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15th December 2017

 

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Bosch and Siemens home appliances make the mark

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BSH Home Appliances, manufacturer of the Bosch, Neff, Siemens and Gaggenau brands, tells us it is proud to announce that a wide range of its Bosch and Siemens appliances will carry the respected Quiet Mark approval programme award.

With open plan living becoming more and more the norm in our homes, as well as our preference for wood flooring and shutters rather than sound-absorbing carpeting and curtains; our quest for quieter appliances is ever-increasing.
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Gorenje searches for a new strategic partner following net profit announcement

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Kitchen appliance manufacturer, Gorenje, has announced a 12% growth in the first nine months of 2017, which equates to a net profit of €4.6m, and a 5% sales increase of €944m.

The company has also revealed that it is now seeking a suitable partner and potential shareholder to be in place by the end of Q3 2018.
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Rearo launches new range targeting the bathroom makeover market

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A family-owned Scottish manufacturer has launched a new range of shower wall panels to target the growing demand for a design-led, 'straight over tiles' solution to upgrade bathrooms.

Glasgow-based Rearo believes the new range will accelerate demand for luxury shower panels which do away with the need to replace tiles.
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Selco Builders Warehouse now offers comprehensive Wilsonart laminate worktop collection

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Wilsonart UK has launched a new range of versatile laminate worktops into Selco Builders Warehouse. The new range includes a collection of 27 decors in a choice of square edge and post formed profiles. There are nine different textures in a mix of stone, contemporary timbers, and sparkle designs.
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New Product Guide from MHS showcases the latest in radiator design

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MHS Radiators has unveiled its new retail Product Guide for 2017/18, featuring a superb range of Designer, Multi Column, Aluminium and Cast Iron radiators, as well as a stunning selection of towel rails and valves.
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Luxury island living with Mark Taylor Design

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British manufacturer Mark Taylor Design is renowned for its superlative bespoke furniture and joinery and for its creative use of materials, which is exemplified by this simply stunning, unique copper and blue kitchen.
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New, exclusive brand and range of small domestic appliances for Euronics agents

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Electrical buying group Combined Independents (Holdings), part of Euronics, has launched an exclusive new brand and range of small domestic appliances. The Linsar range includes a colourful and stylish collection of kettles and matching toasters, available exclusively to Euronics agents.
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Smart new finishes join the Elite

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Crosswater is delighted to present two exciting new finishes to its ever-popular Elite bathroom furniture collection. The new colours to choose from join the celebrated original options of White Gloss, Steel and Walnut to provide a range of unique finishes designed to suit all bathroom schemes.
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Discover the unexpected with HD Galvanised from British Ceramic Tile

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Industrial chic takes centre stage with British Ceramic Tile's new HD Galvanised collection. Offering a sense of the unexpected, this new range of metal-effect ceramic tiles brings new surface textures to walls for a look that's completely different.
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Franke's new electronic 4-in-1 tap offers instant 100 degree C boiling and cold filtered water

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Franke has launched the Minerva 4-in-1 Electronic tap, the company's first digitally controlled tap with simple push-button functionality, offering enhanced convenience and user-friendliness with pre-set 30 and 60 second programmes that dispense two litres of water, ideal for filling pans, teapots, cafetieres and jugs with instant filtered boiling or filtered cold water.
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Important environmental award for bedding manufacturer

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We normally cover beds but not bedding in KBzine, but with a story as good as this one, we just had to give it a mention... The environmental best practice by one of the UK's largest manufacturers of filled bedding products - Trendsetter International - has been recognised with a Gold award for Engineering and Manufacturing at the Green Apple Awards.
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Set up and sell in a Nano

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Macdee Wirquin has created this new counter-top merchandiser to encourage a quick and easy sale of its innovative Nano 6.7 all-in-one basin waste and trap. This new Point of Sale merchandising box has been designed to sit on a trade counter and holds six Nano 6.7 Quick Clac boxes, so easily collected by the installer.
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A five-metre high Christmas tree, made from 600 reused green plastic bottles, is being lit-up over the holiday period in Bognor Regis town centre, to highlight the need for us to recycle as much as possible. I thought I'd help spread the word, to those who aren't likely to venture into Bognor anytime soon. Pretty impressive, eh?

What isn't impressive is that in West Sussex, residents are recycling just 59% (c.166 million) of their plastic bottles, which means that 41% (c.262 million) end up either in the bin or blighting the landscape. Just imagine how many bottles are not recycled when they could be, throughout the UK... throughout the world...* Bognor-tree.jpg

I know the reports about the volume of plastics found in our rivers and oceans, and that which has made its way into the fish we eat and the water we drink, has alerted us to the damage that carelessly disposed of plastics can cause. But it's not just plastics which are the issue...

