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4th July 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.
My daughter Melissa broke the third and final drawer on our fridge-freezer a couple of days back and as I berated her for trying to open it from the middle using one hand - thus putting too much pressure on the plastic, (rather than using one hand at each front corner of the drawer) she berated me for keep overfilling the thing.
It all ended in a draw but created some useful discussion in the meantime:
Why do manufacturers make freezer doors from such easily breakable plastic?
The second part of the useful discussion revolved around the apparent lack of very tall fridge-freezers - ones that almost reach the ceiling:
I'm sure I'm not alone in being unable to fit everything I want to in my own freezer and I'll bet I'm one of many thousands with cracked or broken freezer drawers.
Two alternatives are buying an American style fridge-freezer or having a second fridge-freezer somewhere in the home. I for one don't have the space for a wider appliance and nor do I have room for a second one. I do, however, have plenty of empty space on top of mine - which currently I have to regularly clean! I could so put that space to better use by having it filled with a few more freezer drawers and beneath them, a larger, more user-friendly and far easier to clean fridge!
How about it?
This Week's News
In a new report on the supply chain for kitchen and bathroom products in the UK, AMA Research estimates that the distributor market was worth £840m, at distributors selling prices, at the end of 2013.
Overall, conditions in UK kitchen and bathroom markets have remained difficult over the last five years, with low levels of housebuilding - and a difficult housing market generally - significantly affecting these sectors, particularly bathrooms. However, housebuilding levels increased in 2013 supporting modest value growth and the kitchen and bathroom distributors' market was estimated to be worth £840 million at distributors' selling prices at the end of 2013.
Available from specialist manufacturer and distributor of bathroom products, Abacus Manufacturing Group, there is also a wide range of other collections to complement these stylish designs.
"We have to find ways to make bathrooms and kitchens, for those with particular needs, more aspirational," says Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer at the Design Council. "We know that support for health and wellbeing is an opportunity of increasing size, especially as the number of older consumers grows disproportionately, but we also know that marketing such products and services is challenging."
At the recent AGM of the Keele-based Bathroom Manufacturers Association, a packed house of over 60 members heard a speech from Dan Rogerson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for water, forestry, rural affairs and resource management. He praised the work of the association and in particular its development of the European Water Label.
In fact, the Nottingham-based company has actually been manufacturing stainless steel sinks since 1933, beginning mass production in 1935 prior to being appointed official contractors to the Ministry of Works after the Second World War. By 1949, Leisure's factory was soon at full capacity producing 10,000 units per week and supplying 1,200 building and plumbing merchants throughout the UK and Northern Ireland.
The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced a new sponsorship agreement with the Construction Industry Training Board for a Kbsa Apprentice of the Year Award in the 2014 Awards - which now also include a Customer Service Award as well as the established Designer Awards.
Stephen Lukacs, a construction site manager from Kent, writes about the problems our apprenticeships scheme faces:
I write in response to the comment piece from Travis Perkins in a recent KBzine, entitled: 'How increasing the number of apprenticeships in the building trade could solve more than one problem.'
My view is that developers do not take on apprentices on site as all the works are subcontracted out, which is the norm.
Previously the funding agency HCA (Homes & Community Agency) was given £17.5 billon for the†funding of affordable housing building projects. In that agreement there was a contractual requirement which stated that for every £1m given to developers, one apprentice position must be created.
Major tiling work at London Southend Airport is being completed with the exclusive use of BAL adhesives and grouts. The tiling is being carried out within a signification expansion project, which has included a new control tower, new railway station, extended runway and new departure terminal.
The tiling is being carried out by a team of eight skilled fixers from Elite Tiling of Chelmsford.
The 40 member panel of international experts discussed and evaluated 4,815 entries from 53 countries, but only the designs that impressed the jury with quality and innovative strength won an award. The Beams radiator from Vasco, part of the recently rebranded Vasco Group (formerly The Heating Company), was successful and received the Red Dot quality seal as its well deserved reward.
The Linus features a simple, modern and pleasing linear aesthetic with a great easy drain design, making it a great new staple model in Astracast's portfolio, a brilliant new addition to a retailer's offering and a trusty model for designers and specifiers.
British Ceramic Tile has this week announced a major local recruitment drive. The Devon-based tile manufacturer is adding 29 new full-time positions within its state-of- the-art factory as it expands its manufacturing capacity to cater for growing customer demand.
Simon spent 12 years with Porcelanosa and brings a wealth of industry and sales experience gained through key account management - and in particular a substantial knowledge of national house builders.
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