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8th April 2016
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For the beauty of ice in the home; go for Glacier from Lustrolite
British Ceramic Tile expands popular Ted Baker ArTile range
Promising start to 2016 for UK tradesmen
2016 has got off to an encouraging start for UK tradespeople as they declare revenues are up, according to new research.
All hail the Harrow - Burbidge launches new bathroom beauty
Tilemaster launches new neutral-cure Silicone 3000+
Blanco - German perfection at impressive KBB
TKC showcases new Lucente Cashmere kitchen range, premium wirework and revamped lighting collection
Sanipex Group UK showcased new ranges
Kitchen design that is as smooth as silk: that's Masterclass
Trend Interiors: creating a stir
Smart surfaces and clever ideas from Bushboard
Carron Phoenix underscores popular brand values with new products and a new drive behind Carron Centres
Pronorm on-point with new products to create luxury kitchens
Ideal Standard unveils two new bathroom collections
Cosentino launches Dekton XGloss
Natural beauty set in stone with Raw Concrete
Latest kitchen lighting and power solutions
John and I have been at an exhibition in Manchester for the past couple of days and we commented on both legs of the journey to and from the far south-eastern edge of England on how stressful it must be for those who have to travel regularly for work.
Not so tradespeople though!
Over 90% of tradespeople are happy in their jobs, with the majority putting it down to the flexibility of mobile working, new research has found – and of course, with this type of work, travel to and from the workplace is a must.
The study, which was conducted by IronmongeryDirect, found that 91% of mobile working tradesmen are happy in their jobs, with 50% of these claiming they are very happy.
Tradesmen stated that flexible working (61%) and increased productivity (28%) were the biggest benefits of mobile working. In fact, a massive 98% of tradesmen said they were happy with the amount of flexibility their job provides.
When asked what they enjoy most about mobile working, the majority (62%) said they liked having flexibility over the hours they work. 42% also took satisfaction in the fact they are trusted to do their job independently.
Some tradesmen prefer mobile working over being confined to an office as 23% said it helps them to work better as there are fewer distractions than in an office environment, and a fifth said it ensures they don’t get caught up in office politics. In fact, 16% said mobile working helps them to work with their team more easily.
The report also found that nearly four fifths of trade professionals (79%) believe that mobile working adds to productivity and improves their job performance.
All I can say is, while they may earn very well out of this type of work, if they have to deal with the stress caused by sitting in heavy traffic for ages every day to get to their contracts – rather them than me!
This Week's News
BMA announces conference host and first speakers
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association, organiser of the Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference 2016, has announced the host and the first of its seven speakers for the day-long event.
Sophie Long (Host) is one of the main presenters on the BBC News Channel and the 8pm Summary on BBC1. She has covered many big stories and can regularly be found anchoring the channel's output on location, covering anything from weather storms to political storms and four general election campaigns.
As announced as breaking news last week, on 1st April 2016 Norcros, leading supplier of innovative branded showers, taps, bathroom accessories, tiles and adhesives, announced its acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Abode Home Products for a total of £4.8m.
Extension design 'flows' from steel windows
Having found the house of their dreams in a quiet North London street, Marcelle and Robert Schogger decided to extend to create a spacious kitchen and dining area. They were determined that steel windows should be the key architectural feature of their project and, with this in mind, they appointed Steel Window Association member, Steel Window Service & Supplies, to supply and install a large window and door screen.
Robert Schogger, a director of a managed office provider, designed the 300sq.ft extension and project-managed the build. The couple had first seen steel windows featured in a magazine a few years earlier and knew they fitted in with their desire to achieve a classic look within their early 1900s house.
League table of the top districts in Great Britain for home improvement in 2015
With many households across the country in the process of a spring clean, it was Kensington & Chelsea that led all regions in Great Britain for home improvement planning applications in the last year.
The home improvement report, compiled by construction industry analyst Barbour ABI, shows that Kensington & Chelsea had 7.3 applications for every 100 homes in the area last year, compared to the average of two out of 100 across Britain.
Liebherr hails the success of its Blu Performance launch
In early March, Liebherr introduced its groundbreaking Blu Performance Premium range of cooling appliances to the UK market with an exciting launch at the remarkable Mercedes World in Brooklands, Weybridge in Surrey.
Liebherr presented its latest pioneering developments in refrigeration technology to almost 200 attending kitchen retailers, electrical retailers and distributors with a series of presentations and an opportunity to 'get up close and personal' with a vast array of models from within this new Blu Performance category. Attendees also enjoyed lunch and a guided tour around the superb Mercedes World facility.
Bathtime decline, but showering Brits are still a nation of water-wasters
A new report by the UK's authority on water efficiency, Waterwise, has found that despite more of us than ever making a conscious effort to save water, Britain unconsciously remains a nation of 'water wasters'.
The 2016 Water Saving Report, which was commissioned by British bathroom manufacturer Ideal Standard, aims to observe water-usage habits in UK households in order to monitor water efficiency behaviours.
Fila surface care regime specified alongside national Porcelanosa applications
Porcelanosa has specified FILA's award-winning surface care regime for all of its new build projects. As part of the National Housebuilder specification, Fila Deterdek will be used to clean all Porcelanosa kitchen and bathroom surfaces prior to handover.
A Fila care and maintenance regime will then be recommended to all new homeowners, for the ongoing maintenance and care of porcelain surfaces.
Search begins for Britain's top tradesperson 2016
Screwfix is once again launching the nation's top competition for tradespeople - Britain's Top Tradesperson 2016, but what trade will top the table this year?
The competition launches on 9th May, and previous winners have included plumbers, joiners and electricians. Do you or any of your staff have what it takes to stand up for your trade across the nation to ensure this year's winner works in your field?
Local students explore 60 years of manufacturing history in support of upcoming GCSEs
Thirteen Year 11 students from Barnard Castle School enjoyed a tour of the modern manufacturing facilities at Wilsonart UK in County Durham earlier this month.
Karonia launches new Mistral consumer brochure
Karonia has introduced a new consumer brochure to showcase the colours, features and benefits of the Mistral range of 25mm solid surface worktops.
Designed to demonstrate the unlimited potential of this versatile, enhanced acrylic worktop, the 24 page brochure uses stunning real-life imagery to show how Mistral has been used creatively in a variety of kitchen environments.
Hoover Candy Baumatic appoints Bill Simpson as head of contract sales
Hoover Candy Baumatic has appointed Bill Simpson as head of contract sales for all three brands. Formerly sales director, contracts, for the BSH Group, Bill brings with him an in-depth knowledge of the housebuilding market with a wide range of senior contacts in this arena.
Adam faces new challenge with Lecico
Lecico Bathrooms has appointed Adam Lay as retail channel marketing executive. Adam joined Lecico in 2012 as marketing assistant after completing a Marketing Management degree at Northampton University followed by a period working with Travis Perkins and a role in China.
Abacus charity skydives raise £4,000 for local hospice
Abacus Manufacturing Group has raised over £4,000 for Saint Michael's Hospice in Harrogate thanks to a team of 11 brave Abacus employees.
The team took to the skies and completed two skydives in February and March for a cause that was close to everyone's hearts. Saint Michael's Hospice provides palliative care services to the Harrogate community and has been a vital source of care and support for many people close to the Abacus team.
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