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21st November 2014

 

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MX unveils new thermostatic mixer shower ranges

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Following hard on the heels of the recent launch of its new QI electric shower range and its new Expressions shower tray range with the hidden wastes, renowned bathroom and shower manufacturer MX Group has unveiled its latest offering to the bathroom sector - an impressive new range of thermostatic mixer shower valves offering its usual combination of incredible quality, great looking product, excellent warranties and keen pricing.
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Re-thinking sanitation in support of World Toilet Day

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To mark World Toilet Day 2014 on Wednesday 19th November, Roca and We Are Water Foundation are hosting a special event at Roca London Gallery.
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New Blum lift system available as a complete pack from LDL

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LDL is extending its popular range of Blum Aventos lift systems with the introduction of the new Aventos HK-XS entry model. To simplify ordering, all the components of the new system are offered as a complete pack and can be ordered using a single code, a unique feature of the LDL offer.
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A new way to light and heat a bathroom from Auratherm

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A new combination of features in bathroom and bedroom heating is shaking up the KBB sector.

The new product, from Auratherm - part of established electric heating company, Ecolec, offers heat and light with remote controls, incorporating a four hour timer and an LED dimmer switch. The Auratherm vision of controlled heat and light in one electric product with a mirror is an intelligent way to save effort and energy.
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Vanities fair

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Timeless, grand luxury belle epoque styling, subtle colours and elegant soft curves make the new vanity units from the fabulous Arcade bathrooms the perfect choice for a new bathroom - or for providing an instant facelift by replacing an old basin and pedestal.
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Stoves and Belling unveil new 90cm gas range cookers

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Glen Dimplex Home Appliances has unveiled a number of new 90cm gas range cookers across its Stoves and Belling brands.
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Manhattan makes heads turn, not just movies!

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Maintaining its modern mark with its all new Manhattan range and using a revolutionary new manufacturing process, Uform has introduced a new 22mm, integrated membrane-pressed door with a high gloss finish available in both white and alabaster.

Finished in a premium quality gloss foil that produces a mirror-like finish (minimising any orange peel effect); Manhattan offers exceptionally high quality and affordability for the handless look that seems like it's here to stay on the market.
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Crosswater adds 'Glitz' and 'Sparkle' to bathrooms this Christmas

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Bathroom specialist Crosswater is launching two new basin mixers from its Gallery collection, bringing a touch of hotel glamour to its offer. The chrome plated brass basin mixers are sleek and slender in shape, and are elegantly encrusted with stunning crystals to add a stylish and unique finish.
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Lixil Water Technology Group: A new global market leader to be born

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Tokyo-based Lixil Corporation has this week announced a new global operating model with four core technology business units to further globalise its business. The most notable change from this new model will be the creation of Lixil Water Technology Group, which integrates the Lixil Group's worldwide sanitaryware business including the Grohe Group and the American Standard Brands, effective 1st April 2015, pending relevant regulatory approvals and internal corporate procedures.
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Whirlpool launches new dishwashers with PowerDry option

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Whirlpool has launched some impressive new top of the range dishwashers for 2014 for both its built-in and freestanding collections. The new 6th Sense PowerClean dishwashers have a clever PowerDry option, which makes them the No.1 in cleaning and drying in just one hour.
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Abode's popular Connekt flushfit sink now available nationwide

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Abode's latest innovation, the Connekt Flushfit ultra slim sink, which was introduced at KBB earlier this year, is now available nationwide. Abode tells us that sales are proving that the market was ready for such an ultra slim sink, which can be flush fitted or inset and - when inset, sits no higher than a 2p piece.
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A report issued just this afternoon by Government-endorsed ‘find a tradesman’ scheme, TrustMark, could provide a useful tool for showroom sales staff who may otherwise struggle to sell the benefits of using the services of their kitchen, bathroom or bedroom fitters, to buyers who believe (often mistakenly) that they’ll be able to do just as good a job themselves.

Trustmark’s nationwide survey has revealed that a staggering 91% of British adults, when looking to buy a home, would reduce the offer they planned to make on a property that showed signs of poorly-done DIY, while more than half said that they would consider not offering at all.

But perhaps what’s more staggering is the amount of money involved, with an average reduction on the asking price of 11%. This would result in a loss of almost £40,000 for the average English home, or £60,149 in London.

Having to absorb this kind of reduction when you’re trying to buy a bigger or better home yourself can mean that your onward purchase is no longer affordable, so unless you’re a genius when it comes to DIY, it’s best off leaving it to the experts who carry out projects of this type day in, day out, rather than once in a blue moon.

