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26th May 2017


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Enjoy a night in on the tiles with the Spring Summer Ted Baker Collection from British Ceramic Tile

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British Ceramic Tile has extended its partnership with global lifestyle brand Ted Baker, introducing a standout new collection of tiles for 2017. Featuring a stylish selection of Ted's signature prints, each new range blends strong fashion influences with expert manufacturing techniques. Who needs a night on the tiles, when you have all you need for entertaining at home?

The new Indesit chest freezers easily adapt to consumer shopping needs

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Indesit has introduced a new range of chest freezers (100 litre or 250 litre capacities) that can be switched between cooling and freezing modes on demand.

LDL launches new PEKA Fioro range

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Leading distributor LDL Components is now stocking the brand new Fioro pull-out shelving system from PEKA, the Swiss manufacturer of premium quality storage solutions and accessories.

Franke's updated WDU range now includes anti-bacterial protection

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Franke's updated range of Waste Disposal Units, Turbo Elite, features a new space- saving model, the slimline TE-75S, and all now benefit from anti-bacterial odour protection for added hygiene.

Alchemy - PWS's new classic brand for the modern era

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PWS has launched Alchemy, its new, classic kitchen brand. Alchemy defines what classic means to today's consumers, following in-depth market and consumer research, coupled with an understanding of historical architecture and interior influences.

Get into the groove

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The perfect combination of style and substance, the new Groove cabinet from HiB is bound to hit the right note with homeowners...

'Catch a Wave' with new Surf contemporary radiator by Aestus

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Aestus, has introduced the new Surf radiator: a contemporary heating design with elliptical contouring.

Bertazzoni to cook up a storm in the UK

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Italian cooking appliance specialist, Bertazzoni, has established a subsidiary in the UK to support ambitious growth plans. Bertazzoni UK will occupy a 1,600sq.ft premises in Prenton, Wirral, comprising offices and a showroom. The facility is set to open in the coming months.

Kaldewei is recognised as one of Germany's most valuable brands

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As a premium international brand, Kaldewei was recently voted a 'Superbrand 2016/2017'. The manufacturer of high-end bathroom solutions made of superior steel enamel ranks among Germany's most successful brands. The competition assessed more than 1,300 brands in Germany with only the Top 100 being awarded the title of 'Superbrand'.

World's largest dishwasher unveiled

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Bosch unveiled the world's largest dishwasher on London's Southbank last weekend. Measuring 50 times larger than an average dishwasher, this interactive experience gave visitors the chance to walk through a wall of water and stay perfectly dry.

Abode's new Pronteau 3 in 1 steaming hot water tap come in two designs and five finishes

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Abode's new Pronteau 3 in 1 steaming hot water tap comes in two designs and five fabulous finishes: Chrome, Brushed Nickel, Graphite, Matt Black and Urban Copper, to smarten up any kitchen or office environment.

As with all new products from Abode, the technical and design side is hard to beat. The new mixertaps offer all the benefits of a standard kitchen mixer but with the addition of steaming hot filtered water available instantly at 98 degrees C.

Exotic meets Tranquil with Blanco's new nutmeg shade

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Never before has it been so easy to emphasise distinctive colour accents with Blanco Silgranit PuraDur - tone in tone or with an exciting contrast.

Nutmeg, the new CombiColours' hue, is a true feast for the eyes.

Welcome to the



It's that time of year again... we're set to enjoy a Bank Holiday Monday.

As normally happens, some of the weekend isn't going to be pleasant, weather-wise. Monday is predicted to be rainy, with thunderstorms. That means lots of gardening for many of us tomorrow and Sunday, then indoor DIY on Monday. I'm sure most of us need a rest but honestly, who has the time?

This isn't really the sort of thing I like to write about but I feel I should... Remember my builder who was supposed to repair a cistern but instead painted my freshly-neutrally-decorated kitchen & one dining room wall bright yellow? I think I've mentioned him twice in my leaders over the past couple of years...

I know each time I was grumbling, but each time - and when I've told people about the incident - we've had a good laugh. After all, it's not the kind of thing that happens every day and is a far better 'cowboy builder' tale than those where elderly people have been conned out of their life savings or entire homes have become uninhabitable because of poor workmanship. A good heart here - with, perhaps, a lapse in concentration...

Besides, Phil went on to do lots of great work - cheerfully carried out - for my sister and also my mother, so I've forgiven him for his little surprise. Although a roofer by trade, Phil had branched out to run a building business and in trying to please too many clients in too little time, whilst having a somewhat gung-ho attitude toward safety (which we see so often when tradespeople have busy schedules and cut corners where they shouldn't, to save time) he fell off a roof late last month.

