With over 50 years’ experience, Be Modern is recognised across the industry as the UK’s leading independent
manufacturer; we respond to changing tastes and are continually creating innovative designs, made possible by consistent investment in the latest technology, in improving the skills of our people and in deve-loping brands that broaden our range and market appeal. All this, we believe, makes Be Modern not only exceptional by UK standards, but world class by any standards.
Be Modern is all about making life at home more stylish, simple and comfortable through products that make a real difference. The Be Modern range includes fires, fireplaces and stoves with a selection of styles and finishes to suit any home or budget. Their growing portfolio of products includes a new high efficiency gas fire collection and an array of stunning surrounds.
With five British factories based in the North East and Shrewsbury, Be Modern prides themselves on their products’ undeniable quality and craftsmanship. Their 500,000+ square feet of manufacturing and warehousing space is accredited to quality and environmental standards ISO9001 and ISO14001 respectively, and the company holds its own FSC certification.
Encompassing the Elgin & Hall and Broseley Stoves brands, Be Moderns excellence in innovation, service and product quality has been recognised by customers and major organisations alike.
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Solid Natural Oak Collection
Be Modern Ltd, a leading UK manufacturer of fires and fireplaces; have launched a brand new collection of solid natural oak surrounds and beams. (Find out more about Be Modern Fires and Fireplaces here)
The Elicott and Holtwood are impressive 60” surrounds with attractive corbel design and elegant shelf; the Whinfell boasts a contemporary design with neat lines and is available with a rebate of 25mm for use with traditional back panels. These delightful surrounds create the ideal setting as an Inglenook with gas and electric stoves.
Alternatively, create the same striking impact with a solid natural oak beam; in a similar style to the surrounds, the Briella and Celia include an eye-catching corbel design to suit a traditional setting and the Mayley creates a simplistic, clean finish when fixed above a fireplace opening or inglenook.
Each solid natural oak surround and beam has its own unique markings due to the natural variation of the oak from which they are manufactured; the collection exudes quality and is a splendid selection for Be Modern retailers.
Mark Hunter, Head of Marketing at Be Modern Ltd added: “The stunning new collection of solid natural oak surrounds and beams are an exciting addition to the Be Modern range. They create a beautiful finish to a fireplace or inglenook and make a lovely centrepiece in any home“
Bemodern Reveal New Fire Surrounds
Be Modern have introduced two new stylish marble designs to their stunning collection of surrounds. Each of the designs offers striking lines and a superb finish to achieve a magnificent look that will complement any home interior.
A traditional and timeless square design with tapered edges gives the Mercia a charming presence whilst the soft curved arch of the Ellerton exudes elegance. These new surrounds are suitable for both gas and electric fires and come with a standard lipped hearth.
Mark Hunter, Head of Marketing commented: “Our designers have created an exciting duo that complement our current collection of surrounds effortlessly. Both have beautiful lines and a charismatic charm which will suit any home and become the focal point of the room. The Mercia and Ellerton are perfectly suited to the new Be Modern gas fire range.
Introducing the Benito & Camilla Electric Fireplaces
Be Modern, a leading manufacturer of fires and fireplaces for over 50 years, has introduced two new micro marble electric fireplaces to their collection in perfect time for the arrival of the winter months. Ideal for flat wall installation the designs complement their marble surround counterparts with a glorious look that will suit any home interior.
The Benito exudes a traditional design with tapered edges whilst the gentle curved arch of the Camilla provides elegance and simplicity. The slimline standard lipped hearth on these fireplaces only accentuates their slender presence.
With a 2kW heat output, realistic glowing log bed and a striking Chrome trim with matching fret, the Benito and Camilla are a marvellous addition to the Be Modern range.
Mark Hunter, Head of Marketing commented: “We pride ourselves on the simplicity and convenience of our electric fireplaces and this duo does not disappoint. Both the Benito and Camilla have a charming presence and are sure to add a feature to the home.”
Launch of the Brand New Fires and Fireplaces Website
Be Modern is delighted to launch their brand new product website, dedicated to their growing portfolio of fires and fireplaces www.bemodernheating.co.uk.
The new Be Modern website provides extensive content, including product specifications, the selection of finishes available, as well as the hearth and lighting options so customers can select the perfect product to suit their home.
As a leading UK manufacturer the new look website has been designed to enhance and streamline the user experience, with improved usability across desktop and mobile platforms. As the use of smartphones becomes more prominent it is essential that our customers are able to view our products quickly and identify their nearest retailer easily whilst on the go.
Mark Hunter, Head of Marketing commented: “We’re excited to launch the new Be Modern Heating website; we’re confident that this site will ensure customers ethos and will play a key role in helping the business to drive new product and inform our customers.”
Bemodern Embark on FSC Journey
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is an international, not for profit organisation which promotes the responsible management of the world’s forests; protecting local wildlife and biodiversity as well as the sustainability of wood as a resource. Each year they celebrate the important work they do with an annual day of awareness - FSC® Friday.
Be Modern Group Ltd have long understood the importance of sustainability and have been proudly supporting FSC® Friday, holding their own chain of custody certification and selecting suppliers who support this vision.
EGGER is one such supplier, providing approved timber to Be Modern for its manufacture of fireplaces and surrounds. In support of FSC® Friday and to understand the origins of their timber based products Be Modern visited EGGER’s harvesting sites in Kidland Forest to follow the journey.
The enormity of the task of the Forestry Division was evident on arrival. Steep hills of Sitka Spruce trees lined the horizon at Kidland Forest; amongst them a Harvester methodically felled the wood whilst a Forwarder collected the logs and deposited them ready to be collected by a lorry later that day.
Thomas Coates, Area Manager of timber harvesting at EGGER explained “Any forest can be FSC® certified; as long as the owner of the land applies for certification and complies with the various standards set out for its management; one of the key requirements state that no more than 75% of the woodland should be one species of tree, to encourage biodiversity.
Typical rotation lengths in the UK for coniferous trees span between 35-50 year and at maturity the land owner will make a decision to fell, engaging companies such as EGGER Forestry to fell and dispatch the timber. Post felling, the land is once again planted with trees and the cycle continues.
Currently, the UK is felling approximately 11 million tonnes of standing timber each year with key forest areas including north England and south and west Scotland. Felling takes place all year round and each timber harvester is capable of felling between 450-600 trees each day.
As part of the forest visit, Be Modern were also shown a site which had been felled two years previously; the land had undergone a short period of dormancy to ensure no disease or pests are present when the land is replanted. Once planted, the young trees which will be closely monitored as they mature.
Approximately 70% of the harvested timber is sent to saw mills to be processed and used in building works and materials by companies such as Be Modern, leaving approximately 30% which will be sold as industrial roundwood and utilized in the wood based panel or pulp sectors. EGGER also source recycled wood materials from their customers and civic amenity sites to reuse in their wood panels which results in as much as 30% of the panels produced by EGGER being manufactured from recycled wood.
Sarah Robson, Marketing Assistant at Be Modern commented “Tracing the journey of the timber that makes our products, back to the forest from which they originate was a fantastic experience. Using sustainable resources in the manufacturing process not only ensures that there will be material for years to come, but it also means Be Modern are using a responsibly grown, harvested and treated product that customers can rely on. It reaffirms the value of our products and demonstrates our support for the responsible management of the world’s forests and all who work and live within them.”
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