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19th September 2014
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The Adora SL WP dishwasher was one of five V-ZUG products recently awarded by the Plus X Award 2014. This powerful and groundbreaking dishwasher impressed the judges noting it for its innovation, high quality, functionality, ease of use and ecology.
I’m sure I’m not the only one that suffered another sleepless night, before logging onto/switching on the news this morning with real trepidation… Would a huge swathe of these beautiful islands no longer be part of the United Kingdom?
I thank those living in Scotland for voting the way I’d have liked to, given the chance.
Much of the press is today saying that the referendum showed democracy at its best. I hate to whinge, but bearing in mind the impact a ‘yes’ vote would have had on everyone in the UK, shouldn’t we all have been given the vote?
In other news today, Triton’s Lorna Fellowes, has criticised the revised consumer rights bill, arguing that the decision to introduce a 30 day short term right for consumers to reject goods they deem to be substandard, is a bad one for the industry. I couldn’t agree more.
I do sometimes wonder whether that other bastion of democracy, the European Union, is – instead of supporting business – trying to make things as difficult as possible for businesses to thrive.
What do you think?
This Week's News
Lorna Fellowes, Managing Director at Triton Showers, believes the decision to introduce a 30 day short term right to reject goods deemed substandard by the consumer could see plumbing and heating appliance manufacturers faced with a surge in the return of used products.
Ben De Lisi has designed a new range of stylish, stainless steel accessories for beautiful bathrooms. For that luxury designer finishing touch, there is a choice of nine pieces - soap dish, dual tumbler, soap dispenser, toilet roll holder, robe hook, single towel bar, triple towel bar, towel ring and shelf towel bar.
Findings from a new report on the ceramic tiles market by MTW Research indicates that the market is now experiencing above inflation growth for the first time since 2007, with tile sales set to grow by more than £15 million in 2014.
Boosted by rising domestic sales coupled with a strengthening of demand in several key commercial sectors, prospects for the UK tiles market appear increasingly positive in 2014 according to MTW. The recent rise in the number of domestic property transactions coupled with a buoyant housebuilding market is underpinning volume growth, with a number of key consumer trends now offering added value growth.
Leicht Kitchens is seeing an above average growth in the UK this year with an increased turnover of 15.5% in the first eight months alone. With 12 new dealers now selling Leicht kitchens it is clear it is becoming the German kitchen of choice for contemporary kitchens, also in the large multiple contract market.
As the market becomes dominated by handleless kitchens, Leicht is the only German kitchen manufacturer able to offer four handleless ranges, in over 3000 RAL colours at the entry level price range.
"Europe is failing its next generation because neither the European Union, nor national governments are able to tackle over-regulation and the grey economy.
As delegates gather next week at a Brussels conference convened by the European Commission to consider 'Labour economics after the crisis', Manuel will still be sitting with his unemployed friends making a coffee last all morning in a crowded McDonald's in Zaragoza. He is just one of the 56% of 15-24 year olds in Spain who are still without work... The victim of a downturn that never went away and a system of employment laws that discourage employers from generating permanent job opportunities.
Wainhomes, which has developments across the north and south west of England, was looking to upgrade the specification of its new build bathrooms and installed basin and bath taps from Deva by Methven's Insignia range of brassware. Following a successful trial, Insignia has now become the standard specification for all Wainhomes' future sites.
Premium home solutions specialist, Hafele UK, donated products free of charge to a renovation project which featured on last week's Channel 4 programme, 'Double Your House for Half the Money', fronted by celebrity property expert Sarah Beeny.
Mereway tells us it is proud to have been shortlisted in two categories for The Manufacturer of the Year Awards 2014, and two categories for the Family Business Awards 2014.
Mereway has been shortlisted in both the Employer of the Year, and the Business Innovation Category of the Family Business Awards 2014. Shortlisted companies will now go through an interview process for each category, before the judging panel will decide on a winner and two runners-up, to be announced at the awards ceremony on 13th November in Nottingham.
In a new initiative to be rolled out throughout 2015, Graham Hayden Training will run one day Sales and Customer Care courses for members of staff and, instead of paying a course fee, the companies will make a donation to charity.
In-toto has recently invested heavily in market research with a view to delivering the best franchise package with the biggest opportunities for success. The company has used market specialist CACI's Acorn product to update its customer profiling and retail location data and gain a deeper understanding of where its target market lives. Retail Footprint has helped it strategically pinpoint the best locations for its studios and ensures franchisees have the opportunity of a flying start to business as soon as they open because they're situated in the right place for their customers.
Dave Rowley, training manager for Building Adhesives Limited, has become Chair of The Tile Association's Supply Chain Training Committee. This committee is responsible for working with various external organisations, such as the Association for Ceramic Training & Development, on matters relating to training for the supply chain. Dave replaces Ian Kershaw, who has stepped down to concentrate on his role as overall TTA Chairman.
Dave has long TTA experience that includes unbroken service on this committee since its inception, more than a decade ago. His other longstanding role within the TTA Training Committee will continue unchanged.
Over 200 Linear sinks, as well as an array of Aquaflux and Aquaverve taps from Leisure Sinks, have been installed throughout the new Panorama development in Ashford, Kent. The refurbishment project has seen the offices in the iconic, nine-storey Charter House building converted into 232 one and two-bedroom 'Skyline' apartments and penthouses.
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MPs must vote for tough action to stop the scourge of parking on our pavements which blights most of the country, says pedestrian campaign group Living Streets today, as Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood's Pavement Parking Bill receives its second reading in the House of Commons.
Yvonne Orgill, of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, writes...
Oh we laughed, didn't we?
That was the day, exactly 20 years ago in September 1994, when the EU brought out Regulation (EC) No.2257/94 which laid down quality standards for bananas.
Oh such fun!