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14th October 2016
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Blanco Durinox is the ultimate innovation in stainless steel. Extremely hard and highly resistant to scratches, Durinox stainless steel surfaces are given these special characteristics via a new finishing process that originates from the aerospace industry.
"Zanussi is a brand that represents the zeitgeist of many generations," says Vanessa Holloway, senior consumer marketing manager at Zanussi. "Everyone can remember a Zanussi appliance in the backdrop at one time in their life... From a hand-made, wood-burning oven produced in a corner of Italy to more than six million units sold each year; Zanussi is a company that has earned consumer trust through its cutting-edge design, innovation and outstanding quality over the last 100 years."
With the adverse publicity some appliance manufacturers have had lately, thanks to what appears to be the phenomenon of something akin to spontaneous combustion, I can’t help but think that the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances’ announcement that the Prize Season@Register My Appliance is shortly to get underway, is something of a comfort.
After all, if you know your appliances may pose a safety risk to those in whose homes they’re used, it’s so much easier recall to them if you know exactly where those homes actually are. Any initiative that encourages we consumers to register our appliances and thus enable their manufacturers to keep in touch with us, has to be a good one.
I was guilty of keeping my purchases secret until I learned of the scheme and had the logic of it explained to me. I don’t know whether I’d not previously bothered because the excitement of having a new appliance pushed registration out of my radar, whether I was simply too lazy to do it or planned to do it later, or whether it was something to do with the silly threat of the guarantee not being honoured unless the product was registered… Well – when you’ve forked out a small fortune on new white goods and the like, the last thing you want to contemplate is them breaking down!
I now know better and always encourage friends and family to register any appliances they’re taking into their home – and particularly so if they’ve bought them second hand.
In case you’re not familiar with the scheme, the majority of the manufacturers take part and from 1st November, customers who register their new appliances (or even ones they already own – as long as they’re under 12 years old) at www.registermyappliance.org.uk are entered into prize draws that run through January to include Register My Appliance Day on 19th January 2017.
I know the manufacturers’ literature that’s tucked inside the packaging encourages purchasers to register what they’ve bought, but if you’re involved in the sale of such equipment, it won’t do any harm to help spread the word by pointing out why we need to register our appliances, when taking our payment, will it?
After all, for just a little bit of effort, you might just stop someone’s house from burning down…
This Week's News
Franke and 190 of its 'More in Store' retailers have raised over £8,250 and reached an audience of over 1.1 million people through a pro-active fundraising drive for Marie Curie, as part of the charity's national 'Blooming Great Tea Party' campaign.
Franke's aim with the More in Store initiative is to support its retailers and help them increase footfall into their showrooms. The 2016 Blooming Great Tea Party campaign was a huge success, with the number of retailers taking part increasing by 245% to 190, welcoming hundreds of visitors to their showrooms.
With over a quarter of tiles bought in 2015 destined for use in the kitchen, tiles are proving to be an increasingly important purchasing decision with retailers looking to offer consumers the full kitchen package from cabinets through to flooring. With this new collection, British Ceramic Tile will look to support existing and new retailers with their kitchen offer, carefully selecting a range of wall and floor tiles to cater for all consumer tastes.
Yvonne Orgill, BMA chief executive and Paul Massey, Group CEO of AKW and DLP Group, and current president of the Association, shared their obvious delight at reaching the three anniversaries which coincided at the event.
Designed for those who need a bit of extra help showering, the popular Kinemagic Serenity walk-in shower cubicle is also ideal for the whole family. Beautiful, spacious and practical, it has recently benefited from a range of upgrades to make life even easier for those who need care assisted showering.
A new, improved fold down seat provides even more comfort than before and can take up to 150kgs, whilst the cool-touch thermostatic valve now features easy grip controls - ideal for customers that are experiencing diminished fine motor control and strength in their hands. A new style soap tray attaches to the shower riser bar so that the essential grooming products can be kept close to hand; minimising the need to move around the cubicle. The door handle has been redesigned to provide an easi
The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that Tina Riley , KBSA national chair, as well as KBSA retail members Stuart Irving and Kimberly Jacks, will provide advice to consumers in the Kitchen Advice Centre as part of the Kitchen Live Experience Sponsored by KBSA corporate member Miele, at the Grand Designs Live show.
