What's new in the Home Improvement & Garden industry:
Yale unlocks the home of the future - Conexis L1
Leading lock specialist Yale, has launched the brand new Conexis®L1 Smart Door Lock that puts homeowners fully in control of their door, allowing them to configure, control and unlock the door all from a smartphone, via a Bluetooth low energy App.
When investigating the smart home market, research revealed 62% of consumers want the ability to remotely lock and unlock their door from anywhere at anytime*. The Conexis® L1 does just that, enabling users to create and send mobile keys to family and friends, and keep track of who comes and goes simply using their smartphone. Thanks to the new Twist and Go functionality, homeowners can also twist their phone 90 degrees to unlock the front door, as well as having the choice of key tag, key card or phone tag.
As such, Yale is encouraging retailers to stock up on the future of door hardware to meet customer demand.
The lock has been specifically designed for quick and easy DIY installation, requiring only a single screwdriver and tape measure to fit. It is suitable for both PVCu and Composite doors. And don’t worry if the electricity goes down! The smart lock is powered by four AA batteries and will send a warning notification to your smartphone when the batteries begin running low. It even has a backup battery connection port on its external side, which can be used to power the lock in the event of a flat battery.
Stephen Roberts, Marketing Manager for Yale, comments: “The Conexis® L1 gives homeowners total control of who can access their home and provides the ultimate peace of mind, knowing your loved ones are home safely.
“In addition to a tamper alarm, the Conexis®L1 is PAS24 accredited, providing the superior standard of security that Yale is famous for, giving retailers and consumers confidence in the quality of the technology.”
When linked with a Yale wireless module, users can connect the Conexis® L1 to other Yale smart products, including the Yale Smart Home Alarm or Smart CCTV range, which can then be controlled via the free Yale Home app.
For more information about the Conexis® L1 Smart Door Lock and the rest of the Smart Living range, please visit www.yale.co.uk/smart-living.
New hit in interior design - George Quinn launches staircase renovation videos
The Irish leader on the stair parts market created staircase renovation videos to show people how to renovate each part of a staircase. The tutorials presented by their Staircase Renovation Specialist, Damien Reilly, enable carpenters, builders and people passionate about DIY to easily renovate a staircase.
George Quinn, stair parts designer, manufacturer and supplier in Ireland and the United Kingdom, released a complete set of staircase renovation videos to come to the help of carpenters, builders and DIY people. The video tutorials are publicly available on their stair parts website and on their YouTube channel and can be watched for free from anywhere in the world.
“We want everyone to learn how to renovate a staircase and have the possibility to renovate their stairs”, said Martin McGinn, the Managing Director. “We tried to incorporate and to answer every question that we received from our customers and we believe that we managed
to create something simple to follow, attractive and even funny. These videos contain tips for carpenters and builders, and also step by step explanations for people that are not so familiar with woodwork.”
The trend to renovate staircases started in 2015 when more and more people started to buy stair parts online. Based on a market research done by George Quinn in 2015, this trend is going to grow even more in 2016 as it is the most advantageous solution for staircase renovation, financially speaking.
The company promised to continue creating video tutorials and answer any questions about staircase renovation. They invite people to watch the videos that were already released and to contact them if they have any questions.
Short video on how to renovate a staircase
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Richard Burbidge launches Elements with glass
Richard Burbidge, the stairpart specialist, has launched Elements with Glass, a new range of contemporary stairparts that feature striking glass infill panels and solid wood newels.
The unique glass panels turn traditional stair design on its head, creating the illusion of light and space, and are also easy to install, enabling contractors to provide something visually impressive, with minimum mess and disruption to the household.
Ideal for domestic refurbishment and projects requiring a modern twist, the Elements with Glass range is easy to fit, while maintaining a high-end look and feel. The products are available in white oak and are supplied with gun-metal connectors and fittings.
Louise Morris, Group Brand and Communications Manager, from Richard Burbidge said, “In recent years we have invested heavily in product development, creating contemporary designs using different materials to give your customers the widest choice possible.
“Our stair parts are designed to stand the test of time, and Elements with Glass range offers a contemporary solution that will stay looking good for many years to come.”
All stairparts from Richard Burbidge come fully strength tested to meet UK regulations.
To find out more about Richard Burbidge, visit www.richardburbidge.co.uk
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Harris Brushes launches new product range exclusively for independent retailers
Harris Brushes has added to its expanding portfolio and launched a brand new range of paint brushes, that are available exclusively to its independent retailers.
The Artisan range includes four brushes; the Angled, Round, Flat and Fitch brush, each available in three sizes. Designed and developed with the consumer in mind, this new collection allows customers to paint with more control, ease and accuracy.
All Artisan products feature a copper plated ferrule and long-lasting beech wood handle that has a contemporary look and feel that will ensure it will be flying off the shelves as the latest ‘must-have’ product.
The Angled brush, ideal for window and door frames, has silky, long and soft synthetic filaments that make cutting in easier and also produces smooth solid lines.
The Round Brush has super-fine, tapered, synthetic filaments and the smooth wooden handle rotates easily to help paint evenly. The pointed tip ensures customers can paint detailed areas with pinpoint accuracy and is perfect for confined, restricted spaces.
