He is extremely well known in his field.'' Rob Rees agrees with these sentiments, saying: "Everhot range cookers embody the best of British manufacturing; a quality product, built by hand.  It's a pleasure to be a...

Amica's glossy new catalogue introduces OptiGas

Leading Polish brand, Amica, is delighted with its latest UK catalogue of built-in and freestanding appliances, available now. Details of all Amica products, alongside images, dimensions and explanations of feature and functions, are provided within the 56 glossy pages, arranged into easy-to-find sections - cooking, first freestanding then bui...

Affordable luxury and minimalism lead the way for 2011 kitchen trends

...ng to solid surface distributor Staron UK. The company, which is the sole distributor for Samsung-branded solid surfaces, predicts that the two contrasting trends are set to soar in popularity throughout next year. Staron's own high-end range of solid surfaces, Tempest, has seen a rise in sales for its gold leaf and meteor colourways along wi...

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...hgroup.com The stylish Jule basin mixer from Hudson Reed is now available with the clever 'eco-click' water saving system at no extra cost. Tel: 01282 418000 Look out for Gorenje's Raspberry Pink RB6288 Retro refrigerator, in the new advertisement for Giovanni Rana fresh pasta starring Tim Lovejoy. T: 0208 247 3980 Simpsons' ne...

David Cameron takes tea with InSinkErator's Joe Ferrara

It's not every day that InSinkErator sits down with the Prime Minister but that's exactly what happened when David Cameron came to meet companies based at the Watford business park where InSinkErator has its UK headquarters. InSinkErator's Managing Director for Europe, Joe Ferrara, chatted to the PM about the company's activities, including ...

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..., muscle and water I'm carrying!) it was interesting to see that sales of these items are rocketing - see the report in this week's news, below. I'm clearly not the only one to be saying, "Enough"! That I was able to buy a British set (maximum weight 125Kg) as opposed to a US set, which can handle the real heavyweights (up to 180Kg) was of so...

Bauformat to launch new kitchen ranges at IMM Koln

  Bauformat is launching its new Handle-less CUBE 130 range of kitchens alongside the new 2011 product development for both 'Bauformat' & 'Burger Kuechen', with 15 displays on show at the IMM Koln Furniture Fair, which starts next Tuesday and runs through to 23rd January. "There are a few VIP tickets available for the preview day,"...

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...on at Waterfront Bathrooms . T: 01527 584244  Fagor has introduced a 60cm four burner gas-on-glass hob with black rotary controls, which sits beautifully in black stone or granite work surfaces. E: sales@Kenberne.co.uk Italian cooker hood producer Falmec's new Noise Reduction System results in 25% less noise and an almost whisper-...

Methven gears up for EcoBuild and ISH

...ction of luxury, designer showers and tapware for the UK and European markets.  At EcoBuild - ExCel, London from 1st through 3rd March, stand S251 - Methven will showcase an array of innovative water and energy saving products with Satinjet twin jet technology, which delivers a superior performing shower with just nine litres of water a min...

New ace app from Uber

...tation in PDF format is then emailed to the specific customer.[TRIMTO] The app, which is password-security operated, is compatible with all the usual platforms including the iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia and Windows Mobile phones.   Uber furniture boasts an outstanding portfolio; whilst maintaining the high quality manufacture expected of al...

US home improvement industry poised for growth

...ogram.  Over the coming years, remodeling expenditures are expected to increase at an inflation-adjusted 3.5% average annual rate, below the pace during the housing boom, but sharply recovering from the recent downturn. The industry, which saw a double-digit decline since its peak in 2007, is beginning to return to a more typical pattern of...

Schofield switches to EQ

...giant Hettich, after a highly successful seven years. He joined in 2004 as Area Sales Manager, North-West, before promotion in 2006 lead to ultimate responsibility for all products, marketing and training in the UK. Leigh Martin, Managing Director of EQ Software says: "Neil's marketing and business partnership development experience will be inva...

REC counters claims about bogus self employment in construction

Following a call last week by UCATT - the Union of Construction, Allied Trades & Technicians - for a government review of payroll companies in the construction sector, the Recruitment & Employment Confederation has emphasised the need to strike a balance between stopping false self-employment and ensuring that the UK construction indust...

Napoli - a true Italian Stallion

...er to choose the most appropriate solutions for their bathroom space. Central to the range is a wall-hung vanity unit with semi recessed washbasin and ample room beneath for storing bathroom essentials. Other pieces in the collection include a single door base cabinet, drawer base cabinet, WC cabinet, tall cabinet and shelving unit. Whichever wo...

Mereway drivers gain First Aid training

...t aid knowledge required to assist effectively should they be the first on the scene at an incident - for example a traffic accident or an accident at work.  The course teaches basic skills that can help save lives as the first few minutes before the emergency services arrive can make a real difference to someone in need of help, or indeed if ...

Form a line! The Contour from leisure sinks is now available

... bowl, to make specification easy. Contour is also manufactured to allow a basket strainer waste - and to make installation quick and simple, as well as cost effective, each sink is supplied with a Leisure Sinks' branded stainless steel tap hole stopper. The sink comes in a scratch resistant brushed polished finish - which is proving popular ...

Firms advised that proper book-keeping is essential to avoid £3,000 fine

...ation including invoices, bank statements, receipts and cheque stubs will have to be supported by up-to-date accounts books and detailed analysis. The Forum's Accountancy Adviser, Matt Holmes, who is the Managing Director of Liquid Accounts, warned firms to be prepared. "HMRC is planning to clamp down on small businesses tax payments and reco...

EU lacks 'clear vision' on consumer rights

...els lacks a "clear vision or strategy" on consumer rights legislation, Ursula Pachl, deputy director-general of the European consumer group BEUC, told EurActiv in an interview this week.  "What's currently missing is a clear vision or strategy on how consumer legislation should evolve in the European Union," she said. The original goal o...

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...y firm Deloitte ( www.deloitte.co.uk ) reports that company administrations declined by 35% in 2010 - from 3,188 in 2009 to 2,086 - and that the property and construction sector accounts for one in five of those administrations. The last quarter of 2010 saw a decline of 6% on the previous quarter, with a total of 438 companies falling into admin...

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Two KBB-related shows take place this month. On 12th and 13th at London's Design Centre, The ARC Show will feature more than 100 lighting suppliers ( www.thearcshow.com ). From 23rd - 26th, Birmingham's NEC will showcase the latest offerings from furniture and accessories manufacturers at Interiors 2011. ( www.interiorsbirmingham.com ) Burb...

NKBA Elects 2011 NKBA President & Executive Committee

...eake, Virginia. The 2010 Vice President Alan Zielinski, CKD of Niles, Illinois will become President-Elect, while 2010 NKBA Secretary John Morgan of Glyndon, Maryland has been elected Vice President. Mark L. Karas, CMKBD will serve as Immediate Past President. The two newest members of the Executive Committee are Carolyn Cheetham, CMKBD of Red D...

It's a Wrap!

...Most Innovative New Product Launch'.  The winners were as follows: Best Bathroom Stand - Twyford Bathrooms (Winner of last year's award)  Twyford Bathrooms was commended for the attention to the design and detail of its stand. Best Kitchen Stand - Baumatic (Newcomer to this year's Big Tour)  Baumatic was attributed a...

New look for Stoves Sterling

Popular cooking appliance brand Stoves has unveiled a new look for one of its most popular contemporary range cookers.  The 1000 and 1100mm Stoves Sterling models have been  reconfigured to offer even more cooking capacity with the addition of a separate grill.  Available in dual fuel, gas or electric variants, the new Sterl...

Proposals published for £200 million network of Technology and Innovation Centres

...p commercialise the results of research in specific technology areas where there are potential multi-billion pound global markets. Making the announcement, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "The banking crisis made one thing completely clear: Britain needs a new kind of growth. It is not right, sensible or fair to be dependent solely on ...

Liebherr announces key sales appointment

  Refrigeration expert, Liebherr, has appointed Tracey McKernan to the position of Area Sales Manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland. Bringing a huge amount of relevant experience and knowledge from a background in sales, Tracey will be responsible for retailers in the area, looking after the main distribution partners and building ...

Blanco's new taps feature in New Year brochure

...the latest range of ceramic sinks.  Design classics such as the Blancolinus S feature a pull-out rinse feature to make tasks such as filling large vases, or rinsing out the sink, a little easier. Like many of Blanco's high-performance taps, the Blancolinus S also features 'champagne' flow, where air is drawn into the water flow, reducing sp...

2011 products at 2010 prices at Tile Depot - VAT held till end of sale

...e South East, has held the cost of home improvements with 2011 tiles and tiling products at 2010 pre-VAT hike prices until the end of its Winter sale.  Tile Depot will pay the additional VAT on everything sold throughout January and until the end of its sale so customers make double savings, bagging an extra bargain when purchasing sale ite...

Bushboard's Nuance range gives McCarthy & Stone home a stylish new shower room

...lises in helping the ageing population enjoy living at home for as long as possible, providing a one-stop-service from initial planning and design through to the installation of bathrooms, kitchens, stairlifts and through-floor lifts.   "Our service centres on the 'ageless design' concept our company has developed which combines good d...

News in Brief

....laufen.com Polypipe Ventilation is now offering site based support to customers of its energy-saving domestic and light commercial ventilation systems, together with its industry-recognised BPEC accredited training programme. T: 08443 715 523 Simpsons’ new Bifold shower door enclosure boasts an up-to-the-minute look which suits ev...

London's Vertical Gateway Hotel is fashionably dressed in 'M' - Axor Citterio M

...room specialist Hansgrohe. Nestled on the banks of the Thames, the river that is the vibrant life-blood of London, and immediately adjacent to London's Vertical Gateway, the Capital's only heliport; Hotel Verta is a truly unique proposition. For an unrivalled experience, business or leisure guests can land by helicopter immediately outside the h...

Ellis Furniture launches the Inspire Gloss Azure kitchen

...llis Furniture is guaranteed to brighten up the heart of any home with some luminous, yet subtle, on-trend high gloss colour. The Inspire Gloss Azure is made from high gloss, acrylic faced, MDF glass effect PVC edged doors supplied on an 18mm glued and dowelled rigid carcase and features large, deep Blum soft close drawer boxes and extra length ...

Methven welcomes new sales director for the UK and Europe

...function of 50 and was instrumental in the integration of three businesses into Bostik during a five-year acquisition trail. In welcoming Simon to the company, Methven UK CEO Steve Lee says: "Simon joins us at a very exciting time of positive change and development. His experience, capabilities, creativity and passion are a great fit with our cu...

Sustainable bathroom fittings used in Olympic water polo arena

...mpact on the environment. According to the Olympic Delivery Authority, the building will have low-flow taps and showers, as well as waterless urinals. This will reduce the amount of water usage in the 5,000-seater facility by around 40%.. Green and sustainable building techniques were also used for the roof, which is made from air-inflated...

Nature inspired Wintergarden tile range grows with introduction of new colour

Following the success of the recently launched Wintergarden range of ceramic tiles from British Ceramic Tile, a new beige colourway has been added. The Wintergarden range is the latest addition to the popular Laura Ashley collection of tiles. The large format 248x398mm wall tiles have a crackle glaze effect, a gloss finish and are available...

Square tubes rooted in Italian design

...nium radiators which have high outputs, low water content and efficient heat transfer into the room - making them ideal for low temperature heating systems such as heat pumps. Aluminium's unique properties also allow it to be extruded into complex shapes, creating radiators that have distinctive sculptural characteristics. And its ability to be ...

KBA announces newest KBB industry Hall of Fame member

...ced the concept of commercial quality ranges for residential use and developed the world's first all-stainless steel outdoor barbecue line. The list of his contributions also includes the invention of the world's first pyolytic self-cleaning oven, the low input natural gas pilot, the universal gas burner, retention flame burner and the first dual f...

A new Habitat for Premium-Line

...e stock of a range of appliances to accompany its new kitchen furniture offering, Baumatic's Premium-Line range was the natural choice as the two companies have a shared passion for innovation, functionality and reliability. Baumatic's Premium-Line appliance collection will take pride of place on display at five of Habitat's flagship stores which w...

Zip extends its popular commercial Hydrotap collection

Zip, the globally renowned manufacturer of instant boiling water systems, has increased its best-selling range of HydroTaps for commercial applications, with the addition of four range extensions and a broader choice of tap finishes for 2011. Since revolutionising the provision of drinks in the UK workplace, when the current HydroTap was launc...

Polypipe heat recovery units offer compact solution for housing association's needs

Polypipe Ventilation, which manufactures energy-saving domestic and light commercial ventilation systems, has had its heat recovery system installed in a new housing development, built by main contractor J.Harper & Sons, for South Shropshire Housing Association. South Shropshire Housing Association currently owns and manages over 2000 properties ...

Utopia introduces first phase of 2011 product launch

...ng its commitment to innovative new product development, Utopia will be extending its popular design-led Quantum Square and Quantum Round sanitaryware ranges. New additions to Quantum Round include short projection and cloakroom semi-recessed basins and a wall hung pan while the Quantum Square range is joined by the Elegant deck mounted basin, a ne...

Blum makes your kitchen beautiful on the inside with Intivo

...esigners have taken kitchen interiors to a new level with the highly popular introduction of Intivo - a concept that individualises and personalises the drawer and pull-out interior when exposed. Using the established Blum Tandembox as the basis, the drawer sides (and front in the case of hidden pull-outs) will accept insert panels to which ther...

Bauformat scores Top 10 position in Markt Intern 2010/2011

...hen and bathroom manufacturer Bauformat, hit the Top 10 on several counts in Markt Intern 2010/2011 - the independent survey of German kitchen manufacturers, which is carried out every two years. Even better, it won in the 'Best Representation' category. Its results were: No.1 - Representation No.3 - after-sales service No.8 - Promotion and Sales Support No.10 - Product Design T: +44 1922 698000 F: +44 1922 698001 E: sales@bauformat.co.uk W: www.bauformat.co.uk ...

CIPD conference highlights benefits of managing conflict constructively

...d tackle difficult situations with confidence. The recent policy shift towards managing disputes in-house and reducing financial costs means that more responsibility falls to HR and line managers. The conference will offer practical, hands-on advice from experts and give delegates the opportunity to practice conflict management skills, develop ...

Fagor launches 60cm four burner gas on glass hob

...ront of the hob for ease of use and the heavyweight cast iron pan supports add to the stylish and up-to-the-minute aesthetic. T: 01256 308 067 W: www.fagor.co.uk ...

New manufacturing manager for Mereway Kitchens

...l investment opportunities. Steve shall also be targeting waste reduction and the development of re-usable packaging solutions. Through well thought out training programs and review sessions, Steve will be motivating Mereway Kitchens' teams to develop a best practice manufacturing facility using a number of professional business measures to help ...

Going Global in a Day

...world in a day by attending this valuable seminar, being held on Thursday 17th February, from 09:30 - 17:00, at the Copthorne Hotel, Slough-Windsor. Going Global in a Day will bring together Heads of UK Trade & Investment's trade teams in Embassies, Consulates and High Commissions from around the world for the sole purpose of helping compani...

De Dietrich's new 120cm Downdraft Extractor: a hidden gem

...cess of its 90 cm Downdraft Extractor, De Dietrich has added to its collection with a 120cm version - the DHD90002X 120cm. This extra wide (H8 x W 1200 x D120) state-of-the-art, stainless steel appliance will be the highlight of the contemporary kitchen yet is also its hidden gem. Designed for those kitchens where there is little opportunity for o...

Growth in Aga and Rangemaster cooker sales boosts 2010

...costs helped provide a good cash flow and at 31st December 2010 net cash exceeded £33 million - a further improvement on last year end's net cash of £28 million. This is after a £2 million deficit recovery payment to the Group's Pension Scheme. Increased sales of AGA and Rangemaster cookers boosted performance in 2010. Sales of AG...

Put some colour in your life with Bloomsbury

... of your choice. Choose antique pewter to enhance the classic elements of the kitchen or opt for a D-handle in a stylish chrome finish for a modern twist. The colour co-ordinated cabinets are made from durable 18mm panels and incorporate solid backs and soft-close mechanisms as standard, allowing the quality to shine through. All wall cabinets i...

