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IDS recruits new Technical Services Manager

Specialist surface materials distributor IDS has appointed Steve Ball as its new Technical Services Manager. Steve is responsible for

providing technical support and training for IDS’s product portfolio including flooring, worktops, bathroom wall panelling and solid surface, as well as sinks and taps. He steps into the role following the retirement of Tony Locke after 30 years’ service with IDS. With a career spanning 20

years, Steve spent 12 years with McD Marketing supporting the company’s solid surface products. Most recently he was employed as Bushboard’s National Training Manager/ Technical Support where he spent seven years in a role that involved delivering installation training on worktops, solid surface and quartz, as well as the Nuance bathroom wall panelling system which he delivered to many of IDS’s customers. Steve will report to Andy Sutton, Commercial Director at IDS, who says:

“Steve brings with him a wealth of experience in surface materials, installation and technical services, together with a strong knowledge of IDS’s product ranges and our customers, all of which will allow him to play a valuable role supporting the commercial team and our ever-growing product portfolio.”

Vent-Axia Supports Noise Action Week

Vent-Axia was pleased to once again support Noise Action Week (24-29 May 2021) and to raise awareness that ventilation doesn’t need to be noisy. Since the pandemic, we’ve all been spending more time at home, which has increased noise pollution. Not only do we notice extra household noise, many are noticing more noise from neighbours as we all work and socialise more at home. Ventilation doesn’t need to add to these noise levels, with near silent options available. This is good for our ears and our wellbeing as sustained noise can have an adverse effect on physical and mental health. Independent third-party accreditation is essential in finding quiet

products. Offering a solution to noisy extract fans, Vent-Axia’s Lo-Carbon Svara and Silent Fan have both been awarded the Quiet Mark, the independent global certification programme associated with the UK Noise Abatement Society charitable foundation, which identifies the quietest products, providing reliable, independent information about the sound a product makes.


BMA – This is why we need a complete rethink on housing


oosting home ownership is the order of the day for Ministers. In cities and towns across the land, Government

wants its levelling up agenda to translate into ‘Sold’ boards. The overhaul of the planning process promises to make it more difficult for campaigners to block new housing schemes. In growth zones, homes, hospitals, schools and shops will reportedly be given automatic planning approval. This national shake up is aimed at finally delivering on the promise of build 300,000 homes a year, and with new builds commonly having more bathrooms than occupants, it is good news bathroom manufacturers. As we look at the future of housing in this country, the Build Build Build

programme will have to co-exist with the other major priority of the day, the net zero agenda. While it may be a challenge to ensure all new housing is carbon neutral, the quandary of what to do with our existing 29million homes is more of a headache. To achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, our national

water use, which accounts for around 6% of UK greenhouse gas emissions needs addressing. Water use inside the home amounts for around two thirds of all water

supplied in the UK, so if we don’t improve efficiency, alongside reducing supply-pipe leakage and creating new infrastructure, droughts will become the norm in the next 10 to 20 years. At BMA, we are using all our influence to shout about this. Our homes

must be retrofitted and made low-carbon, low-energy and water efficient. Hopefully the planning reform, expected in the Autumn, will prompt a commitment from Government to transform all our homes.

Tom Reynolds Chief Executive, Bathroom Manufacturers Assoication

u For more information visit or contact BMA on 01782 631619 or email

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