As I said, these figures are certainly worth sharing with your customers if you have installation services to sell. You can read more, further down the page.

I’m going to be having a look at some of the latest bathroom and bedroom furniture and related products that will - like everything else - benefit from expert installation, when I visit the Sleep Event at London’s Business Design Centre on Wednesday and Thursday. I can’t wait to see what the exhibitors have in store…

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This Week's News

Brits turn 'do-it-yourself' into 'devalue-it-yourself'

Dodgy DIY by British homeowners may be devaluing the sale price of the average UK home: a staggering 91% of British adults would reduce their offer on homes with signs of poorly-done DIY by some amount, and over half (54%) would be less likely to put an offer in at all. What's more, Brits would reduce this offer by 11% on average, amounting to a loss of over £30,800 for the average English home. In the capital, this figure shoots up to £60,149.

According to the results published today from TrustMark, the Government-endorsed 'find a tradesman' scheme, homeowners' self-fuelled renovation projects can prove even more expensive in some instances.
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KBSA welcomes another new corporate member

The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has another new corporate member - BWT UK - part of the Best Water Technology (BWT) Group, which was founded by Joh. A. Benckiser in Schriesheim, Germany in 1823. BWT Group employs 2.643 people and its sales have steadily grown to reach over € 507.7 million last year.

The UK arm, BWT UK, is a UK leader in water treatment technology, supplying safe, high quality water treatment products for domestic and commercial use. The product offering includes luxury water appliances for the whole home and filtered drinking water for the kitchen.
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New report shows how healthy workplaces are managing stress

One-quarter of workers in Europe report feeling stressed at work all or most of the time - and a similar proportion say that work affects their health negatively. Psychosocial risks; for example, monotonous tasks, high work intensity, tight deadlines, work-life imbalance, violence and harassment from the public or from colleagues, contribute to work-related stress.

A new report, published as part of a Europe-wide campaign Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress gives a broad overview on psychosocial risks at European workplaces and gives examples on the way forward at political as well as company level -all illustrated with real-life examples and case studies.
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Max-Top masters monochrome

* Max-Top-Quartz.jpgKitchen worktop specialist Max-Top has seen sales of its monochrome Max-Top Quartz surfaces soar, revealing that they now account for over 70% of sales.

Five out of the 10 Max-Top Quartz finishes cater for the monochrome trend with Black Onyx and Diamond White the two best sellers to date.
Stephen Moss, managing director of Max-Top comments: "Since launching in July, we have seen sales of Max-Top Quartz grow steadily; however our monochrome finishes in particular seem to have really taken off.
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RBS names Propelair as successful innovator in the search for new 'green' inventions

Propelair has been selected to take part in the Royal Bank of Scotland Innovation Gateway after 26 finalists pitched their green inventions to a panel of judges, in a bid to test their new products in selected RBS buildings and branches in the UK.
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InSinkErator features in award winning sustainable home

* InSinkErator-H3300.jpgThe resource-saving InSinkErator steaming hot water tap features in the winning home of the Best Sustainable Project category for the regional LABC Building Excellence Awards 2014.

Fitted with some of the best energy saving devices and appliances on the market, the triumphant South Yorkshire and Humber build spans 600sq.m, but costs contractor and owner, Colin Goodwin, less than £1 per month in all fuel and electricity costs.
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Travis Perkins Group recognised as most improved in sector for Corporate Action on Deforestation

* front-cover-TravisP.jpgFor addressing the challenge of removing deforestation from its supply chain, the Travis Perkins Group has been recognised as the most improved company from 2013 in Industrials & Autos in CDP's 2014 global forests report, 'Deforestation-free supply chains: From commitments to action.'

The report looks at the disclosures from 152 companies from around the world, representing a market capitalisation of over US$3 trillion, which responded to the investor call for transparency and accountability on deforestation and forest-risk commodities. The report has been produced on behalf of 240 investors who together represent US$15 trillion in assets by CDP, the international NGO that drives sustainable economies.
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Lakes Bathrooms launches new site for mobile web

* LAKES-BATHROOMS-WEBSITE.jpgShower specialist Lakes Bathrooms has launched a new website with a fully responsive design to adapt to mobile and small screen formats.

