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17th April 2015


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Striking new thermostatic showering from Burlington

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This month has seen leading traditional sanitaryware brand Burlington further extend its reach in to the showering market. A brand new range of thermostatically-controlled, 10 year guaranteed TMV2 showers is now available from the classically styled brand to further increase the portfolio of products.

SBID International Design Awards 2015 now open

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The SBID International Design Awards 2015 are now open for submissions. Since its inception in 2011, the SBID Awards has served to recognise, reward and celebrate all design excellence, from super luxury projects to innovative design and new talent on limited budgets.

Blanco launches new CombiColour shade for Silgranit sinks

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As the interiors trend for all things grey continues, Blanco Germany, one of the largest manufacturers of granite sinks worldwide, has unveiled a brand new CombiColour shade for its Silgranit series - Pearl Grey. Sleek, sophisticated and contemporary, Pearl Grey is a muted mid-grey shade that complements the natural grain of wooden cabinetry as well as the high sheen finish of gloss lacquered units.

Whirpool launches new Absolute design built-in and freestanding appliance range

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Whirlpool has launched a new and innovative Absolute design range of stylish built-in and freestanding appliances.

Angular and artistic: the new Tratto from MHS Radiators

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MHS Radiators has added the modern and elegant Tratto to its collection of radiators and towel rails.

Striking new thermostatic showering from Burlington

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This month has seen leading traditional sanitaryware brand Burlington further extend its reach in to the showering market. A brand new range of thermostatically-controlled, 10 year guaranteed TMV2 showers is now available from the classically styled brand to further increase the portfolio of products.

Leisure Sinks meets the university challenge

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Fifteen Linear LR1160DB stainless steel double bowl sinks from Leisure Sinks have been installed as part of a refurbishment of the Moor Lane Halls development, Preston. The 99-bedroom apartment block has 15 communal kitchens, each shared by up to seven students.

Utopia extends Qube range with new floorstanding option

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Utopia Furniture Group is extending the popular Qube range with the addition of floorstanding options, co-ordinating bath panels and full height toilet units.

More than 160 new products unveiled by Croydex for 2015

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Quick-fix Click 'N' Lock bathroom furniture, illuminated mirrors and rust free wire ware are among more than 160 new products featured in the latest catalogue from Croydex.

Gorenje signs Sirius Buying Group as an official supplier

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Appliance manufacturer Gorenje has announced the appointment of Sirius Buying Group as an official UK supplier. As a result of this partnership, Sirius will be able give its members access to Gorenje's entire portfolio of products, including new lines added for 2015.

Manufacturing apprentice talks about learning safety and new skills, in unison

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The British Safety Council's priority is to raise young people's awareness of health and safety risks. A new video, Manufacturing risks: an apprentice's view, features Leila, a young apprentice engineer, walking a production line while she talks about risk and learning new skills.

Tradesmen call upon future government to increase availability of skilled workers through support for apprenticeships

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UK tradesmen, ahead of 2015 elections, are calling for Government support to increase the availability of skilled workers through the encouragement of apprenticeships, according to new research conducted by multi-channel retailer Screwfix.

Infrarad - the smart way to heat it up

Working in a different way to other forms of heating, infrared heating potentially consumes half the energy required to run conventional radiators so can heat a commercial or residential property for less than the cost of older, inefficient gas and oil boilers. Infrared heating also substantially cuts electricity bills where it replaces an electric boiler, electric convector heaters, storage heaters or electric space heaters.

A colourful future for classic kitchen design

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Contemporary-classic is without doubt the stand out trend for 2015 - the merging of classical and contemporary says schueller. From the muted colours of a more historic palette used across contemporary designs and finishes, to modern high gloss fronts on classical country style cabinets, it's all about creating options that suit both personal style and architectural surrounding.

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According to the Office for National Statistics report released this morning, there are 31.05 million people in work - 248,000 more than for September to November 2014 and 557,000 more than for this time last year. These figures support the findings of the Screwfix’s Trade Pulse report, (see news below) which reports that 97% of UK tradespeople taking part in the survey say they are in work and reveals that nearly one in six are so busy they have more work than they can handle.

With the General Election just a couple of weeks away, I’m wondering how things will pan out over the coming year and keeping my fingers crossed that whoever’s elected doesn’t put the kybosh on everything!

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As you’ll know if you’re a regular reader of my leaders, I’m really big on environmental issues and proud to be involved in an industry that’s working so hard to reduce the volume of water we use as we go about our lives. I thought you might be interested then in news of some new technology that’s not a kbb product as such but one that could be used to reduce water consumption in your company vehicles as well as your own car.

