ECOBUILD OVERHAULS FLOORPLAN WITH EXCITING NEW FORMAT AS ARCHITECTURAL COLLECTIVE ASSEMBLE BRING TURNER PRIZE WINNING ART TO 2017 SHOW

Ecobuild Regeneration Drive
  • Ecobuild 2017 to transform into a City concept and bring regeneration to life
  • Renowned conference returns with key industry partnerships and big name speakers
  • Dedicated “Redefining Sustainability” zone in partnership with Green Building Councils

Turner Prize-winning architects Assemble are to headline Ecobuild 2017, bringing their award winning Granby project to the show as part of an immersive new experience.

The Restaurant & Bar Design Show is the UK’s largest and most comprehensive event

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The Restaurant & Bar Design Show is the UK’s largest and most comprehensive event specifically aimed at restaurant, bar and café interior designers. The event takes place on the 26th & 27th of September 2017 at ExCeL, London. Order your free tickets now at www.restaurantdesignshow.co.uk

Discover the foremost in ideas, inspiration and creativity to food and drink establishment owners, architects, designers, and other industry professionals from across the country.

Plus, over 100 of the most cutting edge suppliers, panel debates, networking opportunities, innovation awards, 1-2-1 expert advice from the most relevant people in the industry, 50 seminars featuring the world’s best industry experts.

SAVE YOUR ENERGY FOR THE NEW YEAR!

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TEN TIP TOP ENERGY AND MONEY SAVING  RESOLUTIONS YOU’LL KEEP FOR LIFE from ItDoesTheJob.com

 So here it is – 2017!  We’re only days into the New Year and we’re guessing you’ve already made – and broken most of your resolutions.  Don’t worry – we at ItDoesTheJob.com are here to help with some do-able, practical, simple and sensible ideas that require very little input – but give you a great return.  If we told you these New Year resolutions would end up saving you energy – and money – at little more than a ‘flick of a switch’ – what’s to lose?  What’s more this approach to 2017 is not just for a year – but for life.  So no more knee jerk starts to any new year – you’re already doing your bit towards a lower energy and lower cost lifestyle!   

2017 Home Improvement Trends

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The start of a new year brings with it new seasonal trends and the opportunity to take a fresh approach to home improvement and interior design.

With so many sources of everyday inspiration, from social media sites such as Pinterest and Instagram, to the fast-moving world of fashion, what will excite and enthuse style-conscious homeowners in 2017?

Here, Mark Farmer-Wright, Product Development Manager, for Anglian Home Improvements, takes a look at three key trends which he predicts will influence home styling in the New Year.

Add your Personal Touch

Personalisation is set to define home décor trends in 2017.  At Anglian, we manufacture each and every window or door to the bespoke specification of the purchaser, so it is a truly individual product; but more and more we are seeing the demand for even greater personalisation.

On the colour front, white will continue to become less popular with demand for sophisticated hues continuing to grow as more homeowners draw décor inspiration from their personalities for a look which complements their own unique sense of style.  And when it comes to window frames, sage green, grey and cream are set to be some of the key growth colours in the next year.

CRL shines the spotlight on an eco-timber house in Aberdeenshire

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AN ENERGY efficient, eco timber house in Aberdeenshire has been crowned as a winner of a campaign that shines the spotlight on self-builders.

CRL is delighted to announce that “Heartwood” in Aboyne is one of three winners selected to take part in its Venturous Builds campaign – an inspiring new web series that will showcase Britain’s inspiring self-builders and their construction achievements.

Local couple Vic Kirwan, 68, and Teresa Green, 66, have been selected by the structural defects insurance specialist as being truly venturous of spirit.

Classic with a Modern Twist

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Interior design like all fashion evolves with the times and so the march of contemporary movement can often seem relentless.  Of course a sense of tradition and warmth for the past often shapes our thinking with modern decor and so it is hardly surprising that Vicaima has seen a trend for panelled doors making a noticeable return over the past year.  In response to this latest vogue, Vicaima have reinvigorated their Classic K range to provide a modern twist to an old favourite with some exciting new finishes.

What could Brexit mean for your mortgage?

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Contractor Financials, a company dedicated to making financial services easy for contractors, has run an information-gathering campaign designed to highlight the effects on the mortgage market after Brexit.

With house prices up 5.2% from 2015, this article explores a range of different angles and scenarios to provide insight for those feeling concerned following the Brexit decision. This insight is provided through quotes and predictions from industry professionals and influencers who work in the financial world day after day, within banks, mortgage lenders, or financial advisors.

