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28th September 2012


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The Basis of a beautiful kitchen

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The new Basis inset sink from Franke, in either single or 11/2 bowl configuration, is designed to bring colour and style to all kitchen design schemes.

Cooking up a storm in kitchen tap designs from Pegler Yorkshire

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As the hub of the home and the most used room in the house, the kitchen - and thus its design and accessories, is highly important. When it comes to taps, choice is what most consumers want, along with guaranteed quality. Pegler Yorkshire has developed its Francis Pegler Kitchen tap range to offer both of these essential qualities.

Get ahead of the curve with Franke

by John Swain, Product Manager for Franke UK

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The trend for curves in the kitchen - and indeed the home in general - gathers pace. Gone are the days of curve-free, boxy, linear rooms and furniture as the fashion for open-plan living and casual dining demands more flexible, soft lines.

Innostor Plus - new storage solutions from ECF

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Innostor Plus is the latest range of in-cabinet kitchen storage solutions from ECF. Available exclusively from ECF and covering the majority of popular cabinet configurations, the range comprises rotating and standard pull-out larders, base pull-outs and a range of corner storage solutions.

Renolit reveals another new modern abstract design

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Renolit has introduced a further striking fantasy design to its Covaren stock range.

Pictured here is the new Renolit Covaren Moulins; a design reminiscent of a concrete structure with a subtle two colour square print. Given its very subtle printed design, the finish can also be used as a pseudo solid colour.

Ellis Furniture unveils Cambourne kitchen range

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Forming part of this season's launch of new kitchens from designer and manufacturer Ellis Furniture, is the sublime Cambourne range. A very versatile collection, Cambourne can harmonise with a wide variety of property and interior decor styles, helping homeowners achieve the highly desirable shaker style, painted timber look at an affordable price.

One drawer, one box - a new level of convenience from Hettich

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Hettich's new InnoTech Drawer in a Box brings together all the elements for a drawer set in a single box, which is easy to store, transport and handle.
The InnoTech platform system suits all levels of production, but with distributors and small to medium-sized manufacturers in mind, Hettich has introduced InnoTech Drawer in a Box for its most popular 470mm-depth, silver formats up to 30kg in capacity, with integrated soft-close.

Discover Vintage

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A new and exciting collection of Vintage style handles hasbeen introduced by Hafele UK.

Selected to enhance and complement any piece of furniture, each handle has been individually chosen to add drama to the furniture. This avant-garde category includes Heritage, French, New Victorian, Oriental or Art Deco selections.

Renolit reveals two modern abstract designs

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Renolit has announced two quite individual and striking fantasy designs as new additions to its Covaren stock range.

Pictured here is the new Renolit Covaren Cobra - a fantasy design which picks up on the current trend towards irregular stripes and geometric patterns
The design is modern and contrasting, yet creates a very homely atmosphere depending on the colour combination used. It is most suitable for combinations with the three colours which feature within the printed design itself - namely greys, coffees and blues. 

KitchenAid's Twelix oven is ideal for the passionate gourmet

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KitchenAid, the premium manufacturer renowned for its appliances that combine professional performance with stylish design, offers the cooking enthusiast the Twelix oven, to create exceptional results in the domestic kitchen.

Small is affordably beautiful - Mini from Roca

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Compact and stylish, Roca's Mini is a contemporary cloakroom or small bathroom solution that, as its name suggests, is ideal for small spaces. This amazing value for money, perfect combination of furniture, basin and mirror or mirrored cabinet is available in Gloss White or Textured Oak, Wenge or Grey finishes.

Designer drainers from Franke

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For a stylish, removable drainer in the kitchen, the new Mobile Drainer from Franke is just the job; and ideal for add-on sales opportunities for merchants and retailers.

Welcome to the


Although I often grumble about living in a kind of weather bubble here in Epsom (which really just means that I rarely wake up to a blanket of snow outside) I did feel blessed this week, seeing the damage Britain's worst storm in 30 years has caused to hundreds of homes, shops and other businesses. It's heartbreaking - particularly when one considers that many of those that had to vacate severely flooded premises during the last heavy storms have only recently managed to move back in.

With all this water about, it's easy to forget that there is actually a shortage of the stuff, isn't it? Yet more than 11% of Europeans and 17% of Europe's territory have been affected by water scarcity in recent years, costing the EU an estimated €100 billion in damages and lost economic potential.

