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19th April 2013
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Norcros, the supplier of branded showers, tiles and adhesives with group operating companies including Triton Showers, Johnson Tiles and Norcros Adhesive - and which is also active overseas with operations in South Africa and Australia, has acquired brassware specialist Vado.
This Summer will see the Society of British Interior Design launch an exchange programme to create educational opportunities and professional exposure for interior design students from both sides of the Atlantic. The move comes following a meeting with similar bodies from other parts of the world, which has been dubbed the 'Acronyms meeting'
As I write, workplaces on both sides of the Atlantic are in flames and are likely to continue to burn for days. One, in a fertiliser plant in Texas, US, has claimed an estimated 15 lives and injured more than 100 people; there have been calls for the entire town surrounding the plant to be evacuated.
The other, in the Smurfit Kappa cardboard recycling mill in the Nechells area of Birmingham, doesn't appear to have injured anyone, but is devastating for the workforce and those living nearby nonetheless - to say nothing of the damage to the supply chain and the business itself.
It will take some weeks for investigators to discover what caused these two incidents but in the light of the Boston Marathon bombing this week, it would do us all good to be extra mindful when it comes to both health & safety at work and security.
Our thoughts are with the injured, those who have been made homeless or who have lost their workplaces, and in particular the families, friends and loved-ones of those who are no longer with us.
This Week's News
Just over a year after Silverdale Bathrooms became independently owned, the company has won the East Cheshire Chamber of Commerce 'Exporter of the Year for 2013' award.
Set to become one of the most desirable bathroom ranges available in the UK, the Fresssh Diamond Collection from F & P Wholesale is the perfect collection to meet the increased demand to provide luxurious bathroom solutions.
The KBSA has announced that Nigel Botterill, one of the UK's most successful entrepreneurs, will return to this year's AGM following his sellout success last year. Nigel, a self-made millionaire, has built eight separate multimillion pound businesses and teaches thousands of UK business owners who aspire to super success. Nigel is an experienced business speaker and has shared the stage with Richard Branson, Alan Sugar, Duncan Bannantyne and a host of other top entrepreneurs.
Reflecting the growing popularity and demand for boiling water taps as the 'It Gadget ' for the kitchen, Franke has added a stylish trio of new designs to its Minerva tap range.
Positioned at the top-end of Franke's extensive sink offer, the new Sinos sink range marks a departure from linear styling and responds strongly to the design trend for softer, flowing lines.
Crosswater has appointed a Digital Commercial Manager, Pete Mersh. The new role has been created to support the overall business strategy as the company enters its next exciting phase launching a new generation of showering with the only digital water controls controlled wirelessly via an App.
Appliances including ovens, hoods, hobs, dishwashers, washing machines and vacuum cleaners were all recognized by the international jury.
Since taking over the helm of Saniflo UK at the end of last year, managing director Tim Pestell is warmly welcoming the new financial year with an exciting plan for raising brand awareness and growing market share.
The Kronowiss Showbus is making a return trip to the UK and will be visiting all of IDS's 12 regional branches for open days between the 23rd May and 14th June. The tour is designed to give IDS's several thousand customers across the furniture, retail shopfitting and specification sectors, access to the Kronoswiss quality experience by bringing the pop-up exhibition within easy reach.
Leisure Sinks, the largest UK manufacturer of domestic stainless steel sinks, has produced a brand new product brochure to coincide with its 80th anniversary. Redesigned and embossed with the company's special 80th anniversary logo, the new brochure showcases the full range of stainless steel, composite and fire-clay ceramic sinks Leisure has to offer, as well as complete details of its extensive range of taps and waste disposal units.
Entertaining at home is becoming more popular and for many is now the favoured alternative to going out for a meal. When cooking for a group, hobs that offer more usable space, like the new Gorenje G 962 AX1 and G 760 AX1 five burner gas hobs, are ideal.
Mereway retailer and former 'The Apprentice' contestant Michael Copp is warming up to raise money for deafblind charity Sense as part of its celebrity running team.
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Responding to the announcement in the Chancellor's 2013 budget that the ceramic and steel industries will be exempt from the climate change levy from 2014, Chief Executive Tony Taylor from British Ceramic Tile said: