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7th October 2016
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Blanco Durinox is the ultimate innovation in stainless steel. Extremely hard and highly resistant to scratches, Durinox stainless steel surfaces are given these special characteristics via a new finishing process that originates from the aerospace industry.
"Zanussi is a brand that represents the zeitgeist of many generations," says Vanessa Holloway, senior consumer marketing manager at Zanussi. "Everyone can remember a Zanussi appliance in the backdrop at one time in their life... From a hand-made, wood-burning oven produced in a corner of Italy to more than six million units sold each year; Zanussi is a company that has earned consumer trust through its cutting-edge design, innovation and outstanding quality over the last 100 years."
This model has a compact single bowl with a maximum bowl size for a 45cm cabinet and a bowl depth of 190mm. The innovative 205mm x 436mm stainless steel drainer grid, which fits with the unusual curved design of the sink drainer, provides extra space, making this a truly multi-functional kitchen.
Almost nine out of 10 (88%) company car drivers admit to speeding on the UK’s motorways, and almost half (48%) break the speed limit on motorways on most journeys, (up 7% on last year’s figures) according to RAC Business research released today.
That’s quite a lot, isn’t it? And add to those numbers the myriad of drivers from overseas, who no doubt keep up with the traffic flow, (as long as there aren’t any hold-ups) and it’s clear that motorists on our roads are travelling at quite a pace, aren’t they?
Apparently, just over half (51%) typically drive at 80mph on motorways, while 7% drive at 90mph. This is also an increase on 2015 figures when 46% confessed to driving at 80mph and 5% to 90mph.
Some 60% of company car drivers think it is totally acceptable to travel at 80mph on motorways and a third (31%) think the current speed limit is inappropriate for the road. In line with that, nearly three quarters (71%) believe the motorway speed limit should be increased to 80mph.
We all lead such busy lives these days and are under pressure work-wise to achieve so much more throughout the course of the day, that driving as fast as we can safely get away with, without getting caught, is quite a temptation, isn’t it?
RAC Business reminds us that driving at 80mph instead of 70mph will only save us six seconds a mile, or 10 minutes over 100 miles, and that driving at 80mph can use 25% more fuel than driving at 70mph.
That extra 10 minutes saved for every 100 miles of travel, when breaking the legal maximum speed of 70mph, still seems tempting – particularly so for salespeople who these days seem to spend dangerously long hours on the road… but looked at in terms of extra fuel use, it’s not such a good idea – particularly if it’s your own business that’s paying for you to be on the road. Knowing the hundreds of miles some of those in this industry clock up over the course of a week, the impact of speeding on fuel efficiency, can be enormous!
Whether you’re one of our many overseas readers, who drive for business on the UK’s roads, or whether you live here, do tell us whether you think motorway speed limits should be increased and if you’re one of those that regularly breaks the law…
This Week's News
The Kbsa is delighted to report that this year's AGM and National Conference and Networking Dinner surpassed last year's success. Attended by over 58 retailers and 42 Corporates, the event attracted over a 120 delegates.
This year's meeting opened with a welcome from Tina Riley (national chair), followed by a presentation by Uwe Hanneck, acting KBSA CEO and consultant. Uwe presented the future strategy of the KBSA and outlined the forthcoming changes to 'future proof' the association. The significant change was the relaxing of the mandatory insurance requirement for domestic contracts. The resolution was passed with a majority vote.
Winner of the Kitchen Designer of the Year (Under £30K), sponsored by Omega, was Aileen Thomson of Kitchens International, with her 'blend of modern and traditional' kitchen.
Winner of the Kitchen Designer of the Year (Over £30K), sponsored by Mereway, was Chris Smith, of in-toto kitchens (Southport) with his 'mixture of how traditional and contemporary can work together'.
Methven, the global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, has been named among an exclusive list of companies to be given official 'CoolBrands' status in the UK for the second year in a row.
The UK's CoolBrands, a list of the UK's coolest brands published annually since 2001, is decided by public vote and a panel of experts featuring leading figures in fashion, media and culture. For the second year running, Methven is the only shower and tap brand to appear in the list, which is independently administered by The Centre for Brand Analysis and considers thousands of brands from more than 50 sectors.
Regan Goddard, who joined in 2014, has worked and studied diligently and has already graduated with a nationally recognised NVQ Level 2 qualification.
As well as offering a larger capacity for prepping, rinsing and washing, the undermounted installation gives a flawless, uninterrupted look to the worksurface for a more streamlined aesthetic in the kitchen.
Unexpected visitors? Worse yet, the in-laws stopping by unannounced? It's no worries with the new ActiClean self-cleaning toilet from American Standard. Simply press a button, walk away, and let the toilet do the rest.
Just ask Howie Mandel.
The comedian, television host and self-described germaphobe is helping launch the ActiClean self-cleaning toilet, serving as its PR spokesperson.
The Britannia Cascata dishwasher boasts an A+++ energy rating, a generous 14 place setting capacity and eight different wash cycles, including economy and rapid wash cycles. The appliance has six temperature levels and also offers features including a 1-24 hour delay start timer and an LCD digital display. It also has low water consumption of 10 litres and low noise level of 45dB.
The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers is inviting the industry to take part in a National Waste Survey, the results of which should provide a better understanding of the working habits of the sector.
The 30 second survey is designed for kitchen, bedroom & bathroom installers, and one lucky winner will be picked randomly to receive a £100 fuel voucher as a prize for completing the survey.
The world of fashion and interiors have once again united, with British Ceramic Tile stepping out in style at London Fashion Week 2016, which took place last month. The UK's leading ceramic and glass tile manufacturer, once again supported LFW, tiling the New Gen area at the show, a space dedicated to celebrating the young designers of the future.
The company, which designs and manufactures its fashion forward tile collections here in Britain, supplied 60sq.m of Colour Compendium Mono White Gloss Wall tiles in a 148 x 148mm size, and a selection of flat gloss white wall tiles in a 300 x 600mm size.
Working alongside Alno's retail sales team, Jamie Howard will provide support to the Alno dealers and in-toto franchisees in the South East area and will be responsible for driving the sales and profitability of the customer through the implementation of brand strategies.
In the early hours of a perfect September morning, 124 unusually dressed people packed into 37 vividly decorated cars, gathered together in Dover for the start of the gruelling four-day Vado rally across Europe. Coming from as far as Dundee and the southern tip of Cornwall, each of the teams came with one purpose, to raise money for the industry charity, the Rainy Day Trust.
Led by Burbidge managing director, Ben Burbidge, this September saw the team, all drawn from within the British furnishings industries, complete a 6-day 450-mile bike challenge from the City of London to Bordeaux in South Western France.
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