Lance Bdr BENBEN Parkinson MBE, with The Princess Royal and The Pilgrim Bandits PARKINSON MBE TO HOST PATRONS BALL

General (Retd) Sir John Learmont KCB CBE, Ben Parkinson MBE, Duncan Bannatyne OBE patrons of the Pilgrim Bandits Charity which provides challenging expeditions for amputee soldiers and veterans of the Forces, are hosting the charity’s Patron’s Black Tie Dinner at the National Motorcycle Museum 2nd November 2013.

Ben, from Doncaster, received his MBE earlier this year for the work he does raising awareness of the challenges faced by injured service personnel.  The ball is an annual event designed to bring patrons and supporters together to celebrate the year’s successes.  Those successes for 2013 saw the charities supporters smash the Guinness World Record for the number of individual tandem skydives in a day, also an extraordinary expedition which included Ben, trekking across the Haranguer Plateau in Norway to mark the 70th anniversary of the WW2 Heroes of Telemark. 

The Ball is moving to Birmingham for the first time this year.  Ben explains. “It’s a great night out and we wanted to be somewhere even more people could come and enjoy the evening with us.”

The Pilgrim Bandits are inviting the Midlands business community to think of the event as an alternative Christmas party and asking for online bookings at

Caption:  Ben meets HRH the Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace during the summer.

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17th September 2013


Crosswater the Hotel Bathroom Experts exhibit at Independent Hotel Show


October 30th-31st Olympia West, London. Stand IH130 Crosswater are presenting a suite of bathroom ranges and innovations as part of the first hotel bathroom room set at this year’s Independent Hotel Show.

In partnerships with well-known brands like; Brinton Carpets, Electric Mirror, Purus, Sekers Fabrics, Forest Contracts Ltd, Crosswater will be showing Bauhaus bathroom furniture from its recently launched Glide II range as well Crosswater’s tablet-controlled digital water delivery system, Crosswater Digital.  Core to the room set will be the brand new KH Zero 1 range of brassware designed by the latest Dragon, Kelly Hoppen MBE.

David Balmer, Crosswater’s Hospitality Senior Projects Manager explains. “This is only the second year for this specialist exhibition.  Last year it was incredibly well supported by owners of boutique and bijou hotels from the UK and mainland Europe who recognised the chance to talk to suppliers who really understand their businesses.”

This is the first time Crosswater has taken part in a complete-room set display working alongside brands that share the company’s understanding of the independent hotel sector.

“Touching and feeling the products and innovations we offer generates a huge amount of interest” says David.  “Independent hotel owners and operators understand the importance of stylish, high functioning bathroom provision that looks amazing, that supports their own hotel’s unique customer experience but that is also simple and quick to clean to minimise down time.”

Caption:  KH Zero 1 floor standing bath filler from Crosswater.

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Background Note to JournalistCrosswater Holdings has been welcomed by the specialist bathroom retailer since it was established in 1998.  Excelling with a vast, exciting and innovative product range has led it to become one of the most pioneering companies in the UK with three distinctive and prevailing consumer brands: Crosswater, Simpsons and Bauhaus.

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Amica has added a new range of freestanding dishwashers to its line-up of feature-rich home appliances. As Poland’s leading home appliance manufacturer and one of Europe’s fastest growing, Amica is rapidly increasing its business here in the UK; building on an increasingly recognised reputation for first-class customer service. 

The new Amica ZMW646BE/WE 60cm dishwashers, launched during July 2013,  are available in a choice of white or black and are A++AA rated for energy, wash and drying performance.  Features also include:  14 place settings, start delay up to 24 hours, zone-wash function, 6 wash programmes, five different temperature selections and the important safety child lock.  The new dishwashers consume just 0,93kWh/24 hours on a normal 50°C cycle and use an average of 11 litres of water during the same.  Noise levels are kept down to a 45 dB(A) which is easily quiet enough to chat over.   Baskets and racks within are flexible and variable to allow for larger pots and pans.  The third rack cutlery basket and an LED interior light makes it easy to load / unload and  to see everything inside.



Electronic salt and rinse indicators are displayed alongside its clean uncluttered LED programme sequence panel.


The Techy Bit

266kWh per annum (estimate)

3080 litres of water per annum (estimate)

84.5 x 59.8 x 60cm (w) dimensions

Concealed heating element

Stainless steel interior

RRP £349.99 inc VAT


Like all Amica appliances the new dishwashers are supplied with a 2 years parts and labour guarantee at no additional cost.



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Date issued: 14th Aug 2013