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New Machinery Arrives at Minoli

New Machinery Arrives at Minoli

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Linde Diesel – H20

As part of our investment program for 2014 – 2015 , the new material handling equipment for the warehouse and logistic department has arrived at Minoli.

Having evaluated the requirements for material handling , given the increased volumes going through the Minoli logistics department, three new forklift trucks were ordered with our preferred material handling supplier Linde.

In order to maintain our commitment to transporting our goods in the most ecologically friendly way, not an easy target within the tile industry, we predominantly use containers to ship our material, reducing the “tile miles” of road transport per MT2 massively. As the through put has increased it was decided to add another “yard” for lift truck to  the fleet, this one a significant upgrade to deal with the increased levels of business.

For placing the stock, once off loaded on to our racking storage system, a new Reach Truck was ordered, again tailored to our specific needs and state of the art technology.

Finally, for the loading and unloading of our own delivery fleet, a more “standard” but still extremely competent a new counter balance fork lift was ordered, to complement the existing units and to assist in ensuring the Minoli fleet is loaded promptly each evening for the  7.00 AM departure to our clients, sites and showrooms.

With our policy of constantly reinvesting in the company, we are able to stay ahead in what is a very competitive market, ensuring we have the very best equipment to help the Minoli Team meet the requirements of our clients and exceed them!

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Linde Electric – E15

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Linde Reach – R16

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 29th August, 2014

The Furnace Within

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Air conditioning failure – Emergency ice cream delivery!

With temperatures in the high twenties in London, a fault with the air conditioning caused the  team at Minoli London to send out for an emergency ice cream delivery!

Luckily, Lucy (Minoli) and her friend Charlie were on hand, having a day of the summer holidays helping in the showroom, to run down to the Selfrdiges food hall and bring back some delicious authentic Italian Ice cream.

Jonathon said, ” it had been a long hot day with plenty of meetings and things to do, with the temperatures high outside we noticed that the meeting room was getting rather warm and the newly installed air conditioning just wasn’t managing to keep it cool, so a service call was made for the system and luckily we had Lucy and Charlie on hand”.

Pictured, Jonathon and Maria, showroom Manager, cooling down with a delicious ice cream.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Meet the Team, Minoli, Minoli London, THE SURFACE WITHIN, 30th July, 2014

Celebrating Sue’s 60th Birthday!

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From left to right – Jenny, Becky, Gillian, Kelly, Sophie, Linda & Tracy

On Saturday July 19th the Minoli team, together with members of her family and of course many friends celebrated Sue’s Birthday.

The party held at the wonderful venue of the Waterfront Café in Benson near Wallingford Oxford was blessed with wonderful weather, although the forecast was for torrential rain.

A good time was had by all, sunshine, river views, food and cake!

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From left to right – Magda, Sophie, Jenny, David, Gillian, Sue, Kelly, Sophie, Becky, Linda, Monique and Tracy.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 21st July, 2014

Minoli Featured in Showhouse Magazine

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Showhouse Magazine, the leading publication for the house building industry has featured Minoli in its June 2014 edition.

Minoli were successful in the TTA awards again this year, securing the award for Excellence in Distribution. Showhouse not only features this news, but also a picture of Sophie and Sophie accepting the award.

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Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, Minoli London, TTA Awards, 16th June, 2014

The One has arrived… Four Seasons – One

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Four Seasons (One) Mix Mosaic 30 x 30 cm (8mm) VC02785

The new mosaic – Four Seasons One has arrived into our warehouse and we must say, we are delighted with this wonderful new product.

Conceived from the enormously successful and rather splendid Four Seasons Mosaic, this new version of Four Seasons, has a smaller individual tile size of 1 x 1 cm on a 30 x 30 cm mosaic sheet.

This new version of the Four Seasons, with its smaller size creates a new and amazing effect, very much like a piece of fine jewellery.

Available in these 8 colours – Mix, Oasis, Spring, Autumn, Winter, Ocean, Wood and Snow.

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Snow                                                Spring                                            Winter

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The original Four Seasons is such  a beautiful and adaptable range, we simply did not think it would be possible to improve upon it, but this new Four Season One really is special!

Samples are now available to view at our Oxford and London showrooms and will shortly be rolled out across our distribution network.

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Posted by Sophie Weitz in New ranges, 4th June, 2014

Show House Opening… On The Buses.

Show House Opening… On The Buses.

During May, developer Audley opened its flagship site in Stratford upon Avon.

Amongst one of the innovative features was this London Double Decker Bus, that was used to ferry the visitors from the station to the site.

This renovation of a listed buildings is one of the most interesting projects Minoli have been involved with this last year and we look forward to posting internal photographs as soon as they are available.

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Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 2nd June, 2014

The Surface Within – Minoli London

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As part of our “ A Day In The Life “ project , Matt Roberts visited Minoli London to capture a few hours in the day in the new Minoli London showroom.

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Maria – Showroom Manager

The Showroom on George Street, in the heart of London’s West End was launched in September 2013 and fully opened in October. This is very much a return to London for Minoli, where the company was founded by Luigi Minoli pre war in the Islington and Clerkenwell areas. Luigi was the father of Peter Minoli and Grandfather of our current Managing Director Jonathon Minoli.

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The showroom is managed by Maria, herself Italian and team members from Minoli Oxford are based throughout the week in London for client meetings and presentations.

One of these images, captured by the photographer shows all three generations of Minoli Managing Directors together in one image, Peter, Luigi and Jonathon. The image of Luigi and Peter is placed in the showroom reception, leading to the lower ground floor and was taken in 1960 at the official opening of the new Minoli showrooms in Oxford.

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Jonathon with the image of Luigi and Peter Minoli

The showroom is open by appointment, Monday to Fridays and by arrangement on Saturdays.

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Posted by Sophie Weitz in A Day in the Life, Meet the Team, Minoli, Minoli London, THE SURFACE WITHIN, 2nd June, 2014

Volvo Cars UK

Volvo Cars UK

The first dealership completed with the New Volvo Corporate Identity.

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The tile, supplied by Minoli is the new C- Stone in Grey and is part of the range launched at the end of 2013 for the 2014 year, “Make It Big” as the tile is in the new 75 x 75 cm format.

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C-Stone Grey 75 x 75 cm

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C-Stone Grey 75 x 75 cm

With workshops fully fitted out as well, with Minoli Workshop Porcelain 200 x 200 x 12mm.

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Minoli Workshop 200 x 200 x 12 mm & Demarcation – Pietra ARW4 200 x 200 x 12 mm

Jonathon Minoli commented, “ working very closely with Volvo Cars UK and the design team, we were able to supply a product that move the design concept forward, but kept a degree of continuity from the items used in the previous specifications, this was a Revolutionary Evolution!! “

 

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Automotive, Car Showroom, Minoli, 30th May, 2014

Aston Martin Works Service Specifies Minoli “Etic” Series

Aston Martin Works Service, the Country’s and possibly the world’s premier Aston Martin dealership, Service Centre and Heritage Restoration Centre has specified Minoli Etic Series, a wood effect porcelain tile for the new Heritage Centre showroom and conference facility.

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Pictured here, the Etic was fitted in to an area in excess of 500 MT2 and was selected by the directors as a direct alternative to natural wood which had been the original design specification.

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Etic Noce Rect 22.5 x 90 cm

Aston Martin Works Service, not only retails and services  new and pre owned Aston Martin cars, it also houses the heritage Centre for the historical references of Aston Martin and the world’s leading Heritage restoration workshop, where some of the most important cars in the history of Aston Martin have been repaired, serviced or normally totally restored.

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The works shop facility with Heritage was tiled using the Minoli workshop specification porcelain tiles, 200 x 200 x 12mm, in an area which is almost 2,000 Mt2.

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Minoli Workshop – 200 x 200 x 12 mm

Jonathon Minoli , Managing Director of Minoli commented, “ we are truly delighted to have had the opportunity to work with the design team and directors at Aston Martin on the project, it is without doubt one of the most prestigious projects we have been fortunate to work on for many years. The choice of the Minoli Etic series over a natural wood was made by the Aston Martin team, once they were able to see the benefits in having the look and feel of a wood floor but the practicality of a quality Minoli porcelain tile. I recently attended the annual Bonham’s Aston Martin Auction, which was held in Works Service. This record breaking auction of historically important Aston Martin cars attracted almost 2,000 people throughout the day as well as a VIP reception which was held in the Heritage Centre on the Minoli Etic, which I must say looked fantastic”

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Posted by Sophie Weitz in Automotive, Car Showroom, Minoli, 30th May, 2014

A Day in the Life…

Minoli Sales Office and Administration…. And a bit of Accounts!

The Minoli office team comprises of sales, administration and accounts, not to mention the design and marketing department which is squeezed in between.

We have a large open plan office, with all departments working together, there are no partitions or “Chinese walls” the whole team are here to ensure we offer the very best possible service to our clients, and to be able to work closely with the manufacturers.

The sales office is managed by Sophie, the accounts department by David and Jonathon (our Managing Director) is in the office with the entire team.

During the day the photographer looked to catch all of us “at work” without being to conscience of him being there, easier said than done, but we do hope it captures the feel of the office on a busy day.

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Magda                                                                              Sophie and Becky

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Posted by Sophie Weitz in A Day in the Life, Meet the Team, Minoli, 30th May, 2014

A Day in the Life…

First Thing In The Morning

The Minoli Warehouse and Driving Teams are the first to arrive in the mornings…

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Douglas                                                                              Mark and Peter

With the drivers leaving the Minoli depot at  7.00 am, the team gets in just before.  Douglas the works manager is normally first to arrive and opens up ready for the team to follow in.

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Most of the trucks will have been loaded the night before and they are quickly dispatched out on to their relative routes, delivering to our clients across London and the south of England.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in A Day in the Life, Meet the Team, Minoli, 30th May, 2014

A Day in the Life…

Minoli – Management Team

Here at Minoli we have a very small management team, with Jonathon overseeing the teams as the only director of Minoli.

The accounts team is managed by David, the Sales office and administration by Sophie, with Sales managed by Darren and Daniel.