 

Key facts:

  • *57% of the lenders and financial experts are expecting a 1-5% growth over the next 12 months despite Brexit ‘fears’.
  • 60% of lenders questioned viewed now was the best time to take out a fixed rate mortgage.
  • The cost of borrowing has fallen since the vote, with the average mortgage now repaid at a rate of 2.85%- down from 2.99%.

Q-RAILING EARNS BRAND NEW BSI KITEMARK CERTIFICATE

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Q-railing’s quality and quality control procedures with a focus on safety has earned the company yet another quality mark. Discover how you can ensure paramount safety and quality when specifying or installing a railing system.

Q-railing’s focus on quality and safety has qualified them to be the first to be awarded the new Kitemark for ‘Protective Barriers in Buildings’. It demonstrates that Q-railing products meet the requirements of BS 6180, and that the company has the Quality Control procedures and processes in place that guarantee the high and consistent quality of their products surpassing the requirements of both national and international standards. Kitemark was originally only used in the UK, but it is now recognized throughout the world as a mark of quality.

Kitemark certified products include Q-railing’s refined d-line and Q-line stainless steel baluster railing systems and its Easy Glass glass railing range. When selecting Q-railing, you are assured of the highest quality and safety for your balustrade project.

The Best in New Surface Innovation Unveiled at Surface Design Show 2017

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Surface Design Show 2017, incorporating Light School takes place at the Business Design Centre, London from 7-9 February 2017. Over 170 national and international exhibitors will be showcasing some of the most innovative surfaces that the industry has to offer, with many of the exhibitors unveiling new surfaces designed specifically for the architectural, design and construction industries.

Surface Design Show 2017 will once again have a packed programme of events all designed to inspire and engage including brand new ideas and firm favourites refreshed to provide the specifying audience with a unique visiting experience. Some of the events running include the Preview Evening Live Debate hosted by David Michon and the ever popular PechaKucha Evening – an informal and fun presentation of inspirational slides, which is hosted by Phil Coffey of Coffey Architects and includes speakers Chris Dyson of Chris Dyson Architects and Matthew Driscoll of Threefold Architects.

Eye catching display unit boosting What Knot sales for retailers

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What Knot, the device that can tie and untie knots in rope between 3 mm and 15 mm thick, is now supported by a brand new freestanding display unit.

The unit is large enough to show the whole range of What Knot packs with an additional selection of rope colours, yet compact enough for retailers to use without sacrificing other products. Being a unique product, What Knot is a genuine addition to sales without having to replace or remove existing sales lines.

The display unit has three shelves, which are visible from most angles, and a side section for the accessory packs and product information leaflets. Bright colours ensure the units will be seen by all store customers.

Just Right Products UK & Europe, the exclusive UK importer of What Knot, is offering the unit, complete with enough stock to fill it twice over, on a per product sale or exchange basis. This means retailers can minimise risk, by assessing over time, which What Knot products are the best sellers in their particular store and stocking only the most popular items for them.

Steven Daniels, owner of Just Right Products UK & Europe, said: “There are over 42,000 retail outlets in the UK that have, or could have, What Knot customers. Many of these are already selling rope, although our packs have rope in for those that don’t, so all will have the same sales opportunities for What Knots. With average sale volumes at just over four What Knots per customer, these opportunities are very exciting, without the usual reduction or risk of removing existing sales for the retailers.”

The What Knot freestanding display unit comes flat packed with full, easy to follow instructions for simple and quick self-assembly.

What Knot will secure ropes anywhere along their lengths in less than six seconds. It lets you secure or connect multiple ropes with a simple twist without ever tying knots. It’s waterproof, impervious to UV and comes with a lifetime warranty.

ACCESSIBLE GUIDANCE

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With the growing need to make homes adaptable so occupiers can remain independent, and in their own homes, new guidance is aiming to help get it right.

‘Design Guidance & Considerations for a Domestic Accessible Toilet/Wetroom’ has been produced and published by Clos-o-Mat. The white paper gives advice to ensure that all aspects affecting the functionality and practicality of a bathroom, wetroom and toilet, as occupier needs change, are considered.

“Bathrooms are the most common form of home adaptation, to the extent the Lifetime Homes criteria have been amended to accommodate occupant personal hygiene issues,” explains Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager.

SHEFFIELD IS THE MOST GENEROUS CITY IN THE UK – SPLASHING OUT £500 ON CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR NEAREST AND DEAREST

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Sheffield is the most generous city when it comes to splashing out on Christmas presents – according to a new study.