There is also the Flat brush, which has a nimble head, super soft bristles and a precise tip, perfect for cutting in and recoating, as it produces a much finer distribution of paint. It’s great for touching up areas.The Fitch brush is great for light switches, coving and cutting in. The fine head gives increased precision and control, while the angled tip provides ease when painting edges and corners.
Stuart Hobbs, Sales and Marketing Director at Harris comments:
“This is no normal paint brush range. It is in fact a selection of specialist brushes that have been designed and developed to help consumers paint those tricky areas much faster but with accuracy and detail. The synthetic bristles pick up the precise quantity of paint for completing detailed areas and the fine tips help to give a smooth finish.“What is so brilliant about this range, is that it has been designed to enable amateur decorators to achieve that professional finish. We are really certain that these new, innovative products will prove to be best sellers for our retailers.”
|Brush||RRP Ex Vat||RRP Inc Vat|
|Artisan 25mm Round||£2.91||£3.49|
|Artisan 21mm Round||£2.49||£2.99|
|Artisan 15mm Round||£2.08||£2.50|
|Artisan 2" Angled Sash||£2.49||£2.99|
|Artisan 1.5" Angled Sash||£2.08||£2.50|
|Artisan 1" Angled Sash||£1.66||£1.99|
|Artisan 2" Flat||£1.66||£1.99|
|Artisan 1.5" Flat||£1.49||£1.79|
|Artisan 1" Flat||£1.24||£1.49|
Get smart! Yale showcases Smart Living at Grand Designs Live
Yale’s new Smart Living range is set to take Grand Designs Live by storm, whetting consumer appetite for all things smart!
Grand Designs Live, which runs 8-11th October at the NEC Birmingham, offers consumers the opportunity to see the latest trends for the home, including many products that have never seen before.
The show will include live demonstrations of Yale’s award winning CCTV system, smart locks, digital door viewers and alarms; encouraging homeowners to get to grips with the new smart technologies on the market.
Dave Herbert, Business Development Director for Smart Living, said: “Our Smart Living range is available in a variety of options to suit all consumer needs, Smart Living is the smart choice for trade professionals looking to increase sales. From standalone products, to a complete home security system, built around an intelligent smart security hub, which integrates with a wide range of modular accessories… Yale has smart security sorted.
“If homeowners have already invested in a leading smart home system network, Yale’s standalone modular products easily integrate with other system providers, so homeowners can be assured they have the very best protection, offering a lucrative revenue stream for trade professionals.“
For further information please visit www.yale.co.uk/smart-living, or the Yale Smart Living blog www.yalesmartliving.co.uk.
Buttacup Flow curved planter
The world’s first crescent shaped planter designed specifically to brighten up the common garden water butt has been launched by Buttacup.
Buttacup Flow is curved to fit the side of any standard circular water butt, its drip-feed valve system keeps plants continuously watered even when you’re away on holiday.
Manufactured in the UK, this unique, stylish and functional planter also makes it incredibly easy to create a new habitat for flora and fauna anywhere in the garden.
As well as dark green to match a standard water butt, Buttacup Flowis available in a range of colours, is easy to install and comes complete with all components and clear instructions.
The Buttacup Flow is patented and trademarked with an RRP of £11.95. It is available through a growing network of approved stockists. For further information visit www.buttacup.co.uk .
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Screwfix launches Zep Commercial® retail assortment in 395 stores
Zep Inc., a leading consumable chemical packaged goods company that manufactures a wide variety of high-performance maintenance and cleaning chemicals, today announced that Screwfix, the UK’s leading supplier of trade tools and a retail brand of Kingfisher PLC, Europe’s largest home improvement retailer, now stock an assortment of 17 Zep Commercial® cleaners, degreasers and wash products in its 395 Screwfix stores. "We are excited to be launching our Zep Commercial product line with Screwfix, the UK’s largest home improvement retailer,” stated John K. Morgan, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Zep Inc. “I’m confident that tradespeople will be impressed by the quality of our products.”
Zep Commercial® Products Available at Screwfix: http://www.screwfix.com/search?search=zep
IronmongeryDirect adds fence hardware to its expanding range
IronmongeryDirect, the UK’s largest online and mail order supplier of ironmongery products, has introduced fence hardware to its range for the first time in preparation for the summer months. Thirty five new fence hardware products have been added to IronmongeryDirect’s existing range of over 14,000 products to cater for people who are looking to prepare their gardens for the warmer months ahead. Jamie Johnson, product manager, said: “We’re delighted to have expanded our current gate and shed hardware range to now include hardware for fences. It was a natural progression for these products to be added as they are closely linked. Now the weather is beginning to brighten up, more people will be looking for ways to spruce up their gardens. As such, our new range will make it easier for customers to buy all of their garden hardware in one place."
To see the full range, please visit http://www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk/products/gate_fence_and_shed_hardware
Thank you for the excellent presentation that you gave at Woodbury Park on Thursday morning. It was very interesting and thought-provoking for our Retail members. The feedback has been excellent.