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27th June 2014
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At the Water Efficiency Awards awards on Monday, the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, which administers The Water Label Company, won its fourth award.
A third of UK based businesses are yet to develop their website to work on mobile devices, whilst a further fifth simply 'don't know' whether their website is mobile ready or not.
According to a new report, released this month by a catalogue marketing specialist, 34% of UK businesses haven't taken the necessary steps to ensure their website is suitable for mobile devices. Whilst an additional 17% admit to not knowing if their website is optimised for smartphone or tablet use.
The mineral finish is one of three robust acrylic doors available in a rich Copper; bold Bronze and a shimmering Pearl Basalt.
In keeping with the Cucina Colore ethos of mixing colour and texture for dramatic effect, all three work well when teamed with a wood grain finish to add interest and individuality to kitchen designs.
The Badea collection consists of six distinctive modern and contemporary ranges with a multitude of finishes, styles, colours and configurations options. New additions in 2014 to the 'Gaste' and 'Sky Colour' ranges - perfect for cloakrooms and en-suites - are really exciting.
'Simple' (pictured) is an elegant range of bold, contemporary sanitaryware that offers effortless chic and streamlined design with Nano Tech easy clean coating and a choice of products that includes a wall hung basin, back to wall and wall hung WCs and wall hung bidet.
The Stoves FD90 and SXS90 are 90cm wide models that offer the latest in convenience and efficiency and are available in sleek black and modish stainless steel.
KBB sector CAD software specialist, ArtiCAD, has announced the availability of a large number of new manufacturers' graphics. Designers using the ArtiCAD-Pro software can access these new catalogues and quickly and easily choose the specific items they wish to include in their design to ensure that they are as realistic - and as stunning, as possible.
I've just finished contemplating the XFM radio DJ's comment on a listener's tweet, that statistically, we're more likely to be bitten by Luis Suarez than we are a shark. With the Summer holidays soon upon us, it's comforting to have our fears put so graphically into perspective, isn't it?
Also on the World Cup, Brittania Living has created a selection of dishes from some of the countries whose teams we're going to be watching (or perhaps I should say, "had been expecting to watch"!) over the coming couple of weeks - read more about the initiative below.
Not to be outdone, KBzine is running a World Cup Extra Time promotion where any three, six or nine month booking will get an extra three months added completely free of charge. Our rates won't be out of your league and we provide great editorial support and automatic large pictures to all our supporters. All we need is the booking made by the time the World Cup ends on July 13th for whichever time period you prefer.
Bearing in mind we have a two week break in August while Europe sits on the beach, (which means everything stays up on the website a little longer) this really is an idea worth taking a shot at, so why not strike while the iron's hot and get in touch today!
This Week's News
During the last two years Phoenix has launched one of the most comprehensive new ranges of any bathroom manufacturer and distributor and the company's new July brochure is no exception! Focussing on providing more designer-led products of high quality, Phoenix has yet again raised the bar with its new Vue range of modular furniture.
Following a chartered flight to Germany, members enjoyed an evening meal and overnight stay at the Lind Hotel in the picturesque and historic town of Reitberg. The following day, members visited Nobilia, said to be the the largest kitchen manufacturer in the world.
The recipes form part of the company's social media strategy which was launched in February and are now available to see on the Britannia Living website. The collection of dishes highlights the best of international cuisine and gives a real flavour of the nations that are entertaining us on the pitch.
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association's Annual General Meeting took place this week at the Army and Navy Club in London. The Managing Director of Roman, David Osborne, was appointed as the new President, replacing previous President Steve Lee, of Methven.
The BMA appoints a new president for a two year term, who is tasked with promoting the BMA as the main voice of the bathroom industry.
Alno, a leading German kitchen manufacturer, has revolutionised the luxury market with the launch of a new steel kitchens range. The Alnoinox steel kitchen has a sleek and elegant design, perfect for creating a contemporary space, inspired by the industrial trend.
MX is a business improvement and awards programme designed to support and promote UK manufacturers in ensuring industry productivity and worldwide competitiveness.
Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director - Dulux, Design Director - Dulux Design Service, has been an integral part of the recent development and launch of the new partnership agreement of the Dulux Design Service with the KBSA.
Made using the latest HD inkjet technology, it's the perfect route to a statement floor, offering retailers and style-conscious consumers a wide choice of designs, from imitation pebble and grass effects to decorative patterns and motifs.
Workplace equipment supplier Slingsby has seen demand increasing for health & safety products that specifically appeal to an ageing workforce in recent years and it's an area that's set to continue growing with recent figures revealing the number of pensioners with jobs in the UK has smashed through the one million barrier.
According to research from the Office for National Statistics, the number of over-65s in work is now at the highest level since records began in 1992, with almost one in 10 people in this age group now employed. Of those 615,000 are men and 388,000 women.
The F & P Wholesale mobile bathroom showroom has now completed its tour of the UK, having made pit stops at F & P Wholesale's nine distribution centres nationwide - allowing customers to explore the new bathroom product collections first hand.
David Dalglish, founding Director of Knaresborough Kitchens and current National Chair of the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association, has announced that he will step back from day-to-day involvement with his business at the end of this year.
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