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30th 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.
Welcome to our first issue of KBzine following our annual break. Unusually, apart from a couple of rainy and windy days, it’s been one of those Summers that has allowed those of us living in England to spend much of the time outdoors and indeed I have written this issue from a temporary office in my garden, to the sounds of birdsong and the breeze rustling through the trees. I feel absolutely blessed but if you’re stuck in an office for most of the day, don’t be too envious because the experts are right about homeworking eating into one’s private life… I’m often swapping emails with PR professionals at all hours of the night and even at weekends, so we clearly don’t stop working at what is considered a conventional time!
One thing we don’t have to do of course is commute, so a report released by Aviva recently is for the rest of you. Aviva says that employees opting to take part in the Government’s ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme, by cycling to work rather than driving or taking public transport, have become more productive. Its research shows that since introducing health-related benefits such as this scheme, 89% of employers saw productivity increase, 88% said employees were more motivated and 83% enjoyed reduced sickness absence. Perhaps now is the time then, with everyone feeling revitalised by the Summer sunshine, to encourage more of your employees to take part so you too can reap the benefits of having a healthier, more motivated workforce…
This Week's News
This year's KBSA Designer Awards look set to mimic the success of last year's; with tickets selling fast it is likely to be fully booked by the end of the month.
The awards celebrate the best of British design and talent, and all winners will be announced at the national meeting, AGM and networking dinner which will be held at Billesley Manor Hotel in Warwickshire on 11th September.
A bath is still an important feature within any bathroom, particularly for those who seek an indulgent escapism from day-to-day trivialities. But how do you unite a luxurious bathing experience within an artistic bathroom centrepiece that is cost-effective? Simple. Meet the Etna freestanding bath.
The collective that is Bathroom Brands; Crosswater, Bauhaus, Simpsons, ClearGreen, Burlington, Clearwater Zamori, AquaCabinets, Adora and Britton, is reporting record take-up to the industry's largest Bathroom Sale.
Ahead of World Water Week, which begins on Sunday, Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder of The Food Think Tank, offers four recommendations for facilitating universal access to clean water
Yorebridge House is a romantic Mr & Mrs Smith hotel formed from a former schoolhouse in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire that is now home to 11 individually designed rooms all of which have luxury bathrooms and spacious showers. The hotel has recently been voted the 'most romantic' hotel in the UK.
DEVI, said to be the world's largest manufacturer of electric underfloor heating systems, has launched the next generation of indoor underfloor heating cables. The cost-effective DEVIflex provides a complete heating system.
The DEVIflex works equally well beneath laminate, ceramic, stone, vinyl and carpet and, by removing the need for radiators, space is maximised.
The BAL CPD Seminar, 'Specifying tiling in heavily trafficked areas,' gives architects confidence in specifying for any tiling project where traffic levels mandate high durability.
Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery, the trade-only supplier of high quality pre-assembled kitchens, has introduced a comprehensive new range of integrated cooking, washing and cooling appliances under the own-brand name, Neue.
For the last three years, residents of properties owned by States Housing in Guernsey have been benefitting from Seattle sink and tap packs from Leisure Sinks. The packs, supplied via DHS Guernsey, have been installed throughout the island in a variety of social housing refurbishment projects, valued from £2.5k to £50k.
We've all heard about the Carbon Footprint - the amount of CO2 emitted by our everyday activities. It's a powerful concept that helps us to understand and monitor our personal and collective impact. Now, Electrolux unveils its YourWaterMark app -which helps assess individual water consumption at home to spread awareness about the need to conserve.
Renowned appliance brand, Stoves, has given its popular British-made Richmond Mini Range cookers a colourful makeover for Summer.
It's never a joy going back to work after a break and with the Summer holidays coming to an end (well, in my neck of the woods, anyway) the 'back to work blues' is something many are dealing with right now. The good news is that we can all make things easier for our colleagues by taking note of the results of a survey carried out for Peninsula Business Services, the employment law consultancy, whose Group Director Alan Price, warns:
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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.
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.