David Hance, Group Chairman and Founder of Crosswater Group, designed the latest range of professional brassware in collaboration with architects and specifiers of luxury bathrooms.


A sleek, unassuming yet sophisticated design with appeal to the architect, interior designer, specifier, and residential developer. Coming in choice of two finishes and with many technological advanced features making the new Mike Pro range from Crosswater an ideal choice for hotels, public buildings and luxury homes.

After a careful study of the commercial market, Crosswater recognised that there was an opportunity for a high design collection of brassware. As well as timless styling and high quality performance, this sector requires brassware to satisfy any number of technical, water saving and safety criteria. Consequently all products feature WRAS compliant components, shower valves are fully TMV2 approved and water saving features are included as standard or an option where required. The product itself is supported by a raft of back up materials including CAD drawings, exploded views, dimensional drawings,animated images all backed by a specialist website and brochure.


Elegantly simple in shape with gently curved spouts promoting outstanding water delivery; responsive easy-to-use levers, featuring the latest in ceramic disc control technology, Mike Pro is a complete basin, bath and showering collection in bright chrome or smart brushed stainless steel. David Hance, Group Chairman of Crosswater and lead designer on the project sums up the ethos of the brand, “Mike Pro is for bathrooms and washrooms that are as beautifully crafted as they are designed, with fabulous performance and inbuilt water saving features.  The collection has been developed using feedback and suggestions from renowned architects, interior designers, installers and specialist bathroom retailers.  This striking range is anchored with strong, enduring architectural themes that will appeal to professional specifiers of luxury homes and hotels.”


Mike Pro includes a full range of brassware options to provide a solution for many varied bathroom projects and applications. Basin taps include mini, tall and wall mounted, one, two and three tap hole. Bath options feature the sector leading Crosswater over flow filler and bath handsets, while the showering offer features one, two or three outlet recessed thermostatic shower valves. At the heart of each shower valve is one of the world’s foremost temperature regulation engines that provides smooth and precise control over the water temperature in everyday use whether residential or high traffic hotel applications. The valve cartridge (used in all Crosswater recessed valves) gives optimum temperature regulation and safety in accordance with British standard NHS D08 and is designed and produced to fully conform to the requirements of TMV2 and 3.


There is a dedicated brochure and website for Mike Pro complete with images and technical downloads.


0845 873 8840




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.

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Private Public Collaboration to Deliver Europe’s Largest Tree Adventure Activity Park in Guildford


An artists impression of what Guildford’s Wild Wood Adventure is to look like. Work starts in January.

Craggy Island Ltd and Guildford Borough Council have agreed a lease for Peacock Wood in Stoke Park., Guildford, Surrey. The lease will allow the company to build and operate the largest tree top adventure activity park ever built in the UK all within the woods at the north end of Stoke Park.

This ambitious project has been 3 years in the planning stages, since the directors of Craggy Island (Guildford’s indoor climbing super centre), first approached the Parks and Leisure department at GBC with their initial ideas for Wild Wood Adventure. This coincided with GBC’s own plans to reinvigorate the park and to create a leisure hub near the town centre, the park already hosts Guildford Spectrum and the Lido.

The construction phase is set to start during early January 2014 and carry on through to the end of March with the aim to be operational before the Easter school holidays.

Wild Wood Adventure will consist of 2 junior circuits at lower levels and 2 Adult courses at higher levels throughout the woods. These will include everything from simple wobbly bridges to extreme challenges set high in the tree tops – with easy options for those who aren’t quite as brave as they thought they were! All will be accessed from the 15 metre central tower which will also offer a number of options to reach the ground via either giant dual zip wires (to race your friends), the free fall descender or the stairs!

In addition to the treetop courses Wild Wood Adventure will also have a 12 metre climbing tower and team building activities including Jacobs ladder, trapeze, crate stacks, abseiling and more which will be available for corporate, school and group bookings throughout the year. Fresh coffee and snacks will also be available from the new reception kiosk being built adjacent to the bowling greens and the new parking area.

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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.




Unusual One Piece Basin is Guaranteed Traffic Stopper for Retailers

Stunning one-piece basin extends Curve range

Available and in stock now this stunning single piece basin from Britton Bathrooms is a brand new addition to the Curve range of bathroom ware.

This modern vitreous china freestanding basin and pedestal combination joins one of the most comprehensive ranges of sanitary ware.

At 86cm tall and 58cm wide, this innovative streamlined basin joins a line-up of freestanding, wall-hung, semi-pedestal and semi-recessed basin options th

Curve freestanding basin and pedestal www brittonbathrooms com at are all complemented by an equally all-encompassing range of WCs, accessories and bidets.

Caption:  New one-piece Curve basin and pedestal £699 inc. VAT. shown alongside a Back-to-wall Curve WC with NanoGlaze and Carbamide soft close angled seat £208 inc. VAT and back to wall bidet £149 inc. VAT.

Darren Allison explained “This basin is absolutely stunning.  It adds real showroom-pull for our retailers and is a delightfully stylish, easy-clean, contemporary addition to any bathroom design.”

Britton Bathroom ranges of high quality sanitary ware are available from specialist bathroom showrooms nationally.

Tel. 0845 539 0055

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