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p46 BKU-JUN21 Unified Water Label_bku 03/06/2021 19:24 Page 46


INDUSTRY UPDATE


Franke appoints two new apprentices into the business


Franke has appointed two new apprentices into the business, covering two different aspects of the company. Max Girdwood will be completing his L4 Marketing Executive


Apprenticeship and Audley Key, who has joined as a warehousing apprentice is completing his Level 2 Warehouse Operative Apprenticeship. Max comments "I am looking forward to working in a very prestigious


business and after completing my qualification, I hope to stay with the wonderful team at Franke." Audley says "I am hoping that within a few years I will have progressed on


from my apprenticeship role and gained more responsibility to become a valuable member of the team." Franke is committed to offering talented and ambitious young people


career development opportunities. Over a number of years, Franke has successfully supported many apprentices, interns and work experience students who have gone on to become integral members of the team, bringing in fresh new ideas and enthusiasm.


UWLA – Retailers can take the lead and drive forward water matters message


R Max Girdwood Audley Key


Flooring industry counts down to catch up, at CFJLIVE


The flooring industry is preparing for CFJLIVE - its first official event in over a year - which takes place on Thursday 1 July from 2pm-7pm. The free-to-attend global exhibition is the UK industry’s first ever virtual event. It will be broadcast live from a main stage - at FITA’s training centre in Loughborough - and from exhibitors’ showrooms, offices and factories around the world. Fast registration can be accessed now at www.cfjliveexpo.co.uk Billed as a ‘must-attend’ event for all sectors of the industry - including


flooring contractors, retailers and specifiers, distributors, facility managers, housing associations and designers – CFJLIVE will bring together the industry in real time; crucially, visitors will be able to connect, share knowledge and discuss issues with industry experts within live meeting rooms, and via chat and individual meeting requests. The main stage will present live demonstrations and, within the


exhibition rooms, key events will include an industry-first sustainability forum. Mini-events will also be hosted, including live seminars from technical experts, product launches, demonstrations and live factory tours, with audio, video and text feeds.


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etailers are well placed to take the lead and guide consumers to make more informed choices about the


bathroom products they choose, is a key message to come from the first Water Matters virtual conference, hosted by the Unified Water Label in April. The conference, which brought together representatives from different


sectors to explore how the bathroom industry can work together to better inform customers about using water efficiently, was attended by an international audience of over 150 delegates. UWLA CEO Yvonne Orgill said, “There was clear agreement from our


contributors that the world is changing and the environmental impact of how we use water in the home is increasingly important. All agreed that collectively we can take the lead, being proactive today in order to protect the water supply for future generations. “Our panel discussion included an architect and a manufacturer that


both supported the Unified Water Label as a smart tool, with presentations from two major international and European retailers, confirming their commitment to promote the label. “Our guest speaker Ben Keene spoke passionately about how best to


engage the consumer in the Water is Life message, offering a fresh approach that focused on making them feel good about playing their part. “Those in the supply chain that have a direct interface with the


consumer, such as retailers, have a unique opportunity to take up this challenge and influence and educate consumers on the options available. They are well placed to promote products that are UWL registered and advise on the performance aspects, reassuring consumers that water saving does not mean reduced performance. There is also a commercial gain for those that can offer quality products and advice to those consumers looking to make the right environmental choices when investing in their home.” More information about the


Unified Water Label can be found by visiting the website at www.uwla.eu


uYvonne.Orgill@UWLA.eu uwww.uwla.eu


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