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27th May 2016
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A marble-inspired design, Statuario Maximus is a bold new surface, featuring intricate warm grey veins which sweep across a soft white base, enriched by delicate background veins.
Feeling pretty chipper right now? You’re not alone. Key findings from the survey of 2,000 adults by drinks brand Oasis indicate that today is ‘British Peak Time’. May is the nation’s favourite month of the year, bank holidays are the summertime events we most look forward to – and, unsurprisingly, Friday is the day of the week we feel most optimistic!
Today is the only Friday in May before a bank holiday, leading to predicted widespread positivity. For example, a fifth of adults (19%) say May is the month they feel most upbeat, closely followed by July (18%). Almost half (45%) report feeling particularly positive on Fridays, followed by 19% on Saturdays. Mondays are happier than expected, with 11% citing them as a good-mood day, leaving not-so-sunny Sundays languishing last at 4.5%. With 46% listing Bank Holidays as the Summer event they get most excited about, it seems Britain will head into the long weekend feeling bright and breezy.
The current weather forecast will be getting folk all fired up too, as lighting the BBQ when the temperature hits 18 degrees tops the list of things we secretly love about British summertime. With the mercury set to reach 20 degrees in most regions later today, it should be a sizzler – and not a moment before time! I know I’m not the only one who’s been forced to put the heating on for a couple of evenings this week…
It probably goes without saying that we Brits expect bank holiday weekends to be a wash out weather-wise… The survey also reveals that two of the words we most associate with British summertime are ‘rain’ and ‘wet’ (42% combined). Yet 60% still cite summer as their favourite season, and 16% admit they actually love the unpredictable nature of British weather.
With all this optimism we’re supposedly feeling and with the weather not expected to be blindlingly hot and sunny for the entire weekend, it may be that people will spend less time lazing around than they normally do at the end of May bank holiday and perhaps more time doing some DIY and/or shopping around for new kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.
If you’re in the trade and are having to work this weekend, may it be a busy and lucrative time for you!
This Week's News
For the second consecutive year, the German premium domestic appliance manufacturer, Miele, has been crowned Home Appliance Brand of the Year at the prestigious Which? Awards. Now in their 10th year, the awards recognise and celebrate the best businesses that deliver innovation, excellent products and service that score highly in Which? research and testing.
Jess O'Leary, Which? home appliances expert commented: "Miele's strike rate in our testing is unparalleled - 91% of all appliances we've tested are either a Best Buy or Worth a Look."
AEG is delighted that one of its premier partners has been shortlisted for a prestigious award. Glasgow-based Silver Birch Interiors has been shortlisted for the Scottish Home Improvement Awards 2016 in the category 'Best Kitchen Company'.
After taking the plunge into self-employment in 2007, young entrepreneur, Alan MacGregor, grafted in the kitchen industry for eight years before setting up his first business in 2012.
The jury of the Red Dot Design Awards were so impressed with the high quality of design in the next125 collection, that they awarded the 'Red Dot Winner' label to two products. Both the new carcase height of 87.5cm and the stunning NX 950 ceramic fronts caught the eye of the international panel of experts and gained winning status.
Introduced to increase design flexibility, the new 87.5cm carcase and reduced 5cm plinth height creates the additional benefit of increased storage space, making it easier to accommodate larger items. Equally, the new dimensions add an almost monolithic quality to this purist design.
Built-in fridge/freezers can now also be elegantly concealed behind fronts in minimalist handleless kitchens. Blum's Servo-Drive flex opens handleless fronts at a single touch. If the door has been opened unintentionally the self-closing mechanism ensures that it closes automatically within a couple of seconds. This will prevent defrosting and food from spoiling.
Servo-Drive flex also has a feature that stops the door from opening if the user just leans against it. The only prerequisite is that the refrigerators and freezers have been built into cabinets - they must not be stand-alone appliances.
The movie, specifically created to highlight what the Label is all about, where it's used and who supports it, will be seen across 34 countries of Europe and beyond, and is aimed at attracting more members and users.
The Matki Boutique Walk-In range creates an understated, hotel-spa feel in a variety of bathroom spaces and a luxurious showering experience, showcasing the beauty of 8mm and 10mm solid safety glass with discreet yet highly-polished Chrome finishing.
Boutique takes the stress away from walk-in installations with all configurations coming with an integrated shower tray and optional integrated brassware as part of the package.
Strata, PWS' own brand of quartz, granite and acrylic worksurfaces, has been boosted with an extensive range of exciting new finishes. The quartz collection, enhanced with 12 new options, now offers a twenty-three-strong palette, with a further fifteen new granites unveiled to bring the total granite portfolio to 33.
Following an intensive period of research, evaluating current and emerging trends, gathering customer feedback and drawing on the huge knowledge bank at PWS, the new collection includes a considered mix of colours and finishes, to give customers multiple colour and pattern choices from one tried and trusted source.
Liebherr has great success at this years' Grand Designs Live. From the 30th April to the 8th May at ExCel London, Liebherr showcased a plethora of appliance products with which visitors could interact.
With over 500 exhibitors across seven sectors, there was a lot to see, but Liebherr stood out from the crowd with an impressive collection of refrigeration appliances and wine cabinets positioned prominently within the dedicated Kitchen and Bathroom section.
According to a new study by The Tile Depot, (www.swns.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%.
Max-Top has announced the launch of its patented quartz surface in Ireland. The product will be distributed to kitchen installers and retailers by Grafton Group company The Panelling Centre, the supplier of kitchen and wardrobe components with branches in Dublin, County Dublin, Limerick, Galway and Cork.
"Max-Top Quartz surfaces offer a whole host of benefits that will really suit installers in Ireland, from being ready for immediate sale and installation to the variety of decors available," says Stephen Moss, managing director of Max-Top.
Shaws has launched 'Florida', a heavy duty fireclay urinal suitable for both commercial and luxury applications, following an abundance of interest from the architectural, specifier and building trades.
Already commissioned for specific installations in some of the country's most prestigious buildings, the product is now being added to Shaws' commercial portfolio and will be available through Shaws' dealer partnerships and builders merchants.
During the last two years, Burbidge has bolstered its customer service division with two new appointments in order to deal with increased demand following the launch of its new kitchen and bathroom furniture ranges.
Over 150 of Franke's More in Store retailers across the UK are setting out their stalls ready to host a Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie in June. Registration is open until 10th June via Franke's More in Store microsite (www.moreinstore.co.uk) for any more retailers wishing to join in the fundraising fun.
This year, Franke has teamed up with UK World Chocolate Master Ruth Hinks to support the campaign.
Craig Blakeway (pictured left) joins the award-winning, Andover-based company as area sales manager for the East of the UK whilst Andrew Wilkins (below right) has been named area sales manager for London and the South East region.
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Which? has awarded the AEG L79685FL and L87405FL washing machines Best Buy Status.
Commenting on the AEG L79685FL, Which? says: "We love how well this AEG washes clothes and blasted through stains in our tests. It will do a great job with your laundry and thoroughly deserves being a Best Buy".
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We are a small kitchen, bedroom and bathroom provider and wondered if you could help with an issue we are having. We fitted an en suite for a customer in 2013 and unfortunately the shower tray developed a hairline crack/crazing. The supplier has stated that there is only a two-year guarantee with the tray and refuses to replace it.
The new premises have been in the process of development over the last three months and will consist of a new purpose built product training centre where the whole range of Phoenix products are displayed, open plan office for greater departmental communication and a warehouse and manufacturing facility that will be twice the size of the existing premises.