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Creating an ambience and enhancing your kitchen design with sophisticated lighting is now easy to achieve thanks to a partnership between leading kitchen furniture manufacturer Mereway Kitchens and forward-thinking lighting company Sensio Lighting.

Combining Mereway’s exceptional design skills and the latest LED technology offers consumers the opportunity to not only reduce energy usage and achieve cost savings but to allow a designer the flexibility to enhance a kitchen design in many different ways. A designer can create a whole new look for a kitchen by effective use of LED lighting.

The two companies now offer a comprehensive LED lighting solution that includes pre-prepared cabinets and hidden wiring for seamless and easy integration.

The Mereway/Sensio range of premium HD LED lighting includes, mood lighting to create an atmosphere, task lighting for work areas and convenience lighting to help direct light into hard to reach places such as drawers. There is a broad collection of products available including internal drawer and cabinet strip lights, over and under cabinet options and flexible strip and plinth lighting. Additional gadgets such as dimmers and remote controls are also included in the range for those looking for the very latest technology.

Graham Jones, Mereway Kitchens’ sales and marketing director comments, “Lighting is an integral part of any kitchen design and an opportunity that is often missed. We can now offer a variety of range content to make the integration of lighting really simple. And with lighting adding perceived value to a kitchen along with that intangible ‘wow’ factor, this is a perfect partnership.”

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Caption: The Lastra kitchen from the Cucina Colore collection illustrates how lighting can transform a kitchen.

Birmingham Settlement, one of Birmingham’s oldest charities is celebrating another year of successfully working in the community, supporting the people of Birmingham to lead fulfilling and happy lives.

Chief Executive Officer Martin Holcombe thanked all the individuals and organisations that had contributed to another successful year when the latest annual review was launched at the charities AGM last week. He said: “We are immensely grateful to all of our staff, supporters, directors and volunteers who have made things happen over the past year.

“We have achieved some great things over the last twelve months despite uncertain economic conditions and reductions in our funding. We have maintained service delivery in all areas and even increased it in some, such as volunteering.”

The charity has seen a rise in demand for many of its services as the recession continues, particularly the money advice service. 2,507 people accessed this service last year with more than £8.9m of personal debt re- scheduled by the money advice team.

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Caption for picture: Martin Holcombe CEO of Birmingham Settlement

We raised a total of £200 at our Macmillan coffee morning at DDPR’s offices and enjoyed taking time out to chat over coffee and cakes – Victoria Sponge and Apple Pie were this year’s highlights – can’t wait for next year. Thank you to everyone who supported us and Macmillan!

Picture shows Lisa Holden and Paula Perry from DDPR at our Macmillan coffee morning.

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