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7th December 2012
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Backing up the latest research on the purchasing power of consumers, Hoover Candy is reporting a surge in customers who say energy efficiency is crucial when it comes to buying kitchen appliances.
The Mintel Washers and Dryers Report 2012, published earlier this year, highlights an influx in the number of buyers concerned with the energy ratings of appliances, with 74% now saying an appliance with an energy rating of A+ is essential. This research strongly correlates with the experience Steve Macdonald, trade marketing director of Hoover Candy, has had of the market over the last 12 months.
The modern Cube range has also now been married with the character and warmth of real timber in the form of Dominica American Walnut (pictured) featuring a solid timber frame and veneered centre panel. With a wide selection of unit sizes and combinations available - including base units, tall cabinets, countertop units and wall units - it is possible to create an individual look in any size and shape of bathroom.
Northern European regions are in the lead when it comes to innovation in Europe, reports EurActiv. But there is a considerable diversity in regional innovation performance - not only across European countries, but also within the member states, according to the newly published European Commission's Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012. Unsurprisingly, the most innovative regions come from the most innovative countries in Europe.
It didn't surprise me in the slightest that Screwfix - according to its latest figures - is continuing on its upward spiral, for if the staff of the Epsom branch are anything to go by, the company treats its customers very well indeed. I'm not a tradesperson and clearly won't be spending a fortune at the store, but every time I venture in there I'm treated as if I'm the most important customer to ever have walked through the doors.
Warwickshire based home décor firm, UK Oak Doors, has this week spoken out in response to the fears that many companies today share - that of buckling to the pressures of the longest recession for more than 50 years.
"Every time I read the news it feels like another household name is entering into administration; yet despite so many companies crumbling to the pressures of the recession, some businesses are absolutely thriving and I wanted to find out why," said Managing Director Nick Lines.
Nick looked at two of the most successful businesses today, John Lewis and sister company Waitrose. Neither brand is known for its recession-beating prices - so why do they appear immune to its effects? Nick believes that the answer had to lie with their attitude to customers and although they're not stores I can afford to frequent, I couldn't agree more with his sentiment.
Where will I always go first when I'm in need of some DIY products? My local Screwfix.
But it doesn't stop there. I've found myself recommending the place to friends and neighbours and I feel sure that they in turn will recommend it to others. It's not rocket science, is it? And it doesn't cost anything either, so there's no excuse, is there, not to make each and every customer feel special?
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This Week's News
UK shower manufacturer, Roman, has once again been called upon by home rescue show, Cowboy Builders, to help out two families in need, and renovate their bathrooms.
A partnership between Zero Waste Scotland and Tigh Grian will see the design, build and eventually de-construction of an affordable family home which showcases the principles of resource efficiency and aims to change the future of homebuilding in Scotland.
The modular designed house will meet, and hopefully exceed, 2016 Scottish Building Standards Gold performance requirements, offering an easily repeatable and affordable model for the house-building industry to follow.
Salamander Pumps struck gold in Olympic year with its Force range of brass ended pumps and the company has announced that the entire range now has WRAS approval. "Force was always WRAS compliant', explains Salamander Sales Director Chris Vallance, "but it's great news that Force has officially got the thumbs up.''
Salamander introduced Force to plug a gap in its product portfolio at the 'premium' end of the shower pump market.
Undermount kitchen sink and tap specialist, The 1810 Company, has pledged its support for the national charity, The Teenage Cancer Trust, by donating money generated from tap sales. The Wrexham based company will donate £5 to this worthy cause for every Curvato Trio filter tap sold.
Ecobuild's renowned seminar programme offers more than 130 sessions covering the most pressing and important issues for built environment professionals - and it is now available for you to view online - but which to choose?
Hammonds is one of the leading retailers of fitted bedroom furniture in the UK, also supplying home office furniture and developing a presence in the kitchen market. The company has reported increased sales since offering Consumer Credit Solutions credit finance to its customers.
Situated in the Red Star Macalline Shanghai Shenei shopping mall, one of the biggest malls in China, the new store opened its doors to the public of Shanghai in September.
China is the world's largest producer and consumer of building materials, as well as representing a new market for those who engage in sustainable building. The USD$1,700 billion construction market is forecast to grow at an 8.5% CAGR, or RMB 30 trillion, by 2020. The retrofitting market is expected to increase by more than 1,000%.
As one of the leading tile manufacturers and suppliers in the UK, it was only natural that British Ceramic Tile step in to help the tiling competition at The Skills Show, held at the NEC Birmingham earlier this month.
Caerphilly-based Nuaire, a market leader in the manufacturing of energy efficient ventilation systems for homes and businesses, has won the Go-Green environmental award at the Institute of Welsh Affairs Business Awards.
In her role as Bathroom Category Manager, Helen's remit will initially be to assess the vast Abode offering of quality bathroom products which includes bathroom taps and showers, to enable the in-house creative designers to take the range forward into 2013/14.
The Furniture Ombudsman, which aims to inspire consumer confidence in the furniture industry by raising standards and improving service, has added Harvey Jones Kitchens to its growing list of Full Members.
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