A new standalone bathroom store has been opened in Stoke on Trent by Screwfix. The store is next to their main trade counter, but is a 3000 sq ft showroom with a full range of bathroom items, designed to help the consumer or trade shopper.
Their commercial director says “Our new showroom concept is a step change in presentation and experience which specifically responds to what our customers are telling us they want and need… The result is a unique environment that enables both audiences to shop the way they please, but that also brings them together so that tradesmen and customer can browse and specify together.”
If you are looking for a plumber or decorator for your bathroom refurb, you can get free quotes from trademen in your local area by going to our Find a Tradesman page.
DIY Doctor has developed a new ‘Green Living’ area on the website, so it is now easier to find information, resources, projects and videos relating to environmental issues all in one place.
Information available so far includes projects on biomass boilers, micro hydro turbines, compost toilets and eco-friendly painting and paint brushes. There are also several projects covering alternative methods of building, including straw bale houses, rammed earth houses and timber framed houses.
Videos available so far include composting at home, solar panel installation, water butts and eco renovation.
Take a look at the DIY Doctor Green Living area to find out about saving energy, using renewable energy, eco-friendly technology and products, and reducing your carbon footprint.
The NICEIC (the electrical contracting industries independent voluntary body for electrical installation matters throughout the UK) have released research showing that many women think twice before calling out a male electrician. This has prompted the launch of a new Apprentice Academy to try to encourage more women into the industry.
A survey carried out by the NICEIC of 3,000 women showed that 47% of female homeowners feel intimidated by a male electrician, and 50% would feel more comfortable with a female electrician.
The findings are also supported by the fact that many women are becoming more interested in pursuing a trade. In the 16-24 year old age group, the survey found that 63% of women said ‘they were more intrested in learning a skilled trade rather than a profession, because a trade stays with them for life.’
The results also showed that more of the women who replied were interested in training to be an electrician than any of the other trades – 35% would like to train to be a sparky, with carpenter coming in second with 21%, plumber with 20%, builder with 10% and farrier with 6%.
If you are interested in finding out more, go to their webpage.
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