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30th July 2019
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The wide range of options within the Sento range has now been extended with the addition of new washbasin units, designed to work with countertop bowls.
The everlasting appeal of ceramic sinks and bowls lies in the natural look and feel. A tactile, deep glaze finish creates a beautiful work space while modern production techniques allow for contemporary shapes with slim rims and small radius designs.
I wish Whirlpool luck in trying to trace all the owners of its tumble dryers that may potentially be unsafe. Anyone would think that the offer of a free replacement dryer; a free in-home modification; a refund based on the age of the appliance, or the chance to upgrade the dryer to a superior model for a fraction of the retail price, would be enough to have the owners beating a path to Whirlpool's doors, but I don't think it's going to be that easy - particularly with the thriving second hand market we have these days and people's general reluctance to register their new appliances.
In case you hadn't heard, the manufacturer has issued a recall of its tumble dryers that have not yet been modified under its long-running safety campaign, to encourage any remaining owners of affected dryers to make contact immediately. The campaign began in 2015 and has already resolved the issue for 1.7 million people - an impressive success rate of up to five times the UK average for a product recall, but not every owner has come forward.
The fresh appeal and recall is part of a renewed drive to raise awareness, which includes a £1 million advertising campaign. The safety notice relates to certain models of Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline dryers built between 2004 and 2015. Affected dryers pose a potential safety risk if not modified or replaced and anyone with an affected dryer should unplug it immediately and stop using it. People can instantly check if their dryer is one of those affected by calling 0800 151 0905, (the call centre is open seven days a week) or by visiting www.whirlpool.co.uk
I believe all of us in this industry have a responsibility to get the word out so that as many of those as possible, who may have an appliance that needs modifying, are aware of the action they should take. I often say to people that while we're all 'in the trade' we're also consumers in as much as we have kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and all that they contain. Indeed, some of us may even own one of the appliances that has been recalled and may not be aware of it...
Keep your eyes peeled, won't you? And if you see anyone with one of these brands, please get them to check that it's not on the recall list. Whirlpool's doing the right thing by recalling the appliances that require modification. Let's help the company get the message across. It may just save a life.
This Week's News
Paymentsense, Europe's largest merchant services provider, has just released new findings on the waning level of consumer patience in Britain.
Organisation and storage is one of the biggest stress points in the kitchen, from the largest open-plan spaces to the most compact, so good kitchen design will cater for this. With some clever design features space, comfort and aesthetics can all be maximised, while creating a highly practical kitchen.
Eggersmann's UK Director, Daniel Bowler, shares his top tips for creating an organised kitchen for your customers:
The bespoke laminate designed by Matthew complements the Formica Collection and showcases the possibilities opened up by Formica Group's ongoing series of designer collaborations, which has previously included Okuda San Miguel and Nina Mur. Named MDJ Kuu ('kuu' is Finnish for 'moon') the laminate texture replicates, to scale, the surface of the dark side of the moon.
Keller Kitchens has appointed Tim Spann as national sales manager for the UK to continue the growth in UK sales for the company and its dealers.
Dedicated KBB and merchant service provider Acres Consultancy and award winning interactive design software company Virtual Worlds are hosting a training workshop for KBB retailers on Thursday 1st August.
The event offers KBB retailers the opportunity to experience the latest product developments from Virtual Worlds and gain valuable advice on digital media, recruitment and training from Acres Consultancy.
Combined Independents (Holdings) (CIH), the electrical buying group, part of Euronics, has announced the appointment of Norman Bruce to buyer, brown goods.
Planning for a new kitchen can be a difficult task when there is so much to choose from in terms of cabinetry style, finish and colour. Add worktops, appliances, lighting and finishing touches to the mix and it's easy to see why it can be a daunting thought.
So why not open up your clients' options and pick a small selection of their favourite designs and blend them together to create a unique, personal space that your clients will love?
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has named Ellis Watson, executive chairman and former CEO of DC Thomson, one of the leading media organisations in the UK, as a speaker at the 2019 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference.
Ellis will open the conference with a motivational presentation using his experiences from rebranding, overhauling, reinvigorating and expanding a number of different businesses from entertainment to transport.
Warm, glowing copper is having its moment in the spotlight as interior designers use it with contrasting materials to create a variety of feels from mid-century cool to Scandinavian luxury. VitrA has extended its popular accessory range, Eternity by Sebastian Conran, by adding a luxury copper finish to the existing chrome and gold finishes.
Like all the finishes across the ranges, the new copper is easy to clean and does not need any special polishing or treatment. The copper is combined with either black or white accents in the bases of the soap dispenser, bin, toothbrush and WC brush holder.
WiFi-connected washing machines can be controlled and monitored through the Hoover Wizard App, which provides access to additional washing programmes, maintenance advice and the user manual.
The rollfold continues the lifestyle theme of Lakes' main 'Designed for Life' brochure for consistency in look and impact.
Inside the Barton-upon-Humber factory where, pictured here, they're manufacturing bespoke panels for creating dream kitchens, Wren Kitchens' staff are celebrating the fact that the company has fulfilled a dream of its own... having been internationally commended for its manufacturing facilities in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
Wren's state-of-the-art factories make over 2,000 kitchens every week and they've recently achieved an official stamp of approval by the worldwide standard-setting body - International Standards Organisation (ISO).
Whilst it is not compulsory for companies/employers to invest in these lifesaving machines, Wilsonart ,which employs over 150 people at its busy manufacturing, sales and marketing facility in Shildon, recognised that people are becoming familiar with the concept and use of the machines in all walks of life.
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KBB design software specialist Virtual Worlds is reaching out to former Bathstore designers affected by the collapse of the retail chain, to offer them free training on its interactive 3D and 4D programmes.