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2nd August 2013
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The award-winning Evoline range is primarily known for bringing stylish power solutions to inaccessible places such as kitchen islands, overhead cabinets, breakfast bars and confined spaces. The discreetly integrated power, data and multimedia sockets enhance the potential of any kitchen design and also avoid the necessity to channel through walls.
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.
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.
I’m in desperate need of a new cloakroom suite as the one I have is leaking from the cistern that was supposedly repaired a few weeks back but which still leaks. My daughter – just back from university – is cross with me. “How is it that you can do the job that you do, yet we have to put up with a leaky loo?” she demands to know.
The answer is… (and if you’ve read my many grouses on the subject you’ll probably already have guessed) that I can’t find anyone reliable to do the work.
From the qualified plumber who didn’t quite manage to fix the leak but is too busy to come back just yet, to the two others who were supposed to visit yesterday and didn’t, (we finally caught up with one as he was driving back from the beach where he’d spent the day with his son!) plus all the plasterers, electricians and heating engineers who’ve not quite managed to do the simple jobs for which they’ve been paid good money… all bar one have let me down.
I must confess that a large part of me would rather put up with regularly emptying the drip bowl under the leaking cloakroom cistern than seek out someone who will actually be able to do the job!
The Government’s announcement last week that it is making headway in its move to shake up apprenticeship funding and make the apprenticeship scheme more affordable to more employers, has filled me with the hope that in a few years there may be large numbers of decent tradespeople out there, so that the problems I and so many other householders have, may seem less insurmountable as time goes on. If you missed the announcement you can read it here and I’d love to receive your thoughts on which of the options set out you think will work best.
This Week's News
The Emigration Group is urging construction workers in the UK to consider emigrating to New Zealand, where the country's largest city, Auckland, is about to embark on a $10 billion infrastructure programme which will lead to thousands of new jobs for skilled Brits.
New Zealand has some major new projects planned including a second harbour crossing, a city rail link and two other highway projects for Auckland.
This has been a stand-out Summer for Hettich UK, with the 25th anniversary of its managing director and the kick-off on a £300,000 refurbishment of its Salford premises, both in the year in which its parent company marks its 125th anniversary.
Renowned British shower designer and manufacturer, Roman, has announced the launch of a new range of designer shower enclosures, Decem. The range is a culmination of everything the manufacturer has learnt about showering over the last 28 years, to present an unrivalled collection, which also offers a series of design options.
UK Shower enclosure specialist, Lakes Bathrooms, is expanding and seeking strategic relationships with wholesalers and distributors worldwide to act as trade partners for the supply of its Classic and Coastline Collections.
A British lighting designer and manufacturer received a Royal visit last week. Astro Lighting was presented with the Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade by Her Majesty the Queen's representative, The Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre, on 24th July.
Skillbuild 2013, the UK's largest multi-trade competition for construction trainees and apprentices, is underway - and, as always, David Rowley has been invited to judge tilers. David is BAL's training centre manager and a longstanding Skillbuild judge. He has judged the wall and floor tiling category at the Skillbuild National Finals every year since 2005 and this is his fifth consecutive year of also judging the Regional Heats.
After 15 years with the steel/enamel specialist, Bette GmbH & Co, Rolf Viegener is handing over the responsibility for international sales and embarking on his well-earned retirement. His successor, 36-year-old Ladislao Santamaria, took over the helm on 1st June.
Electrolux is launching a brand new, extensive range of freestanding cookers as part of its Inspiration collection. Electrolux has 90 years' professional expertise and is Europe's leading supplier to professional kitchens and laundries. Features and functions originally created for professional chefs have been adapted for consumers in the new Electrolux Inspiration range of freestanding cooker appliances.
"Extensive research has provided us with detailed insights into exactly what consumers want from a freestanding cooker," says Martin Wilson, Product Manager of Freestanding Appliances at Electrolux. "By building on this research, Electrolux has created the new Inspiration range of freestanding cookers to provide the best culinary experience possible for our customers."
Leicht UK has introduced a new, highly affordable design into its wide array of contemporary kitchens, with the unveiling of the Contino range. This latest handless kitchen from the German kitchen expert, is now on display in the UK.
This Summer sees the launch of PJH Group's latest bathroom collection, 'Bathrooms to love', one of the largest collections ever, featuring a comprehensive selection of leading bathroom brands including own-brands, Moods, Wellness, Clearbrite, and introducing Eurostream and Flo?, as well as Triton, Merlyn and April.
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A new workshop for companies aiming to achieve FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) is being held on Thursday 15th August.
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.
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.
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.