I think the health professionals call it an 'induced coma'; the idea being that this state aids patient stability and helps the body heal more quickly. I'm sorry to say that on this occasion it didn't work and Phil passed away last week, leaving his young family bereft.

Bank holidays are notorious for swelling the queues at A & E. Make sure you don't join them, won't you? And if you have delivery drivers under your control, please remember that there will be heavy traffic for them to contend with over the weekend, so do be aware that any unnecessary pressure you may load on them, could lead to an accident that everyone will regret.



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Ideal Standard announces Bathroom of the Future winners

* IDEAL-STANDARD-design.jpgFollowing a nationwide competition to find the bathroom of the future, Ideal Standard is excited to announce the names of the three lucky architect and design professionals who are celebrating after their ideas on how bathrooms will look, feel and perform in the future, were chosen by the judging panel. Competition winners design a bathroom that might be on sale in 20 years' time.

'Taste the Rainbow' with Pure S2 Kitchen from Urban Interior (London)

* Taste-the-Rainbow.jpgInterior design studio, Urban Interior (London), is expressing its passion for colour in the kitchen with the Pure S2 Kitchen by SieMatic: seen here in sky blue and sunshine yellow finishes.

This Pure S2 kitchen concept is distinct and fresh, seeing its handleless block-colour styling embody the colours of Summer. Appreciating the beautiful form associated with minimalist design, the Pure Kitchen Collection by SieMatic gives focus to exquisite materials and craftsmanship.

LochAnna Kitchens introduces seven new on-trend colours

* LochAnna-Profile.jpgLochAnna Kitchens has announced the launch of seven new colours which have been added to its signature Profile Collection; a contemporary, handleless door showcasing the very best in modern Italian styling

Designed to give customers an even wider choice of stylish shades to revitalise their kitchen, the new palette offers shades in new Gloss and Matt finishes including:

Whirlpool Corporation opens new EMEA headquarters in Milan

* Whirlpool-new-HQ.jpgItalian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni recently opened the new headquarters of Whirlpool EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) in Pero, Milan.

The building will accommodate more than 600 employees from 28 countries in a modern and collaborative working environment.

TKC launches new Vero handleless rail system

* TKC-vero.jpgTKC has launched the Vero handleless rail system for use with five of its slab door ranges, the ex-stock best-selling Vivo matt and gloss ranges, alongside Coniston, Glacier and Lastra which are made to measure.

Vero, meaning 'true' in Italian, is a complete system of aluminium rails, profiles and fixings that is easy to install into wall and base cabinetry. Vero allows retailers to build a true handleless kitchen combining style and value that will hit the market sweet spot for TKC customers, while earning them healthy profit margins.

Browns 2000 range coming to Articad-Pro

* Browns-2000-Kitchen.jpgThe entire range of products from Browns 2000, including doors for kitchens and bedrooms, as well as glass splashbacks, will shortly be available as a comprehensive graphics catalogue within the ArtiCAD-Pro design software.

Northumberland-based Browns 2000 has long been known for its vinyl wrapped doors; however in 2011 it took the significant step of producing laminated products in-house for its Glacier range, spanning both high gloss and supermatt finishes. The laser edge banding on the company's range is regarded as the 'Rolls Royce' of production techniques. Glass splashbacks made to any size and colour, have also been added to the portfolio and are proving a real winner with their customer base.

New BetteLux Oval Circular built-in washbasin has flowing lines

* BetteLux-Oval.jpgBette has enhanced the BetteLux Oval range to include a circular built-in washbasin. The combination of organic interior design and a slim, eight millimetre rim show how design can be pared-back to create the most restrained and elegant bathroom object.

State-of-the-art manufacturing expertise in forming technology and skilled craftsmanship are required to create this visual lightness in finely glazed titanium-steel.

Dekton chosen for Gaze Burvill Furniture & Outdoor Kitchen at Chelsea Flower Show

* Dekton.jpgCosentino is delighted that its ultra-compact surface, Dekton, has once again been chosen to showcase the outdoor furniture by Gaze Burvill at the Chelsea Flower Show, happening this week. Located in the heart of Chelsea's show gardens on Main Avenue, the stand is unveiling Gaze Burvill's latest contemporary furniture exclusively designed by Katie Walker, as well as its outdoor kitchen displays.

The Apex of style with HiB

* HiB-APEX.jpgHiB is continuing to lead the way with its innovative combination of style and practicality by adding the new Apex cabinet to its growing portfolio of design-led products.

With elegant design and practical features at its core, the cabinet combines a sleek design with contemporary flourishes. This includes two internal integrated charging sockets inside the cabinet which are ideal for electric toothbrushes, shavers and trimmers, for ultimate ease of use.

