Franke Sissons has been manufacturing washroom and catering products in Chesterfield Imagefor 230 years, this year.  The Company, which employs over 80 people at its Carrwood Rd factory is a keen supporter of youth sport and good causes locally.  So, when John Mason a laser programmer with Franke Sissons suggested Wingerworth Junior Sports Association was in need of new team coats for its Wingerworth Wolves, Under 7s squad, the Company agreed to sponsor the waterproof coats.

The WSJA runs football teams for under 6’s to 18 years for both boys and girls. 

Pictured above; the Wingerworth Wolves with coaches John Mason (left)  whose son Lucas  plays for the team along with Davie Gale (right) and team members: George Lacey, Elijah Searson, Joshua Thorne, Reagan Gale, Max Bestwick, Laurence Hazel, Owen Rhodes, Lucas Mason, Harvey Shaw and Thomas Rodgers.

John Mason said; “It’s great that Franke Sissons does things like this for youth sport and other local charities.   Donations like this send a positive message to the local community and makes our young football team feel they are taking part in something significant.”

Franke Washroom Systems, please request a product guide, price list or individual brochure from  Follow on Twitter @FrankeSissons.

For additional media information from Franke Washroom Systems, please contact deborah@drapublicrelations. Tel. 01425 461600  M. 07767 784295.

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Pilgrim Bandits, the charity formed by ex-special forces veterans, that pushes injured service men and women ‘always a little further’ has launched its own range of Charity Bar flapjacks.


The bold move is the brain child of one of the Charity’s trustees, a full time police Sargent,  who worked tirelessly on the project in his spare time.   Sargent Isherwood said “I wanted to create a product that would deliver a return for the Charity for years to come.  Our hope is to sell them through our area fundraisers but also to break into the grocery and hospitality trades.”


The Charity Bar is believed to be the first of its kind and is proving popular with early orders from sports clubs, pubs and independent high street stores.  The new Charity Bars can be ordered via for a box of 25 bars in a choice of 3 flavours; original, bakewell and fudge.  Mixed boxes are also available.  Suggested retail prices are from £1.00 for a large 110g bar.  Trade enquiries are welcome too on


Pilgrim Bandits’ patrons include Duncan Bannatyne OBE and Ben Parkinson MBE.  The charity challenges amputees from all the forces by pulling together extremely arduous expeditions and then sharing their experiences with underprivileged children and young people.


Visit for more information or join the charity of Facebook at pilgrimbandits charity.


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The Derbyshire Times Business Awards are possibly the most prestigious business awards in the region.  This year Franke Sissons, also known as Franke Washroom Systems, secured two awards at the gala dinner presentation during late November at Chesterfield Football Club.

The Award for Community Contribution of the Year was won for the company’s commitment to its comprehensive apprenticeship programme and for its longstanding relationships and donations to schools, a hospice and other charities supporting young people in the Derbyshire area.

The Award for Business Personality of the Year went to the Managing Director of Franke Sissons, Andy Dukelow.  Nominated by his team at the company, Andy is a driving force who has been with Franke Sissons for just over 30 years.  He joined as an apprentice himself and is well known for his beliefs in the benefits of on-the-job training and youth sport.

Commenting on both awards Andy Dukelow. “The Award for Community Contribution is a real honour – I of course am delighted to be awarded Business personality of the Year and very touched to be nominated, but the community contribution award is a wonderful accolade to the work and time dedicated to a range of great causes locally.  Thank you to everyone involved.”

Franke Sissons also received highly commended awards for its Apprentice of The Year, Jack BraIthwaite and for Employer of The Year.

Caption:  Franke Sissons staff from left to right collecting award from Clare Frisby and award sponsor:

Victoria Himsworth, Product Marketing Manager

Sarah Craig, Supply Chain Manager

Andy Martin, Manufacturing Manager

Jack Braithwaite, Apprentice

Patrick Mason, Process Engineering Manager

Andy Dukelow, Managing Director


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Amica kick starts Christmas and New Year with new brochure App for both android via Google Store and all IOS devices via the iTunes store.  As one of the first kitchen appliance brands to launch its own app, Simon Freear country manager said, “Obviously the app is free, but it’s also super quick and clean to add to a showrooms mobile device.”

Whether online or off line Amica’s line up of built-in and freestanding appliances can now be viewed either through a new page turning brochure on the website or off line on all tablets and smart phones.  Simply search for Amica Kitchen appliances in iTunes or the Google Store.  Automatic updates can be downloaded via push notifications or simply installed when required.


For further information on Amica’s range of appliances, visit 01425 461600.






The clean lines and bevelled edge of the new Amica black induction hob provides a blend of minimalism and advanced, flexible functionality for all styles of kitchens.

Poland’s Amica is one of the most successful appliance brands in Europe, and has successfully positioned itself as one of the leading independent electrical brands in the UK.  Now, this mid-market highly spec’d brand is taking strategic strides to ensure kitchen retailers and built-in appliance retailers have another tried and trusted major appliance string to their bow.

The new induction hob detects a pan automatically on its easy-clean black glass surface.   The centre of each heating area on the new Amica PI6512TF is indicated only by a small star keeping the look clean and uncluttered.   The four zones – 2 x 22cm and 2 x 18cm – are controlled using a centrally located front flush direct-touch sensor panel. Each one of the zones has its own booster and timer to provide automatic cooking.   The slider control provides quick and smooth one-touch operation to ensure speed of operation without rotary controls or knobs which may harbour germs.

LED numbers indicate the selected power level with heating options 1-9 and an anti-burn warm setting – perfect for Christmas sauces or melting chocolate.  A child lock, minute minder and pause button provide temporary and/or instant respite from direct heat.

Additional features include:

Stop & Go function

Dimensions 57.6cm x 51.8cms

7.4 kW total power

RRP £399.

For further information on Amica’s range of appliances, visit Trade enquiries about the new black induction hob are welcome at 01425 461600 and

For further press information:

Please contact Deborah Risbridger, DRA Public Relations. Tel: 01425 461600. E-mail:

Date issued: 25th November 2013

Craggy Island< Guildford and Suttons indoor climbing centres seeks charity nominations

Craggy Island seeks nominations for Charity of The Year 2014. 

During  2013 Craggy Island  has supported Guildford based Disability Challengers.   During this year, Craggy Island pledged to support Disability Challengers by providing indoor climbing sessions completely free of charge to not only the youngsters that attend the Disability Challenger centers but also for the families and volunteers during specially arranged sessions.  Dani Rushmer general manager for Craggy Island explains “We believe that climbing is a sport that can and should be enjoyed by all.  It was delightful to offer our practical support getting everyone up our walls.”  The year-long support for the charity is estimated to have been worth in the region of £10,000k made up of free sessions and fund raising events.                        

Starting January 2014, Craggy Island, which has climbing centres both here in Guildford and a sister centre in Sutton, is asking for nominations for the next charity the company can support.  Visit  for full details.


Please note that the closing date for applications is Friday 25th of October 2013.

Once all applications have been received the Charity of the Year will be chosen by Members  at Craggy Island by means of a voting process and the winner announced during early December.  

Caption:  Disability Challengers with Danie Rushmer during an event earlier this year.


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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