Request for technical experts for standards review

Written by Mike Dimond. Posted in Uncategorised

Upholstery & Soft Furnishings NOS Review - technical experts sought from companies to help with the development of these standards – this is a written request from Proskills.

Proskills has secured funding to review National Occupational Standards and Qualifications for Upholstery & Soft Furnishings.  This will cover both traditional and modern upholstery as well as the wide range of skills required for soft furnishings.

A need has also been identified to develop higher level standards and apprenticeships with an intent to give learners the additional skills to start up, manage and maintain their own upholstery/soft furnishings business once they have completed their training. New qualifications will need to be developed which give these learners the full scope of skills and knowledge needed to accomplish this.

The qualifications will be an NVQ (and SVQ) that can be delivered by training providers across the UK and we will also be building a technical certificate/diploma that will allow us to access a new apprenticeship. In doing this you will be able to access government funding available for apprenticeship programmes and other pots of money where you are eligible and are available.  

The qualifications will be structured to be flexible. We are developing a number of units so that each company can choose a selection of units that provides their staff with the skills to meet their business needs, whether you are micro or a large business.  This is an opportunity that you cannot afford to miss: building a new qualification, fit for the modern yet diverse industry, with content and skills included that employers have said they need. This development presents the ability to significantly raise the skills of your workforce and in turn help grow your business and provides an alternative route for training that currently exists. We are working with some employers to help shape the content of the qualification and welcome others that wish to be become involved in the process, but this is by no means compulsory.

National Occupational Standards (NOS) are benchmarks of good practice. They specify the standard of performance an individual must achieve when carrying out a function in the workplace, together with the relevant underpinning knowledge and understanding.  For more information on NOS please click here for an interactive guide: http://www.nos-database.org.uk/sitepages/introduction_to_national_occupational_standards.aspx

It is essential that Proskills secures the relevant technical experts to help with the development of these standards.  There will be 2-3 working group meetings, the first will be a face to face meeting to be held in the Midlands area in May 2014.   If you are able to join us for the first working group meeting could you please complete the Doodle poll so Proskills can find the most suitable date: http://doodle.com/e3wafk63ics9sywa

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Lisa Williamson
Apprenticeship and Qualifications Development Manager

+44 (0) 7500 086599
+44 (0) 1235 432030
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The January Furniture Show

Written by Mike Dimond. Posted in Uncategorised

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The January Furniture Show
Takes place at the NEC Birmingham between Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th January 2015

Unique incentives for BFM Members:

There are new organisers of the Furniture Show held at the NEC in January. The BFM has negotiated the following unique incentives for BFM members that exhibit in 2015:  

  • 5% discount on the cost of stand space for BFM Members who exhibited at Interiors UK 2014.
  • 7.5% discount on the cost of stand space for BFM Members who are exhibiting for the first time.
  • VIP Parking Passes for exhibiting BFM Members.  1 or 2 passes per company dependent on size of stand, i.e. 2 passes for stands over 150m2, 1 for smaller stands.
  • A Steering Group consisting of BFM Managing Director, Jackie Bazeley and exhibiting BFM Members  to be established to meet with the organisers four times per year.
  • Highlighted catalogue entries for BFM Members – including the BFM logo.
  • Mutual website links between BFM and The January Furniture Show

The benefits above are similar to those previously established with UBM.  In addition the square metre cost for stand space is lower at between £90 and £120.

The prices are on a sliding scale as follows:

  • Up to 200 square metres is £120 per sq. mtr.
  • From 200 – 500 square metres the cost is £110 per sq. mtr
  • Over 500 square metres the rate reduces to just £90 per square metre

Laraine Janes, Director of The January Furniture Show says 'There are no hidden charges for digital marketing, no compulsory insurance, no charges for working until 10pm.  The only charge for space only stands that are over 4m, or we would regard as a complex build, then their plans need to be approved by a structural engineer and the cost for this would be £120 per stand.'

Contact:
Laraine Janes
Director
January Furniture Show
020 8387 1270.
DL 020 8387 1271
Fax 020 8387 1274
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Web: http://www.januaryfurnitureshow.com

In addition the BFM has negotiated a discount arrangement with a hotel chain.