Methven appoints UK head of marketing

* METHVEN-Cornelius.jpgMethven, global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, has appointed its first UK head of marketing as it strives to cement its place within the UK and European market.

Simon Cornelius joins Methven having worked previously in senior marketing roles at Aqualisa, where he was instrumental in the launch of the UK's first smart shower.

Abode's Matthew Pitt completes charity challenge

* Dales-Way-Challenge.jpgMatthew Pitt, commercial & operations director of Abode, has just completed a 90 mile walk along the Dales Way, a long-distance footpath, raising over £2,500 for his chosen charity, the Alzheimers Society.

Bob Baines, owner of KB Studios in Beaconsfield, passes away

* BOB-BAINES.jpgThe owner of KB studios in Beaconsfield, Bob Baines, sadly passed away on 11th May after a long illness. The Kitchen & Bedroom studios is a family business with Bob's three children currently working in the showroom. Bob founded the business 35 years ago with his wife Beverley.

"It is a very sad time and we will all miss Bob," says KBS project manager Brent Mullane. "He was well known and liked in the industry, inspiring laughter and smiles with the clients and colleagues he dealt with. He cared about our customers and inspired us all to build a great business.

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Recent News

A Year of Madness at Wirquin

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Family run sanitary equipment specifier, Wirquin, is celebrating 40 years in business this year and has pledged to have a year of madness which it is sharing across its new social media platforms.

The special Facebook page called 'Crazy 40 years', promoting lots of crazy stories and activities in which Wirquin customers and staff are taking part, can be followed and contributed at facebook.com/wirquin40years/. Other new platforms for Wirquin include Twitter and Linked In, so whether it's new products, career vacancies, new installation videos or problem solving tips the company is sharing it all on social media.

Consumer research shines light on laminate work surface popularity

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Wilsonart UK has completed consumer research designed to identify who is buying laminate worksurfaces in the 21st century and for what reasons. The research was commissioned at the end of 2016 in partnership with J M Blake Associates.

Ripples' Solihull designer wins 'Design Of The Year'

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Richard Fox, designer at Ripples' Solihull showroom, has won the coveted title of 'Design of the Year' at Ripples' annual Designer Day.

Designers from Ripples' 13 UK showrooms gather for a training day filled with inspiring and motivating speakers, they get the chance to compare design ideas and discuss techniques with their peers. The day is headed by Ripples' sales manager, Nicola Crow.

Judging line-up announced for KBSA awards

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The KBSA has announced a new line-up of judges for its 2017 awards which were launched last week.

New judges this year include Andrea Hillier, national retail services manager Blum UK (pictured); James Herriot, director, Callerton, and Dave Hewitt, managing director, Oakwood Bespoke. They join returning judges Martin Thomas, director, Denmore Kitchen & Bathroom Studio and Renee Mascari, director, Mascari Design Solutions and CEO of KBBNTG, who is also head judge.

Celebrating 150 years in style!

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Burbidge is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and to mark this special birthday, the company held an open day at its Coventry headquarters to enable visitors to learn more about Burbidge's past, present and future and examine its production facilities and latest kitchen ranges.

BMA representatives visit The Imperial Bathroom Company, Aldridge

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Imperial Bathrooms say it was delighted to welcome the Bathroom Manufacturers Association's environmental manager, Jonathan Green, (right of pic) and technical manager Christian Taylor-Hamlin, (left of pic) to its headquarters in Aldridge, Walsall, recently.

Learning with Blanco

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Adam Fitton, one of the Blanco regional sales team, spent a day at a school in Ubud, Indonesia, so that the enthusiastic group of children could practice their English. The school is charity-funded and provides free English lessons; it also supplies pens, books and uniforms.

The children were enthralled with everything - from learning new English words to playing games on Adam's iphone.

Checkatrade adds a touch of Hollywood glamour

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Consumer champion Checkatrade is best-known for providing reliable tradespeople across the country through its easy to use online database of vetted members, but it is also known for throwing an unforgettable party as its events has proven throughout the years!

Maurice Lay Distributors celebrates 40th anniversary

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Maurice Lay Distributors is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with the relaunch of the Sense range of design-led, high performance appliances from its Caple brand.

Set to become available to retailers later this year, the new-look Sense range will combine sleek, stainless steel and black glass with the latest technology to provide consumers with innovative appliances across all categories from cooking and cooling to laundry and dishwashers.


New marketing lead joins F & P as company enters fresh phase of development

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F & P, Primaflow and Connections has appointed Tim Ramsey as head of marketing to help drive the company forward as it embarks upon a period of expansive change. Tim will be responsible for developing the e-commerce offering, as well as helping the business to work even more closely with customers.

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