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6th January 2017
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Assessing the washing machine, Which? noted that it is 'dead easy' to use; the testers also loved the 'large and clear digital display' and the wide door opening, which enables easier loading and unloading of large items, such as a duvet, and particularly commended the way in which the FSCR 10432 'kept washing and spinning noises to a minimum'.
With immediate effect all washbasin units and occasional units will have LED under unit mood lighting fitted as standard. This accent lighting offers subtle illumination below the unit, perfect for creating an atmosphere of subdued lighting or for use as low level lighting at night-time.
Drawing on its 20 years' expertise in the stone industry and responding head-on to current trends in worksurface design, Ceralsio surfaces from CRL tap into the huge move towards ceramic worktops coming out of Europe.
Welcome to the first 2017 issue of KBzine. I hope you had a good break and that you are one of the few people who managed to avoid that dreadful virus that's had the majority of us laid low with raging sore throats and hacking coughs over the past month. My daughter has a theory that we tend to get sick around holiday times, because we can. That may sound odd but I feel she could have a point since her argument is that we're all so busy throughout the year, we don't have time to be unwell so we psychologically send the virus away until we have time to succumb to it. We relax and - poof - suddenly the virus takes hold! As I say, it sounds odd but I see it happen so often, perhaps it's true...
Another way of looking at it is that in the lead up to the holidays, we're so busy rushing around to meet deadlines, fulfil orders and tie-up loose ends before we finally leave the workplace, that we don't look after ourselves enough by eating well, resting or exercising enough and getting plenty of fresh air and a good night's sleep, thus leaving ourselves run down and vulnerable to attack.
Then there's the argument that we're physically closer to others around holiday times too, and thus more likely to pick up a virus when shoehorned into an aeroplane, for example, or squeezed into a tightly packed club or pub...
John and I, who were both unwell when we put our last issue together, reckon we're lucky to work from our respective home offices, since at least we can work as and when we're up to it (and can dress accordingly) and don't have to go out at some unearthly hour and de-ice our cars or pack into ridiculously crowded trains with the heating on full blast while we're sweating in our outdoor coats and hats! This year has been particularly bad for illness, which leads me to wonder how you cope.
Everyone seems to be running a pretty tight ship these days, so if even a quarter of your workforce are struck down, it leaves a gaping hole. And what about delivery drivers and fitters, who can't just suddenly double the workload to cover others' absences, or pull extra hours out of the hat to make up for time lost through being ill?
This Week's News
ArtiCAD has enjoyed a strategic partnership with Smart Systems for several years, providing mutual customers with fully integrated, comprehensive design, pricing and management tools. The acquisition, announced at the end of 2016, will foster even more technology integration between the two companies with the aim of delivering an ever-improving customer experience together with access to hundreds of manufacturers' product catalogues.
Performance appraisals won't automatically lead to improvements, but it's equally misguided to say that they'll never work and should simply be abolished, says the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development in a new report which refutes others' claims that appraisals are a relic of the past.
There have been plenty of leading stories in the press about corporate household names who're getting rid of their annual appraisals in favour of more informal processes. And with hard-hitting language such as 'axe', 'abolish' and 'kill' being used to describe this shift, these headlines are bolstering the widespread assumption that traditional methods don't work.
AKW, manufacturer of accessible bathroom, kitchen and mobility support solutions, has been extensively featured on a programme titled 'Caring Communities', produced jointly by ITN Productions and Care England. Now in its third year running, the programme features key industry interviews and news-style reports along with sponsored editorial profiles, exploring the complex role of care and the remarkable initiatives happening in the sector as demand grows exponentially.
The 42-acre masterplan for Battersea Power Station has generated investment totaling around £8 billion, making it one of the most significant urban developments in the world. As part of phase 1, the first 866 homes out of a total of 3900 are being built and German firm Deba has delivered 1,241 bespoke Laufen bathroom pods on time for integration into these residences.
Especially for this project, Laufen produced 1241 Kartell by Laufen wall-hung WCs, 1,241 bespoke Sentec washbasins and 750 Marbond shower trays in a total of 200 different bespoke variations.
British furniture manufacturer and interiors design business Mark Taylor Design is helping raise standards in the kitchen industry while supporting budding designers with the provision of a scholarship in conjunction with TKET for a student on the Foundation Degree Course in Kitchen Design at Buckinghamshire New University.
With the days getting shorter and the hectic build-up to Christmas getting longer, it was time for a well-deserved break for a group of hardworking retailers! Last year, Faith Furniture Company invited all retail partners of its LochAnna kitchen brand to take part in a fantastic incentive to win some Winter sun on an end-of-year excursion to Tenerife - and they rose to the challenge.
The new collection - which includes four washing machines, a washer-dryer, two tumble dryers and a 15-place setting dishwasher - means Belling now provides a complete range of home appliances.
Over the past two years, instead of spending money on hundreds of Christmas cards for its customers and distributor partners, Abode has helped many people by donating money and gifts to different charities. This Christmas, Abode donated to the largest annual 'Christmas Toy Appeal' in the UK - Mission Christmas.
Nationwide supplier of high-quality kitchens and service to the project market, Alno Contracts (a division of Alno UK), donned Christmas jumpers at its office in Sevenoaks for Christmas Jumper Day in aid of the Save the Children charity.
Daniel Peek (pictured left) and Tim Barrett (below right) both join the award-winning Andover-based company as commercial managers and will be responsible for business development as well as strengthening relationships with existing customers.
Gary joined Merlyn, from Novellini, back in 2006, after resolving that Merlyn was an organisation of which he wanted to be part.
Baumatic has launched a stylish standalone brochure to promote The Matte Collection - its range of 60cm single multifunction ovens that are available in a subtle matte finish.
Packed with new and bestselling products, Caple's latest full-colour sink and tap brochure provides the perfect sales tool for retailers and an inspirational guide for consumers, offering all the information required to help them choose the perfect sink and tap.
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