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Insignia launch revolutionary new bathroom product

Insignia, one of the leading luxury showers brands in the UK has launched a unique fixing and sealing product for the bathroom.

The new product has undergone extensive research and development, and is a new sealing gum which Insignia state is not just simpler to use than traditional silicone but through a unique process, extremely strong, capable of cementing items to the wall and floor.


Guests to Sleep 2017 will be far from tired thanks to this colourful collaboration

Leading UK manufacturer Johnson Tiles will showcase its latest interior ranges for every guest and hospitality experience, alongside the results of an exciting meeting of minds, at the upcoming Sleep show – Europe’s hotel design, development and architecture event.

In a bold twist, the Johnson Tiles’ creative team has paired up with surface design duo, Patternistas – aka Suzanne and Chris Carpenter – to produce eye-catching panels, available for use in both internal and external schemes.

World First for the Manufacturing Industry

In a world first for the manufacturing industry, the Origin Window, a bespoke aluminium system can now be fabricated and delivered without a traditional lead time. This process is set to revolutionise the way in which the industry views lead times on bespoke products.

By applying the principles of Dr Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints to its manufacturing model, leading British manufacturer Origin has introduced the Origin Window to its revolutionary ‘Your Lead Time, Not Ours’ (YLTNO) promise.

Is Zero Waste Really Possible in a Staff Restaurant? Tricon Foodservice Consultants Explore The Issue

Paul Wright, Project Director at Tricon explores if it’s feasible to achieve “zero waste” in a staff restaurant and to what extent this objective is influenced by client policy.

Around 50% of all food produced on the planet never gets eaten.

The waste hierarchy provides an international recognised framework for waste management. Top priority is given to preventing waste in the first place followed by re-use, recycling, recovery and disposal. Thus “zero waste”, which encompasses elimination or re-use, is considered preferable to recycling or recovery. A number of chefs are opening restaurants pioneering the concept of “zero waste” operations, utilising full nose to tail menu planning.


James Bloom has been appointed Managing Director for Masthaven’s Short Term Lending division. This is a new role encompassing the bank’s bridging and development finance lending teams. James was previously Managing Director of the development finance team.

Commenting on his new role, James said:

TMB Offers Technology and Hospitality at LDI 2017

At LDI this year, TMB will once again feature exciting new technology in a comfortable, laid back setting.  We’re saving a chair for you!  From fixtures, control, and networking; to cabling, power distro, and rigging accessories; there’s plenty to check out at TMB.

Following on the spectacular success of our Flare and Flare LR fixtures, this year we proudly introduce the new Flare Q+ Rayzr.  The Rayzr offers famous Flare brightness, control, performance, and video-mapping features in a super low-profile, razor-thin format.  Flexible mounting and joining options are available for scenery, truss, pipe, and floor.  Vertically hang coupled units up to 3m in total length.  Rayzr has both silent and super-bright modes, and is available in 50 and 100cm lengths.

The Brasserie Blanc receives the Royal treatment from Axminster Carpets

The Brasserie Blanc, located at the front of Bournemouth’s prestigious Highcliffe Marriot Hotel has received the Royal treatment from luxury, British brand Axminster Carpets.

Awarded the Royal Warrant in 2012, the carpet manufacturer collaborated with PNW, Twickenham to develop a custom woven carpet that seamlessly, slipped in to the Art Deco surroundings.

Atkins-designed specialist care home begins work on site

Work has begun on site at the Atkins-designed Figbury Lodge Care Home, having been granted planning approval in September. The new care home specialises in dementia care and includes a unit especially adapted for resident reablement and rehabilitation, reducing hospital admissions and facilitating discharge from hospital where needed.

With a national shortage of affordable care home places, Figbury Lodge Care Home has been commissioned by the Borough of Poole to provide 80 new beds for Poole’s most vulnerable residents. Atkins is providing multi-disciplinary design consultancy services for the development.

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Management restructure at Vicaima Limited

Following five successful years at Vicaima, including three as Managing Director, Barry Waddell has decided to take early retirement from the company at the end of the year.  Arlindo Leite, Vicaima Group CEO thanked Barry for his tireless contribution to Vicaima and wished him every happiness for the future.

As a result of this decision Frederico Capela will assume the position of Managing Director for Vicaima Limited effective 1 December 2017.  Frederico has played an active role within the Vicaima Group for over 17 years, including two periods within the UK and four years as Executive Director of our operation in Brazil.   Speaking about his appointment Mr Capela said, “I am really excited to take on this new challenge and I look forward to the continued growth of such a successful and well respected manufacturer within the interior joinery market”. He went on to say, “Vicaima have everything it takes to reach even greater heights; committed employees, great products and a real passion for innovation”.


The construction industry still remains the most high-risk industry for injuries, according to HSE. But accidents can also happen in a building, so no matter what environment a company is in, it’s vital that they have all the correct equipment on site in order to protect workers to the highest standards.

Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, shares the top products to have to ensure building and site safety compliance.


Work has begun on The Old Printworks, a boutique new development from Quinn Estates that will transform part of the former headquarters and production facility of the Kent Messenger Group in Larkfield into a niche scheme of apartments and houses.

The launch event, held at the Sheldon Way construction site, was attended by Quinn Estates development director, Alastair Cracknell, along with Nicolas Heslop, Leader of Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and ward councillors, Cllr Tim Bishop and Cllr Anita Oakley, along with David Thornewell, Chairman of Larkfield Parish Council.

The holiday home industry and Brexit

Regardless whether you’re a holiday letting expert or you are new to the market, you should be aware of the latest changes in the political arena that have resulted in a decline in the purchase of family homes abroad.

Staycation is considered as the new vacation as booking a lodge in Cumbria or renting a flat it Bristol replaces the annual trip to Spain. However, combining with increasing competition from owners renting in order to pay mortgages and maintenance cost, getting those booking has never been so important for the holiday home market.

Together with Flogas, retailers of commercial gas, we give you an insight into the holiday home market and what holiday home owners can do to maximise their profits.

From the Science Museum in London to a mirrored shelter in China: The best in surface design is celebrated as the Surface Design Awards 2018 finalists are announced

The finalists of this year’s Surface Design Awards have been announced, unveiling some of the best projects from across the globe which feature innovative and exciting materials and surfaces. The shortlist of impressive projects range from internationally renowned museums to personal residential projects.

The Surface Design Awards are part of Surface Design Show (6-8 February 2018), the only event in the UK focusing solely on interior and exterior surface design, facilitating thousands of innovative and thrilling materials to connect with an audience of architects and designers.

The Surface Design Awards celebrate amazing examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects both in the UK and internationally.

Pallet Trucks UK urges Bonfire Night revellers not to burn pallets and combat deforestation

Pallet Trucks UK has urged those organising Bonfire Night attractions for the upcoming weekend to consider the environment when enjoying the festivities.

Wooden pallets have become a favoured fuel of choice for bonfires over recent years, with the load-bearing platforms being stacked in huge numbers to create massive fires. Whilst they might create a dazzling spectacle, this is detrimental to the environment and only results in further deforestation across the globe.

Phil Chesworth, Pallet Trucks UK Managing Director, said: “Bonfire Night is amazing, especially for young children seeing the fireworks and sparklers for the first time. It’s worth remembering however that burning wooden pallets on Bonfire Night is a somewhat wasteful choice that fuels deforestation in many countries.