Five of AJ’s clients have been short-listed in the inaugural Express Home and Living Awards, celebrating the UK’s best household products, services and retailers.
When the Express first announced its new awards celebrating the best of British home and living solutions, AJ was quick to encourage its clients to enter. The awards comprise 15 categories, judged on design innovation, ease of use, sustainable sourcing, customer service and value for money.
AJ’s finalist clients are featuring in the following categories:
- Best Money-Saving Product Kinetico Water Systems
- Best Outdoor Living Furniture Out & Out Original
- Best Outdoor Building Supplier David Salisbury
- Best Outdoor Building Supplier Eden Verandas
- Best Retirement Living Solution Nationwide Mobility
Here’s a taster from the entries we submitted on behalf of our clients, highlighting how each company and its products fit the attributes being judged.
Best Money-Saving Product: Premier Compact Water Softener, Kinetico Water Systems
Kinetico’s Premier Compact Water Softener is powered by water – not electricity – making it both economic and environmentally sound. Its patented technology removes damaging minerals from hard water as it enters the home, eradicating limescale and its associated problems.
The increased efficiency of appliances using softened water can save a family of four up to 12% on energy bills and £400 per year on groceries.
The Premier Compact’s reliability and performance, together with Kinetico’s excellent customer service, led to it being chosen by the National Health Service for their ‘Home Kidney Dialysis’ programme. Kinetico water softeners are also used in such prestigious establishments as Buckingham Palace and the Savoy Hotel.
Best Outdoor Living Furniture: Outdoor lounge furniture sets, Out & Out Original
Out & Out Original’s outdoor lounge furniture design combines outdoor durability with indoor style, allowing the lounge sets to look as good in a conservatory as in the garden.
Out & Out Original understands its moral and ethical responsibilities to both its furniture makers and the environment. Using a number of natural materials, including FSC-certified sustainable eucalyptus and recycled teak, the company works to ensure valuable resources are retained or replenished for the future.
This range of furniture is also fit for purpose, with features essential to its use outdoors. These include UV stabilised resin, 100% polyester cushions with removable covers and tempered glass on coffee tables. It is designed to wear in not out, making it cost-effective and robust.
Best Outdoor Building Supplier: David Salisbury Orangeries and Garden Rooms
David Salisbury describes itself as ‘engineers in wood’. Every product design is unique and precision-made, remaining in keeping with its surroundings.
The company was an early adopter of environmentally-friendly policies, installing a biomass boiler over 10 years ago, feeding it with timber shavings and offcuts generated during manufacture. Factory roof solar panels provide 20% of the company’s power supply reducing its footprint by over 88,000kg CO2 per year.
Every aspect of a David Salisbury product is considered carefully, and corners will not be cut at the expense of quality. The company demonstrates unrivalled technical innovation as well as a commitment to excellence in customer service.
Best Outdoor Building Supplier: Glass verandas, Eden Verandas
Eden’s glass verandas allow customers to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather. The high-quality materials used give customers total confidence in their outdoor living products. Eden’s glass verandas can complement any home, new or old, large or small, and can be retro-fitted giving maximum versatility, with the option of converting into a glass room at a later date.
Eden Verandas offer a free design service with a no obligation quote. Designers are based throughout the UK, providing a local business experience coupled with the peace of mind gained from a national company.
Eden’s glass verandas add value to any home and any lifestyle.
Best Retirement Living Solution : The Bathmate, Nationwide Mobility
Nationwide Mobility is a company with a simple philosophy – it is dedicated to offering the best possible bathing solutions for those no longer able to enjoy safe bathing at home. With over 20 years’ experience, Nationwide Mobility has a deep understanding of customer needs.
The Bathmate is an inflatable bath lift offering a simple solution for those having difficulty stepping in and out of the bath. It doesn’t require installation, fitting into a customer’s existing bath, gently lowering the customer in and out by inflating and deflating at the touch of a button.
The Bathmate’s uncomplicated design makes it one of the most ingenious and popular mobility products available.
We’ll keep you posted on their progress; the winners are announced on Thursday 26th October.