Expert for Shower Enclosures & showering

Mike Tattam

Sales & Marketing Director

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Mike Tattam

Mike brings with him more than 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, working with leading manufacturers across different sectors to help develop and grow their business. His extensive time in the industry has contributed to Mike’s detailed knowledge and understanding of the supply chain, from merchants, stockists and contractors through to architects and specifiers.

In more recent years he’s held senior positions at Timbmet – a distributor of hardwood, sheet and panel products; Russell Timber Technology – a manufacturer of energy efficient, sustainable and precision engineered timber and alu-clad windows and doors; and Jablite Ltd – a leading manufacturer and supplier of EPS (expanded polystyrene) products for insulation and civil engineering applications. Mike joined Lakes as Sales & Marketing Director in October 2017 at an exciting time for the business. Working with the Board, Mike is helping to implement and drive a new strategic direction that will guide the business to its next growth phase.

Lakes

Lakes is a leading manufacturer and supplier of showering spaces, which includes shower doors and bath screens. The company sells exclusively through builders’ and plumbers’ merchants, and retail bathroom stockists.

Established in 1986, the family business has a long-standing reputation for top customer service, stock availability and speed of delivery, backed by a unique ‘no quibble guarantee’ for added customer reassurance. Its products range from timeless classics to contemporary designs catering for all market requirements. Innovations include Lakes’ optically superior PureVueHD glass and AllClear® stay-clean coating.

PureVueHD glass was introduced with low iron content to remove the green hue found in standard glass, ensuring clearer, lighter and brighter glass. AllClear® is a protective coating applied to both sides of the glass so your showering space stays looking great, for longer and with minimal effort. Uniquely, both innovations are available as standard across Lakes’ Classic, Coastline and Island Collections.

Visit: https://lakesshoweringspaces.com/

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Lakes Comment: Q4 2019

Mike Tattam, Sales & Marketing Director Lakes is BMBI’s Expert for Shower Enclosures & Showering.

Looking back, 2019 was a year on hold. The first quarter started promisingly, but the RMI replacement and improvement market for shower enclosures and bathroom products was weakened by constant negativity in parliament and the press over Brexit. Different channels and different regions were affected in different ways, but some stockists reported sales down by up to 10%. The final three months were particularly weak.

However, December’s General Election appears to have been a pivotal moment. The public and business responded with relief to the prospect of clarity and stability from a big-majority Government, and the constant carping in the media has eased.

GfK’s Consumer Confidence index rose strongly in December, by 3 points, followed by a further 2 points in January. January also saw a strong 1.9% rise in house prices, according to Nationwide. Consumer spending grew 3.9% in January, according to Barclaycard, up from a lacklustre 1% growth in December. This has yet to translate into business across all sectors, but it sets the scene for better news for the home improvement market in 2020. We expect homeowners will have the confidence to spend on their property, including investing in a new or improved bathroom.

One of the key factors driving such investments is the increasing trend to multi-generational living. Recent research quotes a 46% increase in multi-generational living in less than a decade. Older family members are moving into their children’s homes, and the number of households with 20-34-year olds living in their parental home increased from 2.6 million in 2007 to 3.4 million in 2017.

More people under one roof means the bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the house. Bathroom furniture and showering spaces therefore need to be robust, low maintenance, easy to clean, safe and adaptable to different needs. For example, the less mobile require low thresholds so they can get in and out of the shower without tripping, and grandparents may need a shower seat and grab rail so they can shower safely and comfortably. But these improvements do not need to be ugly or utilitarian. There’s a new generation of ‘multi-generational’ products that are smart and stylish, well matched to the spa-like modern bathrooms that have become so popular.

Launched in 2015, the award winning monthly Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) report is the only reliable measure of repair, maintenance & improvement (RMI) activity in the UK. Filling an important gap, it can be widely used in construction, and by economists, Government, national media, commentators and influencers outside the industry.

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