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3rd May 2013
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Barry Ashmore, construction industry veteran and founder of StreetwiseSubbie.com, was invited to an evidence session in Parliament this week to speak to a cross party group of MPs regarding the state of the construction industry owing to late payments and unfair payment terms.
I don’t have time to watch TV but one thing I make a point of seeing (generally on the netbook in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep!) is Masterchef. Consequently I’m still at the semi-final stages so haven’t yet seen the episode that may have sparked the viewers’ complaints about “sweat dripping into sauces” and “hair being stirred into the lamb tagine”.
Manufacturers go to such great lengths to ensure that we’re able to have (if we can afford it!) the very best technology in our kitchens… appliances that are beautiful to look at, efficient and functional, which are now designed to use less energy and thus save us money and which are also either treated with an antibacterial coating or made in a way to facilitate easy cleaning.
The fact that those who make it to the final stages of Masterchef are allegedly dripping sweat and dropping hair all over them seems almost sacrilegious, doesn’t it? They’re clearly so wrapped up in impressing the judges that they probably don’t stop to think about how lucky they are to be using some of the best equipment money can buy.
This Week's News
The hunt is on once again for Britain's most efficient and sustainable manufacturers. EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, and ENER-G have launched the Environment award category as part of the fifth annual Future Manufacturing Awards with companies eligible to win two prestigious awards at regional and national level.
Responding to the use of colour as a trend in the bathroom, Croydex has introduced two new shades to its already popular range of fashion colourway accessories, bringing the collection bang up to date for 2013.
The European Commission has proposed EU-wide methods for companies to measure and communicate their 'greenness' and the environmental footprint of their products. The voluntary scheme, called Building the Single Market for Green Products, will make use of the EU Joint Research Centre's controversial 'lifecycle assessment' method (LCA) for calculating the environmental performance of a product.
Consumer champion Which? has included AEG in the shortlist for the 'Best Home Appliance Brand' category for this year's awards.
The annual Which? Awards publicly recognise businesses that have achieved positive change and deliver excellent products and services that score highly in Which? testing.
Eco-friendly credentials and comfort-focused design combine in baths from ClearGreen. The range, another in the Bathroom Brands portfolio, includes contemporary freestanding designs, shower baths and single and double ended baths.
At the annual graduation ceremony, furniture designer Mark Wilkinson OBE became the first Ambassador for the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre. Mark shares profound dyslexia with the charity's newly designated patron Princess Beatrice, who spoke at the ceremony.
Luxury, bespoke, British furniture maker Woodstock Furniture has created a stunning workspace in this new, modern, open-plan, basement kitchen, which is located in Chelsea. A combination of traditional techniques and pure innovation led to the design expertise in this minimalist, handcrafted kitchen project, which features 3m-high ceilings for dramatic impact.
Reminding us that KBB LDN opens its doors in a little over a couple of weeks is this gorgeous and easy to operate Bliss range of bathroom brassware, which Abode tells us will be launched at the show. It was designed and created especially for the UK market.
Midlands-based independent tile retail chain, Tile Choice, is celebrating after winning an award for the second year in a row in an industry awards programme.
These Phoenix single and double door aluminium cabinets incorporate European shaver socket, two led downlights, three safety glass shelves, a non flicker ambience light and double sided mirrored doors.
Symphony is strengthening its sales team with the appointment of business managers, Gary Gordon, Dave Thorn, Martin Barker and Andy Thomas (pictured L-R), to grow and maintain its client portfolio across the country.
Consumers can step up the war on wasted food with the innovative new freestanding Active Oxygen fridge freezer from Hotpoint.
An unregistered gas fitter has received a suspended prison sentence for illegally carrying out sub-standard gas work at a property in Essex. Steven Arnold, 51, trading as Thermostat Plumbing & Heating Services of Hackney, north east London, installed a boiler, pipework and a new cooker fitting at a property in Leigh on Sea. However, neither he nor the person he paid to help him carry out the work were registered with Gas Safe Register as qualified and competent to carry out gas work.
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July sees the beginning once more of Independent Retailer Month - a campaign that has been supported since its launch by The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association.
Van users have been reminded by The Fuelcard People of ever-tighter emissions controls. Steve Clarke, group marketing manager, said: "Life is already tough for anyone running vans or other LCVs, but those who fail to address emissions reduction will find it getting harder. As restrictions spread, the worst polluters will soon find themselves running out of road.
Electrolux says it is delighted to be hosting the fabulous CookIt! competition for children in its fully kitted training kitchens at the company's Luton Head Office.