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17th June 2019
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Apologies for the late arrival of KBzine. As you can see, I've had a slight accident with my iMac - and as my MacBook's being repaired because of a technical fault, I've been somewhat stymied. I won't go into what happened, but suffice it to say that if my passenger door ever fails to shut again, I'm going to check that if the seatbelt's not blocking it, nothing else is either, before trying a more forceful close.
I'm awaiting a callback from Apple so have not been near a computer all weekend and it's as if I've lost a limb. I'm having to use the iMac today as needs must, and am almost grateful that I have two-thirds of a normal screen to stare at, so lost have I been without it.
Isn't it odd how relatively new technology can become such a crucial part of life? As a trainee journalist at IPC - then one of the largest publishing groups in the UK, I was apparently the only editorial team member in the company allowed an electric typewriter since I was the only one who could touch-type. I could no way have gone back to a manual machine then, than I could now use an electric typewriter. We grumble about Internet outages and occasional slow speeds, but do you remember the days of 'dial-up'? It's laughable that we had to exist like that, isn't it?
If you've been reading my leaders for some years you'll be aware that my kitchen pride and joy is my Whirlpool Max microwave which after a minor repair is still going strong several years down the line. While polishing my daughter's fingerprints from the mirrored exterior on Saturday (a long process) I had that 'what would you save if your house caught fire' thought. Ignoring lifeforms, it would of course be my computers (broken or not) because of everything they hold, but in terms of kitchen equipment, that microwave wins, hands down. Replacing anything else, I'd choose a different make/model). It really says something about a product if the owner would buy the exact same thing, doesn't it? I shouldn't imagine that there are too many such products about. Do your customers ever ask you for 'more of the same' and if they do, what do they like about that particular product and why?
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VitrA is one of the leading bathroom companies in the UK, with a reputation for innovation, quality and customer service. Retailer training has always been a key component of the VitrA offer which is now being boosted further with a comprehensive new training resource; VitrA Academy.
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has launched an Ageless Design bathroom competition to raise awareness of the importance of inclusive design and share best practice. The competition, which is supported by BMA members, is open to any bathroom retailer, architect or designer. There are three categories to enter for a full bathroom, cloakroom and ensuite.
Entrants will be required to design the room in accordance with all relevant regulations, using products available from BMA members, with CE marked and Unified Water Label products as appropriate.
The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has signed up two renowned entrepreneurs for its upcoming annual Conference, AGM and Awards Dinner. Ultimo Lingerie founder, Baroness Michelle Mone OBE (pictured left), is to be keynote speaker at the Conference on Wednesday 25th September while US-born e-commerce specialist Toby Rhodes (pictured below right) will be the special guest and after-dinner speaker at the Retailer Dinner the evening before.
Michelle is best known for taking the Ultimo Lingerie brand from an initial idea and concept into one of the UK's leading lingerie lines for over two decades, before selling the company in 2014. She has won the World Young Business Achiever Award in Florida, alongside Business Woman of the Year at the Corporate Elite Awards in London. She also sat on the Board of Directors for The Prince's Trust for 12 years.
The new range has a choice of eight fashionable profile finishes which include Brass, Copper, Bronze, Dust Grey, Graphite, White Gloss, Black Gloss and Aluminium, providing a wide range of possible looks when matched with one of the 33 door finishes available across Trend Kitchens. From urban Concrete to modern Gloss White, trendy textures and cool Scandi style Greens, there is tremendous flexibility and choice to design a kitchen for every customer.
This is an amazing year for Kaldewei: the expert for floor-level showers has scooped no fewer than three prestigious design awards for the extraordinary aesthetic and innovation of its first enamelled shower surface with waste channel.
Following two Iconic Awards last year, Kaldewei Nexsys has now received the Good Design Award 2019, the iF Design Award 2019 and the German Design Award 2019.
Industry software specialist Compusoft has been unveiled as the latest respected brand to become Corporate Sponsor of The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation.
As the first software company to champion the BiKBBI - the organisation responsible for standards, education and compliance in the KBB industry, Compusoft says this new three-year Corporate Sponsorship deal: "demonstrates the importance of installation within the future development of our product".
New for 2019, the elite Italy collection from Crosswater is the latest addition to the sumptuous Vanguard range, offering the very highest level of cutting edge design and innovative technology in basin brassware to elevate each individual's bathroom scheme.
A combination of time-honoured manufacturing techniques, quality materials and tried-and-tested components are brought together to offer a complete brassware range that proudly wears the Crosswater seal of approval.
Glistening upon Vogue's mainstream Focus MD001 towel warmer, the new White Sparkle colour option is exclusive to Vogue UK, infusing a dazzling iridescent finish across one of its flagship multi-rail designs.
Smart Tachographs, introduced last Friday, will aid compliance with the drivers' hours' rules but any claims of financial benefits to businesses are misguided, according to Freight Transport Association.
The business organisation, which represents the interests of the logistics sector, refutes claims made by the European Commission, (when the law making the new devices mandatory was made in 2014) that it will save logistics businesses a total of EUR 500 million through increased efficiencies.
Nuneaton-based Triton Showers, has pledged support to Nuneaton Cricket Club as its main sponsor for the 2019 season. The sponsorship deal will see the Triton Showers logo premiere on the club's main scoreboard and the team's kit throughout this season's cricketing period.
Making its debut at the next Warwickshire County Cricket League fixture, the first team will don the newly sponsored kit for their home game against Hampton & Solihull. Players and supporters will also now have the opportunity to get their hands on the new kit from the club shop.
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Mermaid has been a leader in the shower panel market for over 30 years, specialising in design, quality and innovations like anti-bacterial finishes on panels for showers, bathrooms and wet rooms and striking decor designs.
A supplier and a flooring company have both been sentenced following the death of a 30-year old floor layer in London. Paul Tilcock was found dead on the bathroom floor by the owner of a house in Mitcham. The adhesive being used to fix the flooring contained a large amount of toxic substance.