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2nd June 2017
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In a contemporary combination of anthracite metal and oiled oak, the new pull-out shelving system includes a larder unit and various solutions for base units, including Magic Corner options to maximise the usable space in hard to access corners.
Following on from last week's leader in which I shared the sad story of a tradesman who met his demise as a result of a lapse in safe working procedures, I'm delighted to see that the UK'S safest house builders have been honoured by the NHBC, which has announced the winners of the first round of its annual Health & Safety Awards; the UK's only awards scheme to honour the safest home builders.
Frighteningly, every year several thousand construction workers are injured while working on a building site. Through effective management of working areas and access routes many of these injuries could be avoided, whilst also helping to reduce the number of working days lost to a business. The matter of health, safety and environment continues to be one of the top priorities in housebuilding and construction.
NHBC's role is to support the industry in maintaining and improving the build quality of new homes for homebuyers, whilst providing the benefit of its 10-year Buildmark warranty protection, when required. The NHBC Health & Safety Awards, now in their seventh year, are designed to recognise and reward the very best in health & safety, and are also helping to drive up safety standards in the industry by showcasing and sharing best practice. A total of 56 site managers have been awarded Commended status for their sites and will now go on to compete for the Highly Commended and National titles, which will be announced at a gala event next month. All of the competing sites have been visited by NHBC Health & Safety advisors and were scored against the highly stringent health & safety standards set for the competition.
Stephen Ashworth, NHBC health and safety services manager, says that in 2017 there was a record number of entries into the Awards programme and the shortlist of finalists was "outstanding".
That delights me and I really hope that awards programmes such as these, soon spread throughout the KBB industry. I spend my life writing about the quality of items produced by this industry and occasionally how they've been manufactured to be 'easy to fit'. Anything that avoids being difficult to fit or transport is going to make life easier for those tasked with the job, and with it their safety at work, so the more often I come across that term, the better.
This Week's News
Howarth at Home has swept the board at the new Laura Ashley Kitchen Collection Stockist Awards for its work promoting and selling the Laura Ashley Kitchen Collection.
Sink, tap and appliance manufacturer, Franke, has scooped four prestigious design awards. It has won three Red Dot Design Awards for its Maris Pull-Out Slim hood, Style sink and Pescara tap range in the latest round of winners. In addition, the Pescara tap range has been given an iF Gold Award for 2017.
To win a coveted Red Dot or iF award, products must display a combination of outstanding design, functionality, quality and innovation.
In a strategic move to expand its share of the growing modular sector of the bathroom furniture market, Utopia Bathrooms is launching a groundbreaking collection of three new contemporary modular ranges.
Targeting the top end of the market, Utopia is deliberately competing against European brands to prove inspired British design can not only match but surpass the continental offering.
Located in the heart of the capital's interior design hub, the new flagship showroom offers a welcoming, inspirational environment where customers can find everything needed to create their dream bathroom.
Tapping into the floor-even shower trend, Geberit presents Setaplano - a new shower surface material that creates a seamless finish. Suitable for new build and renovation projects alike, Geberit Setaplano transforms the shower area into the focal point of a wetroom bathroom.
The high-quality solid surface material is pleasantly warm and silky-smooth to the touch.
New for 2017, the intelligent technology and sleek design of the Dial collection from Crosswater has been combined into a selection of handy shower kits, simplifying the experience when it comes to choosing the ideal showering solution.
The range has the latest push-button technology offering complete showering control at the touch of a button. Smart on the inside, Dial allows the user to precisely control the flow of water and temperature simultaneously, bringing function and luxury into everyday bathing routines.
Faith Furniture is a specialist in the supply of kitchens and appliances to the KBB industry, serving independent retailers, merchants and the contracts market across the UK - run by a team passionate about kitchens, with over 100 years' combined industry experience.
Premium kitchen domestic appliance manufacturer, V-Zug, will be registered as a WEEE Producer and awarded its WEEE compliance certificate with effect from 1st June, 2017. The certificate is awarded to manufacturers of large appliances who agree to comply with strict WEEE environmental and waste standards.
The Abode kitchen ranges are ahead in terms of on-trend design and technology and are created to fit into contemporary and classically styled kitchens. All ranges can now be seen illustrated in this one beautifully produced brochure.
Maurice Lay Distributors, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, has published a new version of its trade price guide. Highlighting the company's four decades in business, this special edition has been completely redesigned and features a beautiful collage of images of the most iconic issues of the guide on its front cover along with the strapline 'Celebrating 40 years'.
On Tuesday, the H&M Foundation and WaterAid embarked on the second phase of their global partnership for safe water, sanitation and hygiene in some of the world's poorest communities, with the goal of achieving long-term transformational change and improved living conditions.
To celebrate the first anniversary of The Room Works, a kitchen and bathroom showroom in Exeter, Exeter City FC and the Exeter Chiefs rugby team battled it out during a charity bake-off last Thursday and, following a highly competitive showdown, City were crowned the baking champions.
Since moving to Abingdon and unveiling its new HQ, Smeg has been keen to support the local community. In September 2016, the Young Enterprise team Nascent - which translates as 'the beginning of existence with the potential to carry on' - was formed consisting of year 12 girls from neighbouring Larkmead School.
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The special Facebook page called 'Crazy 40 years', promoting lots of crazy stories and activities in which Wirquin customers and staff are taking part, can be followed and contributed at facebook.com/wirquin40years/. Other new platforms for Wirquin include Twitter and Linked In, so whether it's new products, career vacancies, new installation videos or problem solving tips the company is sharing it all on social media.
Designers from Ripples' 13 UK showrooms gather for a training day filled with inspiring and motivating speakers, they get the chance to compare design ideas and discuss techniques with their peers. The day is headed by Ripples' sales manager, Nicola Crow.
New judges this year include Andrea Hillier, national retail services manager Blum UK (pictured); James Herriot, director, Callerton, and Dave Hewitt, managing director, Oakwood Bespoke. They join returning judges Martin Thomas, director, Denmore Kitchen & Bathroom Studio and Renee Mascari, director, Mascari Design Solutions and CEO of KBBNTG, who is also head judge.
The children were enthralled with everything - from learning new English words to playing games on Adam's iphone.