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MGS Penta from Grange Design shortlisted for Bathroom Product Innovation of the Year 

MGS Penta from Grange Design Tap Mixer

Leading UK based specialist distributor for the bathroom industry, Grange Design, has a momentous start to the New Year by having its exclusive MGS tap nominated as a finalist for the prestigious kbbreview Retail & Design Awards 2019. 

Starring in the Bathroom Product Innovation of the Year category,Grange Design made the cut with MGS Penta, a truly neoteric Tap Collection that is characterised by its angular shape and pentagonal handles.  

What to consider when designing a bathroom

Minimal bathroom

A well-designed, beautiful bathroom is a top priority for homeowners, so an appealing and properly installed bathroom is a worthwhile reason to hire a plumber. A survey of 2,000 property owners, by Gocompare.com, highlighted that ‘aspects of bathrooms feature high on the list of must-haves - such as a bathtub (57 per cent) and a separate shower cubicle (47 per cent)’, as does having at least two toilets (45%) and an en-suite bathroom (34 per cent). 

Smart radiator thermostat set to reduce household heating costs

The Radbot in use

Vestemi, the energy saving technology company, recently announced the launch of its first product, Radbot – a money-saving, easy-to-use, smart radiator thermostat.

Radbot offers householders the ability to heat individual rooms only when needed whilst reducing the temperature in empty rooms, therefore saving energy and money. In fact, recent customer trials have demonstrated impressive average savings of 31 per cent - around £180 - on an average annual heating bill*.

Radbot is incredibly easy to self-install and is operated the same way as a standard, manual heating thermostat. It also doesn’t require internet connectivity, complex programming or a smartphone app.

Why you should get up to speed on underfloor heating 

underfloor heating 

Over the years, underfloor heating has become a popular addition for the homeowner looking for both luxury and energy-saving benefits. 

A study from 2018 revealed underfloor heating was third on the list of the top 10 features that millennials wanted in their dream home. It’s also increasingly popular in the construction industry, particularly for projects that involve converting office spaces into residential properties. 

The latest figures show the market for underfloor heating grew by 6% in 2017, with a similar increase predicted for the following year. Energy-efficient insulation materials such as XENERGY Styrofoam have helped drive this growth. 

Intergas builds in flue gas heat recovery

Intergas boiler

Intergas launched its range of boilers onto the UK market in 2008 and, since then, more and more installers have been converting to this Dutch manufacturer. And it’s easy to understand why; its ingenious design, featuring the two-in-one heat exchanger, means the components that tend to stick, leak or let you down - like the diverter valve, valve motor, auto air vent and secondary hot water plate heat exchanger - just aren’t there. And the heat exchanger, launched in 1996, has never had a mechanical failure either, so reliability really is built-in.

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.