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Pictured from left to right – David, Jonathon & Daniel            David

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Oxford Office                                                                   Sophie and Jonathon

As Part of our “A Day In The Life “ project we have captured a few images of the team at work during the day in the Oxford office.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in A Day in the Life, Meet the Team, Minoli, 30th May, 2014

A Day in the Life…

Minoli Marketing Team

As part of our ‘A Day In The Life’  project, we have here a record of those members of the team involved with the sales – marketing and merchandising of the Minoli products to our distribution clients, the showrooms and tile shops we work with throughout the country.

The team led by Darren, work on display stands, sample boards and colour panels for our clients showrooms , the sampling of the tiles has become so important as presentation is now an influence on all aspects of the selection process.

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Jonathon and Darren,  pictured together ensure that the new lines are promptly merchandised and available to our clients.

The Merchandising team - Richard, Mark and Bob.

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Pictured from left to right – Richard, Bob, Darren & Mark

Posted by Sophie Weitz in A Day in the Life, Meet the Team, Minoli, 30th May, 2014

A Day in the Life…

The Minoli Warehouse & Logistics

The team of Drivers and Warehouse order operatives begin the working day early, arriving just before 7.00 am to get the trucks out on to the roads in good time.

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The trucks are loaded the night before and leave the Minoli yard at around 7.00 am, leaving the yard free to receive the container trucks bringing the next stock deliveries in to us.

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During the day , the warehouse team will unload containers, and prepare orders from our vast stocks, to be loaded that night on to the trucks as the drivers return to base and prepare for the next day’s work.

For our project “ A day in the life… ”  we took photographs throughout the day of the drivers and warehouse team, carrying out their duties from Dawn until Dusk”.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in A Day in the Life, Meet the Team, Minoli, 30th May, 2014

A Day in the Life…

As part of our A Day In The Life project, we have here images taken in the Minoli Oxford showrooms on the morning of April 24th.  The Oxford showroom team comprises of Lawrence , the showroom Manager, Luca , Shaun and Gillian.

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Luca                                                                                 Gillian

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Lawrence                                       Shaun

The showroom has three clearly defined areas, the Showroom and reception, the Rustic Showroom and the Corporate Clients Showroom.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in A Day in the Life, Meet the Team, Minoli, 30th May, 2014

A Day In The Life…

As part of our A Day In The Life Project, we have some more images taken first thing in the morning at the Oxford warehouse of the driving and warehouse teams arriving.

Normally in before seven, there are several important tasks that have to be carried out upon arrival.

We have a great deal of security, and one of the first tasks is to lower the security bollards, around 20 of them to allow access to the front forecourt, then we have the exit gate to open to allow the fleet to exit and get on their way to all points across the south, south east and London.

If an order needs to be amended on one of the truck, then the team will do this and get the truck on the road and the orders to the clients.

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Posted by Sophie Weitz in A Day in the Life, Minoli, 25th May, 2014

A Day In the Life…

A Day In the Life…

At the end of April this year we arranged for a photographer to spend an entire day, dawn until dusk making a photographic record of a day in the life here at Minoli, both in Oxford and the new London showroom.

April marked the 20th anniversary of Peter Minoli’ s death and we thought that it was a good moment to both take stock of how we have all progressed since then and to have a record that can be looked back on in another 20 years!

Pictured here in this first instalment are those members of the Minoli team who were with Minoli during Peter’s time and worked with him in a company that bears little resemblance to the one we all work in today.

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Linda, who works in the administration office, organizing our Italian shipments. Linda is pictured here with Jonathon and somehow managed to make him smile for the picture!

Paul, who works in the logistics department, arranging and unloading the containers that come in from Italy and Spain.

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Douglas, who works alongside the Warehouse manager carrying out various stock and order duties, as well as looking after many aspects of the property and health and Safety.

Chris, who is the company warehouse and transport manager,  looking after the warehouse team, the driving team and all aspects of our award winning distribution system.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in A Day in the Life, Meet the Team, Minoli, Minoli London, 13th May, 2014

A Day in the Life…

A Day in the Life…

As part of our “day in the life” project, Pictures were taken throughout the Minoli sites on one day, from dawn until dusk. This image captures a moment between clients in the London studio on George Street W1.

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Jonathon Minoli with Sophie Design and Marketing for Minoli  (left) and Maria Showroom Manager London – for Minoli (right)

Working as a team, within the showroom to welcome our corporate clients to the new facility located within the heart of the west end.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in A Day in the Life, Minoli, Minoli London, 13th May, 2014

Awards mark a memorable milestone for Minoli

The team at Minoli are celebrating, and reflecting, on an outstanding run of success at the annual Tile Association Awards after yet another accolade for one of the UK’s original tile distributors.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Minoli have been recipients of the Award for Excellence In Distribution, an unprecedented recognition of the company’s continued commitment in one of the Association’s most hard fought categories.

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This year’s success is all the more poignant, for Managing Director Jonathon Minoli and the team, as 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of Jonathon’s father, Peter Minoli, who had the foresight to shift the company’s traditional focus from manufacturing Terrazzo to importing ceramic tiles in the 1960s.

In a year that has seen other independents become engulfed or recoil against difficult trading conditions, Minoli has once again invested and expanded with additions to the fleet, growth in wholesale, more employees and a brand new showroom in London’s West End.

Called ‘The Surface Within’ and located on George Street W1, this new resource centre showcases the very best of Minoli’s exciting new and established collections with extensive displays and samples, product information, brochures and technical support.

Managing Director Jonathon Minoli said, “We’re delighted to have once again been commended for our efforts by our industry peers in the most important of categories for our business.

“Achieving ‘Excellence in Distribution’ is exactly what we strive for every working day, and wholly reflects my father’s core values of offering excellent products at competitive prices, but most importantly, supported by a service that is still considered second to none.”

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The Tile Association Awards celebrate all that is best in the wall and floor tile industry. They recognise and reward the outstanding products, people, businesses and projects of the preceding year. The winners were announced at the annual TTA Awards Ceremony, attended by some 500 industry representatives at the London Hilton Metropole on 25th April.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, Minoli London, THE SURFACE WITHIN, TTA Awards, 2nd May, 2014

TTA Awards Success in 2014

At the prestigious Tile Association Awards Minoli were again recognised for Excellence in Distribution.

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For the fourth consecutive year, the award, considered by many to be the most prestigious of all those available, for Excellence in Distribution was awarded to Minoli.

As ever there was stiff competition for recognition in this category, with the finalist being just three companies, who showed the judges their outstanding credentials and record in this complicated and capital investment intensive sector.

The event, this year held in the heart of London West End was attended by leading members of the Tile Association and their guests from across the construction industry.

” We are truly delighted to have been recognised again by the TTA for Excellence in Distribution, for us the most important award of the night as it is truly our goal, to excel in our core activity of distribution. To have been awarded the top honour for three straight years was an achievement, but to have come away from the ceremony with a fourth was more than we could have wished for and I would like to thank the TTA judges for their decision which must have been very a difficult one indeed.”

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Jonathon Minoli

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, Minoli London, TTA Awards, 28th April, 2014

April 27th – 20 Years

April 27th 20 Years.

Sunday April 27th will mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Peter Minoli, my Father and the founder of Minoli Tiles.

Although Minoli & Co Ltd was founded by Luigi Minoli, Peter’s Father, it was Peter who had the forethought to enter the Ceramic tile business and to move slowly away from the company’s traditional business of manufacturing Terrazzo.

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 Peter Minoli and his Father Luigi Minoli at the opening of the new Minoli Terrazzo factory and mosaic showroom Oxford 1960

In late 1993 Peter became unwell , although it did not effect his dedication to the company and his family, he attended the Italian Cersaie Exhibition in the Autumn of 1993 and the Spanish Tile Exhibition in spring 1994. Unfortunately during April his health deteriorated and he passed away on the 27th .

Peter worked tirelessly to build Minoli Tiles into a strong and successful company and sadly did not  have the opportunity to see it grow as it did in the years after his death.

In the months after he passed, Kate,  Niki and myself worked to ensure that the company, and Peter’s legacy continued.  As things began to settle, we looked to utilise the tools left by Peter to build the company in a sensible and sustainable way, a true example of natural organic growth.

Concentrating on Peter’s core values of offering excellent products, and very reasonable and competitive prices, but most importantly supported by a service that was to be considered second to none.

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Peter Minoli, Circa 1990, busy at Work, Minoli – Oxford. Phone in hand…. Coffee & Cigars close to hand

At the beginning of 1995, construction began on an new warehouse and Showroom building, which was completed in 1996 and officially opened in November of that year. The timing of this seemed to be very good as the general economy picked up and with only a few slight down turns. There then proceeded to be almost 15 years of solid and steady growth.

Now, 20 years on Minoli have a staff of 40 (many of whom worked with Peter), a turnover level that far exceeds Peter’s hopes and still retain many of the clients who Peter knew and respected.

If I may take this opportunity to thank our friends in the industry, suppliers, partners, customers and clients who were so very supportive to Kate, Niki and myself during the Spring and Summer of 1994. Also a special mention to all of the members of the Minoli team who were with us then, some of which are still with us today, who dealt with the daily stress and issues and insulated us at what was a terrible time.

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Peter Minoli with Jonathon Minoli, this pictured in the Factory Showroom of Keraben, Gres de Nules, Castellon Spain –  Circa 1989   

We are really not too sure what Peter would make of Minoli now, we have increased in size and scope of operations considerably, the general consensus of opinion is that he would be pleased and probably a little proud of what has been built on the foundations he laid, although he would probably question the margins we now work with….. one thing Peter did respect was a solid margin!

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Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 23rd April, 2014

Easter Opening Times

EASTER OPENING TIMES:

Good Friday 18th April  - CLOSED
Saturday 19th April  - 9.00 – 4.00
Easter Sunday 20th April  - CLOSED
Easter Monday 21st  - CLOSED
Tuesday 22nd April  - Re-Open 8.00 – 5.15

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 17th April, 2014

Letter From the Prime Minister, Mr. David Cameron.