Reach for the stars with new Zehnder Constellation

...ably hides the stainless steel radiator to which it is fixed. A simple, yet elegant design, this eye-catching towel rail has ample hanging space and will sympathetically complement all natural surfaces. With all the benefits of a stainless steel radiator the Zehnder Constellation is made from Grade 1 steel, is tested to EN442 and comes with a 10...

Brabantia kicks-off 2011 with new on-line design competition

...unning for three months until 10th April and Brabantia is calling on everyone with a creative flair - whether amateur or professional - to come up with an original and individual design for an ironing table cover. There are great prizes to be won for the best entries from each country, plus a top international prize for the best design overall - t...

Triton's Aspirante collection set to inspire

..., including a premium natural matt finish on the Riviera Sand and Black Pearl models to popular high-gloss Black and White and industrial, metallic Gun Metal and Brushed Steel finishes, to inspire the most demanding customers. A chrome riser rail and rub-clean five-spray showerhead completes the eye-catching look. Suitable for new and refurbish...

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...tely rebuilt its eLearning website and revised the downloadable bathroom guides.   www.bathroom-academy.co.uk   Ripples tells us that the slimness and soft shapes of its new Velis bathroom range were inspired by the image of sails, their lightness and strength. E: jharris@ripples.ltd.uk   All Rangemaster's dual fue...

Homestyle goes complete

Carcass manufacturer Homestyle has launched a new range of slab doors to complement its range of rigid carcasses. This new range will be branded Select and consists of a range of 30 different finishes manufactured from both Melamine and veneer sheet materials. In addition, a new range of accessories is being offered including 25mm panels, th...

Growth in Aga and Rangemaster cooker sales boosts 2010

...costs helped provide a good cash flow and at 31st December 2010 net cash exceeded £33 million - a further improvement on last year end's net cash of £28 million. This is after a £2 million deficit recovery payment to the Group's Pension Scheme. Increased sales of AGA and Rangemaster cookers boosted performance in 2010. Sales of...

New manufacturing manager for Mereway Kitchens

...al investment opportunities. Steve shall also be targeting waste reduction and the development of re-usable packaging solutions. Through well thought out training programs and review sessions, Steve will be motivating Mereway Kitchens' teams to develop a best practice manufacturing facility using a number of professional business measures to hel...

Bolstering sales north of the border

...er. Kevin brings a wealth of experience to his role at Croydex, having spent 16 years at Bristan - 12 years as Area Sales Manager for the North West and a further two years as Regional Sales Manager with responsibility for the northern sales team. Kevin spent the past two years at Bristan as National Account Manager. In his role of Northern S...

Glen Dimplex Home Appliances highlights ongoing UK commitment

...ts across its Stoves, Belling and New World brands back to the UK, most notably the new Stoves built-in collection. And to further underline the commitment to home grown innovation, all new cooking products launched in 2010 - a grand total of 332 across the brands - were also 'Made in Britain'. "We pledged to manufacture as many of our products a...

Maytag adds to iconic refrigeration range

...stinctive range of refrigeration appliances with the launch of a new stainless steel MNN20FCSl7 side-by-side fridge freezer.[TRIMTO]   The new stainless steel model, with an efficient A+ energy rating, benefits from Maytag's advanced electronic IntelliSense system, which restores the temperature five times faster (Compared to Maytag refr...

LDL expands nationwide presence with new Scottish office

...se on both the unique and comprehensive product range offered by LDL and also Lloyd Connachan's well-established business relationships in Scotland. LDL (Scotland) will also be the only distributor of Blum products based in Scotland." In addition to the new Scottish office and showroom, LDL has a Head Office and Sales Office based in Bath and a ...

UK construction sector returned to growth in January

...RIMTO]   For the first time since August 2010, all of the three broad UK construction sub-sectors recorded an increase of activity. Civil engineering was the strongest performing category, having seen a slight reduction in activity during December. Commercial based construction activity meanwhile extended its sequence of growth to eleven...

Extraction on demand

... and washable grease filters and is suitable for ducted or recirculating installation. The soft-touch electronic controls are lit by a delicate blue backlight and functional halogen lighting with Falmec's 'easy open' light fittings illuminate the cooktop. The Plane On Demand provides the ultimate in flexibility of choice for the c...

Gorenje joins Hollywood star in raising money for charity

Gorenje, the Slovenian manufacturer famed for its creative and innovative appliances, joined Hollywood star Kevin Costner in raising money for a good cause at a 'Diners Club of Slovenia' event. Actor, director and winner of two Academy Awards, Kevin Costner, and his country rock band 'Modern West', played for an audience of more than 1,200 gue...

EQ announces Betta Living deal

...EQ's KBB market business management software into 25 sites. Well over 100 staff will use the system - predominantly in the marketing, installation and aftercare departments. "Our motivation for this investment is to standardise and replace the many in-house systems, which have been developed over the years through acquisition of other companies,...

News in Brief

... strategy for 2011 and has unveiled a host of new bathroom products. Watch this space... www.ideal-standard.co.uk     Kitchen designers and installers can benefit from a free course being held on 24th February at Rehau's specialist training academy in Ross on Wye, on the application and installation of Rehau's roller shutter sys...

The latest in steam cuisine

...appliance manufacturer Baumatic has launched a new compact steam combi oven into its popular Premium-Line collection. Steam ovens are ideal for healthy cooking, as no nutrients are lost during the cooking process and no extra fat needs to be added. The texture, colour and shape of the food is also retained, unlike in a conventional oven. What's ...

Australians spend record sums on kitchens and bathrooms

...evious year. There were 509,400 kitchens (new and renovated) installed by Australians in 2009/10 - that's an increase of 7.5% on the previous year. "The number of kitchen installations will struggle to grow further in the short term, particularly in light of the deteriorating outlook for new home building," says HIA Chief Economist Dr Harley ...

'Small Cooking Appliances' market reports now available

...the size and shape of the market at a national level. It provides the latest retail sales data (2005-2009), allowing users to identify the sectors driving growth. It identifies the leading companies, the leading brands and offers a strategic analysis of key factors influencing the market - be they legislative, distribution or pricing issues. Foreca...

Chalon awarded furniture Manufacturing Guild Mark for excellence

... handful of specific kitchen companies. To be awarded the MGM, there is a comprehensive, evidence-based checklist of high standards to be met, covering everything from design, manufacture and fitness for purpose of products, through to aftersales, communication and environmental considerations. "Once an applicant has been approved, membership is...

VADO donates £1000 to BIBIC

...ies and jokes with their family and friends is incredible." T: +44 (0) 1934 744466 E: sales@vado-uk.com W: www.vado-uk.com ...

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... focus of the latest inspections by the Health & Safety Executive. On the unannounced visits - starting this week - the inspectors will ensure that sites are managing work at height safely and that they are in good order, as well as checking that the risk of exposure to asbestos is being properly managed. Last year inspectors visited 2014...

Finalists revealed... winners to be announced at KBIS

...ose Marie Carr; Ramsey, NJ * Dana Jones, CKD; Long Beach, CA Medium Kitchens * Elina Katsioula-Beall, CKD; Pasadena, CA * James E. Howard, CKD, CBD; St. Louis, MO * Anastasia Rentzos, CKD, CBD; Mississauga, ON Large Kitchens * Cheryl Hamilton-Gray, CKD; Carlsbad, CA * James E. Howard, CKD, CBD; St. Louis, MO * Jane Lockhart; Toronto, ON...

News in Brief

Roman's new collection of stylish shower valves features concealed, semi-concealed and exposed designs, along with drench heads and multi-mode hand showers in a choice of cubist, cylindrical and oval design options. E: brochures@roman-showers.com LG Hausys is adding nine stunning Hi-Macs solid colours for 2011, to its range of non-poro...

Forging ahead: London's future

London's status as a leading global capital - financially, socially and culturally - has been the subject of much debate in the wake of the worst recession on record. A modern, commercially effective and sustainable built environment is paramount to the successful development of 21st century London as the city rises to the challenges of economic r...

KitchenAid launches classy multi-functional built-in coffee machine

KitchenAid's beautifully designed KSCX 3610 built-in coffee machine delivers everything you would expect of a luxury manufacturer renowned for its quality and attention to detail.[TRIMTO]   The powerful, integrated automatic coffee machine is equipped with a variety of functions for professional coffee making at home. There is a choic...

Totally successful shows!

...' second year at the NEC had been another successful one. "This year, even without a direct cross-over point with Spring Fair International, our visitor numbers were 6,116 (unaudited at present) demonstrating that the shows' co-location continues to prove its worth to visitors and suppliers," says show director James Murray. Next year the Tot...

Peter Davies joins Utopia

Utopia Bathroom Group has announced the appointment of Peter Davies as Area Sales Manager (House Build) for the North. Peter joins Utopia from Waxman Ceramics where he worked for five years in a number of roles, most recently as Business Development Manager. Prior to this, Peter worked for Spanish tile manufacturer, Salona Ceramica.[TRIMTO] ...

Ellis Furniture achieves OHSAS 18001

Ellis Furniture has achieved the Occupational Health & Safety Assurance System (OHSAS) 18001:2007, adding to its ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:2004 accreditations and thereby fully integrating its quality, environmental and occupational health & safety management systems. To qualify for OHSAS 18001:2007, Ellis Furniture had to demonstrat...

Smart Systems is latest KBSA corporate member

...y. It was founded 10 years ago and has recently launched a new system called KBBConnect, an internet-based quoting and ordering system which is completely free to use by KBB retailers. KBBConnect allows a retailer to use just one system to pull together all the constituent products and prices for a kitchen, bathroom or bedroom project without th...

Retail not the source of inflationary pressure, argues BRC

...nning behind both CPI and RPI. The main factors driving inflation are high fuel and transport costs - the result of soaring global commodity prices, not shop prices. British Retail Consortium Economist, Richard Lim, said: "Inflation is now running at 4.0% and has been above the Bank of England's target for more than a year now. By contrast, the ...

A new place of Abode for Michelle

Michelle Gorst has joined the ever-expanding and successful, Barnsley based, Abode Home Products.[TRIMTO]   In her role as Area Sales Manager, Michelle's remit will be to take on the North of England to increase Abode's showroom visibility of both modern and traditional brands of kitchen sinks and taps as well as bathroom taps and show...

Whirlpool's new Max microwave oven awarded Which? magazine's 'Best Buy'

... Max 38, has been awarded Which? Best Buy status. In its report, Which? magazine said: "The retro-looking microwave with grill from Whirlpool looks more like a TV than a microwave, but the Max 38 cooks, grills and defrosts so well that it fully deserves its Best Buy status." The new Max 38 is one of a new generation of microwave ovens from Wh...

Ellis Furniture welcomes new marketing manager

Ellis Furniture has welcomed Richard Fitzmaurice to the team as marketing manager. Taking responsibility for the marketing of the brand across domestic and commercial markets, Richard started his new position January 2011.[TRIMTO] With a solid KBB industry background, Richard joins the company from Carleton Furniture Group where he was the edu...

Wood you believe it?

The latest fashion in ceramic floor tiles is wood! Yes, wood effect tiles have been extremely popular in Europe for a few years and they are now finding their way onto the British market, says the Tile Trade Association. Why have wood effect tiles? Most of the wood effect tiles on the UK market are hard wearing porcelain; they have beauty of w...

Brussels plans asset freeze for bad payers

... Commissioner Viviane Reding says we need to do more to support small companies that engage in cross-border trade by introducing a European order to freeze the bank accounts of bad payers across borders.[TRIMTO]   The European Commission estimates that 63% of cross-border debt is not recovered, mainly due to bureaucratic obstacles and le...

A composite range with some added sparkle!

...ds and to underline their quality come with guarantees of up to 20 years. Three models in the eye-catching range are available in both single and one and a half bowl options. The Verona features bold grooves that carve through the drainer to draw the eye and efficiently drain excess water, in contrast to the Highlight, a smooth, rounded model th...

Wake up to Kate & Will's commemorative sliding doors

Forget commemorative tea towels, mugs, plates and coins - they're so Charles and Di. For this year's Royal Wedding, die-hard memorabilia collectors can have Kate and William on their sliding wardrobe doors![TRIMTO]   Made-to-measure sliding door system retailer Spaceslide.co.uk, is offering a Limited Edition Royal Wedding sli...

Get your business on track with help from new tools

Around 40% of SMEs in the UK - two million businesses - do not keep adequate records, even though they are legally bound to keep them, to make sure they make a correct income tax or corporation tax self assessment return. Failure to take reasonable care in record-keeping leads to a loss of around £6.5billion in tax every year. Free tools ...

New black look for Maytag's Trilogy

Maytag's three-door Trilogy fridge freezer, one of the most distinctive models in the company's premium range of refrigeration, is now available in a classic black glass and stainless steel finish.[TRIMTO]   Maytag has an enviable reputation for producing design classics and its M3D20FCG07 Trilogy is a perfect example of the company's ...

Environmental support for food waste disposers

...te from kitchens. In an update to its policy position, the CIWEM has highlighted the fact that in-sink FWDs are an environmentally acceptable option for separating food waste at source and conveying it to treatment and use via existing infrastructures. The CIWEM argues that in addition to providing energy, anaerobic digestion conserves the nu...

Record-breaking year for KBB Review Industry Awards

Organisers of the kbbreview Industry Awards 2011 are celebrating another record-breaking year for entries. Judges including Johnny Grey, Andrew Randall from Tsunami, Cheryl Gurner from Bathrooms International, Matt Thomas from John Lewis, Paul Rowland from CP Hart and Simon Taylor have completed the first stage of judging, going through hundred...

Atag joins EQ Software

Atag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, has signed up with EQ Software, the dedicated business management software solution for the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom market. Using EQ Software allows kitchen specialists to access brochures, images, p...

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...eader I complained that my daughter, despite having achieved an excellent degree, cannot find a job - and as John and I were unable to attend Ecobuild this year since it clashed with the three-day Cleaning Show in Birmingham (for which we produce the 'Official Daily' on behalf of the organisers) John suggested that Chervana attend Ecobuild on our b...

Works of art that heat your living space too!

...eating Products (UK)'s stand was radiating with attractive heating designs and state of the art, eco-friendly technology. "They aren't radiators, they're convectors," Steve Charles, pictured here with a few of the eye-catching, recycled material designs, explained to me. Play is designed with children in mind. Made out of wood, with rounded...

At Methven you could really feel the difference

...et showers myself, I could tell straight away that I have never experienced anything like it before - it really did feel like satin over my skin; it was incredible and I am sure that anyone else who visited the stand would say the same. I am also sure, that like me, many of them wished they could hold their aching feet underneath instead! This tech...

Testing ultra thin tiles for strength and cutting ease

...ist, used interactive displays and information screens to highlight the benefits of the latest ultra-slim porcelain tile technology. The product demonstrated was Kerlite, which comes in sheets up to 3000 x 1000mm and is just 3.5mm thick. The ultra slim format utilises 70% less raw material than traditional tiles, less energy and CO2 emissions to...

Mereway Kitchens inspirational new spring 2011 Launch - an introduction

...ng woodgrains and softer organic hues. With this in mind, Mereway Kitchens has launched new finish - Coco Bolo; a flat slab MFC door with a striking, linear woodgrain available in a light textured matt finish or sleek high gloss finish. For a darker, more sumptuous feel take a look at new Mali Wenge; a rich, dark woodgrain finish available in m...

New Bathroom Academy website launched

The Bathroom Manufacturer's Association used its stand at Ecobuild to launch its new on-line learning package. "It's taken quite while," said Bathroom Academy Chief Executive Yvonne Orgill. "But we've done it! We have completely rebuilt the Academy website and revised the downloadable bathroom guides.[TRIMTO] "The website has been under revi...

'Super WC' can reduce flush water by 25%

I'd heard about all-in-one basins/WCs, the space-saving and water-conserving designs - where the water from the basin is used to flush the loo, but I'd never seen one, so was fascinated by Roca's W+W, launched last year. Here it is, with Roca's Simon Baker and Sarah Holey. Sarah described the W+W as a Super WC and told me that it can reduce wa...

A fast and easy way to turn off your water in an emergency

...nder floorboards or at the back of packed cupboards. And if you can find your stopcock, years of non-use can make it difficult to operate. Surestop will eliminate the need for you to frantically flap around searching for the hidden stopcock if you discover a leak - or if you can find the stopcock - sprained wrists in trying to shift it. The devi...

