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6th December 2013
Twelve winners were selected from the Group's 3,000 suppliers. The winners of the Electrolux global Supplier Awards are EuroKera (twice), Jones Plastic and Engineering, Inplac, Benedict, Chunju, Huntsman, Nuova Star, Daerim Precision, Sanhua AWECO, Carel Industries, and Maersk.
To coincide with World Toilet Day on Tuesday of this week, Better Bathrooms compiled a list of what the staff feel are the 10 most unusual loos around the world and as well as being unusual they're all currently completely free of charge to use. At 15,190 feet above sea level, Saint-Gervaise-Les-Bains on Mont Blanc has specially designed toilets for use in extreme conditions. These 'dry' toilets are waterless and chemical-free, instead utilising a worm-composting system to deal with the waste.
Ideal for smaller spaces; such as under the stairs or in a new ens uite tucked into an existing bedroom, the new Bauhaus Ultra Slim is also ideal for bathrooms with restricted wall cavities.
I write this having just heard that all train services have been temporarily closed in Scotland because of the exceptionally high winds and that an HGV driver has already been killed as a result of his lorry being blown onto two cars. No doubt other parts of the world are experiencing similar harsh conditions with snow and ice to contend with too, so if you’ve had to take to the roads because the trains aren’t running, or if you have to drive as part of your job, do stay safe.
Now as far as I’m aware, this tip has absolutely nothing to do with the specific accident mentioned above, but I’ve also received a press release today which warns that we shouldn’t deflate our tyres slightly 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, unless temperatures fall far below anything we might expect in Britain.”
Steve says compression just means that the tyre is sitting on a larger layer of melted ice or snow, increasing the likelihood of sliding, skidding and aquaplaning.
Sounds logical, doesn’t it?
With Winter really starting to set in now, Steve has some other tips for drivers, which are included in this week’s news, below…
This Week's News
The latest report on the UK Bathroom Retailers Market has now been published.
Written specifically for bathroom product suppliers and based on actual sales returns, this comprehensive 180+ page report reviews the UK Bathroom Retailers market size from 2007 to 2013, with forecasts to 2017 alongside analysis of product mix & trends for Sanitaryware/Baths; Bathroom Furniture; Brassware; Showers/Enclosures/Trays; Bathroom Heating; Bathroom Lighting and Bathroom Accessories.
Premium British manufacturer of quality shower enclosures, showertrays and bathscreens, Coram Showers, introduces its collection of elite shower trays for its just launched Premier Range of enclosures.
Highly versatile and more contemporary than ever, each model has been carefully sculpted with subtle angled sides and shallow sloping circular or elliptical recess for truly efficient drainage.
You can never have too many Daves - we know that's true because at Utopia they have got 12 of them! This unusual fact has prompted the team to celebrate its Daves and Christmas together with its new festive Facebook campaign, 'The 12 Daves of Christmas'.
Loosely based on the classic song 'The 12 Days of Christmas' (well, who actually wants a partridge in a pear tree?) this seasonal promotion comprises 12 consecutive days of giveaways, each presented by one of Utopia's Daves' dozen. The number of prizes on offer goes up with the date so on 1st December the company was offering one luxury spa day for two, on 2nd December it was giving away two electric toothbrushes, and so on.
Van users are being advised not to follow outdated advice on winter driving. Steve Clarke 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." 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.
Introducing Space-Plug, a revolutionary and ingeniously simple new way of securing kitchen base units to the wall, guaranteed to save time, effort and money. Space-Plug is a tough, adjustable spacer designed specifically for this purpose and now available from LDL.
Instead of using fiddly screws and brackets to fix the unit to the wall, all the time working at an awkward angle and in inaccessible spaces, you can now work straight on to fix the unit with Space-Plug, bridging any reasonable gap.
A business based in Peterborough is the first in the area - and only the second in the country, to be awarded a quality mark signifying excellence in kitchen, bedroom and bathroom installation, as part of a furniture industry scheme specifically aimed at independent retailers.
Premier Kitchens & Bedrooms, a specialist fitted kitchen and bedroom company, has been certified to meet the quality targets set by FIRA Gold Installation Certification for Independent Retailers. Premier has showrooms in Peterborough, Bedford, Cambridge, Lincoln, Northampton and Wellingborough.
Thanks to its mirrored doors and side panels, the new Elite Mirrored enclosure range from Simpsons provides the most discreet form of showering. Ideal for adding a feeling of extra space and light in all bathroom spaces, Elite Mirrored is also the perfect finish for modesty in a shared family bathroom or in Jack and Jill en suites.
The Elite Mirrored range, an extension to the existing Elite enclosure collection, comprises a frameless hinged door and complementing side panels in a range of sizes. Doors are fully reversible with a noteworthy 40mm adjustment for easy installation in any bathroom.
In these turbulent times where brand and customer loyalty are highly sought after - and - arguably, rare, Abacus Direct, as one of the UK's innovative bathroom products specialists - and with a 25-year pedigree - is looking after its valued customers with the novel Affinity programme.
Ian Pattison, Abacus' MD, comments: "In essence, we are rewarding the supporters of our various brands and portfolios with immediate cash benefits at a time when customers need help."
Tina is a worthy winner as not only did she share details of the event she is running in the showroom on Saturday with the KBSA but her business was also profiled on the Small Business Saturday Facebook page www.facebook.com, which has 8,409 likes!
Professional tilers throughout the country have been going online to praise BAL Micromax2, the ultimate grout for tiling. The feedback left at www.tilers-demand.com is unanimously positive, confirming the work of the BAL R&D team and the hundreds of fixers and contractors across the country that helped to develop the technology.
Taking on the role of National Account Manager, Louise will be responsible for the strategic development of accounts across the UK. She will ensure that customers' needs are being understood and met, both now and in the future.
Prior to taking on the position, Louise gained valuable experience working for Bristan as the National Account Manager and at Robert J Hall (Halls Beeline).
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New home registration statistics for the UK, released today by NHBC, show that the number of new homes being registered continues to improve on last year's figures with an overall 24% increase for the rolling quarter August to October compared to the same period in 2012.
The Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group, a subsidiary of the kitchen & bathroom buying group in Europe, DER KREIS, supports the UK's first 'Small Business Saturday' that takes place on 7th December 2013.
In the last month, the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has welcomed on board two new retail members - Dream Bedroom & Kitchen Designs and Hurford & Tebbutt.
Topps Tiles has been recognised for excellence in businesses that employ apprentices after being named as one of the country's Top 100 Apprentice Employers 2013, by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds.
The list was announced last week at the National Apprenticeship Awards, in Birmingham.
A survey of the private rental market, by popular shower and tapware brand Methven, has revealed that poor quality fixtures and fittings are the biggest rental bugbear for tenants - and can cause them to leave their properties early.
Hoover has announced that it has acquired Baumatic UK. Baumatic will be joining a successful portfolio of brands which are marketed by Hoover, including Candy and Rosières.
Specialists from the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association were on hand to dispense expert advice at this year's Grand Designs Live event, enjoying another very busy and very successful exhibition.
A new online tool has launched with a promise to slash the cost of producing risk assessments and method statements by as much as 90% and relieve the headache of compliance. Hands HQ makes health & safety documentation easy and is suitable for the millions of contractors and peripheral industry businesses that are required by law to complete risk assessments and method statements as part of their daily routine.
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