WiperFill is an inline, under-bonnet system that converts rainwater (or other liquids near the windscreen area) into wiper fluid or antifreeze. It collects water at the base of the windscreen and directs it into its multi-chamber mixing device to produce clean, spot-free cleaning and antifreeze fluid, using wiper fluid and/or antifreeze concentrates to achieve the right saturation level. No – I’m not on a commission or anything, but was inspired by the thought of how much clean tap water could be saved if we all fitted one of these in the vehicles for which we’re responsible! For details, visit www.wiperfill.com



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Jan Hobbs


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This Week's News

Jobs growth is encouraging but we need to see improvements in productivity and pay

* Mark-Beatson.jpgCommenting on the labour market statistics released today by the Office for National Statistics, Mark Beatson, Chief Economist at the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, the professional body for HR and people development, said:

“The last set of statistics before the General Election show jobs growth continues on its upwards trend. 

British Ceramic Tile launches Trace, a new premium ceramic tile collection in collaboration with Conran and Partners

* BCT-TRACE.jpgBritish Ceramic Tile is poised to launch a new high-end collection for 2015 in partnership with Conran and Partners; the collaborative British design studio founded by Sir Terence Conran working across brand, product, interiors and architecture.

The company has worked closely with Conran and Partners to produce a contemporary, yet commercial, ceramic collection with broad appeal. Known as Trace, the collection blends contemporary design with an on-trend colour palette, coupling strong structural forms with tactile design.

Renowned designers head up an impressive line-up of showroom content for upcoming Clerkenwell Design Week

* Designers.jpgInternationally renowned designers David Adjaye, Michael Young and Patrizia Moroso are among the highlights which make the strong list of over 80 showrooms the key destinations for visitors to this year's Clerkenwell Design Week (19-21 May 2015), sponsored by Renault.

The festival, now in its sixth edition, will see leading UK and international showrooms showcase an array of designs from contemporary contract furniture to material innovation and high-end kitchen and bathrooms.

New compact wall-hung basin: the best option for a smaller bathroom

* Compact_Wallhung.jpgDesigned to make the most of the limited area in the typical British bathroom, Compact from Britton now offers even more space-saving options with the addition of wall hung semi pedestal basins and a wall hung WC that complete the range and make it one of the most comprehensive space-saving ranges available.

MHS Radiators unveils new retail catalogue

* NEW-MHS-Rad-cat.jpgFollowing a successful 2014, MHS Radiators has expanded its product portfolio and launched a brand new, 72-page retail catalogue for 2015. The new brochure contains details of the company's vast array of radiators and towel rails, while also showcasing an extensive palette of new colours and textured finishes.

Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group announces annual members' meeting

* KBBG-Annual-Members-Meeting.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group (KBBG), part of the Der Kreis Group, has announced that its Annual Members' Meeting will take place on Monday, 18th May 2015 hosted by the Miele Company at the manufacturer's Experience Centre in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

A day of lively discussion, sharing of ideas and the opportunity to meet some of our industry's leading suppliers are all promised on the agenda, as well as the presence of the eclectic guest speaker Wayne Hemingway.

Baumatic appoints C&F Quadrant as exclusive distributor for Ireland

* Baumatic-Premium.jpgFollowing the appointment of Leaker Direct as exclusive distributor for Scotland in February, Baumatic, part of the Hoover Candy Group, has announced the appointment of C&F Quadrant as exclusive distributor for Ireland.

Trend Bedrooms launch hailed a resounding success

* Graham-Jones.jpgThe launch of Trend Bedrooms has been hailed a resounding success as more than 70 retailers have taken it on board.

The new bedroom collection, launched earlier this year, joins the hugely successful Trend Interiors brand that now offers the full portfolio of kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.

The new range is based on extensive research into the market place to provide a more comprehensive, competitively priced product that is easy to sell, design, order and fit.

Busy start to 2015 for UK tradespeople - 97% are in work

* Screwfix_Trade_Pulse.jpg2015 has got off to a busy start for UK tradespeople, according to new research released by multi-channel retailer, Screwfix. An impressive 97% of the plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters and other tradesmen questioned in Screwfix's Trade Pulse report are currently working.

In fact, nearly one in six are so busy they have more work than they can handle and 78% have enough work to keep them busy, compared with 74% for the same period last year and only 72% in 2013.

Abode launches latest exclusive retailer tap promotion

* Abode-2015-catalogue.jpgThe latest kitchen tap display promotion for Abode retailers has been launched and will run until the end of June 2015.

The latest kitchen tap display promotion for Abode retailers has been launched and will run until the end of June 2015.  

