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20th 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.
As one of the original members of the Council of the British Toilet Association and an ex-Loo of the Year Awards judge, I thought I’d seen it all when it came to what might pass as a lavatory, but I have to admit that the loo supplied by Thomas Crapper to Jamie Oliver’s new Italian Trattoria restaurant in Richmond made me chuckle (see the story below).
As Richmond is fairly close to me I might just take a trip along to the establishment and avail myself of the facilities there… I have to admit that it’s been a long time since anyone has said ‘Nice buns!’ to me!
John and I are flying out to Germany next week to cover a large show for another industry so we may be a little harder to contact than normal. Rest assured that we won’t be forgetting the KBB industry while we’re away though! We’ll be keeping a close eye on trends in Berlin’s bathrooms and will report back on anything that excites us.
This Week's News
When The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association held its annual general meeting last year, their guest speaker, Nigel Botterill, was such a huge hit, the organisers knew immediately they had to have him back. But at this year's awards, held at the Billesley Manor Hotel in Warwickshire on September 11th, the inspiration quotient was doubled - with the addition of another speaker, KBSA member Keith Myers of the Myers Touch.
Both men have impeccable business records - Nigel has built eight separate £ million plus businesses and is a leading business mentor for entrepreneurs with numerous prestigious international business and marketing awards to his name.
The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association Designer of the Year Awards last week proved every bit as successful as last year's, with CEO Graham Ball describing the talent entered as 'exceptional'.
Held at Billesley Manor in Warwickshire on September 11th, the awards are designed to recognise excellence in four separate categories - all sponsored by top industry names and covering Kitchen Design; Kitchen Concept; Bathroom Design and Young Designer of The Year.
Billesley Manor Hotel in Warwickshire was the scene of The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association's AGM and national meeting, during which its customer service awards were presented by charismatic speaker Nigel Botterill.
CEO Graham Ball says: "As someone who has built eight separate £ multi-million companies, we thought Nigel was the ideal person for this job. He delivered a stunning presentation first in his usual inspirational way, and then presented our awards.
BEAMA is committing to a comprehensive approach to promoting water safety and hygiene in non-domestic buildings by expanding its product scope – to ensure best practice is considered across the whole water distribution system.
Valves that can control more than one water outlet in the bathroom are a growing trend in UK bathrooms and allow hand and overhead showers and sometimes even a bath filler too, to be operated from just one fitting. Crosswater has developed innovative new products to meet the call for high-style, thermostatically controlled multi-outlet, easy to install fittings.
Applications for the UK Bathroom Brand's Bathroom Sale closed on 31st August 2013. Over 750 retailers have signed up for what promises to be the biggest sale push in UK bathroom history!
As with all of the Jamie's Italian Restaurants, in the new Jamie's Italian Trattoria on the very fashionable King Street near Richmond Green, the lavatories have been fitted out with the distinguished and highly recognisable products of one of Britain's finest and most traditional manufacturers of bathroom products, Thomas Crapper & Co.
Design solutions specialist Häfele UK has launched a brand new Studio Partner scheme, offering exclusive products, extensive marketing and showroom display, and customer lead generation to hand-picked independent kitchen studios across the UK.
This clever initiative follows the recent launch of Häfele's consumer website, www.ideasforliving.co.uk, a platform which showcases Häfele's premium product range and directs consumers to Häfele-approved Studio Partners through an online studio locator.
Whirlpool tells us it is determined to stay ahead of the game with its new refrigeration range including the new WBE 3325 NF TS. The extensive range of Whirlpool refrigeration appliances offers a wealth of choice across all areas of the cooling market at different price points to suit the budget available.
Bcg, one of the UK's leading distributors of bathroom products, has just launched its first stand-alone Bathroom Book. The 350-page book offers a comprehensive guide to bcg's entire bathroom product range, covering bathroom suites, baths, furniture, showers, enclosures and trays, taps, accessories, towel warmers and commercial products.
Scotland's Environment Secretary, Richard Lochhead, launched the Resource Efficient House on the BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig in Lanarkshire yesterday. The house is one of the first projects to be delivered by the Scottish Government's Resource Efficient Scotland programme, managed by Zero Waste Scotland, and built in partnership with Tigh Grian.
The home demonstrates how the latest principles in resource efficiency and waste reduction can be applied in house building. Currently an average three-bed home built in Scotland can produce as much as 13 tonnes of construction waste, costing up to £500 per unit. The Resource Efficient House produced less than five tonnes of construction waste, with less than one tonne going to landfill. As well as facilitating sustainable living for oc
Leicht UK has appointed a new area sales manager for the Midlands and the North as it continues to expand its sales of kitchens throughout the UK. Karl Pickwick has just joined Leicht and will assist UK Sales Director Graham Hopper who looks after the UK market.
Vado has welcomed two international students, Billy Tse and Stella Wu, to the Purchasing team this week. On placement from the University of Bath as part of their Masters Degree in Advanced Management Practice, they are enjoying these placements as part of a continuing and successful long-standing partnership between the University and Vado.
Billy and Stella will be part of the team in Cheddar where, over the next six months, they will gain crucial industry experience liaising with international suppliers and learning the complexities of procurement and budgeting; all skills at the forefront of keeping the business supplied with resources to continue its trade both in the UK and across the globe.
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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: