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Top tips to help the environment and your bank balance in Big Energy Saving Week @WorcsBoschCare @HeatingYourHome

With Big Energy Saving Week 2020 now underway, leading boiler manufacturer Worcester Bosch wants to help homeowners across the country look at ways of reducing how much energy they are using and make energy bills more affordable all year long.

The Energy Saving Trust estimates that, in a typical UK household, more than half the money spent on fuel bills goes towards providing heating and hot water. Therefore, having an efficient and cost-effective heating system is vital.

Hounsfield Boilers shortlisted for best British boiler @AHounsfield

Leading Suffolk-based oil boiler manufacturer, Hounsfield Boilers, has made the shortlist for a prominent national award. The H&V News Awards showcase the very best products within the heating and ventilation industry and Hounsfield’s revolutionary Tuscan wall mounted oil boiler is up for ‘Domestic HVAC Product of the Year: Boilers and Heaters’. The winner of the award will be announced at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 30 April 2020.

Zest 4 Leisure debuts at the January Furniture Show @Zest4Leisure @JanuaryFurnShow

Timber furniture and decorative garden products specialist, Zest 4 Leisure is making its debut at the January Furniture Show (Hall 3 / H52) with a range of dining and leisure sets, benches and swings, ideal for outdoors, garden rooms and summer houses. The products are all made from responsibly sourced timber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC C114990). The dining and leisure sets on the stand feature sustainably sourced Jatoba wood, which is both fantastically durable and has a rich reddish colour, making the range particularly distinctive.


MKM Building Supplies Ltd, the UK’s largest independent builder’s merchant has invested in both its marketing and digital capability and its human resources division with the appointment of Tony Rivenell, as Group Digital and Marketing Director and Amanda Williams as Group Human Resources Director.

Tony has an outstanding track record for delivering improvements in customer experience for some of the UK’s best-known brands including Boots, Waitrose & Partners, Ocado and Halfords.  In recent years Tony has also headed-up a number of high profile, pan European digital programmes, bringing a wealth of expertise to the new MKM role.


Almost 25% of the UK’s population is over 65 and by 2050, this proportion will have grown to an estimated 37%, according to Property Consultants Bidwells insight. While there are ambitious carbon neutral targets for this date, the planning for the care and housing of over a third of the population remains an area short in policy detail.

Bidwells considers whether this is a tenable position for the new government who received votes from an estimated 60% of the UK’s over 65 population.

BAL Pourable One makes floor tiling easy @BALtiling

BAL Pourable One floor tile adhesive is perfect for fixing natural stone and large format ceramics, porcelain and terrazzo.

One bag for all floor installations

Like all the “One” range of BAL enhanced tile adhesives, BAL Pourable One is available as just a white adhesive – meaning that only one bag is needed – making it the perfect solution for floor tile installations of most tile types.

The Safety Letterbox Company launch first fully tested 2-hour Fire Rated Mailbox range @safetyletterbox

The Safety Letterbox Company (SLB) has successfully achieved two-hour integrity on all three of their fire-rated mailboxes- a product innovation and UK manufacturing first.

Following years of development, the company’s three fire-rated products have successfully withstood recorded temperatures of 1069 degrees centigrade for over two hours. This certification offers a new, robust mailbox product that exceeds UK fire rating standards, offering extra protection. The mailboxes can be fitted within escape corridors and when recessed into walls the boxes allow the wall to maintain its fire rating, giving architects and designers greater flexibility on projects whilst ensuring that fire safety standards are met.

The South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show is anticipated to boost home value in the region @MyHomebuilding

Homeowners in the South East of England are likely to see an average increase of £4,815 per square metre in the value of their home by extending it, according to recent figures by range cooker specialist Leisure. For those who wish to find out more about maximising space while increasing a home’s worth or need advice and resources to carry out their existing plans, the South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show is returning bigger and better to Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre between 18-19 January 2020, with 50 per cent more exhibitors than last year.

ToolWatch App launches to combat tool theft epidemic in construction industry @toolwatchappuk


  • ToolWatch App has achieved certification to BSI Kitemarkfor Secure Digital Applications
  • ToolWatch App effective in any industry sector affected by equipment or tool theft
  • ToolWatch to be made available to schools, colleges, health authorities and emergency services free of charge

Growth fuels Grey Street relocation for Henry Riley @HenryRileyLLP

An international property and construction consultancy has fast-tracked its expansion plans with a move to bigger premises following a string of contract wins.

Henry Riley, which has won more than £3.5m of work in the last twelve months, has relocated to 33 Grey Street in Newcastle from its previous offices in Higham Place. The company, which has a network of sites in the UK, Australia and South Africa, appointed Newcastle-based Aptus Fit Out to renovate and modernise the new premises, which are based in the same building as popular restaurant Barluga.

Wilderness House @DeltaMembranes


The scope of works was to provide extensive renovation works to Wildernesse House; a Grade II listed Georgian House with records as far back as 1327 set in acres of rolling Kent countryside.  Within the specification was the requirement to provide watertight living quarters to the basement of this extraordinary property.

A third of Brits are losing HUNDREDS of pounds due to never switching energy supplier @BoilerPlanUK

  • A third (33%) of Brits have NEVER switched energy supplier, and 73% haven’t switched in the last 12 months – despite this being the best way to save money on bills
  • One in five (20%) spend up to £1,000 a year on gas and electric
  • Knowing these top tips and tricks could save you money on heating during the coldest months of the year


BIM 2020: Have your say! @theNBS

10th annual NBS National BIM Survey open for responses.

Survey to focus on the digitisation of the construction industry

NBS has launched the 10th annual NBS BIM Survey, marking a decade of tracking BIM adoption in the UK.


Building Products manufacturer IKO PLC has announced the appointment of Kerry Parker-Wray and Amanda Flynn to the Board of Directors of the UK business.

Kerry Parker-Wray, with a background in marketing and key account management takes on the role of Strategic Development Director while HR specialist Amanda Flynn becomes Business Services Director.

Both appointments are internal promotions and signal a renewed focus on developing the strategy for the long-term development of the IKO business in the UK.

NE housebuilder puts CoreHaus on the national map @HomesByCarlton @CoreHausNB @Fusion21SocEnt

An ambitious North East housebuilder is showcasing the benefits of an innovative modular building design on the national stage.

Newton Aycliffe-based Homes by Carlton has been trialling the new-style design, CoreHaus, on several local housing developments in a bid to slash build costs, reduce the amount of time spent on site and lessen the impact on the environment.

The firm’s MD, Simon Walker, has now embarked on a mission to spread the word about CoreHaus outside of the region – with his first port of call the recent HOMES UK conference in London, where he was one of the keynote speakers. The flagship event brought together more than 6,000 professionals from the UK’s housing sector to discuss how to design, build and manage high-quality homes in sought-after communities across the country.


Homebase, one of the UK’s leading home improvement and garden retailers, has launched its new own brand paint range – Homebase Paint. This launch is the latest innovation from the retailer to make it simpler for customers to get everything they need for their home decorating projects under one roof.

Homebase Paint combines quality, innovation and value for money with ease of use, allowing everyone, even if you’ve never painted before, to transform your living space into a dream home.  The Homebase Paint range has 60 unique colours and closely reflects the latest interior trends and design themes, making it easier for customers to select and choose a colour pallet they like.