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7th August 2015
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Abacus Manufacturing Group provides durable and sleek solutions for department store washrooms
Schmidt combines classic and contemporary style with its new handless Arcos collection
Abode's new Cento bathroom taps have bold, sharp styling
Effortless retro style with the new Forest
New York Fashion Week 2015 was awash with this retro hue*, and it couldn't be easier to introduce the colour into your home.
Retailers and merchants: on your marks...
Aga Rangemaster sold to US kitchen products specialist Middleby for £129.2m
Blanco cooker hood makes a bold statement
New products bring a design classic bang up to date
Introducing SensioSound: an LED Bluetooth speaker light
Comprehensive and affordable shower floors: Kaldewei now offers solutions for every project
Designer radiator brand Bisque introduce the elegant and simple Trubi
It will be interesting to see how the incoming Sunday Trading will pan out, won’t it?
As consumers, those few extra hours in which we’ll be able to do our shopping could prove useful. But what will it do to the nation’s shopkeepers?
On one hand people are saying that the new laws may – and particularly with news that the longer hours’ opening may not be extended to out-of-town superstores - bring people out onto the High Street and allow those that work long hours during the week, as well as perhaps Saturdays, time to shop – bringing a boost to local outlets and dissuading customers from Internet shopping. On the other, people are saying it will undermine society, denying families that one day together which Sundays can provide – well – as they did before shops were allowed to open for six hours on a Sunday, anyway!
In my weekend estate agency job I work alternate Sundays. I love it. The office is quiet, clients are relaxed and I get all the leads! But try and get a full-timer to cover is difficult. People who enjoy Sundays at home don’t want to give them up. Also, with just six hours’ trading, it doesn’t take up the whole day and allows me to enjoy some leisure time too.
Would I be happy to work extended hours? No I wouldn’t.
One thing I’m seeing more of is that couples are unable to view properties together, because of the odd working hours of one or other of them. One might view on a Saturday and if they like what they see, their partner may visit late one evening. Sometimes the first time they view together, is when they arrive to measure up!
I believe extended Sunday openings is likely to exacerbate these problems, and that we’ll spend less time with our families and find it harder to set times and dates for get-togethers. I can see people becoming more isolated.
The changes may create some jobs but I feel people will be asked to work for longer, to cover the extended hours – and of course their own shopping timeslots will be diminished as a result. But will the changes raise the estimated £1.4bn for economy if they go ahead, or will they just enable shoppers to stagger their shopping times to suit their daily lives?
I’m just not sure. What do you think?
This Week's News
Joint venture for design experts
The Society of British and International Design (SBID) will be teaming up with The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) in their first ever joint programme at Downtown Design, Dubai UAE.
The collaborative programme will feature an in-depth, expert commentary presentation on worldwide trends showcased in the internationally recognised award-winning projects celebrated by both associations namely; the SBID International Design Awards and the IIDA Global Excellence Awards.
Abode launches the very cool and contemporary Cyclo Collection
Abode is constantly looking to innovate with exciting new designs and fresh ideas and as a result, is delighted to present Cyclo... A cool, contemporary range of bathroom brassware which is bursting with personality.
A contemporary styled range, suitable for both round and square bathroom interiors, Cyclo is offered in a full chrome finish - or for something completely different, a very 'in vogue' contrasting black handle option. Black and chrome together creates a real interior designer feel and allows colour to be brought into the bathroom in a subtle manner.
IdealPro teams up with CIPHE to promote membership benefits
IdealPRO, the free installer loyalty programme by Armitage Shanks and Ideal Standard, has announced a new partnership with the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) - the professional and voluntary body for the UK plumbing and heating industry.
The new partnership aims to promote the benefits of CIPHE membership amongst the 2,500 IdealPRO members and raise awareness of the work and role of the professional body for plumbing and heating engineering.
WC additions maximise on style, comfort and hygiene in the bathroom
Responding to the changing demands of modern bathroom design head on, Roca has extended two of its best-selling sanitaryware ranges to include new WCs - the Nexo wall-hung rimless and The Gap comfort height WC.
Maximising on hygiene and ease of cleaning in the bathroom, the popular Nexo WC from Roca is now available in a wall-hung, rimless design. Compatible with all Roca Duplo concealed cisterns, this rimless WC operates with an ECO flush of 4.5/3 litres, helping to reduce water consumption while always delivering a powerful performance. With the pan mounted securely to the installation system behind the wall, the cistern is neatly concealed for a seamless finish.
