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SEASONS GREETING ADD UP FOR CHARITY

DECEMBER 18

Entering into the spirit of the season while reducing the amount of non-recyclable waste that Christmas can bring, we have replaced the tradtition of giving Christmas cards with a charity donation, raising money for local people in need.

For 2018 we have sent the money we would normally spend on purchasing and posting Christmas cards to our customers straight to the EyUp Charity. The organisation supports the work of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in making a difference to the community, mental health, wellbeing and learning disability services.

The charity helps with things for hospital ward areas such as games or equipment and play areas and comfy chairs for visitor areas. It also helps fund community groups, to help boost wellbeing and aid recovery.

"Supporting the community in whatever way we can is important to Abode all year round and particularly so at Christmas which can be a difficult time for many people," explains Abode Marketing Manager Leanne Adamson. "Instead of sending corporate Christmas cards, for the last few years we have donated the money to local charitable causes. The EyUp Charity which helps to spread health and happiness throughout Yorkshire is something that we are only too pleased to support."


DANNY TAKES ON NEW CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGEMENT ROLE

NOVEMBER 18

We have recently bolstered our customer service team with the appointment of Danny Atkinson as the new Customer Service Team Leader.

Danny has been with Abode for eight years and is very familiar with the business and its products, having been a warehouse operative for five years, before moving to the customer service department to answer customers' technical queries.

In his new role Danny will put his extensive technical knowledge of Abode products to good use, managing the companys's expanding customer service department. The team has recently welcomed three new additions, with Ros Ormston, James Dickson and Mike Beavon joining the business.

Danny will be responsilble for developng the department moving forward by identifying and making key improvements and implementing new means of handling Abode's value-added service proposition.

He will also lead the team in delivering excellent post sales service, something that is at the heart of the Abode proposition , developing this key area to offer customers optimium after sales care.

ABODE HQ TAKES ON BAKE OFF CHALLENGE

SEPTEMBER 18

With the Great British Bake Off back on the TV, The team here at Abode headquarters have been donning their aprons and rolling up their sleeves to show off their own baking talents, in the Abode Bake Off Challenge.

Jumping on the baking bandwagon and giving Prue Leith a run for her money, cake creations in the challenge so far have included a culinery version of the Abode Vixo mixertap complete with cascading water and the rose gold Serentitie shower valve made from tasty orange cake.

Abode Managing Director Darren Holliday also proved himself to be a whizz in the kitchen, with this version of the Abode Storm showerhead being a definite showstopper. With several weeks of the show still to go, there are plenty more baking treats to come from the Abode team, as they battle it out to be crowned the Bake Off winner.

The ongoing 'Great Abode Bake Off' challenge can be followed on the company’s Facebook page, with a winner set to eventually be crowned.

AUGUST 18

With sinks and taps being the perfect pairing and so often purchased together, Abode has made it easier than ever for retailers to maximise on sales and extend profit margins, with the launch of a dedicated sink and tap packs brochure.

Offering retailers significant savings on pack pricing compared to purchasing separately, the literature includes a comprehensive range of Abode sinks, which feature a wide range of undermount and inset options. The brochure offers a selection of key products from each of the manufacturer's six sink collections - in stainless steel, ceramic and granite - each perfectly paired with a popular tap and suggested upgrades.

The literature acts as a handy reference guide for retailers when looking to place an order for Abode products, with full specification details and product codes displayed, alongside a comprehensive description highlighting the key selling points of each sink. Specification is truly made quick and simple with this latest addition to the Abode brochure portfolio.

The savings to be made on purchasing each sink and tap are clearly marked, with suggested tap upgrades also included to aid retailers in trading up when speaking to customers. A handy matrix at the back of the brochure makes it straightforward for retailers to find the overall RRP for the sink and tap solution required, enabling calculations on orders to be made quickly and accurately.

Pack prices run from 31st August 2018 to 31st March 2019, and products can be ordered through your preferred Abode distributor.

NEW STARTERS FOR ABODE

APRIL 18

Abode has appointed Leanne Adamson as its new marketing manager, and Robert Innes in the new role of quality engineer. Adamson (pictured) joins the company after 10 years at Sensio Lighting, where she established and headed up the marketing department for five-and-a-half years. “Having over 10 years’ experience in the KBB industry, on top of my previous responsibility of promoting and driving forward a brand that places its core value on innovation, quality and service, makes my integration here at Abode pretty seamless,” Adamson said.

Darren Holliday, managing director of Abode, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Leanne to the team. It’s a time of significant growth for the company and Leanne will play an integral part of our future development.

