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8th January 2016
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I had what I call, a bit of a ‘head in hands’ moment when I came to write this leader… Many of us have had a break over the past couple of weeks to enjoy Christmas and celebrate the coming of 2016. The fireworks routinely set off by so many countries now, as one year becomes the next, have been even more spectacular than those we enjoyed last year, yet alongside that, millions of people were (and still are) going though turmoil, from the families displaced by the growing global conflict, to – closer to home – those who are fighting to salvage what they can from flooded homes and businesses.
I’ve been following the floods closely as I have family in the most badly hit parts of the UK and although I can see that it looks miserable, it was only when I was caught out walking in heavy rain last week that it occurred to me just how cold those affected must be! And then of course came the question: “Are we spending our money wisely, or should we spend less on fireworks and more on looking after everyone and upgrading our nation’s flood defences so we can prevent this recurring misery for those living in flood zones?”
Of course this industry will eventually benefit from people needing to replace fittings, furniture and appliances once the clean-up has finished and the buildings have been brought back into use, but I’m aware of many businesses that had been looking forward to getting the new year off to a good start with some busy trading, that can no longer do so because their own showrooms and manufacturing sites have been destroyed by the floodwaters.
How frustrating and soul destroying this must be for everyone involved! It’s bad enough to have it happen once, but no-one should have to keep going through the disruption and despair time and time again because not enough is being done to protect our environment, should they?
If you have been affected by the flooding John Austen and I wish you well and hope that things get back to normal more quickly than you are expecting them to. And however you’ve fared over the Christmas break, we’d like to say: “Happy New Year. May all the good things you wish for, come your way.”
This Week's News
Following a monumental 2015, The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers has this week today announced another major development to kick-start the New Year as the retail division of Barnsley-based KBB giant Symphony Group, becomes an official Installation Standards Partner.
Symphony is one of the UK's largest privately owned manufacturers of fitted kitchen, bedroom and bathroom furniture, with a turnover exceeding £180 million. Its customers include private developers, social housing providers, hoteliers and independent retailers throughout the UK and overseas.
The European Water Label is growing rapidly. Its reputation is reaching the farthest corners of Europe and its database of premium bathroom and kitchen branded products has grown to such a size that it has become the most dominant product labelling scheme of its type.
Yvonne Orgill, Managing Director of EWL, in her recently published Annual Review, indicated her delight with the progress of this voluntary and value-led scheme.
2015 saw record numbers of installers pass through the doors of the Geberit Training Academy, as they took advantage of the manufacturer's free training modules in order to grow their confidence of fitting the latest piping systems and sanitary solutions. With dates now set for training days in 2016, the manufacturer is expecting places to fill up fast and is urging installers to plan ahead and book in as soon as possible.
Feedback from past candidates reaffirms the Geberit message that taking some time out to brush up on knowledge and skills is a good investment, with Nigel Hawkins from Northants Plumbing and Heating commenting:
The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that Julia Ann Ball, wife of the KBSA's former chief executive officer, Graham Ball, passed away in December.
Graham stood down at the end of May last year when his wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Britannia Living has donated a high-end range cooker to the Ford family, who were taking part in the popular BBC home renovation television programme, DIY SOS. The show, which is presented by Nick Knowles, is committed to helping homeowners resolve their DIY distresses and create their dream home.
"DIY SOS is a fantastic programme that gives deserving families a well-earned helping hand," says Michael Haigh, marketing manager of Britannia Living. "The Fords are a lovely family who had always wanted a range cooker, so we were more than happy to oblige!
Exclusively available from specialist distributor Grange Design, this new Black Steel Shower Set by MGS is said to be a design first, being the only black collection for the bathroom designed and made from stainless steel.
Unlike some plated or traditionally 'enamelled' black bathroom brassware, these new MGS finishes ensure that the surface of both the Dual Shower Valve and 45˚ Swivel Showerhead will not wear away to reveal its raw material.
The Help For Heroes charity will benefit from the introduction by PWS of Mornington - a new Shaker door range, to its extensive portfolio. Mornington is available in two design options - a simple classic Shaker style and a beaded Shaker. Mornington Beaded (pictured) features an elegant quarter round bead, delivering an extra level of detail to create a more elegant look.
Mornington is a 20mm solid ash timber frame, with a veneered centre panel, and is available ex stock in partridge grey, porcelain and stone, as well as a sanded finish. A further 21 colours are available on a paint-to-order basis, with a leadtime of 11 working days from order to delivery.
Featuring an illuminated electronic touch control and 3W LED light bar, it offers Caple's latest advanced technology and measures 900mmW x 400mmD x 800-1200mmH.
Twenty Jenny Bristow fans were given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the successful cookery writer and chef in action. Greeted by carol singers inside Jenny's picturesque home, guests sampled canapes and mulled wine before venturing into the renowned studio kitchen, which has featured in all 10 of Jenny's television cooking series'. Two guests were also lucky enough to take home either a food waste disposer or steaming hot water tap from InSinkErator.
Dream Doors, the UK's largest kitchen makeover retailer, has announced its best ever Checkatrade rating, achieving an average customer rating of 9.7 out of 10 during 2015.
Gorenje tells us it is proud to be sponsoring the world's leading ski jumper Peter Prevc, who rounded up a series of great performances in the 64th Four Hills Tournament with a first place finish in the competition's final leg in Bischofshofen, Austria.
Three victories and a third place took him to the top of the leader board and he proudly held up the Four Hills trophy, the prestigious Golden Eagle.
Hayley Simmons, head of merchandising at Magnet, explains: "Before we decide to launch a product we put it through rigorous testing and we were incredibly impressed with Max-Top Quartz.
Electrolux has joined Google's Early Access Programme for its Brillo operating system and Weave communications protocol for the Internet of things aimed at developing connected appliances for smart homes.
"Electrolux is committed to shaping the future of connected appliances to deliver great experiences to consumers everyday, whether it's making great tasting food for their families or better managing their homes," said Jan Brockmann, Electrolux chief operations officer and R&D head, at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where the cooperation was announced.
Combining modern design with superior functionality, the new Pier furniture range from Bauhaus offers a practical solution for washrooms of any size.
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