DHF helps BBC TV’s Watchdog expose rogue garage door traders

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Watchdog, the BBC TV consumer programme that exposes rogue traders, called on the DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) for expert help when it turned the spotlight on dodgy domestic garage doors.

The DHF is the trade association representing the leading manufacturers and installers of garage doors in the UK. On the Wednesday (November 30) programme, the DHF’s technical expert Nick Perkins helped Matt Allwright, Watchdog’s consumer champion, highlight the safety issues caused by the incorrect installation of garage doors.

Hilton Unveils Audio Guides to Tell the Hidden Story of Five Landmark Hotels

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Podcasts Highlight Points of Interest in the Buildings to Engage Guests in Architecture and Design

LONDON, and MCLEAN, VA – 30 November 2016 – Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is for the first time launching a series of podcasts that will act as audio guides to landmark hotels within its European portfolio. With a focus on architecture and design, the podcasts tell the hidden story behind five hotels from a variety of Hilton brands to encourage guests to see the buildings as more than a place to lay their heads.

BFC publishes its 2017 Manifesto – an action plan for Government

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The British Furniture Confederation (BFC) is the UK’s furniture industry’s representative body which seeks to ensure all Government policies and initiatives support a thriving furniture, furnishings and bed sector. The organisation has published its 2017 Manifesto calling for strong action from Government.

Today, the Manifesto has been sent to ministers across Government, as well as shadow ministers and key members of the All Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group, with clear, implementable calls for action to bolster the furniture, furnishings and bed industry.

CREATE A COSY CHRISTMAS T’IS SEASON

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With Christmas just around the corner, now is the time to deck the halls with boughs of holly and make your home look and feel welcoming and full of festive cheer.

Decorating your home at Christmas is a great way to allow your personality to shine through and will demonstrate what your own personal Christmas is going to be about.

Whether you’re looking forward to a relaxing break or entertaining friends and family this season, now is the time to start planning the right look. To help you make the most of your home this Christmas, home improvement experts, Anglian Home Improvements, has provided some festive inspiration:

SME growth threatened as three in four are forced to write off unpaid debts

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  • SMEs write-off £11,700 a year in unpaid invoices
  • Medium sized firms lose an average of £33,750 a year through unpaid debts

Over three quarters (76%) of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) have written off unpaid debts in the past year, according to new research by Amicus Commercial Finance, the specialist provider of flexible working capital to SMEs.  The average amount written off by UK SMEs in the last year is £11,708, representing just under £50 billion in written off debts, or £134 million every day.

10 Facts About Elon Musk’s Gigafactory, the Soon-To-Be Largest Building in the World

About 14 percent of the Gigafactory in Nevada has been built so far. At 5.8 million square feet, it will be a building with one of the biggest footprints in the world.

Elon Musk sometimes seems more like a comic-book character than an actual person. First of all, his name is Elon Musk. Secondly, he is an engineer and inventor who runs a company (Tesla Motors) known for turning out extraordinary gadgets. And most of all, he is a billionaire on a mission to save the world,like a less witty version of Tony Stark.

LSBU named Entrepreneurial University of the Year at Times Higher Education Awards

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London South Bank University’s (LSBU) entrepreneurial vision has been recognised at the 2016 Times Higher Education Awards ceremony  held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, in front of an audience of 1,200 people, last Thursday 24 November.

The TES awards are widely regarded as the Oscars of the higher education sector for highlighting outstanding achievements of institutions, teams and individuals working in higher education across the UK.

Solicitors could face £578 million in claims for professional negligence following leasehold ground rent scandal

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There has been much media and parliamentary scrutiny recently of Taylor Wimpey’s policy to include 10-year doubling ground rents on new build leasehold properties. A number of Taylor Wimpey’s ex-customers are considering legal action against the conveyancing solicitors who acted on their behalf, as they feel conned by the lease terms and claim their properties are now unsellable.

Louie Burns, Managing Director of leasehold enfranchisement specialists Leasehold Solutions, argues that the legal profession should brace itself for a wave of litigation from home owners who feel they were given inadequate advice by their conveyancing solicitors or valuers.

