Category Archives: News

Why choose REST UK Ltd for your solar installation? @uk_rest

REST UK Ltd offer a 5 star experience when it comes to fitting your home with solar energy.

As opposed to sourcing their panels from the far-east REST opt for the highest quality product from Italy.  In fact they’re so confident with the resilience and durability of their panels they are the only in the UK to offer a lifetime warranty for all customers.

Business as usual for Gills Plumbing & Heating @GillsGroup @ipg_the

Gills Plumbing & Heating, an IPG member based in Welwyn Garden City has continued to respond to the current business landscape

Gills began the year by rebranding their store inside and out, with new store signs clearly identifying them as an IPG member, it was looking great in the spring sunshine, and then COVID 19 arrived and dictated what happened next.

Normally, there would have been a celebration and promotion, inviting customers to see the new look store however, Gills found themselves in extraordinary times. In early March, whilst the trade counter remained open, footfall dropped dramatically and home installations that were booked in had to be postponed.

REST UK’s product range covered by Governments £2 Billion Green homes grant scheme @uk_rest

The UK government have rolled out a fantastic scheme to help homes in England live in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way.

Under the Green Homes Grant Scheme, homeowners and landlords in England will be able to apply for vouchers worth up to two thirds of the cost of upgrading the energy efficiency of their home. For most people, the maximum contribution will be £5,000. Households on low incomes will be eligible for up to 100% funding, up to a maximum of £10,000.

Gira launch new RIBA Approved CPD for Smart Projects @Gira @RIBA

Gira, one of the world’s leading full-range suppliers of intelligent building technology is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new RIBA Approved CPD to develop new skills, knowledge and expertise when specifying smart projects.

Summer of SureCav @surecav

Cavity wall systems brand announces record-breaking summer of sales

Today, SureCav, the leading brand of sustainable cavity wall backing membrane, announces its most successful summer for sales and leads since its launch.

Although the COVID-19 shutdown resulted in a dip in enquiries in April, as the industry reopened in May, SureCav witnessed a significant uptick in enquiries. The brand has registered its best ever June sales (up 10% from 2019) and July as its best month ever. August maintained par with last year, even against the backdrop of ongoing Coronavirus disruption.

BiKBBI confirm continued sponsorship support @officialbikbbi

The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) is delighted to confirm that it will be continuing its sponsorship of Charlton Athletic Women’s Football Club for the 2020/21 season, which will coincide with the launch of a new digital strategy for the Women’s Championship side.

An Insight into Roman @romanltd

Europe’s leading shower designer and manufacturer, Roman, has released its brand new company video, which offers a whirlwind tour around Roman’s facilities in Newton Aycliffe.

Founded in 1985, Roman has been designing and manufacturing showering solutions for over 35 years and is the UK’s largest shower manufacturer, with its headquarters located in County Durham which comprises 3 factories for Shower Enclosures, Solid Surface Moulding and Solid Surface Fabrication on a 400,000 sq. ft site.

Two weeks to go to enter the Surface Design Awards 2021 @surfacethinking

With a fortnight to go, there’s still time to enter the Surface Design Awards, with submissions being accepted until Friday 25 September 2020.

Recognising innovation in materials from around the globe, the Awards are an integral part of the Surface Design Show, held annually at London’s Business Design Centre in February.

Origin Bounces Back to Business @Originbifolds

Origin, the UK’s leading manufacturer of aluminium doors and windows, has adapted quickly to the new COVID-19 regulations, bouncing back strongly from lockdown to ensure it is business as usual for its Partners. In fact, in July 2020, Origin received 30 percent more orders than in the same time frame the previous year.

Two new Junior Designers join Imperial Bathrooms @ImpBath

Specialists in the design and manufacture of classic and contemporary British-made bathroom solutions, Imperial Bathrooms, is pleased to expand its leading design team with the appointment of two new Junior Designers.

Recent graduates from Derby University, Alex Freeman and Hannah Hart, joined Imperial Bathrooms in July 2020 to bring a fresh perspective on all areas of corporate and product branding. Alex and Hannah studied BA Product Design, and both graduated with First Class Honours.

Alex and Hannah will be responsible for maintaining the company’s continued range of innovative bathroom designs in which it’s renowned, whilst ensuring the Imperial brand image is commensurate with that of being a brand leader across all future communications.

NBS and FIS Announce Strategic Partnership for Industry Best Practice @theNBS

Today NBS, the leading specification platform for the construction industry, has announced a partnership with trade association Finishes & Interiors Sector (FIS) to drive up standards and compliance through information sharing and best practice amongst construction professionals. Fit-out is an essential aspect of the construction process, impacting the way a building looks and how it performs. NBS and FIS’s strategic partnership will ensure industry-wide compliance and best practice are pooled, and shared with specifiers, to drive further innovation in the sector.

Perimeter or Modular Drainage – What is the difference? @DeltaMembranes

For any below ground structure, basement drainage should always be considered essential.

Even with site investigations at the planning stage, this is only a snap shot in time.  Groundwater is expected to come to bear against the structure at some point during its service life.

BS8102:2009 states “……. waterproofing measures should be designed on the basis of water to the full height of the retained ground at some time during the structure’s life….

What is Groundwater?

Groundwater is the most commonly forgotten aspect of the Water Cycle as it is not readily seen. The Water Cycle is the constant movement of water through the environment, traveling as slowly as a metre per year. Evaporation of the oceans water, condenses into clouds ready for rainfall across the land. After rainfall, the surface rainwater flows back into rivers and the sea.


Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation, says it’s been overwhelmed with enquiries about apprenticeships at its Technology Hub in Birmingham, following this year’s GCSE and A-level results.

Hundreds of young people from the Midlands and beyond have got in touch with Make UK; it now has over 2,000 young people in its talent pool looking for apprenticeship opportunities, and is urging engineering and manufacturing employers not to delay their apprentice recruitment plans, or to consider taking on an apprentice.

National Buying Group bolsters roofing team with new Partner Watts Roofing Supplies @NBGLLP @watts_roofing

National Buying Group (NBG), has added a new Partner to its growing family, bringing on board specialist independent merchant Watts Roofing Supplies.

Founded in 2010 Watts Roofing Supplies is now one of the fastest growing independent roofing merchants, based out of three branches in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Specialising in pitched and flat roofing materials Watts Roofing Supplies also prides itself on customer service, providing support in choosing new, or matching existing, tiles and slates for projects, ranging from small porches to large housing developments.

Supporting affordable housing with modular construction @EuramaxDirect

~ Euramax releases infographic on benefits modular construction brings to housing market ~

Yorkshire based window and door manufacturer, Euramax, has released an infographic that outlines the UK’s current struggles to create enough affordable homes for first time buyers. Following the UK government’s recent creation of a First Homes scheme, many hopeful homeowners still remain uncertain that they will have enough funds to make it onto the property ladder.

LEDVANCE launches a new generation of Floodlights for reliable outdoor lighting of buildings and facades @LEDVANCEUK

The new generation of Floodlight luminaires from LEDVANCE are now available in 10 to 50 watt models. Offering a more compact size, higher efficiency and a longer lifespan, the Floodlight Gen3 brings improved performance.