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13th December 2013
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Tina is a worthy winner as not only did she share details of the event she is running in the showroom on Saturday with the KBSA but her business was also profiled on the Small Business Saturday Facebook page www.facebook.com, which has 8,409 likes!
To coincide with World Toilet Day on Tuesday of this week, Better Bathrooms compiled a list of what the staff feel are the 10 most unusual loos around the world and as well as being unusual they're all currently completely free of charge to use. At 15,190 feet above sea level, Saint-Gervaise-Les-Bains on Mont Blanc has specially designed toilets for use in extreme conditions. These 'dry' toilets are waterless and chemical-free, instead utilising a worm-composting system to deal with the waste.
With both my daughters going through senior school at the time Tony Blair was encouraging as many of our young people as possible to attend university, they ignored my advice to ‘get a trade’ and went down the further education route, both gaining excellent degrees in subjects about which they were passionate and aligned to industries which – according to the Government press releases during those years – were about to receive huge and ongoing injections of funding. Apart from one successfully completing a brief internment with a consultancy that was at the time making people redundant, neither has been able to get onto the career ladder in a field that has anything to do with the subjects in which they specialised.
Survey results released today reveal that more than a third of UK employers are now engaging with local schools and colleges, to provide crucial access routes into their organisations. The data also revealed that, despite the increase in the number of access routes, too few employers were receiving applications from people aged 16 - 24. Indeed just under a quarter of employers did not receive a single application from a young person over the last year.
Apparently another recent survey has revealed that large numbers of the UK’s young people are now wishing to become celebrities rather than pursue a meaningful career… I do hope that everyone in the KBB industry takes note of both surveys, starts engaging with our nation’s youth as early as possible in their lives and encourages as many individuals as they can to take up a useful trade so that we no longer have to put up with second rate jobs completed by overpaid and poorly skilled trades people!
And if you’ve already signed up to the scheme reported in this week’s news – or something similar – or if you work in partnership with any of your local educational establishments to attract the most capable candidates to your apprenticeship schemes, I’d love to hear about it.
This Week's News
More in Store is the major new campaign being launched by Franke on January 1st and continues Franke's strategy to directly support its independent specialist retailers.
The campaign follows on from the recent introduction of new sales and distribution policies designed to uphold the values of the Franke brand and protect retailers from unregulated internet trading by 'market free-riders.'
Cultured mineral marble basins are produced from natural mineral and stone particles, polyester and resin bonding agents. Cast in exclusively designed Crosswater moulds, each basin is finished in a hardwearing, scratch resistant GelCoat, with a perfect white gloss finish. The uniformity of the surface is warm to the touch as it adopts the ambient room temperature.
More than a third (35%) of employers are now engaging with local schools and colleges, according to a survey of more than 1,000 UK employers, conducted by the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development.
Saniflo - UK manufacturer of pumps, macerators, shower cubicles and inclusively designed sanitaryware - struck a deal to supply Barwood Products with the Saniflo Kineduo, Sanimatic and Sanidoor from the Sanilife range. Barwood Products - a leading manufacturer and distributor of inclusive bathroom products - will sell the three Sanilife products under the Barwood brand throughout the UK.
His high tech house in London's Mayfair is almost as celebrated; the bomb damaged plot having been acquired by Sir Stirling for just £5,000 in 1961 and transformed into a stylish five-storey structure full of computerised and robotised gadgets, including a remote-operated bathtub, automated dumbwaiters and a one-of-a-kind carbon fibre lift made by the Williams F1 team. At 84, Sir Stirling still lives in the same townhouse, currently estimated to be worth at least £10 million.
* 73% of people leave showers running for an average of 1 minute 45 seconds before getting in, wasting up to 60 litres of water before every shower
Offering total flexibility and infinite design possibilities, the Luna cabinets can be combined in a whole host of ways to suit the space available and to cater for individual storage requirements.
John Lewis, the well known high street department store, recently chose Abode to supply the group with a host of design-led bathroom taps and showers for its new, in-store bathroom departments. The group's programme of new bathroom studio openings is going extremely well with its flagship store in Oxford Street, London, being the latest to make its debut.
PWS has introduced an extensive line-up of new design options to its contemporary Metris collection. In response to the demand for personalisation in the kitchen Metris has launched a 15-strong colour palette in matt, high gloss and textured finishes.
Steve Ball has been appointed as the National Training Manager at Bushboard. Bushboard has created this new position in its management team to strategically develop the sales and growth of its premium brands of installer-ready worksurfaces in M-Stone quartz and Encore solid surface.
In 1993, employees Lynda Blue, John Bourne, Ian Hickman and Martin Suffolk joined Mereway and now 20 years later celebrated their long service at a presentation event with Managing Directors Bob and Richard Norris. In recognition of their loyalty, integrity and commitment, each received a personal gift to mark the occasion.
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The latest report on the UK Bathroom Retailers Market has now been published.
You can never have too many Daves - we know that's true because at Utopia they have got 12 of them! This unusual fact has prompted the team to celebrate its Daves and Christmas together with its new festive Facebook campaign, 'The 12 Daves of Christmas'.
Van users are being advised not to follow outdated advice on winter driving. Steve Clarke says: "There is a long-held view that reducing tyre pressures will increase grip on awkward surfaces. This might be all right for driving over desert sand, but it is certainly not safe for winter driving." As marketing manager for The Fuelcard People, part of Fuel Card Group, he has been working with van users for years and knows the challenges they face.
New home registration statistics for the UK, released today by NHBC, show that the number of new homes being registered continues to improve on last year's figures with an overall 24% increase for the rolling quarter August to October compared to the same period in 2012.
The Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group, a subsidiary of the kitchen & bathroom buying group in Europe, DER KREIS, supports the UK's first 'Small Business Saturday' that takes place on 7th December 2013.
In the last month, the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has welcomed on board two new retail members - Dream Bedroom & Kitchen Designs and Hurford & Tebbutt.
Topps Tiles has been recognised for excellence in businesses that employ apprentices after being named as one of the country's Top 100 Apprentice Employers 2013, by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds.
A survey of the private rental market, by popular shower and tapware brand Methven, has revealed that poor quality fixtures and fittings are the biggest rental bugbear for tenants - and can cause them to leave their properties early.