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12th October 2018
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While I haven't yet got a wodge of Blu Tak stuck to the camera lens on my computer and I haven't yet searched for a similar lens on my smart TV so I can put it out of action, I'm definitely one of those who ignores the regular emails from my gas and electricity supplier pleading with me to book an appointment to have a smart meter fitted at home. And it's not just the tone which is clearly meant to make me feel as if I've won the lottery as I read it, that makes me feel uneasy...
It appears that I'm not the only one who reacts in this way and I'm sure we're not all of a nervous disposition, and I doubt very much that we're all conspiracy theorists either.
Research conducted by www.showerstoyou.co.uk titled: 'The concerns preventing Brits from owning smart home technology', reveals that the threat and consequences of a 'hack/cyber-attack' at 39% is the biggest concern about smart home devices/appliances, by those who don't have any in their living environment. There's been a lot of press coverage lately about the threat of cyber-attack but the thought of someone hacking into my supply and somehow getting me to pay for their energy usage hadn't occurred to me until I read the report.
Having once shared a house with someone who seemed hell-bent on hacking into our neighbours' Internet with the goal of downloading lots of movies and music (they didn't stay long!) I can understand how this can happen though. However, I'm more concerned by the 'Big Brother' aspect than anything else. It's all a bit intrusive and to be honest, I'm pretty adept at keeping my bills to a minimum anyway. After all, who can afford to waste energy these days, with it being so darned expensive?
So as I'm not really sure what a smart meter could achieve for me, I will continue to ignore the emails and calls. Interestingly, the survey also revealed that the capability of some smart home devices/appliances to 'make smart decisions based on contents' (17%), is the least known feature by those who don't use them. Perhaps as these smart appliances can save us time, hassle and money and prevent unnecessary waste, we as an industry could be doing more to let consumers know about their benefits, don't you agree?
Now... where's my Blu Tak?
This Week's News
VitrA Bathrooms has secured another prestigious industry award, this time for Plural, the ground-breaking bathroom range designed in partnership with Terri Pecora. The Designer Kitchen and Bathroom Award for Innovation in Bathroom Product Design is the fourth award for VitrA from Designer Kitchen & Bathroom in recent years, with last year's award received for the Eternity accessories developed with Sebastian Conran.
Darren Paxford, national sales manager for VitrA (pictured) said at the awards ceremony: "I'm delighted to accept this award for the new Plural range - to be judged by such an esteemed panel is very gratifying. "
The latest revision to the British Standard covering wall tiling (www.tiles.org.uk) includes a number of important changes. One states - tiling direct to plywood is no longer recommended for wall tiling; a bespoke tiling backer board should be used.
The removal of plywood from the new Standard, as a recommended substrate for wall tiling, is viewed as necessary due to the wide variance in the quality of product now available on the UK market. A lot of cheaper imported plywoods are not able to provide a "stable and rigid background", as mentioned in the previous Standard.
For the second year running, Cosentino is providing one of its Elite Studios with a 50% scholarship to send a member of staff on the award-winning foundation degree course in Kitchen Design at Buckinghamshire New University, starting this Autumn.
Sleek cream furniture combined with a super slimline worktop in an inspiring natural finish give this kitchen designed and supplied by retailer Hitchings & Thomas a timeless, yet forward-thinking look.
The designers chose Zenith worktops by Wilsonart in Pyla, a natural wood effect. Zenith is an ultra slim solid core material with an ultra-black solid core, providing an attractive contrast around edges and for drainer grooves etc. It is easy to work with and can be cut and seamlessly joined on site.
Blush is back and is set to make a big impact in the kitchen and bathroom market. While rose gold and fuchsia have had their time to shine, British Ceramic Tile is embracing the return of the muted millennial pink hue, adding a playful, feminine vibe to homes with the launch of the new Illusion feature tile.
Building on the success of the existing grey Illusion feature floor, British Ceramic Tile has combined a classic, crisp white and dark grey with an on-trend shade of blush to raise its appeal in the style stakes. A confident choice, Illusion blush features a repeating cubic pattern that creates a visually intriguing 3D visual effect, adding depth and perspective to surfaces.
Blanco UK joined most of the country and hosted a coffee morning in aid of cancer charity, Macmillan. The fun included delicious home-made goodies and competitions, including a 'cake bake-off', 'place the cherry on the cake' and 'guess the length of the sausage roll'.
The event was a huge success and, thanks to donations from the staff who donated their winnings back into the pot and Simon Hart, managing director, who doubled the amount, the company raised a grand total of £500.
Renowned UK shower enclosure manufacturer, Aqata, has introduced its new Ceiling Fix Column. Interior styling and bathroom design often focuses on the hidden and unobtrusive aspect of fixtures and fittings... not so with Aqata's Ceiling Fix Column. This clever design makes a bold statement and becomes a feature of the showering space.
Indesit has reactivated its partnership with Craft & Crumb, award-winning cake and biscuit kit company, to offer consumers a free cake baking kit with the purchase of selected Indesit ovens and freestanding cookers. The promotion runs until 28th November 2018.
Indesit strives to encourage everyone in the family to help with the household chores, so there's more time for families to spend together doing the things they love.
Hoover Candy Group has appointed Damian Mellet to the position of account director for the brand's built-in offering in Ireland. With experience spanning almost 20 years, Damian brings a detailed understanding of the white goods trade sector.
Damian's new role will see him tasked with strengthening sales and overseeing the brand's distribution of built-in appliances across key accounts in the Irish network.
The Hotpoint Fresh Thinking for Forgotten Food pop-up café, located in East London, opened its doors to consumers recently, serving dishes that have been inspired by the most commonly wasted food in the UK.
Karonia has appointed Tim Gange as marketing assistant. Having recently graduated from Leeds Beckett University, Tim joins with a host of new and innovative ideas that will give fresh impetus to the company's digital marketing channels.
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