Researchers took an in depth look at the amount Brits are prepared to spend on Christmas gifts and discovered that the people of the steel city plan to spend an impressive £498 on friends and family.

Glasgow came a close second spending £495, while the folk of Liverpool came third in the table, spending £458 on those nearest and dearest to them.

However, if you live in Bristol don’t get your hopes up as the West Country city emerged as the Bah Humbug capital of the UK, spending just £376 on Christmas gifts.

The research also revealed that as a nation we spend the most on our sons – £95 on average – followed by daughters who get £92 spend on them.

It’s also not good news for the nation’s put upon dads who get just £41.55 spend on them while mums get £52.17. Ironically despite having an extra £10.62 lavished on them, mums feel they get a rough deal at Christmas.

A spokesperson for Spring Fair, the UK’s leading gifting trade show, which commissioned the study into Brits festive spending habits, said: “After over 60 years of running the show our exhibitors have always told us that most people don’t just shop on price, it’s more about finding the right gift. There’s lots of different ways to measure generosity – some people spend more and others like to put the due time, care and attention into selecting just the right thing for their loved ones.”

60 percent of us claim we generally get what we want for Christmas, with 42 percent of people saying they would rather have a practical gift, while a further 58 percent have their heart set on something more thoughtful.

Rapid Sales Growth Spurs New Auckland Office For Global ERP Software Firm

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THE WOODLANDS, TX, February, 2015 – Global Shop Solutions, a global leader in the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software industry, announces the opening of its new office in Auckland, New Zealand. Although part of Global Shop Solutions’ overall Asian Pacific operations, which includes offices in Singapore, Indonesia and Australia, the Auckland office will focus exclusively on providing sales, technical and customer support for New Zealand customers.

“Sales in New Zealand have doubled in each of the past two years,” says Dusty Alexander, CEO of Global Shop Solutions. “In order to keep up with this growth and provide the personal touch that our other Asian Pacific customers expect and value from us, we decided to open an office in Auckland office to serve the local market.”

Veteran Global Shop Solutions employee William William has been selected to oversee the office. A native of Pekanbaru, Indonesia, William has more than 10 years’ experience working with companies to implement ERP software, and has held engineering and management positions in several U.S. and Asian manufacturing companies. He also manages the Global Shop Solutions Singapore, Indonesia and Australian offices.

“Our software is designed by manufacturing people for manufacturing people,” adds Alexander. “William’s cross-cultural background and extensive experience with manufacturing ERP implementations make him ideally suited to leading our Asian Pacific operations.”

About Global Shop Solutions

Global Shop Solutions, the only provider of One-System ERP Solutions™ designed to streamline operations, has helped thousands of discrete manufacturers increase sales, improve quality and on-time delivery, and lower costs. Global Shop Solutions is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, with offices in major cities throughout the United States, Mexico, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand, serving customers in a variety of industries throughout the world. Global Shop Solutions’ unique combination of manufacturing knowledge, software expertise and commitment to customer service has produced more successful implementations than any of its competitors in the industry. For manufacturing companies that want to provide better and faster service to their customers, gain more control over their business and accelerate growth and profitability, Global Shop Solutions is the ERP software of choice. For more information please visit www.globalshopsolutions.com.

Global Shop Solutions Takes the Mystery Out of Finished Goods Costing with New FLOOOM Product

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THE WOODLANDS, TX, April 2015 – For most manufacturers, determining how much individual inventory cost components contribute to the total cost of finished goods can be a difficult and uncertain process. Global Shop Solutions, a global provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for discreet manufacturers, takes the mystery out of this process with the introduction of FLOOOM – a new software release that takes a giant step forward in ERP job costing capabilities.

“Too often, individual costing components such as labor and materials get lumped together when determining finished goods costs,” says Dusty Alexander, CEO of Global Shop Solutions. “When cost of goods sold starts to creep up for a product line, it can be very difficult to pinpoint which cost components are causing the increase. FLOOOM measures Freight, Labor, Overhead, Outside, Other and Material so our customers can determine their individual costing components with remarkable precision.”

With FLOOOM, manufacturers can get reliable answers to critical job costing questions such as:

 

  • How much labor and material went into this part?
  • How does the cost breakdown compare with past production?
  • Which process needs to be improved to lower costs?
  • How will a change in production costs (such as material) affect the financial statement?

In addition to identifying the percentage of each cost component for work in progress, FLOOOM also provides powerful historical tracking capabilities, offering an instant time-lapse view from past to present of every part that has passed through the shop floor. Manufacturers can simultaneously view old quantities and cost, current transaction and cost, and new quantity and cost, as well as a complete history of finished goods costs, allowing them to make better management decisions.

