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Bathroom supplier presses ahead with plans to become top specified new build brand

Bathroom supplier presses ahead with plans to become top specified new build brand

Yorkshire-based bathroom supplier Easy Bathrooms ramped up its headcount by 60% and opened 11 additional showrooms in 2018, in its plan to become the UK’s number-one specified new-build brand.

The company now has 28 showrooms across the UK, with stores launching across the South of England – including Bracknell, Chelmsford and Norwich – in 2018; boosting staff numbers to 161. The stores aid housebuilders’ ability to improve buyers’ experiences – by providing an inspirational showroom for them to browse and make their bathroom choices.

Van drivers urged to use winter tyres

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Van and truck drivers are being warned to make sure their tyres are fit for winter conditions amid fears of increased accidents on icy roads.
Commercial vehicle leasing giant LeaseVan.co.uk claim drivers are 20% more likely to suffer a road accident during the winter months.

The company supplied thousands of vans to UK drivers each year and are warning their customers to make sure their tyres are fit for winter driving conditions.

This may mean changing their tyres altogether and replacing them with specialist winter treads, particularly if driving on remote country roads. 

Tax Specialist Issues Advice for Self Assessment Tax Returns Prior to 31st January Deadline

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With the 31st January 2019 deadline looming, tax preparation specialist David Redfern, Managing Director of DSR Tax Claims Ltd, has issued his top tips to ensure that your Self Assessment tax return is as painless as possible. Although taxpayers who are subject to Self Assessment can submit their tax returns as early as 6th April following the end of the tax year, many of the 11 million taxpayers who must send a Self Assessment tax return leave it until the last moment, risking fines and penalties for late filing and payment. Redfern's top tips aim to prevent the misery of HMRC penalties by ensuring that your Self Assessment tax return is submitted accurately and on time.

Multigenerational bathrooms: Why the industry needs to cater for all

Multigenerational bathrooms

With an ageing population and an increasing number of adult children returning to their parental homes after moving out, multigenerational living in the UK is on the rise. Research by insurance company Aviva* shows that multi-family households in the UK grew by 50% between 2005 and 2015. Assuming the same rate of growth in the next 10 years, there will be almost half a million multi-family households by 2025.

Having two - or even three - generations living under one roof means families are required to adapt their home to meet everyone’s needs and one room where this can prove difficult, is the bathroom.

A guide to water pressure – which taps will work in your bathroom?

Shower water pressure

Whilst you may have a specific interior lead idea as to the exact taps that you want to include in your bathroom, it’s important to remember that not all taps on the market will work in your home. Water pressure plays a huge role in the efficiency of your taps, and ensuring you understand both what kind of water pressure your home has, and which brassware will work inline with this, is important. 

So, what is water pressure? 

The basic principle of water pressure is a simple one, pressure is measured in “bars” and one “bar” is the equivalent to the force required to push water up to the height of 10 metres. 

‘Strength in Detail’ with MGS Ergon from Grange Design

MGS Ergon from Grange Design

The newest interior fashions set to hit the bathroom in 2019 are showing a strong desire for ‘usability design’ with ergonomic product solutions in dark matt and industrial-style finishes predicted as top priority. To answer this future trend, leading UK based designer, manufacturer and specialist distributer for the bathroom industry, Grange Design, introduce MGS’s Ergon Collection: a dynamic knurled handle Tap Collection that optimises utility and beauty. 

S70 Towel Warmer by Aestus

S70 Towel Warmer by Aestus

Aestus, brings a touch of quality to enhance the look of any room with its Contemporary design.  Wall mounted for space saving and aesthetic this multifunctional S70 towel warmer is a ‘must have’ in any modern bathroom, with the new trend for cubic design styles and multipurpose heating solutions.

S70 with its discreet, slim line, wall mounted design, providing heat without impacting the floor space available, can also be fitted in any room in either horizontal or vertical design dependent on the wall space available.S70can function as a heater as well as for storage, it is also kinder to the environment, keeping towels dry and free from moisture or mould. 

Plumb Inn Joins Vital Search For Missing Children

Plumb Inn Joins Vital Search For Missing Children

London-based Plumb Inn Ltd have joined the vital search for missing children across the UK as part of a partnership between The IPG and Missing People, with its campaign spanning all three of its branches.

The IPG is a membership group for plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists. Through its network of local, independent businesses, the group has a presence in over 200 locations across the country, so are well-placed to support with Missing People’s ongoing battle locating missing children. 

British Safety Council Calls For Maintaining High Standards After Brexit

British Safety Council Calls For Maintaining High Standards After Brexit

The British Safety Council has reiterated its demand that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU must not in any way erode the progress made in the UK over the last four decades on workplace health, safety and welfare standards, together with the protection of workers’ rights and product safety. The Council says the adoption of EU directives into the UK legislative framework has been instrumental in the continual improvement in these areas, resulting in dramatic reductions in workplace fatalities and injuries, as well as enhanced recognition of occupational health issues.

UK first for Altecnic as Intaball valves attain new standard

UK first for Altecnic as Intaball valves attain new standard

In a first for the UK's plumbing and heating industry, the Altecnic Intaball range of gas lever ball valves is one of the first UK products to be certified to EN 331:2015 (Class C).

Committed to achieving the latest industry standards, Altecnic has been working closely with BSI's Loughborough-based Product Certification Team and Centre of Excellence for the past two and a half years. Now, the company can demonstrate compliance with European Directives and Regulations relating to the ball valves and OEM equipment it manufactures and supplies across UK domestic and commercial markets.