News in Brief

...celebrating the win of its third RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety Gold Medal Award! www.ideal-standard.co.uk Atag has updated its QuliMax Combi-steam oven with a new twin steam generator and improved interior. Tel: 0208 247 3993 Bertazzoni's new X36 6 DUAL range cooker has a hybrid oven cavity that enables users to choose bet...

Showerwall expands UK distribution with the appointment of Q4 Bathrooms

Showerwall has appointed York-based Q4 Bathrooms from 1st March to be a distributor for its waterproof wallpanelling product, expanding further the product's availability nationwide. Q4 has two locations in York and Manchester servicing the North and North West of England, making Showerwall now available from 19 distribution points nationwide incl...

AKW raises the standard with electric care shower

...care showers with this product.[TRIMTO] In designing the LUDA, AKW says it has taken the industry-established standard and added three key criteria identified specifically for the needs of the care market. With a range of features designed to offer safe, hygienic showering, the LUDA is thought to be an industry-first with a fully-waterproof IP4...

OHSAS 18001 certification for British Tile Manufacturer

British Ceramic Tile is proud to announce its recent certification to OHSAS 18001:2007 - the internationally recognised assessment specification for occupational health & safety management systems.[TRIMTO]   This further promotes British Ceramic Tile's safe and healthy working environment by providing a framework that allows the com...

Whirlpool's new tumble dryers take drying to a new level

Whirlpool has taken the trusty and time-honoured tumble dryer to new levels of performance with its new and spacious tumble dryers.[TRIMTO] Featuring the company's patented 6th Sense technology and top-of-the-range Carisma design, the 9kg AZB 9780 and 8kg AZB 8680 condenser tumble dryers offer a host of special and attractive features to retai...

Blazing a trail for reducing textile waste

...d materials. A consortium of industry experts led by the Furniture Industry Research Association -the furniture industry body - and supported by The Technology Strategy Board, has developed a means of producing flame-retardant products made from recycled fibre and flame retardant components. In this project, known as REDFR - Reduced Emission...

Showerwall expands UK distribution with the appointment of Q4 Bathrooms

Showerwall has appointed York-based Q4 Bathrooms from 1st March to be a distributor for its waterproof wallpanelling product, expanding further the product's availability nationwide. Q4 has two locations in York and Manchester servicing the North and North West of England, making Showerwall now available from 19 distribution points nationwide incl...

New housing report shows big changes in the mix

...he latest report on housing trends from HobsonFord Associates in association with The National House-Building Council. The Market Insights report, Trends in the Mix of UK New Build Housing, is a summary of trends from more than 4 million housing starts over the last 24 years.[TRIMTO] "Changes in the mix can have a profound effect on material usa...

News in Brief

... Neff has opened a new Learning Centre at its Head Offices in Milton Keynes to give dealers first-hand experience of the Neff appliance collection - cookery school included! T: 0844 892 8989 Gorenje has published its 2011 kitchen appliances brochure. T: 0208 247 3980 Bauhaus has launched a space-maximising, fashionable Elite Walnut bat...

New Polypipe Ventilation catalogue makes specifcation easy

Polypipe Ventilation's new catalogue details its full range of energy-saving domestic and light commercial ventilation systems. This is the first catalogue from the company to incorporate not only Polypipe and Domus product offerings but also the Silavent range of fans acquired by the group last year.[TRIMTO]   So much more than j...

Showerwall and Showerlux join forces for a complete solution

...clusively selected by Showerlux, the expert in luxury shower design, to be part of company's new all-in-one concept for bathroom retailers.[TRIMTO] The new concept is available now for new or replacement in-store displays in bathroom retail. Showerlux is offering retailers a discounted showering package comprising the tray, enclosure, shower val...

Bushboard invests almost £2m in the future of worktops

...op manufacturer Bushboard has invested £1.8m on a brand new worktop line at its Wellingborough-based head office and manufacturing plant in Northamptonshire.[TRIMTO]   The latest £1.8m investment continues an impressive track record in recent years as the company expands its position as the UK's foremost worktop manufacturer....

New from Chamber Furniture: a bespoke black American walnut lined wine cellar

Chamber Furniture is delighted to showcase its latest piece of superb design and joinery - a stunning walnut lined wine cellar. The company's versatility as a highly acclaimed bespoke kitchen and furniture maker is illustrated perfectly here with the clients' brief being for their extensive collection of vintage wine to be stored somewhere tha...

Overloading only increases costs further, warns Swinton Commercial

...safety hazard, with the excessive strain causing tyres to blow out, but also lowers fuel efficiency - a pricey mistake when one considers that the cost of fuel rose to above £6 per gallon last week! To combat this issue, Swinton Commercial is advising 'vanners' to check their tyre pressure and ensure that it is at the recommended amount, ...

AEG Neue Kollektion product ranges win iF Design Awards

...national Forum Design in Hannover, Germany. The awards were for the following product ranges: - AEG Competence, MaxiKlasse built-in/under product range 60 H-design - AEG Compact product range 38 H-design - AEG MaxiSense Bridge hobs product range (HK654300XB, HK653320FB, HK654400XB) - AEG CrystalLine hobs product range The design l...

Environmental support for food waste disposals

...te from kitchens. In an update to its policy position, the CIWEM has highlighted the fact that in-sink FWDs are an environmentally acceptable option for separating food waste at source and conveying it to treatment and use via existing infrastructures. The CIWEM argues that in addition to providing energy, anaerobic digestion conserves the nutri...

EU ministers back moderate ambitions on electronic waste

After the European Parliament last month called for an ambitious 85% e-waste collection target as from 2016, EU environment ministers this week backed European Commission proposals for a 65% quota and postponed its implementation by four years.[TRIMTO]   Meeting in Brussels on Monday, EU environment ministers reached a political agreeme...

Cleaning and maintenance of wall and floor tiles impact on costs

...lt, Sandstone, Quartzite, Slate, Limestone, Travertine and Marble. The guidance goes through the pre-clean, pre-seal, grout removal, final seal and surface coatings, daily and weekly maintenance, deep cleaning and renovation. The document also covers cleaning recommendations for agglomerate tiles, metal tiles and glass tiles. There is advice ...

SuperWhite WR Flex available now from Ultra Tile

...flexible so can be used where vibration is likely. Its increased water resistance combined with anti-fungal technology ensures that it is fully mould resistant. SuperWhite WR Flex is non-slip due to excellent bond properties, and conforms to BS EN 12004 D2T. The product is perfect for fixing porcelain mosaics, glass and natural stone tiles to...

Financing the future - new government help for exporters

...xporters, project sponsors, banks and buyers to help UK exporters by providing insurance against non-payment risks to UK exporters and guarantees for bank loans to facilitate the arranging of finance to buyers of UK goods. It also provides insurance against political risks to UK investors in overseas markets. Exporters who want to know more abou...

Complete co-ordination from LDL

...Components, the nationwide distributor of quality furniture fittings, has introduced a range of Form-Line cutlery trays in Silk White to co-ordinate with Blum Intivo drawer boxes in Silk White. Made from durable plastic, the cutlery trays are suitable for use with both 450mm and 500mm depth drawer boxes and are available in a variety sizes to su...

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...he sixth highest. Other countries are making their tax systems more competitive and attracting multi-national companies away from the UK but the Chancellor feels that the changes he's announced will give us a far more attractive system than France, America or Germany. "I want Britain to be the place international businesses go to, not the place ...

News in Brief

...esigner London showroom, Aromabath , is featuring Geberit's Aquaclean WC, which has a temperature-controlled wash and dry function to leave you clean and fresh. E: sales@aromabathjpd.com K Kitchens ' new Ashbourne shaker-style kitchen boasts a light oak, solid timber frame with a veneered centre panel. It has a horizontal grain inner profi...

Young tilers show their skills

A Skillcase Event, organized by the Olympic Delivery Authority, took place on 10th March at Hackney Community College. The purpose of the event was to highlight the importance of vocational training in the run up to London 2012, and to raise awareness amongst employers of the high quality construction and engineering talent available. Th...

Dear Jan

Thank you for visiting Ecobuild - I hope you found your time at the event both useful and enjoyable. The presentations from this year's conference and seminar programme are now available on the Ecobuild website and are free to download for all Ecobuild's visitors. To view the presentations, click and enter your Ecobuild login details.[TRIMTO...

Carron Phoenix's Espresso granite satisfies growing trend for organic colours

...is strongly coming into its own as the company reports a sharp rise in popularity for this chocolate-based, pearlescent colour. Says Neil Clark, sales and marketing director at Carron Phoenix: "Over the last eight months, sales of Espresso granite, especially in the modern Bali 105 sink, have grown far faster than any other colour we offer. I...

AKW raises the standard with electric care shower

...rd for electric care showers with this product. In designing the LUDA, AKW has taken the industry-established standard and added three key criteria identified specifically for the needs of the care market. With a range of features designed to offer safe, hygienic showering, the LUDA is thought to be an industry-first with a fully-waterproof IP4...

News in Brief

...hat my kitchen worktop now boasts something that several visitors have mistaken for a retro TV! Yes - I've had the Which? 'Best Buy' Award-winning Whirlpool Max 38 microwave oven on test for the past couple of weeks. How's it doing? Look out for the first part of my review in next week's issue, broadcast on 8th April... W: www.whirlpool.co.uk   ...

Kbb London reveals innovation leaders

...d products range from technologically advanced appliances and interactive storage solutions to space-saving concepts and architectural spaces, representing the whole scope of the industry's recent developments. The companies shortlisted for the awards and whose products will be showcased in the Innovations Centre at the kbb London exhibition are...

TMVA success with latest Department of Health Guidance

...work with the Department of Health to ensure that healthcare engineers and other staff are aware of - and implementing - the relevant guidance to ensure the highest level of safety in hot water systems is delivered to all patients and staff in the healthcare sector." The TMVA addresses the issues concerned with thermostatic mixing and shower va...

Electrolux named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies 2011

...al standards within the industry. Ethisphere Institute reviewed thousands of companies through in-depth research and multi-step analysis. This includes analysis of codes of ethics, litigation and regulatory infraction histories; evaluations of investment in innovation and sustainable business practices. In addition, it identified activities that...

'Distinctly Abode' a great success!

...e including a stainless steel colander, a black silicone bowl mat to ensure the bowls remain scratch-free, plus the very modern High & Dry drainer rack, available in lime green and grey or white and grey. The company has teamed up the Matrix RO with the Abode Corvus mixertap - a design classic taking its cue from contemporary architecture. ...

Government proposes longer lorries to help cut carbon

Some lorries could be allowed to use longer trailers after independent research showed that this could cut carbon without compromising safety. The research was published yesterday by Roads Minister Mike Penning alongside a consultation seeking views on the proposed changes. The consultation proposes allowing a two metre increase in the total le...

Bathroom Conference date and venue change

...legate numbers are expected to be up on last year's record 170. T: 01782 631619 E: info@bathroom-association.org.uk W: www.bathroom-association.org ...

CP Group introduces the next generation of designer splashbacks with Enki

...ew Enki glass splashback collection, offering consumers an even greater opportunity to create a show-stopping centrepiece behind kitchen units, cookers and sinks. Striking new colours and trend-led patterns have been introduced to the range in response to the latest influences from the catwalk and high street. The new Brights range, including eye-c...

Ten top tips for bedroom bliss

...ne of the most important rooms in the house. After all, we spend around a third of our lives asleep - and the last thing we need is to wake up to a disorganised and chaotic environment. If you don't know where to begin in creating a calm and clutter-free bedroom, these handy tips from the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association should g...

Whirlpool Corporation receives highest energy award

...11 Energy Star Sustained Excellence award. Energy Star was introduced in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants associated with energy use. Whirlpool's award recognises the company's leadership in offering consumers energy and water efficiency through its leading home appliance brand...

Mereway Kitchens introduce pioneering new hinges to its range

... has started to implement some changes to the hinges on its cabinetry. The introduction of a new all-metal, nickel plated hinge featuring integrated Blumotion with a deactivation facility is a pioneering change for the company's product offering. This groundbreaking new hinge facilitates greater soft close adjustment, regardless of front weight ...

Showermate eco goes from strength to strength

...stem friendly and ideal for upgrading and refurbishing new and existing shower facilities. "The 2-year guarantee has also been well received!" However, Stuart Turner has not rested on its laurels and has recently further improved the specification of the eco range with all models now supplied with built-in isolation valves on the inlet hoses ...

Introducing 'next generation' of self-cleaning, antimicrobial ceramic tiles

Greek nanotechnology company NanoPhos and Spanish ceramic tile manufacturer Keraben, have co-developed Lifeker, an innovative line of self-cleaning and self-sterilising ceramic tiles. The tiles get these useful properties through the use of SurfaShield coating technology developed by NanoPhos, which is activated simply by the energy of surroundin...

Pan European talks on sustainable use of forests about to start

The EU-27 and 19 other European countries are preparing to launch intergovernmental talks that are expected to result in a legally-binding agreement on sustainable use of forests in 2013. In parallel, the European Commission is kicking off talks to revamp its forest policy. An agreement to open negotiations is expected to be reached by the Ministe...

Ellis Furniture expands popular Lexington kitchen range

...nite for a dramatic new look. The Lexington Gloss Cream units and Intrigue Gloss Olivewood doors - also available in Gloss Applewood - are made from high gloss acrylic faced FSC MDF and glass effect PVC edged doors. They are supplied on an 18mm glued and dowelled rigid carcase. "The Lexington range is much loved by our customers and theirs an...

AEG launches Grassroots Rugby campaign to win free kit and laundry packages

... been launched by AEG, the premium home appliance brand that combines advanced technology with award-winning design. It will see 50 grassroots rugby teams selected to receive the kit and laundry packages, each of which includes 22 bespoke Samurai Sportswear rugby kits, as well as a top-of-the-range AEG washing machine and tumble dryer. To apply,...

Gorenje re-runs popular laundry promotion

Gorenje, the Slovenian manufacturer famed for its creative and innovative appliances, is re-running the popular promotion on its best-selling eco-friendly washing machines and dryers. From now until 31st May 2011, Gorenje is offering a free five-year parts and labour guarantee on any one of four washing machines and dryers. These include the WA...

One-pack solution ensures easy installation of a wet room

A complete wet-room base and linear drain pack is now available through builders merchants and bathroom and wet-room retailers . UniSlope is an innovative pre-formed wet room base supplied complete with a choice of stunning linear drains in one easy package. The UniSlope Range comprises two designs each incorporating the perfect gradient for ...

Survey shows need to raise demand for apprenticeships amongst employers

... A larger proportion (43%) say that they do not intend to recruit apprentices this year and over one-fifth (22%) say that they have no set plans in an uncertain economic climate, with widespread staffing requirements. The survey was conducted before the Budget announced greater funding for apprenticeships. The findings show that this funding inj...

Whirlpool's Pro-Fit system eases appliances installation and cuts costs

...led for years to come. The innovative system has been applied to a wide selection of Whirlpool built-in appliances, including ovens, microwaves, coffee machines, dishwashers, built-in fridge freezers and side-by-side products. Using Pro.Fit Support, which ensures the perfect alignment of integrated furniture doors, selected Whirlpool under-count...

Circle Living wins top award

...rs of affordable housing, has won a First Time Buyer Award Outlook Place in Watford, won Most Eco-Aware Project at the First Time Buyer Readers' Awards in London on Friday, and was also runner up in the Best Small Development category. Designed by award winning PTE Architects and constructed by Inspace Partnerships, Outlook Place enjoys a gre...

Inspired by experience, Franke celebrates its centenary in style

Franke, said to be the world's largest manufacturer of kitchen sinks, is 100 years old - and, with a reputation for being at the forefront of research and development in the kitchen industry, the company is celebrating with the new state-of-the art Centinox sink, along with two stunning taps and innovative accessories. The Centinox sink encomp...

KitchenAid appoints sole UK distributor

...ing to find the right partner for the KitchenAid brand," explains Andy Burns, Head of Business Unit - Kitchen at Whirlpool UK. "We have worked closely with many distributors over the years and appreciate the difficulty for distributors to provide the specific focus required for a premium brand when they are also handling a portfolio of major domes...

New Cucina Colore brochure has arrived

... match finishes, styles and shapes, and this brochure presents the tools do build a special designer-feel kitchen. Cucina Colore distinguishes itself with a palette of 25 door colours and finishes that stand out from the crowd... in silk, soft matt, textured, gloss painted and gloss woodgrains. Combine these with a choice of 22 cabinet colours, ...

