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1st June 2012
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Putting a price on water is essential to encourage savings but EU policymakers are cautious not to spark a social backlash with a one-size-fits-all solution. "Pay more if you use more" is, however, a model which could work, the MEP in charge of water issues told EurActiv.
This variety of contemporary designs incorporates elements of soft curves and straight lines bringing natural and man-made materials into the home.
Daring Dynamos are planning to visit some of Vado's international customers during the tour, which is expected to last approximately two years.
Yesterday I walked across London's Waterloo Bridge with a grin so big it was attracting attention... And it wasn't just because I was off to lunch at the Savoy for KBZine's sister publication Cleanzine (www.thecleanzine.com) - or that later I was due to attend a chilled desert and muffin tasting evening (if you've ever wondered why I'm overweight, now you know!) - it was because of where I'd just been.
I still can't quite believe what happened yesterday morning so I'm hoping that writing it down will help it to sink in...
I had been to a pre-launch event at The Cube by Electrolux, which is opening at Southbank Centre in London today (on the roof of the Royal Festival Hall!) and running until the end of September. This incredible dining concept brings together some of the most pioneering and innovative chefs in the UK... people whose food I've drooled over on Masterchef - and here they were to chat to whist I ate the food they'd prepared using Electrolux Professional expertise!
This Week's News
An instant coffee is just that, instantly made and instantly forgotten, but a coffee that has had time, passion and effort lavished on it is a coffee to be savoured, enjoyed and never forgotten.
This is the philosophy behind the new Mereway Kitchens brand. There are kitchens and then there are Mereway kitchens. An ethos captured in the new strapline 'Live Life The Mereway'.
Domestic appliance manufacturer Bosch and global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, Methven UK, have joined forces to back the UK Water Efficiency Awards 2012.
This summer there's no better time to celebrate being the best of British and to commemorate this momentous occasion, British Ceramic Tile has announced a series of key changes as the company implements its ambitious plan to become a one-stop super shop for all tile, stone and glass products.
Glossy red, chocolate brown, lime green and ebony black stainless steel fridge freezers from Electrolux are designed to give any kitchen a lift. While the others are painted, the ebony black model gets its colour from a clever finishing process, which facilitates a true colour stainless steel.
Anyone needing to specify tiling can do so with complete confidence, thanks to the total support offered free by BAL. The popular name in professional tile adhesives and grouts, renowned for setting standards in tiler training, makes its expertise freely available to specifiers.
Franke has updated its Pro-Value portfolio with the innovative new two lever FilterFlow Zurich model, for filtered water at an affordable premium.
KBB business management systems and eCommerce solutions provider EQ Software, introduces MyRoomPlan - an exciting brand new 2D Planning Tool. This product will enhance EQ's already successful eStore product and is available exclusively as an additional sales & marketing element for furniture and bathrooms.
Cifial's new Dual Flow Concealed Heads come in a square or rectangular option. These spectacular shower heads have two water inlets, one to feed the waterfall function, the other for the rain spray. This enables the user to have the choice of just the waterfall, or the rain spray, or for a more vigorous shower have both options on at the same time.
According to new Ipsos MORI research by the Royal Institute of British Architects consumers are looking for more storage to accommodate for the lack of space across their entire home. IronmongeryDirect understands that space is often at a premium and can provide the latest in storage options to help create a neat and tidy look.
Franke is the leading global manufacturer of sinks for domestic use and has a 100-year heritage so retailers can be assured that, in specifying a Franke sink, they will be giving customers the best quality, best design and the reassurance of a 50-year guarantee.
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Figures released today by NHBC have shown public sector registrations to build new homes in the UK are still below last year's figures.
Thames Water has donated 2.5 acres of property in a bid to help a new property-focused crowdfunding website raise thousands of pounds to transform a neglected London dock into a creative hub ahead of the Olympics.
Bookings are now being taken for the Annual Bathroom Conference, which is taking place on 9th October at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire and is open to everyone in the KBB Industry.
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association's Yvonne Orgill tells us that places are filling up - so do book soon to make sure you don't miss on this popular event, which promises to be even better than last year
We knew Dimplex was an expert in electric heating, but what we didn't know is that it is also a market leader in renewable energy solutions, with what the company says is the widest range of heat pumps available in the UK. Now the company is sharing its expertise with the launch of a handy new website to guide everyone through all the green heating and hot water options that are available.
As one of the UK's largest retailers of made-to-measure blinds and shutters, Apollo Blinds is at the forefront of the industry's efforts to raise awareness of dangers relating to looped blind cords and is launching a campaign to drive the message home.
Due to the increasing uptake by retailers creating the need for larger storage facilities, KBBConnect, by Smart Systems, has now upgraded to a more advanced Cloud hosting service provider. In addition to significantly increasing individual storage capacity, add yet further layers of security and give even greater reliability, it can also provide Internet connection speeds up to 50 times faster.
Following recent news that the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is launching a series of surprise inspections on high risk work environments, workplace equipment provider Slingsby has compiled a checklist to help businesses stay on the right side of the law.
The Furniture Ombudsman has highlighted The Kitchen & Bedroom Showroom as a kitchen retailer that is acting as a very responsible retailer within the Bournemouth area.
A Tower Hamlets-based building contractor has been fined after a worker's hand was severely injured by an unguarded power tool.