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13th November 2015
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I chuckled when I received a press release this week, about a survey on the habits of ‘white van man’. Apparently, tradesmen are shaking off their boozy reputation and contrary to common stereotypes, are now more likely to be found in the gym (or even a slimming club!) than the pub.
If you’re a regular reader of KBzine you’ll be aware that I watch the many tradespeople who’ve worked at my house in recent years, very closely indeed – but it’s not to check out their builders’ bottoms or ogle their bulging biceps, it’s to see if they’re capable of doing the job I’m paying them to do.
The latest fiasco follows the fitting – in two stages, of a new carpet in the attic bedroom. We needed a replacement earlier than we might have done because the first roofer hadn’t replaced the leaking valleys – causing the original carpet to be ruined by a combination of rainwater and falling plaster.
We’d had the room replastered and repainted. The carpet fitters (one of whom is the shop manager) met the painter on their way in so I would have thought they’d have taken care getting the carpet roll up to the room, knowing that the paint had only just dried.
But no. They badly dirtied three walls which we ended up having to repaint in their entirety, as the scrapes wouldn't clean off and our attempts at patching up were obvious.
The second set of fitters scraped two walls so we are having to repaint them a second time. We had mentioned when they arrived that their predecessors had forced us to redecorate so you’d think they'd have been extra careful. They exacerbated things by not confessing and trying to clean up themselves, leaving dinner plate-sized shiny marks with the black scuffs still showing in the centre – I was not happy!
Their excuse? The stairs were quite steep! And when I mentioned that the diminutive fitter of the original carpet had managed alone without mishap, they retorted that his carpet was thinner!
I’m about to buy a bathroom. I should have had it done 18 months ago but have been put off by potential problems with the fitting. Am I alone I wonder, or are our nation’s tradespeople – however pretty they might now be, stalling KBB sales because of their incompetence?
This Week's News
Available exclusively in the UK from LDL Components from this coming Monday, 16th November, the kit can be used to modify any drawer with a 16mm MFC base and back so that obstacles such as soil pipes, sockets, waste disposal units and water purifiers can be accommodated.
Arcelik Group, one of the leading players in the global home appliances industry and parent company of Beko, has been awarded an AA rating in the MSCI (Morgan Stanley Capital International) Global Sustainability Index Series. This latest accolade reinforces the company's, 'Respects the Globe, Respected Globally' vision which focuses on delivering sustainable efficiency and excellence throughout all its business processes.
The company has obtained an 'above average' rating in the environmental categories of 'electronic waste', 'clean technologies' and the social issue of 'Supply Chain Labour Standards'. It has also been rated Green (G) in MSCI's ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Impact Monitor1.
Yet few would imagine that cork could be used as the material in a range of sanitary ware, but that is exactly what Granorte has done with NuSpa baths and basin units, recognised as a truly innovative concept at three international design awards.
Signalling the next generation of sophisticated bathroom storage, Xenon comprises a sleek double-sided mirrored cabinet finished off with a luxury LED lighting trim. The result is an uber modern feel, guaranteed to make a boldly contemporary style statement in even the simplest of bathroom designs.
A study of 1,000 tradespeople by IronmongeryDirect, the long-established online and mail order supplier of ironmongery products to the trade, found that a substantial 69% of tradesmen don't go to the pub that often, while 10% never go. Some 17% go once or twice a week but only 2% go most days and 2% every day.
It's now an annual tradition at Utopia to have a fun social media promotion based on The Twelve Days of Christmas in the days running up to the festive season. Previous years have seen the Twelve Daves and the Twelve Dogs of Christmas.
Taking place near Marble Arch, London, on 2nd December, the Government-run 'Manual Handling for Assessors' course will equip you with the knowledge to recognise, assess and reduce manual handling risks in your organisation.
It is suited to employers and employee representatives who intend to begin the process of manual handling risk assessment and control within their companies. It will also benefit those already involved in manual handling risk reduction who require more formal or in-depth training in this subject, including training in the use of specific manual handling assessment tools.
Following the launch of the Bright Orange, Natural Stone and Pearl White shades (pictured on story page), the new Anthracite finish is the latest addition to the range. Developed to co-ordinate with contemporary design trends, InSinkErator coloured taps offer a fashionable focal point to any kitchen.
Toto, a plumbing industry leader with annual sales of some $5.1 billion, announced on Wednesday that it has achieved a major global milestone with its popular Washlet line of personal cleansing systems.
To date, the company has sold more than 40 million Washlets worldwide since their 1980 launch in Japan.
Uform has announced the appointment of Simon Oliphant as its new managing director. Simon will be responsible for providing leadership of the company's fast growing operations and delivery of the company's five-year strategic plan and will report to the newly appointed chairman Eamon Donnelly.
The Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group (KBBG), part of the Der Kreis, dedicated to supporting independent kitchen specialists, has appointed Louisa Cole to the newly created position of office support executive.
Louisa joins the company from Barclays Bank, where she was a regional bank manager. Appointed to support KBBG independent kitchen specialist members, Louisa brings a wealth of business knowledge and experience to assist members.
British Ceramic Tile has expanded its marketing team with the appointment of four new positions all based at the Northern Sales & Marketing Hub.
In April 2016, Mark Stephenson, CEO of PWS, will lead a team of four veterans, PWS colleagues and support staff, on a demanding 320-mile cycle ride across the mountainous Western Cape of South Africa.
The challenge, aptly named 'Blood, Sweat & Gears', aims to raise £250K to further the fabulous work provided at Phoenix House, the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre at Catterick Garrison.
Bath-based LDL Components is sponsoring the new football kit for local team Timsbury Athletic FC Under 9s. The team is managed by John Carey, senior sales administrator at LDL, and plays in the Midsomer Norton & District League.
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The latest 'Report on Jobs', published today by KPMG and the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, highlighted slower, but still robust, growth of demand for permanent and temporary staff in the construction sector during October.
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