There have been so many advertisements in recent weeks for sofas, carpets, beds and furniture and even kitchens and bathrooms, with the strapline: 'Guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas'. They're probably successful in terms of creating a need. Perhaps the thought wasn't there before, that we actually wanted to replace what we currently enjoy, with something new... that we ought to replace it now, before any Christmas guests arrive and thus enhance our Christmas in some way. Clever marketing...

Most companies now offer to remove the goods we're replacing. My question is, what happens to these goods - many of which are probably still completely serviceable items that would be adored by those whose own belongings are not quite as up to date or in great condition? Are they recycled, or are they simply dumped?

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This Week's News

Date set for KBSA Annual Conference

* KBSA-awards-dinner.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has started the ball rolling with regard to next year's Annual Conference, setting the date for Wednesday 12th September.

Building on last year's event - considered by many to be the best yet, the all-day conference will begin at 09:00 and culminate in the awards dinner later in the day.

That's all we can reveal at the moment... further news will be revealed early 2018.

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Abode introduces Serenitie bathroom taps in rose gold

* Abode-Serenitie.jpgThe Abode ranges of bathroom brassware and showers are created with a perfect blend of design, performance, functionality and quality. A new 'on trend' finish has been added to the Serenitie range - Rose Gold - which is right up-to-date with the predicted colour trends for 2018 and is available now through Abode's distribution partners.

The new finish joins the conically designed family of Serenitie which features the popular and easy to operate, cross head handle design.
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Hotpoint Multiflow ovens perfect for the festive season

* Hotpoint_Jamie-Oliver.jpgHotpoint has partnered with brand ambassador Jamie Oliver to inspire consumers to get cooking this festive period and create special food memories with friends and family.

In preparation for the season, and to ensure a stress-free kitchen, the two are encouraging consumers to get familiar with their ovens.
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Blanco announces 75% discount on popular Etagon sink and/or Panera-S stainless steel tap

* Blanco-Etagon-sink.jpgBlanco UK is offering retailers a 75% discount on any Blanco Etagon sink and/or Panera-S stainless steel tap when purchased for displays from today to 31st January 2018.

The Panera-S features a pull-out spray with an innovative control button at the top of the handle for convenience. The spray can be easily directed into the sink bowl and, with a simple click of a button, it can be changed from a clear or a spray jet of water - perfect for washing large pots and pans.
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Tile Trader's 'Tiling for a Good Cause' winner announced

* Tile-Trader-Good-Cause.jpgComplete Kidz, a community interest company in the West Midlands, has been crowned the winner of a bespoke tiling makeover worth £500 to transform its community centre.

The ;Tiling for a Good Cause' initiative, hosted by online retailer Tile Trader.co.uk, called on members of the public to nominate a space in their local area in need of a tiling makeover. Entrants were asked to submit a short description detailing how they would like the nominated space to be transformed with tiles.
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Sofia so good from MHS Radiators

* Sofia-Sparkling-Grey.jpgMHS Radiators has introduced Sofia - a new steel towel rail which is available in central heating and electric options. Boasting a bold cylindrical frame, adorned with flat rectangular tubes, this stylish heat emitter is complemented by a combination of high heat outputs and a plethora of finishes - allowing it to effortlessly dry and warm numerous towels, while creating a visual impact in any space.

The Sofia is also reversible, so the vertical tubes can either be on the left or right hand side.
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Franke's innovative M-Box makes boiling water tap installation faster and easier

* Franke-M-Box.jpgAimed at streamlining and simplifying the installation of its Minerva boiling water taps, Franke has developed the innovative new M-Box, allowing the fitting of a Minerva in as little as 20 minutes.

The M-Box has no single parts, just one compact box containing Franke Pro M filter, inlet combination, mixing valve set, gasket set and control box.
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Heat up your home with AmberDry Foil Mats

* AmberDry-jeans-feet.jpgThe AmberDry underfloor heating Foil Mat offers the perfect solution for keeping every house warm and cosy.
With an aluminium dissipation layer for even heat, the simple to use AmberDry mats can be hidden under floors, banishing any space saving problems.