Like many companies in the United Kingdom we received in the post this morning a letter from the Prime Minister.

This is in regards to new National Insurance allowance, giving us and many other companies £2,000 off of our (NIC) contribution from April 6th.

May be it is just my frame of mind, after 5 nearly 6 of the hardest trading years in living memory, but I find this letter to be condescending to the point of being insulting to the intelligence  of business owners and directors.

“Thanks for your hard work” …..yes, it has been and will continue to be bloody hard work, £2,000  will make a small difference, and it is unusual that it is £2,000 not being deducted and thrown into the bottomless pit of the public purse, but will it really make a difference to most companies, I think not much…. if anything at all.

As a matter of sheer principal I am going to try to find a use for this “extra” money , something that will bring something extra to Minoli, our team or the greater economic good. But we operate in the south of England, even advertising for additional people could burn through this allowance, before a potential staff member is even at interview stage.

But, Mr. Cameron must realize that what we need as employers is a steady and constant playing field, with minimal additional government interference and the ability to generate business and not be penalized for doing so. National insurance is a tax on employing people and the biggest Ponzi scheme in British History.

Jonathon Minoli

 

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Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 8th April, 2014

One Team..

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Here at Minoli we like to work as One Team, one team working together to ensure we offer the very best experience to our clients, levels of service considered second to none…. Nothing less.

There is a very good story, supposedly completely true about the time in the late 1960s when the American government was pushing NASA to put a man on the Moon.

The story relates to a visit to NASA by President John F Kennedy before the fantastic mission was completed.

The President was apparently Visiting the NASA headquarters and stopped to talk to a man who was holding a mop “ And what do you do?” asked the president. The Man, a janitor, replied “I’m helping to put a man on the moon, sir”

Every single person within NASA had it instilled within them that very part they played would result in the success or failure of the mission, this is a wonderful JFK anecdote and often quoted.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 8th April, 2014

Breakfast at Taylors

Taylors of Oxford, Oxford Gourmet Sandwich and Deli

This morning, we just had to stop at Taylors in Summertown for a Tea and a Croissant.

Taylors have the most marvelous stores around Oxford, and really do a fantastic sandwich, Coffee or lunch, stay in or take away.

Also, they do have a rather beautifully designed buildings, with the distinctive White on Blue identity (very Oxford) and it almost goes without saying floor tiles, by Minoli, In Summertown where I was this morning, they have the Minoli Milestone Canyon 30 x 60 laid, unusually, but to great effect in a Herringbone pattern.

So thanks to Taylors for a great breakfast.

Jonathon & Lucy Minoli

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Milestone Canyon 30 x 60 cm

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Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 21st March, 2014

The Tile Association has announced a new recognition for the Finalist in the 2014 TTA awards…

Brand New TTA Awards Finalist Logo Introduced

2014 will see many positive changes for The Tile Association and its members, and one of the first for this year’s TTA Awards is the new logo that has been designed especially for the awards finalists this year.

In the past an award winners’ logo has been distributed for winners, but following a positive response from finalists wishing to promote this achievement for their businesses and employees we will be distributing a finalists badge logo this year as well.

This is a result of requests that we have received from members of the association, and in true spirit of listening to the needs of members and enabling them to better promote themselves as the trustworthy and innovative businesses they are, this is just one of our new offerings.

The finalists badge logo will be distributed to all finalists within the next week or so, so look out for your fantastic new badges finalists!

Minoli are Finalist in three of the most prestigious categories:

  • Floor Tile of the Year - Minoli Etic Range
  • Excellence in Tile Distribution
  • Excellence in Marketing — New London Showroom Launch

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Posted by Sophie Weitz in TTA Awards, 20th March, 2014

New Ranges New Displays.. Corporate Showroom – Oxford

With the new ranges now arriving in to stock, the Minoli marketing / merchandising team have begun to display the products in the Corporate showroom, Oxford.

Mark, Richard and Bob are busy changing displays to have the new ranges in place for our corporate visitors, house builders, designers and developers.

One of the main displays areas will be tiled with the Seastone series in the Greige colour, 30 x 60 and 30 x 60 Brick Mosaic ( laid portrait) on the wall sections and 60 x 60 in the floor area.

The larger of the two displays will feature the luxurious new Gotha series, with Platinum and Diamond Lux Lappato Polished in 29,5 x 59 on the wall sections and 59 x 59 Diamond on the floor area. For the display we have chosen this simplified look, but mosaics are available in both Lappato Polished and Matt finish.

In the ground floor Rustic showroom, Shaun from the showroom team is busy installing the Seastone on one of the larger floor tile room setting areas, where the natural light will highlight the beauty of the Seastone and its natural finish. Other display will also be updated as the new lines come into Stock.

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Mark working on the new Gotha Display

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Bob working on the new Seastone Greige display

 

Posted by Sophie Weitz in New ranges, 18th March, 2014

An Exciting Week for Deliveries…

This week is proving to be one of the busiest weeks for new stock arrivals that we have experienced in quite some time.

With several new stock lines all becoming available from production at the same time, we are experiencing a very busy period within our goods in ( import) department.

With at least two containers a day booked in for every day of this week, and more to follow next week, the new ranges are starting to fill the spaces allocated for them in the warehouse. Paul and Tony are busy getting the material off the trucks and containers, checking it thoroughly and then placing the pallets in to the picking locations and the bulk stock locations. Typically a new range will have between 5 and 10 pallets of each colour and size as an initial stock holding, with one pallet placed in the picking location and bulk stock above it. There will also be a substantial reserve kept in the manufacturing plant to enable the first re-  order shipment to be supplied promptly and usually in the same production batch for shade and calibration.

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Posted by Sophie Weitz in New ranges, 18th March, 2014

New Gotha Series Arrives

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New Gotha Series by Minoli has now arrived in to Stock.

Originally presented at the Minoli Home House “Make It Big” 2013 preview evening , the Gotha Series is a super luxurious Polished Lappato Porcelain tile in five Colour ways, two sizes and also in Matt finish (60 x 60 only).

Gotha was extremely well received by those attending the event and has been pre specified by many of our leading clients for House Development in and around Central London.

Jonathon Minoli said “ we are very excited about finally receiving our production order of Gotha, given the price position of the tile, which is very much like the Evolution Marvel, the reaction and pre orders have been amazing. We have a substantial initial stock order that has arrived this week and expect to require a reorder of this very shortly, especially of the Polished Lappato version of the Platinum and Diamond colour options” .

Full details of Gotha can be found on our web site.

 

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 18th March, 2014

Further investment in Stock for 2014

Minoli are known for our stock and service levels, which are considered second to none. With increased demand for our products and with a general increase in demand across the globe for the quality products we work with, it has been necessary to look at our overall stock holdings.

Jonathon Minoli say s on the matter “ Our new ranges, launched at Home House in late November 2013, for 2014 are now ready in the production plants, given the amazing reception these items have received, our already substantial initial orders have been looked at and increased together with secondary orders being placed to be called off from as required. We are fortunate to work with some of the world’s leading producers and they are experiencing similar growth across the globe, there is only so much production capacity and so it is important that Minoli secure sufficent to meet and exceed our clients requirements.”

This month we will see the arrival of the stock of the exciting and dynamic new ranges… Axis a new porcelain wood, Gotha a stunning polished porcelain, SeaStone one of the most authentic natural stone replicas we have ever seen and Travelling a large ( long ) format wood effect porcelain, in the unique 120 x 20 cm size.

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Axis Grey Timber 22.5 x 90 cm

Jonathon added “ The purpose of a company like Minoli is to have stock and deliver on time to our clients sites and showrooms, many of our competitors rely too much on stocks held in factories and warehouses in Italy and Spain, we prefer to have UK based stock, which is allocated only to Minoli clients.”

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 5th March, 2014

Further investment at Minoli for 2014

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Minoli will be entering into further investment, primarily in material handling and transport, to help cope with an obvious increase in demand.

Jonathon Minoli commented, “ We saw six good months in 2013 and 2014 has started the same, with not only an increase in actual orders but a marked increase in enquiries and general activity within our market place.”

Chris, the Minoli warehouse and transport manager is looking to finalise orders with our suppliers for two new forklifts, supplied normally by Linde and two further 16T Trucks from DAF, the very latest and eco-friendly LF series, or possibly the larger CF. Chris commented “We increased our capacity dramatically in both 2012 and 2013, but we are seeing signs that in busy period we will need additional capacity, Jonathon is happy to invest and so we are looking to move quickly and have equipment in place for the busiest period of the year, the second half.”

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New Fork Lift On Demonstration From Linde

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 5th March, 2014

Nominations Announced For 2014 Tile Association Awards

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Nomination for the 2014 TTA awards have just been released and Minoli have yet again been listed as finalists in three categories.

Excellence in Tile Distribution

Yet again Minoli are one of the Three finalists for the award for Excellence in Distribution, almost certainly the most prestigious award handed out by the Tile Association on the night. We have a little history here, having won the award is 2011, 2012 and in 2013.

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Excellence in Marketing

Again, Minoli are shortlisted as a finalist for this award, which we have previously won in 2010 and in 2013. This year our submission is based on The Surface Within, The London Home Of Minoli.

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New Responsive website for the new London Showroom - www.thesurfacewithin.co.uk

Floor Tile Of the Year

This year we have been short listed as a finalist for the New Minoli Etic “wood floor” Porcelain tile.  A truly stunning range that has been received by corporate and retail clients alike with overwhelming enthusiasm and sales have exceeded all expectations.

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With these three categories, all beings closely observed due to the significance of each category…. Wish us luck on the night.

 

 

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, TTA Awards, 4th March, 2014

Amazing Barns Completed in Oxfordshire

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These amazing sneak preview images are of a Barn Conversion recently completed in Oxfordshire. We will shortly be carrying out a full case study on the site to show just how effectively a client can use the Minoli, The Surface Within, products to create amazing finished effects. We would like to take some credit for this, but on this particular occasion the client had a very clear vision that Minoli were able to fulfil.

More details will follow when we publish the full case study.

