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10th 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.
Choosing a new kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or appliance generally leaves the buyer on a high… but that can quickly subside when the issue of delivery has to be faced. Customers tend to be rather unforgiving when suppliers aren’t able to specify an exact time for delivery and this can soon turn to anger when a scheduled delivery is delayed for some reason or other. And with many of the UK’s roads so often now congested, I’ve often thought that I’d hate to be on the receiving end of a disgruntled customer’s aggression when he or she has taken time off work to wait in for the delivery of a new purchase that fails to arrive.
And of course it’s not just deliveries, but tradesmen too that seem to let us down. But they have to negotiate the same traffic jams as the rest of us and it’s not something they can do by public transport or on a motorcycle, with all their tools, is it?
I won’t say that this is all about to change, but news in today reveals that a package of measures put in place by the logistics sector for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games could, if adopted permanently, improve some of our traffic issues and bring environmental benefits too, while helping to make roads safer for cyclists and other vulnerable users. It includes the promise of more night-time deliveries.
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This Week's News
A package of measures put in place by the logistics sector for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games that includes more night-time deliveries could, if adopted permanently, improve some of our traffic issues and bring environmental benefits too, while helping to make roads safer for cyclists and other vulnerable users.
With the growing popularity of wet-room and walk in showers there has been a rapidly increasing demand for a lower profile tray; to ensure these trends are met Simpsons has introduced an ultra-low 25mm shower tray range called Slab.
The Building Research Establishment is working with Franshion Properties (China), one of China's leading state owned developers, to give businesses an opportunity to showcase their most innovative and sustainable technologies in a new eco-city in China.
One organisation counting down the days to kbbLDN is Karonia, provider of the Mistral range of solid surfacing. The company tells us it will be using the show, which starts in just nine days, to build on its presence at previous shows and further demonstrate the versatile nature of this 25mm enhanced acrylic material.
When you have successfully built one of the most successful companies through careful nurturing of customers the last thing you want to do is seriously upset them with a shocking off-the-wall remark.
Another new Abode range makes its debut... The Debut range, created especially for the UK market, forms part of a new range of bathroom brassware products from Abode.
Leading experts in Environment from EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, and manufacturing companies across the UK met this week to make key recommendations to the revision of guidance to ISO14001, the widely used standard for Environmental Management Systems that customers use to differentiate between suppliers.
Visitors caught short 750ft above London as they take in the views from the top of The Shard, the Capital's newest tourist attraction, will enjoy quality scenery inside and out when they visit the washrooms, as they feature Geberit's Sigma50 flush plate.
Maytag has added a new 10kg capacity freestanding washing machine to its range.
A new Supervisor has been appointed for FIRA Service Technicians, the renowned furniture care and repair specialist.
Renowned bathroom furniture manufacturer, Utopia, is making it easier for retailers to service their customers by launching a new online tool, which brings to life the extensive furniture and colour combinations available when designing a new bathroom.
Independent luxury kitchen retailer Kitchens International has appointed a new Showroom Manager for its Westfield Rd studio in Edinburgh.
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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.
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.