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14th August 2015
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"Contemporary and cool, we absolutely love it!"
New York Fashion Week 2015 was awash with this retro hue*, and it couldn't be easier to introduce the colour into your home.
The latest Department for Transport figures reveal that traffic is on the increase, with light commercial vehicles showing the greatest rise over the past 12 months as a result of the growing economy and falling fuel prices. Heavier traffic makes life difficult for those amongst us who have to drive for a living and with all the extra vehicles on the road at this time of year thanks to holiday traffic, driving can become a real chore.
I often think of those whose job it is to transport goods across the Continent and really feel for those who are running the gauntlet at the ports via which potential illegal immigrants are doing all they can to gain access to the UK. It must be an absolute nightmare not only in terms of personal safety and stress for these drivers, but also the amount of time it now takes to make the journey and the potential of accusations of people trafficking if people do manage to get on board!
Although it’s hard to believe - thanks to the incessant rain, thunder and grey, wintery-looking skies, today’s the day John and I bid you a brief farewell so we can take our annual Summer breaks. As I have several festivals booked in over the coming few weeks, I’m hoping that the weather dries up, since camping in sodden fields doesn’t have the appeal that outdoor living in the sunshine has, since even my favoured compost loos can take on the appearance of the trashed public washrooms that are all too common in the UK, when they're used by people who are drenched through.
Whatever the weather, we’ll be back on 4th September with an issue that will partly be produced from the IFA exhibition in Berlin, so if you have news you’d like to share with our readers, do please send it to us for consideration well before then.
This Week's News
"The recent retirement of Graham Ball has been well reported in the press and several leading industry figures and organisations have taken the time to comment on his commitment and contribution to the industry.
The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association is seeking a new, high profile chief executive to lead the organisation into the future.
The trade association currently represents over 200 loyal UK independent specialist retailers in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom sector and is also supported by over 100 leading manufacturing brands within the industry.
* Induction hobs have seen good growth in the last three years with a more than 61% increase
BAL, UK market leader in full tiling solutions, has played a crucial role in the development of a new 12,500sq.m, £36m leisure centre in the heart of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. BAL tile adhesives, grouts, sealants and preparation products were all specified for the project which featured more than 10,000sq.m of tiling in the main changing rooms, upstairs changing rooms, pool surround, leisure pool and main swimming pools.
BAL worked extensively with project architect AHR, main contractor BAM, tiling contractor The Tiling Company and tile supplier Ceramique Internationale from design to completion, including specification support from BAL's Technical Advisory Service (TAS) and on-site support from BAL's expert 'product support technicians.'
Entrants must create a 2m x 3m bathroom space using any products within the range and submit a 150-word description, a floor plan and at least two project views including a rendering or sketch using 2D or 3D files which can be downloaded from the website.
According to a new report: 'World Microwave Oven-Market Opportunities and Forecasts, 2014 - 2020', the global microwave oven market is expected to generate revenue of $25.4 billion by 2020, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 6.07% during the forecast period, 2015 - 2020.
Increasing disposable income paired with rising number of working population has majorly contributed to the growth microwave oven market, worldwide.
PWS' Worksurfaces factory has hit an incredible milestone, producing its 100,000th customer order since the state-of-the art £10m manufacturing facility signalled a new and successful business operation for PWS in 2007.
The 100,000th order was from Tracey Murphy, of Lewis & Hobbs of Harrogate, who has been a customer of PWS Worksurfaces since production started.
Amica household appliances has announced that Dublin based Origo, a leading consumer appliance distributor for Ireland, is to distribute the Amica brand in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Simon Freear, country manager for the UK and Ireland explains: "Origo has a clear and undisputed strategy of working closely with its retail partners. This relationship gives Amica the opportunity to reach a wider range of customers with a complete range of products to cater for all consumer needs.
Stepping into Merlyn's showerwall fold is the new 8 Series Folding Showerwall. The ingenious folding mechanism allows you to fold the shower wall back so that it's horizontally flush against the wall - perfect for smaller bathrooms.
This new folding innovation has opened up new doors in the world of wetrooms (literally!), particularly with bathrooms that would previously have been considered too small.
Fewer than half of businesses believe they have a duty of care to employee health, according to a recently released report from a leading expert in leadership development, with only 46% of firms regarding staff health as an employer's responsibility. This is despite the fact that 82.8% of companies believe that business performance and staff wellbeing are connected.
The research, conducted by Morgan Redwood, is based on responses from the Heads of Human Resource departments or Board Director level from over 250 businesses. These have been drawn from across the UK and from a mix of sectors and a range of company sizes, with two thirds employing over 250 people, and none less than 50.
When Sir Stirling Moss was completing the renovation of his kitchen as part of his three-year project to modernise and upgrade his Mayfair home, the legendary British racing driver, unsurprisingly, chose to combine his love of gadgets with his love of speed.
A long-time fan of InSinkErator products, Stirling has just installed a new InSinkErator steaming hot water tap to ensure he can make a cup of tea as fast as a Formula 1 pit-stop.
Abode Home Products launched an apprenticeship scheme in 2013, helping young people learn about the design, manufacture and distribution of Kitchen & Bathroom products, whilst also helping to support the continuing growth of the Abode business.
Regan Goddard has become the first apprentice to complete his training, working as part of the Abode team in Barnsley. He was tutored by local training agency Brinsworth Academy - a member of the Federation for Industry Sector Skills & Standards.
New research from BCA, the UK and Europe's leading vehicle marketplace, underlines the importance of a service history when it comes to selling used vans, since its data shows a service history can add up to 10% on used light commercial vehicle values
BCA researched price performance for a 'basket' of 5,000 light commercial vehicles that went through its sales earlier this year, comparing the price achieved against industry guide values for vehicles sold with a full service history to those without. Up to 10% price improvements were recorded for vehicles with a full service history, with this factor increasing in importance on older vehicles.
The new Combi-Steam MSLQ oven brings together all the best features of V-Zug’s combi-steam ovens, with the added quick convenience of a microwave. Simply pressing the oven’s PowerPlus function, boosts the oven into action and accelerates the cooking programmes.
Independent kitchen designer and retailer Kitchens International has appointed two new managers for its designer showrooms. Helen Taylor becomes showroom manager for the Glasgow showroom and Donna Smith is manager for Perth.
Helen joined KI in 2001 as a design technician, following her graduation from college with a degree in Spatial Interior Architecture & Design.
Phoenix Bathrooms' products are now available on the EQ Software system, thus providing all EQ users with the ability to access the full range of Phoenix bathroom and heating products in digital format via the software package.
"Having recognised the ever increasing popularity for the EQ Software platform we have decided that it is important for the Phoenix brand to be available for the high number of bathroom retailers that are now using the system to have access to the Phoenix ranges," says Adrian Thomas, Phoenix development director.
Gareth Atkin has pedalled his way through punctures and chain problems to cross England by bike on a 170-mile coast-to-coast charity ride. The sales and marketing director of Hull-based manufacturer Landau Parapan took part in the Way of the Roses coast-to-coast cycle route this month, riding from Morecambe to Bridlington.
He has raised more than £800 for L6ve Life Foundation, the charity set up by his friend and Motor Neurone Disease sufferer Lee Newton. L6ve Life Foundation provides funds for those who fight to find a cure and help those already living with MND.
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