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19th July 2013
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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.
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.
Summers in the UK have left a lot to be desired in recent years; we’ve had a few good days early on when it’s supposed to be cold, rainy and windy; then what should be the warmest, sunniest times have been reduced to sporadic sunshine with lots of cold and rainy days in between. Many of us thought that this year was going to be the same – although we didn’t get the sunny bit at the beginning this time and some people were still having to heat their homes throughout June. This long heatwave has really taken us by surprise, hasn’t it?
I was saddened to hear about Lincoln postie Graham Bennett, who died on Monday while delivering letters in temperatures reaching 27 degrees. The heat is difficult enough to be working in as it is – indoors or out - but walking about in the hot sunshine with a heavy load makes it virtually unbearable.
I do feel for the delivery people tasked with humping heaving washing machines and the like into people’s homes and even more so if the work involves lugging the things upstairs in flats and maisonettes. From my weekend hobby/job at the estate agents, I know how uncomfortable it can be keep getting back into a locked up car in this weather, with no time for it to really cool down again by the time you reach the next property and have to lock everything up again – and all I have to carry is a set of keys and some property details! Let’s hope the recipients of these heavy white goods give those that deliver them a bit of leeway if the weather has made them a little slower than normal, and that they offer them a cold drink before sending them on their way again – in these temperatures it really could turn out to be a lifesaver…
This Week's News
Workers are far more likely to be injured in workplace accidents during the first few months of a new job than at any other time says the British Safety Council. With the holiday season approaching, employers are urged to pay extra attention to the health & safety of young people hired for temporary, Summer work.
They say a picture speaks a thousand words and this is most definitely the case with the Vessel bath. A truly awe-inspiring piece of craftsmanship, this designer bath is a must-have within any luxury bathroom, both as a work of art and an indulgent place of relaxation.
A new European law now makes it possible for manufacturers of the humble loo to be sent to jail if they are found guilty of labelling their toilets incorrectly. The eyebrow-raising law came into force in July and it was just one of the topics discussed at the recent AGM and Council meeting of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association.
Following the partnership of two of the most influential brands in the furniture lighting industry in 2011, Sensio and Wilhelm Koch have released a new brochure displaying the latest products from the range.
Showerstyling by Showerwall is a brand new, custom-printed bathroom laminate being launched at 100% Design, stand K140, on 18th September. It will offer designers and specifiers the option of bespoke, digital printed wall panelling to give a bathroom a signature design, while also guaranteeing easy installation and maintenance.
Popular kitchen frontals and accessories manufacturer, Burbidge, has appointed Tom Bruck as product manager for fittings following the acquisition of Woodfit earlier this year.
Bradley Wiggins and Andy Murray are advocates of an ice-bath after hard training, races and matches. Mirroring this, running and cycling, tennis and football are some of the UK's favourite pastimes. So, will these sporty consumers be hunting down a bath with multi-purposes in mind?
A VIP event was held by Cornflake, the supplier of premium home automation systems, to launch the Smart App-artment - its new experiential retail showroom in central London.
A total of 45 Linear Compact stainless steel sinks and 216 Aquaflux Aquanomic taps from Leisure Sinks are being fitted at a series of newly constructed student accommodation blocks at the University of Oxford. The chrome-plated brass taps and fully reversible sinks will be installed in the kitchen areas in a number of halls of residence on campus.
Installers and home owners could get better efficiency benefits from one of Quinn's panel radiators, rather than paying a premium for energy saving models, according to the company's managing director Nick Whitwell.
Elaine Mead has been appointed Contracts Manager, UK, at InSinkErator, the world's largest manufacturer of food waste disposers and a leading brand of steaming hot water taps. Elaine, who has worked for the company for 15 months, was promoted by Managing Director, Europe, Ashley Munden, in April 2013 with a specific brief to drive forward and expand the contracts side of the business.
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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!
The sturdy EVL13C, nicknamed 'Betsy' by Alan and Marilyn West, has been running non-stop since the couple bought her back in May 1970.
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.