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16th May 2014
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Although as a teen I used to attend many more football matches than the average girl, I no longer follow the sport, but I understand that Hull City is playing in tomorrow’s cup final for the first time in its history.
I know this as I received a press release about it this week, because a Hull-based sanitary ware manufacturer has produced a commemorative toilet seat featuring an image of Hull City manager Steve Bruce, which can only be seen when the seat is in upright position (see item below).
I mentioned in last week’s leader that John and I also produce an e-zine for the cleaning & hygiene industry. One of the issues faced by those responsible for maintaining washrooms is some men’s inability to aim properly – men who instead end up spraying the surrounding walls and floor as well as the loo seat itself. Indeed some manufacturers are incorporating designs into their products, to encourage users to try a bit harder to aim properly.
I fear that if Hull doesn’t take the cup back up north at the weekend, some poor cleaner is going to have his or her work cut out, cleaning around this particular toilet, as disappointed users decide to vent their full fury on Mr Bruce!
This Week's News
As more young adults chose to live at home with their parents, unable to get on the property ladder, IronmongeryDirect, the online and mail order supplier of ironmongery products to the trade, is seeing a significant rise in products designed to save space and offer storage solutions.
The number of 20 to 34 year-olds living with their parents has jumped by 669,000 in the last eight years according to the Office of National Statistics, to an astonishing 3.3 million people.
For 2014 the Abode designers captured new ideas and shapes with both stainless steel and composite material to add seven new families of sinks to the Abode sink portfolio. The quality and design innovation of the new comprehensive collection opens up a wide range of benefits reflecting the same cutting edge design ethos as Abode's kitchen mixertaps.
Smooth lines and pure angles are the centrepiece of one family - the new Matrix SQ GR15. Each of the sinks is available in three colours in advanced acrylic materials - Black Metallic Granite, White Granite and the new Sable Granite. All offer a tough, durable and easy clean finish that will co-ordinate perfectly with any kitchen decor and are available in two installation scenarios - inset and under-mounted. This family of sinks is truly versat
Cooker hoods can often be overlooked by both consumers and kitchen retailers. However, choosing to stock stunning, stylish hoods can be both a business boost for kitchen specialists, and also invaluable for consumers who are looking for a complete kitchen solution.
In his new role, Marc will oversee the smooth running of the 20,000 square foot warehouse, ensuring goods are stored safely, processing orders, organising the dispatch and delivery of the company's wide portfolio of bathroom solutions, overseeing health and safety and managing a team of staff.
There are currently 14 models in the range, two of which (the LN950 and LN950XS) have been awarded the coveted BSI Kitemark. Every Linear sink is made from high grade 18/10 stainless steel, with gauges ranging from 0.6 to 0.9. As with all Leisure Sinks, every stainless steel model is manufactured in the UK and benefits from a 10-year warranty as standard.
Drawing inspiration from its global experts and prominent international kitchen furniture trade shows, such as EuroCucina, design solutions expert Hafele UK has announced its predictions for the top kitchen products for 2014.
Grass Nova Pro Drawer System
Premium kitchen appliance specialist Britannia Living has announced that it is bringing revolutionary new recycling compactor Krushr to the UK market. Krushr, which has joined the portfolio of Britannia Living brands, is launching in the UK following huge success in the USA and Europe.
Krushr recycling compactors compress plastic, waste paper, cans and cardboard together, with separate storage sections for glass and newspapers/magazines in the K600 model. The product utilises state-of-the-art technology to reduce the size of household waste by up to four times, fitting an impressive 200 litres worth of compressed waste into the central collection bin.
AEG is helping grassroots teams conquer the chore of kit provision and care for the third year running with the chance to win bespoke cricket whites and a top of the range washing machine, plus three training sessions with sporting heroes, including Andrew Strauss. To enter, teams must pitch the reasons why they should win to AEG via its Facebook tab that opened yesterday (Thursday 15 May).
Hull-based bathroom manufacturer, Ideal Standard, has created a commemorative tiger striped toilet seat featuring an image of Hull City manager Steve Bruce, in tribute to him leading the team to the FA Cup final for first time in club's history.
Hull faces Arsenal in the final at Wembley this weekend (Saturday 17 May) and the limited edition Tigers loo seat is emblazoned with Hull's famous amber and black stripes - the home kit club colours which earned them the nickname 'The Tigers'.
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The golf will be followed by the prize ceremony and networking dinner.
Anyone working in the industry can take part, whatever your handicap. £5 of the £45 Green Fee will be donated to WaterAid.
Property maintenance guru, Will Davies, has criticised the Government for not taking the 'Get Britain Building' fund seriously.
A new report published today 'Promoting highly efficient electrical appliances' calls on the Government to help the public replace their old appliances and cut their energy bills by up to £75 a year.
Two years in the making, Henley's groundwork was laid when founder Sarah Watson decamped to Brussels for a long weekend of design trekking. She popped into the Horta Museum and was immediately smitten with an impressive display of tiles decorating the dining room.
Van users have been asked how much they would spend, to save 10 minutes. "We all know that time is money," says Steve Clarke, group marketing manager for The Fuel Card Group, "but sometimes saving a few minutes is not worth the long term cost. Just ask anyone who has been caught employing an unlicensed driver..."
Celebrating over 10 years of discovering new design talent, plus a look ahead to what's next for this vital industry programme ...
To celebrate the company's founding in May 1989, Utopia Bathroom Group is inviting all its retailers to take part in a month-long lottery to win one of 25 luxury hampers.
For every order placed in May a lottery ticket will be issued and then 25 winning numbers will be drawn at random on Monday 9th June. Worth over £250 each, the hampers contain a fabulous assortment of edible goodies plus a voucher for a Red Letter 'experience' day.