Fusion’s Robert Clark says: “Construction industry showing encouraging signs of change to offsite methods”

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Speaking at Explore Offsite Futures at Birmingham’s NEC last week (24th November 2016), Fusion’s head of business development, Robert Clark spoke about the past, present and future opportunities for offsite manufacturing, saying he was starting to see encouraging signs of adoption by the construction industry.

As a designer and manufacturer of light gauge steel frames used by some of the UK’s most significant developers, Fusion is at the forefront of driving education and awareness of how offsite manufacturing methods hold the key to the future of construction in this country.

2 out of 3 UK taxpayers are not happy about the £369m Buckingham Palace renovation costs

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This week, the Treasury announced the ‘essential’ £369m renovation plans for Buckingham Palace. To fund this 10 year endeavour, the Queen has been given a 66% pay rise which will last for the entirety of the project. However, this news has caused a backlash from the general public and has left the UK questioning who should be paying for this refit. Consequently, a petition asking the Queen to pay for this refurbishment herself reached its target in a matter of days, attracting over 140,000 signatures. Now, leading home services marketplace, Plentific.com, has found that 2 out of 3 UK taxpayers feel unhappy with the costs.

Young Architect Guide: 6 Differences Between Your First School Project and Your First Real Project

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During my five years of architecture school, I often wondered how applicable the projects and challenges I faced in school would be once I was out working in a firm. I knew there were some obvious major differences — things like having a real client that paid your fees, setting a real budget that couldn’t be altered and producing drawings to the level that a building could actually be built from. Those differences are understandable — architecture school and the real world are intentionally different. There’s no way you could face all of those real-world problems and challenges in school projects.

BRAND BUILDING BLOCKS AND STUMBLING BLOCKS

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Alan Slaney, Chairman of Marketing and CRM agency Diversity and a Director of Trust Mark, the government endorsed scheme for all trade in and around the home, discusses how brands within the built environment can be successfully engineered to become industry sector leaders.

Representing some of the UK’s leading names in the construction and RMI sectors, such as Dulux, Velux and British Gypsum, Alan Slaney has worked across the board with manufacturers, specifiers, contractors and trade associations in a career that has supported many of the UK’s leading names in the construction industry in building solid, enduring brands.

Kitchen design takes on a new dimension with Madoc

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Inviting creativity through the mixing and matching of colours and tones, Masterclass Kitchens has launched a new trend-setting range, Madoc, with a distinctive and beautiful vertical grain.

Bringing warmth and individuality to small and large kitchens alike, Madoc creates an ultra modern finish that will never go out of fashion. Wonderfully rustic in a timeless way, Madoc is available with handles or as a minimal handle-free option. The vertical graining is present on the front and back of the door, which also has matching edges for quality down to the very last detail.

Light Up Your Life This February at Surface Design Show 2017

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 Discover the latest architectural lighting designs at Light School 

Light School will be hosted within Surface Design Show 2017 at the Business Design Centre in London from 7-9 February.

For over 10 years Surface Design Show has been the only event in the UK that focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces, connecting innovative and exciting materials with a specifying audience of architects and designers. Light is a vital partner to surface design, changing interior & exterior surfaces dramatically – Light School attendees will discover the best of new lighting design and learn about the important partnership between surface and light.

Leasehold Solutions welcomes The Conveyancing Association’s calls to amend the leasehold sales process

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The Conveyancing Association has published a White Paper on ‘Modernising the Home Moving Process’ which calls for changes to the house buying and moving system in the UK to create a “more certain and transparent process”.

Leasehold Solutions welcomes The Conveyancing Association’s call to “Amend the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 to resolve the unreasonable cost and delay now associated with the leasehold sales process.”

NEW WEBSITE CUTS THE COST OF XMAS AND DAY-TO-DAY SHOPPING

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Justlooking.com is an innovative new site for finding huge savings on everyday products and special one-off purchases, such as TVs. Hot consumer deals are crowd sourced and ranked real-time by the community. All revenues are shared with the site’s Contributor users.

November 23, 2016, London, UK. JustLooking.com publicly launched a new social deal sharing platform in October, just in time to help consumers through the Black Friday and Christmas shopping period. It has received a strong initial reception and currently draws over 22,000 unique visitors per month.