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15th March 2013
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Plastic has become an unavoidable material in our modern world. Plastics are versatile and durable, but this durability can make disposal problematic. A Green Paper published yesterday by the European Commission aims to launch a structured discussion about how to make plastic products more sustainable throughout their life cycle and reduce the impact of plastic waste on the environment.
Energy efficiency, intelligent controls, online tools, kitchen design and layout versatility lead advances in foodservice equipment for acclaimed industry award at NRA Show 2013.
I had thought that with all the wonderful innovations now offered by the KBB industry, we householders had it all, but apparently we hadn’t - until now.
A new company has put together a team of people to provide every kind of conceivable help to those buying or selling their property. And as well as offering traditional services such as legal help and financial advice, it also caters for the more spiritual needs of the prospective home buyer…
Incredibly, Future Life Properties (www.futurelifeproperties.com) also has a team of experts on feng shui, energy clearance, house blessings and house astrology based across the country. There are even Future Life Progression practitioners who can guide clients to travel to the future and see their future home – helping them to make decisions about what property they buy! It is also offering a free phone app – simply by tapping in Future Life Properties - people will be helped to see their future home through a guided meditation.
Company founder Anne Jirsch, explains: “People are becoming more aware of the energies at work around them and are now looking for spiritual help to guide them through their lives and make the most of the time they spend on Earth. This is particularly true of life’s big moments and buying your first property or moving house certainly counts amongst them. Future Life Progression is a wonderful tool for this as it can guide someone to visualise their future life, including their home, to give them an insight in how they can overcome blocks and discover what they can do in the present to speed up that reality. Your future home needs to be a wonderful investment that will rise in value over time, it needs to be in a location where you will like the local people and it needs to be your sanctuary, your castle. Everyone deserves that.”
I’m now wondering if in future, I won’t be slipping off my shoes and jumping into an empty bath at the showroom when no-one’s looking (to see if it’s going to be comfy for a long soak with a good book!) but will instead be popping into a meditation room to visualise each bath’s effect on my psyche!
This Week's News
The first ever National Self Build Week will take place in early May 2013 with a wide-ranging programme of events planned to help millions of Britons turn their self build dreams into a reality.
A good looking, competitively priced contemporary bathroom collection comes high on every bathroom retailer's wish list - but all too often design detail is sacrificed for the sake of price. This certainly isn't the case with the new Britton Bathrooms range from The Bathroom Brands Group.
The Society of British Interior Design was set up four years ago to serve the needs of designers working within living environment in the UK. With the creation of a KBB Advisory Board, membership of the Society can now provide KBB designers with a meaningful design qualification.
Perfect for classic bathrooms, the new Belgravia brassware collection from Crosswater brings sophisticated elegance to the ever popular nostalgic look. Belgravia brassware is a great partner for period style sanitaryware and for freestanding roll top baths - but will work equally well in adding a distinctive touch to contemporary room schemes.
The success of recent Bathroom Planning & Design workshops delivered by the BMA's Bathroom Academy has left Partners at John Lewis, the department store chain, asking for more. The two-day workshops presented by the Bathroom Academy, together with partner and sponsor 20-20 Technologies, have been received extremely positively.
One of Europe's fastest growing appliance brands, Amica, which produces freestanding and built-in domestic appliances in Poland, has announced the addition of 9kg washing machines to its existing 5kg, 6kg, 7kg and 8kg ranges.
Rated A+++ for energy efficiency, the 9kg Amica (AWN912DJ) also features a large 33 cm porthole which opens a full 150 degrees for easy manoeuvring of large 9kg family loads.
UK furniture manufacturer Mereway Kitchens received a visit from Anthea McIntyre MEP this week. Anthea contacted Mereway to arrange to visit the company after learning that it had won the EEF Manufacturing Regional Award for People Management.
The Slimline is a 45 cm model that is perfect for smaller kitchen spaces yet still has the capacity for nine place settings. "Some of the people with the most active lives live in cities in small apartments," says Chandrasekar Kunche, Product Manager at Zanussi. "They'd love a tidy kitchen, but even small meals generate a lot of dishes."
Long-established Alno dealer, Bradbury's, is to open an 'Alno Store' in the heart of Bristol. It has taken possession of a 1,500sq. ft. showroom, which sits in a prominent position on Bond Street South, opposite the upmarket Cabot Circus shopping centre.
C&C Catering Equipment has been awarded a new Health & Safety accreditation, Building Confidence. Developed by global procurement service business Achilles, Building Confidence is a supplier pre-qualification and accreditation service for the UK construction industry.
He will oversee all financial matters within BKoncepts and comes to BK from Nabarro Poole Chartered and Management Accountants.
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Aquadi by Symphony is continuing to lead the way in the bathroom furniture market, by becoming the first bathroom furniture supplier to be awarded the FIRA Gold Product Certification.
Research undertaken by leading retail property trade body - the British Council of Shopping Centres, in partnership with Geofutures, shows that retail space in UK town centres is declining almost 20% faster than retail space outside town centres. A pilot undertaken in the South West has shown that town centre retail space contracted by 12% between 2005 and 2010. Over the same period the quantum of retail space outside town centres increased by almost 6%.
Unsafe practices on construction sites are to be targeted as part of a national initiative aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health. During a month-long drive to improve standards in one of Britain's most dangerous industries, the Health & Safety Executive will visit sites where refurbishment or repair works are taking place.
In response to the design communities needs, UBM has created the May Design Series to provide a single destination for four of the most important trade exhibitions; kbb LDN, The ARC Show, DX and Interiors LDN, at ExCeL London 19th - 21st May.
CAD software specialist for the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, announces the availability of several new graphics catalogues for designers using the company's ArtiCAD-Pro software.