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6th September 2013
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The DEVIflex works equally well beneath laminate, ceramic, stone, vinyl and carpet and, by removing the need for radiators, space is maximised.
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.
Sadly, with everything else that’s going on in the world right now and much of our media focused on ‘celebrity’ rather than real issues, most people will be unaware that this week is World Water Week and that what comes out of this week’s global conference taking place in Stockholm could well be crucial to the very survival of mankind.
A sobering thought, eh?
The need to make every drop of water count is not a new concept – indeed this is the 23rd in the World Water Week series and you can read more about it below. And although most industries are striving to work with less water and more of us are trying to conserve it, we need to do more – and fast.
Many of those in the KBB industry are developing products and appliances that use up less water and I can see that momentum gathering pace as more and more consumers are becoming aware of the urgent need to look after our environment and stop using our water faster than it can be replenished by nature - and as a result are demanding more ecologically-friendly products. Those at the conference are sharing ideas on how we can all manage water more equitably and sustainably and I hope that the world’s ‘popular’ press will do its duty by focusing more on what’s really important in life and start spreading the word…
This Week's News
New for this season, leading manufacturer Ellis Furniture has added two new design led finishes to its Spirit range of kitchen furniture. Offering the perfect combination of superior quality and luxury with a contemporary design, Spirit also comes in at a very desirable and affordable price point, making it a most attractive offer.
Global leaders have gathered in Stockholm for the 23rd World Water Week, calling for strengthened cooperation over water. With the world's population and economies growing fast while the amount of available water remains the same, collaboration over our most essential resource is more urgent than ever.
Britannia Living has rejoined the Kitchen Bathroom and Bedroom Specialists Association. The move will provide Britannia Living with the opportunity to showcase its products to the KBSA’s network of 300 fully accredited, UK-based retail members.
Abode, one of the major players in the bathroom tap and shower market, is delighted to have signed up and become a member of the Voice of the Bathroom Industry - The Bathroom Manufacturers Association.
Apparently, a major homes trend for Autumn/Winter 2013 is bringing the outdoors in. Emphasis is on sustainability and going back to our roots - reflected in the use of materials such as wood and stone and warm neutral colours.
If you're visiting Cersaie, the exhibition in Bologna which is taking place in just a couple of weeks (23rd -27th September) make sure you schedule in plenty of time for stand A230 in hall 25, where British Ceramic Tile will be showcasing its new and exciting range of wall and floor tiles to worldwide markets.
Independent kitchen installers that take pride in their work and carry out first-class installations can be found by looking for their FIRA Gold logo, the mark of excellence for the furniture industry. Fit into that category, but don't have FIRA Gold? ... Take advantage of a special offer to join FIRA's new independent retailer scheme at a discounted rate.
Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery, the trade only supplier of high quality pre-assembled kitchens, has carried out a review of every aspect of its business through talking to customers, to fully understand how best to help the trade save time and money on kitchen installation projects.
As part of an internal presentation, Methven has recognised the outstanding commitment and effort demonstrated by employees from across the business.
British shower manufacturer and designer, Roman, is the main sponsor of a famous school's sporting tour of South Africa. The manufacturer is sponsoring the Senior Girls Hockey team and the Senior Boys Rugby team, of Barnard Castle School, throughout their four match tours.
The team, led by the Fat Duck Group's Executive Head Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts, reached Uhuru Peak - the highest point in Africa - at 5.55 am BST on August 28th.
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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.
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:
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.