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Posted by Sophie Weitz in Case Study, 3rd March, 2014

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Daniel , whilst on his travels in London, spotted this restaurant / cafe near Victoria

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Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 14th February, 2014

Friday 17th January – Power Update

Yesterday (Thursday 16th January) we were out of power for most of the day.

If you tried to email or fax us during the day, we may not have received your messages.

We are back to normal today, if you would like to confirm any orders, please telephone 01865 778 225.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 17th January, 2014

Thursday 16th January 2014 – Power Outage UPDATE

We are currently experiencing power problems at our Oxford Offices and Showrooms.

At the moment we only have one phone line open. If you are able to email info@minoli.co.uk or fax 01865 747 642 with enquiries and orders, we will respond as soon as possible.

 

Thank you for your patience.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 16th January, 2014

Wednesday 15th January 2014 – Power Outage

We are currently experiencing power problems at our Oxford Offices and Showrooms.

If you are trying to contact us via Phone and email, they may not be coming through.

Please bear with us while we work on the issue. Thank you.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 15th January, 2014

Minoli Fleet… At Rest

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Over the Christmas and New Year period the Minoli fleet is .. At Rest.

With our fleet of 10 purpose built delivery trucks, together with vans and support vehicles busy throughout the year it is unusual to see them all together having a little rest!

The Christmas break enables us to have the vehicles prepared for the coming year and a full audit of the fleet takes place.

With business increasing, it is quite likely that further investment will take place in the spring of this year.

Chris, the warehouse and transport manager is currently loooking at replacement of the slightly older vehicles with our latest design vehicle type as well as looking at the internal lift equipment, and the “yard” forklifts for unloading the containers from Italy and other manufacturing sources.

Jonathon Minoli, Managing director commented ” we are not afraid to invest in our back of house infrastructure, even in what are still uncertain times, Chris in the warehouse office is currently looking at trucks and forklifts, if the levels of business especially within distribution continue to grow then we will not only look to replace existing machinery but to add to our capability and order capacity”

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Minoli use DAF CF and LF Truck, the purpose built truck body is produced to a unique Minoli specification by Ken Kerr of Oxfordshire. Material handling equipment is supplied by Linde, Minoli have used Linde equipment within our warehouse exclusively for almost 30 years.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, New Fleet, 6th January, 2014

Christmas Opening Times

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Christmas Opening Times and Delivery dates:

Wednesday 18th December 2013  -      8am – 5.15pm (Last day for areas served Mon/Weds/Fri only)
Thursday 19th December 2013      -      8am – 5.15pm (Last delivery day for all other areas)
Friday 20th December 2013         –      8am – 4pm (Showroom open for viewings and pre-arranged collections, Office enquiries only)
Saturday 21st December 2013      -      Closed
Re-Open:
Thursday 2nd January 2014          -      8am – 5.15pm

We would like take this opportunity to wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 18th December, 2013

Meet the Team

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Showroom Team – Oxford

The Minoli showroom team in Oxford, are the first people to meet and greet all of our visitors.

Led by Lawrence , second from left, Luca ( to the left of Lawrence) , Gillian and Shaun( far right) the showroom team work with our clients, which include, the general public, local trade, local retailers and resellers and our corporate visitors.

The showroom consists of three main areas, the showroom and reception ( pictured, the Rustic showroom and the Corporate Clients showroom.

Shaun often works in the new London Showroom, with Maria.

The team are here to welcome you to Minoli.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 17th December, 2013

Fiat Auto UK Head Office Amazing Building Wrap

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Fiat Auto UK Head Office Amazing Building Wrap.

Whilst visiting Fiat UK last week, Minoli supply Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Chrysler showrooms, we saw this amazing building wrap, on the front glass wall of the building.

Facing the main A4 Bath Road in Slough (Berkshire) the building wrap showing the new Jeep Grand Cherokee simply can’t be missed.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Automotive, Car Showroom, Minoli, 17th December, 2013

Meet the Team

David, Jon & Sophie

Here at Minoli, we like to work as ONE- TEAM, something that we are very proud of.

Each team has a manager or  team leader, and then like most companies we have senior management who look after the teams and the strategy of the company.

David Wright, our company account and the company secretary joined Minoli in 1997 and is a fully qualified accountant. David manages the financial affairs of the company, working closely with Jonathon and the companies external advisors. Like many companies of our size, the role of company accountant is wide and varied, with many responsibilities, all of which have a financial bias.

Sophie Doran, pictured to Jonathon’s right  manages the sales office and general administration of the company. Working with her team within the office and closely with David, Jonathon and Chris the warehouse and logistic manager. Sophie’s career with Minoli began in the sales office and as the  company has grown , so as the role she performs within the company.

Jonathon, Centre is our Managing Director. On a daily basis Jonathon will work with the sales office , accounts, sales and logistics departments to oversee and direct the general operation and strategy for the company. Jonathon is Peter Minoli ‘s son, Peter passed away in 1994 and Jonathon spent many years working with Kate Minoli who retired in 2007. Jonathon is very much hands on, and now splits his time between the Oxford head office and warehouse and the new London Showroom facility. Strategy is decided with the senior team and with our external advisor’s, who give an over view of the company and the general economic outlook.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Meet the Team, Minoli, 17th December, 2013

How Cool Is This!

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Whilst visiting Aston Martin Works Service, where we have recently supplied 500 MT2 of the Minoli Etic Noce “wood effect tile” and over 2,000 MT2 of our 200 x 200 x 12mm Workshop tiles, we spotted what must be one of the coolest fuel stations in the world!

The heritage themed shell fuel station, or filling station is located within the compound at Aston Martin Works Service in Newport Pagnell , where cars are refueled prior to being dispatched to owners or going on test drives.

We see many dealerships and just thought this was something rather special.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Automotive, Car Showroom, Minoli, 17th December, 2013

Minoli featured in Showhouse

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This month Showhouse magazine featured the launch of the new Minoli Showroom.

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In an article in the news section, the showroom, Minoli – London – The Surface Within is discussed and mentions are given to the “extensive displays” and the “central London location.

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We also had a new version of the advertising for the new showroom, in the same magazine, shown here in the larger A3 format of Showhouse.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, Minoli London, Press, THE SURFACE WITHIN, 17th December, 2013

Meet The Team

Minoli – Automotive Department

Automotive Department

We at Minoli have a long history of working with the Automotive industry, with many international brands relying on Minoli to deliver tiles to their showrooms throughout the United Kingdom and for many client throughout Europe.

Clients such as Renault have worked with Minoli for almost 25 years, first with Peter Minoli, Jonathon Father and now with Jonathon.

The automotive clients are dealt with personally by Jonathon, and the administration of the orders is dealt with by Sophie, pictured here to the left of Jonathon.

Sophie commented ” we try to exceed the expectation of our corporate clients within the automotive sector and offer the dealers and contractors a service that is truly second to none.”

Jonathon added ” both my father and my grandfather before him (working with marble and terrazzo) worked with Automotive clients and we still hold true to their principals of quality and service”.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Automotive, Home House Preview, Meet the Team, Minoli, 17th December, 2013

Meet the Team- Minoli – London

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Our new London Showroom and resource centre is managed by Maria.

Maria, an Italian joined Minoli in September and is looking after the new showroom, meeting and greeting our clients and visitors as well as working with Sophie on our marketing and promotion of the new facility.

We are delighted to welcome Maria to the team.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Meet the Team, Minoli, Minoli London, THE SURFACE WITHIN, 17th December, 2013

Meet the Team

The Minoli office is blessed with not one, but two Sophie’s.

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Both pictured with Jonathon, on the night of November 25th at the Home House Preview evening, on the stairs of Number 21 Portman Square.

Pictured left, Sophie W, who manages the Minoli graphic design, marketing and the websites, as well as working with Jonathon and Daniel on some of the key corporate account projects.

Pictured right, Sophie D, who works closely with Jonathon and manages the internal administration within Minoli, the sales office team and the general day to day operations of the company.

For the night of the 25th, Sophie W, organized the brochures, the displays and liaised with Claudia at Home House to arrange the event. Sophie D was responsible for liaising with all of the guests and the team on the night, ensuring it was a smooth and successful evening.

Both had a very enjoyable evening, the week before tasting the food and selecting for the night as well as designing and mixing the bespoke cocktails prepared especially for the launch evening.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Home House Preview, Meet the Team, Minoli, 17th December, 2013

Meet the Team

Pictured here, in the reception area of Home House Number 21 on Portman Square , Jonathon and “the Girls”

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From left to right, Becky, Sophie, Maria, Jonathon, Tracy, Monique, Gillian & Sophie

On November 25th, we held a preview evening in London, where many of the team from Oxford and London attended to meet and greet our friends and clients on the night.

It was a very busy night with almost 200 guests, it was hard work but great fun.

 

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Home House Preview, Meet the Team, Minoli, 17th December, 2013

Meet The Team

Pictured here, looking like rejects from Reservoir Dogs or perhaps Oceans 11, Jonathon (centre) Darren, (top left) and Daniel.

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This image, again taken in November 2013 at our Home House launch was impromptu and suggested by our regular Photographer Matt Fowler  www.mattphoto.co.uk

Given that the picture was taken at the very ends of what had been a long and busy evening, the boys don’t look too tired!

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Home House Preview, Meet the Team, Minoli, 17th December, 2013

Meet The Team

Pictured here, again at our Home House Preview Evening in November 2013, is Jonathon with “the Boys”

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From left to right, Luca, Darren, Richard, Jonathon, Lawrence, David, Shaun, Daniel, Robert and Mark (eyes closed!!)

Mark, Richard and Bob work in the marketing and merchandising departments, Luca, Shaun and Lawrence in the showrooms, David is our accountant and Jonathon, Darren and Daniel are all working with our corporate clients.

 

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Home House Preview, Meet the Team, Minoli, 17th December, 2013

Christmas at Minoli, Oxford

Christmas at Minoli, Oxford

Although Jonathon has spent years resisting having a Christmas tree “ falling decorations set the bloody alarms off at 2.00 in the morning” we have finally managed to get him to agree to have one, so here it is.

