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11th 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 negative perception surrounding health & safety is unfounded, according to a poll conducted by business standards company, BSI, of visitors to last month's Safety & Health Expo at London's ExCel. Despite health & safety legislation often being perceived as being all about paperwork, legislation and bureaucracy, 67% of those polled don't believe this is the case and say that the benefits outweigh the costs.
The research found that to reduce the risk to their employees, 37% of businesses are operating in compliance (24%) with or certified (13%) to OHSAS 18001, Occupational Health & Safety Management System standard. A further 35% are managing health & safety in accordance with HSG65, 35% have put in place their own policies and procedures, whilst 31% have provided training to their staff.
Commitment from senior management is essential if an organisation is to manage risks effectively and encouragingly, 93% of those polled believe their own top management is committed to health & safety, with 67% saying that their company allocates the necessary resources to it, investing in areas such as staff, training and personal protective equipment. Interestingly, the poll found that over three quarters (76%) felt that internationalisation of the current standard for health & safety will have a positive impact on its adoption.
Whenever I'm out and about I hear people moaning about how EU legislation is impacting negatively on their businesses and that health & safety legislation in particular has become something of a joke. The results of this poll seem to show that the tide is turning. If this is the case, I'm wondering whether we've finally started to adapt to the new rules or whether those attending a health & safety event might be a little biased towards them?
I'm not knocking; just saying. What's your take on it?
This Week's News
Good design and ingenuity are increasingly sought in the UK bathroom market and designers and consumers are now turning to solutions that have long been commonplace in European countries such as Germany and Austria.
Nowhere is this truer than with wall-hung sanitaryware, which is fast becoming seen as the solution when specifying new bathrooms. Indeed, there is already considerable growth with wall-hung frame sales significantly up in the last 18 months and leading manufacturers predicting an increase in sales of five - six times in the next two - three years.
British Ceramic Tile, has named Neil Anderton as its new global sales director. Formerly UK sales director, Neil will assume a strategic global sales role, driving forward the company's ambitious growth strategy domestically and overseas.
Reflecting a key trend very much in evidence at Eurocucina earlier this year, LDL has launched a beautiful new hanging bar. Designed and manufactured in Italy and exclusively available from LDL, the Titan hanging system makes effective use of otherwise redundant space underneath wall cabinets and is ideal for storing frequently used items or displaying accessories.
The TS55174WTD is a 1.7m tall static fridge freezer with a water-through-door dispenser that does not require plumbing.
Highly experienced in the design and production of bespoke kitchens and furniture, David will be tasked with translating completed furniture and kitchen designs proposed by the Holloways of Ludlow design team, into detailed workshop drawings for the cabinet makers at their West London workshop. This is a pivotal role in the company which requires an aptitude for problem solving, an inquisitive mind and an eye for detail.
Building Adhesives Limited has appointed Hucknall-based Martin Pouncey as its Product Support Technician for the Midlands, strengthening its unmatched nationwide technical support capability. The PST concept is believed to be unique to BAL, which has placed strong emphasis on support throughout its history.
Martin's role encompasses personal interaction with fixers, contractors and distributors across an area stretching from Lincolnshire to Oxfordshire. This includes product training and demonstrations, advising on specifications, helping to resolve project issues and answering questions on all aspects of professional tiling.
"Good design is not just about problem solving, it's about creating beautiful and practical objects that can perform in the home over the long term." They should stand out within a home's decor design and integrate invisibly within a room's scheme," says Helen Clark, marketing manager of Abode.
"The challenge to our in-house design team is to deliver the right mixture of simplicity, elegance and innovation in equal measure for our kitchen taps and sink and bathroom ranges. We strive for the best for our customers that's Abode. Distinctly ... Abode."
Karma is the unsung hero of the Trend glass mosaic collection. This drawn glass, hand-cut transparent mosaic, with its characteristic natural veining and deep internal fold lines, is the basis for Trend's highly-regarded designer patterns like Liberty, Metropolis and Subway, yet is also available as a tile range in its own right.
Architects and interior designers in the know prize Karma for its unique choice of tile formats up to 4cm x 8cm, even 48cm x 96cm on request, and its deeply saturated colours with distinctive radiant reflections.
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