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28th September 2012
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by John Swain, Product Manager for Franke UK
Pictured here is the new Renolit Covaren Moulins; a design reminiscent of a concrete structure with a subtle two colour square print. Given its very subtle printed design, the finish can also be used as a pseudo solid colour.
Selected to enhance and complement any piece of furniture, each handle has been individually chosen to add drama to the furniture. This avant-garde category includes Heritage, French, New Victorian, Oriental or Art Deco selections.
Pictured here is the new Renolit Covaren Cobra - a fantasy design which picks up on the current trend towards irregular stripes and geometric patterns
Although I often grumble about living in a kind of weather bubble here in Epsom (which really just means that I rarely wake up to a blanket of snow outside) I did feel blessed this week, seeing the damage Britain's worst storm in 30 years has caused to hundreds of homes, shops and other businesses. It's heartbreaking - particularly when one considers that many of those that had to vacate severely flooded premises during the last heavy storms have only recently managed to move back in.
With all this water about, it's easy to forget that there is actually a shortage of the stuff, isn't it? Yet more than 11% of Europeans and 17% of Europe's territory have been affected by water scarcity in recent years, costing the EU an estimated €100 billion in damages and lost economic potential.
Reporting from last week's water conference, EurActiv said that the consensus is that there is enough legislation regarding the use of water but too little compliance and insufficient enforcement. Conservation groups, including the European Environment Bureau, have criticised the EU and national governments for failing to enforce water efficiency and pollution policies.
In 2006, the EEB and another campaign organisation, the WWF, filed a complaint with the European Commission against Austria, Germany, Poland and eight other countries, charging that they failed to comply with provisions of the 2000 Water Framework Directive. In May, the EEB acknowledged in an analysis of a blueprint shortly being tabled which aims to address the problems, that while the Water Framework Directive "has helped to keep water issues on the political agenda" and improved trans-boundary cooperation, it "has achieved little progress" in the areas of integrating water with energy, transportation and farming policies."
Let's hope that this blueprint really gets to grip with the problems and paves the way for us to finally start pulling together more effectively to conserve this most valuable of resources.
This Week's News
Latest year-to-date figures release today for new home registrations in the UK reveal that house building levels continue to fall, according to NHBC.
In August 2012, the number of new homes registered with NHBC dropped to 9,553, 4% below August last year (9,978) and taking overall year to date totals for 2012 to 72,740 applications; a 15% decrease on the same period in 2011 (85,120).
The PEKA Sesam storage system for cleaning cupboards, available exclusively in the UK from LDL Components, has been awarded the Red Dot award for Product Design 2012. According to the statement from the judging panel: "The consistently functional style of this robust cleaning cupboard storage system offers convincing user benefits."
The Health & Safety Executive has recently confirmed that its cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), will start on 1st October 2012, meaning that business owners need to start taking a more proactive approach now.
FFI aims to recover costs from those who break health & safety laws for the time and effort HSE spends helping to put matters right, such as investigating, writing reports and taking enforcement action.
To further strengthen its extensive range of high quality taps, Leisure Sinks has launched Aquacurve - a new contemporary styled model with a sophisticated swan neck design. Available in a polished chrome finish, the competitively priced tap is ideal for the domestic or contract markets.
PASMA has this week responded to the news of another major and wholly preventable injury, due to a fall from height. The lead industry body noted that a number of basic safety precautions were not taken, and said that such accidents can only be prevented by ensuring that those working on towers and supervising them are trained and competent in their use.
Robert Mohl, Managing Director of Bridport luxury bathroom company Ocean Bathrooms, is seeking to make more people aware of the true value and importance of the humble toilet in their home
Robert believes that if more UK people were aware of the large amount of time spent using the loo and the fact that nearly half of the world's population don't have access to one, they may view their toilet more seriously and give more importance to any decisions relating to it.
Department store John Lewis has chosen Abode to supply the Group with a host of design-led bathroom taps and showers for its new in-store bathroom departments. John Lewis recently launched a fully fitted bathroom design and installation service, offering everything from sanitaryware and brassware to heating, tiling, baths and showers.
Abode already has a very good working relationship with John Lewis and has been a major supplier of a full range of kitchen brassware for the past six years.
Living up to its new corporate strapline of 'sensational surfaces for your kitchen', Bushboard has added six new worktop designs, two new textures, 10 new splashback colours, its exclusive Q3 edge profile and design-friendly shaped components to its updated Prima 40mm laminate worktop range. Prima is launched this week, supported by a new POS package which will be fully merchandised across the UK with retailers by the end of the month.
EQ Software, the specialist provider of KBB-specific business management and eCommerce solutions, has appointed Mark O'Neill as Director of Sales & Marketing.
Designed to replicate nature and imitate the appearance and intricacies of real stone, the new HD (High Definition) Origin collection from British Ceramic Tile has been created using the very latest in high definition inkjet technology.
Blum hosted the latest one day Sales & Customer Care course for the KBB industry on 26th September at its training facility in Milton Keynes. The course was attended by 10 delegates who were schooled on the skills and techniques that would help them improve their lead conversions and profitable sales, together with lessons on how to improve customer care and referral business. The course was run by Graham Hayden who has now trained more than 1000 industry delegates on his courses over the last six years.
Earlier this month, staff from Ellis Furniture, the designer and manufacturer of bathroom and kitchen furniture, held a charity football match to raise funds for a local Huddersfield hospice.
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The Government has published legislation which will enable it to guarantee up to £40 billion of investment in infrastructure, and up to £10 billion in new homes. The Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill gives statutory backing to the UK Guarantees programme announced in July and the housing guarantee schemes also announced last week.
Coventry based Showerlux UK ceased trading from its Coventry base in Sibree Road on 23rd August 2012 with 16 staff being made redundant.
Fitted bedroom furniture company Hepplewhite is offering its best-performing dealers the chance to win some fantastic new technology as a sales incentive this Autumn.