Wilsonart invest in life-saving defibrillator

The head office of Wilsonart laminates in Shildon County Durham now has an automated external defibrillator (AED). Whilst it is not compulsory for companies/employers to invest in these lifesaving machines, Wilsonart which employs over 150 people at its busy manufacturing, sales and marketing facility in Shildon recognised that people are becoming familiar with the concept and use of the machines in all walks of life. Training in the use of automated external defibrillators is not currently part of either the Emergency First Aid at Work and First Aid at Work courses but the HSE welcomes the presence of and any awareness of associated training as it instils greater confidence in the use of AEDs.

Holly Turnbull for Wilsonart “The Resuscitation Council UK guidance on AEDs is that this equipment is safe to use and can be readily used by untrained bystanders. They are now commonplace in places of education, travel, hospitality and care. We are just one of many companies that have voluntarily invested in the equipment.” Evidence suggests that where AEDs have been used the outcomes are far more favourable for an individual who suffers from a heart attack than if it is delayed until the arrival of the emergency services.

BMA introduces new structure and strategy at AGM


Garry Applegarth (left), Maintenance Co- ordinator, and Scott Howdon, Operations Manager, pose with the new AED before

IDS bolsters marketing team with two new appointments

IDS has appointed Katie Walker as marketing executive and Andy Blank as web developer. Katies’ over nine years’ experience in marketing includes product launches,

stand design and developing content for trade shows and exhibitions. Katie says: “What I’m looking forward to most is the challenge of applying

my experience within a new market, with a view to adding value by bringing new ideas to the table. I’m really excited to be a part of such a professional team within a growing organisation.” Andy joins with 23 years’ experience as a successful web developer. He will

be responsible for continually improving the usability and e-commerce functionality across the 14 websites managed by IDS representing the scope of their portfolio. Andy says: “I am looking forward to helping the business develop its online presence and e-commerce capabilities, with the long-term vision of making IDS one of the UK’s digital leaders within the industry.”

he Bathroom Manufacturers Association, BMA, held a successful AGM at the Leicester Marriott on 26 June,

announcing a number of changes designed to streamline the management of the association and support CEO designate Tom Reynolds as he implements a new 3 year strategy. The meeting voted for a change in governance structure that will bring

together the Board and management committees into one governing committee, along with a number of changes to the articles of association. Tom confirmed that the focus of the trade body going forward would continue to be product compliance with a growing emphasis on sustainability. He spoke of the core values around credibility and how the association would deliver its outcomes via education, enforcement, awareness and influence. He said, “The BMA has a thriving membership and strong foundations.

The strategy I am developing will continue to support members with the things they value and deliver a clear purpose for the future.” Current CEO Yvonne Orgill updated members on the current

campaigns, outlining the positive progress that has been made on the introduction of the Unified Water Label (UWL). Yvonne has taken on the role of MD at the UWL and the association will manage the label until at least the end of 2020. Details for the 2019 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference, which

takes place on the 8th October at the Carden Park Hotel, Cheshire, were also presented. The BMA is offering a limited number of sponsorship opportunities for

the Conference. To find out more please contact Amy Kirk


 For more information, please contact BMA on 01782 631619, visit or email

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