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20th March 2015
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Vessini brassware embraces manual and thermostatic shower and diverter valves. These include standard fittings and those that work in combination with the Vessini universal Easi-Box system which provides the installer with a simple installation procedure.
Councillor Pervez opened the Centre alongside the company's managing director Peter Bell at a special launch event last Wednesday.
Doug Walter, AIA, Senior Architect at Godden/Sudik Architects in Centennial, Colorado, US, contacted us a couple of weeks back saying: “I’ve been a subscriber to KBzine since the Schwarz's era, and enjoy very much the British take on the industry, so much so that I even flew over to attend Interbuild one year”.
Doug has 35 years’ experience in residential remodelling and custom homes and has won more than 120 awards for his kitchens, bathrooms, and other remodelling projects.
I had to have a chuckle at some of the headlines in the press today, slating the shops and supermarkets for failing to have ordered in sufficient stocks of special eyewear to enable us to all safely view today’s highly-anticipated celestial dance.
From the comments I’ve seen on social media I would say that the buyers have scored something of a coup, by not ordering in millions of pairs of these special specs which, on reflection, were not needed. I understand that most people suffered the same disappointment as I did, peering through layers of cloud in a futile attempt to catch a glimpse of the action – although it was quite obvious from the skies from very early in the morning that even this would be a waste of time and that a last minute run to the shops to buy eclipse glasses was not on the cards.
If you run a store that is constantly having to mark down bathroom designs that just aren’t selling, kitchens in colours that aren’t attracting interest and appliances that won’t sell however much they’ve been reduced in price, perhaps you ought to consider head-hunting the buyers who decided not to order great quantities of eclipse glasses, since their foresightedness was clearly on the nose!
And perhaps if I’d been a bit more savvy, I’d have advertised the ones I’d saved from 1999 on e-bay… “three pairs of eclipse glasses, never worn, due to cloud cover in Cornwall”. Some things never change, do they?
This Week's News
The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association believes that the budget, announced on Wednesday, will help businesses large and small, with some additional benefits for consumers - giving them more confidence to spend.
Graham Ball, Chief Executive Officer, says: "I think that the overall impact will be on the positive side which should give many consumers more confidence to continue spending. Many of the measures have been widely trailed, and the scrapping this Autumn's planned fuel duty rise is welcomed -particularly, as The Chancellor indicated, by 'white van man!'
Lorna was invited to Downing Street with a group of around 25 regional manufacturers who were joined by MP for Nuneaton, Marcus Jones, to enjoy a reception and meeting with Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. The group discussed the future of British industry and the important effect it has on economic recovery.
Baumatic has joined forces with DreamWorks to promote the Easter blockbuster animated cinema release called Home. Starring Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Jim Parsons and Rihanna, the film is released today and will continue its run throughout the Easter Holidays and until end of April.
Targeting families with its associated brand awareness campaign using print, bus-sides, billboards and social media, Baumatic has taken full page advertisements in high circulation family-oriented interiors magazines including Your Home, Style at Home and Home Style to promote its range of fashionable appliances.
To mark World Water Day 2015, Roca is hosting a special event at the Roca London Gallery on Monday 23td March, to highlight the role designers and architects play in responding to the risks of extreme weather, such as flooding, in the UK.
The theme for World Water Day 2015 is 'Water and Sustainable Development.' As a manufacturer with strong sustainability and environmental values, this is a particularly important topic for Roca.
Appliance manufacturer Gorenje has announced the appointment of Sirius Buying Group as an official UK supplier. As a result of this partnership, Sirius will be able give its members access to Gorenje's entire portfolio of products, including new lines added for 2015.
"We are delighted to be working with Sirius Buying Group and its membership of more than 230 retail outlets," says Stuart Benson, national sales manager for Gorenje UK.
The British Safety Council's priority is to raise young people's awareness of health and safety risks. A new video, Manufacturing risks: an apprentice's view, features Leila, a young apprentice engineer, walking a production line while she talks about risk and learning new skills.
"Video is a great way to get an insight into what work and good health and safety actually looks like," says Matthew Holder, head of campaigns at the British Safety Council.
Marc Fox has joined the company to replace the previous director, Dean Williams, who is now the CEO at Alno USA in New York.
UK tradesmen, ahead of 2015 elections, are calling for Government support to increase the availability of skilled workers through the encouragement of apprenticeships, according to new research conducted by multi-channel retailer Screwfix.
More than three quarters of UK tradesmen want the Government to raise the number of apprenticeship places from 110,000 to 400,000 to encourage as many school leavers to take up apprenticeships as go to university.
Working in a different way to other forms of heating, infrared heating potentially consumes half the energy required to run conventional radiators so can heat a commercial or residential property for less than the cost of older, inefficient gas and oil boilers. Infrared heating also substantially cuts electricity bills where it replaces an electric boiler, electric convector heaters, storage heaters or electric space heaters.
This may sound groundbreaking but infrared heat is nothing new. Infrared is electromagnetic energy with a wavelength longer than visible light and shorter than microwaves.
Kitchen makeover franchise, Dream Doors, has become an eight-time award winner in the Franchise Marketing Awards (FMAs), the national awards ceremony that recognises the franchise industry's most innovative and effective marketing campaigns.
Dream Doors has been a finalist at the FMAs a record 25 times and triumphed in this year's awards against 15 other companies in the hotly contested 'Best Franchisee Marketing Support' category.
The highly successful group, established in 1987, added bathrooms and bedrooms to the service offering and now has showrooms in four locations across Worcestershire and the West Midlands.
Contemporary-classic is without doubt the stand out trend for 2015 - the merging of classical and contemporary says schueller. From the muted colours of a more historic palette used across contemporary designs and finishes, to modern high gloss fronts on classical country style cabinets, it's all about creating options that suit both personal style and architectural surrounding.
This is what 2015 schueller.C collection offers.
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News in Brief
Ideal Standard says its new flushing technology is the bathroom equivalent of the dawn of the jet engine! See it at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iA4FaH9EQY … If you didn’t make it to the Frankfurt show last week, you can discover Toto’s new NeoRest collection by calling: T: +44 (0)20 7831 7544 … Ripples is offering some great tips for bathroom storage – E: [email protected] … Congratulations to Better Bathrooms for winning its 25th Business Award - www.betterbathrooms.com
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