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16th November 2018
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Available in silk gloss lacquer or structured lacquer, the Winchester kitchen boasts beautiful colours from the Master, Trend and Comfort Collections, including 1,950 hues and natural stain on veneer shades, such as honey and oak, allowing homeowners to create their favourite look and feel.
As if the closures of many of our civic amenity tips, plus shorter opening hours and closed gates two-days a week at others wasn't enough, the cost of hiring a skip to facilitate safe and easy disposal of waste following home improvements, has increased. This doesn't bode well for consumers, suppliers, the home improvement industry or our environment, does it?
The Federation of Master Builders says the average cost of an eight-yard skip has gone up from £246 to £270 over the past year, increasing the cost of the average extension by £360. With two-thirds of builders admitting they've passed skip price increases on to clients, I daresay clients on a tight budget will have been forced to cut their cloth accordingly - perhaps going without that new appliance or opting for a cheaper worktop or taps.
On the other hand, builders who can't afford to reduce their margins or pass skip costs on, may resort to fly tipping or filling householders' bins with rubbish that could be recycled if the whole process weren't being made so darned difficult!
Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, says it's not just disposal costs but diesel price increases too that are causing problems. He says these have come at a bad time for builders who are already struggling to cover higher wages because of worsening skills shortages. Further, he warns that almost 90% believe that material prices will rise in the next six months. "We're advising builders to price jobs with this plethora of price rises in mind to avoid a further squeeze on already razor thin margins," he admits.
I'm always disappointed to see skips piled with items that could have been given to others who need them, via schemes such as Gumtree or Freecycle, and I love seeing appliances or furniture left at the property's edge with signs saying: "Good working order/very comfy - please take". I've disposed of some of my own unwanted items in this way; it saves hassle, keeps costs down, reduces landfill requirements and makes me happy that I'm helping others. And having had a second-hand tumble dryer stolen from my driveway in the time it had taken me to get help carrying it indoors, I know just how quickly things can go!
The need to dispose of waste is a problem that affects us all. What can we as an industry do to encourage people to pass on, rather than throw out, I wonder? Are you involved in a recycling scheme that's enjoying success? If you are, I'd love to hear about it.
This Week's News
The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation's recent approval by The Commissioners for HM Revenue & Customs is great news for both its retail and installer members, who can now claim income tax rebates against membership fees, which for most would equate to a significant reduction on their annual subscriptions.
"Our HMRC approval is great for us, because its recognition from the Government of our industry placement - but more importantly to me, is that it is absolutely fabulous news for our members, because they will pay less for BiKBBI membership, at a time when we're strengthening member benefits too," notes CEO Damian Walters.
Sirius Buying Group honoured some of its approved suppliers and members at its Annual Awards & Gala Dinner recently. The event, which proved the perfect finale to the Group's exclusive two-day Members Trade Show, enabled Sirius to recognise industry excellence across the electrical appliance retail sectors and thank everyone for their continued support and investment in the Group, both a professional and personal scale. The Award Winners were:
* Manufacturer of the Year: Hoover Candy Group
The L-shaped spout is practical as well as fashionable; it allows for plenty of space to fill and wash larger saucepans or vases and can be turned by 190 degrees for easy use while the cleverly-designed, retractable hose is seamlessly concealed within the spout which enhances the sleek style.
The Lanora-S comes in a beautiful brushed steel finish and has a default cold-setting to save energy.
T: 01923 635200
Joining Caple's collection of metallic gunmetal ovens, a fridge-freezer, wine, sink and tap for those who require a cohesive look in their hub of the home, the 67-litre Sense C2401GM pyrolytic oven benefits from Caple's signature MotionHeat+, which browns food evenly, while preventing flavour or aroma transfer.
With an A-rating for energy efficiency, this new model features stylish touch controls on a white LED display and 13 functions for easy programming.
KitchenAid has launched a new freestanding combination microwave oven that has been inspired by the professional culinary sphere. The KMQFX 33910 (UK) has an impressive range of chef-inspired functions, to enthuse and embolden those who are serious about food. With a 33 litre capacity, more than 50 pre-programmed recipes and five professional functions, the appliance is a triumph in the kitchen.
KitchenAid ensures the most even microwave circulation thanks to an innovative and fully three-dimensional microwave distribution system. The 3D System forges a complex pattern to ensure that the microwave energy produces perfectly even cooking results, while intuitive sensor technology adjusts the duration and microwave power required, according to the moisture content and temperature of the food.
"I strongly believe as we move into 2019 that furniture will be 'defined by difference' and by this I mean a brave mix of stand-out finishes and materials being used to identify different pieces of furniture and create zonal kitchen schemes that are not restricted by four walls or customary layouts.
Bushboard's Evolve solid core worksurface promotion has been perfectly timed for festive season - particularly as the worksurfaces are proving a major success with consumers who appreciate the on-trend slim lines, easy cleaning and straightforward fitting offered by this unique material.
To celebrate the success of Evolve, Bushboard is offering retailers a £20 Love to Shop voucher for every single 650mm worksurface sold. This is for every top, not every order - so if a retailer sells three tops to one customer £60 worth of vouchers will be awarded.
Working closely with Fusion DNA Architects, I-am WOW Contractors and tiling Contractor C & J Metcalf, CTD Architectural has recently delivered a bespoke fabricated tile design for Nando's Sydenham, resulting in a distinctive look for the restaurant.
Following the architect's brief to provide something unique in design, CTD created a bespoke offering from the popular Kursaal range. Creating a statement entrance, a mixture of two colours from the range was used, Kursaal Slate and Kursaal Raven, supplied in specific cuts all fabricated especially for this project.
T: 0800 021 4835
Symphony is the UK's largest privately-owned manufacturer of fitted kitchen, fitted bedroom and fitted bathrooms. Installer teams from the company attended Wilsonart UK head office in County Durham for specialist installation training for Wilsonart Earthstone, Wilsonart's solid surface worksurface material.
Croydex has teamed up with one of the UK's best-loved artists, Steven Brown, for a new range of McZoo shower curtains and toilet seats. The collaboration between the 100-year-old bathroom accessories specialist and the Ayrshire artist sees the launch of shower curtains and Flexi-Fix toilet seats featuring the iconic Angus McCoo, and giraffe double-act, Francie and Josie McZoo.
They are the brainwave of Croydex Project Manager, Margaret Carruthers who is a fan of the brightly coloured designs and spotted a gap in the accessory market.
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"It has been a good week for toilet talk. First we had the chancellor making numerous toilet jokes as he announced in the budget that owners will no longer pay business rates on public toilets. Then Microsoft founder Bill Gates unveils a futuristic toilet that doesn't need water by making a presentation with a jar of human faeces on show beside him.
Combined Independents (Holdings) has introduced an associate membership package, to extend the benefits of being part of Europe's largest buying group to even more independent retailers of electrical appliances.
"It's such a great cause, it touches so many people's lives," says Hannah Abbott from Bushboard. "Everyone got into the pink-spirit as you can see."
The UK Chapter of the AIA (The American Institute of Architects) revealed that the winner of this year's challenge is the University of Westminster, for its highly-commended project; 'Squares of Light'.
The new website makes it easy for homeowners to search and find the products they need.