The chef’s basket is a versatile multi-function kitchen utensil from CREATIVE PRODUCTS. Made from tough stainless steel, the fold-flat, easy store, compact design quickly expands into a flexible basket that lets you cook, boil and deep fry foods with ease. When the chef’s basket is inverted it turns into an over-pan steamer for all types of steamed food and vegetables. The handles are specially designed to stay cool to the touch even in boiling water. When your food is ready, simply lift straight from the pot to your serving plate or dish. Flip down the handles and it’s a freestanding colander, ideal for washing, rinsing and straining; SRP £6.99.  01476 564 230 

Four new machines have been introduced to MAKITA’S range of outdoor maintenance and grounds care equipment with the latest 4-stroke MM4 engine technology at the heart of two of them. The power and performance of the MM4 engine, which Makita said delivers more horsepower, torque and reliability, is coupled with low running costs, noise and vibrations and reduced fuel consumption. The 18v UM603D Grass Shear G-Series is fast and powerful and available with a hedge trimmer attachment that has a tool- less blade change. The shear has a double blade action; a cutting width of 160mm and 3-stage cutting height adjustment from 15–25mm for really fine trimming such as topiary. With an ergonomically designed soft grip handle and light in weight at 1.5kg, low noise emissions will keep neighbours happy. This model is compatible only with a Makita G-Series battery and available as a body only option with hedge trimmer attachment. The other three new machines are a 4-stroke MM4 back-pack blower; 4-stroke MM4 line trimmer with spring-assisted recoil starter; and 4-stroke mulching lawn mower which cuts close to walls. The Makita range of outdoor maintenance and grounds care tools continues to expand with tools and innovative systems that are designed for professional users and keen gardeners everywhere.  Twitter @MakitaUK

After its prototype sold out shortly after its launch last year, UK supplier OUTBACK INTERNATIONAL unveiled its new Bar-Grill barbecue at a major trade exhibition. A major attraction at this year’s Solex Outdoor Living Exhibition, the barbecue-bar combination was used to cook a selection of dishes for trade visitors. “We were very pleased with the positive reception from trade buyers for the 2018 season and know the concept will appeal to al fresco enthusiasts who enjoy cooking while at the same time having a drink and chat with guests”, said chief executive Mark Osborne. Delivered to a level ground site on its own pallet, the Bar-Grill retails at about £2,500.  07795 422871 

The exterior care range from MELLERUD is now available exclusively from Centurion Europe. Mellerud products, which aim to provide effortless cleaning power and protection, are designed to tackle a variety of outdoor and garden tasks include Algae and Green Growth Remover, Garden Furniture Cleaner, Oven and BBQ Cleaner, Awning Cleaner and Waterproofer. Mellerud offers great potential to boost sales and Centurion has developed a range of merchandising options that show Mellerud products effectively, giving great in-store presence and providing a space-saving alternative to other cleaning brands.  01302 800262 

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The new ROXIL Outdoor Protection range from Safeguard Europe is said to keep patio and outdoor wood looking good for up to 10 years while maintaining its natural aesthetic. Roxil Wood & Patio Cleaner is designed for exterior surfaces such as decking, fencing, sheds, patios and paved surfaces. The non-destructive formula removes dirt, moss and algae and provides a soft-washing alternative to destructive power-spray and acidic cleaning methods. It comes in five and one litre containers ready for application by brush or sprayer or a 500ml spray bottle and can be used on surfaces that have been treated with Roxil Wood Protection Cream or Roxil Patio Cream. Roxil Wood Protection Cream is a silicone cream emulsion used to invisibly waterproof softwood for 10 years with a single coat application, protecting it from the effects of damp and moisture. Easily applied by spray or brush, it penetrates deeply into wood following application and is ideal for protecting fences, decking, sheds, furniture and wooden buildings. Roxil Patio Cream is used to protect patio surfaces without changing their colour or texture. This product claims to weatherproof the surface of patios and paved surfaces for 10 years with a single coat application, helping to resist algae, moss and ingrained lichens and easier to clean. Safeguard Europe’s protection solutions are supported by the company’s experienced staff who can provide technical advice, specification help, research and in-house laboratory analysis. 

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