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12th July 2013
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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.
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.
Working from a home office as I do, can be isolating - but it has its advantages… for example, I’ve produced this issue of KBzine from my garden in the sunshine, listening to my favourite music mixed with the sound of the breeze rustling the leaves and the tweeting of birds. Bliss! And a highly productive way to work too!
You may shortly learn through the wider media (a press release has just landed in my Inbox) that 100 officebroker.com staff are piloting a ‘take your plant to work’ scheme, aimed at boosting productivity. Workers are encouraged to bring a plant from home to keep on their desks and the idea is that they will be refreshed and inspired by them. Staff productivity will be monitored during the study.
A spokesman said: “It’s a fun study but there is a serious side to it too – we’re hoping workers will feel more focused and alert thanks to the oxygen the plants will be releasing. Also, we hope that bringing their plants from home will help them feel relaxed and more able to work.”
A salesman has already reaped the benefits, as his plant has helped him deal with stress. “I used to get really irate when deals didn’t come together or when things didn’t go according to plan,” he says. “I used to rant and rave but now I just have a chat with my spider plant and I immediately feel much better.”
Scheme inventor Chris Bonnett, of GardeningExpress.co.uk , says: “Scientific studies have proven that plants are fantastic natural air purifiers. Not only do they release oxygen but they also absorb toxins from the atmosphere. We wanted to help businesses by offering to help them make their offices happier and healthier.”
I can vouch for the fact that being surrounded by nature is good for the soul and improves productivity, so if anyone suggests that you take a plant to work, don’t laugh; get involved!
This Week's News
In a month when the EU welcomed another member state and the way was opened for another EU country - Latvia - to join the eurozone, we might well be lulled into assuming that neither the EU dream nor the single currency are discredited after all and that things are looking up. Indeed, the OECD's composite leading indicator for the eurozone has now been at, or above, the long-term average trend line for the last three months in a row and GDP projections even for the current year are being revised upwards.
Responding directly to retailer demand, Franke has introduced a brand new downdraft hood in chic stainless steel and black glass, the first of its kind in the Franke range and boosting the company's portfolio of styles to cater for a range of kitchen designs. The product is part of Franke's 2013 range update and became available to retailers at the end of May.
LDL Components has extended its range of Wesco built-in kitchen waste solutions with the introduction of the new Pullboy Premium, an 'all-in-one' bin with its own soft close runner system. The sturdy bin, which has an overall capacity of 41 litres divided into 17, 11, eight and five litre compartments, has an integrated frame in powdercoated, zinc plated metal with inset cup handles to facilitate removal. The inner bins have double handles that can also be used to fix the bin liner.
Accessories have always been a notorious hard sale for showrooms as they are considered an afterthought for most consumers when buying a new bathroom. With this in mind, Vado has published an accessory catalogue designed as a useful reference for showroom staff, along with showrooms customers.
Amica has been growing steadily in the UK, building on a reputation for intelligent style, innovation and build quality along with the reassurance of its very own first rate customer service. It is with this backdrop that Amica rolls out another collection of stylish cooking appliances.
Versatile, practical and with a classical simplicity that will never date, Glide II from Bauhaus is the furniture collection that meets every bathroom need.
Agglomerate is the fancy-sounding name Granite Transformations applies to its kitchen worktop and bathroom surfaces. It's beautiful, tough, durable and much thinner than other materials like granite, marble, engineered stone or solid synthetics, but equals or exceeds them in technical performance terms.
There's now a really big choice of compact basins for cloakrooms, small bathrooms and even twin bowl set ups - but many consumers never stop to think that to look its best, a small basin needs a tap that is in perfect proportion. There's a Mini-basin mixer from Crosswater to suit all tastes and basin styles; whilst smaller than its full size counterpart appeal maybe even bigger!
Travis Perkins Group, the UK's largest supplier of building materials, is supporting the introduction of a voluntary water efficiency label by working with the WRAP industry working party and pledging to include the mark on product packaging, branch displays and marketing materials..
Shashi Patel has been promoted from Technical Product Development Manager to the newly created position of Technical Director in recognition of his role and responsibilities at the company's UK worktop plant..
50 staff at two furniture industry organisations are hoping to raise funds for their local hospice by cycling 874 miles from Lands End to John O'Groats, but they won't be leaving the building!
Staff members at FIRA and The Furniture Ombudsman will be taking turns to cycle the 874 miles on an exercise bike, to raise money for Garden House Hospice in North Hertfordshire.
The sturdy EVL13C, nicknamed 'Betsy' by Alan and Marilyn West, has been running non-stop since the couple bought her back in May 1970.
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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.
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.
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.