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8th November 2013
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2014 will herald more colour while still respecting the grey, earthy tones which have proved so popular in 2013. Exciting vibrant colours, such as petrol blues and ruby reds, will bring personality into the kitchen. Used alone or mixed with neutral cream or grey tones for islands or a one-wall line, colourful units will be seen everywhere, for every budget.
At an event in the House of Lords on Tuesday, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson received the first report from Grown in Britain, an initiative created six months ago with a mission to kick start a sustainable future for the UKs forests and woodland.
It’s comforting to know that I’m in good company…
Shortly after finishing last week’s leader in which I slammed those that are knocking the European Ecolabel initiative - soon to be expanded to include toilet flushing systems, I received a press release from the Bathroom Manufacturers Association headed up: ‘Doing nothing is not an option’. In it, BMA CEO Yvonne Orgill challenges:
“Whether you’re a cynic or a supporter, whether you like it or not, labelling for water-using products is here to stay. And that’s a fact so you’d better get used to it.”
The statement, which features below in full, argues the case for becoming involved in a voluntary labelling scheme in an attempt to sideline the possibility of having a mandatory system foisted upon us by the EU – and you know what that can mean in terms of red tape, costs, inefficiency and dismay amongst consumers. Energy saving light bulbs anyone?
I leave you to peruse Yvonne’s statement and act as you see fit…
This Week's News
Whether you're a cynic or a supporter, whether you like it or not, labelling for water-using products is here to stay. And that's a fact so you'd better get used to it.
Latest estimates suggest that Europe is heading towards a drought and it will run dry in 2050.
On Wednesday 6th November, FagorBrandt (France) took the decision to place the French part of the Fagor Group under the protection of the French legal system. Consequently, it has filed an application for insolvency in the Nanterre Commercial Court. This decision, which legally separates the activities of FagorBrandt (France) from Fagor Electrodomesticos (Spain) should allow the French business to continue to trade whilst endeavouring to safeguard jobs, together with the interests of its suppliers and partners.
Amica, the Polish manufacturer of mid-market, built-in and freestanding appliances, has introduced a new, white glass and steel version of its popular OKC653SW vertical chimney extractor at the request of kitchen and electrical retailers for a complete white-glass package.
Experts have announced the launch of a new Continuous Professional Development seminar, approved by the Royal Institute of British Architects, which aims to help architects and designers to understand their obligations under the EU Timber Regulation.
Food waste disposal expert InSinkErator, has this week expressed its support of new research from the Waste & Resources Action Programme, indicating a reduction in household food waste.
On 20th and 21st November 2013, Crosswater will partner with the renowned international interior designer Kelly Hoppen MBE, in this year's Sleep Hotel - a showcase for the best in hotel bathroom design. Hosting Room 5 at the event, being held at London's Business Design Centre, they will display new brassware; the KH Zero collection - a result of an alliance between Crosswater and the designer.
Stylish, good looking and highly efficient space heating that consumes half the energy required to run conventional radiators is now available from a new UK company, Infrarad.
Robert Lee Distribution has announced that it has recently completed the purchase of regional bathroom distributor JSB Distribution. Many in the industry will be more familiar with JSB Distribution’s own brand of bathroom products Synergy Bathroom Solutions, a retail-focused range that consists of sanitaryware, furniture, baths, brassware and showering products.
Following an upturn in sales of almost 30% in less than 12 months at its Glasgow showroom, Rearo, one of the UK's leading manufacturers and suppliers of solid surface and laminated worktops, is to invest a six figure sum in its network of trade counters across the country.
Bathroom Brands has announced the commissioning of a brand new facility. The UK head office part of this new development will combine the portfolio of 10 bathroom brands including such well known names as Burlington, Britton, and Crosswater, together in one purpose designed and built facility.
Holloways of Ludlow has announced the opening of its new kitchen showroom, located adjacent to its well-established interior fixtures and fittings shops in Brook Green, West London.
Abode has decided this year to sponsor a local football team, in the form of Horbury Athletic Football Club, which has been playing in the Wakefield and District League for many years.
Mick Bone, formerly Residential Sales Manager for Ideal Standard, has joined the contracts team at Crosswater Group.
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