BFM member companies that exhibited at the 2014 INTERIORS UK show at the NEC in January included:

Alstons
Artistic Upholstery Ltd
Ashley Manor Upholstery
Ashwood Designs Ltd
Buoyant Upholstery Ltd
Caxton Furniture
Collins And Hayes Furniture Limited
David Gundry Upholstery
Duresta Upholstery
Emerald Upholstery
Ercol Furniture Ltd
Furmanac Ltd
G Plan Furniture
G Plan Upholstery
Gascoigne Designs
Heico Fasteners UK Ltd
Henderson Russell
Highgate Beds Ltd
Highgrove Beds Ltd
Homeserve Furniture Repairs & Staingard
Hyder Beds
Iain James Furniture Limited
John Sankey
Lebus Upholstery
Morris Furniture
Parker Knoll
Relaxateeze
Sherborne Upholstery Ltd
Welcome Furniture
Westbridge Furniture
Zone Furniture

MONSOON ACCESSORIZE

Written by Mike Dimond. Posted in Uncategorised

MONSOON ACCESSORIZE invite manufacturers to develop furniture collection

Mike Smith is working on behalf on The Partnership Licensing company, who are the licensing agent for the womenswear retailer Monsoon Accessorize (MA).
 
MA has an existing Monsoon Home business that is primarily through licensed agreements with 3rd party companies who under collaboration with MA, design, have manufactured, hold stock of and wholesale MA branded homewares to retailers. MA receives a royalty of all sales from the licensed company. They have companies that produce under license, bedding, wall paper, ceramics and cutlery as well as other categories such as fragrance, eyewear, watches etc.

MA has asked The Partnership to look to develop the Monsoon Home brand into a furniture collection.   Any manufacturers which may be interested in this opportunity should visit the Monsoon website because of the brand’s heritage which has an ethnic feel.  As to the specific product type (e.g. upholstery, cabinet, occasional, beds), this is quite open at the moment and would need to be decided upon after discussion with interested manufacturers.

As MA has a fairly premium position on the UK high street MA would like to see furniture sold in good department stores and independents.  Methods of distribution would be for agreement.

As the brand has a growing number of stores internationally MA would like to see this category eventually being sold in foreign markets where they have an established position.

For clarity, MA is not looking for a supplier of furniture to buy product from to sell in their own stores and online. This opportunity is for a 3rd party company, who under collaboration with MA, design, have manufactured, hold stock of and wholesale the licensed Monsoon branded collection to the retail trade and pay MA a royalty of sales (MA may consider to have some products within it's own stores plus sold online, but this is not guaranteed).

If you are interested please view brand presentations:
Monsoon Brand Presentation (6MB) here
Accessorize Brand Presentation (5MB) here

Contact:
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07967 488543

UK Trade Shows

Written by Mike Dimond. Posted in Uncategorised

The BFM is currently in negotiation with The May Design Series show organisers, UBM, to provide BFM member exhibitors with a preferential deal.  We will advise member companies of the outcome of these negotiations soon.

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The January Furniture Show
Takes place at the NEC Birmingham between Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th January 2015

Unique incentives for BFM Members:

There are new organisers of the Furniture Show held at the NEC in January. The BFM has negotiated the following unique incentives for BFM members that exhibit in 2015:  

  • 5% discount on the cost of stand space for BFM Members who exhibited at Interiors UK 2014.
  • 7.5% discount on the cost of stand space for BFM Members who are exhibiting for the first time.
  • VIP Parking Passes for exhibiting BFM Members.  1 or 2 passes per company dependent on size of stand, i.e. 2 passes for stands over 150m2, 1 for smaller stands.
  • A Steering Group consisting of BFM Managing Director, Jackie Bazeley and exhibiting BFM Members  to be established to meet with the organisers four times per year.
  • Highlighted catalogue entries for BFM Members – including the BFM logo.
  • Mutual website links between BFM and The January Furniture Show

The benefits above are similar to those previously established with UBM.  In addition the square metre cost for stand space is lower at between £90 and £120.

The prices are on a sliding scale as follows:

  • Up to 200 square metres is £120 per sq. mtr.
  • From 200 – 500 square metres the cost is £110 per sq. mtr
  • Over 500 square metres the rate reduces to just £90 per square metre

Laraine Janes, Director of The January Furniture Show says 'There are no hidden charges for digital marketing, no compulsory insurance, no charges for working until 10pm.  The only charge for space only stands that are over 4m, or we would regard as a complex build, then their plans need to be approved by a structural engineer and the cost for this would be £120 per stand.'

