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16th November 2019
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Made in Britain, the new Push Button Thermostatic Showers beautifully blend nostalgic Period design with modern technology.
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.
Retailers are worried about a number of challenges they're currently facing - and things don't look as if they're going to improve for some time, with the uncertainty created by the general election and the 'will we/won't we - and if we do, how?' regarding Brexit. Add to that the frustration caused by the many accusations of dirty dealings being flung around like the contents of a food processor without its lid, and it's not surprising that everyone's so unhappy, is it?
New research released today by Duologi, which provides bespoke finance solutions for retailers, reveals that 35% of smaller retailers in the home and DIY sectors cite the continued uncertainty over Brexit as being the biggest challenge they face, with 29% saying that they feel unprepared for Brexit - if, of course, it goes ahead!
More than 21% fear that bigger players such as Amazon will steal their customers, as such companies are able to offer lower prices and enjoy greater visibility online and are likely to fare better through Brexit financially than their smaller counterparts.
Only 8% believe that the decline of the High Street will be the hardest hurdle to overcome in the coming year, as its well documented demise continues, while 10% believe meeting customers' needs could be a challenge, as members of the EU may be able to offer more competitive prices and products.
Duologi quite rightly adds that smaller retailers will also be troubled by the fact that the bigger players are generally able to undercut them price-wise, while also taking advantage of a strong online presence; reaching a larger number of customers than smaller retailers.
Oh for a crystal ball to be able to see now, how things will stand a year from now! Let's hope that when that time comes, we can look back and realise that we didn't need to worry quite so much after all...
This Week's News
"We are delighted to have announced the date for 2020 so early," says KBSA chair Richard Hibbert. "The 2019 event was fully booked, with attendance up 30% on the previous year, so we are urging members to save the date and book early, as soon as tickets go on sale."
Natural finishes in the bathroom are bang on-trend and the new Kinedo Kinestone shower tray from Saniflo ticks the aesthetics box for highly popular and desirable slate.
KitchenAid boasts a wealth of 'special products' within its portfolio, to empower kitchen designers to create unique culinary spaces, specially designed around each customer. Included are a shock freezer, vacuum machine, ice maker, coffee machine, cooling and warming drawers and special columns, all designed to take inspiration in the kitchen to new heights.
Your Home Made Perfect is the first ever British virtual reality and visual effects property show. Presented by Angela Scanlon, the groundbreaking property and makeover series sees innovative architects, Laura Jane Clark and Robert Jamison, transform ordinary homes into extraordinary ones. The results are presented to the homeowners using virtual reality headsets, giving them a real life look at how the changes will work.
All Abode 4 in 1 steaming hot water taps, filters and boilers now have full WRAS approval, giving developers, designers and retailers complete peace of mind across the entire range.
Entering the bathroom is discovering a little world of luxury and relaxation, well away from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Curating a collection of products that draws on years of exceptional manufacturing and modern design, Crosswater's extensive range of high-quality signature finishes and textures can be used to create a mindful, restful bathroom environment.
In an exquisite Antique Brass finish, the new Serenitie brassware collection from Abode makes a strikingly elegant impression in the bathroom.
Prima+, the exclusive range from distributor PJH, has added a sleek, modern 80cm venting induction hob to its range. The PRVH001 combines the much in demand sleek and minimalist appearance of the induction hob with an integrated high efficiency extractor for that ultimate low profile on-trend look.
This week, the Mayor of Stockton cut the ribbon to open Wren Kitchens' 85th showroom which has created 29 new jobs locally. The inspirational hub at Lustrum Retail Park in Stockton has over 40 kitchens on display including edgy industrial, charming country and ultra-modern designs as well as the launch of an all new concept - a child safe kitchen.
Children arriving at school hungry because there is no food at home is a growing problem for teachers. Reach2 Academy Trust which runs schools in Essex has teamed with Amica in a new approach to combat hunger among the poorest and most disadvantaged families.
KBB and merchant service provider Acres Consultancy has acquired the online recruitment specialist kbbrecruitment.co.uk, expanding its business in line with increasing sales and demand for services.
KBBrecruitment is a niche recruiter for the KBB and home interiors industry that has been established since 2003. Based in Essex, the company has built a reputation for delivering exceptional service to the jobseeker and the recruiter.
Combined Independents (Holdings), raised over £20,000 for charity at two of its recent member and supplier events.
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