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20th February 2015
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Verla is an innovative new take on kitchen mixer tap styling with a 'V' shaped body design.
The smooth curved radii of the tap come together perfectly from the architecturally tall spout design, to the easy-to-operate style handles.
The German manufacturer now offers six different kitchen ranges that can be ordered in any RAL or NCS colour. With thousands of options available, this colour matching service provides guaranteed colour accuracy.
T: 0113 3315 100
There’s good news for the retail sector this week with the Office for National Statistics report showing that the sustained period of year-on-year growth we’ve been experiencing, is showing no sign of abating. Retail sales in January 2015 were estimated to have increased by 5.4% compared with January 2014 - the 22nd consecutive month of year-on-year growth and the longest period of sustained year-on-year growth since May 2008 when there were 31 periods of growth!
The underlying pattern in the rolling three-month on three-month movement in the quantity bought, showed continued growth for the 23rd consecutive month, increasing by 2.3%.
The value of Internet sales decreased by 0.2% in January 2015 compared with December 2014 and accounted for 11.6% of all retail sales in January 2015. Online sales increased by 12.0% compared with January 2014.
All this spending has perhaps impacted on the employment figures, which show that the employment rate is enjoying a record high with record numbers of 16-24 year olds in work too.
According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, though, much needs to be done to address skills shortages and utilisation and we are warned that, if we are to improve overall UK productivity and pay, we must look at what British businesses are doing to develop and use their people’s skills.
Apparently almost half of the UK workforce has seen either a pay freeze or a pay cut (3% pay cut, 39% pay freeze) in the 12 months to December 2014. In contrast, a similar proportion (40%) have received a pay increase of 2% or more, while less than a fifth (18%) fall in the middle ground of people who have received a pay increase in the 0.1-1.99% corridor.
It appears from the report that the difference between companies that can afford to give a decent pay rise and those that are continuing to freeze pay, lies partly in the quality of leadership and management and level of workforce investment. There is evidence that organisations which have more sophisticated product market strategies, are more likely to have adopted better personnel management strategies, characterised by greater investment in the workforce.
Food for thought perhaps?
This Week's News
Shower toilets offer guests the chance to experience spa-like cleanliness and give hoteliers the opportunity to raise the comfort levels above their five-star status. That is why Geberit AquaClean 8000plus was the natural choice for the bathrooms in the luxurious Chedi Andermatt Hotel located in the beautiful Swiss Alps.
With luxury and comfort being at the heart of the hotel's design, the bathrooms feature high quality fittings throughout, with large bathtubs, natural stone floors with underfloor heating and separate rain showers. Completing the spa-like luxury for guests are Geberit's top-of-the range shower toilets, fitted in each of the hotel's 106 rooms and suites.
The Health & Safety Laboratory has launched a new footwear rating scheme called 'GRIP.' GRIP provides free information to health & safety managers so that they can make informed, evidence based decisions before purchasing resistance footwear.
The Health & Safety Executive's new white paper 'Get a GRIP' explains how the scheme works and where you can get further information about which footwear has been rated.
To request your copy:
From now until the 31st March 2015, one of the longest established British brands, Swan, is offering a lucky first time buyer the chance to win a range of small and large kitchen appliances from the successful Vintage Collection. What better way to be remembered for providing an 'added value' service than having one of your customers win the prize?
Any good cook will tell you how important it is to have all one's ingredients and utensils close at hand so that cooking is quick and easy. Renowned for its German kitchen design, Leicht has developed an independent organisation system for drawers called Q-Box.
The ultimate storage solution, Q-Box stores herbs, spices, utensils, sugars, flours and all the everyday paraphenalia of cooking in an easy-to-use solution with different inserts for different uses. For condiments there are jars, for wine there is a special rack, for foil a holder, while for utensils and knives there is an insert or block that keeps them neatly in their place.
Catergorised by stainless steel, glass and decorative steel, the new splashbacks are available in a variety of configurations from 90 - 120cm, complementary of Britannia's range cooker specifications.
Renowned shower designer and manufacturer, Roman, has launched the optimum moving wetroom product, to present a sleek and stylish design; with increased water integrity; suitable for everyone in the family.
For a more enclosed wetroom experience, Roman's Embrace Wetroom Panel with Flipper Panel is the perfect solution. It presents a stylish wetroom but with the added reassurance of increased water integrity.
Whether it's for a complete kitchen update or a quick fix makeover, a new sink can transform the look of a kitchen. As one of the largest manufacturers of Silgranit, ceramic and stainless steel sinks, Blanco Germany understands how functionality, practicality and aesthetic design are equally important.
New for 2015 is the Blanco Sona range of Silgranit sinks, available in three sizes to suit every kitchen. The 5S, 6S and XL6S offer everything from compact solutions to super-sized designs for larger households.
The VIP package includes a pair of Rugby World Cup final tickets, accommodation, return match day travel, merchandise vouchers and a Canterbury England World Cup 2015 jersey.
Miele has announced the winners of its coveted competition, where independent kitchen retailers had the chance of winning a 30sq.m stand at Grand Designs Live, London 2015 worth over £16,000.
To enter, studios had to design a kitchen for either less than £20,000 with five Miele appliances, less than £30,000 to include seven Miele appliances or less than £60,000 with 10 Miele appliances, including MTouch. Kitchen values had to include VAT, installation and appliances and the kitchens themselves had to reflect the budget of the category entered and were judged on style, innovation and how the appliances had been incorporated, as well as a 500-word document about the design.
Abode's new 2015 kitchen sink and tap brochure is now out in the marketplace in independent retail outlets and available for download online via Abode's website: www.abode.eu.
The brochure shows the full portfolio of the company's exclusive products for this year including all of the new sinks and taps launched during the last few months, all fully illustrated and priced.
Natalie brings with her a wealth of experience having previously worked in the industry for both Bisque Radiators and Zehnder.
Reporting directly to global sales director, Neil Anderton, Mark is tasked with driving forward key national accounts, with a focus on developing new customer focused ranges and concepts as well as driving existing business.
"This new role looks set to be a fantastic challenge," enthuses Mark. "I will be fully immersed in all aspects of the account from buying and supply chain, through to customer service and logistics. It's a great step forward for me personally.
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Congratulations to Ripples Bathrooms – just awarded ‘Best Of Houzz’ for Design - firstname.lastname@example.org ... Caple’s new WC177 wine cabinet has a massive 89 Bordeaux (750ml) bottle capacity – T: 0117 938 1900 … The GroheBlue kitchen tap has been awarded the KitchenInnovation consumer award by the LifeCare Initiative - www.grohe.co.uk... See Hafele UK’s improved and expanded Essential Ironmongery range at www.hafele.co.uk
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"There is one thing that must rank before all others with any shower or wetroom installation - it must be leak free.
Deciding how this is achieved should come at the earliest stage of planning and design. Of course, the waterproofing properties of any product cannot be considered in isolation; aesthetics and ergonomics are also key factors in the decision-making process, along with practical thoughts about how the work will be executed on site.