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1st February 2019
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Our industry makes some fabulous products, designed to make our lives easier and more enjoyable and more often the innovations are also designed to help protect the environment by using less energy and water (and, in the case of many products, making us think we're using the same volume of water when really, we're using a lot less). I sometimes wonder where it will all end... when we'll have reached that pinnacle of luxury and opulence and there'll be no more improvements left to make.
As a consumer, I've always felt that the weak link has been in the fitting; that unless you're lucky (or clever) enough to employ a fitter who really knows the ropes, you're not going to get the best out of your purchase, however wonderful it might be.
That's one of the reasons I'm behind trade bodies such as those in our industry, which are championing the need for comprehensive training and education and a recognised accreditation for those that have proved they won't let their trade body down; that they won't bring it into disrepute for poor workmanship, overcharging or bad customer service.
I applaud the moves made by the British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation to ensure its members not only boast solid expertise, but that consumers are going to find it easier to access their local members in future (see its latest announcement, below). Although things may have changed in the interim, I'd never heard of a specialist accredited body for fitting these centerpieces of our homes, prior to joining this industry. We still have a long way to go before we reach the same level as 'Gas Safety' (ex-Corgi) fitter specification - but we're on our way.
I also applaud the Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association for getting behind the move to develop higher education apprenticeships for the furniture industry following the success of the Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeships that have recently been developed.
Today it has sent an email to its members, reminding us of our responsibility to help with the development of higher education apprenticeships via a survey by The Furniture Makers & the British Furniture Manufacturers Associations, on behalf of trade associations from across the UK furniture and interiors industries. It's our chance to shape our future, not only as an industry but as consumers too. The survey took me about two minutes to complete. Please have your say too at:
This Week's News
And the organisation did not disappoint the 100 industry representatives as it unveiled a new service which launches in the Spring.
Reaffirming its commitment to helping the trade save time and money, Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery is the first trade-only supplier of its type to add a transactional function to its website.
Combined Independents (Holdings), an electrical buying group, part of Euronics, Europe's largest electrical buying group, has announced the European wide rebrand of Euronics has now taken effect in the UK.
The UK rebrand encompasses a new logo, marketing materials, vehicle liveries, fasciae for members and a new website. Furthermore, the CIH reception has been refurbished to include kitchen furniture that is now available to CIH members through its unique partnership with DER KREIS (KBBG).
Renowned for pioneering kitchen tap design and technology initiatives, Blanco UK has launched the clever Evol-S Volume smart tap, demonstrating another step towards sustainability and smart functionality.
This revolutionary smart tap has an integrated measuring function with a precise rotary control to give users the exact amount of water they need. The specific volume is set with the scaling wheel while the measured amount is delivered via the intuitive touch sensor system. The standard mixer tap functions of temperature and flow are controlled by the lever on the opposite side - the Evol-S is available handed left or right.
Simon has brought together a team of experienced professionals to offer considered recruitment, accredited sales training, video marketing, social media solutions, end to end web development and business consultancy.
Following the announcement of Clive Chaplin's retirement, Bathroom Brands Group has announced the appointment of Roger Cooper as the Group's non-executive chairman.
Bringing colour, pattern and a funky new look to kitchen walls, recently launched Vista splashbacks have been an outstanding success for Bushboard. Hundreds of kitchen specialists have listed the new range and there is now a fabulous array of Point of Sale material with which to promote it.
Vista includes a compelling showroom lure like Summer Palms along with Moorish patterns, geometrics, weathered London brick, metro tiling and vintage prints (just some of the inspiring options in the new collection which includes 14 designs in 9mm mdf and six in 4mm acrylic).
Kai is the first range to join the collection; combining modern style with everyday usability, each component has been manufactured using the latest materials and water-control technology to ensure the ultimate bathing experience for every member of the family.
UK manufacturer, Kudos Showering Products is marking its 20th year of trading with ambitious growth plans for the business.
HiB is striking a chord for 2019 with the launch of a stunning musical ceiling light, designed to take a starring role in any bathroom. Rhythm combines sleek, minimalistic good looks with clever technology. Featuring a Bluetooth-enabled speaker, giving outstanding sound, Rhythm allows consumers to play music or news straight from their devices.
The inclusion of a remote control also allows the user to adjust the volume or skip a track at the touch of a button.
The multi-directional picker allows operators to pick from both sides of the warehouse's cantilever racking, with the capacity for up to 450 worktops per day. Capable of picking a worktop load of up to 1500Kg from a height of up to eight metres, the custom-designed platform reduces the likelihood of damage and is safer and easier for operators to use.
Inside, you will find everything you need from high-performance appliances and durable sinks and taps to top quality kitchen and bedroom furniture.
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