Whirlpool's Max microwaves come in new colours!

...ere showpiece! The Max microwave has a generous 28cm turntable and a cavity space equivalent to a 23-litre model, 750 Watts of microwave power and Whirlpool's renowned Jet Defrost feature. This provides exceptionally fast and even defrosting, thanks to the company's revolutionary 3D system, which ensures uniform circulation with its three-dimension...

US consumer electronics industry to triple annual recycling by 2016

US consumer electronics industry leaders have this week launched what is believed to be the first-ever industry-wide electronics recycling initiative to recycle one billion pounds of electronics annually by 2016, which would be a more than threefold increase over 2010. The eCycling Leadership Initiative seeks to improve consumer awareness of th...

Versatility and flexibility module by module

Following the successful launch of its new modular furniture collection last year - and in response to customer demand, Shades Bathrooms has extended the range to include Aspen, featuring the very latest in contemporary styling in crisp white with a quality high gloss finish. With its clean lines and minimal styling, Aspen from Shades is extre...

AEG's MaxiKlasse free standing cookers offer great flexibility

AEG has launched the MaxiKlasse 493321-MN with MaxiSense induction hob, which has flexible zones that allow maximum space and choice of position for any size or shape of pans... even a fish kettle can comfortably be placed across two zones for perfect heat distribution. The Stop and Go feature allows instant control at the touch of a button. T...

Plumber survives fall through roof in second similar accident at site

...ad fallen previously but had managed to excape injury. Runcorn Magistrates' Court was told the 64-year-old, who asked not to be named, could have been paralysed or even killed when he fell three metres through a suspended ceiling at a workshop on Rivington Court in Woolston. The Health & Safety Executive prosecuted the site occupiers, Dow...

Carron Phoenix supports Everything But The Kitchen Sink's fundraiser

Carron Phoenix has agreed to be the official sponsor partner of the intriguingly named fundraiser, 'Everything But the Kitchen Sink' on its cycling mission in August to raise money for the Welsh charity MS Society Cymru. As well as a corporate donation, Carron has given two of its Contessa stainless sinks which the fundraisers will strap to tw...

Small firms' recruitment plans in jeopardy, finds new research

...the Forum of Private Business over a fifth of small business owners (22%) expect to recruit in 2011 - but confidence that they will be able to do so is dwindling compared to December 2010, when almost 30% of respondents said they planned to take on new staff. While 14% intend to simply recruit in the coming year, a further 8% plan to hire but be...

Energy label: few manufacturers keep their promises

...fortunately tests carried out recently under ATLETE (Appliance Testing for Energy Label Evaluation) - the project funded by the European Commission to test the compliance of 80 different models of refrigerators and freezers with EU energy labelling standards - showed that few manufacturers are complying with the regulations. Tests show that only...

FIRA Service Technicians expand across Ireland

...; this ensures the best possible customer satisfaction levels. Currently there are over 80 highly-skilled FIRA Service Technicians experts across the UK and Ireland, all of whom carry the same equipment, have undertaken the same training, and follow the same procedures. This means that there is consistency of quality, wherever the customer happe...

Super sleek kitchen offers functional, sociable space

...ll length larder provides storage for essential items such as packets and tins. The easy to use pull-out racks allow the user to clearly see all the items within... thankfully no more scrabbling around at the back of dark cupboards! The overall style of the kitchen is that of relaxed contemporary chic. High gloss paintwork sits harmoniously alon...

Hanex solid surfacing targets kitchen sector with impressive 100+ choice of designs

...at, one dimensional finish The range captures the pure simplicity of white in several forms, fashion-forward accent colours, translucent terrazzos and on-trend designs with pearlescent particles notably the Brionne and Glittering ranges of organic tones, as well as the Bellassimo marbled effects. Hanex can deliver a prestigious looking finish wi...

Retailers should advise browsers it 'mite' be time to change mattress!

...s and bumps. (The Luxury Bayswater Mattresses has up to 1,630 pocket springs and is made from sought-after cashmere, silk, soft lambswool and pure cotton. It is also traditionally hand tufted for long lasting comfort and strength.) 2. Sprung divan bases offer increased support for the mattress compared to slatted besteads, which offer little or ...

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...rnoon of Sunday 8th May (at London's ExCel), quickly followed at the same venue by KBB London (15th - 17th May). But of course no-one's really going to be concentrating on the shows until we've got the Royal Wedding out the way... If you're joining in the celebrations have fun and stay safe! I'm wondering when the first press release is going...

UK manufacturer offers outsourced customer care solution

...anufacturer, Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, has launched a new service brand to make the company's UK-based maintenance, repair and customer care operation available to businesses seeking an outsourced service solution for their appliances and heating products. The newly created Home Appliance Care, led by Customer Care Director, Paula Hodkinson,...

High-visability water hose makes for safer building sites

A range of bright orange, fluorescent, heavy-duty hose products specifically designed to reduce trip hazards on building sites is being launched by specialist hose manufacturer, Hozelock next month. The fluorescent Hozelock Maxi Hi-Vis hose stands out brightly on the floor of a construction site, whether in full sun or poor light, so making it ...

Miele new commercial heat-pump dryers deliver up to 60% energy savings

Power-hungry commercial tumble dryers could soon be on their way out with the launch this week of German appliance maker Miele's, commercial grade heat-pump dryers. The heat-pump technology can reduce electricity consumption by up to 60% when compared with a conventional condenser dryer. This energy saving technology features a closed circuit:...

OFT's market study into extended warranties is now underway

...Commission; recommendations for changes in laws and regulations, recommendations to regulators, self-regulatory bodies and others to consider changes to their rules, campaigns to promote consumer education and awareness or a clean bill of health. The OFT has decided against launching a market study into repairs of domestic electrical goods. This...

Bradbury's has immediate success with Stoneham

...to 20:00. For further information: T: 0208 300 8181 E: info@bradburysltd.co.uk W: www.stoneham-kitchens.co.uk ...

Zanussi's new, top of range 8kg washing machine saves time, energy and water

... time will not be wasted and an A wash performance will be ensured. Features include:[TRIMTO] - Big 8kg Load Capacity - whizz through the laundry - and wash big items like king size duvets and bed linen too. - Jetsystem+ uses proportional amount of water, time & energy based on the wash load saving you money. - 21 programmes, including Wo...

Black Country timber firm wins new business in the Middle East

...; Investment. Palmer Timber was set up in 1916 and provides hardwood and softwood timber and wood-based panel products to a variety of industries - including the KBB industry. The company, which has about 70 employees at its Cradley Heath site, has exported mezzanine flooring worth £250,000 to the United Arab Emirates since joining UKTI...

Amica's Platinum range secures a Red Dot Honourable Mention for 2011

...a of Poland with an Honourable Mention for the company's Integra (Platinum in the UK) range of built-in ovens. The line-up includes features like the innovative I-Cook timer and programmer that was designed specifically to mimic the smartphone icon technology, making it easy and familiar to use for all consumers ...Similarly the innovative Aqualyt...

Cosmic takes bathroom products to new levels of luxury and style

Following the highly successful launch of high-end brand Cosmic at KBB 2010, the Roca Group has implemented a new UK Account Management and Customer Service team to support the brand going forward and is offering special terms for retailers looking to enhance their showrooms by displaying this top-of-the-range Spanish brand. The Cosmic brand r...

Hoover launches the largest capacity single oven

...h Hoover's flexible, Prodige oven. Nearly 30% larger than Hoover's standard size ovens, the super-size, 75-litre unit Prodige offers all the space and power of a professional model but on some models comes complete with a novel dividing system that can be adjusted to suit different cooking requirements. By inserting a simple shelf, cooks can ...

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...pared to the 43% that did so this time last year. The KBSA tells me that this is an increase of 40% - and as the team's maths is going to be a lot better than mine I'll trust it on that one! Also up, but not quite as much at 30%, is the number of members selling bedrooms, as well as kitchens. That figure is 65% now, compared to 50% this time las...

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...www.merlynbathrooms.com   Mereway  has appointed Graham Jones, ex-Hammonds Furniture, to the newly created role of Sales & Marketing Director. More next week... T: 0800 028 4466   AKW  has launched a stylish mixer shower for use in bathrooms designed for the elderly and disabl...

Homebase invests in FIRA Gold Certification

...tion scheme for all types of furniture products and components. The initial product assessment is in-depth, objective and thorough. It covers, amongst other things, workmanship, ergonomics, strength and stability, finish performance and effects of atmosphere on a product. There is also an annual factory audit to ensure a factory produces the produc...

Wall-hung sanitaryware that's as fresh as mint

Geberit has introduced a new mint finish to its award-winning Monolith sanitary module for wall-hung WCs, taking the colour options for this bathroom innovation to three. Ideal for converting a floor-standing WC to a wall-hung version, the Geberit Monolith is a slimline sanitary module with integrated cistern that can be connected to existing ...

US kitchen and bathroom dealers undeterred by marginal declines in Q1 2011

...h Market Index (KBMI), which forecasts the confidence of kitchen and bathroom dealers on a scale of -60 to +60, is +34 for Q2 2011 or down 3 points from the last quarter. Showroom visits were up 16%, which marked the only market indicator with a quarter-over-quarter increase. "The first quarter fell a little short of expectations, but the year-o...

Kitchenaid's new chef touch: the Sous Vide cooking system

...rst class products finished in KitchenAid's Pro Design aesthetic. The system comprises of the vacuum-sealing system which preserves food by packing the food in an airless environment; the steam-assist oven for gently cooking or perfectly re-heating food and the shock freezer for rapid chilling or long-term deep freezing. Sous Vide cooking is a d...

Moores takes its show on the road

...its for the Code for the Sustainable Homes and providing contractors with a kitchen that reduces, re-uses, recycles and is responsibly sourced. With so much on show, plus the opportunity to speak to the Moores team about the manufacturer's latest innovations and pioneering services, this year's Showcase really is one not to be missed. As if any ...

Back to black - Carron Phoenix launches chic black ceramic Sapphira sink range

...ed and kilned from premium grade clay ensuring a top quality lustrous finish without any of the tell-tale pin pricks of lesser grade and cheaper alternatives Both the Sapphira 100 and 150 bowls measure 1010 x 510mm and fit into a 600mm cabinet. Sapphira is complemented by the smart chrome Revolution waste and stylish stainless steel basket. D...

Electrolux A rated freezer named Which? Online Best Buy

...kg of food in one go, so it should be more than capable of preserving the occasional surplus of home-grown fruit and veg, or an afternoon's-worth of batch baking..." www.which.co.uk Tel: 08445 611611 F: 08445 618 920 W: www.electrolux.co.uk ...

Inspirational Izumi

...nology, Uber Furniture has launched the stunning Izumi collection of gloss kitchens in three ranges - Nero (black), Orchid (white) and Creme (cream). Designed to be trendsetting, the doors are state-of-the-art in terms of materials and design yet do not hit the budget as hard as some. The doors comprise an acrylic laminate front and titanium ba...

Focus (DIY) - an update

...r for all or parts of the business. The existing management team will remain responsible for the day-to-day running of the Group. "Focus has not ceased to trade and customers will be able to continue shopping at Focus stores across the UK," they promise. They also say: At present no new customer orders can be placed for any goods to be ordered t...

Polypipe heat recovery units help developer reach Code 3

Polypipe Ventilation, provider of energy-saving domestic and light commercial ventilation systems, has had its heat recovery system specified for Larkfleet Homes' extensive new housing development in Bourne, near Peterborough.  The first stage of the development, known as 'The Old Laundry', has now been installed with the HR01 units suppli...

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...m, but this is one of those instances which has to be viewed as a regional event, which gives London-based designers and specifiers a convenient opportunity to view what the industry has to offer. The show certainly appeared to be steadily busy throughout most of the days that we were there - we didn't hear any complaints from anyone that w...

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...ing with a contemporary twist, new Hartford Ivory from Four Seasons by Moores  comes with a 25-year guarantee. T: 01937 862557 ...

New! Five fantastic fridges and freezers from AEG's Neue Kollektion

AEG has introduced five fantastic cooling products from its Built-in 2011 Neue Kollektion range. An integrated American style effect is one of the most fashionable trends in this year's kitchen, which is why AEG is pleased to introduce five fabulous new built in fridges and freezers that combine state of the art design with cutting-edge te...

Has Esse created the World's cleanest-burning cooker?

...as achieved some outstanding results during a recent CE test, where the inspector described the wood-burning cooker as the cleanest burning appliance he's ever tested. Craig Nutter, Esse's Technical Director explains: "Our woodburning 990 cooker has just been tested at an independent European CE lab and everyone here at Esse is delighted with th...

Liebherr scoops award in world's largest technology competition

... widely acclaimed international red dot design awards in product design, for the new SBSes 7165 side-by-side fridge freezer. The jury is made up of high calibre, internationally renowned designers and design experts who award the 'product design' seal for quality, design and eco-friendliness. Thanks to Liebherr's product innovation, high quality...

Impressive: this groundbreaking new mirror innovation from HiB

HiB has introduced a major solution for illuminated bathroom mirrors - three new LED designs powered by a long-life rechargeable battery pack. Illuminated mirrors are now a high demand item but fitting them into existing bathrooms and cloakrooms comes with one overriding problem - how to access a power source. In these times this would requ...

Homeowners are warming to underfloor heating

...o consider underfloor heating as an option for installation with new flooring as part of a room make-over, ready for next winter. The concept is not a new one. Developed by the Romans over 2000 years ago, the first underfloor heating system - or 'hypercaust', which literally translates as 'fire beneath' - used actual flames to warm the stone flo...

Franke wins Red Dot Design Award

...ke's centenary. The Centinox encompasses elegance, style and precision engineering; it is a 'slim-top' sink which gives the appearance of a fashionable undermount model. Winners of the Red Dot Award achieve international quality status, the privilege of displaying the red dot logo on all product-related marketing material and the opportunity ...

Franke launches celebrity 'experience' in centenary year

...ative to drive the company further into the consumer market. To reinforce the transition from trade-driven product supplier to aspirational consumer lifestyle brand, Heidi Klum has been announced as brand ambassador and, as such, will feature in the new worldwide advertising/POS/marketing campaign. A Franke spokesperson explains: "We have chose...

Mereway appoints new addition to Kitchens management team

...rector for Mereway Kitchens, completing a new team of Directors for the business following a company-wide restructure undertaken by the furniture manufacturer. Graham, previously Trade Sales & Marketing Director with Hammonds Furniture, joins Joanne Foster, Commercial Director; one of the original non-family founding Directors of the company...

Polypipe ventilation expands MVHR solution

...rties, yet they remain extremely compact and light weight and can be easily installed in kitchen eye-level cupboards or lofts, installed through even the smallest of loft hatches. The units work by warming fresh air drawn into the building, with the heat from waste stale air - as found in the kitchen or bathroom for example - using an efficient ...

The fantastic five! Quality comes as standard with Leisure

...systems, the Kitemark collection highlights Leisure Sinks' commitment to producing top quality, well-made sinks. All BSI Kitemark sinks, including models from the Linear, Lexin and Contract ranges, are manufactured from high grade 18/10 grade steel which ensures a robust, rigid frame that won't bend or flex under pressure. Simon Johnson, Head of...

EQ Software year on year growth continues

...ices company, has announced another year of sales and profits growth. Since the 2005 management buy-out from the Mereway Group; EQ Software has grown from strength to strength. The latest year's unaudited figures for the year ending 31st March 2011 indicate that the company has increased its sales (over the previous year) by 38% and operating pro...

Atag appliances now available in Humphersons concession at Heals

Atag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in appliances, now has an assortment of its products on display in the Humphersons concession at the prestigious London department store Heals. The Tottenham Court Road store features a selection of Atag's premium appliances including the IG9271MBB induction hob with wok bur...

Kitchenaid's new side-by-side oozes class and sophistication

American-style side-by-side fridge freezers undeniably have the 'wow' factor in abundance, and premium manufacturer KitchenAid has produced a first class offering in its new KRSC 9040 model with Pro Aesthetic design. This attractive and capacious fridge freezer oozes class and sophistication in fully clad premium Easy-to-Clean stainless steel....

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...ing with a contemporary twist, new Hartford Ivory from Four Seasons by Moores  comes with a 25-year guarantee. T: 01937 862557 ...

