Last Minute Skydivers Sought


The Pilgrim Bandits charity, based in New Milton, Hants,  have put out a call to find a number of additional daredevil volunteers willing to skydive on June 8th at Netheravon in Wiltshire.  Following the success of the jump last year when a total of 205 chutes filled the skies the charity is aiming to smash their own unofficial world record and has invited the Guinness World Records adjudicator to record the feat this year.

The Pilgrim Bandits were formed by ex-special forces personnel with the intention of providing hope and motivation through expeditions and physical challenges for wounded men and women for all the services.     A recent hard-core trek across the Norwegian Tundra retracing the steps of the famous WWII Heroes of Telemark has just been completed to mark the 70th anniversary of the original mission.  Wounded amputee servicemen, both serving and veteran include; Rifleman Paul Jacobs (lost his sight in Afghanistan) the Charity’s ambassador patron Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson MBE (possibly the UKs most severely injured surviving soldier).

They will be joined by fellow soldiers Sgt Colin Hamilton, Cpl Ricky Fergusson MC, Sapper Jim Wilson , Matt Wiskin, Jake Barlett. All jumping in aid of the charity.

Ben Parkinson MBE says “I’d like to urge anyone who thinks they might like to have a go to sign up – it’s a great day out and all the monies raised go to this great charity’s work.”

Pilgrim Bandits spokeswoman Deborah Risbridger, “The jump provides a unique opportunity for the amputees to share the experience with a wide range of friends and supporters.  We are obviously hoping to raise some funding for future projects but the focus for the day is for everyone to share a great experience and have the chance to seal those memories with a new world record, how many Saturdays end like that?“ 

Caption: L/Bdr Ben Parkinson MBE holds the Olympic torch during the 2012 record attempt at Netheravon, Wilts.  He is accompanied by Red Devil skydivers from the Army’s parachute regiment.

Anyone interested in taking part can get further information at

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Bathrooms Brands helping independent bathroom retailers compete

Exclusive catalogue will be available to participating bathroom retailers

Exclusive catalogue will be available to participating bathroom retailers

Massive Marketing Programme “Will Bring Business to Retailers” says Roger Cooper


Why are consumers staying away from bathroom showrooms in favour of the internet, the chains and DIY multiples?  According to Roger Cooper, director at UK Bathroom Brands one of the main reasons is that the big names are not doing enough to drive customers into showrooms.

Speaking at a recent event held at the new Crosswater showroom, he said that today’s consumer is far more discerning and draws on information that is readily available from many different sources. “Experience tells us that about one third of customers are looking for single product replacement, one third for a limited update and the other third for a full scale remodel. The good news is that the replacement cycle is getting shorter – now thought to be about ten years – perhaps Avocado, Romany and the rest did the industry a favour!”

Research is done on the internet by over 50% of purchasers whilst 70% will visit a DIY store, but only 20% will visit a bathroom retailer.

“Despite the general decline in the industry due to the recession and the fall in property values, consumers still want to update their bathroom but not enough of them visit a specialist bathroom retailer.  Forceful, high profile media campaigns by DIY chains including Wickes and B&Q and national chains such as Bathstore and Victoria Plumb are having a positive effect on educating the market and creating aspiration with the consumer.  But, these consumers do not think about visiting their local specialist possibly believing them to be a more expensive alternative. The pressure to sell has led to many quality brands making products available to DIY chains – and this does not help the showrooms either,” says Cooper.

“Top proprietary brands are lost amongst the DIY own brands. Whilst seemingly giving low prices and apparent value, the internet promotes unbranded items with little or no service back up.  Similarly, branded products are offered on a see it there, buy it here line which damages the showrooms.”

Roger states, “What is required to help showrooms is for a manufacturer to provide an arsenal of high quality branded products supported though meaningful consumer promotion.  Creating a high-impact national campaign in partnership with regional independent showrooms is a far superior proposition than the sheds and national bathroom chains currently offer.”

UK Bathroom Brands is set change the situation by bringing together its wide portfolio of quality branded products to create an impressive showroom offer with a national sale that will run throughout October and is targeted to reach a massive 6 million home-owner occupiers.

THE BATHROOM SALE has a spend of over £1million and is complemented by an impressive package of showroom support.   Exclusively for participating stockists, a comprehensive, high quality and multiple-page catalogue has been designed and printed specially for The Bathroom Sale.  In addition, a dedicated The Bathroom Sale website will include each participating retailer and will include stunning room set photography and consumer access by postcode. Each retailer will have a comprehensive listing including photography of showroom displays.

There will be very competitive sale prices on all products from brands in the group including Burlington, Crosswater, Britton, Simpsons, Clearwater, Bauhaus, Cleargreen, Adora, Aquacabinets and Zamori. “Consumers will be able to buy the products they want, at the prices they want with the personal, expert advice and service back up that is only available through specialist showrooms.” says Roger. “The marketing campaign is designed to grab consumer attention and drive them into specialist boutiques.  Couple this with the incomparable service and support offered by showrooms and The Bathroom Sale will be an unbeatable, unprecedented proposition.”

Bathroom retailers interested in registering for The Bathroom Sale are invited to email to arrange a visit.


Bathrooms at The Ampersand are Inspirational

Crosswater & C.P. Hart In Partnership for Bathrooms at

The Ampersand Hotel, South Kensington


The Ampersand, a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of London has been the subject of a painstaking and intricate refurbishment that saw the Contracts teams from C.P. Hart source products for a wide portfolio of schemes ranging from suites through to DDA rooms.

As the design brief called foAmpersand Hotel  suites feature Crosswater Brasswarer a consistent art-deco design throughout the hotel, the Contracts team chose quality branded bathroom products from Crosswater, Duravit and Bette.  All the brassware and shower valves were chosen from the Crosswater portfolio. Crosswater worked with C.P. Hart to design bespoke brassware solutions; this included bespoke tap spouts and engraved shower plates to make it simple for guests to operate the luxury showers.

Ian Dutch, Head of Contracts Hotels comments; “Securing a prestigious contract like the 111 rooms and suites at The Ampersand was an exciting project for C.P. Hart Bathrooms, but involved a complex refurbishment where design decisions had to be made quickly to accommodate the hotel’s schedule of works. We drew upon suppliers that we were confident could supply high quality products that outperformed expectations and worked with our budget and installation schedule. The bathrooms in the hotel have to deliver both longevity and a luxurious experience, so the back up of comprehensive product guarantees and efficient after sales service were key influencers when it came to specifying products for the scheme.”

Caption top:   Crosswater Mike brassware with extended spout shown with Duravit inset basin.

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