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16th September 2016
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Utopia introduces luxurious freestanding bath
Dream Doors launches new door styles and colours for 2016
Daval launches Mayfair & Varenna Kitchen Furniture Collection
Stylish fairytale furnishings for little princesses
The various children's room ideas and furnishings for princesses, from Portuguese manufacturer Circu, offer a big choice for interior design, with the availability of everything that corresponds to the fairy tale - down to the last detail.
Dream Doors launches new kitchen design tool to allow customers to plan their perfect kitchen
Perrin & Rowe adds a new extra special finish 'Aged Brass'
I do love working from home… I rarely suffer sitting in traffic during the extended rush hour; nor do I have to squeeze myself onto ridiculously crowded trains where I’ll remain wedged in by fellow commuters – not needing to hold the rail because there’s no way I can move; let alone fall over (can we really afford to spend all that money on HS2 when our heavily-overburdened suburban lines are in such a mess?).
With this week’s sunny weather, I’ve been lucky enough to have been able to cart my iMac and ‘phones into the garden where I’ve produced copy and conducted conversations in an idyllic setting that’s offered a cooling breeze. Today’s downpour means I’m back in the office – not so pleasant but at least I’ve not had to negotiate floods, unlike some unlucky commuters! If you’re one of those who have had trouble getting into work this week, may your journey home be easier!
Next week, as always happens at this time of year, I’m envious of those who work and perhaps even live in London, who can simply nip out of the front door to attend what appear to be daily launches and press breakfasts, before making a brief show the office prior to enjoying a day of discovery (without having to worry about extra costs or any real travel) to visit the many delights that go to make up the London Design Festival. There is so much going on and so much I would like to see and experience, that logistically it will be impossible to fit everything in thanks to the commute at either end of the day and copy to produce at some stage. I’m going to be getting around to as much as I possibly can, but am disappointed at having to miss out on so much of it.
Whether you’re unveiling anything new at, say, 100% Design, or opening the doors of your workshop to inquisitive journalists, potential retailers, or specifiers on a ‘Design Quarter’ tour, I hope your efforts are rewarded with success. All the latest Office for National Statistics show that despite predictions, the Brexit vote has not caused a catastrophe and that we are in buoyant mood. Fingers crossed that next week will prove fruitful.
If you see us out and about, do make sure you come and say ‘hello’, won’t you?
This Week's News
R&D tax relief claims by construction firms rise by a quarter
New statistics from HMRC have revealed there was a 26% year-on-year rise in the number of claims for research & development tax credits submitted by construction firms in 2014-15.
The latest data shows that construction companies submitted 480 claims for research and development tax credits in 2014-15, up from 380 in 2013-14. The total amounts claimed in the period rose from £20m to £35m, a rise of 75%.
Small kitchen? No problem with the new Elon 45 S sink
Small spaces no longer have to compromise with the new Blanco Elon 45 S sink.
This model has a compact single bowl with a maximum bowl size for a 45cm cabinet and a bowl depth of 190mm. The innovative 205mm x 436mm stainless steel drainer grid, which fits with the unusual curved design of the sink drainer, provides extra space, making this a truly multi-functional kitchen.
'Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the fairest of them all?'
Surprisingly, many of us overlook the impact a finishing touch can have on a room, yet The Bathroom Shop recognises that it's the finer details which can give that all important WOW factor. Arguably one of the most reliant features in the bathroom, a mirror or mirrored cabinet is a must-have consideration in the early stages of design and one that should never be neglected.
With bathroom interiors continuing to develop in terms of design and style, the market has moved away from the more typical mirror with few or even no features. Instead, advancements have come to the fore and welcomed a rise in digital communication which continues to mature across both home and lifestyle.
Back in black and white: the amazing Arc from MHS Radiators
MHS Radiators has added the handsome Arc Black and refined Arc White to its stunning range of designer radiators. There are 10 models of each radiator available, with either single or double tubes.
Arc Black is a striking, dark radiator with elongated oval tubes, which effortlessly blends in with a range of traditional or contemporary interior styles. Finished in Black RAL 9017, Arc Black makes a design statement without becoming overpowering.
Glossy new looks and spec for K
The K Collection of kitchens, available exclusively from PJH, has introduced four new furniture ranges to its enhanced portfolio, including the sleek Merino kitchen.
With a high gloss finish, Merino is a slab door design, available in three earthy shades of Ivory Gloss, Lava Gloss and Cashmere Gloss - and is pictured here in Cashmere.
Abode and Barwick form new partnership
Abode and renowned bathroom distributor, Barwick Bathroom Distribution, have formed a partnership to promote and sell the company's vast range of designer-led bathroom taps and showering solutions throughout the UK.
Barwick is a long established and respected distributor within the bathroom sector.
Whirlpool launches premium, built-in, side-by-side, refrigeration pair
Whirlpool has launched a new premium, built-in, refrigeration pair, which may be coupled together to emulate the must-have side-by-side.
Storing food is a constant challenge, particularly for those who lead busy lives and prefer the convenience of doing bigger shops less frequently. However, poor, inadequate storage can have an impact on how well food is preserved - and even worse, may result in food going to waste.
Enjoy subtle extraction with Caple's new DD903BK Flip downdraft hood
Caple's new Flip downdraft hood is designed to integrate seamlessly within the worksurface when not in use and, when switched on, allows users to achieve effective extraction at low level with an innovative tilt operation.
This downdraft can be flush fitted for use with both gas and electric hobs and features an illuminated, touch control panel with four speed options and an auto timer, which ensures that extraction continues for up to 10 minutes after cooking is complete.
Swan celebrates success at IFA 2016
British brand Swan is returning from the world's leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances, IFA, having celebrated a successful show in Berlin.
Exhibiting on its own stand for the first time, the company ensured that the complete commercial team were in attendance for the whole week, including commercial director Rob Wileman and sales director Paul Simpson, along with marketing manager, David Foulstone.
IDS expands its senior team with a new regional sales manager north
Surface materials distributor IDS has appointed Jamie Ibbetson to the new position of regional sales manager north.
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Burgbad sales manager, John Drake, on 5th September 2016.
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UK tradespeople quoting for more work than 12 months ago
Whirlpool announces first ever 'National Quiet Day'
BMA urges conformance and competence
Apart from price, which is always top of the list, there should be two main priorities for anyone investing in a new bathroom. The first is that the product should be of excellent quality and should conform with all the relevant standards and regulations. The second is that it should be installed correctly, safely and efficiently, by qualified and competent installers.
Brexit Bump & Bounce for Shower Market to 2020
Burbidge finds the perfect fit as it opens its doors to new Simply Burbidge range
Uform welcomes new sales representative in East Midlands & South Yorkshire
Further key management appointments at TKC
Ellis expanding every which way!
Franke launches completely revamped, responsive consumer website
Exciting new 2016 kitchen sink & tap brochure from Abode