Robert Innes’s role has been created as high standards are central to the Abode brand and he will take responsibility for internal audits, preparation of procedures and continuously improving quality with Abode’s factories. Innes joins the company from Esterform Packaging, where he worked for 21 years in a similar quality-management role.

"The quality of our processes has a direct impact on the quality of our products, making it vital to have the right team in place to oversee procedures,” said Darren Holliday.


NEW LITERATURE SHOWCASES ABODE SINKS & TAPS IN FULL COLOUR

MARCH 18

Showcasing its full range of design-led kitchen sinks, taps and bathroom brassware, the latest brochures from Abode are available to order and download now.

Featuring innovative new designs, an array of products with the latest features to make everyday tasks that little bit simpler and on trend designs/finishes, the trio of brochures focus on the manufacturer’s comprehensive range.

A useful guide for retailers to see new products from Abode at a glance comes in the form of the New Additions 2018 brochure. This highlights the main selling points of its latest launches, with inspiring photography and is complete with prices.

The Abode Kitchen Sink and Tap Brochure features the manufacturer’s full line-up including the recently launched Matrix R15 range of stainless steel sinks, plus sinks in granite and ceramic. The taps offering in the new brochure is just as diverse, including the latest Pronteau steaming hot water taps and Aquifier water filter taps. From contemporary to classic styles, the brochure also features the latest finishes to be included in the Abode tap collection, such as the century copper and antique bronze.

The new Abode Bathroom Taps and Showering brochure is just as wide-ranging, with beautiful full-colour photography of the complete range, including ranges just launched such as the contemporary Loop and classically styled Sentiment.

Both brochures include specification information and price details, making it simple for retailers to place an order and to provide consumers with a handy reference guide from which they can select the perfect package for them, whether it be kitchen or bathroom.

Click here to view and order our new brochures.


ABODE TO SHOWCASE NEW PRODUCTS AT KBB2018

FEBUARY 18

Within the spectacular new Abode stand at KBB2018 visitors will see a plethora of exciting new introductions being showcased and launched, for the very first time. There are a host of new products for both the kitchen and bathroom to be admired, handled and ordered.

Within the kitchen sink section visitors will see a major relaunch of the Abode sinks collection with a significant number of new ranges on show for the very first time. Our designers and technical teams have been working hard capturing new ideas and shapes in ceramic, stainless steel and composite materials.

To accompany the kitchen sinks, Abode will be launching an array of new tap ranges including additions to its Pronteau steaming hot water taps, new finishes such as the stunning Century Copper for the Bayenne collection, new luxury end stainless steel models such as the new Centuar single lever kitchen monobloc plus an array of everyday kitchen taps at affordable prices.

Finally if that wasn’t enough, we will be launching a number of exciting new ranges of bathroom brassware ranges, all on display on the stand which this year is even more spectacular than ever before.

Click here to book your ticket

Abode Stand: I90 Hall: 19


ABODE'S ABBIE WILKINSON TAKES ON A 'SKY DIVE' FOR CHARITY

SEPTEMBER 17

Abbie Wilkinson, one of our Internal Sales Administrators who is currently working towards gaining her NVQ Level 3 qualification in Customer Services took to the sky's recently for a daring sky dive.

The dive was in aid of the charity Bluebell Woods Children's Hospice in Yorkshire who care for children with shortened lives to support them and their families.

Bluebell Wood is very close to Abbie and her family and she is so pleased to have raised over £2,200 and still growing, which will enable the hospice to continue their invaluable help to many children and their families.

Helen Clark, Marketing Manager comments: "Certainly not an activity for the faint hearted, we are all so proud of Abbie on completing her sky dive and on her fundraising achievements for Bluebell Wood."


ABODE PRODUCTS APPEAR ON ITV'S LOVE YOUR HOME & GARDEN

SEPTEMBER 17

Two Abode kitchen products were featured on ITV's Alan Titchmarsh's Love Your Home & Garden television programme, which aired on Wednesday 6th September.

Working with the programme's organisers, the London based architects undertaking the project, chose the Abode black granite Matrix GR10 kitchen sink as the designer's dream for showcasing and installing, along with a matching New Media single lever tap in Granite Black to enhance the new kitchen.

The home and garden makeover was completed for a couple with a severely disabled, wheelchair bound son who, due to door sizes to their kitchen and garden, had never been in either.

In the makeover, the downstairs rooms were totally opened up including the doors to the garden, giving their son access to everywhere and he is happy and able to see his mother at all times, whichever room she is in.

The Matrix GR10 sink and New Media tap were the perfect addition in creating an 'on trend' style statement and we are delighted that the family have been rewarded with this makeover.


