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15th November 2013
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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.
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.
Although he hasn’t actually started work yet, I have great faith in the latest tradesman to investigate some urgent jobs in my money-pit of a house. It appears that the leaking cistern in my office bathroom can easily be replaced until I’ve saved up for and chosen a new cloakroom suite and furniture and that I don’t need to have the entire floor dug up and drainage altered so that a new loo can be fitted. It’s taken three months and three tradesmen to get to this stage… The first charged for a quick fix that turned out to be unsuccessful, told me to call if it didn’t work and was subsequently busy for the next three months so couldn’t return. The two loos that were left in my porch by the last project manager (no I hadn’t ordered or even chosen them and yes it was the same one that decided in my absence to paint the kitchen walls bright yellow) are now outside awaiting collection.
Ken – in whom I hold much faith, was incredulous over the dodgy repair job by the first tradesman and that the second – seeing the job was something of an emergency with a bowl collecting drips from under the cistern, had done nothing to help despite having taken my keys with a view to sorting it out while I was away in August! My description of the subsequent messing around and vacating of the office so various employees could assess the situation and then come and do the work (not to turn up on two occasions without letting me know) - not to mention having to drag two heavy loos up two steps and into my understairs cupboard for storage… well it left him scratching his head in disbelief.
Ken said he’s being inundated with requests from homeowners keen to have new kitchens and bathrooms fitted prior to the festive celebrations - and that while this is generally the case, this year is looking exceptionally good.
This echoes the opinion of Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association representatives working at the recent Grand Designs Live exhibition, whose Ruth Ward reports that there was a lot of interest in bathroom and bedroom renovations, kitchen extensions, islands and bi-fold doors. She says it’s apparent that people are choosing to improve rather than move.
With the latest reports indicating that the UK is finally coming out of the doldrums, things are clearly looking good for the KBB industry!
This Week's News
Hoover has announced that it has acquired Baumatic UK. Baumatic will be joining a successful portfolio of brands which are marketed by Hoover, including Candy and Rosières.
Popular British cooking appliance manufacturer Glen Dimplex Home Appliances has demonstrated its investment in the accessories sector with the launch of a new range of glass splashbacks and hoods, specially designed to complement its existing range of freestanding, built-in and range cookers.
Specialists from the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association were on hand to dispense expert advice at this year's Grand Designs Live event, enjoying another very busy and very successful exhibition.
Grange Design presents brand new and exclusive finishes to the illustrious Dudok range of bathroom brassware by Antonio Frattini.
The Innovation in Marketing Gold Award was presented to the company in recognition of its outstanding commitment to independent bathroom retailers with its groundbreaking £2m Bathroom Sale.
For the second year running, leading British kitchen furniture manufacturer Mereway Kitchens has clinched a House Beautiful Award - this time striking Gold in the Best Value Kitchen category for its stunning 'Newark' kitchen.
Morpheus has appointed Charu Ghandi as its new Head of Design to further spearhead the development of the company as an international design house.
Leading CAD software specialist for the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, announces the latest graphics available to users of the ArtiCAD-Pro software.
Mark Stephenson, CEO of PWS, has been awarded a 'Hero Award', by Help For Heroes, in recognition of his generous donation of four purpose-designed self-help kitchens to Phoenix House, the new Recovery Centre at Catterick and three smaller kitchens to the Endeavour Recovery Centre at HMS Drake in Plymouth. Mark has also committed to ongoing support of the charity, through regular vocational training visits to PWS from residents of the Catterick Recovery Centre.
The forthcoming festive season is a time to be enjoyed and we don't like to think about the inevitable chores that follow the celebrations. One of our least favourite tasks is cleaning the oven, so why not encourage your clients to dispense with this tiresome chore and save some valuable time money and a little money too?
Domestic appliance manufacturer Hoover has donated a Hoover Dynamic 10kg washing machine and matching tumble dryer to 'The Little Miracles' Project as part of BBC's charity 'Children in Need.'
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