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31st March 2017
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Lustrolite's glass effect acrylic wall panels are the perfect way to update both the bathroom and the kitchen.
Around three years ago I was having trouble with a builder who was due to fix a couple of cisterns (you may remember, the one who instead of fixing the cisterns, painted my already newly-painted 'Contemporary' dining room wall and my equally neutral, newly-painted kitchen, bright yellow, in my absence and without my say-so).
For some reason I was never able to establish, he also delivered two new toilets (minus seats and lids) to my front door. They remained in my porch for some days, before I removed them while cleaning, onto my drive in the vain hope that he'd collect them.
They were too heavy for me to be able to lift into my car, so there they stayed. Eventually I filled them with compost and planted Spring bulbs, Summer flowering climbers and Fuschias whose colourful blooms last until the first frosts. As well as being easy to keep moist thanks to the reservoir in the u-bend, they make a cheery display and a great talking point when visitors see them for the first time. The white ceramic also works as a useful marker when I'm reversing into the drive after dark!
It was with much delight that I opened up a press release from Hull-based Ideal Standard's press relations guru Corey Kitchener today, with pictures showing how men's urinals have been turned into art for the new Hull Capital of Culture exhibition - a collaboration between Ideal Standard, which owns the famous Armitage Shanks brand; and the Hull School of Art and Design.
Having looked at how some of the urinals have been decorated, I can see I'm in good company in making use of superfluous sanitaryware and I'm wondering whether there would be any call for a permanent exhibition... a Salvador Dali-esque village of sanitaryware - painted, decorated and placed exactly where you wouldn't expect to find it...
This Week's News
Ruth joined the KBSA in January 2007 and has most recently been working with current acting CEO and consultant Uwe Hanneck, to implement a new strategy for future growth of the KBSA.
Aqata, the renowned UK shower enclosure manufacturer, tells us it is delighted to be part of the Ideal Home's Show Village. The show homes feature products from Aqata's Spectra range, which uses 8mm thick toughened glass with smooth polished edges to create, contemporary shower enclosures or screens, including straight and curved panels, spacious walk ins, bi-fold, sliding and hinged doors with minimal framing.
The Spectra range is suitable for both tray and wet room applications and made-to-measure options are also possible to create truly bespoke solutions for even the most challenging spaces. The stunning Spectra SP350 sliding door quadrant, Spectra SP400 shower screen and contemporary Spectra SP410 walk-in are showcased throughout the Ideal Home show houses.
Helping to bridge the gap between manufacturer and retailer, Sirius Buying Group, one of the industry's major buying groups of electrical appliance and kitchen retail, proudly highlights its mutually beneficial alliance with kitchen appliance and furniture brand Caple, and one of the UK's largest independent showrooms in South Wales, Enterprise 2000 (Swansea).
Sirius has been working closely with long-established preferred supplier Caple, to promote its kitchen furniture as a new avenue for retailers to develop in their businesses as another opportunity for increased margins. Caple has already demonstrated the power of effective and organisational business communication to allow for a successful and transparent distribution chain.
The products offer a matt texture in a range of tranquil colours which evoke relaxation in every inch.
Kartell by Laufen is taking part in Milan Design Week, from 4th to 9th next week, with a collection enhanced by new products and furniture accessories, to narrate an exclusive, original interpretation of the bathroom environment
At the show, Kartell by Laufen will be presenting new ceramic pieces, furniture, accessories and special finishes that evolve the products into iconic and stimulating objects, capable of triggering emotions and embellishing the bathroom, which becomes a true retreat.
Leading appliance brand Stoves has unveiled a new collection of built-in ovens and gas hobs which emulate the classic design of its Richmond range cookers. The new Stoves Built-In Richmond range includes a 60cm multifunction single oven, available in four colours, and co-ordinating 60cm and 70cm gas hobs, which are available in three colours.
The premium ovens feature the traditional design of the Richmond range cookers with key elements such as large robust handles, chrome finish knobs and new glass and window apertures. Additional features include soft close doors and dual telescopic shelves.
The UK Plumber of the Year 2017 has announced WaterSafe - the national register for approved plumbing businesses in the UK - as the official judging partner, with chairman Chris Sneath MBE sitting on the judging panel to choose the worthy winner of the huge prize fund.
This year's search to find the finest plumber of 2017 and recognise the remarkable level of talent from plumbers across the UK, will launch on 3rd April. The initial round asks plumbers to put themselves forward for the award by showcasing one job from the past year outlining their outstanding skill and professionalism.
Every year several thousand construction workers are injured following a trip or slip whilst working on a building site. According to the Health & Safety Executive, around 1,000 of these injuries involve fractured bones or dislocated joints. Through effective management of working areas and access routes some of these could be avoided; the industry loses more time to relatively minor slips, trips and falls than to any other cause.
NHBC, the leading provider of health & safety services to the home building industry and the organiser of the UK's only industry health & safety awards scheme, recommends the following top tips to help identify some of the more common risk factors and how to avoid them for a safer site:
Modelled on the previous hot water tank, the innovative NeoTank features a precise and adjustable thermostat, enabling users to set the desired temperature of the water between 88 and 98°C. The compact 2.5 litre tank takes up only a small amount of valuable, under-the-sink, cupboard space and the enhanced internal and external design ensures a quiet operation and increased product longevity.
One of Britain's most renowned river experts is training construction workers along the Thames in London to help combat health & safety issues. Ant Eddies-Davies, who runs Live the Adventure in Shropshire, has been tapped up for his rescue skills having previously trained everyone from international defence forces to emergency services in how to stay safe on the water.
With so much building work taking place alongside one of London's prime access routes, this particular project will see Ant giving vital training to some of Britain's leading construction firms on projects around the capital's leading building ventures.
TKC, a UK specialist suppliers of doors, accessories and components to the kitchen and bedroom industry, has made three further key additions to its senior management board, appointing Stuart Ovington as sales director, Adam Haydon as business improvement director David Goulden as chief financial officer.
Stuart joins TKC with a wealth of sales experience starting his career at Marks & Spencer, spending 20 years in the kitchen, bathroom and commercial/FMCG sectors, including recent industry experience with Moores.
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The Government has made the right decision to row back on its plan to hike up National Insurance Contributions for the self-employed, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) said yesterday.
The Waterwise UK Water Efficiency Product Awards recognise products and technology which contribute to water efficiency that benefit the economy, society and environment.
Newly appointed chair of the KBSA, Richard Hibbert, said: "It is good to see that the Chancellor has listened to the business community on business rates. The £435 million promised will provide much needed relief in the short-term.