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Plumbs at the Ideal Home Show London 2017

Another brilliant couple of weeks have passed at The Ideal Home Show and we’ve really enjoyed speaking to everyone who visited us in the Home Interiors section. 

Ihs Plumbs

One of our favourite parts of the Show are always the Good Homes Magazine room sets.  Bursting with colour, inspiration and clever design they are always a talking point when walking through the show.

This kitchen design is all about mixing colours from a similar colour palette such as concrete, silver and dove grey.  The oak worktops and chrome touches add a luxury element to this colourful design.  

Ihs Kitchen

We love the clever partition wall and pendant lighting in this bedroom.  The soft yellow wall colour and pale grey flooring give the room a fresh and airy feeling.

Ihs Bedroom

The almost black walls give a dark and indulgent feel to this grown up bathroom.  This darkness is balanced out with freshness coming through from the green foliage, and natural wood side table.

Ihs Bathroom

We can’t wait to return in 2018 for another year at the Ideal Home Show, but before then you can catch us at many other shows across the company.  Click here to find out where we are next..

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Plumbs Join North West Business Panel

Plumbs Managing Director – Sarah Page joined a panel of two other local businesses to discuss the dynamics of working within a family run business. 

Plumbs Family 

"70% of businesses in the U.K. fall under the "family business" bracket"

This was the first event from the North West Family Business Association, and it's great that we could be a part of it. The session was hosted by Penny Haslam (a professional keynote speaker and conference host).

Family Biz Pic2

The session began with an introduction to the panel; Sarah spoke about being the 3rd generation within the Plumbs Company, working in each department at Head Office and eventually taking over as Managing Director in 2009.  She began by working with her family on the market stall in the early days of Plumbs history from the age of 10, and briefly training to be a nurse in her teenage years before starting her career at Plumbs.

Next we heard from Kit, who along with his siblings started the Seven Bro7hers Brewery, which produce craft beers.  This passion for beer came from their father who was a keen home brewer, and after Kits career as a teacher wasn't going to plan, he and his brothers decided to take a risk and begin their own company.  Today there are 3 active brothers within the company however he went on to explain that they all still input their ideas when necessary.

 Seven Brothers

Image - manchestereveningnews.co.uk

The third panellist was Daniel Turner from William Turner & Son.  Daniel began working with his father at the company fresh from university. He is now the 2nd generation after the company was established in 1969.

William Turner

Image - william-turner.co.uk

The session went on with Penny asking about the benefits and drawbacks about working within a family business..

The panel felt the main benefit of working for a family business was there was much more freedom to explore fresh ideas. One of the event sponsors - Gorvins Solicitors say this on their blog…

“Flexibility – Notwithstanding the fact that family business often stay close to the core of their business, one of the unique factors of family businesses is their ability to be flexible and react quickly. “

They went on to discuss how the culture of a family led business differs from other companies where the structure and departments may stop new projects and ideas from progressing as quickly.

Maintaining a good work/life balance was seen as the only drawback, as it can be easy to carry on the discussions about the day when you leave the office.  A member of the audience asked if the panel had any tips on how to combat this, Sarah Page expressed that she allows herself half an hour at the end of each work day to discuss any issues and then that's it – her family must switch off from the work and concentrate on home life.

One of the other major topics Penny covered was the route in which they saw their company’s going, and whether they had any plans on succession within the family.  The entire panel mentioned that they hoped their children would join the business (if not already); however it was important not to pressure them about their future.

Family Biz Pic

This morning was an interesting insight into how other business' work and how they plan to grow with their family heritage in mind.  It was also interesting to see how other companies in completely different industries worked when run by family members.

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Plumbs at the Ideal Homes Show London 2016

We’re back at the Ideal Home Show on the 18th March at London Olympia and we’re excited to announce we will be one of the events sponsors this year!

Over the past few weeks we’ve been busy preparing for the upcoming show, and this year we can be sure that our stand will be the best it’s ever been!  We’ll be bringing some of our newest fabrics designs, as well as offering fabulous deals exclusive to the show. What’s more we will also be running some very exciting competitions.

 Ideal Home Show

There’s so much to do at this show whether you’re interested in homes, garden, beauty, food, fashion and technology. One of the highlights we’re really excited about this year are the show houses which are great for you’re looking for some innovative design ideas and you may even see a Plumbs fabric in there too.

If you do happen to come along to the show this year, make sure to book a table at the Grand Tea Rooms, we’re sure that after an afternoon perusing the show you’ll need a well-deserved rest. You’ll also get to see the furniture we’ve helped transform - giving the tea rooms a soft vintage look.  

We’ll be at stand L551 in the Interiors section – so pop over and say hello, and if you can’t make it to this show why not take a look at upcoming list of events and find one near you…

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Highlights from the Ideal Home Show London

The Ideal Home Show London has finished for another year so now is the perfect time to look over the highlights from the new venue – Olympia, London.

Indigo & Earth Living Room

This blue colour scheme is anything but cold, especially when teamed with the contemporary wood burner and plush metallic accessories.  Although there is quite a large sofa and a lot of furniture in this room, the use of glass and mirrors make this living room feel much more spacious. 

Blue Room 

Slate & Leaf Dining Room

Botanicals are an interior trend that’s set to stay! The vivid Green and Yellows in this room look great against the dark charcoal walls.  The addition of white chairs and light pendant helps freshen and balance the overall look. Although the overall feel of this dining room is quite moody, the accessories and styling help take our minds straight to Spring/Summer.

Botanical Room 

Copper & Clay Bedroom

The Copper Blush walls in this bedroom are a huge trend for 2015.  This colour and two-tone paint effect really plays on the Mediterranean feel of this trend.  This design has also incorporated another big trend this season.  Bold geometric prints in a mix of styles and sizes help add splashes of extra colour to this bedroom.

Copper Room

We loved how eye-catching this stand was from www.Turkisde-light.com. The dizzying display of colours, patterns and lights looked great against the black back drop. Turkish Lamps

And of course the telephone box sofa on the Plumbs stand!  We loved speaking to all who stopped by, and we hope everyone had as much fun as we did.  We look forward to seeing you all next year!

Telephone Box Sofa 

Why not take a look at our upcoming events to see where we are next…

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