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Linda Barker Opens 250th 'The Bathroom Showroom'

Linda Barker Opening 250th 'The Bathroom Showroom'

Linda Barker, star of BBC TV’s ‘Changing Rooms’, ITV’s ‘I’m a Celebrity.... Get me Out of Here!’, Interior Designer and Multipanel brand ambassador, cut the ribbon and officially opened the 250th The Bathroom Showroom at their brand new location on the Trinity Trading Estate in Sittingbourne, Kent.

Speaking at the event, Kevin Williams (MD Operations) stated: “Opening the 250th The Bathroom Showroom is a milestone for the business and I’m really proud that we can offer our customers in Sittingbourne and right across Kent, the very best showroom.”

City Plumbing wins the Fleet Van Operator of The Year award

City Plumbing team with award

On Wednesday 3rd July, City Plumbing, part of the Plumbing and Heating Division of Travis Perkins, s​cooped the Fleet Van Operator of The Year award at the prestigious 2019 Motor Transport Awards, held at London’s ​Grosvenor House Hotel​.

The award ceremony was hosted by TV presenter Claudia Winkleman and the award was given to the City Plumbing Team by comedian Omid Djalili. These awards are the equivalent of the Oscars for the Transport industry!

How To: District Heating with Ground Source Heat Pumps

Underground Ground Source Heat Pumps

Kensa Contracting, the UK’s dedicated ground source heat network delivery partner, has unveiled a new video to demonstrate the largely unknown and untapped energy sources that can be used to deliver the UK’s low carbon heating ambitions.

Focussing specifically on community heating, the film, ‘How To: District Heating with Ground Source Heat Pumps’, outlines how Kensa’s ambient temperature loop system works with multiple energy sources to serve individual ground source heat pumps inside new and existing homes with sustainable, low carbon, non air polluting, heating and hot water.

Kensa Contracting’s Managing Director, Dr. Matthew Trewhella, says:

Hot Water on Demand with Triton’s Instaflow Water Heater 

Triton’s Instaflow Water Heater 

Triton Showers, the market leader in showers and water heating solutions, has launched Instaflow, a new range of instantaneous water heaters for the reliable supply of hot water on demand. The units are ideal for commercial applications, from workshops and garages to beauticians and florists, where there may not be hot water available but the ability to clean hands is a crucial part of the job.

The Instaflow heaters are available in a range of outputs including 5.4kW, 7.7kW and 10.1kW depending on whether the hot water required is for a single hand basin or kitchen tap, or two outlets. For economical delivery, the water heaters only power up when the water starts to flow meaning no power is wasted when the units are in standby operation.

Polypipe puts you in control

Polypipe app

Polypipe, the UK’s leading manufacturer of underfloor heating systems, has developed a new range of smart controls compatible with leading home smart systems.

Polypipe’s new Smart controls, allow customers to adjust the temperature of their underfloor heating system using a smartphone, tablet or touchscreen thermostat.

The controls are compatible with Google Assistant, Apple Homekit and Amazon Alexa meaning that they fit in with systems that customers are already familiar with.

Smart controls used with modern underfloor heating systems are designed to operate more efficiently and save money and energy over the whole life of installation and use.

New shower enclosure range from Primaflow F&P

Primaflow F&P new shower enclosure range

Leading bathroom wholesaler Primaflow F&P has unveiled an exclusive range of ‘easy-fit’ shower enclosures, designed to be installed in three simple steps. 

The new models – available with sliding, pivot, quadrant and bi-fold door options – also feature quick-release metal rollers, for easy cleaning. Gary Shields, Primaflow F&P’s Bathrooms and Fires Category Manager, explains that the new range has been designed with retailers’ needs firmly in mind: 

£40m Growth for Bathroom Market in 2019

White Bathroom Market Sink

The new bathroom market report from MTW Research indicates that bathroom sales will grow by around £40 million in 2019, with real term growth returning in 2020 for most bathroom product sectors. 

Based on data from 130 bathroom suppliers, the report identifies rising ‘pent up demand’ in the bathroom market, highlighting growing latent demand for several sectors.  Bathroom retailers are reporting healthy levels of enquiries according to MTW, but consumers remain reticent to commit to purchase due to Brexit paralysis and economic uncertainties. 

School pupils work with drainage company in fight against plastic

School pupils working with drainage company in fight against plastic

Lanes for Drains are empowering teenagers to lead the fight against hidden plastics by working with secondary schools to produce unique and engaging lesson plans and a set of educational resources that are now available to schools nationwide.

The company – the largest privately owned drainage contractor in the UK – aims to raise awareness of the dangers of hidden plastics and how this generation can have the biggest impact in halting the problem.

Tool theft: top tips for prevention

Tool theft from a van

As technology advances within electric power tools, unfortunately so does tool theft and tactics which thieves use to break in and steal equipment. Thieves are becoming more sophisticated and are using methods to break into vehicles which leave no sign of damage; mainly by taking advantage of a security flaw in keyless vehicles. The popular ‘relay’ method is carried out using an illegal device which replicates the signal from your car or van’s key fob. So, not only are work tools at risk, so is the actual vehicle itself.