“FLOOOM is all about empowering our customers by providing greater visibility of their cost factors,” adds Nick Knight, Director of Consulting & Implementation at Global Shop Solutions. “The more ways they can look at the data, the greater their ability to fine-tune their production processes to improve the bottom line.”

 

About Global Shop Solutions

Global Shop Solutions, the only provider of One-System ERP Solutions™ designed to streamline operations, has helped thousands of discrete manufacturers increase sales, improve quality and on-time delivery, and lower costs. Global Shop Solutions is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, with offices in major cities throughout the United States, Mexico, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand, serving customers in a variety of industries throughout the world. Global Shop Solutions’ unique combination of manufacturing knowledge, software expertise and commitment to customer service has produced more successful implementations than any of its competitors in the industry. For manufacturing companies that want to provide better and faster service to their customers, gain more control over their business and accelerate growth and profitability, Global Shop Solutions is the ERP software of choice.

For more information please visit www.globalshopsolutions.com.

Global Shop Solutions Approved by Enterprise Ireland’s Lean Service Providers Directory

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THE WOODLANDS, TX, September __, 2015 – Global Shop Solutions, a global developer of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, announced today that it is now an approved provider in Enterprise Ireland’s Lean Service Providers Directory.

The directory profiles different types of service providers who have experience and expertise with lean projects. By vetting the providers listed in the book, Enterprise Ireland saves Irish companies the time and expense of conducting their own vendor research. Using a lean service provider listed in the directory also allows Irish companies access to certain types of grants or funding offered by Enterprise Ireland.

“Manufacturers around the globe are looking for ways to cut costs and lean their operations,” says Nick Knight, Director of Implementation and Consulting at Global Shop Solutions. “The Lean Service Providers Directory offers Irish businesses a valuable tool for identifying service providers that can assist them with those types of projects. ERP software helps manufacturers’ lean operations by making their shop floor and production management processes faster and more efficient.”

To apply for inclusion in the directory, service providers must answer a questionnaire and provide historical evidence of their experience in helping manufacturing companies in the SME environment. Global Shop Solutions was chosen in part because of its best practices approach to implementing ERP software within a six-month time frame.

“We’re proud to be listed in the directory because it validates the quality of our product and our implementation approach. Our acceptance was very beneficial to securing a leading medical component manufacturer in Ireland” adds Knight. “The listing expands our visibility in the Irish marketplace, making it easier to introduce our ERP software to Irish manufacturers.”

 About Enterprise Ireland
Enterprise Ireland is the government organization responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. Enterprise Ireland works in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales on global markets. In this way, Enterprise Irelands supports sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment.

For more information please visit www.enterprise-ireland.com.

About Caragh Precision
Caragh Precision is an innovative and highly experienced company specializing in the Design, Development and Manufacturing of Precision Engineered Components for the Medical Device Industry internationally. The Company provides a one stop solution for the following Medical Applications: Orthopaedics, Vascular and Structural Heart, Vascular Access and other Medical Device products. Caragh Precision has implemented a policy of continuous investment in leading-edge technology, best-available systems and world-class management practices, to give their customers the confidence they seek. They believe in providing an integrated one stop solution for their customers without compromise in quality and service.

For more information, please visit www.caraghprecision.com.

About Global Shop Solutions
Global Shop Solutions, the only provider of One-System ERP Solutions™ designed to streamline operations, has helped thousands of discrete manufacturers increase sales, improve quality and on-time delivery, and lower costs. Global Shop Solutions is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, with offices in major cities throughout the United States, Mexico, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand, serving customers in a variety of industries throughout the world. Global Shop Solutions’ unique combination of manufacturing knowledge, software expertise and commitment to customer service has produced more successful implementations than any of its competitors in the industry. For manufacturing companies that want to provide better and faster service to their customers, gain more control over their business and accelerate growth and profitability, Global Shop Solutions is the ERP software of choice.

For more information please visit www.globalshopsolutions.com.

Axter Ltd

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Axter Ltd are proud to have provided the waterproofing for Centenary Quay, Crest Nicholson’s vibrant development on Southampton’s waterfront, including 102 apartments with high rise penthouse flats, retail and commercial space. Built by Willmott Dixon, phase three of the regeneration incorporated a bio-diverse living roof as well as amenity space built above a Morrisons supermarket. With fully accessible amenity gardens including a flowing water feature, it was vital a robust specification was delivered.