Sensio Lighting's ambient experience

Sensio Lighting's latest additions to its range are the magnetic Surface Light Source LED light - a small but powerful light that looks like halogen but with the benefits of LED. Being magnetic it can be attached to any magnetic surface for fuss-free installation. Slideline is a neat idea. Designed to provide new levels of customisation of lig...

Hawa concept - show it!

...d. A demo always pulls a crowd and this was no exception. The Hawa Concepta is designed for multi-functional room solutions where pivoting wood or glass doors slide away to save space. As it can handle virtually any dimensions and weights up to 50 kg (110 lbs), it allows creativity to flow with various installation options including profiles ...

A Foundation for success

...undation is the latest product release and has been offered as a more affordable version to its cost-conscious customers who may have felt the economic pinch over the past two or three years. Despite it being a low cost option, Foundation still gives users free access to over 500 kitchen and bathroom supplier catalogues, quoting, sales orders an...

Pushing the boundaries of bathroom product design

...esign stand showcased new products in solid bronze, resin composites, aluminium, chrome and plastic - as well as possibly the tallest sink ever - standing at a little over 7ft tall! More practically, its Glink is made from extremely durable polyethylene and is available in six solid colours. There is even a version that glows, "We have...

Bohle's 'ultimate glass door soft closer'

Bohle was showing its Portavant glass door closing system from Willach. Portavant, with its Softstop technology, is said to be the 'ultimate' modern glass fixing for doors, which slows as it closes gently and quietly, preventing accidents and the possibility of breakage, and ensuring that the door closes fully. In addition to Portavant, Bohle carries a wide range of tools and fittings for glass. T: 0800 616151 E: info@bohle.ltd.uk ...

Samsung gets steaming!

... short the effective ceramic divider means that two different dishes can be cooked at the same time - even at two wildly different temperatures. Ideal for entertaining, the oven allows you to bake dinner and dessert at the same time using suitable temperatures for each. With no transfer of smell or taste, a meringue can be cooked in on...

Roca in The Room

... Fittingly its latest Urban Basin collection is entitled 'London.' Also displayed was the W+W all-in-one wash basin and WC designed to maximise space and save water that we saw in Birmingham. There weren't the crowds buzzing around this unit like before, but give us another '76 Summer (as predicted) and we can expect to see more water conservati...

B_Free and save power with Euroline

The Euroline stand was busy with visitors keen to see its eye-catching Falmec cooker hoods and Barrazza hobs on display. Falmec has now adapted the design of its stunning glass extractor range Mirabilia to include an LED lighting system in place of halogen and incandescent light bulbs, to reduce power consumption by a massive 96% B_Free Fus...

KBB Review industry awards

The results are in! The much-admired annual kbbreview Industry Awards, organised and hosted by Taylist Media's kbbreview magazine, have rewarded the very best in room design, product innovation and business practice in the UK's kitchen and bathroom industry. The awards took place at the Platinum Suite at the ExCel centre, London on Monday 16th...

Electrolux raises the bar in sustainability reporting

...ts, which have the best energy and water efficiency, have been progressing steadily since their roll-out in 2008. These are some of the findings in Electrolux 2010 sustainability performance review, Sustainability matters, where the Group presents its strategy and progress on integrating sustainability into the business.[TRIMTO] The Global Repor...

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...the long run, in terms of lower energy and water bills and less need to buy compost for our gardens - as we'll be making our own. Long may this clever thinking continue! Yours,   Jan Hobbs   ...

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...ing with a contemporary twist, new Hartford Ivory from Four Seasons by Moores  comes with a 25-year guarantee. T: 01937 862557 ...

FIRA spurs Biomass Subsidies debate

The Furniture Industry Research Association recently hosted a Biomass Summit at its Stevenage-based head office. The event brought together key industry leaders to discuss how government subsidies encouraging power companies to burn wood are distorting the market for new timber, and forcing up prices for the manufacturing of furniture products....

Classic styling for a modern era

...dded with the open display shelving on the island unit, the rest of the kitchen can be kept clutter-free by incorporating Four Seasons' clever integral storage solutions to help maximise on space. A further contemporary twist can be added in the choice of handles, with a satin nickel D-handle giving the doors a modern edge or opt for a large wo...

Firm fined after employee trapped under stone slabs

A granite business and one of its directors has been fined after a man was trapped under a two-and-a-half tonne pack of stone slabs while unloading a truck in Hillingdon. The Health & Safety Executive prosecuted M & R Granite & Marble and Monzer Mahmoud Alrayes, a director of the company, over the incident in October last year. C...

Building trades workers invited to get asbestos aware

...ng given the chance to learn how to recognise and deal with one of their industry's biggest killers - asbestos. A series of training courses is being offered by the South Yorkshire & Humber Working Well Together Group - a partnership between key players in the construction sector and allied trades, plus the Health & Safety Executive. Cou...

Bespoke storage solution - semi-circular island base unit has integrated recycle bin and knife rack

Figura - renowned designer of kitchens and other fitted/unfitted furniture for the home, has created a clever storage solution in this English oak and hand painted kitchen. Giles Slater, Managing Director, has designed a clever semi-circular island end base unit with large full round end grain maple chopping block. The cupboard features a clev...

Amica introduces OptiGas

... brand, Amica, tells us it is delighted to have set a new standard with the introduction of OptiGas - the innovative gas burning system it has developed, which optimises gas usage by increasing heating efficiency and lowering gas consumption by as much as 12%. All of Amica's 50cm and 60cm freestanding cookers with gas hobs are now equipped with ...

Wise waste

... solutions pose problems for both residents and local authorities, particularly where flatted, multi-tenanted or terraces properties are prevalent. Storing and segregating food waste is difficult in these situations due to limited space and can result in health and nuisance issues. Further problems result from food scraps contaminating dry recyc...

Utopia strengthens sales team

Utopia Bathroom Group has further strengthened its house build sales team with the appointment of two new area sales managers. Alan Hudson, previously Business Development Manager for Waxman Ceramics, joins as Contracts Sales Manager for North East England and Steve Gascoine, who was also with Waxman Ceramics and latterly Stonecrest Marble, becom...

InHouse appoints Craig Condie as Sales Manager

...s the InHouse portfolio. Craig's career spans all the different elements of the kitchen industry - from a kitchen designer to external representative and now onto representing kitchen brand Schuller and new-to-the-UK-market bathroom furniture brand Pelipal. Prior to working in the UK, Craig was senior art director at South African advertising ag...

It wasn't deliberate by any means but this KBZine is something of an environmental sustainability issue, in as much as it features several new products and even kitchen fittings that will play their part in reducing man's environmental impact on our plane

...the long run, in terms of lower energy and water bills and less need to buy compost for our gardens - as we'll be making our own. Long may this clever thinking continue! ...

Whirlpool's new Max 35 microwave awarded Which? Best Buy

...ave oven gains an online Which? Best Buy award. The freestanding microwave, with its original round-back, minimises use of worktop space and includes a steam function too. Which? commented: "The Best Buy MAX 35 works really fast and does an excellent job of reheating food so meals are moist and appetising. It cooked a great jacket potato and bo...

Kaldewei announces new UK distribution agreement

...s nationwide distribution strategy.[TRIMTO] Kaldewei already works with four leading distributor - including Robert Lee, who are each able to uphold the exacting standards expected of a prestigious brand and deliver excellent levels of customer service. Established in 1875, Cooper Callas has an exemplary track record and with distribution centre...

Maytag combines top quality and technology in powerful new washer

...ects the consistently excellent design and performance of the company's products, which combine time-honoured craftsmanship with the finest technology. Continuing in this long tradition is the new MWA 09149 WH freestanding washing machine benefits from Maytag's IntelliSense technology. IntelliSense saves up to 50% on energy and water compared to...

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...the long run, in terms of lower energy and water bills and less need to buy compost for our gardens - as we'll be making our own. Long may this clever thinking continue!   Yours,   Jan Hobbs   ...

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...ing with a contemporary twist, new Hartford Ivory from Four Seasons by Moores  comes with a 25-year guarantee. T: 01937 862557 ...

Top 10 trends from the 2011 NKBA Design Competition

...n trends following the 2011 NKBA Design Competition. Representing what's currently fresh and forward-thinking in kitchen and bath design, distinct visual elements and colour, unique design details, personalised products and materials, and an architecturally artistic approach to proportion, are among the strong themes seen in the nearly 500 entries ...

FIRA expands its worldwide testing capabilities

...dustry Research Association has announced the expansion of its testing capabilities at its Stevenage-based testing centre, to encompass testing to American standards. FIRA's latest investment is equipment which allows testing of the safety and performance of office and lounge seating to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Busine...

May data signalled strengthening of activity growth in UK construction sector

...business prospects are expected to improve, with the degree of positive sentiment improving to a one-year high. "Construction sector activity grew again in May, with the rate of expansion accelerating slightly since Apri," reports Sarah Ledger, Economist at Markit and author of the UK Construction PMI. "Moreover, new order growth was marked, ...

Build-a-bed online with The Sleep Room

Brand new to The Sleep Room is its 'build-a-bed' service - designed to give you even more choice when buying your bed online. With just two easy steps it couldn't be easier to create your perfect bed. Our favourite part is The Sleep Room has taken the time to photograph all possible bed combinations - over 35 in total. Not only are you spoilt f...

Whirlpool's new wine cellar adds something special to the kitchen

...ashioned in the elegant aesthetic of the company's Fusion range, is a top quality, 'in column' built-in model that simulates the cellar environment yet can be sited anywhere in the kitchen or living area. This electronic, temperature controlled unit offers all the necessary credentials of a professional cellar in its ability to maintain a stable te...

National kitchen award presented by KBSA

... KBB London at the Platinum Suite at the ExCel centre, London last month. It was hosted by the stand-up comedian Alun Cochrane - famed for his appearances on Michael McIntyre's comedy road show, Eight Out of Ten Cats and Mock the Week. Presenting the trophy to Janice Sutherland, KBSA board member Richard Marr said: "We are delighted to once agai...

TFO Conciliation Officer becomes Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Associate

... her success, Natalie says: "Becoming an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - a benchmark of quality in dispute resolution - indicates our commitment to providing an independent and trusted service for disputes within the furniture and home improvement industries. "I hope my qualification with the Chartered Institute of A...

Maytag's new Intellisense dishwasher uses just six litres of water

... hard economic times when energy bills are soaring, the importance of a quality dishwasher as a long-term investment to save water and electricity is now being fully recognised. Premium manufacturer Maytag has answered the call in a big way with the launch of its newly designed and engineered range of dishwashers, which offer market-leading bene...

Form and function underpin new Ergo stainless steel sink from Carron Phoenix

...lass workcentre sink that is ideal for large island units or compact kitchens alike due to its multi-functionality. The Ergo 200 measures 833 x 500 x 200mm deep and fits into a 900mm cabinet. The main bowl measures 423 x 405 x 200mm, with the second bowl at 303 x 405 x 200mm. Ergo's simplicity of design is further complemented by the stylish flu...

Methven unveils Kaha Satinjet

Methven - the global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware - has launched five Kaha Satinjet showers in the UK and Europe, each with award-winning, twin-jet technology and a distinctive New Zealand design. The new Kaha Satinjet showers exhibit classic forms updated with modern design accents. Refined styling and subtle features...

An epic finish

...rise modern streamlined appliances and furniture, the sink is available in either single bowl or one-and-a-half bowl options. Both Epos EOV models come with a low-profile semi-integrated pop-up waste and hygienic overflow while optional accessories include a strainer bowl, Rollamat and drainer basket. T: 0161 436 6280 E: : info.uk@franke.com ...

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... new gas hobs with digital timers, T: 0208 247 3993 Aqata 's new Spectra shower screens and walk-ins help create luxurious and contemporary wetroom-style shower spaces. E: info@aqata.co.uk Congratulations to Zanussi 's ZFC623WAL and AEG 's A92860GNX0 for making it onto Ideal Home's 'Top Ten Freezers' list ...

New look for Utopia

Utopia Bathroom Group has introduced a fresh, lifestyle-orientated look to reflect its new brand positioning and greatly increased product portfolio. The result can be seen in the appealing new literature introduced to coincide with the recent product launch. Reflecting the sheer scale and size of the newly extended product range, there are no...

Industry associations back InstallerLive

...ances, fuels & services) are all lined up to support this year's InstallerLive exhibition (16th -19th October, NEC in Birmingham) - the national show dedicated to the needs of plumbing, heating, electrical and renewable installers. The APHC is the leading employers' organisation for plumbing and heating companies in England and Wales. The HH...

Zanussi and AEG freezer named in Ideal Home's 'Top Ten' list

...reezer with a matching fridge. Ideal Home's Savvy Shopper says: "Ice at the touch of a button - with no compromise on internal capacity, while anti-fingerprint technology means the sleek stainless steel finish stays that way". Tel: 08445 611611 F: 08445 618 920 W: www.electrolux.co.uk ...

KitchenAid's Chef Touch Sous Vide cooking system wins Red Dot award

...lity low temperature cooking method that unleashes culinary creativity. Fresh ingredients are vacuum-sealed in pouches and are cooked in a steam oven at temperatures not exceeding 100 degrees C. Lower cooking temperatures and the vacuum seal preserve the water and the organoleptic elements naturally present in foods making dishes tender, juicy, ...

Imperial's 'Simply Black' bathrooms, for design extravagance

...gain demonstrates its pioneering design capabilities with the launch of The Simply Black Collection - a range of hand-crafted ceramic sanitaryware in a stunning deep black glaze. Providing a bold and luxurious style statement for bathrooms both large and small, this latest range fuses timeless design with modern drama. The Simply Black Collec...

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...bit a similar fault, consumers owning all the other manufacturers' products with the same 'benefit' - in this case a clever device that prevents the need for that laborious and hated manual defrost - are likely to be concerned too.  I expect some probing questions to be asked by buyers and specifiers of appliances in the near future, as wel...

Appliance recycling firm fined after worker injured

...ed to pay full costs of £5,915.20p. After yesterday's hearing, HSE inspector Judith McNulty-Green said: "The worker was extremely fortunate not to have been more seriously hurt and the company could have done so many things to prevent his injuries. "Heavy machines like cookers and washers should never have been stacked so high. If th...

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...om pods for a smart housing development in East London, close to the Olympic Park. E: info@terrapin-ltd.co.uk Dolphin Bathrooms says its distribution agreement with Mark Two has dramatically improved service, achieved record delivery targets and reduced costs. T: 0800 626 717   West Midlands-based kitchen manufacturer Xymade ha...

Atag's new gas hobs have digital timers

Atag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, presents the latest additions to its superior product portfolio; two gas-on-glass hobs with digital timers... The digital timers featured on the HG9611MDB gas on glass hob, and the HG1111MDB panoramic gas...

Consumer Law course from The Furniture Ombudsman

...I am delighted that TFO has taken the lead in promoting a course of this nature. Employment law and - employee relations can be a complex topic, but if handled correctly by managers, many of the issues can be resolved in the interests of both parties. !You cannot plan when you may have to deal with an employment law issue, so ensuring you are up...

New freestanding dishwashers from Amica

...d electronic LED salt and rinse aid indicators. Each of the dishwashers provides five programmes - from a Rapid 25 minute cycle, which uses only eight litres of water and 0.4Kwh of electricity, to an Intensive cycle for the heaviest soiled loads - with Rinse, Eco and Normal programmes in between. AAA rated for energy, cleaning and drying perf...

FIRA-CMA expands testing capacity

Following unprecedented demand, FIRA's Hong Kong testing facility - FIRA-CMA Testing Services, has expanded its capacity for furniture testing. Five additional testing machines manufactured by FIRA in the UK, have been delivered, installed and commissioned by FIRA's Paul Greenbank. FIRA's testing facility in Hong Kong, offered in partnership...

EU closes in on contract law for consumers and SMEs

...reality last week after MEPs backed proposals by the European Commission to establish an optional EU-wide system. But consumer groups warned that such a scheme would do little to boost cross-border trade and only add to the confusion faced by businesses and shoppers alike. Introducing an EU contract law and a possible civil code is an ambitious ...

Keep the bathroom well stored with Ribble

...plus a double door version with a handy shelf and towel rail underneath, which is particularly space-saving and ideal for the smaller bathroom or cloakroom. Each Ribble cabinet comes in a simple self-assemble format and couldn't be easier to fix to the wall as they feature Croydex's patented Hang 'N' Lock system. This innovative system makes ...