Suited to floating laminate and engineered wood floor finishes, the easy to install heating system removes any requirement for a latex layer which means it can be inserted directly under wood floor.
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Vado announces launch of new VIV App

* VIV.jpgVado has announced the launch of VIV; a highly innovative, augmented reality (AR) platform. VIV allows customers to view Vado's bathroom brassware in full-scale 3D from the convenience of their home via a mobile or tablet device.

This compelling new platform brings all of Vado's premium bathroom brassware to life, including favourites such as Kovera, Edit and the ly launched Omika. By simply scanning unique Vado trackers, you can view an augmented 3D model that perfectly replicates the scale, size and intricate details of every product, from mono basin mixers to shower valves and accessories.
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Three new marketing appointments at PWS

* PWS-3.jpgPWS, one of the UK's leading distributors of kitchen components, is ending 2017 by expanding its marketing team, with a trio of new appointments.

Jessica Inglis joins the Newton Aycliffe based company as the PR and communications manager, overseeing all public relations and strategic communication across the UK. With over six years' marketing and PR experience within various industry sectors, including global fashion retailers, Jessica has built up a vast and comprehensive knowledge of the media industry.
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CIH Chairman Robin Millwood says industry must pull together to increase margins

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Combined Independents (Holdings) Chairman Robin Millwood has called on the industry to pull together to increase margins, singling out retailers in particular as being able to do more.

Speaking at the suppliers' lunch, at London's Dorchester Hotel, Robin said:
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Conran collaboration secures gold for VitrA

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VitrA secured a gold award for 'Collaboration with a Designer' for its inspirational Eternity accessories range, designed by Sebastian Conran, at the recent Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards.
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BiKBBI Installer of The Year 2017: LSI Interiors

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Congratulations to British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation member Layne Ives of LSI Interiors, who has been awarded the Installer of The Year Award at the ek&bbusiness Awards & Review 2017 ceremony in Central London.
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Going for gold: Bushboard's Options collection recognised for Material Innovation

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Congratulations to Bushboard for winning the Gold Award for Material Innovation, with its Options collection, at the 2017 Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards. Now in their 15th year, the awards celebrate the very best talent in kitchen and bathroom design.
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Armitage Shanks closes bicentenary celebrations with gala evening

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One of Britain's oldest businesses, Armitage Shanks, has culminated its bicentenary celebrations with a gala evening, which included rewards for colleagues as well as celebrity performances.
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British Ceramic Tile takes customers on a tour with tiles

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When is a biscuit not a biscuit? When it's a tile. It's all these small details and more that are brought to life in British Ceramic Tile's new corporate video, launched to the trade this month.
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Abode supports the Ochre charity this Christmas

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For the past few years Abode has been wishing its customers and distributor partners 'Seasons Greetings' with a merry e-Christmas card. Instead of spending money on hundreds of Christmas cards, the caring Abode company has helped many people by donating money to different charities.
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Market growth in integrated MDAs expected to continue

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A new report from industry analyst JKMR highlights how integrated major domestic appliances sales growth is continuing to outperform that of the overall fitted kitchen market.
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Roca wins gold at Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards

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The new Roca In-Wash Inspira smart toilet has won a gold award in the Innovation in Technology category at the recent Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards.
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Sleep success for Bushboard

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Sleep, the exciting hotel design event during November, has been an enormous success for Bushboard Nuance bathroom wall panelling. The company, which is aiming to change outdated perceptions about bathroom wall panelling, demonstrated the product on the stand with a live water feature alongside a seamless wetroom display.
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BAL at Skills London

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BAL has teamed up with CITB (Construction Industry Training Body) and The Tile Association to demonstrate the benefits of a career in wall and floor tiling and other trades at Skills London - the UK's biggest jobs and career events for 15-24-year olds.
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Modern Homes launches partnership with fine dining chef

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Kitchen, bathroom and bedroom retailer, Modern Homes, has launched a new partnership, 'Yes Chef Dining' that will offer exciting food-related benefits and opportunities for its clients and expand their businesses.
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Marketing

Samsung announces new '100-day promise'

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Samsung is giving its customers the opportunity to be sure they've made a worthwhile investment with its new '100-Day Promise'.

The money back guarantee is available for customers who buy a Samsung QuickDrive washing machine or Family Hub fridge and register online anytime between now until the 31st January 2018.
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Your chance to win a Christmas hamper...

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Hafele UK is currently running a fun Christmas competition on its Facebook page where anyone can win a Christmas #HafeleHamper with items worth more than £700.

The hamper includes a Smeg coffee machine, power tools for the home handyman, bottles of Prosecco, Christmas crackers, and other great Christmas treats.
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