Contact:
Laraine Janes
Director
January Furniture Show
020 8387 1270.
DL 020 8387 1271
Fax 020 8387 1274
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

http://www.januaryfurnitureshow.com


BFM member companies that exhibited at the 2014 INTERIORS UK show at the NEC in January included:

Alstons
Artistic Upholstery Ltd
Ashley Manor Upholstery
Ashwood Designs Ltd
Buoyant Upholstery Ltd
Caxton Furniture
Collins And Hayes Furniture Limited
David Gundry Upholstery
Duresta Upholstery
Emerald Upholstery
Ercol Furniture Ltd
Furmanac Ltd
G Plan Furniture
G Plan Upholstery
Gascoigne Designs
Heico Fasteners UK Ltd
Henderson Russell
Highgate Beds Ltd
Highgrove Beds Ltd
Homeserve Furniture Repairs & Staingard
Hyder Beds
Iain James Furniture Limited
John Sankey
Lebus Upholstery
Morris Furniture
Parker Knoll
Relaxateeze
Sherborne Upholstery Ltd
Welcome Furniture
Westbridge Furniture
Zone Furniture

Discounted hotel rates - After negotiations with BFM, De Vere Village Urban Resorts, Solihull is offering a special promotion for NEC attendees at Ior any exhibitions at Cranmore Park.  The promotional rate is from £95 including breakfast based on single occupancy. Please contact Phillip Bailey direct  / 07775 737 524) who will ensure you get the best deal available. You will also receive a bottle of wine!

kbb Birmingham 2014

Written by Mike Dimond. Posted in Uncategorised

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kbb Birmingham 2014: Show Preview

kbb Birmingham, organised by UBM Live Built Environment, will take place at the NEC Birmingham between 2-5 March this year. Over 300 exhibitors will be joining the line-up at the biggest trade event for the kitchens bathrooms and bedrooms industry, which is gearing up for its biggest and best year yet. Across the four day show the leading names in the industry will be gathering to display their latest in product innovations at the show, and buyers will be offered a unique opportunity to be amongst the very first to purchase brand new ranges from the best brands.

A diverse collection of British and international brands will be exhibiting at the show – some of which are returning  to kbb Birmingham, some of which will be making their debut -  giving visitors plenty of choice and solutions to fit every budget.

On the kitchen side of things, award-winning appliance specialist Caple will be launching a selection of new, high performance appliances, details of which are closely under wraps till the start of the show. This will include the first launch of the Sense Premium collection of white glass and stainless steel appliances which have never been seen in the UK to national retailers.

Visitors will be invited to the stand to experience Caple's appliances first-hand where Michelin-starred chef, Josh Eggleton, will be joining them to demonstrate how well the Caple Sense Premium cooking appliances perform as he creates a whole host of culinary delights in the cooking arena for visitors, VIPs and trade and consumer press.

Franke is unveiling a raft of brand new products at the exhibition with six sink ranges, seven taps and two hoods strengthening its offer across the board. New products include the Largo Workcentre sink, which features two integrated and functional bins. The small ‘sponge box’ holds cleaning materials and kitchen utensils to keep the sink area tidy, while the larger 5.5 litre bin is for waste from food preparation. Available with both left and right hand drainer, the Largo Workcentre also features Franke’s new and unique push-button pop-up waste which pushes up the strainer basket, rather than the usual twist and turn action by hand. Franke also launched their More in Store initiative in January, offering retailers an extensive range of exclusive display and promotional benefits throughout 2014 to help them generate sales and enhance their margins. This will be on full display and the entire Franke team on hand to discuss it in more detail.

After resounding success at the May Design Series, Kitchen Door Workshop will be exhibiting at the Birmingham show in 2014. The company plans to exhibit its range of replacement door options, with many additions to the collection to be debuted at the show. One such new addition is the Legno finish which features a new deeper texture than the existing standard textured option. In addition, Kitchen Door Workshop will also be launching a new curved door option and two new door styles for both the bedroom and kitchen.

As one of Germany’s leading kitchen manufacturers, Schüller will be a main attraction at kbb 2014, and will be demonstrating its commitment and investment in the UK market by exhibiting exciting new 2014 additions for the first time. The schüller.C collection will have three displays of its mid-market collection to demonstrate the high quality, enormous choice of planning options and the impressive functional elements.