National Skills Academy partners with InstallerLive in Eco Challenge

...he show. The Skills Academy will be involved in a number of major activities at InstallerLive (16th - 19th October 2011) including the new interactive 'Eco Challenge' feature. The Eco Challenge gives visitors the opportunity to test their skills against each other in an exciting, timed competition focused on installing green technologies. The ai...

Next generation of home-grown talent nurtured with student design competition

... Tile manufacturer and distributor, the CP Group, has been searching for the next generation of home-grown talent recently, undertaking a student design project in collaboration with the University of Huddersfield. In a bid to discover new talent and further relationships with the University, a six week design project was launched for 29 first y...

Terence Ball kitchens launches six new ranges

...able price. The new eye catching designs expand the TBK portfolio to over 150 ranges. T: 01984-624640 E: sales@terenceballkitchens.co.uk W: www.terenceballkitchens.co.uk ...

Siamp launches designer plate collection

...has been launched by Siamp UK. The 15 new additions take the range to 27. Boasting a more fashion-led look than the standard range, they come in coloured glass and chrome with light and depth effects and can be can be used with Siamp UK's extensive range of cistern mounting frames. Domestic and commercial customers can also create a bespoke p...

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...e to the KBzine   I've just heard an advertisement on my local radio station - Radio Jackie (no longer pirate!) - that the Southern Homebuilding & Renovating / Kitchen & Bathroom Show is taking place this weekend at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey. I'm surprised I hadn't been made aware of it officially as I was given ...

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Lakes Bathrooms has replaced its entire shower tray range with low-profile, lightweight, ABS capped resin trays measuring just 40mm in height and weighing under 25kg.  E: info@lakesbathrooms.co.uk September's 100% Design will feature The Director's Cut - British-based designers and manufacturers showing a chosen product for...

Appliance recycling firm fined after worker injured

...lso ordered to pay full costs of £5,915.20. After the hearing, HSE inspector Judith McNulty-Green said: "The worker was extremely fortunate not to have been more seriously hurt and the company could have done so many things to prevent his injuries. "Heavy machines like cookers and washers should never have been stacked so high. If th...

British cooker brand to make member of public its Social Media Custodian

...concept of brands adopting members of the public to be used in marketing campaigns is not a new one - Milky Bar has run campaigns to find its latest Milky Bar Kid, Dove's Real Women campaign was a global success and this year the Bisto Kids returned following a search among the public. However, it is thought that this is the first time a company in...

Sale of Trade Warehouses facilitates expansion into retail sector

Following successful negotiations with on-line retailer TileClick, British Ceramic Tile has agreed to sell its four Trade Warehouses in Bristol, Swindon, Gloucester and Cardiff. The four outlets, currently trading under the British Ceramic Tile Trade Warehouse heading, will continue to operate as usual to provide service and value to the trade ...

Methven gives Deva brand a makeover and launches 50 new products

... a new retail brochure. Featuring a modern, fluid logo and fresh, vibrant corporate colours, the new-look branding is already a hit with Deva customers. For 2011 there are more new products than previous years and many designs are unique to Deva, with the emphasis on high quality, 'own stable' showers and taps. The wide ranging shower solutio...

KitchenAid launches new built-in coffee machine

...n a very special coffee machine, and KitchenAid has introduced a new model the KSCX 3625. This built-in, sophisticated machine is a real taste of luxury and a mini coffee shop in its own right, offering top quality coffee at any time of the day. It features five different options (espresso, small, medium, large and mug) and three different settings...

Improve - don't move!

... next 12 months, MHS Radiators is helping homeowners improve and renew their bathrooms with its cost-effective and extensive range of towel rails and bathroom radiators. The Towel Rail range from MHS features over 20 models of designer towel rails and bathroom radiators and has been created to complement the company's popular and extensive colle...

Imperial unveils new design guide for the discerning

...oducts for the discerning. Complete with a sumptuous black linen cover edged with silver, the 266-page Summer 2011 Guide features many of the company's popular products, together with the introduction of new and exciting additions. These include new ceramic ranges - incorporating the stunning Simply Black collection - hand-crafted solid woo...

Franke goes large!

The spacious new Kubus KBX 160 55-20 sink from Franke is designed for any task the kitchen demands - due to the huge 550mm x 400mm main bowl and 200 x 400mm half bowl. A welcome addition to the already extensive Kubus KBX undermount range, the sink is seamlessly presented and big on style and capacity. There's plenty of room to do the dishes ...

Property & Construction Sector to be hit with £50m increase in finance cost

... held by the plan. The calculation will, from 2013, effectively assume all assets are invested in AA-rated corporate bonds which are generally expected to produce lower returns than a typical scheme's investment strategy. "The survey of FTSE350 companies with defined benefit schemes indicated that profits for the latest available accounting peri...

Free gifts for tilers who Go Greener

...ronmentally Responsible Adhesives will protect at least 50sq.m of rainforest and earn an exclusive T-shirt or limited edition van sticker. BAL's donation to Cool Earth protects 1sq.m of rainforest for every 1sq.m tiled with any Go Greener tile adhesive.[TRIMTO] To earn a free gift, tilers collecs a promotional 'Green Card' from their local parti...

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Lakes Bathrooms has replaced its entire shower tray range with low-profile, lightweight, ABS capped resin trays measuring just 40mm in height and weighing under 25kg.  E: info@lakesbathrooms.co.uk September's 100% Design will feature The Director's Cut - British-based designers and manufacturers showing a chosen product for...

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...bit a similar fault, consumers owning all the other manufacturers' products with the same 'benefit' - in this case a clever device that prevents the need for that laborious and hated manual defrost - are likely to be concerned too.  I expect some probing questions to be asked by buyers and specifiers of appliances in the near future, as wel...

Wentworth Kitchens Banbury - a breath of fresh air

Wentworth Kitchens in Banbury opened its doors this month - a breath of fresh air for the area as the showroom has been taken on by new owner Clive Sephton and now hosts brand new displays. Working closely in partnership with kitchen furniture manufacturer Mereway Kitchens, the two companies have created a stunning showroom to wow the locals, ...

Quintessentially Abode - a KBB winner!

.... The inspiration for Quintessentially comes from the classic era of British design and manufacture - refined and distinct. Produced in popular chrome and pewter finishes the four suites within the collection are sophisticated and distinctly Abode. Astbury, standing tall with white ceramic china handles. Brompton, a modern take on a vintage Br...

'Don't forget to remember' you're our new ambassador, SBID tells Robin Gibb, CBE

...to mind. When the list of legendary acts who have enjoyed success with their compositions is added - such as Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick, Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton, Diana Ross and Celine Dion, along with those who have covered Bee Gees songs to chart topping success such as Take That, Destiny's Child and Boyzone, it becomes clear that t...

SBID announces International Design Awards as Official British Partner of Maison & Objet

...r Design is delighted to be launching the inaugural International Design Awards to both SBID and non-SBID interior design professionals from around the world. The competition will measure six categories of interior design excellence. Robin Gibb CBE, singer & song writing legend of the Bee Gees a passionate champion of thecCreativeiIndustries, leads...

Polypipe launches Silavent low energy fans

...sed Mechanical Extract Ventilation (dMEV) versions. These include the Curzon 100mm and Mayfair plug-in specification fan, which also features a twin speed dMEV option. The Curzon's power consumption is 10W at a flow rate of 80m_/h and the Mayfair is 10W hi and 6W low speed at a flow rate of 72 hi and 43 low m_/h respectively. Designed with eas...

CP Group expands its Specification Division with appointment of Allan Dixon

...ell during my career." From luxury natural stone products to highly polished porcelain and design-led ceramic tiles, CP Group offers an extensive range of wall and floor tiles to the specification sector. Recent contracts include the Holiday Inn Express and Village Leisure Hotel Group. T: 0845 356 7568 W: www.cpgroupuk.com ...

An eco first for Glen Dimplex Home Appliances

...ecommended by the Energy Saving Trust Recommended scheme across all three of its freestanding, built-in and range cooking categories. Leading the way in the production of energy saving appliances, almost one hundred products across all three of GDHA's cooking brands, Stoves, Belling and New World, have undergone hours of testing against strict E...

HiB brings cabinets alive with LED

...ive design department. Austin, Colorado and Minnesota, each very individual designs, are LED back-lit cabinets with the illumination within the cabinet door. While Austin (single door) and Colorado (double door) are designed to go against a flat wall, Minnesota is for hanging in a corner. With all three cabinets the lights stay on when the do...

A world first in Cloud technology for the KBB sector

...secure web servers... it is identical to online banking. Retailers' data is stored in large, well-protected data centres and is far more likely to be safer than information on a laptop or a server in the office. Smart Systems has a strong vested interest in keeping intruders out, viruses down and data backed up by employing some of the most secu...

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Lakes Bathrooms has replaced its entire shower tray range with low-profile, lightweight, ABS capped resin trays measuring just 40mm in height and weighing under 25kg.  E: info@lakesbathrooms.co.uk September's 100% Design will feature The Director's Cut - British-based designers and manufacturers showing a chosen product for...

Sales training and new product demos at new KBSA regional meetings

...ngs included an update from the KBSA with the results of the most recent member's survey and a round-up of external research and statistics to provide an overview of the market. The KBB NTG sponsored a free training session, given by Andy Sharp from NAPIT. Andy gave a lively and interesting talk on securing the order and signing off the project...

Mereway Bathrooms taste success at MSM Exhibition

... an impressive impact. The doors opened at 10am and the show ran right through until 12 midnight - a straight 14 hours to ensure visitors would not miss out. Entertainment included a Casino and visitor raffle consisting of expensive prizes donated from each exhibiting supplier; prizes included a camcorder, digital camera and a full size plasma ...

K Kitchens launches 'The Painted Collection'

...f the new furniture designs, a solid timber ash door with natural visible graining. Featuring shaker-style panelling, the Lynton kitchen is available in the full 15 painted colours (pictured in French Grey and Lockett); ranging from classic heritage shades to the bold and quirky. Combined with a choice of 20 handles, whether this be ornate, traditi...

AEG PowerMix makes guest appearance on James Martin's Saturday Kitchen

...AEG PowerMix Silent Blender to make delicious blueberry molasses to accompany Silvena Rowe's eastern-inspired pork belly dish. Series producer James Winter says the blender was "very quiet and perfect for blitzing the blueberries". The new table top blender from AEG is so quiet; you can talk while using it and still be heard! Today's blenders p...

Amazing grates!

Unislope, the new all-in-one-pack solution for installing a wet room floor and linear drain, now offers a comprehensive range of superior grade solid stainless steel grates and custom panels that complement both the function and the form of a designer wet room. "Wet room retailers seeking a product range with both kerb appeal and worthwhile re...

Innovative device adds value to bathroom accessories sales

A new device is set to revolutionise the shower-time experience in around three million UK households while offering retailers a valuable low-cost bathroom accessory sales opportunity. The Curtain Bouncer has been designed to solve one of life's irritating mysteries - why shower curtains always cling to your skin. It happens because water fro...

New Timeless bathroom collection from Imperial

...asts a generous and gentle curved platform and comes complete with a complementary pedestal. A close-coupled pan/cistern with chrome or antique gold push button flush, together with a bidet with one tap hole, along with a wall hung pan/cistern and wall hung bidet, complete this simple yet striking collection. Combined with Imperial's collection ...

SBID announces International Design Awards as Official British Partner of Maison & Objet

...r Design is delighted to be launching the inaugural International Design Awards to both SBID and non-SBID interior design professionals from around the world. The competition will measure six categories of interior design excellence. Robin Gibb CBE, singer & song writing legend of the Bee Gees a passionate champion of thecCreativeiIndustries...

New classically elegant basin stands from Imperial Bathrooms

Imperial Bathrooms - the leading British manufacturer of bathroom products for the discerning client - continues to distinguish itself in the bathroom market with the launch of a new and extensive basin stand collection that recreates the classical elegance of the British bathroom. Designed to provide a classical and timeless alternative to th...

KitchenAid's new combi steamer offers real versatility

...cturer KitchenAid's versatile new combi steamer oven, the KOCV 3610, is equally effective as a stand-alone cooking appliance or as a complementary cooking product. The stylish compact 45cm model is one of three supreme products within KitchenAid's stunning new Sous Vide cooking system, the Chef Touch, along with the vacuum machine and shock free...

Minister confirms furniture industry support for fire safety regulations

... Phil Reynolds, who attended as the BFC technical representative, as well as Stephen McPartland, MP - chair of the All Party Parliamentary Interest Group for Furniture, Richard Plowman of the Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association, Jessica Alexander - National Bed Federation and Martin Jourdan - Chair of the BFC. Commenting, Stephen McPartlan...

Whirlpool's ambient collection hits the sweet spot for retailers

With great design, sleek styling and attractive price points, Whirlpool's Ambient Line of built-in appliances is proving to be a big hit with retailers. The Ambient Line integrates advanced technology with supremely simple functionality to guarantee perfect results in the kitchen. The products in the range offer a comprehensive set of traditio...

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...o the inevitable, soul destroying traffic jams. But what's the answer? I try and drive when no-one else is on the roads but am frustrated that I have to sit at traffic lights when there isn't another car in sight, or creep along at 20 or 30 mph in a road with a school, when it could easily take a car travelling at 40 mph as the school isn't g...

Annual Bathroom Conference - an update

Stunningly beautiful, packed with style and ultra-modern. That's how the BMA has described the venue for this year's Annual Bathroom Conference. All the arrangements are now in place for what is set to be the top bathroom business event of the year on 9th November 2011. The stunning all-new conference centre at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire is secure...

Bathroom Retailers Market Report now available

...nabling bathroom product suppliers to grow sales through this channel and retailers to develop an in-depth understanding of their competitive environment. The report also includes four years of financial history for more than 100 retailers, enabling companies to develop effective marketing strategies based on sound market intelligence. A PEST &...

Summer Style from British Ceramic Tile

...her been expanded to include eight tiles in a 198x198mm size including three completely new colours - Latte, Aubergine (shown right) and Cobalt Blue. In addition to the new size of wall tiles, a coordinating insert and strip are also available in four colourways. The Paris decor pieces have a contemporary mosaic design and platinum highlights...

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... on Tuesday 4th October 2011 .at 16.00. The plan is to hold the meeting in the late afternoon - so if you're a retailer you won't have to leave your showrooms too early! After the AGM there will be a networking dinner, with after dinner speaker, at the same venue, where there is plenty of accommodation for those who wish to stay overnight and...

AEG's new oven puts expertise of 100s of professional chefs at your disposal!

...expert recipes and advanced sensors which can detect the weight and volume of the food to be cooked - calculating the right cooking temperature and time. The Culisense oven does the work for you; so you don't have to. With the new, intelligent function of AutoCook, cooking has never been easier. While keeping the sleek design, the Culisense oven...

British manufacturing at its best!

...response to Utopia's recent groundbreaking product launch and I have to say I was just as impressed - not only with the products themselves but also with the clever and useful way they were presented.[TRIMTO] Four brand new furniture concepts were launched during a three week programme which saw over 800 key retailers visit the company's Wolver...

Member of The Furniture Ombudsman Standards Board becomes Fellow of the Trading Standards Institute

...ture Ombudsman is second to none," says Jim. "If I had a choice of buying from a TFO member or a non-member I would choose the member." Jim was featured in a four minute film played on screens throughout the Trading Standards Institute conference, in which he spoke about the services provided by TFO, his involvement and his recognition of how th...

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..._embedded   R & D Marketing 's demista  heated mirror pads are providing steam-free preening in the recently opened luxury Crowne Plaza hotel in St Petersburg. T: 01932 866600 Most of MX Group 's new Atmos range of thermostatic mixer showers carry TMV2 approval. All suit high and low pressure systems. E: mixervalves@mx-g...

A marriage of form and function: new extractor hoods from Blanco by Gutmann

...re from both top and bottom, and boasts an extraction rate of 1200m3/second using an internal motor - and an even higher rate with an external motor. It's available in a variety of sizes in wall-mounted or island options and features halogen lighting and a choice of motors. Also new to the Gutmann range for 2011 is the high style Capa ceiling ...