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Although Jonathon has spent years resisting having a Christmas tree “ falling decorations set the bloody alarms off at 2.00 in the morning” we have finally managed to get him to agree to have one, so here it is.

It may not look much, but it was a major achievement getting one in to the showroom!

Surrounded by our famous Christmas Panettone cakes, the tree looks rather splendid.

Of course, after we had the London showroom decorated by Rosemary of RL floral designs, he really had no choice in the matter!

Christmas Opening Hours and Delivery Times:

Monday 16th December 2013        -      8am – 5.15pm (Normal deliveries)
Tuesday 17th December 2013       –     8am – 5.15pm (Normal deliveries)
Wednesday 18th December 2013  -      8am – 5.15pm (Last day for areas served Mon/Weds/Fri only)
Thursday 19th December 2013      -      8am – 5.15pm (Last delivery day for all other areas)
Friday 20th December 2013         –      8am – 4pm (Showroom open for viewings and pre-arranged collections, Office enquiries only)
Saturday 21st December 2013      -      Closed
Re-Open:
Thursday 2nd January 2014          -      8am – 5.15pm

We would like take this opportunity to wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 5th December, 2013

Minoli Specified in Prestige Development

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Minoli have been specified for the latest prestigious development for Oakford, in Shalford Surrey.

Using ranges launched by Minoli for 2013 , Oakford have created a unique look utilising the Etic “wood” series to great effect in the living spaces. The bathrooms are fitted-out with For-Ever and Arke Silk, both new ranges for 2013.

The design team at Oakford worked closely with Minoli to ensure that their vision for this development was fulfilled.

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Full range PDF for Etic & For-Ever

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 3rd December, 2013

Home House launch for Minoli’s new 2014 Collections

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Now becoming an eagerly awaited fixture in the diary, Minoli once again chose Home House on London’s Portman Square as the setting for their 5th annual launch event to preview their new ranges for the forthcoming year.

Over 200 guests joined the Minoli team at the exclusive location on Monday 25th November, enjoying a champagne and canapés reception in the striking, minimalist interiors designed by the acclaimed Zaha Hadid and finished in sumptuous detail by Candy & Candy.

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The theme of the event – ‘Make It Big’ – aptly captured the exciting design direction of their forthcoming new ranges, focusing on the latest collections that include stunning, larger format designs such as Evolution Iconic, Axis, Seastone and Gotha.

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With increasing demand from architects, designers and developers, some of the most renowned tile manufacturers in Europe have produced an unprecedented variety of ranges in larger sizes that seamlessly and sumptuously accentuate space.

Managing Director, Jonathon Minoli said, “We’re delighted that so many of our clients and suppliers were able to join us to preview our exciting new collections in such a stunning venue and look forward to even more exclusive launches throughout the year ahead.”

Since the event, Minoli have created a dedicated display of these new ranges at both their Oxford headquarters and new London showroom on George Street W1, where corporate and private clients are welcome to view them in more detail. The entire collection is also showcased in a comprehensive new brochure, printed especially for the occasion, which is available upon request. (Please download a PDF version here MAKE IT BIG!)

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Full Gallery on our Exhibition page Home House 2013 or on Facebook Minoli/Oxford

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Home House Preview, Minoli, Minoli London, New ranges, THE SURFACE WITHIN, 29th November, 2013

Christmas in George Street

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For Minoli’s very first Christmas in George Street we decided to Commission Rosemary Livingstone of RL Flower Designs, to produce some Christmas decorations that were appropriate to the stunning design of the new Minoli Showroom.

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Rosemary is one of the West Ends leading floral designer. Her displays have been seen across the country from TV and magazines to celebrity parties and stately homes in London with clients including Home House.

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The displays shown here, specifically designed for Minoli and were ideally suited to match the stunning design of the showroom, they also complimented the floral displays rosemary created for Minoli for  the opening night and open day back in September.

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Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, Minoli London, THE SURFACE WITHIN, 28th November, 2013

Minoli Featured in Leading Industry Publication

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Tile and Stone Journal, the leading publication for the British ceramic tile sector has featured this month an article about Minoli.

Within the magazine , in the “Business Insight “ section, there is a two page article about Minoli , focusing on the launch of the new London Showroom, The Surface Within – London.

Tile and Stone Journal Editor Joe Simpson spoke to Jonathon and has given the new showroom launch a prominent feature within the magazine which is regarded as the most informative print media for the tile industry.

Jonathon commented, “ We are truly delighted that Joe and his editorial team have decide to feature the Minoli Showroom in London for prominently in this months edition of Tile and Stone Journal.

www.tileandstonejournal.com/

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Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 27th November, 2013

Two New Members of the Sales Office Team

Becky & Magda

Due to the increasing demand for our products and services we have added another two people to our sales office team.

Becky joined Minoli in the summer and Magda in November.

Both will be working within the sales office led by Sophie, primarily on customer service,  ensuring orders and enquiries are dealt with swiftly and professionally.

The Minoli team is now approaching the staff levels of the period pre financial crisis as our clients begin to become busier and gear up for the coming year, we have reacted with the addition of new team members in the showroom, sales office and distribution department, with a view to employing further people in the new year.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 13th November, 2013

New Team Member, The Surface Within

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We would like to welcome a new member to our team, Maria who will be managing the new London Showroom, The Surface Within London on George Street in the heart of the West End.

Maria has extensive experience in retail, design consultancy and marketing and is looking forward to welcoming our corporate clients to the new facility in London…by appointment please!

For enquires regarding the new showroom please contact Maria directly maria@minoli.co.uk or thesurfacewithin@minoli.co.uk

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, Minoli London, THE SURFACE WITHIN, 13th November, 2013

A Very Thoughtful Gift

A wonderful gift has been given to Minoli for the new showroom and office in London, The Surface Within.

Peter and Karen Gunn, proprietors of City Audio Visual , have commissioned a replica of a classic London Routemaster Bus, with the advertising space showing the Minoli logo and the numbers on the bus recognising key dates in the history of the company in London, notably 2013 the year of the return to London by Minoli.

We wish to thank Peter and Karen , not only for the  kind and thoughtful gift but also for the hard work they put in to providing the Audio Visual solution for the new showroom, specifying the Leowe brand throughout.

Screens shown in our New Showroom, George Street, W1

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, Minoli London, THE SURFACE WITHIN, 7th October, 2013

Minoli has the X Factor

Minoli client, Rectory Homes is well known for building luxurious homes in London and the Home Counties, but now one of the finest creations by Rectory has been given the X Factor as. It has been chosen to house a group of this years contestants.

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Style – Beige Safari

The House, which of course is beautifully fitted out with Minoli porcelain tiles from ranges such as Style, was designed and built by Rectory Homes and later sold to Lionel Richie.

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This years X Factor Contestants

For the full article, please Click here

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, Press, 7th October, 2013

Minoli Launches New Showroom In London’s West End

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Established in 1960, as one of the UK’s original tile distributors, Minoli have always had strong links with London through the company’s heritage and relationships with clients and distribution partners based in and around the Capital.

The company was in fact founded in Islington in the 1940s and, though later relocating to Oxford, Minoli have always recognised the importance of servicing the vibrant and expanding market that the capital provides.

Now, with the opening of a new premises in the heart of the West End, they’re returning to their roots to provide an even more valuable range of services to those in the area and across the South East.

Behind this new venture lie the solidity, resource and expertise that has seen Minoli outperform the market through the economic downturn. Operating from their purpose-built headquarters and distribution centre in Oxford, Minoli have built an enviable reputation in the marketplace for their ability and reliability in delivering outstanding products with service excellence.

Minoli’s long-standing relationships with some of the most pre-eminent manufacturers in the world, means they are often first to market with the very latest porcelain, ceramic and mosaic tiles, many of which are exclusive.

The company’s business model is based on holding the vast majority of lines in plentiful stock, so over 95% of client orders can be delivered within 24 hours. Minoli’s state-of-the-art warehouse facilities are laid out over an impressive 22,000 square feet and contain well over £1 million in net cost value stock.

Minoli also run their own upgraded fleet of 18 specially built trucks and vans. With a daily delivery capacity in excess of 80,000 KGS, Minoli are able to offer a service considered second to none.

Managing Director, Jonathon Minoli explained, “At Minoli we see tiles as more than just a floor or wall covering. For us tiles create ‘the surface within’ buildings, connecting and transforming rooms into beautiful living and working spaces for people to enjoy and appreciate – hence the name of our exciting new facility – The Surface Within.

  

“Our success to date is a result of the dedication and hard work of the Minoli team, our mutually rewarding relationships with suppliers and retail partners, and an unwavering focus on customer service. On that sound and well established platform we’re well placed to expand and realise our growth plans as London’s property development market continues to thrive”.

Located at 71 – 73 George Street, London W1U 8AQ, The Surface Within showcases the very best of the Company’s exciting new and established collections with extensive product displays and samples.

Ideally located for ease of access from Mayfair, Marylebone and Marble Arch, the new facility offers more convenient access to Minoli in London and a central destination to which clients can invite both customers and colleagues for consultations, product selection and inspiration.

In designing the space, Minoli thought carefully about the needs of their varied customer base including; house builders, developers, designers, corporate clients, resellers, retailers and the automotive and hospitality sectors.

On the ground floor, the premises comprise The Gallery, with large format displays and room settings, and the thoughtfully designed Presentation Suite where, by appointment, clients and their guests can hold meetings in this perfectly equipped environment.

  

On the lower-ground floor, The Studio offers a creative space with a substantial line-up of samples arranged around a purpose-built work station, providing the perfect place to create schemes and fine tune selections.

Last but not least, The Retreat provides a secluded haven from the hustle and bustle of the streets above, with low-level lighting and seating, a wall mounted flat-screen TV, desk-space with WiFi and a great cup of coffee.

Of course, as the Minoli Team’s London home, there will also always be an expert on hand to offer advice and help visitors find the perfect products for their next project.

Jonathon added, “The Surface Within is a logical extension to our existing Oxford-based headquarters and distribution centre. Our new showroom and resource centre means we can offer the same excellent levels of customer service in the very heart of London as well.”

