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5th July 2013
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There are a great number of factors to consider when choosing a lifting or handling aid, whether choosing to invest in it or simply selecting it to fulfil a certain job within a workplace. Choosing the right lifting and transportation aid for the job cannot only increase productivity and the volume of work which can be carried out, but it also fulfils an employer's safety obligations to the workforce. Employees have a higher level of protection from accident and injury when they select the right equipment, so ensuring everyone is informed enough to make these decisions is crucial.
TrustMark, the national quality badge for reputable tradesmen in the domestic sector, has commissioned new research into public perceptions of tradesmen. At first glance it seems that most people have a good impression – 71% of respondents felt their overall experience was more positive than negative. When given a list of good and bad adjectives to describe tradesmen, the five most frequently used words were ‘skilled’, ‘hardworking’, ‘professional’, ‘helpful’ and ‘trustworthy’.
However, almost a quarter say they have had a negative experience, and more than half felt their perception of tradesmen had become more negative because of the ‘cowboy builder’ TV programmes. Also:
As regular readers of my leaders will be aware, I’ve had dreadful luck with the various tradesmen I’ve employed although I must admit that finally, the sixth plasterer I’ve used in four years, has come up trumps (well done Craig from www.chplastering1.com – it’s good to know that there are some competent people out there after all )! However, I’ve spent far longer living in what I often describe as a ‘falling down house’, simply because I’ve been so worn down by the dodgy workers I’ve had here to help me that I’ll put up with problems rather than be taken for a fool again. I gather that this is a common problem and that's not good for householders and it's not good for the industry either.
Naturally I’m delighted that the Government is finally doing something more substantial to change things, with this week’s launch of its Industrial Strategy for Construction, which recognises that the reputation of the domestic sector is important to the success of the construction industry overall and its ability to attract bright young people into jobs in the industry. I sincerely hope it works!
This Week's News
TrustMark, the national quality badge for reputable tradesmen in the domestic RMI (repair, maintenance and improvement) sector, has received a strong vote of confidence this week with the publication of the Government's Industrial Strategy for Construction.
The new, award-winning drawer profile, available in grey, silk white and stainless steel, has a contemporary rectangular gallery rail which can be combined with a number of colour co-ordinated design elements to create the required effect.
Leading DIY retailers, builders' merchants and manufacturers are to introduce a voluntary labelling scheme to help consumers identify the water efficiency of bathroom fittings such as taps, showers, WCs and baths.
In January, following a three-and-a-half year period of construction, the 'Zoofenster' skyscraper, which has been the subject of much discussion, finally opened its doors in Berlin... the international luxury hotel chain Waldorf Astoria moved into the 118 m high tower, prominently located between the Zoo Station and the Memorial Church.
The latest AMA report on the state of the UK Shower Market concludes: "Forecasts indicate that the UK shower equipment market will stabilise in 2013 and return to modest growth from 2014, as consumer confidence and housebuilding levels gradually improve. By 2017, the overall market value is forecast to be £490 million at MSP, which would represent an increase of around 15% compared to the estimated market size in 2013, yet still be below the peak in 2008."
Abode and Springhill, the renowned kitchen furniture company in Ireland, are working in unison to generate awareness of the wide range of design-led kitchen sinks and taps in the Irish marketplace.
Franke Washroom Systems, also known as Franke Sissons, Chesterfield, is amongst the first manufacturers to conform to the latest round of CE compliance legislation.
Stephen Metcalf MP, pictured here with Prime Minister David Cameron, has pledged support of the Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom installers and vowed to represent member's interests at the highest level.
Mr Metcalf, MP for Basildon and Thurrock, is an active supporter of SME businesses and consumer protection.
British Ceramic Tile is set to launch a new range to customers as it continues on its journey to become a one-stop shop for all tiling needs. .
Britain is at risk of being buried under a rash of fly-tipping, one of the UK's leading waste management companies says. According to businesswaste.co.uk , every single day there are scores of incidents where hazardous waste is dumped in streets, fields and residential waste bins across the UK as unscrupulous business criminals attempt to avoid fees and the landfill tax.
Leisure Sinks has announced its support for the mandatory CE marking for kitchen sinks..
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Yvonne Orgill, Chief Executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association and Chris Taylor Hamlin, Technical Director, ask: "Are you ready for changes to CE marking?"
A breathing wall that cleans the air, a hologram cooking appliance that prevents loneliness and a robotic cleaning appliance that runs on kinetic energy are just some of the innovative concepts chosen as semi-finalists of the Electrolux Design Lab 2013 competition.