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23rd June 2017
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Extra deep with sleek lines for a luxurious bathing or showering experience, there are three freestanding models in both acrylic and solid surface resin along with two double-ended, two single-ended and one inset bath.
Targeting the top end of the market, Utopia is deliberately competing against European brands to prove inspired British design can not only match but surpass the continental offering.
We Brits are regularly using social channels to find inspiration and show off our cooking accomplishments - with 57% of us saying we eat more adventurously than ever before as a result - either to impress our followers, or as a result of resolving to copy something we've seen on social channels and like the look of. Commissioned by Neff to highlight its search for the next 'Cookaholic' (www.nextcookaholic.co.uk), new research of 2,010 Brits showed that a quarter of us take pictures of our dishes to put on social media when cooking for friends and family and spend six minutes perfecting that all important post (meaning that any hot food will have got cold before the first mouthful is enjoyed).
Lovely as some of these dishes may look, this is highly frustrating for those of us who've been taught that we should wait until everyone is seated and has their food in front of them, before we pick up our cutlery.
Many of us, however, are using these feeds as a source of inspiration... A third of those surveyed say social media has inspired them to create a new dish, so I suppose it cuts both ways...
And how many of us would have thought of cooking in a waterbath, or deliberately seeking out an oven unit incorporating a plate warming drawer, had we not first seen them in use on one of the many cookery programmes to grace our screens? Sadly though, while 'Instagram-able' foods are clogging our newsfeeds, the survey has revealed that many of us are losing our basic cooking skills. Some 37% of Londoners have confessed that they don't know how to cook dry pasta, while 34% of 25-34 year olds don't even know how to boil an egg...
Mmmmm... I have an idea for a new cookery show...
This Week's News
To put the record straight - any product will leak or fail, if, it's of poor design and quality and does not meet the legal requirement and is installed by 'Fred' up the road.
Versital has announced the launch of its 'Metallic Marbles' collection, a range comprising three new metallic and marble-inspired finishes which will be available to the hospitality and contract industry followed by a roll out into KBB retailers.
The collection features three stunning colours: Copper Stratos blends a backdrop of white marble with statement metallic copper veining; Gold Stratos (pictured) incorporates high quality gold veining for an opulent finish; whilst Silver Stratos completes this on-trend trio with a modern and contemporary look.
The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy offers employers a prime opportunity to improve disabled talent pipelines. That was the conclusion of a recent round table hosted by the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI).
However, attendees identified a number of barriers to engagement. Not least a level of ambiguity around where employers should turn to for support in this area with an overarching theme running throughout the discussion being the 'missing link' in the dissemination of expertise around inclusivity in apprenticeships.
The 'circular economy' is a concept which challenges organisations to rethink how their resources are managed to create financial, environmental and social benefits. BS 8001 was developed to meet these mutually beneficial goals, by providing guiding principles for organisations and individuals to consider and implement more sustainable practices. It is the first standard of its kind, both in the UK and globally.
Opticolour manufactures glass splashbacks and glass wall coverings. Advanced digital technology allows Opticolour to print photographs onto large glass panels, ranging from scenic views, retro patterns and even your own photograph.
* Full Place Service: The programme rinses faster than ever before. After just 11 minutes, the dishes are ready for use again. The programme up to five rinse cycles to be run in a row, making it perfect for cleaning large quantities of slightly dirty dishes within a short space of time.
Available in linear and square options, the new drain covers have a minimalist stainless steel finish on one side or can be flipped and completely tiled in to create a seamless wet room shower floor.
If you'd like to know more about the British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation and the important role it plays within the KBB industry, you might wish to download the BiKBBI 2017-2018 brochure, with has just been published:
Two HiB directors turned fundraisers recently, by skydiving and running a marathon in aid of Muscular Dystrophy UK and Nicki's Smile. The total funds raised came to over £13,500, providing a welcome boost to two vital charitable organisations.
Managing director, Robert Ginsberg, signed up to run the London Marathon whilst finance director, Himesh Shah, braved the skydive as part of the bathroom product manufacturer's ongoing commitment to supporting worthy causes.
Fully embracing the campaign, now in its fourth year, retailers are getting more creative this year to entice customers into their showrooms by holding the tea parties with golf challenges, luxury prize draws and full bake sales. One retailer, J Sheppard and Son, is also unveiling their fully revamped showroom, featuring a new Frames by Franke display.
To mark the production of its 500,000th panel, Showerwall has hidden a special Golden Ticket inside the panel's packaging. When the ticket is discovered, the lucky merchant or retailer, installer and property owner will each win a £500 Love2Shop voucher.
Showerwall, the waterproof bathroom panelling system, offers 56 designs ranging from bold metallics to classic stones and the panel containing the Golden Ticket was placed randomly into stock in May, so it could now be anywhere in the UK. Details on how to claim the prize are printed on the winning ticket.
Hoover has appointed three new starters in a drive to support its ambition to become the 'supplier of choice'. Rob Pearse, Gema Aldridge and Becks Simms have assumed the positions of commercial manager - Ireland, account director - freestanding and built-in appliances and account director - built-in appliances, respectively, and collectively bring with them 45 years' industry experience.
Each of the new starters will be working closely with key customers, contacts and the supply chain to ensure that the brand continues to be front of mind for quality, state-of-the-art products which make people's lives easier.
Catherine Balderson is the new brand manager for Whirlpool UK Appliances. Previously customer marketing manager for the company's New Business Home Delivery Channel - which included supporting Shop Direct and Tesco - Catherine brings extensive account experience to her new role. Prior to her time at Whirlpool she was National Account Manager with SodaStream.
"My previous role with Whirlpool is great grounding and has given me an excellent insight into the commercial and marketing side of the business," she says. "This depth of knowledge will enable me to progress and execute the needs of the brand effectively, including working with retailers to broaden distribution, raise awareness and selling the benefits of the brand."
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association's Christian Taylor-Hamlin is moving to pastures new. Christian has decided after nearly nine years of leading the technical function of the Association to take up new challenges and will be leaving the Association at the end of August. He has led and driven a very proactive technical programme and leaves this activity in a very healthy state.
The BMA is now recruiting for a technical manager to replace him.
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