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9th August 2013
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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.
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.
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.
It’s that time of year again when I go back to my hippie roots and immerse myself in the world of tents and compost loos, drum circles, gong baths, World music and Indian head massages… Yes – we’re off on our break and this is the last issue of KBzine until Friday, 30th August, which seems like a lifetime away as I write, but which no doubt, will pass all too quickly, as holidays do.
I must confess that the thought of back-to-our-roots compost loos is infinitely better than being on the receiving end of the pranksters who’ve realised that they can operate other people’s programmable loos from a distance, via Smartphone apps. Unfortunate users have, apparently, had them continuously flushed while they were trying to spend a penny, while others have had their nether regions blasted with hot air or water, or sometimes cold air or freezing water, when they’ve not expected it. I must admit that the story made me chuckle, but I have to say: “Rather them than me!”
If you’re a supplier, please continue to send in your news for consideration over the break so I’ll have plenty to choose from when it comes to compiling the next issue – it makes life so much easier! And of course with the click-through rates to our editorials and ad links remaining high, you just might want to consider advertising too…
We’ll talk again at the end of the month!
This Week's News
In response to your opener to last week's KBzine!
Aaah! The age old problem of finding decent tradesman – I know how you feel and can completely empathise!
The truth is simple – there's no absolutely guaranteed answer, however The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers could be a solution.
Roca, international market leader in the defining of bathroom design is to inaugurate a Roca Gallery in the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai.
Launched this month, the super clever Revive illuminated mirror range from Bauhaus has Bluetooth wireless technology features that can be activated via any smartphone, tablet or device that has a Bluetooth facility. Once activated you broadcast weather, news and sport via online radio or listen to your favourite music via high quality concealed stereo speakers.
Insurers using the MA Assist building repair network will now be able to assure policy holders their homes will be refurbished by high quality contractors and tradesmen approved to Government-endorsed standards.
Sopwell House, the 4 star country house hotel in Hertfordshire, has specified new luxury bathrooms from all the brands in the Crosswater Group; Crosswater brassware and shower fittings, Simpsons enclosures and wet rooms and Bauhaus sanitary ware.
The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced the appointment of two new Board members in the shape of David Charlton and Richard Hibbert.
Polypipe Ventilation's Domus rigid duct and Domus Thermal duct insulation systems have been installed into a large new student accommodation development in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh.
Sales of large load washing machines are giving a welcome boost to the home laundry market as they enable hard pressed consumers to reduce their number of washing loads per week and save on running costs.
Renowned mosaicist Julie Vernon has created a sculpture with a difference: a giant golden Gromit. The piece is part of an unusual public exhibition in Bristol - and Julie has thanked BAL for its contribution. She said: "This was my first time working on a fibreglass base, so I needed to consult the experts on the right adhesive to fix the materials. BAL was an obvious choice for me as I have used their products before and know that they have a good Technical Advisory Service."
With its sanitary solutions and pipework systems being the ideal choice for commercial and domestic projects large and small, Geberit has appointed Martin Murray to the role of Specification Sales Manager.
Exceptional customer service is of paramount importance to Vado, so with this is in mind, the company has produced and launched a series of 'how to' videos. The videos clearly and concisely explain how to carry out common maintenance tasks on their main types of product.
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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.
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.