Retailers  at kbb 2014 will also be able to see the new next125 collection, and take a close look at the NX902, which has just won the Designer Kitchen Innovation Product of the Year. Available in a new indigo blue together with  beautiful reclaimed oak fronts, it represents a real statement design for 2014 trends.

New to the 2014 line-up is Leicht, German manufacturers of sleek kitchen units and furniture. On display will be the new 2014 Synthia-C/Ceres-C, a handleless kitchen which will be shown in the new textured, antique oak colour combined with new Alpine grey and an arctic white island to produce a calm, stylish look. Also on display will be the new polymer glass front Vitrea kitchen which features laser glass effect edges, which will be made available to UK buyers for the very first time at the event. Other key Leicht concepts such as pocket doors, which cleverly hideaway cupboards and the cookware centres (seen right) and the Contino griprail handle less doors, will also be on display.

2014 is set to be a year of celebration for Bauformat, with the leading German kitchen manufacturer toasting its 40 years in the UK, a Golden ‘M’ award and the UK launch of its Schnell range at kbb Birmingham.  Buyers can choose from 14 kitchen ranges, 60 door fronts (matt, gloss, silk matt finish), 70 handle options, 17 carcase colours and 50 worktop finishes with a rigid built direct factory delivery, and the rigid built cabinetry is calibrated and manufactured from premium density particle board ensuring maximum durability and reliability of fixings.  Bauformat will showcase “Schnell” in collaboration with manufacturer Gorenje at kbb Birmingham.

Bringing their brand new, state of the art handle-less kitchen range to kbb Birmingham is Nolte, who will be using the show to give the range its UK debut. “Not only does the new MatrixArt range cover all major decors and finishes, but it is also available from Price Group 1 right through to Price Group 8”, Richard Pedgrift, Country Manager for Nolte explains. “There are many extras, such as ambience lighting in the upper handle trip in conjunction with our new 25mm worktop thickness and matching panels around the sides of the units. We look forward to showcasing all of the different options to the trade audience at kbb Birmingham.”

Britain’s number one sink manufacturer is joining kbb Birmingham 2014, and will be bringing their latest UK-made ranges with them. Rangemaster use stainless steel, granite and fire-clay to produce sinks and taps of exceptional quality, in both contemporary and traditional designs. All Rangemaster sinks come with at least a ten year warranty, and the company are also the proud recipient of double ISO accreditation, evidence that it is constantly striving to improve environmental performance.

Looking towards bathrooms, for the first time in ten years kbb Birmingham is set to welcome bathroom giant Ideal Standard back to the exhibition. The brand have taken a 200sq metre stand where they will be showcasing brand new product ranges including SoftMood, a range of bathroom furniture characterised by its soft and rounded design with high tech solutions, whilst its reliable product features help to create a warm and comfortable bathroom experience with a personal touch. Keith Boad, MD of Ideal Standard, commented that “the show enables us to reach a broad cross section of retailers, to present our plans and line-up of new products, but to also listen to our customer base, and understand how Ideal Standard can be an even better partner moving forward.”  

RAK Ceramics is set to launch a stunning new bathroom collection at KBB Birmingham.  The new Resort range will feature RAK’s next generation rimless design – Hygiene+ - and will be available in a variety of formats, alongside matching basins.  A wide range of complementary accessories, as well as new luxury shower enclosures, baths and porcelain surfaces will also be introduced to the RAKextra range and RAK’s Tile Collection. Hygiene+ will feature across six different WC configurations, which include close-coupled maxi and mini projections, in close and open backed formats, as well as back to wall and wall hung designs. Resort also includes six contemporary style hand basins, in a variety of widths and with taller pedestal options.

J J Ormerod will be bringing all four prongs of the business to kbb Birmingham in March: Colonial Kitchens, Colonial Bedrooms, Eco Kitchens and Eco Bathrooms. The focus for the show, however, will be the re-launch of the Colonial Kitchens brand. With a whole host of new lines to be launched at the show, this is a fantastic opportunity for buyers to be among the first to be able to offer their customers the very latest in classically designed, high quality kitchens. Amongst the new launches will be a range of traditional painted kitchens, as well as the introduction of a Germanic twist on some of the existing Colonial Kitchen ranges. An in-frame, handle-less kitchen and a wall-mounted kitchen will also be available for the first time at the show. Between its Colonial and Eco ranges, JJO are able to offer buyers new products to suit every budget.

