Trend Interiors held a successful training day for customers following the launch of Trend Bedrooms. The new bedroom collection joins the hugely successful Trend Interiors brand that now offers the full portfolio of kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.

The comprehensive day involved designers, fitters and retailers with a live demonstration to illustrate that a robe could really be put together by a single fitter in just six minutes.

Sales and marketing director Graham Jones gave a marketing overview and presented the extensive research that had been undertaken to develop the new bedroom collection.

He said, “Our new bedroom collection sets new standards in terms of quality and choice. The breadth of the range is outstanding with nine sizes available from 300 mm to 1000 mm, giving greater design options and less wasted space in the bedroom.”
“This really is a ‘best in class’ product and the training day has enabled us to demonstrate how we re-engineered our product to offer improvements in quality and specification at every level.”

The feedback from those that attended was extremely positive, with customers enjoying the practical approach and the mix of presentations and training videos to keep the day interesting and lively.

Scott Husband of Applewood said, “It was an amazing day, full of inspiration and tips that will help me make a success of selling Trend Bedrooms back in the showroom.”

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Pictured: Left to right, Tony Clark, Helena Flahive, Scott Husband, Applewood, Berkshire

Changes to the welfare system are still leaving many families under-claiming benefits, according to latest statistics from Severn Trent Trust Fund that show almost £500,000 has been under claimed by 153 families since 2014.

In order to address this issue and help customers maximise their income directly, the charity is recruiting a new team of specialist Welfare Benefits Advisers.

“We have seen the amount under claimed per family rise steadily over the last twelve months” says Stuart Braley CEO of Auriga Services, the administrators of Severn Trent Trust Fund. “These new posts will enable us to work with customers directly and ensure that they get the help they need.”

The new roles will enable Severn Trent Trust Fund to provide specific advice on benefits, explain the rules, assist customers in claiming the identified benefits and to help with filling in forms.

“We know that many families in Birmingham are living in poverty and suffering distress. Ladywood was cited in a report last year as having the highest proportion of children living in low income families, 81%. Our aim is to put families in a better position to manage their finances by providing a combination of income maximisation and debt advice.”

The posts are being advertised now so the new service can be up and running by the beginning of March.

Activity in the construction sector continues its upward trend but the skills shortage that has been evident for some could severely hold back a full recovery, warns national property and construction consultants Wakemans.

According to Wakemans director Adrian Aston, significant labour shortages have become a feature on many projects across all sectors ever since the recovery began two years ago.

“The skills shortage has emerged as the single biggest issue in construction and the industry must address it if we are to have the necessary resources in place to fuel the recovery.”

The latest RICS construction market surveys supports this view as 49% of respondents reported that skills shortages were having a negative impact on further growth. At the same time, the proportion of respondents reporting labour shortages across all the main trades climbed to 53%.

Adrian believes that the problem extends beyond trades and that there is also a shortage of professionals, such as Quantity Surveyors, he says , “This will only get worse as construction workloads rise and more people retire. We had large numbers leaving the professions during the recession and these posts need to be replaced but the construction industry has always had an issue attracting new young people, with tough competition from other sectors.

“There is an urgent need to bring new people into the industry and fast in order to have an adequate workforce in 2015. Industry experts are predicting that growth could be as high as 6% this year and the government has forecast that its construction pipeline will show growth of 10% in their projects. If this is the case, we will start to see an impact as early as the spring.”

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