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26th February 2016
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Designed for single tap-hole sinks, the new Aquaflow 35 allows for hot and cold water to be mixed - as well as turned on and off - in one simple action. Compared to similar kitchen mixer taps, this new model is considerably smaller, without impacting on functionality or durability.
Responding to retailer demand and strong sales of the Devonstone range, British Ceramic Tile has launched the new black colourway to strengthen the current offering of grey and brown. The eye-catching tile features a uniform pattern, making it easy to install in the home for one continuous, stunning look.
Giving retailers the opportunity to capture the sale of these high-end products during the initial kitchen design phase, the AEG launch enables kitchen showrooms to generate additional margin and offer customers a comprehensive solution to protect their home and appliances from the damaging effects of lime scale.
On Wednesday, without any warning, our water went off at home. Well – I say ‘without any warning’, but Thames Water had been watching a leak in my stretch of the road for three weeks, so I suppose it was only a matter of time before the water was cut off, so they could carry out repairs. The problem was, nobody warned us it was about to happen.
Luckily, no-one in the family was caught under a dry shower covered in suds or shampoo, so I suppose it could have been a lot worse. However, one of my daughters had a dental appointment and was so worried about not being able to present perfectly clean teeth to the dentist, that she marched outside in her orange hooded pyjamas to ask the technicians how long it would be before the water was back on. Either they were very polite or were used to seeing irate, pyjama-clad young women in the street, for without cracking a grin, they told her our services would be reinstated within the hour, which we estimated would leave us just enough time to get ready and be out of the door in time to make the appointment.
But what to do while we waited? We couldn’t make a coffee, or do the washing up, because there wasn’t any water. We couldn’t do the laundry either. And of course there was no chance of using the loo, as we wouldn’t be able to flush or wash afterwards.
The leak took longer to fix than we’d been told it would, but luckily, we were able to jump into the car and drive to my mother’s to do what we needed to. Not everyone’s in a position to be able to do that though…
Reading the MTW report (below) made me thankful that this industry is working hard to produce appliances and bathroom products that use less water – and of course thankful that many of us, as consumers, are considering water consumption when we’re choosing what to buy, so less water is used in our homes.
For no matter how fabulous and technologically-advanced the latest products and appliances might be, if they use water, they’re absolutely useless if there’s no water available, aren’t they? We need to start conserving every drop we can, so waterless, frantic mornings, don’t become the norm…
This Week's News
Available in a choice of three wash-load sizes; 9kg or 8kg (both dry a 6kg load) or the smaller 7kg option (dries 5kg load) the three new machines share features such as; Extra Rinse, Pre-Wash and an Anti-Allergic Rinse from a choice of 21 (9kg) or 15 (7kg and 8Kg) washing programmes.
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association is holding a public relations day on 12th April 2016, at the Army & Navy Club in London's Pall Mall. The event will feature presentations and lively discussion - and will, of course, provide the opportunity for valuable networking.
A 2016 report by MTW Research indicates that sales of water saving bathroom products have risen by 25%, boosted by housebuilding, domestic refurbishment and a continued emphasis by manufacturers on water efficiency.
Based on data from 130 manufacturers and retailers, MTW found that water saving products account for around 30% of the UK bathroom market in 2016, with the 50+ age group, DIoT (Domestic Internet of Things), product labelling and changing consumer habits providing a much needed sales boost in 2016.
Synergii Trend is a stunning collection of decorative laminate work surfaces from one of the world's leading worktop manufacturers, Wilsonart. The square edge profiles of the Trend finishes can be curved to create a super-luxury modern design that looks and feels just like the most expensive designer worktops.
Available in 22mm, 38mm and 50mm thicknesses, the Synergii Trend Collection comprises eight striking colourways including high gloss sparkle, textured stones and compellingly realistic wood effects.
Nearly three quarters of tradesmen reported an increase in revenue in 2015, according to a new report. IronmongeryDirect's Annual Industry Review, which was compiled to gain a snapshot of the construction industry, found that 72% of trade businesses experienced a revenue increase in 2015.
The majority of tradespeople (43%) said that sales had increased by up to 10%, with a third claiming revenues had improved by 11-20%. 16% said revenues rose by up to 30% and 8% claimed they had increased by more than 30%.
by Doug Walter, AIA, of Doug Walter Architects, of Denver, Colorado. Doug is an award-winning residential remodelling architect with over 30 years' experience, who speaks frequently to design and construction professionals about lighting design. Here he argues that old-school lighting theory doesn't work so well in practice and offers some more effective kitchen lighting solutions...
"For too many years, the advice about kitchen lighting given by people who should know better has been to place the ceiling lights out in the aisles of the kitchen. This looks nice on the plans, but it keeps the people working in the kitchen in the dark.
Hoover has added to its freestanding division for the second time in six months, with the appointment of Glyn Martin as account director - major domestic appliances. Glyn's appointment swiftly follows the addition of Garry Smith as laundry product manager, which was announced earlier this year.
Glyn brings over 20 years' experience to the role, having worked in sales & marketing roles in multiple sectors, most recently working across the grocery and mass merchant channels. At Hoover he will be working on a number of key retail accounts, including Argos.
Electrical expert Hughes has joined forces with Amica to donate four new double cavity freestanding cookers to a Worcester junior school.
The River School of Fern Hill Heath, needed to replace the existing cookers in the domestic science classroom to enable students to develop their culinary skills in line with the curriculum.
In his new role as Southern sales manager with Smeg UK, Matt Balm will use his vast experience to develop both new and existing business, whilst overseeing the Southern regional sales operation within the retail channel of the business. He will also be responsible for Smeg UK's ongoing relationship with the CIH/Euronics buying group.
Matt joins Smeg from Britannia Range Cooking and previously worked for De Dietrich and Liebherr, where he held a number of area manager positions.
In a deal that will see the brand reaching an audience of over 12 million sports lovers throughout the UK, Geberit has extended the sponsorship of darts champion Adrian Lewis for a further three years.
Ranked number three in the world, Adrian 'Jackpot' Lewis will wear the Twyford logo on the front of his shirt for all matches played in the UK, with the Geberit logo on his shirt for matches played outside of the UK.
Nestled in the trendy E1 district of London, kitchen design specialist Urban Interior has added to its expert design team, with the employment of Luisa Agliatta, as senior designer.
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