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23rd May 2014
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Cooker hoods can often be overlooked by both consumers and kitchen retailers. However, choosing to stock stunning, stylish hoods can be both a business boost for kitchen specialists, and also invaluable for consumers who are looking for a complete kitchen solution.
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Regular readers of KBzine may recall me mentioning that a recent issue was produced while John and I were attending a cleaning & hygiene exhibition at the Amsterdam Rai. It’s an enormous show, with almost 800 exhibitors taking up several halls’ worth of space – and although (as happens at these shows) we only got around to visiting a small percentage of them, it soon became obvious that the swing towards having sustainability as a key factor in the design and manufacture of new products is akin to the swing we’re seeing towards UKIP in the election results being announced as I write…
It started off as a trickle a few years back, the trickle slowly became a stream and the stream has now become a real surge!
Learning last week that the Bathroom Manufacturers Association has secured the services of Dick Strawbridge MBE for the forthcoming Bathroom and Kitchen Business Conference (Tuesday 7 October), shows that this industry too, is taking seriously the need to embrace sustainability. If you’re familiar with Dick from his popular BBC2 series on sustainable living and eco-technology – ‘It's not easy being green’, you’ll know we’re going to be in for a treat.
Sustainability expert Dick, a retired Lieutenant Colonel and man of many interests, is an energetic and versatile presenter and motivational speaker, who is not afraid to speak his mind and tell things as they are. He will be telling us how he sees the current bathroom and kitchen industry, its products, their sustainability and the way they are marketed (and should be marketed) to both professionals and the consumer.
Says the BMA’s chief executive Yvonne Orgill: “This year’s conference is, once again, stretching boundaries and looking for fresh ideas and inspiration from people who are not usually connected with our industry. Today’s consumer is becoming more aware of sustainability issues and the bathroom and kitchen industry has to respond to this with more attractive and engaging marketing and sales communications.”
Yvonne tells us that the conference speakers will concentrate on the theme: ‘Marketing the future’, to encourage delegates from both the bathroom and kitchen industry to look beyond their office desks and outside their normal comfort zones. “Fresh and youthful thinking will dominate,” she promises. “New ideas and stretching boundaries will be pinned firmly to the agenda.”
We should be in for a good one…
If you want to learn more about the conference, visit: www.bathroom-association.org
This Week's News
The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers has announced a new training initiative for its members relating to life saving asbestos awareness specifically for kitchen, bedroom and bathroom installers.
The Deva thermostatic bath shower mixer has a TMV2 approved body with ceramic disc technology for ease of use. The product is supplied with a shower rail, two metre hose and Methven's Kiri Satinjet handset with a nine litre per minute flow limiter.
Featuring a straight geometric spout and a slim, one touch control lever, the Atoll range can be operated with just a gentle lift or push. As well as being a great choice for new bathroom installations, Atoll can be a quick fix for updating a tired bathroom that is past its best.
As part of its More in Store campaign, Franke has partnered with Great British Bake Off Winner, Frances Quinn, to help its independent specialist retailers to host local charity events, to raise funds for the Marie Curie Cancer Care's 'Blooming Great Tea Party', between 20th and 29th June.
Mike Phillips has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Marleton Cross, which trades as the MX Group from its headquarters in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. MX Group is a growing influence in the bathroom sector, as a leading shower tray manufacturer in the UK, and a major player in the electric and thermostatic shower, shower accessories, and shower enclosures business.
Mike brings a broad range of business skills and experience to MX - most recently in the food logistics sector.
Tilers nationwide are leaving feedback on new BAL Rapid-Mat at www.see-it-for-yourself.com and are unanimous in their praise for the tiling market leader's latest innovation. They are singling out the ease and speed of use, but are especially pleased with the amount of adhesive saved when using BAL Rapid-Mat.
Founded over 30 years ago, in-toto is now a well-established kitchen brand in the UK with nearly 50 Design Studios nationwide.
Amica, one of Europe's fastest growing freestanding and built-in appliance manufacturers, has launched a new washer dryer. Designed to make life easier for families, Amica's AWDS914DJ washer dryer will wash a hefty 9Kg load and dry 6Kg.
The Builders Merchants Federation's Plumbing & Heating Sector is rapidly gaining momentum and attracting more specialists to join the Federation. The BMF's latest new member, Vado, is one of the country's best-known manufacturers of taps, showers, accessories and fittings.
The Kitchen Door Workshop has promised since the launch of its Trends and Visions replacement doors, that these two collections would be dispatched in seven working days or less. To back up this statement, the company has now said that it will give the doors for free in the eventuality that this claim is not met.
Since suffering a brain infection four years ago which left her unable to walk and talk, June Finlay had been sleeping on a hospital bed in the kitchen with no access to washing or toilet facilities. Totally dependent on husband John to help her take care of even the most basic of her needs, June was naturally delighted that Geberit was only too happy to help change the couple's lives for the better.
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The golf will be followed by the prize ceremony and networking dinner.
Anyone working in the industry can take part, whatever your handicap. £5 of the £45 Green Fee will be donated to WaterAid.
Property maintenance guru, Will Davies, has criticised the Government for not taking the 'Get Britain Building' fund seriously.
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.
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.
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..."
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.