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16th February 2018
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The Kinemagic Serenity Plus is a high quality, all-in-one shower cubicle that has been designed to fit in exactly the same space as a standard bath and can be installed with the minimum fuss and hassle.
One of the products taking centre stage will be the Rauvisio Crystal Mirror. Technically known as polymeric glass, Crystal Mirror is one of the most advanced mirror materials in the world, and is a great alternative to mirrored glass.
Not everyone wants a towel ring, or has the space for a standard 60cm rail. Recognising the shift in trend towards smaller, minimalist bathrooms, the new shorter rails have been developed to satisfy this market need.
The sorting bin comes with a lid to cover the bin when not in use and is integrated with a sorting compartment which is fitted with a space-saving waste pipe to collect the waste cuttings.
Keeping up to date with current trends, Keller Kitchens creates a perfect kitchen for every customer.
Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, the Slovenian-manufacturer's commitment to the campaign for safer appliances is a step in the right direction towards tackling the industry-wide issue.
As someone who's needed to have a new bathroom fitted for more years than I care to remember (and when I say 'needed' I don't mean because I'm bored with my old one, but that it's no longer functioning properly), it hit home when I learned this week that consumer confidence is currently delaying sales by up to six months.
Yes. According to new statistics following a 'Webrooming vs Showrooming' study of 1,000 UK consumers, conducted by ecommerce agency PushON (www.pushon.co.uk) 24% of customers spend up to six months on research before making a considered purchase.
Only six months?
It appears that when looking to buy a luxury item, such as a new kitchen, 28% of consumers will typically spend up to a month properly researching the options available before making a decision. And 7% are even taking over six months - stating they need to be confident they have made a good purchasing decision.
The research also found that people are now combining online and in-store shopping, with 79% saying they've found an expensive product online that they've liked, but have then gone in store to make the final purchase so they can see what the item looks like in reality.
It also works the other way, with almost as many saying they've bought an expensive item online, once they've examined it in store. The research was carried out to highlight consumers' shopping preferences and learn how retailers need to improve the shopping experience to support customers right through to the point of sale. "It's clear from the research that consumers don't feel confident enough to make expensive purchasing decisions straight away and are taking a long time to research all their options to make a final choice that they know they'll be happy with," says PushON's Sam Rutley. "Several factors affect customer decisions... price, customer service, product quality, delivery options...
Shoppers want to make sure they're getting the best deal for their money and it's up to retailers to close the purchasing gap by providing a truly omni-channel experience and engaging with shoppers on various channels to build better relationships. This way shoppers will have all the information they need to make an informed decision and then follow through with that purchase." While I agree with what Sam's saying, my issue is that there's simply too much choice! Perhaps my upcoming visit to KBB Birmingham will help narrow things down for me...
This Week's News
Peer-to-peer business lending specialist ArchOver CEO Angus Dent outlines the lessons to be learned from Carillion's demise, and the steps smaller businesses should take to ensure they won't be hurt by future failures.
As the dust begins settling on the collapse of Carillion, we move to the damage assessment phase - but question marks remain over the fate of at least 43,000 jobs. Some 30,000+ small businesses are thought to be owed money by the firm, and although credit insurers have confirmed that they will pay out compensation totalling £30 million, this only accounts for a small portion of the debt owed.
VitrA UK, one of Europe's leading bathroom manufacturers and part of the international Eczacibasi Group, has been recognised by the UK Over 50's Housing Award, for its considerable efforts to address the needs of our ageing population. Latest figures from the National Office for Statistics show that between 1976 and 2016 there was a 3.8 percentage point increase in the proportion of people aged 65 and over. It is projected to continue to grow to a quarter of the population by 2046.
'Inclusive Bathroom Design - As We Age', a publication prepared jointly by VitrA and Sheffield Hallam University's Lab4Living within the Art & Design Research Centre, has won the 'Most Innovative Design for Ageing' award in the UK Over 50s Housing Awards 2017.