B&Q invests in FIRA Gold Installation Certification

FIRA hasd announce that B&Q has received FIRA Gold Installation Certification for its kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms installation services. The accreditation means that the installation processes used by B&Q have passed a rigorous series of tests to ensure that installation in customers' homes is carried out to the highest standards eac...

BathEmpire to sell self-cleaning shower screens

From 3 rd August 2011, UK online bathroom retailer BathEmpire is launching a new range of self-cleaning shower screens and enclosures that use special nano-coatings to break down dirt. The new EasyClean shower screen range uses a special nano-coating technology which works in two phases to break down organic dirt and let it rinse clean away. Th...

Construction repair specialist Plastic Surgeon wins National Recycling Awards

Plastic Surgeon - cosmetic repair specialist and expert in material and building product repairs such as plastic and GRP, woods and veneers, stone and brick, ceramics and enamel, glass and glazing, metals and Ffoils and other surfaces, scooped an award at last week's 2011 National Recycling Awards, under the category of 'Waste Minimisation' for i...

Ellis Furniture gears up for product launches

...tion of superior quality furniture. There's something in there for everyone, from classic to cutting-edge contemporary, and at five price points we have a design for most budgets. "We've listened to our customers and produced collections we believe that they and their customers will love. We're firmly committed to ensuring our customers have th...

New retail sales manager focuses on wall-hung

As it continues to spread the good word about the benefits of wall-hung sanitaryware to the UK market, Geberit, a leading supplier of innovative sanitary systems, has further extended its retail sales force to a team of 13 with the appointment of Marnie Hopkinson to the position of Retail Area Sales Manager Yorkshire. Joining the company from ...

Mark Wilkinson OBE: Bringing together special charities

...kinson OBE, said to have turned the kitchen into the heart of the home when he created the lifestyle-focused English Country Kitchen in the late Seventies and broke the grip that the efficiency-led German manufacturers were beginning to exert on the UK luxury kitchen market at that time, wielded a little more of his magic recently when he was at th...

'Dry Clean' in your own home!

...an change the way we clean our clothes forever. AEG's ProTex washing machines can 'refresh' and 'de-crease' even dry-clean only garments, which means you can cut back on those costly and time consuming trips to the dry cleaners! With the days getting busier and more hectic by the hour, AEG washing machines are designed for your convenience. The...

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...sgrohe 's new online planning tool for its Axor Bourellec bathroom collection at: www.pro.hansgrohe-int.com/axor-composer HiB 's beautiful new mono block basin mixer  tap designs - Mesi and Neath - come with pop-up wastes. T: 0208 441 0352 Rangemaster 's latest surface finish enhances the colour of steel, avoids yellowing and masks...

Abode goes Dutch

One of the UK's most eclectic, award winning kitchen sink and tap designers/manufacturers' - Abode, has launched its products onto the Dutch market. The full range of both modern and contemporary kitchen taps, including the newly launched 'Quintessentially' Abode collection plus the stainless steel, ceramic and composite sinks portfolio, are no...

A world of black and white

The designer or homeowner can step into a world of black and white with the new Arena Pull-Out Spray tap from the Portfolio 55 collection by Franke. This stylish tap is available in either matt black or matt white and will suit today's streamlined kitchen space; it's designed to complement today's modern appliances and furniture. The Arena fea...

Domestic Kitchen Furniture Market Report - UK 2011-2015 Analysis

The UK domestic kitchen furniture market experienced steady growth in the 2002-2007 period, reaching a market size of £1,390m by the end of the period. The decline in the housebuilding sector, together with a downturn in consumer spending and tighter financial conditions resulted in a significant decline in the market in 2008 and an even st...

Methven unveils Kaha tapware

As part of its popular Kaha collection, Methven - the global designer and manufacturer of superior quality showers and tapware - is launching Kaha tapware with soft curves and crisp edges that create a timeless design style. The rounded, tapering lines of Kaha tapware finish soft, slightly organic shapes. Offering a choice of seven Kaha tapwar...

Stoves and Belling launch Colour Boutique

...ber, can be applied to all size and fuel variants of the Stoves Richmond and Belling Classic models - offering a total of 180 personalised colour/cooker combinations which is believed to be the biggest colour offering in the market. Combining four seasonal trends; Fresh Spring; Summer Splash; Autumn Chic and Urban Winter, Colour Boutique offers ...

Carron Phoenix 'taps' into top-end contemporary style with its new Tulipano

...ome of contemporary styling, Tulipano Grande is deliberately pitched to appeal to the discerning mid-top end consumer looking for a statement tap without compromising on functionality. Tulipano Grande is 100mm taller than the average tap which accentuates its distinctly sculptural feel with the slim spout developing into an elegant water droplet s...

LDL extends LED lighting range

...mponents has extended its range of LED lighting solutions with the new Linea range of recessed, semi-recessed angled and surface mounted display profiles, ideal for use in kitchens, studies, wardrobes, dressing rooms and also shop interiors. Available to order in any size up to two metres, the new profiles are aluminium with a polycarbonate cove...

Rocking Roller hood from Franke is hugely efficient

..., Franke has introduced the Roller hood which is compact at 90cm wide, unobtrusive, with its steeply-angled design - and hugely efficient. This sophisticated unit will complement all kitchen schemes whatever the layout and size. The stylish black glass surround contrasts beautifully with the stainless steel strips while ambient lighting is achie...

F & P Wholesale turns up the heat as Prorad sales hit 2 million

...he right price, with ease of the ability to fit and forget being a key consideration for installers - not only to make their lives much easier but to encourage repeat purchases as well. "However, the real key to our success in the radiator market during recent years has been F & P Wholesale's 'one tomorrow' delivery promise, which means we c...

Plumber sentenced after explosion at Willenhall bungalow

A Wolverhampton plumber has been given a 10-month suspended jail sentence for causing a gas explosion and fire in which a pensioner sustained 21% burns rescuing his nine-year-old granddaughter. Peter Naylor, of Wednesfield, removed the gas meter at the property in to reach a leaking water stopcock he was repairing in December last year. Wolv...

Breathtaking bathrooms from Neptune

...rmony with the same affordable price tags. The Chichester Bathroom range comprises under and over-mounted cabinets and wall pieces. Several sizes are offered allowing for a choice of basins. The freestanding cabinets provide endless combinations - combining the basin and drawer bases or adding open curved cabinets on the ends. The space in any b...

EQ backs BMA Water Efficiency Product Labelling Scheme

...y the Bathroom Manufacturers Association has received a further endorsement from EQ Software. The UK-based business management software provider will incorporate water efficient products registered on WEPLS into the system, for specification and order by retailers. At the recent Bathroom Manufacturers association AGM, Neil Schofield, Marketing M...

Utopia completes intensive training programme

...en installed to showcase the four new product ranges. In all, over 200 retailers attended the day-long course which was hosted by Steve Jaques, National Sales Manager. After a formal presentation of the new ranges, the guests were taken into the new showroom for intensive product training and then completed an exercise to familiarise themselves ...

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... I may have mentioned previously that John Austen and I have been producing another weekly  e-zine, which we set up in 2002 as part of a 'stable' of e-zines with KBZine's original owners Richard and Debbie Schwarz. Cleanzine ( www.thecleanzine.com ) covers the global cleaning & hygiene industry and like the KBB industry, that industry...

Slide Away...

...t Drawer systems are quick and easy to assemble, with full extension Smuso intergrated soft and self-closing mechanisms on both sides, the progressive rollers bring the drawer to a smooth and quiet close. The characteristics of the Moovit system allow the drawer fronts to be easily removed without the use of tools thanks to the front fixing brac...

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...sgrohe 's new online planning tool for its Axor Bourellec bathroom collection at: www.pro.hansgrohe-int.com/axor-composer HiB 's beautiful new mono block basin mixer  tap designs - Mesi and Neath - come with pop-up wastes. T: 0208 441 0352 Rangemaster 's latest surface finish enhances the colour of steel, avoids yellowing and masks...

Charming Couture from Uber

...hat retailers can offer something really different. The Couture collection is stylish with handle-less doors for a minimalist streamlined look. It is also versatile with nine different colours. For example, the Anthracite colour balances bold and stylish, yet warm and homely.[TRIMTO] Each couture kitchen is specially made to order and is hand...

New Reno tap works the trend for texture and colour

... look with a black granite sink tying the two products together, while equally working in a material-mix way with a pure stainless steel sink too. The Reno tap is a popular selling tap in Carron's portfolio based on its easy style and functionality, combining a slim cylindrical body, directional spout and single lever handle. In addition to Jet Bla...

Frontline Bathrooms issues extensive bathroom guide

...ble in both a print and online version. The latest products featured in the brochure include: - 2-tone Aquatrend Italia range - April freestanding baths (manufactured in Britain) - Aquabathe freestanding baths (Summit & Pure) - Extended range of designer radiators "This year has been exciting, with the introduction of several new produ...

Bushboard's upgraded Encore solid surface range offers moulded acrylic sinks and new designs

...00% pure white acrylic guaranteeing the highest levels of hygiene and performance being durable, non-porous and inherently robust enough to cope with the high speed demands of a waste disposal unit. Elegantly designed with simple lines, there is a choice of a single bowl and one and a half bowl options which can deliver the top end looks of a st...

NKBA Launches a New Non-Design Certification

The US National Kitchen & Bath Association has announced the launch of a new non-design certification: the Certified Kitchen & Bath Professional (CKBP). The CKBP was developed to enable kitchen and bath professionals in all non-design segments of the industry to demonstrate their experience, education and expertise. This universal certi...

KitchenAid introduces gas hobs with iXelium

...ogy, arresting the ageing process of stainless steel and maintaining its everlasting beauty and easy-clean convenience. Nanotechnology is used to create an invisible barrier on the surface, making it significantly more resistant to scratching, staining and corrosion than conventional steel hobs. And because iXelium can be cleaned using natural,...

Utopia introduces new Encurva Modular range

... focuses on elegant curves for a new, softer look. In a comprehensive range of sizes from a space-saving 450mm through to 1250mm, Encurva units have a dedicated, curved handle along the top edge. Door and drawer options are available and there is a choice of accompanying washbasin. Smaller and larger units are teamed with the new Quantum Square ...

Demista make further inroads into Russia

...cently opened luxury Crowne Plaza hotel in central St Petersburg where all the bathrooms have easily-fitted heated mirror pads invisibly fixed to the back of the mirror to ensure they remain steam free. Specified for the hotel by the Russian company Renaissance Construction, the demista pads have already made an impression on leading Russian bat...

Methven Kiri Satinjet ultra low flow shower wins Green Good Design Award

Methven - the global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware - is celebrating yet another award win after its Kiri Satinjet Ultra Low Flow Shower won a 'green' medal in the 2011 Green Good Design Awards from The European Centre for Architecture Art Design & Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture &...

New website for Uber has the wow factor

...ored. Uber's 'affordable chic' message is reinforced by stunning imagery which highlights the eye-catching products. The website gives a complete overview of all the stylish portfolios - from traditional to ultra-modern; from coloured to high gloss white; from natural timber to painted wood. The new Uber Couture collection is shown in glorious ...

Industry bodies come together as the Kitchen & Bathroom Forum

...bjectives include the exchange of information on each organisation's own strategies and initiatives - and how the Forum as a whole can help them - and identifying shared issues and goals that it can act on as a whole. The aim is to meet several times a year with a different chairman each time taken from the participating bodies. The initiativ...

IMPORTANT WARNING - INTERNET SCAM INVOLVING APPLIANCE PURCHASES

We have mail from the Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association We have been advised that there are several scams in operation at the moment targeting specialist retailers for appliance purchases. Requests are received via email/internet and when a contact phone number is requested, an email response is received citing a ...

News in Brief

...ham.plc.uk   De Dietrich 's new DVY1010J 45cm slimline, 'AAA' rated dishwasher, handles 10-place settings and has with a useful half load facility. T: 01256 308 067 AKW 's 'Level Best' wet-room system is perfect for those of limited ability. T: 01905 823298 Gorenje 's new GIC63140 AX built-in compact dishwasher accommodates six ...

kbb 2014 Innovations Awards

...ing the winners, who were:[TRIMTO] Bedrooms: Daval with the Como fitted bedroom range with option-i design technology Bathrooms: Wirquin with the Macdee motion universal siphon Kitchens: Cosentino with Dekton ultra compact surfaces On announcing the winners, one of the judges - Paul Rowland, Managing Director of CP Hart said: "The ...

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...Summer weather in the UK of warm sunshine, into what has sometimes looked like the depths of Winter - and it isn't warm either! During the heat wave in the early Spring we were told to conserve water and warned that hosepipe bans might come into force before long. Now we read that we've experienced the coldest Summer since 1993. However, cold...

News in Brief

...cs and home appliances opens today at Messe Berlin, Germany. It runs until Wednesday. W: www1.messe-berlin.de Waterproof wall panel system manufacturer Mermaid Panels , whose products feature in Buckingham Palace, has launched a fab new range of glass panels. T: 01472 279940 Superplan Plus joins Kaldewei 's classic portfolio of floor le...

Water saving made simple with Triton's new Leah Eco showerhead

...howerhead can be suggested to suit a range of mixer showers and bathroom looks. Two spray patterns - 'powerful flow' and 'invigorating flow'- will satisfy even the most demanding of customers and can be easily selected using a sturdy click-action mechanism. A rub-clean nozzle provides extra winning points. The Leah Eco showerhead is the latest ...

New kitchen market report published

... JKMR's 'Overview Report on the UK Kitchen Furniture Market 'has now been published, providing an in-depth review of recent market achievement, along with wide ranging analysis of market performance and development in the short to medium term.[TRIMTO] Report findings show the kitchen market continued to face challenging conditions in 2010, with ...

Tile Depot sponsors Wycombe Tigers Youth FC

...ded The Royal Grammar School High Wycombe. The team was initiated by three of the School's boarders - Ed Henderson, Will Rygalski and Alex Ford, all 17, who opened the idea to other friends and boarders in their year and year below to assemble the squad, which is made up of 12 boarders and seven 'day boys' with Ed as chairman and treasurer and Will...

Amica refrigeration selected for Cookery School

...Polish appliances brand, Amica , were used by the contestants in the first series of Cookery School - the highly successful Channel 4 cooking competition currently being aired on Channel 4 and also available on 4oD.[TRIMTO] Cookery School is a brand new 50-episode series and daily cookery competition, hosted by Irish Michelin Star celebrity chef...

Maytag launches new range of super smart tumble dryers

...ement in any kitchen." Key features of the new freestanding Maytag MTD09WH Tumble Dryer: * Top-of-the range 600mm condenser model styled in white * IntelliSense sensor technology is boosted by a new algorithm that precisely detects the humidity and dryness level of the load, controlling and adapting the drying cycle saving time and energy. * ...

Imperial Bathrooms unveils fine furniture collection

Handcrafted in the UK using time-honoured techniques and combining practicality with the beauty and luxury of solid and real wood veneers is Barrington - a stunning new line-up of free-standing fine furniture from Imperial Bathrooms.[TRIMTO] Designed to provide a distinctive alternative to the plethora of modular furniture currently available,...

Water Saving Plumbing Products Market Report UK 2011-2015, now available

... Forecasts indicate that the UK water saving plumbing products market will return to growth in 2011-12. Following the changes to Part G of the Building Regulations in 2010, these products are in greater demand. In addition, the water consumption targets set by the Code for Sustainable Homes will increase to level 4 for public new housing in 2012, ...

Zanussi fridge freezer one of Which? magazine's Top 10 Space Savers

Which? has named the 'Best Buy' Zanussi ZRT318W fridge freezer as one of its 'Top 10 space-saving kitchen gadgets'. The 50cm wide ZRT318W was also awarded 5 stars for both fridge and freezer temperature stability.[TRIMTO] Which? Says: "The petite Zanussi ZRT318W freestanding fridge has a small freezer compartment at the top and a larger fri...

Methven unveils Deva Signature shower kits

As part the ongoing launch of the new Deva collection, Methven - the global designer and manufacturer of showers and tapware - is launching the Signature range of Deva, 'own stable' shower kits.[TRIMTO] Available exclusively from Deva and a perfect retro fit product, this exciting range of striking shower kits features four different models - ...

