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7th December 2012


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International News

New Elite - chromed enclosures from Simpsons are now available

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Previewed at this years' KBB in Birmingham, the Simpsons new range of Elite shower enclosures received unprecedented interest. The bright chromed enclosures are now available throughout the UK.

Methven launches new showering and tapware collection: design-led Waipori collection delivers indulgent showering while saving water

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Global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, Methven UK, has launched a new collection which delivers optimum performance alongside key water-saving features.

Prisma brings new perspective for Mereway Kitchens

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Introducing a fresh take on flat slab doors, new Prisma is the latest addition to Mereway Kitchens' Complete Kitchen Collection. Sleek and sophisticated, Prisma is a high gloss acrylic faced MFC door with duo edge in a cool aluminium tone and colour matched backs which exudes quality and class.

Geberit Monolith - new colourway, same innovative method of converting to wall-hung

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Offering a fast, simple way of converting floorstanding sanitaryware to the high end look of wall-hung, Geberit's Monolith module is now available in a new Umbra colourway. Perfect for adding a touch of warmth to any bathroom, the neutral, smokey brown hue of umbra ensures that the sanitary module will blend seamlessly into its environment.

New Fervour bath/shower mixer from Abode

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The tall, square shaped contemporary range of Fervour taps with radiused edges are really unusual in design. New to the range is the deck mounted bath/shower mixer with lift up levers clearly marked with 'h and c'. The shower mixer has a pull up diverter to activate the shower head which is a separate entity which sits alongside the mixer.

Hoover Candy backs up latest research on consumers' energy efficiency views

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.

Ellis Furniture expands bathroom range

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Ellis Furniture is expanding its range of modular and fitted bathroom furniture this season with the addition of three new door colours across its entire range, including Cube, Cloakroom, Modular and Fitted furniture.

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.

Kitchen trends for 2013 veer towards splashes of bold colour and textures

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For 2013 kitchens are taking on a fresher look with accents of colour, textured surfaces and clever designs accommodating the kitchen as a major living area, according to Kitchens International. As one of the top independent kitchen designers and retailers in the UK and based across Scotland, Kitchens International is seeing customers becoming bolder in their choices yet retaining style and quality.

Northern European regions the most innovative, reveals new study

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.

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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.

FB.jpgBut 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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Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Roman to the rescue

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Zero Waste Scotland and Tigh Grian to develop 'Resource Efficient House'

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.

WRAS approval for Salamander's top brass

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.

Teenage Cancer Trust benefits from 1810 Company tap sales

* The-1810-Company-Curvato.jpgUndermount 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 seminar programme now available and ready to excite you!

* ecobuild.jpgEcobuild'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 sales boosted by CCS credit finance

* Hammonds.jpgHammonds 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.

Croydex goes global with Shanghai store opening

* Croydex-shanghai.jpgWith more than 90 years' experience of supplying bathroom fittings and accessories, Croydex has now gone global with the opening of a flagship store in China.

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.

Expo Build China 2013 - gateway to China's building & decoration market

* China-expobuild.jpgChina 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%.

British Ceramic Tile supports UK's biggest skills and careers event, The Skills Show

* SkillsShow-BCT.jpgAs 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.

Nuaire wins award for its commitment to the green agenda

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Abode expands marketing expertise

* Helen-Clark_Abode.jpgHelen Clark has joined Abode Home Products, the ever-expanding and successful, design-led kitchen and bathroom products company.

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.

Harvey Jones Kitchens becomes Full Member of The Furniture Ombudsman

* Harvey-Jones.jpgThe 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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