The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association is offering a selection of strictly time limited discounts on membership and tickets for the Annual Conference, as part of its celebrations to mark its 40th anniversary.
The details will be announced at KBB Birmingham next month and members and new members will be able to take advantage of the special deals when they visit the stand.
Blanco UK has redefined sensor technology to make life in the kitchen easier. The Solenta-S tap has a manual or hands-free Start-Stop mode. With a near field sensor detection located in the hose arm, unwanted activation is prevented.
Utilising a professional design, the stainless steel product is elevated with a precise magnetic spray holder for user accessibility. Designed for convenience, the Solenta-S is available with the lever on either the left or right side making it a perfect match for user's preferences.
Subject as it is to the influences of consumer and business spending levels, construction output and underlying economic trends, the wall and floor tiles market delivered a strong performance between 2014 and 2017 with overall growth of 8%.
However, growth rates have slowed to around 2% in 2016-17 with this more modest growth scenario likely to be a feature of the market into the medium- term. Key factors that have underpinned the market over the last two years have included strong demand from both contract and residential end-use sectors as well design and innovation trends that have added value to products.
Brexit negotiations present both challenges and opportunities within the construction industry, according to kitchen fitter TACF, whose owner Dominic Lewis is calling on British talent to seize the opportunity as the number of migrant workers in London and beyond may see decline in coming years.
"Over a quarter of a million jobs in the UK within the construction industry are currently under threat, most of which are in the capital, as Brexit continues to have an impact," he claims.
Roca, the world leader in creating imaginative, beautifully designed and sustainable bathroom solutions, will be unveiling innovative new designs at kbb Birmingham. At the show, which takes place from 4-7 March 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham, Roca will be launching its eagerly-awaited Beyond and Carmen collections as well as exhibiting the new Armani/Roca range.
Stephen Munton, the ex-electrical retailer who now heads up the Domestic Cleaning Alliance, writes in response to a leader in which I asked whether I'm naive to think that appliance sellers should be required to take the customer's contact details for inclusion on a national register, to aid product recall...
No, you are not naive in my opinion. With online purchasing being what it is now, names and addresses are being given out left, right, and centre, so it's surely a case that all the computer systems should talk to each other so that what is taken from the retailer gets sent straight to the manufacturer?
Goodness knows if I can stand in the bank paying in cash and get a text message to confirm the transaction before I have even said goodbye to the cashier, that proves how fast things can work.
For anyone looking to give their bedroom a modern, luxe-look update, the Victoria sleigh bed is a perfect choice. A stunning Chesterfield design with an elegant 150cm high statement headboard, it nods to the biggest interiors trends of the year with its crushed velvet upholstery, pale grey colourway and subtle metallic shimmer.
Throughout the event, the company will be revealing its largest showcase of new product launches to date, reflecting the latest bathroom trends and advancements across all its individual brands, from Crosswater and Burlington, to Clearwater and Britton.
The pre-fitted cam and dowel design results in a cabinet build time of less than two minutes and the carcases come pre-routered so that an installer simply lines them up to fit the company's Vero rail system.
Available now from stock, the 364-page index includes the expanded Cartmel range, which has trebled in size to incorporate 10 fashionable colours available from stock. The Trade Index also includes appliances for the first time after the company introduced a 99-strong range of built-in and freestanding appliances under the NordMende brand in Summer 2017.
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"With the news this week of the creation of a new Office for Product Safety and Standards, it seems at last that there are signs of Government taking a serious interest in consumer safety in the home.
The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) has this week launched an exciting new insurance service which provides a wide range of robust commercial insurance products to the KBB industry.
"The use of cash retentions is commonplace in the construction industry. Some £3 billion of retentions remain outstanding in the UK construction industry at any one time. With the collapse of Carillion, however, has the industry had enough?
Paul will work closely with architects and designers within the highly competitive contract market.