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New Origin Brassware and Accessories

VitrA, one of Europe’s leading bathroom companies, has expanded both its Designer Collection and the recently launched Signature Collection with a new range of brassware and accessories,available to retailers from the end of June.

Subtle elegant design is the key theme of the outstanding new Origin brassware and accessories range from VitrA. Origin presents retailers, designers and consumers with a complete and versatile collection that is the perfect partner for contemporary sanitaryware.

Glenhawk bolsters team with Portfolio Manager appointment

-First £15.1 million of loans successfully redeemed with zero defaults or capital losses-

Glenhawk, the specialist property lender, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sophie Watson as Portfolio Manager, effective immediately. She joins Glenhawk’s 21-strong team from Octopus Property, as the business continues to attract new borrowers and disrupt the short term lending market.

Wintech Testing & Certification at the Fit Show 2019 @WintechTesting

Wintech Testing & Certification have been one of the market leaders in the testing and certification of fenestration products over the past 25 years. Due to the increasing demand on fabricators and systems companies to supply products which comply with stringent industry standards, Wintech are able to offer a customer-focussed solution. Exhibiting at the FIT Show this year on Stand H3, their expert team will be on hand to answer any of your burning questions about product testing & certification.

From their testing laboratory in Telford, Shropshire, they carry out the required testing for windows and doors, including BS 6375 cyclic and weathertightness testing, PAS 24:2016 Security Testing & WinMark Certification to help your products comply with Approved Document Q & Secured by Design. Their laboratory also has a dedicated glass testing facility which caters to a variety of different glass types.

Mates in Mind welcomes conversations on mental health, but encourages support for actions that are more than just words @MatesInMind

This week Mates in Mind is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 alongside more than 250 Supporters and Partners, and through them almost 200,000 workers across the UK. The charity believes business leaders are in a good position to address mental health in the workplace and encourages them to align these conversations with their business values as part of an enduring preventative strategy.

James Rudoni, Managing Director of Mates in Mind said:

New Aquarea Cascade Control for up to Ten Heat Pumps

  • Up to 10 Panasonic Aquarea heat pumps (160kW) can be connected
  • Easy-to-use interface with integrated touch display for instant system information
  • Smart connectivity for BEMS with built-in Modbus

Panasonic has introduced a new Aquarea Cascade Controller, with a highly integrated interface, to deliver increased energy-efficiency for large applications.

The controller can operate up to 10 Aquarea air-to-water heat pumps (160kW) simultaneously or in cascade mode, helping to meet the heating or cooling demand of commercial buildings more efficiently.

A Celebration of Self-Build at Grand Designs Live for 2019

Grand Designs Live, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, closed its doors on Sunday at the 15th edition of the show. Hosted once again by Grand Designs guru Kevin McCloud, the show was packed with over 500 carefully curated brands, affording visitors the chance to discover current trends, and explore the latest technologies and designs across Build, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Gardens and Interiors.

New Valarte Makes Classic Current

VitrA has announced details of a new bathroom range joining its Signature Collection during in March.  A perfect complement to the contemporary designs associated with VitrA, Valarte introduces the popular Shaker design which combines simplicity with fine craftsmanship and functionality.

Valarte is a modern take on a proven classic style that can be used in a traditional or a modern interior. The design, produced by VitrA’s in-house team, takes its inspiration from Shaker and is available in three soft, nostalgic and on trend shades with circular metal ring handles.  The comprehensive furniture range includes vanities, a statement towel cupboard and variety of dresser pieces.   The washbasin is also available with chrome legs bringing it bang up to date for today’s bathroom styles.

Customer Service in the Automotive Industry

If you revert to almost a decade ago, Britain was considered one of the worst nations for customer service in the western world. We as customers didn’t know how to receive it, while in similar fashion, sales people didn’t know how to deliver it, or simply didn’t want to. It all just seemed a little too ‘American’.

Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr. summarised the service here in the UK as “surly, slapdash and dreadful,” and his comments weren’t unfounded either. Research has discovered that UK businesses lose around £12 billion every year simply due to poor customer service.

Multi-million pound business park development set to bring 2,500 jobs to County Durham

A NEW multi-million pound business park development on a former colliery could see the creation of more than 2,500 jobs in County Durham, subject to planning permission.

As a first phase, Durham County Council is funding the construction of seven units (comprising 155,000 sq ft) at Jade Business Park, next to the A19 and Dalton Park, which will help revitalise east Durham.

New Steel Framing Conference Launching Next Month! @ExploreOffsite

Bringing together light steel frame manufacturers and industry professionals, the Focus on Framing conference and exhibition is new for 2019 – the first highly specialist event of its kind. Taking place on 04 of June at the NEC Birmingham, Focus on Framing will take an in-depth look at pioneering projects presented by those who conceived and developed the buildings that are gaining global attention.

Created for specifiers, engineers, architects, contractors, housebuilders, developers and manufacturers, this is a ‘must attend’ conference for construction professionals looking to explore the latest technological developments and solutions to overcome the challenges presented by new Building Regulations.

How to beat stress and keep the mind healthy

British Safety Council launches wellbeing videos with exercises and advice to help workers beat stress and maintain good mental health

Ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week (13 – 19 May), it is still true to say that mental health is considered the poor relation of physical health. Too many people are suffering in silence while at work. The British Safety Council is urging employers to make changes in the workplace that address mental wellbeing and is offering employees practical tools to help them deal with stress and anxiety at work.

Access North Ltd celebrates tripled turnover with new office and team growth

In the wake of tripled turnover and the launch of a brand-new division, West Yorkshire-based Access North Ltd is marking its biggest financial year to-date with an office relocation, following a recruitment drive which has seen the team double in size.

Company owners, Berenice and Daniel Northcott, credit the new Access North Build division – launched in 2018 – as the driving force behind the financial uplift, which has seen the group generate £1.75m of revenue over the past 12 months.

Wrightstyle supplies to major regeneration project in Edinburgh

Wrightstyle is supplying advanced glazing systems to a major regeneration project in the heart of old Edinburgh.

The company is supplying EI60 curtainwall screens and doors to its client Abbey Glass UK for the 7.5 acre New Waverley project in the city’s Old Town.

Already partially complete, New Waverley will consist of shops, restaurants, several hotels, 148 apartment and penthouses, and almost 200,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office space.

Has construction heeded the need for more apprentices?

There’s a well-known skills shortage within the UK construction industry. The issue has been prevalent over the last few years, with the apprenticeship scheme touted as a potential solution for sourcing homegrown talent into the construction sector. But has the construction sector made the most of the apprenticeship scheme in order the deal with the skills shortage? Nifty Lift, suppliers of work platforms investigate:

Gender and STEM: Breaking barriers

In recent times we have seen an added push, particularly during early years education, in getting children to go into STEM subjects following school. The issue is however, despite the fact science, technology, engineering and maths, is open to everyone, there exists connotations around it of male dominance.

The impression from outside the industry is one that has stuck for many years — manual labour, long working hours and rows of assembly lines. A survey carried out by Women in Manufacturing (WiM) found that almost three quarters of women would not consider a career in manufacturing as a viable option.