‘Parking space’ house in the Midlands would fetch £160,000

At only 5m by 2.5m, it’s compact to say the least. Yet a three-storey house the size of a parking space has been valued at £170,000 by one of the region’s biggest estate agents.

Jaspal Dhillon, boss of Places Birmingham, said the award-winning ‘Tikku’ house which has taken up residency in Brindleyplace would make a fantastic home.

The house arrived in the city on April 5 to highlight the dependency on cars and the alternatives you can have in their place.


The KitchenAid Iconic Fridge has been awarded one of the world’s most prestigious design awards – the Red Dot Award for Product Design.

The KitchenAid Iconic Fridge has been honoured with the award for invoking a sense of heritage with a beauty that is timeless. The ‘Red Dot’ is an internationally recognised hallmark for excellent design and quality, which is presented annually at one of the world’s largest design competitions, the Red Dot Awards.

Movers & Shakers: Rudridge promotes Pete Hathway to Branch Manager @Rudridge

Groundwork and materials supplier Rudridge has promoted Pete Hathway to the position of Branch Manager at their Horsham depot.

Pete has worked at the branch since it first opened its doors five years ago and was recently presented with a long-service award by the company.

Pete said:

“We have a great team working together at Horsham to deliver the very best service on behalf of all our customers. The branch continues to go from strength to strength and I am looking forward to working towards an even more successful future.”

Brian Austin appointed as new CEO of TÜV SÜD UK & Ireland

TÜV SÜD has appointed Brian Austin as its new CEO for the UK & Ireland. He takes over responsibility, from retiring CEO Michael Valente, for seven specialist divisions with a total turnover of £55million.

As an experienced CEO with a proven track record in the development and delivery of strategic plans that achieve significant business growth, Brian has also held senior-level roles across a range of other industries, including aerospace, defence and oil & gas.

Altecnic MD hands over the reins after 18 years with the company

Altecnic’s Managing Director Alan Sherwin is stepping down after 18 years with the Stafford-based specialist in plumbing and heating products and systems Altecnic. Having spent the last eight years as MD, Alan is retiring and handing over the role to Gary Perry, current OEM Sales & Technical Director, at the end of April this year.

Throughout his career, Alan refused to subscribe to the autocratic style of management and is proud that all of the substantial milestones that Altecnic has achieved since becoming MD have involved the buy-in of the entire workforce. This has developed a culture in which everyone works hard for the benefit of the business and not the individual. It’s a type of culture in an organisation that makes an MD’s role both rewarding and satisfying.


Leading tile supplier Solus Ceramics has launched a new provocative and experimental range of patterned tiles.

The new range, Elliptical, is a dramatic and divisive range that is particularly inspired by ornamental artwork, abstract creativity and experimentation.

Featuring ‘orb-like’ elliptical shades, the tiles in this range possess an ethereal aesthetic that is only emphasised by the hand painted quality of the patterns.

Celebrating the Best in Scottish architecture

GEZE UK will be celebrating the best in Scottish architecture when it sponsors the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards Dinner for the fourth year running.

The prestigious black-tie event will take place at The Hilton Glasgow, on Wednesday 20 June 2018 featuring a range of awards for architectural achievement.

These will include the announcement of the RIBA Awards for Scotland, the Forestry Commission Scotland/Wood for Good Timber Award, Historic Environment Scotland Conservation and Climate Change Award Saint-Gobain Emerging Architect Award and RIAS/Scottish Government Scotland’s Client of the Year Award.


7th April is World Health Day so isn’t it the perfect time to analyse how healthy our lifestyles are?

Sedentary living is an increasing problem. With research showing it to be causing more global deaths (5.3 million) than smoking*, it’s become the silent killer.

Office workers are especially at risk of the health consequences of sedentary lifestyles which include heart disease and cancer. What compounds this risk for them is the way most people work – sitting still for long periods of time and not being able to engage in physical activity for an 8 hour period.


  • Limited edition range includes eleven products in matte black

A popular, limited edition collection by Methven, the designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, has been expanded.

The award-winning Aio handset, featuring patented Aurajet® technology, has now been launched in matte black and added to the Methven Black collection. Paired with the Krome 120mm Rail Shower, with adjustable mounting brackets for easy retrofit installation, the Aio Black Rail Shower introduces the unparalleled Aurajet showering experience with the stunning new matte black aesthetic.

Risks around grey fleet and how to avoid them

It can be a tricky topic where businesses are concerned. However, grey fleet can be managed effectively when the right steps are taken. With 12 billion miles driven each year in grey fleet vehicles, it comes as no surprise that employers are paying out over five billion pounds a year in mileage claims and car allowances.

With recent news suggesting that grey fleet drivers may be over claiming on their mileage accounts, this adds up to a lot of extra costs for businesses across the country. The BVRLA is in fact urging bosses to get to grips with grey fleet by targeting a 50% reduction in mileage and costs by 2020.

Panasonic’s nanoe™ X Technology Delivers Fresh and Clean Air

  • nanoe™ X integrated with commercial air conditioning system
  • Air purification upgraded for bigger commercial applications
  • Ensures maximum comfort for commercial applications

Panasonic’s nanoe™ technology has been upgraded to provide enhanced air purification for an even healthier, cleaner environment, making it ideal for many applications including hospitals, schools and hotels. Recent research from the World Health Organisation has found indoor air pollution, such as tobacco smoke, occupational dust and fumes, to be a risk factor of respiratory diseases including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease*. nanoe™ X technology is currently available with Panasonic’s new R32 Floor Console and MU2/PU2 90×90 indoor cassette units compatible with VRF, PACi and GHP heating and cooling solutions.

Panasonic Presents the Future of Heating and Cooling at Mostra Convegno in Milan

Panasonic celebrated a double milestone at the biennial Mostra Convegno Expocomfort show in Milan this March, marking 100 years of the company and 60 years since the launch of its first air-conditioning product. Panasonic hosted a buzzing stand to showcase new solutions for the residential and commercial markets, while an insightful press conference was the ideal platform to present its global and European growth strategies.

Mostra Convegno is the biggest event in Europe for exhibiting excellence in climate control and renewable energies. The show opened its doors on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, with Panasonic hosting its press conference on the first day.

Could a greener fleet save you money?

As the government announced its plans to clean up the UK’s air quality by cutting down on air pollution, electric vehicles have taken a spot in the headlines — even more so now that the diesel and petrol cars have been branded significantly harmful for the environment. For business owners, a fleet of reliable vehicles is a vital cog in the smooth running of their business. However, electric vehicles have a stigma attached — a smaller mileage range, longer time taken to recharge and less charging points than petrol stations. It can seem like a no-brainer to keep running with a petrol or diesel fleet.

IronmongeryDirect launches new and exclusive ‘Bonnie Builder’ tights

In response to recent sub-zero temperatures and feedback to a customer survey, specialist UK supplier, IronmongeryDirect, has launched a new and exclusive product for builders and other tradespeople.

Bonnie Builder Tradesman’s Tights have been developed following a customer survey which revealed that many tradesmen wear their partners’ tights under trousers to keep warm when onsite during the colder months.

Understand, prevent, prepare and tackle – the four vital steps to protect your business from a fire

Fire and rescue services (FRS) attended 566,572 incidents in the year ending September 2017 – a three per cent increase compared with the previous year, according to the latest national statistics published by The Home Office.

The statistics also revealed that of all incidents attended by FRS in the year ending September 2017, fires accounted for 30 per cent and non-fire incidents at 31 per cent. The remaining 39 per cent were fire false alarms, which were the largest incident type.