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26th October 2018
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An industry such as ours relies on freight transport more than many others - and with so many of our appliances, kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and components coming from overseas, I've been wondering whether companies are worried, because of the way Brexit negotiations are going and some of the threats that are reported to have been made about lorries being deliberately delayed at the ports.
Perhaps there's no need to worry though, since, according to today's Logistics Update published by the Freight Transport Association in partnership with Santander, 'resilience dominates business thinking and planning where trade and the movement of goods are concerned.'
The study polled the opinions of more than 370 freight and logistics businesses operating in the UK and internationally, to provide industry insight into the latest political and economic developments. And three quarters of them are confident that their businesses will grow over the next three years.
So if they're not worried, perhaps we shouldn't be either? Companies trade with other companies. They want their businesses to thrive and I'm sure that whatever deal (or no deal) we end up with, we'll all be working together - whatever side of the channel we're on - to ensure that we can all continue to thrive.
Anything else would be stupid, wouldn't it?
This Week's News
The 2018 Bathroom and Kitchen Business Conference, delivered by the BMA, was hailed as a huge success by delegates that attended the event at the Vale Hotel and Resort, in the Vale of Glamorgan, last week.
A total of 170 delegates attended the conference and enjoyed the line-up of speakers that focused on a theme of 'building a new future'.
Plush bathroom brand VitrA Bathrooms will present its latest designer collaboration alongside some of its most iconic designs on Stand J23 at Europe's prominent hotel design event Sleep + Eat, taking place for the first time at London's historical venue Olympia (20th - 21st November).
VitrA will introduce new additions to its emblematic Istanbul collection conceived by Welsh designer Ross Lovegrove. Influenced by the cultural and architectural diversity of the Turkish city, the range combines elements from both East and West. Ross Lovegrove imagined products that represent VitrA's heritage fused with its visionary approach to design.
Jumpthegap is a biennial competition launched in 2004 by bathroom brand Roca in collaboration with the Barcelona Design Centre. The aim of the contest is for architects, designers and students to showcase their talent and submit new, innovative and sustainable concepts for the bathroom space of the future.
Entrants are encouraged to use their vision and create conceptually futuristic and innovative bathroom solutions, whether it's a new product, new space or even new uses and functions for the bathroom.
The Naya 6 sink from Blanco UK is the perfect finishing touch to create a stylish modern kitchen. The Silgranit PuraDur compact sink offers a spacious bowl with an integrated overflow. The rectangular outer edge means the sink has a sleek frame which blends seamlessly into the kitchen worktop.
International bathroom manufacturer VitrA has expanded its UK sales team with the appointment of Andrew Robinson as contracts sales manager for the North.
In a move that marks the brand's venture into new domestic appliance categories, high-end cooking product manufacturer Bertazzoni has launched its first ever dishwasher models to the UK and Irish markets, available to consumers from early 2019.
The new A+++-rated integrated models, available with or without a built-in sliding door, were showcased to positive reactions at design exhibition, EuroCucina, in early 2018. The 60cm products offer 14 place settings and eight wash programmes, including a self-cleaning function.
Currently studying Business Management at Swansea University, Alex has been given a range of responsibilities at Masterclass, including inputting and quantifying leads, copywriting for the company newsletter and website, managing brochure requests and social media.
Bringing a modern country vibe into the home is Keller Kitchens' new Winchester model. The kitchen, pictured in stain on veneer colour Grey, creates a warm and natural look featuring flaming rough veneers, with vertical grooves spaced 15cm apart.
Available in silk gloss lacquer or structured lacquer, the Winchester kitchen boasts beautiful colours from the Master, Trend and Comfort Collections, including 1,950 hues and natural stain on veneer shades, such as honey and oak, allowing homeowners to create their favourite look and feel.
Abacus Bathrooms has launched a portfolio of fantastic panelling products to answer today's demand for design-led, innovative kitchens and bathrooms. Launched as a perfect alternative to tiles, the inspirational ranges are equally at home in modern and classic schemes and offer the retailer and designer the edge in a competitive world.
The collection currently comprises two brands - the new M1 series PVC panels and the best-selling scratch-resistent Lustrolite glass effect panels. All panelling solutions are 100% waterproof and come with a 10-year guarantee. Super easy to clean and hygienic, and quick to install, the surfaces eliminate the need for grouting and are scratch resistant. They are suitable for both domestic and commercial applications.
Pedal power came to the Wilsonart group business units when staff from Polyrey (France), Resopal (Germany) and Wilsonart and Bushboard in the UK took to two wheels recently to raise funds for Les Papillons de Bergerac, a charity close to the Polyrey factory that supports children with autism.
The group rode for over 282 km (175 miles) with climbs adding up to 2333m in elevation. The ride involved 15 punishing hours in the saddle and started at the Polyrey factory in Couze and finished 53 miles away in Bergerac.
The annual golf tournament took place last week on the championship golf course at the Vale Resort Hotel, Vale of Glamorgan, the day before the bathroom and kitchen business conference. The raffle took place at the pre-conference dinner that same evening.
The show, hosted by Alan Titchmarsh, recognises inspirational people struggling with disabilities or serious health issues, by giving them a surprise makeover to help improve their quality of life. Designed by professional architects, each project is completed to a very high spec.
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