Stonearth produce high end units, basins and surfaces for bathrooms and kitchens using only natural materials, and will be adding to its exiting ranges at kbb Birmingham. Shown for the first time will be a luxury range of kitchen furniture made from solid oak with sculpted detailing, offering the finest in beautiful and high quality fittings. Stonearth are building their kbb Birmingham stand around a natural, environmental theme, befitting of the planet-friendly ranges on offer.

Leading tile manufacturer and distributor British Ceramic Tile will be making their debut appearance at kbb Birmingham in the new year, and promise to arrive in style. The brand will unveil its newly extended portfolio of wall and floor tiles in The House of British Ceramic Tile, a stand built and designed as a house made up of a series of themed rooms showcasing ceramic wall and floor inspiration, together with glass, licensed ranges and decoration. Additions to the British Ceramic Tile portfolio include new lines added to the HD and Impact ranges – the company will be launching two new collections at the show including ‘Feature Floors’ and ‘Statement’, as well as a capsule range of mosaic tiles and the Best of British collection, which features BCT’s many designer collaborations.

Tile & Marble Collection will be introducing a new range of glass products at the show as well as adding to its natural stone portfolio. Launching exclusively at kbb will be a range of coloured glass and mirrored splashbacks, as well as brand new glass fronted radiators available in various sizes and single colours as well as a selection of digitally printed images. kbb Birmingham will also provide the launch platform for the introduction of Tile & Marble Collection’s anti-slip glass floor tiles to the UK market. These tiles come in a range of sizes and in several abstract designs, and can be back-painted in a colour selected to blend, complement or contrast with surrounding materials – even natural stone.

Lighting specialist Sensio has exciting plans for kbb Birmingham 2014. Launching at the show will be the brand’s first ever range of bedroom lighting, including items powered by lithium-ion batteries which also cross over into the kitchen lighting ranges. New lines will also be added to existing kitchen and bathroom ranges at the show, giving kbb visitors the opportunity to be among the first to get their hands on the very latest technologies. Sensio will be dividing its 105m² stand into two halves, with a separate area for the bedroom range. Sensio offers one of the most interactive stands at the exhibition and will be running its very own bar, in addition to several ‘education stations’ including product design and product development. In addition, Sensio will be hosting mini-workshops on its stand for the very first time, which will allow visitors to put questions to staff and work out a solution together at the show.

Italian sink and tap manufacturer Elleci will be launching their brand new retail strategy at the event, which will mean that only independent kitchen specialists will have access to Elleci products. Alongside this initiative Elleci will be launching their brand new Vector Sink, an adaptable product with interchangeable parts and an array of different options to suit every need. The large bowl sink has been designed to achieve maximum capacity from a compact bowl, and also features a large ledge where a retractable tap, a jet hose, a soap dispenser and other accessories can be mounted. What’s more, Elleci will be offering generous incentives to fellow KBSA members, whom it believes are a perfect fit for their premium products.

Other brands and suppliers to showcase at kbb Birmingham include Franke, Blanco, Samsung Electronics, Thomas Dudley, Blum and Nobilia  to name but a few.

In addition to a fantastic exhibiting line-up, visitors to kbb Birmingham 2014 will be treated to a series of insightful seminars from top industry experts, adding to an already packed line-up for the NEC show in January. Already confirmed to be imparting valuable pearls of wisdom at the show are Hannah Malein of Global Colour Research who will be speaking about “Key colour & material trends for Autumn Winter 2014/15”, Jane Blakeborough of bathroom marketing consultancy J.M.Blake who will be discussing “Bathroom Trends”, and John Lennon of PWS who will be giving a talk entitled “How to maintain market share and grow your business as an independent specialist”.

For more information and to register for your complimentary pass to kbb Birmingham, please visit the kbb website.


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NOTES TO EDITORS

About kbb Birmingham  
kbb Birmingham is the UKs largest gathering of the world’s most exciting kitchen, bedroom and bathroom brands taking place from the 2-5 March at the NEC Birmingham. Attracting over 300 manufacturers and suppliers biennially, the show is dedicated to interiors professionals, multiple and independent retailers. kbb Birmingham is recognised as a key industry event leading the way in innovation, new products and the latest trends. Follow us @kbblive #kbbbirmingham for live news and updates or visit www.kbb.co.uk for more information.

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