BDC has entered into a distribution partnership with Fratelli Onofri, the specialist Italian range cooker and built-in appliance manufacturer. Fratelli Onofri is known for kitchen appliances that combine technical innovation with traditional Italian style and elegance.
BDC will distribute the company’s range cookers, hobs and hoods to the independent electrical retail sector and specialist kitchen installers.
Commenting on the agreement Fratelli Onofri managing director Mark Bates said, “As Fratelli Onofri is a new name to the UK market we are delighted to have BDC as our distributor and firmly believe that its service levels and understanding of the UK electrical distribution market will prove to be a success not only for them and ourselves but will also bring their customers exciting new sales opportunities.”
BDC has also launched a new, quarterly 32-page product guide, BDC Buyers Guide, which contains details of all core appliances, accessories, lighting, heating, ventilation and cable product stocked by the electrical distributor.
The Guide is unpriced so the independent can let their customers browse through it without revealing their own buying price. A separate price list is available both in printed format and via the BDC website.
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Analogue TV signals will be switched off for more than two million households this year, allowing hundreds of thousands of homes to receive Freeview channels for the first time. In total, 14 switchovers will see digital signals extended across the West TV region, parts of Wales, the north of Scotland and the Channel Islands.