In an era of the burgeoning property rental and Airbnb market, two tech entrepreneurs from Lebanon are crowdfunding to unveil their new digital doorkey start-up, Smarke, to a global audience.

Smarke is a hardware and software concept that allows users to close and open their door locks using an app on their smartphones instead of physical keys.

Founders Charly Bousaid and Hady Abdelnour came up with the idea of a Bluetooth and WiFi enabled lock …


Buckinghamshire Advantage has been announced as the first organisation to receive support from the National Custom and Self Build Association’s (NaCSBA) newly implemented Right to Build Task Force. The expert Task Force was launched in February 2017 with the aim of helping Local Authorities, community groups and other organisations across the UK to deliver large, affordable custom and self build housing projects.

Buckinghamshire Advantage, the operational arm of Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP), is promoting the Aylesbury Woodlands …

Klober to sponsor UK Roofing Awards @Kloberltd @BMerchantsNews

Klober is proud to announce that it will be among the sponsors of the 2017 UK Roofing Awards at London’s Park Plaza and which this year will be hosted by popular BBC broadcaster Steph McGovern.

Covering 1​4 roofing disciplines, criteria assessed by the judging panel include degree of difficulty, workmanship, aesthetics, problem-solving, health & safety and each project’s environmental qualities. Klober General Manager Kevin Williams commented, “These awards recognize outstanding projects and technical excellence and play a major part in …

Kawneer systems installed on petrochemical giant’s landmark HQ

INEOS’ award-winning new HQ features Kawneer glazing on all four elevations.

 Architects for the newly-completed £20 million INEOS HQ in Grangemouth turned to Kawneer glazing systems when addressing the specific engineering requirements for a building adjacent to a chemical plant.

Kawneer’s AA®110 zone-drained curtain walling with 65mm sightlines, top-hung casement windows and commercial entrance doors were specified by Michael Laird Architects for the landmark headquarters at INEOS’ 1,700-acre site in Grangemouth, Stirlingshire.

During 2015, INEOS unveiled plans to build a …


Saracen Interiors has announced a run of contract wins at the end of 2017’s first quarter putting the award winning, workplace consultant on track to complete almost 100,000 square feet of fit out and refurbishment work in the coming weeks.


All of the wins are first time clients for Saracen and were won in competition, with big brand names like Samsung, Call Credit and Giraffe Restaurants featuring in the mix. The company will complete a fast track office fit …

Charity Jailbreak ‘escapees’ are set to hit the streets @checkatrade

With an unrivalled passion for supporting local communities, Checkatrade, the online resource which helps homeowners source a reputable tradesperson in their local area, has launched its annual Charity Jailbreak held in partnership with leading West Sussex radio station, Spirit FM!

Held on Sunday 7 May, the fake fugitives will compete in teams of four, meeting at Fontwell Park Racecourse where they will be handcuffed together, board one of the coaches generously donated by Richardson’s and sent to the slammer!

However, …

“Spotlights Are the Right Choice for Any Setting”, Says BLT Direct @bltdirect

UK supplier of premium lighting solutions, BLT Direct, is highlighting the versatility of spotlights, hailing them the “right choice for any setting.” While other light bulbs such as LED strip lights or multi coloured flood lights have very niche purposes, investing heavily in spotlights such as GU10 LED light bulbs is the sensible choice for any development firm.

Steven Ellwood, Managing Director of BLT Direct explained, “As a construction or development firm, it is important to stock a ‘tool kit’ …

Midland Pallet Trucks Adds To Line Up With New Products @MidPalletTrucks

Materials handling expert, Midland Pallet Trucks, has just expanded its range with two premium quality, high capacity hand stacker trucks. Available in varying weight capacities and lift heights, the aluminium mast trucks boast a number of features ideal for a variety of workplaces.

Strong and unswerving, the new stacker trucks are made from a lightweight aluminium material, ensuring they are easily moveable around workspaces. However don’t be fooled by their lightweight nature; the trucks pack a mighty punch where

Over A Quarter Of First Time Buyers’ Ask Parents To Decorate Their Homes

Mum and Dad are responsible for decorating the homes of more than one in four first-time buyers. What’s more most first-time buyers admit to not knowing how to do DIY.


A lack of confidence and self-proclaimed laziness are the two biggest reasons why more than a quarter of first-time buyers get help from their parents to decorate their new homes.

Interiors specialist Hillarys ( conducted the research to uncover the decorating habits and preferences of first-time buyers. 2,592 …

Luxembourg to explore converging disruptions @ICTSpring

Major innovators & influencers join forces to present the next FinTech, Digital & Space disruptions to come on May 9th and 10th

Strategically located in the heart of Europe, ICT Spring Europe 2017 will gather more than 5,000 key decision makers in IT, finance, banking, space, web, manufacturing and marketing, as well as investors, entrepreneurs, and start-ups from over 70 countries, on May 9th and 10th in Luxembourg. The organizers of ICT Spring Europe 2017 announced several

New visualisations give first look at redeveloped Unity Theatre

Unity Theatre has worked with Liverpool based architects, K2, and contractors and social enterprise Vivark, to deliver the ambitious £845,000 Build Unity Better redevelopment project, which will transform the front of house spaces, and enable the theatre to be more environmentally and financially sustainable.

Throughout its history, Unity Theatre has been a home for high-quality, radical theatre, making a vital contribution to Liverpool’s reputation as a word-class theatre city. The redevelopment work will make it possible for even more talented …

Liverpool Town Hall chooses Smith’s Caspian Concealed @SmithsEP_UK

The M&E team at Liverpool City Council has selected 20 Smith’s Caspian Concealed fan convectors for its Town Hall, a Grade I listed 18th Century building to keep it warm this winter. Smith’s Caspian Universal Concealed was developed especially for this project and is now regularly specified as part of the heating solution for listed buildings such as churches, hotels and other commercial premises.

Situated in the heart of the city centre, the Town Hall is well-known for having hosted …

Williams Lester Appoints New Director @WL_Architects

Leading Dorset and Hampshire chartered architects practice, Williams Lester, is delighted to announce the appointment of new Director, James Green.


James Green joins the current board of directors, Andrew Kenyon and Stephen Johnson, bringing 20 years experience as an architect. This particular appointment is especially significant for the practice as 2017 marks Williams Lester’s 30th anniversary year.


The new directors bring invigorated energy and leadership to deliver the company’s ambitious objectives following the retirement of founding Director, …

Timber gate death sparks new DHF plea to check all gates for safety

With the DHF initiative, ‘Gate Safety Week’, now well underway, the Tamworth-based trade association is urging the industry to be aware of its responsibilities in ensuring that all gates are safe for use.  The appeal follows the recent death of a 49-year-old tradesman, when a timber gate fell on him at a residential address in Lincolnshire on 9 March.  Gate Safety Week, which takes place each October and will be taking place this year from 9th – 15th, is the …


  • Financial stability topped the poll
  • Buying a home, achieving health and fitness goals and climbing the career ladder were also popular goals for millennials

AMBITIOUS millennials are prioritising financial security, home ownership and career progression over marriage and having children, according to new research.

A survey of 2,017 UK adults, carried out by personal training course provider, revealed 88% of British millennials have financial stability on their bucket lists.

Buying a home (82%), achieving health and fitness goals …