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18th August 2017
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John & I are about to take our annual Summer break; this will be the last issue of KBzine until our September 8th edition.
One of the things I tend to do over the warmer months is take part in small music/wellbeing/personal development festivals that bring out the inner hippie in me. In a couple of weeks, I'll be attending one which, last year, ran out of water as someone had sold too many tickets on the door, meaning that there were (allegedly) 4,500 of us instead of 3,000. I'm not just talking shower and washing up water etc. here, but drinking water... A taste (or not) of things to come perhaps, if we continue wasting water the way we do. The fact that it was in the middle of a proper heatwave, didn't help.
Receiving a release this week from a company that produces and fits equipment which harvests rainwater for use in our households reminded me of what it's like to have to go without water, and I've included the information below.
As I've no doubt said previously, I'm proud to be part of an industry that's working hard to encourage us to all use less water than we currently do. I often wonder though, whether we could be doing more... If you're involved in encouraging your customers to install rainwater harvesting systems, I'd love to hear from you.
This Week's News
Warwickshire based Triton Showers has invested an initial six figure sum into an update of the brand and development of a national advertising campaign, which is set to air in customers living rooms this Autumn. This bold move will see the market leading manufacturer become the first shower company in the UK to embark upon activity of this scale, launching a TV commercial on ITV, Channel 4 and Sky.
As part of its ongoing commitment to remaining the very first port of call for the shower needs of retailers and their customers, Triton's innovative advert brings the new 'See you first thing Britain' ethos to life across the nation's screens.
Slim rim washbasins are in demand, making a style statement in the bathroom that is on trend. BagnoDesign offers the perfect opportunity to tap into this look with Stratos and Circus.
Formica Group, the original inventor of High Pressure Laminate (HPL), has launched a suite of Building Information Modeling objects to aid architects, designers and contractors in the specification process. The new components will enable specifiers to create 3D models incorporating product specs and manufacturer information as well as giving clients the opportunity to visualise what their projects will look like.
Joe Bell, UK marketing manager at Formica Group comments: "Formica Group's material libraries are used during the design phase to apply realistic surfaces to multiple applications, making it easy to visualise the interior and exterior of buildings before construction starts.
The Gamma Rainwater range is a low-cost installation for self-build projects and residential developments. Its profile requires a shallower dig and less excavation than traditional rainwater harvesting systems as well as less backfill to secure it in place. It's also ideally suited to rocky strata conditions where deep digs are not possible.
Directly appealing to fashion-forward homeowners, the new fans leverage burgeoning consumer demand for sleek and contemporary bathroom design. Furthermore, the added protection of Selv provides electricians with an extra layer of safety and total confidence in their choice of ventilation solution - and consequently real peace of mind for occupants too.
Hush (pictured) and Breeze, available in white or chrome, combine muted yet powerful extraction with modern chic. The ability to mount these fans on either the ceiling or the wall allows consumers the freedom to choose what works best for their particular space, without interrupting their carefully planned decor.
From contemporary urban apartments to country-style retreats, any kitchen can carry the latest up and coming trend for bold, beautiful colours. Adding interest, creating a focal point or used as a contrast to of-the-moment materials, a bold colour palette can be introduced as the perfect accent in any setting.
Helping homeowners make the most of a colour movement that will be hot news in 2018, Masterclass Kitchens has just introduced a vibrant new colour palette, with several bold shades to choose from. From the sophisticated, deep tones of Oxford Blue and Mulberry to the brighter hues of Terracotta Sunset and Claret, each colour is brave and bold.
The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that it will have a
Appointments can be booked with the KBSA members for one-to-one advice in the Kitchen Advice Centre which is part of the Kitchen Live Experience sponsored by KBSA corporate member Miele.
V-ZUG has introduced a new collection of award-winning OptiGlass Hobs. Recently crowned 'Best of Best' at the Iconic Awards Interior Innovation 2017, the new OptiGlass feature is breaking the mould in terms of glass application in the modern kitchen.
Typically, the most used appliance in the home, a hob is operated almost every day in its lifetime along with (hob allowing!) providing a practical place to chop vegetables, unload shopping and knead dough. Once soiled, it is common practice to clean away any surface dirt with a non-abrasive sponge; however, this can lead to unattractive marks and accidental scratches.
Daniel is covering the Midlands and South West, with Gary covering the South and South East. Both will continue to drive sales, promoting the Carron Phoenix brand and providing high levels of customer service to both trade and consumers.
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