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17th April 2015
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According to the Office for National Statistics report released this morning, there are 31.05 million people in work - 248,000 more than for September to November 2014 and 557,000 more than for this time last year. These figures support the findings of the Screwfix’s Trade Pulse report, (see news below) which reports that 97% of UK tradespeople taking part in the survey say they are in work and reveals that nearly one in six are so busy they have more work than they can handle.
With the General Election just a couple of weeks away, I’m wondering how things will pan out over the coming year and keeping my fingers crossed that whoever’s elected doesn’t put the kybosh on everything!
WiperFill is an inline, under-bonnet system that converts rainwater (or other liquids near the windscreen area) into wiper fluid or antifreeze. It collects water at the base of the windscreen and directs it into its multi-chamber mixing device to produce clean, spot-free cleaning and antifreeze fluid, using wiper fluid and/or antifreeze concentrates to achieve the right saturation level. No – I’m not on a commission or anything, but was inspired by the thought of how much clean tap water could be saved if we all fitted one of these in the vehicles for which we’re responsible! For details, visit www.wiperfill.com
This Week's News
Commenting on the labour market statistics released today by the Office for National Statistics, Mark Beatson, Chief Economist at the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, the professional body for HR and people development, said:
“The last set of statistics before the General Election show jobs growth continues on its upwards trend.
British Ceramic Tile is poised to launch a new high-end collection for 2015 in partnership with Conran and Partners; the collaborative British design studio founded by Sir Terence Conran working across brand, product, interiors and architecture.
The company has worked closely with Conran and Partners to produce a contemporary, yet commercial, ceramic collection with broad appeal. Known as Trace, the collection blends contemporary design with an on-trend colour palette, coupling strong structural forms with tactile design.
Internationally renowned designers David Adjaye, Michael Young and Patrizia Moroso are among the highlights which make the strong list of over 80 showrooms the key destinations for visitors to this year's Clerkenwell Design Week (19-21 May 2015), sponsored by Renault.
The festival, now in its sixth edition, will see leading UK and international showrooms showcase an array of designs from contemporary contract furniture to material innovation and high-end kitchen and bathrooms.
Designed to make the most of the limited area in the typical British bathroom, Compact from Britton now offers even more space-saving options with the addition of wall hung semi pedestal basins and a wall hung WC that complete the range and make it one of the most comprehensive space-saving ranges available.
Following a successful 2014, MHS Radiators has expanded its product portfolio and launched a brand new, 72-page retail catalogue for 2015. The new brochure contains details of the company's vast array of radiators and towel rails, while also showcasing an extensive palette of new colours and textured finishes.
The Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group (KBBG), part of the Der Kreis Group, has announced that its Annual Members' Meeting will take place on Monday, 18th May 2015 hosted by the Miele Company at the manufacturer's Experience Centre in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.
A day of lively discussion, sharing of ideas and the opportunity to meet some of our industry's leading suppliers are all promised on the agenda, as well as the presence of the eclectic guest speaker Wayne Hemingway.
Following the appointment of Leaker Direct as exclusive distributor for Scotland in February, Baumatic, part of the Hoover Candy Group, has announced the appointment of C&F Quadrant as exclusive distributor for Ireland.
The new bedroom collection, launched earlier this year, joins the hugely successful Trend Interiors brand that now offers the full portfolio of kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.
The new range is based on extensive research into the market place to provide a more comprehensive, competitively priced product that is easy to sell, design, order and fit.
2015 has got off to a busy start for UK tradespeople, according to new research released by multi-channel retailer, Screwfix. An impressive 97% of the plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters and other tradesmen questioned in Screwfix's Trade Pulse report are currently working.
In fact, nearly one in six are so busy they have more work than they can handle and 78% have enough work to keep them busy, compared with 74% for the same period last year and only 72% in 2013.
The latest kitchen tap display promotion for Abode retailers has been launched and will run until the end of June 2015.
The contemporary tap promotion runs across four of Abode’s best-selling taps in chrome finish only – Verla, Linear Nero, Fliq and Atik - at a very tempting price, as long as all four taps are installed on display within showrooms.
Celebrating 25 years of delivering excellent customer service on behalf of Sigma 3, the parent company of Masterclass Kitchens, Dave Carmody was recognised for his loyalty to the business recently.
* Letterkenny RFC U14s from Co Donegal, Ireland,
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News in Brief
New products joining Moduleo’s Select vinyl flooring collection are of increased thickness for greater durability – T: 01332 851 500 … ‘Mist’, joins Ivory and Pistachio in PJH Group’s Picasso Painted Collection of Moods bathroom furniture - T: 0800 877 8899 … Hoover is launching ‘Dynamic Next’ - a new generation of cooling and laundry appliances – T: 0151 334 2781 … Roman tells us it is eagerly preparing its new showering products for launch at the May Design Series – T: 01325 311318 …
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Anxiety surrounding finding trustworthy tradespeople is leaving older people across the country struggling with home repairs. New research released by TrustMark, the Government endorsed find-a-tradesperson scheme, has revealed that almost a quarter (23%) of 65+ year olds don’t know where to find information and are not confident when it comes to choosing a tradesman to carry out work in their homes.
Reward specialists and HR professionals could significantly increase employee motivation with a better understanding of the science behind the impact of pay and reward on employee behaviour. That's according to new research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, the professional body for HR and people development.
Register my appliance, AMDEA's safety campaign, is supporting the Government 'Tick Tock Test', which is urging the public to test their smoke alarms when the clocks go forward over the weekend of 28th/29th March.