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30th June 2020
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Brandt Design, specialist retailer in the design and installation of residential and commercial lifestyle interiors, bring its showrooms to you with the launch of a new commercial Design Tool.
It all started with an article a reader of KBzine's sister publication, Cleanzine, sent me... A scientist appeared to suggest that we should leave the toilet lid up when flushing, to avoid the need for others to touch it. I couldn't believe what I was reading! With traces of Covid-19 having been found in the faeces of deceased people, I would have expected a scientist to be sharing that the force created by flushing will cause potentially virus-carrying droplets to settle all over the bathroom. You should always shut the lid!
It led me to muse over when our public toilets might open again and how we're going to keep them safe for everyone to use. Chatting to the British Toilet Association's Ray Martin, I learnt that he's campaigning for important changes to be made to public toilet provision to promote confidence and prevent the spread of Coronavirus. These will be costly but I agree something needs to be done urgently, since safe, hygienic public toilets are a basic human right.
A response to my Leader arrived from renowned toilet expert Susan Cunningham, who served with me on the inaugural Council of the BTA more than 20 years ago. Susan had been emailed by a senior Minister, who revealed that Government advice for us to 'stay local' wasn't just down to the potential for us to encounter Coronavirus, but also because our public toilets largely remain closed thanks to the current required level of cleaning and the difficulty of ensuring social distancing!
Further support comes today from the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, which has welcomed a letter from Ministers to local councils, calling for more public toilets to be opened. Its chief executive Tom Reynolds, said: "It's time for Local and National Government to consider investing in provision. Councils should consider the harm to public health and the local environment caused by people relieving themselves in public. Authorities should also consider the equality implications of those with particular health needs who need to use the toilet more often. In both cases, this is not to condone or tolerate irresponsible and illegal behaviour, but councils have a key role in helping prevent such problems. It's beneficial to public health to ensure proper access to toilets. Any other course of action could prevent people from going back to town centres or leisure venues, creating a brake on the national recovery."
And of course, fewer people in our town centres, has a detrimental impact on our industry and the economy in general, don't you think?
This Week's News
The election took place during the Association's annual general meeting, which was held online for the first time due to COVID19. Jason Parker, managing director of Thomas Dudley becomes BMA's first vice-president and Jason Smith, chief commercial officer of Bristan becomes second vice-president.
Simon Acres, director at SAGL (pictured here with colleague Ray Isted) says:
Blanco UK has redefined sensor technology to make life in the kitchen cleaner and easier. In these days of heightened awareness of the need for super clean environments in kitchens, demand for touchless products has soared.The Solenta-S tap features a hands-free or manual Start-Stop mode. With a near field sensor detection located in the hose arm, unwanted activation is prevented.
The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) is delighted to welcome BA, a major manufacturer of kitchens, bedrooms, doors and accessories, as its newest Corporate Sponsor. BA joins a growing number of high-profile manufacturers who have backed the Institute in recent months to support the drive for greater skills training and professional standards in the industry.
With virtual reality headsets being simple to wipe clean after every use, Virtual Worlds retailers are able to put their customers' minds at rest, enabling them to enjoy an immersive design experience in a safe environment as possible.
Verona has extended its popular Patterned Tiles collection introducing two new ceramic tile designs, which are guaranteed to deliver character and charm to any home. As homeowners continue to look for new ways to decorate their interior spaces to reflect their individual style and tastes, Verona has updated its collection with a series of new patterns and on trend colourways.
The new next125 trolley offers timelessly elegant design, in combination with multifunctionality and mobility. Whether used as a flexible storage space and working surface in the kitchen, as a side table in a cosy gathering of guests or as an elegant bar, the furniture adapts to many different housing situations and individual requirements. It thus offers an aesthetic and intelligent answer to a modern lifestyle: a stylish statement which goes far beyond the purely functional aspect.
The Coronavirus has adversely affected every part of the KBB industry, leaving every brand, manufacturer, dealer and installer, worried and wondering. Like most businesses, LochAnna Kitchens closed its doors at the end of March, not knowing when the business would reopen. Now, however, the company is back to business and even celebrated its 100,000th delivery which was shipped to Cotswold Kitchen & Bathroom Solutions from its Bolton headquarters in June.
Königstone, renowned for durable, high-quality worktops, has added a new colour to the popular Königquartz portfolio: Monaco. The pale grey shade incorporates a marble-like effect with a natural-looking grain to create a unique and stylish surface. As quartz is one of the toughest natural substances in the world, it is a great material for a kitchen or bathroom worktop.
Bath maker, BC Designs, and traditional brand Bayswater Bathrooms has taken the decision to support bathroom retailers during Covid-19 with a price freeze across the whole product portfolio. Lasting until at least Autumn 2020, the price freeze will ensure retailers are able to maximise profit margins at a time of uncertainty across the UK economy.
Darren Allison, managing director at BC Designs and Bayswater Bathrooms says:
The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for more rigorous hygiene processes and frequent handwashing in the workplace, as well as in the home. In response, the UK's renowned manufacturer of showers and water-heating solutions, Triton, has introduced two new handwash units - the T30i and T30iR - to provide an improved offering for commercial environments.
PJH has agreed a distribution deal with Abode, one of the UK's leading designers and manufacturers of kitchen sinks and taps, and a brand renowned for its award-winning innovative product designs and outstanding product quality.
Launching week commencing 6th July 2020, the deal will see Abode's entire collection (425 sku's) of sinks and taps added to PJH's comprehensive range of big-name branded appliances, sinks, tap and bathroom products.
Be inspired to bring relaxed, beach house style into the bedroom this season with Button & Sprung's beautiful new upholstery option: the Brera Lino fabric from the Designer's Guild.
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