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, THE SURFACE WITHIN, 4th October, 2013

Minoli mentioned in the latest issue of The Schemer

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Minoli’s new showroom is now open in George Street, W1 is featured in the current edition of The Schemer.

The Schemer is a fortnightly publication outlining the most useful and exciting new products, latest projects, events, news and industry information. It is distributed to architects and interior designers specialising in the residential sector and working on some of the best residential architecture and design projects.

To see the online blog, please click here. The Schemer

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, Minoli London, Press, THE SURFACE WITHIN, 1st October, 2013

Minoli Launches New Showroom on George Street

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Established in 1960, as one of the UK’s original tile distributors, Minoli have always had strong links with London through the company’s heritage and relationships with clients and distribution partners based in and around the Capital.

The company was in fact founded in Islington in the 1940s and, though later relocating to Oxford, Minoli have always recognised the importance of servicing the vibrant and expanding market that the capital provides.

Now, with the opening of a new premises in the heart of the Baker Street Quarter, they’re returning to their roots to provide an even more valuable range of services to those in the area and across the South East.

Managing Director, Jonathon Minoli explained, “At Minoli we see tiles as more than just a floor or wall covering. For us tiles create ‘the surface within’ buildings, connecting and transforming rooms into beautiful living and working spaces for people to enjoy and appreciate – hence the name of our exciting new venture – The Surface Within.”

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Located at 71 – 73 George Street, London W1U 8AQ, The Surface Within showcases the very best of the Company’s exciting new and established collections with extensive product displays and samples.

Ideally located for ease of access from Mayfair, Marylebone and Marble Arch, the new facility offers more convenient access to Minoli in London and a central destination to which clients can invite both customers and colleagues for consultations, product selection and inspiration.

In designing the space, Minoli thought carefully about the needs of their varied customer base including; house builders, developers, designers, corporate clients, resellers, retailers and the automotive and hospitality sectors.

Indeed, they also consulted Baker Street Quarter Chief Executive, Penny Alexander, in the initial planning stages to understand the ambitious and exciting plans in place to drive forward positive change and promote the area as a premier business hub, a deciding factor for Minoli in choosing the George Street location.

On the ground floor, the premises comprise The Gallery, with large format displays and room settings, and the thoughtfully designed Presentation Suite where, by appointment, clients and their guests can hold meetings in this perfectly equipped environment.

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On the lower-ground floor, The Studio offers a creative space with a substantial line-up of samples arranged around a purpose-built work station, providing the perfect place to create schemes and fine tune selections.

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Last but not least, The Retreat provides a secluded haven from the hustle and bustle of the streets above, with low-level lighting and seating, a wall mounted flat-screen TV, desk-space with WiFi and a great cup of coffee.

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Of course, as the Minoli Team’s London home, there will also always be an expert on hand to offer advice and help visitors find the perfect products for their next project.

Jonathon added, “The Surface Within is a logical extension to our existing Oxford-based headquarters and distribution centre. Our new showroom and resource centre means we can offer the same excellent levels of customer service in the very heart of London as well.

“We’re delighted to now be part of the local community and it’s encouraging to see other businesses sharing our enthusiasm and confidence in George Street and the surrounding area as a prime location with great potential”.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, Minoli London, THE SURFACE WITHIN, 25th September, 2013

Cersaie, Bologna-Italy 2013.

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Cersaie, Bologna-Italy 2013.

The Italian International Tile Exhibition is Currently on in Bologna Italy.

Jonathon (centre) Daniel (left) and Darren (right) are busy at the exhibition working with our manufacturer partners to confirm the 2014 collections.

So far the fashion of the show is very much the Wood Effect tile, with larger sizes than those currently available , also the expansion of the Evolution Icon range with more options for 2014.

More product information will follow and we will be making plans for our Autumn launch, ready for new material with  2014 stock availability.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Italy, Minoli, 25th September, 2013

Minoli Launches in London

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On Thursday 12th September, Minoli, the award-winning tile distributor, marked the opening of their new London facility in style with an evening of cocktails and canapés, exquisitely prepared on site by Home House head chef, Jeremy Brown.

Some 150 guests gathered for the champagne reception and the opportunity to explore the company’s stunning, new, state-of-the-art showroom and resource centre, called The Surface Within, located in the heart of the ‘Baker Street Quarter’.

On the ground floor, the premises comprise The Gallery, with large format displays and room settings, and the thoughtfully designed Presentation Suite where, by appointment, clients and their guests can hold meetings in this perfectly equipped environment.

On the lower-ground floor, The Studio offers a creative space with a substantial line-up of samples arranged around a purpose-built work station, providing the perfect place to create schemes and fine tune selections.

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Last but not least, The Retreat provides a secluded haven from the hustle and bustle of the streets above, with low-level lighting and seating, a wall mounted flat-screen TV, desk-space with WiFi and a great cup of coffee.

Managing Director, Jonathon Minoli commented, “We’re delighted that so many of our closest clients, retail partners and suppliers were able to join us on the evening and that the launch of this new ‘resource centre’ has been so positively received.

“We’ve always recognised the importance of servicing the vibrant and expanding market that the capital provides and with the opening of our new premises in the heart of the West End, we can now provide an even more valuable range of services to our Clients working in and around the Capital.

“In designing the space, we’ve thought carefully about our clients’ needs with a specific focus on providing an excellent Minoli customer experience, whatever their reason for visiting. Of course, as the Minoli Team’s London home, there will always be an expert on hand to offer advice and help you find the perfect products for your next project.”

The Surface Within is located at 71-73 George Street, London W1U 8AQ. George Street runs north of and parallel to Oxford Street and is ideally located for ease of access from Mayfair, Marylebone and Marble Arch.

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Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, THE SURFACE WITHIN, 17th September, 2013

Minoli Launches in London

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Minoli Oxford Team explore the new London Home

Minoli, the award-winning tile distributor, has marked the opening of their new London facility with two launch events for key clients, retail partners and suppliers.

On the evening of Thursday 12th September, some 150 guests gathered for a champagne reception and the opportunity to explore the company’s stunning, new, state-of-the-art showroom and resource centre, called The Surface Within, located in the heart of the ‘Baker Street Quarter’.

This was followed by an informal afternoon open-house on Sunday 15th September, where a further 50 guests enjoyed a more leisurely tour of the facilities and the products on display.

The catering for both events was provided by Home House head chef, Jeremy Brown, including canapés, exquisitely prepared on site for the evening event, and tantalising tea-time fare for Sunday’s session.

On the ground floor, the premises comprise The Gallery, with large format displays and room settings, and the thoughtfully designed Presentation Suite where, by appointment, clients and their guests can hold meetings in this perfectly equipped environment.

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On the lower-ground floor, The Studio offers a creative space with a substantial line-up of samples arranged around a purpose-built work station, providing the perfect place to create schemes and fine tune selections.

Last but not least, The Retreat provides a secluded haven from the hustle and bustle of the streets above, with low-level lighting and seating, a wall mounted flat-screen TV, desk-space with WiFi and a great cup of coffee.

Managing Director, Jonathon Minoli commented, “We’re delighted that so many of our closest clients, retail partners and suppliers were able to join us over the two events and that the launch of this new ‘resource centre’ has been so positively received.

“We’ve always recognised the importance of servicing the vibrant and expanding market that the capital provides and with the opening of our new premises in the heart of the West End, we can now provide an even more valuable range of services to our Clients working in and around the Capital.

“In designing the space, we’ve thought carefully about our clients’ needs with a specific focus on providing an excellent Minoli customer experience, whatever their reason for visiting. Of course, as the Minoli Team’s London home, there will always be an expert on hand to offer advice and help you find the perfect products for your next project.”

The Surface Within is located at 71-73 George Street, London W1U 8AQ. George Street runs north of and parallel to Oxford Street and is ideally located for ease of access from Mayfair, Marylebone and Marble Arch.

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Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, THE SURFACE WITHIN, 17th September, 2013

Minoli Featured in Show House for Awards Success

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This month’s edition of Show House Magazine the industry’s leading publication has featured an article on the awards success recently enjoyed by Minoli.

The Article, in the news section talks about the TTA Tile Association awards for Marketing and for the most prestigious of all , Distribution which Minoli won for the third consecutive year.

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Jonathon Minoli, Managing director wrote, obviously we are delighted to again feature in the news section of the Show House magazine, they are inundated with articles and news about everything concerning the building of new homes, these two awards showed our on going commitment to the clients we serve in the house building industry”

Show house is available on line www.showhouse.co.uk

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, Press, 11th June, 2013

A Garage Fit for the Monaco Grand Prix

As the European launch of the 2013 Formula One season roars to our screens on Sundays, some of London’s luckiest super-fans have kitted their very own garages reminiscent of some of the finest paddocks in the international sport. 

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Minoli LX Nero Polished 600 x 600 mm

Whilst bespoke home garages have long been popular with multi millionaire auto enthusiasts who want to showcase and maintain their pristine collection of vintage vehicles, a new era of London’s private supercar enthusiast has taken to creating their very own contemporary toy cupboards.

Minoli has helped create showrooms for world renowned commercial brands including Alfa Romeo, Lexus, Kia, Renault and Ferrari. Through identifying an emerging market, Minoli now offers bespoke solutions for private collectors and an increasing number of high-end house builders who have started to offer such innovative personalised spaces.

Jonathon Minoli, Managing Director, Minoli comments: “As the popularity of motor racing increases throughout the world, combined with the ongoing investment opportunities within the Capital city, we have really noticed an increase in enthusiasts creating their very own paddock-like surroundings for their most prized possessions.

“At Minoli our customers are often looking to personalise their garages to match the brand or model of their car. No longer is the garage somewhere to use simply when entering or exiting a property, it is now somewhere to retreat and take your guests when entertaining.”

During recent years, areas such as Knightsbridge and Mayfair have witnessed large quantities of supercars from the middle-east arriving into central London during the summer months. Often cars have been transported just for the occasion; many are now kept in discreet spaces which by any definition have now become some of London’s most luxurious ‘dream garages’.

