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Acres Consultancy has sponsored Andrea Williams, a student studying for the Foundation Degree in Kitchen Design at Buckinghamshire New University.

Andrea funded herself through the first year of the course and is delighted to have received a financial contribution towards the second year of her course from Acres Consultancy.

“I am grateful to Acres Consultancy for their contribution,” says Andrea. “Having completed the first year of the course, I am determined to complete it and fulfil my dream of becoming a kitchen designer. This financial contribution is a great help.”
Principle director Simon Acres says, “We are delighted to support Andrea with her degree. As a new business dedicated to training and education in the industry, we wanted to show our commitment to working with others that promote qualifications and training for our industry, as TKET do with Bucks University.”

Andrea works at Design a Space, a retail business which has two kitchen and interior showrooms in Bucks, and in addition to distance learning, takes time out to attend three long weekend residential sessions each academic year at the university.

Andrea says, “It is a great way to learn, I benefit from learning with industry experts that share how they approach projects and develop imaginative designs. I feel the course is giving me a comprehensive understanding of the industry, is broadening my product knowledge and is inspiring me to become a highly skilled designer.”

SMWF has marked National Apprenticeship Week with an inaugural apprenticeship award.

Rt Hon Claire Perry, Member of Parliament for the Devizes Constituency, presented the award to Kyle Smith at a ceremony held at the Smallbone workshop in Devizes on Friday 01 March.

The award was established to nurture the next generation of furniture makers and is open to all apprentices undertaking the apprenticeship programme with SMWF.

Kyle Smith’s dressing table was chosen as the winner based on the function and aesthetics of Kyle’s design as well as the quality of the original CAD drawing, his written work and the ability to work to deadlines.

Claire Perry said, “It was a pleasure and honour to be part of the award ceremony today, ahead of National Apprenticeship Week. Local businesses like Smallbone are such a vital and vibrant part of our community, providing jobs and supporting the next generation of skilled workers and I am very proud that SMWF craftsmanship from Devizes is so highly regarded across the world.”

Ian Gray added, “Congratulations to Kyle Smith, he is a worthy winner. This award recognises those, like Kyle that have excelled and sets a benchmark for those that follow.

“We are extremely proud of the programme and our commitment to maintaining traditional craftsmanship and furniture making skills. With three generations of furniture maker in the Devizes workshop, we hope this award will help us to maintain this tradition.”

Kyle wins a handcrafted award along with a cash prize of £1,000. Two Runner up awards were made to Josh Scott for his shoe cupboard and Harley Woodman for his chest of drawers. They both received a highly commended certificate and gift voucher.

The three finalists were selected from 13 entries, judged by; senior SMWF designer- Jai Godwin, SMWF special projects director- Iain O’Mahony and SMWF senior R&D carpenter – Andy Saunders, along with John Gibson- MD at national training provider, Didac.

Blue and green are emerging as popular trends for kitchens in 2019 and you can bring these gorgeous colours into the heart of your home with the latest additions to the collections from leading brand Trend Kitchens.

The three new designer colours, Denim Blue, Smoke Blue and Fjord Green, can be used independently or in a combination to create a luxurious and modern look.

The flat slab doors come in a Supermatt finish, which provides a smooth solid colour, which is clear and crisp.  This finish is also super easy to keep clean and looking like new due to the anti-fingerprint properties.

One of the other hot colour trends for this year is grey, and Trend Kitchens has increased the range of Dust Grey doors they offer, providing more choice across a range of styles. There are now six different door styles, to cater for all tastes, a painted matt or gloss slab, a matt and gloss painted handleless and a beaded and solid painted shaker.

There is also a new range of wrap over handles, available in Chrome, Graphite, Bronze, Copper and Black, as well as the existing Brushed Aluminium, these offer the perfect finishing touch for a contemporary look.

When teamed with the European styled worktop UrbanTop range, you can personalise your design and create a space that is designed for you and your family.

The Trend brand is part of the Mereway Group, a British based manufacturer that celebrated 30 successful years in 2016.

Visit www.trendinteriors.co.uk  or call 0800 028 4466

ENDS

Pictured: Smoke Blue Matt and Denim Blue Matt

Editors Notes
Trend Interiors is part of the Mereway Group which has been established for over 30 years and is recognised for its outstanding levels of quality, design innovation and service.

All Trend furniture is made to order and supplied rigid using traditional glue and dowel methods.

Trend Interiors Kitchens offer robust, quality 19mm rigid cabinets with 8mm solid backs in an extensive range of colour and finish options. All cabinets contain high quality internal mechanisms and are available in a large range of sizes including reduced depth.

The furniture is sold through Trend retail partners, independent retailers, project builders and tradesmen.

Visit www.trendinteriors.co.uk  or call 0800 028 4466

 


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