Pimlico Plumbers - Real Business Column

Charlie Mullins - Pimlico Plumbers- Real Business Column

It’s a sign of the times that the word ‘hustle’ has taken on a fresh and more respectable meaning when it comes to business.

In my day, the hustle was a dance popular in the discotheques (now there IS a word you don’t hear any more!) of my 1970’s youth.

Alternatively, it referred to someone with an ability to take a few quid off you in a game of pool or a geezer knocking out counterfeit videos which, when you got them home, were usually unwatchable.

However, these days many a respected business figure happily put their success down to their hustling spirit. 

Appointments to ‘fan the Flame’ at heating merchant

Appointments to ‘fan the Flame’ at heating merchant

Flame Heating Group is setting itself up for continued success in 2019 after making a series of new appointments across its branch network in the North East.

The Boldon-headquartered heating and plumbing merchant has increased its workforce by 10 percent after welcoming six new starters, as well as an internal promotion to a newly-created role. 

Lee Baker has joined Flame as Branch Manager of its Newcastle merchant, while Matt Lindley has progressed to the role of contracts manager, having previously worked as product information manager. 

Jonathan Stobbs has been appointed as technical support supervisor at Flame’s lead branch in Gateshead, with Ivar Hakansson and Kyle Housby joining as drivers at the company’s Newcastle and South Shield outlets, respectively. 

Network Rail to scrap toilet charge

Public toilets with toilet charge

It’s good news for commuters as Network Rail scraps toilet charges at Leeds, Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street stations and vows to end toilet charges at all 20 of its stations by 1st April 2019.

Network Rail own and operate the railway infrastructure in England, Wales and Scotland on behalf of the nation, with 20 of Britain’s busiest railway stations under its management. The move is part of a nationwide drive to make its stations “more friendly, accessible and open”.

'New Traditional' with Dark Gold Art Moderne II Towel Warmer by Vogue (UK)

Dark Gold Art Moderne II Towel Warmer

The UK’s largest British designer and manufacturer of premium Radiators and Towel Warmers, Vogue (UK), represent the growing style trend ‘New Traditional’ with its Art Moderne II Towel Warmer: a pioneering heating solution that redefines traditional interiors with a modern perspective.  

Bridging the cap for both modernist and traditionalist at heart, Art Moderne II’sheritage styling with period ball joints and crosshead capstan-style valves work in perfect contrast with its contemporary dual finish and unique hexagonal multi-rail design: hexagonal uprights and round horizontal bars. 

Warming the cool marble backdrop, the Art Moderne II Towel Warmer creates high impact with its lustrous shine and impeccably symmetrical silhouette.  

‘Wow factor’ heating with NEW Fog Towel Warmer by Aestus

Fog Towel Warmer by Aestus

Do you want to make a statement in your bathroom or home interior? Aestus, leading British manufacturer and supplier of high quality designer radiators and towel rails has the answer with the introduction of Fog, part of the Contemporary Towel Warmer Collection. 

Specifically designed with the style conscious in mind, Fog commands your attention with its distinct silhouettes, fluid contouring and deceptively simple comb-likestyling. 

Organic lines and smooth rounded edges define this heating solution, with Fog fully embracing the latest desire for contemporary working art in the home. 

Aries Mirror From the Contemporary Collection by Aestus

Aries Mirror From the Contemporary Collection by Aestus

A completely new concept from and by Aestus, the new ARIES radiator is seen here with a highly practical integral Mirror for the height of contemporary appeal. ARIES Mirror can be finished in either white or anthracite and it provides a high heat output of 1122W (3828 Btu/hr). The elegant oval tubing of ARIES frames the supremely practical full length mirror to guarantee style, sophistication and comfort in any interior setting. The ARIES Mirror Radiator in Anthracite or white, from the Contemporary Collection by Aestus. 

The Aries Mirror dimensions are 1800mm x h 500mm w x 106mm depth. It retails at £436 including VAT, which includes a 15 year guarantee. 

‘Serene Statement’ with Jazz Towel Warmer by Aestus

Jazz Towel Warmer by Aestus

Aestus, leading manufacturer and supplier of designer Radiators and Towel Warmers keep it simple with Jazz: a modern towel warmer design available in four convenient heights. 

Building on last year’s very popular Nordic inspired interiors, 2019 is championing the ‘Barely-there’ trend which adopts the same muted colour palette that is brought to life with simple, yet strong accessories. 

Jazz from Aestus would make the perfect addition to a ‘barely-there’ interior scheme, designed with distinct square tubing and a brushed or polished stainless steel finish that will naturally enhance a lighter backdrop.   

Will 2019 be the year of the smart bathroom?

smart bathroom

With smart home systems such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple HomeKit now more affordable, the home of the future is fast becoming a reality.

Cast your mind back just 5 years ago. The idea of controlling everything in your home, from lighting to heating and from security to entertainment, probably seemed like science fiction. However, with numerous smart home systems being bought as gifts at Christmas, many people are now exploring the full capabilities of their new time-saving gadgets.

Switch2 Energy welcomes government plan to regulate heat networks

heat networks

Community and district heating specialist Switch2 Energy has welcomed the government's move to regulate heat networks.

This announcement comes in response to recommendations by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and by industry specialists, such as Switch2, through the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) Heat Network Industry Task Force

This regulatory plan is part of the government's market framework: Heat networks: ensuring sustained investment and protecting consumers, published on 7 December 2018. Its aim is to encourage further investment in the sector, protect customers and support decarbonisation.