Significant growth for Max-Top
Worktop specialist Max-Top is expanding its business by launching Max-Top Quartz Scotland. Max-Top Quartz Scotland will be the sole distributor of all Max-Top surfaces throughout Scotland and will soon be launching regional training courses to demonstrate the preparation and installation of the unique surfaces.
Stephen Moss, managing director of Max-Top, explains: "Early signs have been very encouraging, with Max-Top surfaces being very popular within the Glasgow region, making this the perfect time to establish an official presence in Scotland!"
UK's biggest kitchen makeover retailer celebrates 40,000 kitchen installations
Dream Doors, the nationwide kitchen facelift specialist, is celebrating the sale of its 40,000th kitchen installation since it first began trading in 1999.
The landmark sale was made by Katie and Sean Hebdon, owners of the Dream Doors franchise in Chandlers Ford near Southampton. The sale was made to customers Mr and Mrs Bennion from Romsey who were presented with a hamper of luxury foods and drink to enjoy in their new kitchen.
Smeg reveals new Burghley range cooker specifically for independents
Smeg has unveiled its most accessible range cooker yet, combining traditional design with modern convenience. Developed specially for independent retailers, the Burghley represents an attractive introduction to the Smeg brand for consumers.
A three-cavity dual fuel cooker and gas hob that marries stately design with state of the art technology to take pride of place in any inspirational kitchen, the Burghley is made in Italy, but conceived in Britain.
Leisure Sinks spa filter tap keeps water crystal clear
Proving popular with contractors and retailers alike, Leisure Sinks' Spa Filter tap (TSA1CM/BF) is a high quality, WRAS-approved dual lever tap. Boasting a smooth chrome finish, this stylish tap utilises a three-way dispenser system to provide crystal clear filtered water, as well as hot and mains cold water.
The Spa Filter tap has been specifically designed to remove limescale, chlorine, metals and other impurities from mains water. This helps keep water clean and tasting fresh, while it also prolongs the life of appliances, such as kettles and coffee machines, by reducing the risk of scale building up.
Turning bathroom design inside out
The BetteLUXE Shape is the latest addition to the Ripples portfolio. "We are seeing a huge trend for 'urban styling' when it comes to the bathroom and this new range fits in perfectly," says the company's Grazziella Pinto.
"Contemporary and cool, we absolutely love it!"
Limited mobility graphics now available in ArtiCad
CAD software specialist for the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, has announced the availability of a comprehensive catalogue of limited mobility graphics.
Showroom sales incentive offers chance to bag an all-expenses-paid trip to New York
Ideal Standardhas introduced an online retailer sales incentive programme called IdealCLUB. Run from a dynamic online portal that rewards retailers in real time, the scheme has been designed to increase motivation and incentivise sales in showrooms through educating and engaging showroom staff, increasing product awareness and knowledge and encouraging brand loyalty.
A new communications role at the iKBBI
It's a warm welcome from us to the Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers' new communications manager, Denise Mayell.
BAL Level Max - the new maximum performance, all-in-one leveller that's easy on the pocket!
With innovative Fibre Strand Technology, bed depths up to 80mm in a single application and suitable for use over most bases including timber at 3mm, BAL Level Max levelling compound is the latest innovation from BAL.
Already received with great acclaim by tilers and flooring contractors, it combines the benefits of BAL's levelling expertise to provide users with a complete, all-in-one flooring product for preparing internal floor surfaces for the installation of tiles, natural stone, vinyl or soft furnishings.
PWS appoints new sales manager for East Anglia
Jamie Abbott is the latest recruit to join PWS's national sales team. Jamie takes on the role of area sales manager for the East Anglia region, bringing with him over 15 years' experience in the kitchen industry.
National training manger focuses on Laufen brand
The Roca Group has made a key appointment with Richard Court, previously an area sales manager, now taking on the role of national training manger looking after the Laufen brand.
Richard will now take on responsibility for training internal and external Roca Group staff on the Laufen brand, training customers at the company's soon to be re-vamped training centre at Laufen Evesham and training customers in their own showrooms. He will also support the launch of new ranges within the Laufen brand.
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iKBBI unveils new major sponsor
UBM has announced the closure of the May Design Series, saying it will instead concentrate its KBB and design sector efforts on the highly popular kbb Birmingham and kbb London, Sleep, Decorex and Ecobuild events.
The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association announces designer awards shortlists
Following a meeting of the judges for the 2015 KBSA Designer Awards, the finalists have been named for all categories as follows:
Victoria + Albert Baths appoints general manager of MENAT, Caspian and India
SieMatic appoints Kerry Furber as southern area sales manager
Smeg appoints new regional sales manager for the North West & West Midlands
Points mean prizes with Geberit Rewards scheme for Geberit displaying retailers