The KBSA experts will advise and review plans with consumers for their new projects, as well as give professional advice on the best ways to progress. Visitors will also receive a free copy of the new 2016/17 KBSA Showcase handbook, which gives full details about the Association, as well as retail members in each area.
New from Abode and showcased earlier this year at KBB, is the Dune range of reversible, functional composite granite sinks. With strong geometric lines, rounded corners and a stunning, ripple effect, practical drainer pattern, these creative features are the back-bone of the design which are right 'on trend' with current kitchen design themes.
Manufactured from advanced, hardwearing acrylic materials, these new inset sinks will certainly form a focal point in any kitchen, be it modern or traditional, in style. There are four sinks within the range, two in an eye-catching striking Black and two in a contemporary Frost White Granite, in popular single and 1.5 deep bowls with single drainers.
Now in its third year, the Geberit Awards 2016 promises to be the best yet, as installers from throughout the bathroom, plumbing and heating industries battle it out to be crowned the best in the business.
The Awards honour the cream of the installer crop in four categories:
The Great British Shower Company, Triton, has launched the inspiring Affordable Style collection which brings together stunning aesthetics and the latest technology. Featuring contemporary electric and chrome mixer products, the comprehensive new offering provides something suitable for every interior and budget.
Tech Lovers... As the name suggests, consumers are sure to fall in love with the chic Amore electric shower. Available in three finishes (white gloss, brushed steel and black gloss), this is an attractive centrepiece for any design-led space. It also benefits from touch screen controls together with an OLED display to confirm the chosen temperature and power settings - max, eco and cold.
The Sirius Buying Group, a major buying group in the electrical appliance and kitchen retail industry, tells us that its recent VIP Members Trade Show was the largest and most successful to date, winning a succession of kitchen retail visitors as new members to the Group.
This popular industry event took place over two days at the end of September at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club in Warwickshire. Proceedings were set in motion with Sirius's annual AGM which was attended by its premium bank of electrical and kitchen retail members, resulting in its biggest attendance yet at 89% capacity.
Bringing a natural charm to the sharp, minimalistic Otto form, the range is now available in the three new woodgrain finishes of Dark Walnut, Rose Walnut or Bleached Walnut. Constructed from advanced laminate, each look cleverly encapsulates the intrinsic woodgrains and tactile appeal of real wood, while being cost-competitive.
With new research suggesting that the bathroom industry is set to outperform the general UK economy this year, Virtual Worlds is reminding KBB retailers of the importance of investing in CAD technology in order to unlock the full opportunity presented.
According to a new report by MTW research*, bathroom retailers will outperform the UK economy in 2016 despite many retailers and manufacturers being wary of the fallout from Brexit. Based on data from 90 leading bathroom retailers, the research found that sales in 2016 are now at an historic high, surpassing £1 billion for the first time.
The initiative was launched by construction audit, contract and payroll provider, Hudson Contract, to celebrate its 20th anniversary and also provide opportunities for two young apprentices hoping to take their first steps on the construction career ladder.
The trade-only supplier of high quality, pre-assembled kitchens, Benchmarx Kitchens & Joinery, has launched this year's Big Bang promotion period. With the ongoing aim to 'save the trade time and money', this much-loved annual promotion runs until 31st October and means that builders and tradespeople can benefit from a range of great deals across an array of appliances, accessories, flooring and ironmongery.
Maintaining the high-quality you'd expect from Benchmarx, offers forming part of the Big Bang promotion include branded Neff multi-function ovens, Suffolk White moulded doors and beautiful pre-oiled solid oak worktops with 18 - 24mm narrow staves (all at excellent prices), to name but a few.
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Winner of the Kitchen Designer of the Year (Under £30K), sponsored by Omega, was Aileen Thomson of Kitchens International, with her 'blend of modern and traditional' kitchen.