Bradley Wiggins and Andy Murray are advocates of an ice-bath after hard training, races and matches.  Mirroring this, running and cycling, tennis and football are some of the UK’s favourite pasImagetimes.  So, will these sporty consumers be hunting down a bath with multi-purposes in mind?  

Sporty or not, bath-buying is about comfort and me-time.  Stunning baths are being installed in bedrooms, dressing rooms, and for those lucky enough, even in the gym.  The Nebbia bath by Clearwater Baths, just one of new range of over 30, has been moulded around a human body and provides support in all the right places – no need to prop the body up with the feet at the far end.

Natural stone baths from Clearwater Baths are made from stone so do not need a ledge around the bath.  This means the internal space is deeper and wider than that of traditional acrylic or steel bath.  It is actually possible to fit a 160 x 80cm Clearwater Stone bath into a 170 x70 acrylic bath.   There is no need for feet on a stone bath either.   On the Nebbia (pictured above), the bath sits squarely on the floor so water can be up to 12cms deeper than normal.  Natural stone is also easy to keep clean and maintain.  So whether it’s time for an ice –bath or hot water and bubbles, a Clearwater Baths natural stone bath is a bath for all reasons.  Nebbia shown £3290 inc VAT

Darren Allison, managing director for Clearwater Baths says “The Nebbia bath is just one in a huge collection designed to meet every conceivable consumer demand.  Statement, multi-purpose baths with room for one or two or even three, are trending amongst all consumer groups.”

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Ben Parkinson MBE, ambassador patron for was guest of honour at Franke Sissons get-to-know-us afternoon tea on Friday 12th July in Chesterfield.

The horrendously injured soldier, who has both survived and continued to make amazing progress, following an IED explosion in Helmand Province Afghanistan in 2006, visited Chesterfield to learn more about Franke Sissons’ steel manufacturing business and the other charities and causes the local company supports.  As a memento of his visit, staff at the Company designed, produced and engraved a one-off Pilgrim Bandits stainless steel clock.

Caption Top:  Representatives from; Nenna Kind Chesterfield’s cancer drop in centre, 10 year old Motocross Rider Dalton Dring (Right with Ben Parkinson), Ashgate Hospice, the Chesterfield Panthers under 14’s rugby team,  Meadows School, Wingerworth Junior School football team, Fairplay, which supports children and young people with disabilities in Chesterfield and Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce.  Andy Dukelow, MD of Franke Sissons present a stainless steel cheque to Ben Parkinson.

Caption bottom:  Victoria Himsworth, Franke Sissons’ Product Marketing Manager, presents Ben with his clock.

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Princess Royal Welcomes Ben Parkinson MBE To Palace


Pilgrim Bandits, based in New Milton, were invited to the Not Forgotten Association’s garden party at Buckingham Palace recently.  In celebration of Pilgrim Bandits’ successful Heroes of Telemark Expedition which commemorated  70 years since the original WW2 sortie,  earlier this year.  The whole team attended after being asked to meet HRH The Princess Royal. organises challenges for injured service men and women whilst supporting their families, runs a series of hard-core adventures for these highly trained serving soldiers and veterans. 

Caption:  Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson MBE, ambassador patron for the Pilgrim Bandits meets The Princess Royal and shares a joke after she asked him ”Is it  hard work with the charity?”

Pilgrim Bandits has a host of upcoming challenges including; retracing the Cockleshell Heroes mission in 2014, another attempt at the World Tandem Skydiving Record and more modestly, a visit to Royal Hospital Chelsea next week to share experience with the Chelsea Pensioners.

Pilgrim BandImageits now represents over 20 wounded service personnel pushing them ‘always a little further’ and sharing their experiences with under privileged young people and children country wide.

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Amica – Brand New Catalogue 2013
Leading Polish kitchen appliance brand, Amica has created a brand new brochure complemented by a page turning version on its website.
The new ‘Intelligent Style’ 75 page full colour matt brochure is designed to appeal to the discerning consumer looking for feature-rich design-led appliances. The brand’s comprehensive range of freestanding and built-in ap2013 BROCHURE COVER LOW RESpliances are laid out in an easy-read format with each innovation, feature, benefit and technical data neatly displayed alongside.

Country Manager, Simon Freear, says “The new brochure is quite large and heavy. We recognise that even in the era of digital that our independent retail customers and kitchen studios still like to have quality printed brochure available for their customers and to refer to. Whilst page-turning facilities on a website and Apps are increasingly important, there is something reassuring about a well laid out catalogue.”
Highlights in the new brochure include; new dishwashing, cooling, laundry and a complete suite of new ovens both freestanding and built-in.
All products come with a two-year parts and labour guarantee as standard.
For further information, visit, call 01425 461600 or email

CE Compliance Must be Policed To Save Tax Payers Money



Franke Washroom System’s is amongst the first to comply with this months ‘declaration of performance.’  Managing Director Andy Dukelow says “CE compliance must be policed.”

Franke Washroom Systems, also known as Franke Sissons, Chesterfield, is amongst the first manufacturers to conform to the latest round of CE compliance legislation.

The European Union compliance system, the CE mark introduces a new range of criteria this month.  The new regulations require all manufacturers to provide a declaration of performance and supply CE marking on every product covered by a harmonised European standard (hEN) and European Assessment Document (EAD).

Every product that Franke Washroom Systems sells that falls under a harmonised European standard is compliant and the company supports the efforts to ensure that all products supplied bearing the CE mark have a traceability on performance, manufacture and quality which will give greater confidence to the contractor and final consumer.   But, Managing Director, Andy Dukelow is also keen to highlight; “Too often the product specification is set on a build project and at the last call sub-standard, un-marked components are supplied in the final build process.   It is vital for the final user and ultimately the tax payer that there will be a policing of the major units and smaller components used in bathroom and washroom installation to ensure that the required CE marked product is what actually gets installed.”

All Franke Washrooms Systems products, including the company’s new full 4 litre flush stainless steel WCs (seen above in a Doc M line-up) meet or exceed the hENs standards for CE compliance include WC pans and suites including wash basins, kitchen sinks, wall hung urinals, WC and urinal flushing cisterns, sanitary appliances and their communal washing troughs.

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