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9th October 2015
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To furnish a bathroom, you need to take all possible aspects into consideration, including both the design and the functionality as well as the material used, since this will have a big impact on the final result.
Available now, the sleek 5mm light features chip-on-board (COB) technology and is both remarkably powerful and extremely efficient.
As many businesses are turning their attentions to Christmas bonuses, new research reveals that 75% of employees working within the ‘trade’ industry would not be motivated to work significantly harder in exchange for a bonus equivalent to 10% of their annual salary. Even incentives equivalent to 25% of annual salaries would not motivate over half of employees!
A bonus linked directly to an individual's work performance would however, result in an increase in output for more than one in three.
While I can understand that we all have different motivations, I can’t get my head around that fact that some of use aren’t doing our best. Surely, as well as letting our employers/employees and colleagues down, we’re letting ourselves down by not performing as well as we can, all of the time.
You can read the survey below and I’d love to know what you think about the results. Perhaps I’m odd in thinking that if I want to feel satisfied at the end of my working day, I’ll have had to put my whole self into whatever I’ve done. Or perhaps I’m not so odd… either way, your comments will be welcome.
Also in this week’s issue is a letter from Barry Ashmore of StreetwiseSubbie, which you may find a little controversial. John Austen and I have always felt that one of the benefits of the Internet is that it provides a great platform for discussion, so again, whether you agree with Barry’s sentiments or not, it would be great to learn of your reaction to his comments.
This Week's News
One4all Rewards' Push the Button Report questioned 1,000 UK workers about what motivates them in the workplace.
Granite Transformations, the home improvements brand owned by the international Trend Group, held its most important and best-attended UK franchise conference ever, last month. Franchise owners and their partners from around the national network, prospect franchisees, head office support staff from Tunbridge Wells and senior corporate executives from Florida, including Trend CEO Andrea Di Giuseppe, all took out time for the conference, held at Sarah Beeny's magnificent Rise Hall.
The event provided the launch pad for the UK element of a major global rebranding programme, which will see the small yet significant brand transition from 'Granite Transformations' to 'Trend Transformations' - first through a year-long pilot project, then a subsequent national rollout.
The 1st September 2015 saw the launch of Build UK, the organisation formed as a result of the merger between the National Specialist Contractors Council and the UK Contractors Group.
Build UK's claim is to provide, "for the first time, a single voice for the whole of the contracting supply chain and offers a real opportunity to transform construction".
The original concept of AmicaIn was introduced at IFA 2014 by Amica and following a further year of investment and research, officially launched at this year's international IFA exhibition last month.
The company, which also markets the Gram and Hansa brands alongside Amica across the different European regions, dedicated a substantial part of this year's stand to the formal unveiling of the intelligent interactive new range which will be launched in the UK during 2016.
With showrooms already in London, Paris and Milan, Porcelanosa has enhanced its brand presence in the world's style capitals with the opening of its flagship store in New York. The six-storey showroom on the corner of Broadway and Fifth Avenue has been designed by prestigious UK architect Foster + Partners.
The glittering launch party was attended by more than 700 guests including Sarah Jessica Parker, Richard Gere, Irina Shayk, Isabel Preysler, Spanish model Nieves Alvarez and the doctors Valent'n Fuster and Jose Baselga.
Made from high-quality acrylic for durability and ease of cleaning the standard version has a total capacity of 160 litres, while an Eco option holds up to 131 litres, to encourage water-saving without compromising on user comfort. Both baths measure 1700mm x 700mm and feature an integrated headrest.
Retailers eagerly awaiting the next exclusive Abode Autumn sink and tap promotion can now entice their customers to buy and install before the busy Christmas period. This new promotion runs from 1st October through to end of December 2015 and all details are outlined on a promotional flyer.
This fantastic value-for-money promotion runs across two of Abode's best selling products. The classic polished stainless steel Matrix R50 1.5 undermount sink, available in both left and right hand designs, complete with the Abode Orbit waste and plumbing kit, as standard. The Matrix sink is teamed up with the architecturally tall, solid geometric form, Atlas monobloc mixer tap in chrome finish.
Utopia has refreshed its popular You and i-Line ranges of modular bathroom furniture with a new complementary full height toilet unit and a substantial price reduction. In addition, there is now the option to purchase units without the factory fitted handle options. Instead, any style from the extensive Utopia handle collection can be selected and then fitted to suit personal preference, giving far greater design freedom.
Derek Toogood joins the new bathroom arm bringing with him a vast experience in the sector, having started his career as a bathroom designer for Simply Bathrooms back in 1995 where he was heavily involved in research and new product development. Most recently, Derek occupied the role of area sales manager for brassware manufacturer Hansgrohe, where he managed accounts in the South of England, Wales and the Channel Islands.
Refrigeration specialist Lec has launched two new chest freezers in response to consumer demand; one with a freezing capacity of 61 litres and the other offering an impressive 420 litres' freezing capacity.
British Ceramic Tile has donated a selection of ITS Colour Compendium tiles, adhesive and grout to a new veterans community that is being built in Manchester and featured on BBC One's two part programme 'DIY SOS: The Big Build Veterans' Special'.
The Colour Compendium tiles were used in the transformation of eight existing houses into two larger adapted residential homes for veterans and their families, along with one further home and a specialist veteran support and advice centre.
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As the new consumer legislation comes into force yesterday, TrustMark, the only Government-endorsed scheme for all trades in and around the home, announced a new 'primary authority' partnership with Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards to provide assured advice for its Scheme Operators and TrustMark registered firms.