Reporting from last week's water conference, EurActiv said that the consensus is that there is enough legislation regarding the use of water but too little compliance and insufficient enforcement. Conservation groups, including the European Environment Bureau, have criticised the EU and national governments for failing to enforce water efficiency and pollution policies.

In 2006, the EEB and another campaign organisation, the WWF, filed a complaint with the European Commission against Austria, Germany, Poland and eight other countries, charging that they failed to comply with provisions of the 2000 Water Framework Directive. In May, the EEB acknowledged in an analysis of a blueprint shortly being tabled which aims to address the problems, that while the Water Framework Directive "has helped to keep water issues on the political agenda" and improved trans-boundary cooperation, it "has achieved little progress" in the areas of integrating water with energy, transportation and farming policies."

Let's hope that this blueprint really gets to grip with the problems and paves the way for us to finally start pulling together more effectively to conserve this most valuable of resources.



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

New home applications still below last year's levels

Latest year-to-date figures release today for new home registrations in the UK reveal that house building levels continue to fall, according to NHBC.

In August 2012, the number of new homes registered with NHBC dropped to 9,553, 4% below August last year (9,978) and taking overall year to date totals for 2012 to 72,740 applications; a 15% decrease on the same period in 2011 (85,120).

PEKA Sesam awarded Red Dot Design Award

PEKA-Sesam-storage-system.jpgThe PEKA Sesam storage system for cleaning cupboards, available exclusively in the UK from LDL Components, has been awarded the Red Dot award for Product Design 2012. According to the statement from the judging panel: "The consistently functional style of this robust cleaning cupboard storage system offers convincing user benefits."

Government to charge businesses £124hr for Health & Safety fails

The Health & Safety Executive has recently confirmed that its cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), will start on 1st October 2012, meaning that business owners need to start taking a more proactive approach now.

FFI aims to recover costs from those who break health & safety laws for the time and effort HSE spends helping to put matters right, such as investigating, writing reports and taking enforcement action.

Sleek and efficient by design: new Aquacurve from Leisure Sinks

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PASMA slams incompetent ceiling contractor following serious fall from height incident

PASMA has this week responded to the news of another major and wholly preventable injury, due to a fall from height. The lead industry body noted that a number of basic safety precautions were not taken, and said that such accidents can only be prevented by ensuring that those working on towers and supervising them are trained and competent in their use.

The true value and importance of a good toilet revealed...

Robert Mohl, Managing Director of Bridport luxury bathroom company Ocean Bathrooms, is seeking to make more people aware of the true value and importance of the humble toilet in their home

Robert believes that if more UK people were aware of the large amount of time spent using the loo and the fact that nearly half of the world's population don't have access to one, they may view their toilet more seriously and give more importance to any decisions relating to it.

Abode chosen by John Lewis

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Abode already has a very good working relationship with John Lewis and has been a major supplier of a full range of kitchen brassware for the past six years.

Bushboard adds sensational new surfaces to its Prima worktop range

* Bushboard-prima-calacatta.jpgLiving up to its new corporate strapline of 'sensational surfaces for your kitchen', Bushboard has added six new worktop designs, two new textures, 10 new splashback colours, its exclusive Q3 edge profile and design-friendly shaped components to its updated Prima 40mm laminate worktop range. Prima is launched this week, supported by a new POS package which will be fully merchandised across the UK with retailers by the end of the month.

EQ Software mean business with new Director of Sales & Marketing

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Life looks better in HD with British Ceramic Tile's new ceramic tile collection, HD Origin

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Latest KBB sales & customer care course impressed delegates

* hayden-blum.jpgBlum hosted the latest one day Sales & Customer Care course for the KBB industry on 26th September at its training facility in Milton Keynes. The course was attended by 10 delegates who were schooled on the skills and techniques that would help them improve their lead conversions and profitable sales, together with lessons on how to improve customer care and referral business. The course was run by Graham Hayden who has now trained more than 1000 industry delegates on his courses over the last six years.

Ellis Furniture raises funds for local hospice

* Ellis-charity-footie.jpgEarlier this month, staff from Ellis Furniture, the designer and manufacturer of bathroom and kitchen furniture, held a charity football match to raise funds for a local Huddersfield hospice.

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