KBSA releases details of post-AGM networking dinner

... English Comedian of the year 2009. "Please ensure you book your place to avoid disappointment - just complete the downloadable pdf and send with payment to the KBSA office in Mansfield," says Graham Ball, KBSA CEO. "Free Entry into the Kitchen Conference on Tuesday 5th October 2011 is included in the delegate price for retail members. S...

Electrolux CEO Keith McLoughlin makes keynote speech at IFA 2011

...ernational Funkausstellung) kicks off in Berlin this morning. Last year, more than 235,000 visitors - including 125,000 from the trade - showed up at what some consider is the most important fair for consumer electronics and home appliances. For the first time, Keith McLoughlin introduces himself to the European retailer audience within the Inte...

Liebherr wins Which? 'Best Buy' status for G1221 Under Counter freezer

Liebherr has been awarded the Which? 'Best Buy' status for the G1221 Under Counter freezer. The G1221 freezer can keep food frozen for more than a day and a half in a power cut and is unaffected by fluctuating room temperatures. Liebherr was commended for the recommended setting as 'spot on', so once you've set it up you shouldn't need to touc...

New appointment at Apex Interior Systems

...has been appointed Sales & Marketing Manager at Apex Interior Systems, the Burscough, Lancashire-based manufacturer of vinyl wrapped kitchen and wardrobe doors. Drawing on his in-depth knowledge of the industry, Chris's remit at Apex covers sales and market development, including management of external and internal sales teams and developing...

Renewables Roadshow 2011

...hroom at the Renewables Roadshow 2011. The Roadshow, on tour throughout September, will bring a zero-jargon approach to the very latest technologies and training for trade professionals across the UK. Ideal Standard says that with over 300 products on the Bathroom Manufacturer Association's water efficient labelling scheme, it has registered mor...

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Welcome to the KBzine Regular readers of KBZine will be aware that I was a strong advocate of our need to cut the amount of waste we send to landfill, long before the EU set the ever tightening targets we now have to meet. Although my local council operates a good doorstep collection scheme for recyclables, it doesn’t take...

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...sh will be another’s treasure and there are many ways (charity shops, garage sales, Gumtree, e-bay etc.) to marry the two up. Perhaps we need to be forced to take advantage of these or perhaps other more comprehensive schemes should be set up. Either way, something needs to be done quickly as we’re running out of landfill space and o...

News in Brief

...d fitters who need information while on site but can't cope with large A4 catalogues. E: sales@vado-uk.com Italian chef, Enzo Saccucci, will be on the Hoover Candy Swift Trade Show stand preparing a range of dishes to demonstrate the capability and versatility of the manufacturer's cooking  appliances. Swift takes place in Stoke on Trent ...

Just Add Water - Ellis Furniture joins forces with Fayers

...d builders' merchant group, which sees Ellis Furniture bathrooms displayed in all three smart London-based bathroom showrooms under the Just Add Water brand.[TRIMTO] This latest affiliation demonstrates the ongoing success enjoyed by both Ellis Furniture and Fayers, as they continue to go from strength to strength despite the difficult marketpla...

Musical chairs with a twist!

...Community Protection for Hertfordshire County Council and Chair of the Standards Board for Stevenage-based The Furniture Ombudsman, has now also become the Chair of the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers (ACTSO).[TRIMTO] ACTSO is the body that represents the most senior staff in the Trading Standards services of Local Authorities in...

AGA Rangemaster says streamlined processes improve profit performance

...the results of its first half year trading statement for the 2011 financial year... and the Midlands-based specialist in range cooking and kitchen living has announced an improved profit performance, with a marked rise in operating profit to £2.9 million from £0.8 million.[TRIMTO] Rangemaster continued to maintain its market share in...

Polypipe launches Domus radial duct system

... upon a branch design, with ducting to rooms run off a main duct connected to a MEV, MVHR unit or in-line fan. The Domus Radial Duct System works differently in that each room vent is served by one 75mm semi rigid duct which connects directly to a central distribution system splitting the air from the Air Handling Unit. In specific market appli...

Elegant Glassline from Hafele

...e finish to their space. The elegant Glassline range will include options for Corner Storage pull-outs, the flexible Base Liner, Pull-out Larders, Rotary Larders and Base cabinet pull-outs. Aesthetically appealing these storage options are chic and sophisticated allowing personalisation and individuality to be given to a kitchen whilst being use...

20-20 Technologies strikes the right chord for Symphony

Fusion, by 20-20 Technologies, has been working with the UK's largest privately owned manufacturer of fitted kitchen, bedroom and bathroom furniture, the Symphony Group, for around 20 years to deliver advanced design software.[TRIMTO] Symphony is a mass market supplier and its team of designers produce kitchen, bedroom and bathroom layouts for...

Perfect portfolio of traditional taps

...ere is a total of 14 taps in the Portfolio 55 range, four of which are traditional timeless designs - the Verona, Venician, Vecchio and Rialto. The Venician model has a graceful swan neck spout with white levers. It has a spout reach of 193mm. For a twist on a classic, the Verona tap is perfect. With a curved spout and traditional levers, it ...

De Dietrich awards service contract to Assurant Solutions

...ustomers from its European operations centre based in Cork, Republic of Ireland. The company will co-ordinate all service and repair requirements during both the manufacturers' and promotional warranty periods and further extended service warranty contracts will also be offered to customers. The after sales service telephone number published in all...

FIRA to supply furniture test equipment to the Philippines

...tnam and the Philippines, as well as regularly updating FIRA's own test equipment in their Stevenage-based laboratory. Phil Reynolds Technical Manager for FIRA says: "FIRA's bespoke furniture test equipment is the distillation of over 60 years of knowledge of furniture standards and testing and we are very proud of the high standards of our test...

IDS hits £1m sales with its Webstore on-line shopping solution

Surface materials distributor IDS has notched up £1m worth of sales on its e-commerce site IDS Webstore which allows trade customers a 24/7 online trading solution with the key benefits of product ordering, account management and delivery tracking.[TRIMTO] IDS says it was the first distributor in its sector to launch an on-line shopping ...

Designs for all seasons

...d against strong cathedrals conveyed in soft shades of early dusk. Messina PB has been created in co-ordination to Kronospan's Ash Messina D8785 product. Renolit Alkoren 46603 Camara C is an elegant more linear bleached Ash design. Here, in the first of two colourways included in the range, its subtle soft summer tones warm against the bleached ...

Caesarstone serves an ace at Wimbledon

...Installer).[TRIMTO] A major factor for installing Caesarstone at Wimbledon Tennis Club is its non-porous and scratch resistant qualities. The lounge area will endure heavy use on a daily basis with players and staff using the dining facilities, therefore hygiene is an important factor to consider. Caesarstone has this covered as its hard, non-po...

Refurbishment project suffers severe setbacks following electrical explosion

...eonard Street to include apartments and commercial use. The man, 35, from East London, worked as sub-contractor for Pineview Interiors in Havering, London. At the time of the incident, a 415 volt 3 phase temporary electrical supply had been provided to the site. The Court heard that on the morning of the incident the worker approached his superv...

You have to be in it to win it - Kaldewei 'Retailer of the Year Award'

...ar throughout Europe for its baths and shower trays, launched its 'Retailer of the Year Award 2011' - a promotion to seek out and reward the most exemplary retailer deemed to create stunning displays, offer the most exceptional service and embody Kaldewei's core brand values of quality, style and pioneering innovation.[TRIMTO] The response has ...

RAK Ceramics launches new Opulence bathroom range

... are available in three different sizes and in a choice of two distinct designs: a masculine square-bowl design and a more fluid, feminine version, each offered with optional surface offsets, with or without ledges. Formats include the sleek-legged console basin, full slender pedestal and half pedestal, and all products include dedicated click-c...

Retailers go 'solus' Abode

... and taps are wide and varied and the company's designers feel there is a product to suit all homes - whether city chic or traditional country style. T: 01226 283434 F: 01226 282434 W: www.abode.eu ...

Employers and interns get clarity on minimum wage

...ers have with an organisation makes them a worker for NMW purposes. Where an individual is a worker - and no exemption applies - then they must be paid at least the NMW. "Internships and work experience of all forms offer an excellent opportunity in helping to bridge the gap between education and the workplace," says Employment Relations Ministe...

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...the old lead from the appliance and said he had never done it before. Nor did he have a plug on him - I had to go and select another not-so-crucial appliance so he could remove the plug from that and use it in the Heath Robinson-effect repair he carried out on the old lead. To cap it all he did not have any electrical tape with which to bind the jo...

Solo style for the cloakroom from HiB

...ate the study construction. They are made from moisture resistant MDF Two finishes are available - a matt anthracite to offset the white door or the whole cabinet in gloss white. HiB's Steve Kaye says: "Our new Solo furniture is another step in our on-going quest to bring value and distinctive style to the market at sensible prices." T: 02...

Karonia launches new website

Karonia, provider of the Mistral range of genuine 25mm solid surface worktops, has introduced a new website. Designed to be simple to navigate, the site presents comprehensive and detailed information on the range in a series of short, easily assimilated sections.[TRIMTO] Specialising in high quality, solid surface solutions for both the resid...

Smart Systems partners with Miele on innovative online contract quoting service

...rg Imperial Palace and The Kremlin. T: +44 (0)1344 878 110 F: +44 (0)1344 623 595 E: roger@smart-systems.co.uk W: www.smart-systems.co.uk / www.kbbconnect.co.uk ...

Bushboard's premium Omega laminate worktop range now even better!

...eed to inject fun and fashion to a kitchen scheme. Also new to the range is a choice of two ready-made shaped components offering another level of design freedom for the retailer. Available on six designs tipped as top sellers, the 4.1m worksurface features a deeper 650mm size and has two shaped ends to work beautifully with a variety of curved ...

Carron Phoenix's new Bali tap complements best-selling Bali sink range

...ange which is available in ceramic and an extensive range of granite colours is one of Carron's best-selling styles. Its new design partner, the Bali tap, draws on the same design principles with square lines informing the tap design, from the solid base, through the slim paddle style levers, to the sweeping arc of the spout. Smooth operation is...

Cut the Vat, says the BMA!

...ticular change to VAT rates would bring about a number of significant advantages, which include: - stimulating economic growth - creating tens of thousands of jobs - improving the UK's housing stock - encouraging spending on energy efficient home improvements - a dramatic reduction in the competitive advantage of cowboy builders The 25 member...

Mereway joins the Articad supplier partnership

...ll range of Mereway's kitchen cabinets, encompassing over 70 different finishes, including MFC, foil-wrapped, veneer, solid wood and painted finishes in slab, shaker and curved door styles, are now available as a comprehensive and easy to search graphics catalogue within ArtiCAD-Pro.[TRIMTO] Mereway is one of the UK's leading kitchen manufacture...

We have the technology to slash global emissions, say engineers

...ir potential. Dr Colin Brown, Director of Engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers - one of the 11 organisations supporting the statement - said: "While the world's politicians have been locked in talks with no output, engineers across the globe have been busy developing technologies that can bring down emissions and help create...

Exquisite Elba from Franke

... traditional kitchen.[TRIMTO] The ELK 611 has a single bowl with 3.5in polished low profile, semi-integrated basket strainer waste, and fits into a 500mm cabinet. The ELK 651 one and a half bowl version fits neatly into a 600mm cabinet - bowl bowls incorporate 3.5in polished low profile, semi-integrated basket strainer wastes. Both models are...

iKBBI Launch Installation Standards Pledge

..., to the benefit of the industry at large. The five phase plan, set to run over a preliminary 18 - 24 month period, is initially targeted at nine high profile retailers including: B&Q, Ikea, Tesco, Wren Kitchens, Magnet, Wickes, Homebase, Intoto and John Lewis Partnership (phase one). The pledge initiative will be completely free of charge t...

Imperial Bathrooms unveils luxurious marble & granite consoles

Imperial Bathrooms - the renowned British manufacturer of luxury bathroom products for the discerning - has further extended its collection of free-standing basin stands with a range of marble and granite consoles that boast 'his and hers' options. Comprising five models - Oban, Adare, Hardwick, Nevis and Troon - these latest consoles not only...

Harry Wins Gold at Skillbuild Final

... over four days at the ExCeL London exhibition and conference centre in London's docklands from 5th - 8th October 2011, where three-time NI Skillbuild winner and Skillbuild National Final Bronze medallist Ian McMahon will be going for gold in the Wall & Floor Tiling section. For more information on WorldSkills London 2011 and to register for...

Product launch success

...aunch has surpassed the company's expectations, with significant numbers of new displays featuring i-line, Symmetry and Encurva, appearing in retailer showrooms. According to the company, the benefit of this major product launch is gathering real pace, despite the difficult market conditions. Stunning new displays are appearing nationwide as man...

Ellis Furniture unveils impressive bathroom and kitchen brochures

Ellis Furniture - a leading manufacturer of kitchen, bathroom and bedroom furniture - has launched two impressive brochures to tempt consumers. The new bathroom range brochure and kitchen supplement present the high quality, beautifully designed furniture, and support the introduction of 18 new product ranges.[TRIMTO] For the new bathroom rang...

Issue 7 of AMA's Quarterly Housebuilding Bulletin just published

...d, Wales and Scotland Issue 7, in particular, includes: * Annual forecasts to 2015, from 2005 - housing new build construction output, housing RMI output and starts & completions * Housing construction output new work and RMI, MAT quarterly analysis 2005 - 2011 Q1 * Output and new orders analysed 2007 - 2011 Q1 by quarter * Starts and com...

New industry training course a real success

...eptember.[TRIMTO] The 12 delegates that had experienced the introductory level 1 course attended - they came from Dewhirst Kitchens, Elements Kitchens, Tradex Home Improvements and Poggenpohl. Lindsey Donnachie from Dewhirst said it was: "A thought provoking day, the benefits of which will hopefully show in future sales," while Scott Rotchell...

Stuart Turner launches Wasteflo range

...rther information on the entire range of Stuart Turner products. T: 0844 98 000 97 W: www.stuart-turner.co.uk assist / www.stuart-turner.co.uk ...

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News in Brief

... range of composite sinks. E: tradesales@rangemaster.co.uk Maytag 's new MNN 20FCSl7 American-style fridge freezer saves energy with its fully clad stainless steel doors and cabinet. It boasts 20ft. cubic capacity, Total No Frost and IntelliSense technology. T: 0844 499 0101 Leicester bathroom designer and retailer Plug , is expanding b...

China Xiamen International Kitchen & Bathroom Fair 2011 takes place next month

...throom fair. With 35,000m2 of exhibition area, 600 exhibitors and the China Xiamen International Win-Door & Wood Fair co-located with the event, more than 60,000 visitors are expected to visit. As one of the BRIC countries with international focus, China has not only become the main producer of kitchen and bathroom products, but also a major...

Herman Miller awarded BIFMA level 3

...lth and environmental organisation NSF International to the highest level for sustainable furniture - BIFMA level 3. Products certified to the level program may satisfy US state and federal purchasing requirements and earn points toward LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.[TRIMTO] Certification to level 3 demonstra...

Furniture Industry Research Association offers PhD opportunity

... at Oxford & Cherwell Valley College, partners of The National School of Furniture. The research-based studentship will lead to a PhD degree by thesis from Coventry University for the successful candidate and will commence in 2011. "I am delighted that the Furniture Industry Research Association is now supporting a PhD bursary at Bucks New U...

Magnet Trade electrifies its Autumn campaign

...nding over £2k can choose between a Digital Radio, Docking station for their iPod, and a Cyber-Shot 12.1MP Digital Camera. For spend over £5k you can choose from a Reader, Blu-Ray Disc Player, and a PSP, 10k will land you with the choice of a 26" BRAVIA LCD Television, Vaio notebook, or a PlayStation 3. To register for the Magnet Tra...

50 grassroots rugby teams given new kits & chance to train with England

... and junior rugby clubs throughout the UK are being given the chance to win the prize of a lifetime - a training day with the England rugby team. The teams, which have already won themselves an Ultimate Kit & Laundry Package, which includes 22 bespoke Samurai kits and a top-of-the range AEG 9 series washing machine and tumble dryer, will compet...

Purple microwave takes it to the Max!

...nge of stylish and colourful microwave ovens has been extended to include a striking new model in on-trend purple. The fashionable and contemporary range already includes colour options of black, cream, red, silver, and white.[TRIMTO] Conveniently compact, the MAX 35 ovens are powerful and versatile and fit perfectly into the kitchen layout. Th...

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