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2nd May 2014
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Something I’ve just read has had me shaking my head in despair…
Further down the page is an item on a newly published report that is calling on the Government to help the public replace their old, inefficient household appliances with more energy efficient ones. It argues that new appliances will enable people to potentially cut their energy bills by up to £75 a year – and collectively make an enormous difference to the nation’s electricity consumption.
The report - supported by The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances, puts forward details of several schemes that have been successful in other countries.
I figured that the best way of funding such a scheme in the UK would be to cut VAT on these products and I know that the KBB industry has been campaigning for this for some years. However, I also know that the Government doesn’t really have the money – a point made clear in a press release I’ve just received from the TaxPayers’ Alliance, which seeks to remind readers that although the politicians keep telling us that the deficit (the money the Government spends that exceeds our income) is reducing, our national debt is actually increasing. Indeed the TPA has relaunched its National Debt Clock, which shows the frightening rate at which this is happening. It’s currently £4,344 a second, or £375 million a day.
Then I read that the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has pledged £250,000 of OUR money to help finance British bands that want to play at international festivals! As someone who spends most of her free time and any spare money at such events in the UK, I’d rather our bands stay in this country so I have a greater chance of seeing them perform – but I realise that’s a bit selfish on my part. Over to the TPA, which says:
"Politicians talk about the need to make savings, so why on earth are they frittering away our cash like this? The Beatles and the Rolling Stones broke America because they made great music, not because taxpayers subsidised them. I’m not really sure how One Direction managed it, but at least taxpayers didn’t have to cough up…"
I couldn’t agree more!
This Week's News
Property maintenance guru, Will Davies, has criticised the Government for not taking the 'Get Britain Building' fund seriously.
Will, who is the managing director of property maintenance firm, aspect.co.uk, says that the Coalition's general treatment towards the construction industry is 'embarrassing'. His comments come after it has been revealed that the £570 million 'Get Britain Building' scheme has only build 715 houses since its launch in November 2011. An initiative created by former housing minister Grant Shapps, its intention was to provide 16,000 homes in three years.
British tradespeople are spending on average a working week (around five nights) away from home each month, according to new research1by Direct Line for Business (DL4B). Builders are most likely to spend a night away from home, stopping out on average nine nights per month.
The research also reveals that tradespeople are travelling on average 355 miles a month to get to jobs the length and breadth of the country; the equivalent of travelling to New York and back every year.
UK's renowned shower tray manufacturer, MX Group, has launched its latest shower tray range into the marketplace. The 'Expressions' range has been designed to provide the maximum showering area, incorporating a discreet, hidden waste system, yet the trays drain via a standard shower waste.
The level waste design incorporates a standard waste outlet and allows easy access to clean, maintain and service without the need for an expensive gully waste system.
Iconic American fashion and interior designer Ben de Lisi has launched his second exclusive bathroom collection available from Abacus Manufacturing Group via www.ben-de-lisi.com. The renowned fashion, interiors and homewares guru shows off his new collection in a beautiful 110-page brochure which highlights his design prowess in detail.
Juliet Mann, broadcast journalist, who has worked in newsrooms across the globe for CNN, Sky News, Reuters, CNBC, BBC and on radio for LBC97.3, has been appointed to host and facilitate the conference.
A new report published today 'Promoting highly efficient electrical appliances' calls on the Government to help the public replace their old appliances and cut their energy bills by up to £75 a year.
The Institute for Public Policy Research estimates that facilitating the easier purchase of energy efficient appliances could save the nation the equivalent power generated by 1,500 wind turbines or the proposed Hinkley nuclear power plant.
To celebrate the company's founding in May 1989, Utopia Bathroom Group is inviting all its retailers to take part in a month-long lottery to win one of 25 luxury hampers.
For every order placed in May a lottery ticket will be issued and then 25 winning numbers will be drawn at random on Monday 9th June. Worth over £250 each, the hampers contain a fabulous assortment of edible goodies plus a voucher for a Red Letter 'experience' day.
Renowned for an ever-innovative approach to bathrooms, Crosswater has developed a range of digital basin mixers that combine cutting edge modern style and technology with intelligent practicality. Launched during April 2014, these striking taps are a natural extension of Crosswater Digital's multi-outlet water delivery system for showers and baths.
Simple controls that move at the touch of a finger and indicate temperature with a colour changing light, are the key feature. The controls can be deck or wall mounted, providing the perfect clutter-free solution for contemporary countertop or undermount basins.
Two years in the making, Henley's groundwork was laid when founder Sarah Watson decamped to Brussels for a long weekend of design trekking. She popped into the Horta Museum and was immediately smitten with an impressive display of tiles decorating the dining room.
"I loved the sheer expanse of it, the mix of full and half brick field tiles lining the walls and ceiling. It felt unique and I came away truly inspired by that," she says of the Art Nouveau installation.
It seems copper sinks are having a bit of a style moment. In recent months Brass and Traditional Sinks' range of copper sinks have been used in TV ads and photo shoots as well as on Sarah Beeny's 'Double Your House for Half the Money' TV series on Channel 4.
In response to increased interest, the company has launched a new tap finish to complement the sinks. The weathered brass finish has been developed specifically with copper in mind, so has a characterful rustic appearance without excessive shine. It is available on all of the company's own brand taps within the British-made Rudge 1901 series.
CAD software for the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, has developed an online server-based version of its flagship product, ArtiCAD-Pro, to provide an extremely flexible and cost-effective means of deploying the software across an organisation.
Companies choosing this option can benefit from savings in both time and money for hardware maintenance, the ability to scale usage up or down as required and immediate centralised deployment of software updates and new catalogues.
With extensive experience in the KBB sector, Mike will take control of a number of high profile accounts at Britannia and will be maintaining a proactive relationship with clients and seeking out new business opportunities.
Van users have been asked how much they would spend, to save 10 minutes. "We all know that time is money," says Steve Clarke, group marketing manager for The Fuel Card Group, "but sometimes saving a few minutes is not worth the long term cost. Just ask anyone who has been caught employing an unlicensed driver..."
The courts have imposed fines in the high hundreds of pounds during recent weeks, but this leniency has typically been in reaction to a 'Guilty' plea and a lack of aggravating factors. An employer would have no grounds for optimism if an unlicensed driver were held responsible for an accident.
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