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31st July 2015
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This Week's News
GDHA acquired the Britannia Living business in 2013 and has successfully returned the brand to profitability. With a significant share of the range cooking sector, the integrated division, to be known as Glen Dimplex Home Appliances: Range Cooking, will provide customers with a single point of contact and access to an expanded product range encompassing the Stoves, Belling, New World and Britannia brands. The new division will also retain the exclusive UK distribution rights to Bertazzoni and designer cooker hood brand, Best.
Here, Andy Monteith, Baker Tilly's head of construction, asks you to consider whether you're adept at bid management, or guilty of bid mismanagement. And if it's the latter, he has some tips for you.
Now in its fourth year, the show, which takes place at Olympia West on 20th and 21st October, brings together a diverse selection of premium exhibitors from across the hotel supply chain and as well as the exhibition, promises two days packed full of inspirational speakers, industry insight and topical debate.
If you've made a profit of £1 then you made more money than Balfour Beatty, Vinci and a number of other main contractors did last year! That was one of the messages delivered to over 100 specialist contractors at their exclusive 'Win Work-Get Paid-Make Money' Conference in Nottingham this month.
Several industry experts provided advice about how to overcome the payment problems that are still widespread in the industry, and how to 'get paid' was one of the key topics for discussion.
Heavy use meant that both the male and female public toilets within York's Browns department store were in urgent need of refurbishment. Bathroom expert, Abacus Manufacturing Group, was asked to provide a durable and functional solution while creating modern facilities that would remain fresh and clean for years despite the high footfall.
The Abacus team worked with Browns, a long-established family business, to create designs and selected the most appropriate products from the innovative Abacus ranges.
Victoria + Albert Baths, a British brand with a worldwide reputation for creating beautiful freestanding contemporary and traditional Quarrycast baths and basins, has announced the appointment of Ross Jackson as general manager of MENAT (Middle East, North Africa & Turkey), Caspian and India.
Ross brings over 15 years' experience in the industry, working with brands such as Kohler Mira in the UK, Kohler Middle East in the UAE and Delta Faucet Company in the MENA Region.
In line with the ongoing trend for clean lines in the kitchen, Schmidt has introduced a handless range to the popular Arcos collection. Available in 16 matt colours, 12 wood effects and six high gloss finishes, this versatile range is the perfect choice for both traditional and modern schemes.
Mother of Pearl is a premium product, which works perfectly well for customers loving the combination of natural beauty and exclusivity. The selection varies from Fresh Water Shells to Paua Shells and black Mother of Pearl.
For children, gaining their independence when using the bathroom is an important part of growing up, which is why Geberit was keen to come to the aid of young twins Katie and Emilia Corns when the BBC DIY SOS team put out a call for help.
Supplying a Geberit AquaClean 8000plus Care to the latest Big Build project undertaken by the popular TV show, the manufacturer played a small part in making things easier for the Corns family, from Loughborough.
The Duravit catalogue, containing complete collections of living bathrooms, is now available in a digital format via EQ Software. With over 6,000 users worldwide, EQ Software now features what is believed to be the largest selection of product brochures for the KBB industry - making it a popular choice for UK bathroom retailers.
Duravit UK managing director, Martin Carroll, comments: "A very high number of bathroom retailers are now using EQ Software and the links it provides to visualisation systems like Compusoft and Virtual World.
Last week Laufen and Ripples joined forces for two Laufen training days. The idea came from Jamie Welch - regional sales manager for Laufen and Nicola Crow - sales manager of Ripples. The idea? To inspire the designers at Ripples and teach them more about the Laufen brand so that this level of understanding and appreciation could be passed to the Ripples customer.
What was the purpose of the two training days?
"Following our renewed relationship with Ripples and a visit by the franchisees to our flagship London Gallery late last year, it was important to carry on the momentum, with the natural next step being to carry out intensive training for the key designers within the group," explains Jamie Welch of Laufen.
Franke Sissons, Chesterfield, has sponsored the specialist clothing for four severely injured soldiers to kayak 465 miles down the Yukon River in Canadian Alaska, during September 2015, with the Pilgrim Bandits Charity.
Pilgrim Bandits' extreme expeditions are designed to push men and women from the Army, Navy, RAF, Police, Ambulance and Fire services to the absolute limit. For those having sustained horrendous injuries either in the line of duty or during the time of their service in some other capacity, these challenges rebuild confidence and self-esteem, by requiring participants to use a huge range of professional skills gained in service.
Two companies have been fined for dangerously installing and operating gas fired tumble driers at a student hall of residence, while not Gas Safe Registered.
York Magistrates' Court heard how in 2012, Direct Laundry Installations of Halifax, West Yorkshire, was contracted by Circuit Laundrette Services to install gas laundry equipment as part of a coin operated laundry, but was not at the time registered with Gas Safe Register. The installation was not completed correctly, as the flues were not in a safe position.
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News in Brief
Growing demand for Max-Top worktops in Scotland has resulted in the launch of Max-Top Quartz Scotland - www.maxtopquartz.co.uk … Roman’s new Lumin8 Inward Folding Bath Screen provides easy access into the bath for showering and when cleaning - T: 01325 311318 … AEG’s A++, 13 place setting F666NI02VI0P ProClean dishwasher has won Which? Best Buy status - T: 08445 611611 … Larkfleet Homes is to fit 120 easy-install Saniflo Kinedo Horizon shower cubicles in an East Anglian development – T: 0208 842 0033
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Lancashire-based shower enclosure and screen manufacturer Manhattan Showers, has announced that it went into voluntary liquidation on 14th July 2015.
The decision was taken when the Hong Kong shareholders decided not to provide further funding to the company, and to focus on their core businesses in Hong Kong and China.
UBM has announced the closure of the May Design Series, saying it will instead concentrate its KBB and design sector efforts on the highly popular kbb Birmingham and kbb London, Sleep, Decorex and Ecobuild events.
Following a meeting of the judges for the 2015 KBSA Designer Awards, the finalists have been named for all categories as follows:
asks Bill Miller, managing director of the Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group, the UK arm of Der Kreis buying group
Launched in early July and specifically designed to be user-friendly and very simple to follow, the website has an inviting home page introducing the extensive bathroom and bedroom collections, together with a host of other information, all presented in a logical and accessible format.