The new site not only responds to the viewing screen, but is said to offer much wider choice for product selection, categorised not only by Collection, but also allowing visitors to browse based on space available and shape or type preference. Lakes Bathrooms says its investment in a new website is intended to improve accessibility for portable and wireless device visitors.
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New graphic catalogues available from ArtiCad

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The latest updated graphics catalogues are:
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Made to measure bathroom furniture from Ben de Lisi for unique spaces

* Ben-di-Lisi-furniture.jpgAmerican fashion and interiors designer, Ben de Lisi, has created beautiful bathroom furniture which is available to buy at Abacus Manufacturing Group via www.ben-de-lisi.com.

Along with standard options, Abacus can supply bespoke pieces. Each piece of furniture is handcrafted in the UK by Abacus' own team.

Examples include bespoke wood and colour veneers, individual sizes and demister pads for steam-free mirrored doors.
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Hobsons Choice acquires Stewart Carr Design, Bulthaup Winchester.

* hobsons_choice.jpgWiltshire-based luxury kitchen and bathroom design and installation company Hobsons Choice has this week announced that it has completed the acquisition of Winchester-based Bulthaup kitchen dealer, Stewart Carr Design.

The acquisition supports the Hobsons Choice vision to become a customer's first choice for Bulthaup kitchen design and installation.
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New national sales & marketing manager for Mereway Bathrooms

* Tony-McNeally.jpgMereway Bathrooms has announced the appointment of Tony McNeally as national sales and marketing manager.

Tony, formerly sales director at Hammonds Fitted Bedrooms succeeds Tim Wood, who after 17 years of successfully growing the business, has grasped the opportunity to take over the North London and East Anglia region as sales agent from the retiring Philip Bickell, in the New Year.
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Alno (UK) acquires Bradburys Group

* Alno.jpgAlno (UK) has acquired one of its most successful and longstanding independent dealers, Bradburys, which, it says, became a trading division of Alno (UK) on 31st October.

With its well-established kitchen retail showroom in Exeter celebrating over 17 years in business, plus a new Alno store opened in Bristol in 2013, Bradburys has been creating luxury Alno kitchens and providing a superb customer experience for many successful years.
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Utopia proudly presents the 12 dogs of Christmas!

* Storm-and-Buzz.jpgUtopia is reprising its popular Facebook Christmas promotion with this year's festive competition focusing on The 12 Dogs of Christmas. Last year's promotion celebrated the fascinating fact that Utopia employed 12 Daves but for 2014 it is employees' dogs that will take centre stage.
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Consumer Rights Bill 2015: Open house for rogue consumers?

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association's chief executive officer, Graham Ball, voices his concerns over this Bill, which is currently working its way through the House of Lords...
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BSI launches first global risk management standard for supply chains

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New arrangements regarding Liebherr in the UK

Liebherr-Hausgerate GmbH, responsible for the Liebherr Group's domestic appliances division, has decided to establish its own organisation in the UK, providing sales and service of Liebherr refrigerators and freezers in the future.
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Idiots on Ladders contest reaches new heights

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Now in its third year, the Idiots on Ladders contest held by the Ladder Association is currently having its most popular year ever. Part of the annual Ladder Exchange, the contest has already received more than 50 pictures highlighting the worst and most dangerous examples of ladder misuse.
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BAL looks to the future of health and safety Standards

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Building Adhesives Limited continues to lead on health & safety in the workplace, already preparing for International Standards two years ahead of their arrival.
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'Hot Water Burns Like Fire' campaign launched at the Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference 2014

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Amanda Redman MBE, actress and Patron of the Children's Burns Trust, attended the launch of the Hot Water Burns Like Fire campaign at the recent annual Bathroom and Kitchen Business Conference at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire.
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People

Blanco UK welcomes new marketing manager

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Blanco UK has appointed Ann-Marie Jones as the new Marketing Manager.
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Marketing

Abode strengthens social media channels

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As well as boasting a new website, which is brimming full of inspiration, stunning photography, product information and support, Abode has now strengthened and expanded the platforms on which to communicate, more readily, with its customers and consumers, via social media.
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Hafele announces winner of national trade competition

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A carpenter from Herefordshire is celebrating success after winning £5,000 in a competition with home solutions specialists, Hafele UK.
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KBB NTG's new website is designed to work on mobile devices

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The Kitchens, Bedrooms, Bathrooms National Training Group (KBBNTG) has recently launched a new website, which has a fresh and contemporary look and has been designed to work on mobile devices, making it easier to use when visitors are out and about.
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Literature

Saniflo unveils new Kinedo brochure

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In response to a growing demand for shower cubicles, Saniflo has launched a new Kinedo brochure, which showcases the stunning new cubicle models with striking photography and also demonstrates the benefits of shower cubicles.
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