ABODE'S DARREN HOLLIDAY MAKES IT TO THE TOP OF MT. KILIMANJARO

JULY 17

"A dream come true! We made it to the 5895m high summit of Mount Kilimanjaro after a final night climb of 1205m in freezing temperatures. It is the hardest thing I have ever done, but also the most worthwhile". This was the message received from Darren Holliday, Managing Director of Abode from the top of kilimanjaro.

Darren and two of his friends took on this challenge, with Darren fundraising for the 'Hartlepool Families First'. The charity enables disabled children in Hartlepool to enjoy life to the full and was chosen by Darren as a 19 year old healthy son of a friend, who worked for the charity, went to bed one night last October and never woke up. He died of Sudden Death Syndrome.

Darren has personally raised over £10k to date (with the figure still rising) and between the three of them raised almost £25k for a number of charities related to sudden death in the young.

The climb saw the 38 strong team which included porters, guides, medics and cooks trek between 4-8 hours daily for seven days to climb to the top and back in freezing conditions. They made it to the dangerous, near vertical summit, at 6.05am on Thursday 29th June, trekking in -17° conditions.

Darren would like to thank everyone who supported his adventure and knows that this achievement will help benefit many disabled children to achieve their goals in life.

If you would like to donate and support Darren's climb in memory of George Wall, please feel free to visit his JustGiving page. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Darren-Holliday-Kilimanjaro-Challenge


DARREN HOLLIDAY ABODE M.D. TAKES ON ANOTHER CHALLENGE

JUNE 17

Darren Holliday, Managing Director here at Abode is taking on the Mount Kilimanjaro Ascent Challenge in June, fundraising for 'Hartlepool Families First' charity. The charity enables disabled children in Hartlepool, to enjoy life to the full.

This charity was chosen by Darren as the son of a friend, who was a healthy 19 year old rugby player, with his whole life ahead of him, went to bed on 19th October last year, but never woke up again. George died of Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS), which is a sudden unexpected cardia arrest death, mainly in the young. Very little is known about SDS, but it is more common in the UK than you might expect.

George was volunteering at a local charity, Hertlepool Families First when the tragedy happened, so in his honour Darren intends to raise money to support the charity in all the good work they do for families in need, in and around the area. George was a gregarious man who was always helping other people and had recently returned from Tanzania, where he worked for another charity project, so it only seems right to attempt to climb Africa's highest peak without oxygen, in honour of his name.

Darren's training is intense right now and will see the highest mountains in England, Wales and Scotland being climbed ahead of his attempt to the summit of Kilimanjaro in June.

Recently Darren climbed, Suilven and Stac Polliadh in Scotland, unfortunately the sun didnt shine that day but that made it all the more important to get to the top of both mountains. Next is the Three Peaks challenge and excercise and training carries on until the journey to the top of Kilimanjaro.

If you would like to donate to help Darren and his support in memory of George Wall, please visit his JustGiving page. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/darren-holliday-kilimanjaro-challenge


NEW FOR 2017 KITCHEN SINK & TAP BROCHURE FROM ABODE

MAY 2017

We have introduced our latest kitchen sink and tap brochure which is available in a hard copy format as well as viewable online, via our interactive brochure or downloadable in a pdf format.

Our kitchen ranges are ahead in terms of on-trend design and technology and are created to fit into contemporary and classically styled kitchens. All ranges can now be seen illustrated in this one beautifully produced brochure.

This new 188 page brochure is packed full of innovative products and inspirational lifestyle photography and we have made product selection easier for retailers and consumers as the brochure is broken down into dedicated sections. All sink families are listed in alphabetical order to make locating them easier and quicker and everything is priced to make your decision easier.

Helen Clark, Marketing Manager here at Abode states "This new coffee table brochure is the perfect guide for retailers when helping their customers choose which sink and tap is right for them. It outlines our full range of kitchen products and provides inspirational roomset photography for those looking for new décor ideas"

To order your copy click here



MATTHEW PITT CHARITY CHALLENGE

MAY 2017

Matthew Pitt, Commercial & Operations Director of Abode, has just completed a 90 mile walk along the Dales Way, a long distance footpath, raising over £2,500 for his chosen charity the Alzheimers Society.

The Dales Way is a demanding but rewarding route, taking five and a half days through fabulous Yorkshire countryside. Highlights en-route were seeing the Flying Scotsman train cross the Ribblehead viaduct, looking over the scenic Lake Windermere from the fells and watching the sun set over the Wharfe valley.

"We met some great characters from all over the world. When we reached Ilkley I celebrated with a much-needed pint of Wharfedale bitter. Thanks to everyone who donated money for dementia research" said Matthew.

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Matthew-Pitt5


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