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29th August 2014
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There can’t be many KBzine readers still unfamiliar with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge but if you’ve missed it, look out for the coverage in this week’s news. Now I may be about to make myself really unpopular but while I know this challenge has created a lot of fun (mainly for those doing the throwing!) and has also raised money for charity, I’m wondering how many others in the industry have, like me, wrestled with their consciences when facing the challenge, because of the huge volumes of water and amount of electricity being wasted.
I’m normally one that will muck in to promote any good cause (indeed I threw myself out of a small plane some years back to help raise funds for an industry association/charity affiliated to a magazine I was working on) but this current challenge just doesn’t rest easy on my shoulders I’m afraid.
After all, how can I keep writing about our need to conserve water and how can I support WaterAid and champion the great work the Bathroom Manufacturers Association is doing to promote water conservation, then go against all that by perpetuating this widening cycle of wasting water?
For it’s not just about a small bucket of ice anymore; the buckets have got bigger and bigger… My brave friend Marco, was actually washed away along with his pallet by the force and volume of the huge vat of iced water thrown over him this week. It made me wonder just how much water has been wasted in total during this challenge.
Anyway, I will be donating, I will join in the fun by finding a way to make myself suffer (perhaps I’ll give up chocolate for a month and add the money saved to my donation), but I not going to be wasting any water.
Do you see where I’m coming from or am I being a grumpy grouse? Adverse comments will be taken firmly on the chin!
This Week's News
A shortage of problem-solving skills in the construction industry is preventing professionals from advancing within their careers, prompting a new initiative between Birmingham City University and Mott MacDonald.
Starting next month, the University and the global engineering, management and development consultants are pioneering a new approach to develop the 'softer skills' considered to be in short supply across the construction industry.
Stunning aesthetics coupled with technical excellence is Abacus Manufacturing Group's hallmark. And the exciting, comprehensive range of Designer tiles allows the designer or installer to complete the perfect bathroom.
Pictured here are examples of porcelain stoneware which recreates the best of natural marble and limestones. The tiles are extremely hardwearing and do not require sealing or maintenance - unlike natural marbles and travertine. Suitable for almost any application, there is a large portfolio of sizes, colours and finishes.
The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers has announced a new training initiative for its members relating to life saving asbestos awareness specifically for kitchen, bedroom & bathroom installers.
Working with the Hertfordshire based training provider Asbestos Training, the iKBBI has commissioned a bespoke online course specifically aimed at installers of kitchens & bathrooms.
The difference is, this one not only combines authentic period detail, but it has all the benefits of modern, hardwearing chrome plating, efficient, responsive and safe thermostatic control, and top quality function that allows water to be turned on and off or diverted between outlets instantly every time.
An unforeseen problem occurs with the installation of your customer's new kitchen... your customer is without their cooking facilities - should you buy them a three-course meal in a restaurant or a take-away pizza? ...
This might seem like an obvious decision, but your customer may think otherwise.
For consumers who are looking for a clean lined contemporary style of mixer tap, Abode has just the solution with these stunning new ranges of kitchen mixer taps. The new contemporary introductions include five elegantly designed taps which are all available in chrome and brushed nickel and come complete with a non-splash aerator.
I hope you're well! We thought you might be interested to know that kbb and May Design Series Sales Director Jon Johnston took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge last week to raise money and awareness for ALS Association, which carries out research into the illness commonly referred to as Motor Neurone Disease or Lou Gherig's Disease.
When Camberwell-based lawyer Berni Baker wanted to renovate the kitchen in his Victorian home in 2014, he opted to install an original 1953 metal Leisure kitchen and sink. Although the sink, taps and kitchen had been in storage for seven years, they are all now fully functional, having been moved from one property to another.
The seminars are free of charge and are being held around the country on Tuesday September 9th in Manchester, Wednesday 10th in the Midlands and Thursday 11th in London. Invitations and a newsletter have been sent to all More in Store members this week and further information can be found at www.moreinstore.co.uk, where members can book their place.
During the period 2009 - 2012, the market for water saving plumbing products was relatively flat - in line with the difficult economic situation at this time. However, since 2013 the market for water saving plumbing products has seen an increase, with demand picking up as the economy and new housebuilding levels improve. The core product sectors of the UK water saving plumbing products market are water efficient bathroom products (87%) and water recycling systems (13%).
The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced three more speakers for its AGM & National meeting being held this year on 23rd September at The Welcombe Hotel in Stratford on Avon.
Confirmed as keynote speaker is small business growth specialist, Ben Kench - author of the acclaimed 'Selling for dummies' and someone who is rapidly gaining a reputation for delivering quite incredible results. The experienced showroom and interior designer Elaine Cowan, and Richard Flower, Director of Ashford Kitchens & Interiors will also be on the podium.
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De Dietrich Kitchen Appliances, the Basingstoke based UK distributor of De Dietrich and Fagor premium kitchen appliances, is to be placed into creditors voluntary liquidation.
AEG has teamed up with Bellway Homes to kit out the prestigious Bellefield development in Liverpool.
VTEQ knows all about efficiency, as its nationwide business is based on helping organisations to achieve the most from their technology systems. Whether assisting with managed cloud computing, penetration testing, visualisation services or more, the Nottingham-based company has built an enviable reputation.
Andy Vaughan moves on from kbb Birmingham... A fond farewell to John Brunton, Hansgrohe's Pioneering Project Manager... Wirquin sales team expands to meet customer demand across UK and Ireland... Insinkerator appoints new Marketing Manager, Europe... Promotion and appointment at Lakes Bathrooms... Whirlpool appoints new head of marketing... New Chief Executive sets sights on growth at TrustMark...
Key to the success of the development of the European Water Label has been its unshakable commitment to educating and informing the public of the advantages of choosing bathroom products listed in its online database.
The day is a drop-in event between 09.00 and 16.00 and invitations have been sent throughout the UK to more than 2,000 retailers and installers to call in and enjoy the hospitality, product demos and training on offer.
It's a proven fact that many consumers now turn to the Internet, not only to source the right tradesmen, but to also find out more about them - including reviews, social feedback and recommendations.
Hafele UK has launched a new Trade Partner Programme, offering exclusive offers, marketing support and lead generation through its network locator to local trade counters across the UK.