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Stanley House – Cornwall Terrace

Designed by leading interior designer, Siri Schumann of Two D Limited, Stanley House – No 8 Cornwall Terrace has launched onto the market at a price in the region of thirty million pounds. Overlooking the prestigious Regents Park, the 8,059 sq ft Regency mansion is set over five floors and comprises of five bedrooms, nine bathrooms, gym, master reception room and a mews house at the rear. Through using the finest materials combined with pioneering technology, the property boasts all the essential features required to provide the very best in London living, including the residents very own ‘super garage’.

For Number 8 Cornwall Terrace, Minoli provided the 600 x 600 LX Nero Super Black Polished Porcelain tile, made to the very highest standards this Italian porcelain tile has shown just how effective a (relatively) small garage can be when fitted out thoughtfully with inspirational flooring and well-chosen décor.

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Minoli also work with DURA, Europe’s leading designer and manufacturer of garage furniture who have helped deliver solutions for many of the world’s leading car manufacturers and form part of Aston Martin’s corporate guidelines. They also work with residential homeowners from across the UK, creating unique garage fit outs.

The Minoli LX Nero is available from stock, in either 600 x 600 format, as used in Cornwall Terrace or 600x 300, as used by Infiniti Cars for the state of the art retail showrooms, where the tile forms a portal from reception to client lounge and showroom.

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Minoli LX Nero Polished 300 x 600 mm – Used by Infiniti Cars

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Car Showroom, Minoli, Press, 21st May, 2013

Minoli Mentioned in Best Selling Book “Bloody Foreigners”

One of the bestselling non-fiction books of recent years was written by Robert Winder about the immigration in to the British Isles over the past centuries. Entitled “ Bloody Foreigners” the book tries to explain how the peoples of the British Isles are made up.

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“The Story of the way Britain has been settled and influenced by foreign people and ideas is as old as the land itself. In this original, important and inspiring book, Robert Winder tells of the remarkable migrations that have founded and defined a nation”

“Our aristocracy was founded by the French”

“Our royal Family is German”

“The shops and Banks were created by Jewish immigrants”

“Our food is anything but  British”

In Chapter 12, “Little Italy” Winder talks about how the Italians have influence the British isles and the people within it, Minoli are mentioned on page 188 “  Tiling and ceramic companies sprang up – Grossi in Lewisham, Toffolo in Glasgow, Quiligotti in Manchester and Minoli in Oxford

The reviews of this book were extremely good, it is available in paperback, ISBN 978-0-349-11566-5

 

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, Press, 17th May, 2013

Minoli Featured In Show House Magazine

This month Minoli have again been featured in Show House magazine, the leading industry publication for House Builders and developers.

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In a fascinating article by Kate Hamilton, Minoli are quoted in regards to the practicality and beauty of our floor tiles as well as the ever increasing importance of the “Green” factor.

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“ Tile Supplier Minoli also proudly displays its eco credentials. The tile manufacturers from Italy that Minoli uses to provide for its developer ranges are produced to the Eco Label standard. Within these factories there is virtually no waste of water or power, and all unused items are recycled.”

Jonathon Minoli was then directly quoted:

“ Generally speaking, the higher the quality and the specification the more sustainable the source will have been,” explains managing director Jonathon Minoli. “The factories producing this material for Minoli have all of the essential eco credentials, especially the European Eco Labels. Lower priced and lower specified material will generally not meet the requirements, also items not sourced within the European manufacturing plants tend to be without accreditation.”

Minoli were also featured in the news section with the launch of the New Sunrock series, under the heading “On The Tiles” the launch of the range is covered with a brief introduction to the items and the variety available.

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Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, Press, 17th May, 2013

Minoli celebrate unprecedented awards success

The team at Minoli are celebrating an outstanding run of success at The Annual Tile Association Awards after yet another year of accolades for the Oxford based distributor.

At this year’s ceremony, Minoli again collected the award for Excellence in Marketing, which they last won in 2010. The judges took particular interest in Minoli’s annual events strategy which has outperformed their other marketing initiatives in terms of return on investment and has seen ever increasing attendance levels from their expanding customer base.

For the launch of their 2013 collections, Minoli once again chose Home House on London’s Portman Square as the setting for their event. The venue provides the perfect environment in which to showcase the company’s new product portfolio and its central location has proved a real draw for customers and prospects across London and the South East.

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Over 250 guests joined the Minoli team at the exclusive location, enjoying a prosecco and canapés reception in the striking, minimalist interiors designed by the acclaimed Zaha Hadid and finished in sumptuous detail by Candy & Candy.

Home House Executive Chef, Jeremy Brown prepared an enticing menu of miniature classics to tempt the attendees and a selection of fine Italian wines from the Tenuta Santome Estate were sourced for the event by the specialist food and wine importers at Italian Continental.

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The theme of the event – ‘Interno – Esterno’ - aptly captured the exciting design direction of Minoli’s new ranges, focusing on the latest collections that can be used both inside and outside, together with a new ‘super luxury’ addition to the Evolution series. The ranges also feature in a brand new, comprehensive brochure and supporting display materials specifically developed for the launch.

The Tile Association Awards celebrate all that is best in the wall and floor tile industry. They recognise and reward the outstanding products, people, businesses and projects of the preceding year. The winners were announced at the annual TTA Gala Dinner on Saturday 20th April in Birmingham.

This also is the third consecutive year that Minoli have landed the Award for Excellence In Distribution, an unprecedented recognition of the company’s continued commitment in this field.

Managing Director Jonathon Minoli said, “We’re delighted to have once again been commended for our efforts by our industry peers in two very important categories for our business.

“With regard to the Marketing award, this is particularly satisfying as it endorses our focus on direct marketing and events to develop more meaningful and engaging dialogue and relationships with our clients.”

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Home House Preview, Italy, Minoli, New ranges, 9th May, 2013

Minoli celebrate unprecedented awards success

The team at Minoli are celebrating an outstanding run of success at The Annual Tile Association Awards after yet another year of accolades for the Oxford based distributor.

This is the fourth year that Minoli have entered, been nominated and won awards in the industry’s most prestigious competition and they have once again come away with first place honours in two of the most hard-fought categories.

Most significantly, this is the third consecutive year that Minoli have landed the Award for Excellence In Distribution, an unprecedented recognition of the company’s continued commitment in this field.

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                              Sophie and Sophie receiving the award the Excellence in Distribution from TTA Chairman Ian Kershaw

At this year’s ceremony, Minoli also collected the award for Excellence in Marketing, which they last won in 2010. The judges took particular interest in Minoli’s events and direct marketing strategy which has seen ever increasing response and attendance levels from their expanding customer base.

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Sophie and Sophie receiving the Excellence in Marketing award from TTA Chairman Ian Kershaw

The Tile Association Awards celebrate all that is best in the wall and floor tile industry. They recognise and reward the outstanding products, people, businesses and projects of the preceding year. The winners were announced at the annual TTA Gala Dinner, attended by some 500 industry representatives, on Saturday 20th April in Birmingham.

Managing Director Jonathon Minoli said, “We’re delighted to have once again been commended for our efforts by our industry peers in two very important categories for our business.

“Over the last 12 months, and more so than in any previous year, we have continued to invest in our distribution business – a core part of our strategy that has underpinned our success throughout the on-going economic downturn. The programme of activity has included new trucks and drivers, bespoke product brochures, increased stockholding and innovative new display stands.

“With regard to the Marketing award, this is particularly satisfying as it endorses our focus on direct marketing and events to develop more meaningful and engaging dialogue and relationships with our clients. Our most recent ‘Interno-Esterno’ event, showcasing tile ranges that are suitable for use indoors and outside, was again held at Home House in London’s Portman Square and this has proved a real draw for clients across London and the South East.”

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Finalist certificate for ‘Best use of Tile in a Domestic Environment’

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, Press, 29th April, 2013

Minoli Evolution Marvel Featured in Metro

Metro, the leading paper for commuters in and around London has chosen to feature the latest range by Minoli. The article all about “ staying in on the tiles” featured several options for tiling, but the Minoli Marvel took the centre position with a truly wonderful image of the Minoli Marvel 3D mosaic.

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Metro has a circulation of almost 800,000 on a daily basis, and has national coverage via the rail network.

The “Home Comforts” section is one of the more popular features in Metro with a very high readership for its articles on house and home.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, New ranges, Press, 25th April, 2013

Minoli celebrate unprecedented awards success

The team at Minoli are celebrating an outstanding run of success at The Annual Tile Association Awards after yet another year of accolades for the Oxford based distributor.
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This is the fourth year that Minoli have entered, been nominated and won awards in the industry’s most prestigious competition and they have once again come away with first place honours in two of the most hard-fought categories.

Most significantly, this is the third consecutive year that Minoli have landed the Award for Excellence In Distribution, an unprecedented recognition of the company’s continued commitment in this field.

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At this year’s ceremony, Minoli also collected the award for Excellence in Marketing, which they last won in 2010. The judges took particular interest in Minoli’s events and direct marketing strategy which has seen ever increasing response and attendance levels from their expanding customer base.

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The Tile Association Awards celebrate all that is best in the wall and floor tile industry. They recognise and reward the outstanding products, people, businesses and projects of the preceding year. The winners were announced at the annual TTA Gala Dinner, attended by some 500 industry representatives, on Saturday 20th April in Birmingham.

Managing Director Jonathon Minoli said, “We’re delighted to have once again been commended for our efforts by our industry peers in two very important categories for our business.

“Over the last 12 months, and more so than in any previous year, we have continued to invest in our distribution business – a core part of our strategy that has underpinned our success throughout the on-going economic downturn. The programme of activity has included new trucks and drivers, bespoke product brochures, increased stockholding and innovative new display stands.

“With regard to the Marketing award, this is particularly satisfying as it endorses our focus on direct marketing and events to develop more meaningful and engaging dialogue and relationships with our clients. Our most recent ‘Interno-Esterno’ event, showcasing tile ranges that are suitable for use indoors and outside, was again held at Home House in London’s Portman Square and this has proved a real draw for clients across London and the South East.”

