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15th July 2019
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Unidrain received a Gold REMI at the WorldFest-Houston, the Silver Award at the US International Film and Video Festival, plus a Silver World Medal at the New York Festival Awards, which took place earlier this year.
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.
The wall hung WC complements bespoke White Marble Elements basins, which feature the innovative Infinity Tray drain. The elegant White Gloss Marble Trex3 tiles open up the space by reflecting the natural light.
The flat robust veneer fronts blend the higher cabinetry and lower units; perfect for providing your kitchen with more storage without making it look too crowded.
Roseberry was introduced in 2016 with Peacock Blue as one of six heritage shades offered to complement this classic solid timber collection. Within the first year, it had become that best-selling Roseberry offering.
Last week I wrote about some things we'll lose if we continue to boycott the High Street. Two experiences since, underlined some hazards of shopping online...
One involved a mission by one daughter and I to complete our Whittard of Chelsea kitchenware collection, which we must do online since the Gunwharf Quays outlet closed (we'd buy some whenever we visited, never dreaming we'd run out of time)! A lot had been auctioned on e-bay and Gumtree which we were lucky enough to win, so we were awaiting several parcels - as were my other daughter and a paying guest.
I'd also been emailed a Yodel tracking number by Who Gives A Crap - the toilet tissue brand I buy online as 50% of the profits help build toilets for those who don't have them. I'd been keeping an eye on the delivery, via an app. I was indoors and thus was miffed to find a 'sorry we missed you; parcel in porch' card, four minutes after it had been left. No-one had knocked and there was no parcel. I opened online chat via my Yodel tracking number. A much shortened version follows:
Welcome to Yodel, how can I help?
Hi. I'm tracking a parcel that's not due yet. I've just found a 'sorry I missed you; package in porch' card, barcode 51346467. Nothing's in porch & I was near door at time on card.
Sorry. Can you provide me with name and address on parcel details?
There aren't any; just, 14:25, tick in 'safe place' box & 'porch' written in. No courier name/ number. No-one knocked.
It seems this was meant for someone else as address and name do not correspond.
Another surname here is Warner.
This parcel is for Brian Warner. Can you provide me with his address if you know him?
Our Warner's name is Lee. He's at work so I can't ask if he's expecting a Hermes parcel.
Can you to ask him to chat with us directly as it is not the same address and name?
OK, but I'm concerned that a parcel has supposedly been left by your driver who hasn't knocked. How do we find out what's missing?
I will raise this with the depot. Many thanks for contacting Yodel.
It was then I realised I was holding a Hermes card...
Yesterday, four new, sub-standard pasta bowls (not Whittard - as none of us can find any!) arrived. Amazon refunded my daughter, who now has to find something else for my birthday next week.
Oh, the hazards of online shopping!
This Week's News
Duravit tells us it is delighted to be part of Blueprint for the Future - a three-day event designed to showcase of the work of the brightest, most interesting and challenging architecture students graduating Part II across London and the UK.
The event has paired 13 leading architecture schools with 13 international design brands, resulting in a 'trail' of exhibitions which are held over three days (9th, 10th, 11th July), in showrooms across Clerkenwell, London's beating heart of design.
Aesthetic and minimalist Scandinavian styling has made the Sento range from VitrA a top choice for bathroom buyers looking for modern and versatile design. The wide range of options within the Sento range has now been extended with the addition of new washbasin units, designed to work with countertop bowls.
Sento, which is part of VitrA's Designer Collection, was created by in-house designers. Available now, Sento's new washbasin units are offered in 65, 80, 100 and 130cm sizes and can be used with any VitrA countertop basin. Every design need is covered as the units are available with or without legs, with doors or drawers (one or two) and in matt cream, matt anthracite and matt white finishes.
A new health & safety management tool is said to be about to 'revolutionise' how businesses approach health & safety in the workplace by providing a 'one stop shop' for firms. The online software, launched by Protecting.co.uk, offers savvy business owners a number of tools to help them protect their business.
Helping businesses tackle the required legal documentation they need to stay compliant in their day-to-day operations, the software will allow firms to generate unlimited amounts of crucial documents such as risk assessments, method statements in just minutes.
Offering retailers a broad spectrum of colours, Colourkast is an assortment of jewel shades, earthy tones and pastel hues including Gunmetal, Khaki Green, Mushroom, Powder Blue, Light Fawn, Industrial Grey, Satin Rose and Powder Grey - as shown in our image of the colour-capped push down waste collection.
The Health & Safety Executive has released its annual figures for work-related fatal injuries for 2018/19 as well as the number of people known to have died from the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma, in 2017. The provisional annual data for work-related fatal injuries revealed that 147 workers were fatally injured between April 2018 and March 2019 (a rate of 0.45 per 100,000 workers).
The three most common causes of fatal injuries continue to be; workers falling from height (40), being struck by a moving vehicle (30) and being struck by a moving object (16), accounting for nearly 60% of fatal injuries in 2018/19.
Grohe has launched its latest cashback offer to its customers. The new promotion entitles any consumer who purchases a Grohe Sensia Arena shower toilet through a participating retailer to claim £100 cashback via its online claims form.
The cashback offer is eligible for all purchases made from now until 30th September, where a valid proof of purchase is provided. Customers can claim their £100 cashback online until 31st October 2019 by entering their details on Grohe's website.
Rotpunkt, award-winning designer and manufacturer of quality German kitchen furniture, has responded to the growing trend for eco-friendly interior design with the launch of two coffee-inspired wood colours:
* Euca Caramel - a golden wood effect with smooth structure and highly visual contours
Leading distributor LDL Components was delighted to be given the opportunity to present to industry colleagues at the recent summer conference hosted by Granite & Trend Transformations at The Belfry in Birmingham.
Using a cleverly designed set to showcase key items from the product range, Josh Penrice and Oscar Ogden from LDL's business development team presented the company's products and services to the audience.
On 4th July, the team came together at Ashorne Hill Conference Centre to discuss the group's 2020 and beyond sales strategy for its Heritage and Bristan brands.
City Plumbing and PTS, part of the Plumbing & Heating Division of Travis Perkins based in Northampton, scooped the Fleet Van Operator of The Year award at the 2019 Motor Transport Awards, held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel .
The ceremony was hosted by TV presenter Claudia Winkleman with the award given to the City Plumbing and PTS Team by comedian Omid Djalili. These awards are the equivalent of the Oscars for the Transport industry!
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KBB design software specialist Virtual Worlds is reaching out to former Bathstore designers affected by the collapse of the retail chain, to offer them free training on its interactive 3D and 4D programmes.