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Minoli supports corporate clients Tile supplier Minoli has announced the opening of a new corporate clients showroom at its Oxford headquarters. In addition to the existing showrooms, the new purpose-built first-floor area offers over 2,000 square feet of additional tile displays and business facilities. There is a comprehensive showcase of products in room settings as well as on technical panels, but the showroom also offers professionals a number of enticing extras including a comfortable lounge area, a private presentation and consultation suite, plus freeWi-Fi access throughout. “We’re hoping our new showroom will become a regional business hub for our corporate clients,” said Jonathon Minoli, managing director of Minoli. “These are purpose-built facilities which will provide an excellent environment for presentations, meetings and product selection.” www.minoli.co.uk


BuilderScrap wins award BuilderScrap, or Recipro as the firm has just been rebranded, has won the award for Business Innovation in the NorthWest Construction Awards. Initially set up as a basic platform for builders to pass on surplus construction materials to others in the trade, the company has evolved to benefit other members of the community, such as schools, charities and members of the general public. Working with the Centre for Construction Innovation and Salford University, Recipro can measure the carbon and landfill reductions made by its members. Recipro is also developing a service for larger construction contractors to use on major sites and projects, which is being piloted throughout 2011. www.recipro-uk.com


Classic Folios continues to grow Despite the downturn in the market, business has continued to grow for Eastleigh-based Classic Folios – the UK’s leading supplier of custom designed homeowners’ manuals for property developers. Managing director TimWood started the company 13 years ago and has found that the market for luxury homeowner presentation binders has gone from strength to strength. “We have truly transformed the way customer service to home buyers is done in this country,” he said. “Residential property developers would never think about selling a luxury property now without a quality, personalised manual.We produce more than 20,000 branded and individually personalised folios every year for more than 250 developers.” www.classicfolios.com


Hyde+Hyde receives planning permission Having recently secured planning permission for one luxury contemporary home overlooking Swansea Bay, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Hyde + Hyde Architects of Cardiff and Swansea, has announced that it has secured a planning permission for another distinguished contemporary house on the Gower Peninsula. The area is very sensitive in planning terms – the whole of the immediate area is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with further National Trust ownership of land nearby. The solution is already being seen as a very sensitive response and is set to be one of the most sustainable buildings inWales. The Cliff House will make the most of the site’s


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dramatic location and capture glowing Gower sunsets, as well as being very sustainable in the long-term. Elements of the design ensure that the building’s long-term energy performance will be exceptional; exceeding passive house standards and it could be the first zero net energy home in the region. www.hydearchitects.com


Three of the best from Zanussi Zanussi has announced that three of its cooking appliances have been awarded Which? Best Buy status. The Zanussi ZCV661MWC cooker received a Which? test score of 79 per cent, with the judges commenting: “Grill and oven are excellent and it’s easy to use and keep clean”, while the Zanussi ZVE6004F hob won a test score of 71 per cent with the publication quoting: “This is the best electric ceramic hob we’ve tested.” Finally the Zanussi ZCG561FW cooker received a Which? Best Buy and aWhich? Great Value, with value for money impressing the judges. www.zanussi.co.uk


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