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 25th April, 2013

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Minoli was nominated for three awards at the 2013 Tile Association awards, held on saturday night at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham.

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With success in two of the three categories, the team at Minoli was delighted with the results from the event.

To come away from such a prestigious event with not one but two awards was simply fantastic, with success in Marketing Excellence for the Minoli – Interno – Esterno Home House Preview and also in the Excellence in Distribution category, Minoli was successful for an unprecedented third consecutive year.

Jonathon Minoli, managing director of Minoli said  after receiving the second award; “we are going to need a bigger shelf!”

Full details and pictures from the event will be added to the blog as soon as they are available.

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 22nd April, 2013

New McLaren at Minoli

Last weekend, a client visiting Minoli arrived in their brand new McLaren Supercar, which looked so good on our forecourt we thought we would have to share it.

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This silver McLaren MC12, the very latest supercar available from McLaren (of the F1 team) really did look very special, but with a price tag of well over £150K we won’t be seeing one with Minoli sign writing quite yet.

With our continued investment in our distribution fleet all “four wheeled” (I think the trucks have six wheels!!) spending is being directed at the trucks, during 2012 we had three new purpose built trucks  delivered and for 2013 we have just ordered another two which will be on the road for use in the third quarter of the year, just in time for what is our busy period traditionally. As with the three delivered in 2012, these are additions to the fleet, to help us keep ahead of the demand for the products and services we are offering to our developer, designer and retailer clients.

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Three latest additions to the Minoli Fleet

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, New Fleet, 17th April, 2013

Minoli interviewed by The Wall Street Journal

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We were contacted by Sanette Tanaka of The Wall Street Journal as she was writing an article on upmarket developments with luxury parking provision and the phenomenon of garages as leisure spaces in homes.

With the experience Minoli has gained over many years of working with Automotive manufacturers and luxury property developers, as well as private individuals we were able to offer an insight into how the tiles are chosen, and how crucial they are to the design of a garage space, as they have to be both technically suitable and aesthetically pleasing.

The finished article used very little reference to the works carried out in Europe and not surprisingly focused on personal garages in the United States, but it was interesting to be interviewed and considered for such an esteemed publication as “the wall street journal.”

For the full article, please click on this link: Where the Car is King

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, 17th April, 2013

Minoli interviewed on Tile trends by What House Magazine

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Jonathon Minoli,  Managing Director of Minoli was interviewed recently for the latest edition of What House magazine, the interview conducted by Laurna Robertson concentrated on the current and future tend in the use of tile by developers and how this will transcend in to use by people on refurbishments and private projects. With varied questions from the interviewer Jonathon had to show he really knew what the trends were, let’s hope he’s right!

To read the full article, please click on the link below:

http://view.pagetiger.com/WhatHouseIssue1/issue12/PDF.pdf?PN=1,3,80

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Laurna is currently working as the assistant editor at whathouse.co.uk after gaining four years experience in print journalism. In her current role Laurna is responsible for the planning, project management and delivery of a 90 page digital monthly magazine. Laurna also contributes regular news articles to the website and to our blogs, source freelance staff, film and edit video features and subedit copy.

What House is the specialist new homes portal and magazine. What House offers homebuyers looking to purchase new-build homes in the UK everything they need to help their search: listings of hundreds of new homes and houses for sale, new affordable homes and new retirement property; daily news on new property developments, housebuilders and the new homes market; special offers; expert advice on moving homes and on how to buy and what to look for; and interior design tips for decorating a new home.

www.whathouse.co.uk

 

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, Press, 27th March, 2013

Evolution-Evolve, featured in Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom Magazine

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Minoli client Ardgowan Homes have been featured this month in the magazine, Essential Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom, apparently the Uk’s Number one KBB Magazine.  The House built for the managing Director and founder of Ardgowan has the most amazing kitchen designed by Nicholas Antony Kitchens in Ascot and uses to great effect the Minoli Evolution Evolve, in this case the Evolve White 75 x 75, which is shown in the magazine as being polished, but we would describe as being more of a “brushed concrete” effect.

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As you can imagine the choice of floor was critical, not only did the flooring have to compliment the kitchen design it also had to work with the flooring in the rooms than adjoin the kitchen living space.

Minoli Evolution series, Evolve, Etic, and the soon to be launched Iconic are all designed to work in very large expanses of floor space and compliment designs that feature space and texture.

The Minoli Interno – Esterno brochure is available that features  these ranges is available upon request or can be down loaded as a pdf, below.

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Posted by Sophie Weitz in Minoli, Press, 12th March, 2013

The New Evolution Marvel Series – simply marvellous.

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The new Evolution Marvel Series from Minoli is aptly named as you will simply marvel at the sheer beauty and diversity of this exciting range of floor, wall and mosaic tiles that perfectly emulate the luxurious finish of Italian marble.

Traditionally, marble is associated with the grandeur of stately homes and exclusive developments, where a statement of luxury and opulence is desired. However, in today’s house building marketplace, more savvy premium developers are turning to porcelain tiles as a viable contender in terms of both price and finish.

The Evolution Marvel series from Minoli emphatically demonstrates the incremental benefits of porcelain and, since the initial preview launch in November 2012 (at the Home House Interno – Esterno event), Marvel has already been specified in a number of high-end private and commercial developments.

On a practical note, over natural marble, porcelain tiles are considered stronger and more durable, less prone to corrosion or staining, generally more slip and water penetration resistant, do not require sealing or polishing and are there for ultimately more cost effective.

In terms of aesthetics, being man made, porcelain tiles convincingly emulate the beauty of organic stone but come in a wider range of colours, a variety of larger sizes, are more consistent in tone and texture and, as such, less likely to show wear and tear.

Evolution Marvel is available in four gorgeous new colours; Moon Onyx – a shimmering silver-grey with subtle, pale veining, Calacatta Extra – akin to natural, radiant, white marble with more pronounced mid-grey veining, Grey Stone – with a deep slate-like tone and lustre, and Bronze Luxury – a rich and warm, glowing metallic.

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Marvel Moon Onyx                                                                   Marvel Calacatta Extra

Each colour is available in a choice of contemporary sizes and finishes including 75 x 75 cm, 60 x 60 cm, 45 x 90 cm and 30 x 60 cm – all in a matt finish or the Lappato finish – which is semi polished with the natural texture of organic stone. Three different 30 x 30 cm mosaic tiles are also available in matt, Lappato and stunning new 3D relief – specifically designed to create eye-catching wall features.

The Minoli Evolution Marvel Series is now in plentiful stock and available for order. More details can be found online at www.minoli.co.uk, in the new Minoli ‘Interno – Esterno’ brochure which is available upon request, or come and see them in person at Minoli’s  showroom and distribution centre. Alternatively Minoli can arrange for a member of their team to contact you to set up an appointment at your convenience.

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Posted by Sophie Weitz in Italy, Minoli, New ranges, 11th March, 2013

The New Trek Range – The Natural Choice

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Trek Ocean Black Mosaico Brick

With its sculpted, organic surface patterns, the New Trek Range from Minoli faithfully emulates the beauty and strength of natural slate, but with all the advantages of technical Fine Porcelain Stoneware.

With multiple sizes and formats, designed for floor and wall application, and in a range of six complementary colours, Trek offers an almost modular solution for the most forward-thinking architectural designs.

Trek comes in six sizes; 60 x 60 cm, 30 x 60 cm, 20 x 60 cm, 30 x 60 cm ‘brick’ mosaic, 30 x 60 cm ‘3D brick’ mosaic and 30 x 30 cm traditional square mosaic.

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Each of the six unique colours bring out the flinty, metallised effect of hewn rock; Arctic White, Silver Grey, Ocean Black, Dune Beige, Jungle Green and Forest Brown.

On a practical note, over natural stone, porcelain tiles are stronger and more durable, less prone to corrosion or staining, more slip and water resistant, do not require sealing or polishing and, ultimately more cost effective.

In terms of aesthetics, being man made, porcelain tiles convincingly emulate the beauty of natural stone but come in a wider range of colours, a variety of larger sizes, are more consistent in tone and texture and, as such, far less likely to show any sign of wear and tear.

The Trek Range is now in plentiful stock and available for order, Ocean Black and Arctic White, Silver Grey being the core stock ranges.

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Posted by Sophie Weitz in Home House Preview, Italy, Minoli, New ranges, 7th March, 2013

The New Sunrock Range – Brilliant and Beautiful

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The New Sunrock Range from Minoli brings out the brightest side of technical porcelain stoneware in a beautiful variety of sizes, surfaces and colours.

Bourgogne Sand, Jerusalem Ivory and Rapolano Beige faithfully replicate the contrasting shades of marble in a sublimely natural pattern, with a soft but radiant sheen.

Tavertino White and Travertino Almond capture the form of organic Travertine, accentuating the delicate linear tone differences which are exposed when cut parallel to the grain.

All of these stunning colourways are available in a range of uniquely creative sizes; 40 x 90 cm, 75 x 75 cm, 60 x 60 cm, 30 x 60 cm, 30 x 60 cm structured, 30 x 60 cm brick mosaic and 30 x 30 cm traditional mosaic.

Sunrock Bourgogne Sand Sunrock Bourgogne Sand 3
Sunrock Borgogne Sand                                                   Sunrock Jerusalem Ivory

Continuing the “Evolution “ theme promoting and showing the advantages of the new extra-large formats, both Bourgogne Sand and Jerusalem Ivory are available from stock in the 75 x 75 format as well as 45 x 90 and 60 x 60.

With such a rich choice of finishes, textures, tones, shapes and sizes, the most creative of design concepts can be realised, indoors and outside, across floors and walls, feature panels, steps and alcoves.

The main stock colours, held in the extensive Minoli distribution centre are the Ivory and Sand, probably the natural choices for most installations given the replication of the buaety of natural stone reflected in these particular combinations.

The Sunrock Range is now in plentiful stock and available for order.

 PDF of the Sunrock Range Sunrock

Posted by Sophie Weitz in Home House Preview, Italy, Minoli, New ranges, 6th March, 2013

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