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The UK’s number one kitchen retailer – Wren Kitchens – has 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). 

What can we expect from petrol prices in 2020?

By the end of 2018, the average price of a litre of petrol in the UK was £1.21. In comparison, a decade ago this figure was closer to £0.89 per litre. Such surges in price reflect on how steep inflation has been, but what’s in store for the rest of 2019 for our empty tanks?

But what does this mean for 2020? Well, predictions are currently suggesting that the number of cars on the roads globally will have doubled. This leads to questions over whether this will affect the price of our fuel on forecourts.

Here, with Lookers, who offer a range of car servicing plans, we delve deeper to see what  we can expect to see from petrol prices throughout 2019…


New Elgin primary school in Moray, Scotland, has had a Sarnafil HD system installed to meet their need for a new high-quality flat roof refurbishment.

With previous roof re-coverings not up to scratch, the school needed a system to improve the building’s thermal performance, save energy and improve robustness – providing a solution tough enough to mitigate damage caused by vandalism attacks experienced at the school.

Luceco provides the perfect Climate for new Car Parking Facilities at The International Centre, Telford @Lucecogroup

Luceco has recently lit new parking facilities in Telford with Climate Extra, an IP65 rated LED energy efficient luminaire. The International Centre in Telford is a leading national business events venue, attracting over a quarter of a million visitors every year. Southwater Event Group has built the new six level multi-storey car park on three floors with room for 300 vehicles, on land beside Telford Town Ice Rink.

Climate Extra is a robust LED IP65 rated luminaire offering a market leading efficacy of 140 Llm/cW and 50,000 hours operational life with increased performance for improved energy efficiency. This cost-effective luminaire is available with integral microwave sensors in on /off or 10% corridor function or batten fit PIR sensors as well as DALI drivers and emergency back-up variants including Self-Test.


More than 20 architects have already signed up Russell Roof Tiles’ RIBA-approved training – a CPD programme dedicated to educating the industry about sustainability in roofing.

Investing in the training for the first time, the leading roof tile manufacturer joined the elite RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) CPD Providers Network just six months ago and has already seen architects from across a number of practices keen to participate.

The programme forms part of RIBA’s core curriculum and is geared towards the importance of sustainability within roofing and meeting today’s revised standards such as the BS 8612 – the British Standard for Dry-fixed Ridge, Hip and Verge Systems for Slating and Tiling.

Disabled cricket team nets first sponsor – thanks to chance haircut

Howzat for sealing a deal in style?! Award-winning concrete block manufacturer Besblock has signed a shirt sponsorship deal with Shropshire Disabled Cricket Team after a chance meeting in a barber shop.

Besblock MD Andrew Huxley was sitting in the chair next to Shaun Rigby, one of the team’s stars, when they started talking about cricket. Half an hour later they were shaking hands on Shropshire Disabled Cricket Team’s first ever match shirt sponsorship deal.

Panasonic Introduces R32 Big PACi Series @PanasonicUK

  • Expanded R32 line up with the arrival of Big PACi 20-25kW
  • Easy to install with light and split-able duct indoor unit
  • Water heat exchanger option

Leading the change to R32, Panasonic has introduced the R32 Big PACi Series. The series, available in 20kW and 25kW capacities uses R32 refrigerant, includes a water heat exchanger option and supports Panasonic’s ‘full switch to R32’ initiative and Environmental Vision 2050.


Indonesia based sliding and folding door hardware provider – P.T. Roda Bangun Mandiri – has recently specified P C Henderson for a sliding door hardware project at the Intercontinental Hotel in Bali.

The Taman Gita Restaurant, based within the hotel, has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment project which has given the restaurant a completely new look. The restaurant reopened its famous doors last year and now features an elegant, contemporary interior – accented with Balinese ornaments, high ceilings and monumental pillars.


Intergrated Security Manufacturing (ISM), a leader in the design, development and manufacture of Intercom systems for major housing projects, has won a significant contract to install its new IP-based communications technology at 800 dwellings in the Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.

ISM’s IP-Connect advanced digital technology comprises a range of easy to use outdoor panels and indoor monitors to provide Local Authority’s and tenants with a next generation solution that will deliver unprecedented levels of management and control.


James Latham has launched a competition across its social media platforms to celebrate the best projects and examples of design which have been created using their high-quality timber or decorative products.

Using the hashtag #LathamsDesign2019, the competition is inviting designers, architects, joiners, furniture makers – indeed anyone who uses their products – to share their images.

The competition, which runs throughout the UK and Ireland, launched in early July and will continue through until September 30.  Selected images will be showcased across Latham’s various social media platforms and the winning entry will receive a £500 voucher for Artist Residence, the eccentric boutique hotel group, with venues situated in Brighton, London, Oxfordshire, Penzance and Bristol.

Junipers Bar, Maidstone Featuring Havwoods Wood Flooring @havwoods

Transformed in early 2018, this sophisticated new cocktail bar is a stunning example of a successful renovation from a dated building into a new, bustling town centre destination.

Using a range of Havwoods premium products, the building’s interior has been transformed into a stylish, contemporary space that seamlessly integrates into its prime central location in the town.

Using a combination of products across the walls, floors and cladding – including Bronzo, Notte, Istra Stretched and Darna Stretched – the wood planks from Havwoods have created an updated retro décor with a modern twist.


A nationwide homelift company has extended the distance its latest range of domestic lifts can travel by half a metre to a maximum of 4.5 metres.

Stiltz Homelifts has rolled out the product update, which meets the BS EN 81-41 European standard for lifts traveling over three metres, to the Stiltz Duo+ Homelift and Stiltz Trio+ Homelift models.

The longer travel option allows the company’s authorised partners to reach out to end users with more varied types of property, such as period buildings or homes with high ceilings. 

Havwoods Launches New Global Website Platform

International wood flooring specialist, Havwoods, is delighted to announce the launch of its new Global Web Platform –  This new site will be the home of all the Havwoods websites globally, including the primary regions in the UK, Australia and North America, as well as digitally expanding into exciting new territories.

This milestone is the culmination of an extensive project to migrate all existing content into one hub. Geotagging means that the site will recommend the most relevant country currently available – if no specific local culture is available, then the “Rest of the World” site will be recommended. This site features the full global product range and is available in English.

Vulcan Property announce their expansion to the Eastbourne area

Vulcan Property Contractors announce their expansion to the Eastbourne area

Crawley based Vulcan Property Contractors are pleased to announce the continued expansion of their business.

The announcement, from Vulcan Property, follows the takeover of the long-established Ellis Building Contractors brand, to form ‘Vulcan Ellis Ltd’. Vulcan specialises in both commercial and residential construction projects and acquiring the Ellis brand (which is well known for delivering a diverse portfolio of award-winning projects for over 30 years across the South East) is an excellent platform upon which Vulcan can grow their market presence and share. 


In its tenth year, Screwfix is proud to announce that its Britain’s Top Tradesperson competition is now open, and builders can put themselves forward for the top prize.

The annual competition by Screwfix, aims to celebrate the outstanding work and professionalism of UK tradespeople, resulting in one exceptional individual winning a £20k trade bundle, comprising of £10k worth of tools, £5k tech and £5k to go towards future training.

Screwfix will shortlist the UK’s top tradespeople to take part in a semi-final, before picking the top 10 finalists, who will travel to Screwfix LIVE at Farnborough to meet a panel of judges.