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8th December 2017
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Glasgow-based Rearo believes the new range will accelerate demand for luxury shower panels which do away with the need to replace tiles.
Distributed exclusively through wholesalers, retailers and retail showrooms, Amber offers the full electric underfloor heating solution. The easy-to-use products include 100W/sq.m and 150W/sq.m AmberMat heating mats, 140W/sq.m AmberDry thin heating foils for installation directly below timber-based flooring - removing the requirement for latex - and two ranges of electronic, stylish thermostats.
I almost didn't click on the link to the full article but curiosity soon got the better of me... And the first thought that popped into my head as I read was: "Why?" If you don't know what I'm talking about, a group of youths wasted the West Midlands Fire Service's already stretched resources, calling them to the rescue when a stupid Internet prank went wrong... Whatever or whoever persuaded one of the men to cement his head inside a microwave oven using seven bags of Polyfilla, I just don't know.
And having spent an hour and a half trying to free their daft friend, all the group managed to do was feed an air tube into his mouth so he could breathe. Apparently, it took the firefighters an hour to free him from the appliance. I expect that some of them would have liked to leave him in there for a few days...
Talking of microwave ovens, my beloved Max (the one with the curved back, which sits tucked away in the corner of my kitchen and is the best kitchen appliance I've ever had) is broken. I'm hoping that it can be repaired but I've checked the Internet just in case, to see if it will be easy to get a replacement. I'm disappointed...
I don't want black and I don't particularly want silver! Whirlpool, which supplied my Max, was truly inspired when it designed these little masterpieces. As well as the brilliant shape which meant that despite accommodating a full-sized dinner plate, they could fit into the smallest of spaces, the appliances were offered with different functions and glowed with different coloured lights depending upon which function was in operation at any given time. They also played tunes, so users knew if something needed turning, stirring, or whether whatever was inside, was 'done'. Max microwaves used to come in a choice of colours, to suit the environment they were about to grace. They looked fabulous! I can still buy a kettle, toaster of cooker in bright or pastel colours, so why not the Max?
It's Christmas... the time of year that we're encouraged to ask for things we'd like. So - Come on Whirpool/Hotpoint... please go back to manufacturing the Max in different colours, for those who, like me, like to have a bit of colour in their lives... If you do, I'll happily publicise them in a sensible way...
This Week's News
Combined Independents (Holdings) Chairman Robin Millwood has called on the industry to pull together to increase margins, singling out retailers in particular as being able to do more.
Margaret Talbot, marketing manager VitrA (pictured right), said at the ceremony, held at the Bloomsbury Big Top in London:
BSH Home Appliances, manufacturer of the Bosch, Neff, Siemens and Gaggenau brands, tells us it is proud to announce that a wide range of its Bosch and Siemens appliances will carry the respected Quiet Mark approval programme award.
With open plan living becoming more and more the norm in our homes, as well as our preference for wood flooring and shutters rather than sound-absorbing carpeting and curtains; our quest for quieter appliances is ever-increasing.
Congratulations to British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation member Layne Ives of LSI Interiors, who has been awarded the Installer of The Year Award at the ek&bbusiness Awards & Review 2017 ceremony in Central London.
The premier event, hosted by comedian Rob Beckett, to a sell-out audience of over 500- saw Layne and his team presented with the award for his services to industry.
Congratulations to Bushboard for winning the Gold Award for Material Innovation, with its Options collection, at the 2017 Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards. Now in their 15th year, the awards celebrate the very best talent in kitchen and bathroom design.
Accepting the award, commerical director for Bushboard, Neil Horton, said:
Patrick Kielty presided at the event, which featured performances from Britain's Got Talent finalists Escala, magician David Penn and a grand finale show from pop star Beverley Knight. Poet Laureate for Birmingham, Matt Windle, was on hand to read a specially commissioned poem on the history of Armitage Shanks and its local significance.
The company has also revealed that it is now seeking a suitable partner and potential shareholder to be in place by the end of Q3 2018.
A company obsessed with the small things that make a big difference, British Ceramic Tile has launched a new corporate video to give retailers and buyers a real insight into the factory and its state of the art manufacturing processes.
For the past few years Abode has been wishing its customers and distributor partners 'Seasons Greetings' with a merry e-Christmas card. Instead of spending money on hundreds of Christmas cards, the caring Abode company has helped many people by donating money to different charities.
This year, Abode is making a donation to the registered charity Ochre, which promotes awareness of oesophageal cancer. This is in memory of Abode's media buyer, Bob Williams, who worked with Abode since its inception in 2002. Bob bravely fought his cancer last year and never lost his sense of humour or his cheeky smile.
Samsung is giving its customers the opportunity to be sure they've made a worthwhile investment with its new '100-Day Promise'.
The hamper includes a Smeg coffee machine, power tools for the home handyman, bottles of Prosecco, Christmas crackers, and other great Christmas treats.
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