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16th October 2019
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Amica has signed a license agreement with Fagor S.Coop to sell major home appliances under the Fagor brand. "This will enable the brand, which is well known in Spain, to return to the market with modern, top quality products," comments Jacek Rutkowski of Amica. The license agreement will also give Amica the opportunity to establish a presence in the Spanish market."
Last Thursday was World Mental Health Day, an internationally recognised day in which organisations and individuals come together to break the silence surrounding mental ill-health. This year's theme focused on suicide prevention. According to The Office of National Statistics, in 2018 there was a rise in the number of deaths by suicide with 6,507 recorded in the UK alone - the highest level since 2002.
There is growing awareness of the scale of the mental health crisis. The facts are stark: one in three in the UK will be diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point while three out of five have experienced mental health issues due to work. Given that the average person now spends a third of their adult life at work, we all have a part to play in safeguarding mental as well as physical health at work.
I agree with the British Safety Council when it says that just as with physical health and safety, prevention is the best cure and the wisest investment. Changes that reduce stress, encourage early intervention and remove the mental health stigma deliver significant long-term benefits and its training courses prove that.
Evidence gathered along with mental health charity Mates in Mind, shows that taking a 'whole organisation' approach is having both quantifiable and qualitative impact, such as improved sickness absence and staff retention rates and more engaged workforces. For example, in the last two years, Tideway has reported a 12% rise in the number of staff who felt that they could approach their boss about a mental health problem - up from 64% in 2017 to 76% in 2018?. A similar increase was reported in RSE Building Services, an SME firm, where there was a reported 9% rise in staff feeling supported in relation to mental health - up from 66% in 2018 to 75% in 2019?.
The pressures we're under workwise are growing as most organisations don't have the luxury of a less than fully employed workforce. If one team member is off sick, colleagues tend to be able to cover for a while to ensure tasks are carried out successfully to deadline, but if this carries on long term, standards are likely to drop alongside morale and the rest of the team's mental health too. Orders may not be fulfilled and contracts can be lost. There's too much at stake to ignore mental health, isn't there - not just for the individual/s concerned but for the employer, too?
This Week's News
The Buy it Direct Group, one of the UK's leading online appliance, IT and home retailers, has turned around bathroom retailer, Better Bathrooms from administration to being a profitable company in six months, since acquiring the business in March this year.
The news comes following the acquisition on 18th March 2019 by the Buy it Direct Group, which also owns popular retail websites such as AppliancesDirect.co.uk, LaptopsDirect.co.uk and furniture123.co.uk
Incoming Bathroom Manufacturers Association CEO Tom Reynolds laid out bold plans to tackle non-compliance in the bathroom industry at a compliance seminar, held the day before The 2019 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference.
Tom promised that the BMA was determined to ramp up the noise on the compliance issue, educating consumers and stakeholders as well as lobbying Government in order to break through the myths and lack of understanding about the level of non-compliance.
Hygiene has always been a priority in the kitchen and bathroom, whether in residential or commercial properties, but given that drug-resistant antimicrobial infections are hugely on the increase, consumers are now searching for an environmentally friendly, permanent, scientifically proven solution to keep surfaces germ-free.
The bathroom industry paid tribute to the significant contribution that outgoing Bathroom Manufacturers Association's CEO Yvonne Orgill has made to the bathroom industry, at the 2019 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference.
A presentation was made by BMA President Alan Dodds (pictured with Yvonne) at the gala dinner to mark Yvonne's 33 years in the industry, as she passed the baton of leading the BMA to new CEO Tom Reynolds.
A Telford business, its managing director and general manager have admitted charges of defrauding elderly and vulnerable clients buying specially adapted showers and baths from their firm.
HiB's Bluetooth products, including multiple mirrors and cabinets, underwent the Bluetooth Qualification Process managed by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), to ensure complete compliance with Bluetooth standards.
kbb Birmingham and The Used Kitchen Company (TUKC) have announced a partnership to help exhibitors sell their displays ahead of the show and encourage a more sustainable event. Exhibitors at kbb Birmingham selling their kitchens with TUKC, will be making a valuable contribution towards recycling within the kitchen industry.
MHK, an innovative and dynamically expanding full-service company for specialised trade and retail companies in the kitchen, residential and construction sector, will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2020 by hosting the Eurovision Kitchen Contest.
To commemorate the organisation's success in helping to create tailor-made dream kitchens and providing top-quality service, MHK is looking for Europe's most beautiful kitchen.
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