The contemporary tap promotion runs across four of Abode’s best-selling taps in chrome finish only – Verla, Linear Nero, Fliq and Atik - at a very tempting price, as long as all four taps are installed on display within showrooms.

Dave's quarter of a century milestone

* Dave-Carmody.jpgCelebrating 25 years of delivering excellent customer service on behalf of Sigma 3, the parent company of Masterclass Kitchens, Dave Carmody was recognised for his loyalty to the business recently.

Three AEG Grassroots rugby teams have won the training session of a lifetime!

* AEG-Grassroots.jpgThe winners of the AEG Grassroots competition for a training session with a Rugby Legend have been chosen. They are:

* Letterkenny RFC U14s from Co Donegal, Ireland,
* Abercwmboi RFC U12s from the Cynon Valley, Wales and
* Trojans U14s from Southampton

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News in Brief

New products joining Moduleo’s Select vinyl flooring collection are of increased thickness for greater durability – T: 01332 851 500‘Mist’,  joins Ivory and Pistachio in PJH Group’s Picasso Painted Collection of Moods bathroom furniture - T: 0800 877 8899 … Hoover is launching ‘Dynamic Next’ - a new generation of cooling and laundry appliances – T: 0151 334 2781 … Roman tells us it is eagerly preparing its new showering products for launch at the May Design Series – T: 01325 311318

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Recent News

iKBBI & TFO announce strategic collaboration

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In what will be the first of two exciting announcements over the next few weeks, The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers announced this week a strategic collaboration with The Furniture Ombudsman - the independent and non-profit-making dispute resolution service dedicated to the furniture industry.

InSinkErator showcases the most colourful range in the market at the Ideal Home Show

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Free installer events in the East of England to support green growth

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SustainaBuild is offering a range of targeted, up-to-the-minute events and networking opportunities designed to equip small and medium sized installation businesses in the construction industry to grow and access new and existing markets.

Karonia director in 269ft charity abseil

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Andrew Pickup, Karonia director, abseiled 269ft down the CLV building in Leeds on Saturday 28th March along with two fellow band members from The Turnarounds in aid of the Stroke Association.

Home repairs left undone by over 65s through fear of finding good tradesmen

Anxiety surrounding finding trustworthy tradespeople is leaving older people across the country struggling with home repairs. New research released by TrustMark, the Government endorsed find-a-tradesperson scheme, has revealed that almost a quarter (23%) of 65+ year olds don’t know where to find information and are not confident when it comes to choosing a tradesman to carry out work in their homes.

Forget bonus culture and use behavioural science to boost employee motivation, says new CIPD report

Reward specialists and HR professionals could significantly increase employee motivation with a better understanding of the science behind the impact of pay and reward on employee behaviour. That's according to new research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, the professional body for HR and people development.

One in three trade businesses delivers poor customer service over the phone

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The quality of customer service in the UK is being undermined by an over-reliance on websites and emails according to new research by alldayPA.
The survey, which questioned 1,000 members of the public, found that many businesses - including trade businesses (e.g. plumbers, builders, etc.) are losing the art of conversation, offering poor service to customers over the phone.

Register my appliance supports Government smoke alarm campaign

Register my appliance, AMDEA's safety campaign, is supporting the Government 'Tick Tock Test', which is urging the public to test their smoke alarms when the clocks go forward over the weekend of 28th/29th March.

Franke angry at lack of support for UK manufacturing

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Franke Sissons, which has been manufacturing for over 230 years, has headed a hard-hitting parliamentary discussion to outline the lack of surveillance for genuine CE Marking, required by UK law, on products fitted in commercial buildings.


ArtiCAD on major recruitment drive to achieve significant growth

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CAD software specialist for the KBB industry, ArtiCAD, has announced a number of new appointments as part of the company's strategy for significant growth over the course of the next few years.

New sales & design director for Alno Contracts

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Alno Contracts has announced the appointment of a new sales & design director based at its Sevenoaks office.


KBSA announces new social media campaign

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The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that its 2015 social media campaign will headline its Twitter (consumer) activity, and it that it has worked with corporate members Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, and Swift Electrical to offer a monthly prize for consumers who retweet.

Dream Doors an eight-time winner at Franchise Marketing Awards

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Kitchen makeover franchise, Dream Doors, has become an eight-time award winner in the Franchise Marketing Awards (FMAs), the national awards ceremony that recognises the franchise industry's most innovative and effective marketing campaigns.


British Ceramic Tile predicts trends set to influence the tile world with Tile Trend Edit brochure launch

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Statement marbles, eclectic geometrics and opulent metallics are just some of trends set to sweep the tile world this year, according to the design experts at British Ceramic Tile.

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