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Devon and Devon takes ownership of London store

THE DEVON and Devon store in the heart of London’s Notting Hill has been acquired by the Italian brand,

which will operate it

directly in future. Graziano Verdi, chief executive of Italian brand Devon and Devon, which is based in Florence and celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, said he was pleased to consolidate its presence in London. The store was previously operated by a local partner. Verdi said: “We have always had a special relationship with England, to which we owe our name, the

neo-Victorian design of our best- sellers and the high-quality of our pieces of china, produced from the very beginning in small British manufacturing districts.”

Devon and Devon general manager Nicola Bertini said that as a celebration of the acquisition, the Westbourne Grove showroom will be refurbished. He added: “Devon and Devon considers each of its stores as ambassadors

of its philosophy of

living, of the Italian quest for perfection and of its distinctive style, characterised by timeless products that reinterpret

the best of European tradition and 20th century design with an attentive focus on the present.”

As well as the complete and coordinated look for the bathroom, the 200sq m London showroom will offer solutions for the interior design of the whole home, including marble,

ceramic and wooden floors and wall coverings, wallpapers and furniture, mirrors, lamps and accessories. In the store, private customers, interior designers, architects and contractors will also discover ‘Tailored Interiors’ – an exclusive tailor-made design service.

Safety charity announces new chief executive

ELECTRICAL SAFETY First (ESF), the consumer protection charity, has appointed Lesley Rudd as its new chief executive.

Rudd (pictured), who currently heads up the Sustainable Energy Association, and has worked for over 30 years in the energy sector, will take up the role in February, replacing Phil Buckle, who retired in November last year. Alison Parkes, chair of ESF, said:

“Lesley’s track record and commercial background, together with her experience of working with govern- ments and regulators to shape energy policy,

has given her a depth

Smallbone parent invests to reduce its carbon footprint

LUX GROUP Holdings, parent company of Smallbone of Devizes, Mark Wilkinson Furniture, McCarron and Co and Brookmans by Smallbone, has begun a major carbon footprint reduction programme. Measures include the addition of solar panels to produce electricity, recycling various timbers and the purchase of new equipment that Lux Group says will reduce the production of waste by as much as 20% by optimising timber usage. The company has already upgraded to LED lighting to reduce energy usage and improve working conditions. New air compressors are also said to provide a quieter and more sustainable working environment.

The group has also looked at its vehicle fleet, producing more efficient logistics plans to minimise journeys and

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choosing vehicles with a low carbon footprint. Workshop forklifts have been upgraded to zero-emissions, battery- powered models.

The company has spent £1 million on upgrades to its production facility, with the latest energy-efficient wood- working equipment that is said to reduce the carbon footprint of its furniture manufacturing by 30%.

And rather than just throwing timber offcuts into skips as waste, the company is using them to produce accessories, such as chopping boards, while other timber waste is upcycled and sold.

Lux Group is also looking at offering smaller, start-up workshops offcuts for repurposing and the manufacture of artisan pieces.


understanding and focus on estab- lishing practical policy solutions. We believe she is the ideal person to take the charity forward to the next stage of its development.”

Rudd said: “Becoming chief exec- utive of Electrical Safety First allows me to use my skills to full effect in an area I am passionate about and I look forward greatly to joining the team.”

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