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15th February 2013
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With a diameter of 460mm and standing at 900mm tall, Rio is guaranteed to be a focal point of the bathroom. Made entirely from marble, no two Rio washbasins will ever be entirely the same thanks its natural markings.
Eurostat announced yesterday morning that the Eurozone had posted poor growth figures for the end of 2012 - GDP fell by 0.6% in the final quarter of last year. The German economy contracted by 0.6%, Italy’s by 0.9% and Portugal’s by 1.8%. Elsewhere it is claimed that France’s public deficit is going to be close to 3% of GDP this year. The German statistics office suggested that a large contraction in demand for German exports around Europe was to blame for its poor growth (well surely that’s because so few of us have money to spend these days!).
In a speech given to an Open Europe and RUSI joint event on Wednesday, Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator of Turkey's EU accession talks, Egemen Bagis, said: “I’m hoping that the recent statement of my Prime Minister and David Cameron will have an effect to put Europe back in business…it’s time for Europe to think about changing itself, its institutions and its decision-making processes.”
I’m with them all the way.
Looking further afield, leaders on both sides of the Atlantic are to start negotiations for a free trade agreement designed to establish the largest economic alliance in the world, which already accounts for some €455bn in trade and millions of jobs. I’m wondering though whether the talks might be scuppered by the EU’s plans for a Financial Transaction Tax. The City of London is not alone in arguing against the introduction of this tax and yesterday’s Wall Street Journal reports that the US Treasury has announced that it opposes the tax, which will damage trade. I understand that a group of US business organisations, including the US Chamber of Commerce, has voiced its objections in a letter to the European Commission, claiming it overreaches borders, breaks international treaties and amounts to a unilateral imposition of a global FTT.
Interesting times, eh?
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This Week's News
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association tells us it is delighted to announce that The Water Label has been shortlisted in the Annual Sentinel Business Awards. The Sentinel is the newspaper produced for readership in Staffordshire and Cheshire and the BMA entered this year's Business Awards with its brainchild, The Water Label. The entry has been successful, so far, and has been shortlisted in the Business Innovation category.
Bushboard's recently launched M-Stone quartz worksurface range shows how well it can work the fashionable trend for contrast by teaming up with an Ebony Stripwood laminate splashback from the company's Omega range which offers 39 different design options in sizes for midway and hob panels.
The Forum of Private Business is urging changes to the Prompt Payment Code after it has learned firms with payment times as long as 90 days are planning to sign up.
Bedroom storage problems are set to become a thing of the past with the brand new Turin bed from Hyder Living that makes clearing clutter a much more manageable task.
CAD software specialist for the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, announced on Wednesday that it is developing a comprehensive library of training videos to complement the company's other training services. Focusing on individual design techniques, each video provides an extremely easy and visual means of gaining a better understanding of how to undertake a specific design task.
The new training videos are already being welcomed by ArtiCAD customers as a quick and easy way of helping improve their skills for specific tasks.
From 4th March to 27th May 2013, consumers who purchase an Electrolux Induction hob from the Inspiration Range in participating retailers will receive a FREE Zwilling J.A. Henckels TruClad professional pan set, via redemption, worth £165 RRP.
ShellShock Designs has launched a new range of beautiful semi-precious stone tiles. The tiles are for use on interior design projects, both residential and commercial, that not only want to reflect timeless style and beauty, but also to reflect emotions on a spiritual level through the power of each individual stone. "This is ancient wisdom, brought up to date for the 21st century," says the company's Managing Director Jonathan Kern.
Recent feedback from a selection of Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers members has reported an increase in new leads originated from the iKBBI find-a-member website (www.professionalfitters.org).
iKBBI member Paul Butler (London) says: "I've definitely noticed an increase in enquiries in January and I've found the iKBBI accreditation a real positive marketing tool.
Ellis Furniture has teamed up with some of its suppliers, including MFC supplier Egger, to support joint managing director's daughter, Isobel Ellis, in her quest to raise much needed funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Lakes Bathrooms has supplied a shower enclosure to support a family featured in the BBC One series 'DIY SOS: The Big Build', due to air later this year. The enclosure was used as part of a life changing transformation to the home of a family in Spalding, Lincolnshire and is featured in the fifth episode of the 24th series of the flagship DIY television show.
PWS Distributors has expanded its field-based sales team with the appointment of Nick Heater to a newly created sales position in the South East. Nick has been in the kitchen industry since 1999 when he worked as area business manager for Neff until 2008. He subsequently was a partner in a white goods business and more recently was manager of a Howdens Depot in Surrey.
KitchenAid, the premium manufacturer renowned for its appliances that combine professional performance with stylish design, presents the Chef Touch, an all in one sous vide cooking system perfect for those who see themselves as the next Gordon Ramsay or Heston Blumenthal.
Having established a reputation as a wetroom specialist, with more than 250,000 successful installations in the UK, Impey Showers is offering one-day intensive training courses for industry professionals at its Centre of Excellence in Ilton, Somerset.
Established National bathroom and kitchen distributor, Cooper Callas, has taken on the distribution for NoCalc International, the Dutch based producer of the revolutionary NoCalc limescale reduction product. Stock was delivered into Cooper Callas pre-Xmas and the company is already reporting a growing number of kitchen and bathroom retailers selling the product.
With over 20,000 units being sold in Holland alone last year, which has half the households of the UK in hard water areas, there are great growth opportunities for this new product for both retailers and installers alike.
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Hard on the heels of the five manufacturers and media companies which joined the Bathroom Manufacturers Association last month, two more manufacturers and a media group have joined the association.