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1st March 2013


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International News

Radisson Blu Hamburg: business as usual during bath renovations

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4-star superior hotel replaces 252 tiled showers with Kaldewei quality. In autumn 2009 the Radisson Blu Hotel in Hamburg reopened in style after a period of extensive renovations lasting for more than a year and costing millions. Only a short while later General Manager Oliver Staas and his team discovered defects in the bathrooms.

US National Restaurant Association announces 2013 Kitchen Innovations awards recipients

Energy efficiency, intelligent controls, online tools, kitchen design and layout versatility lead advances in foodservice equipment for acclaimed industry award at NRA Show 2013.

Schüller launches 2013 schüller.C collection

Flexibility was the keyword to the Schüller display at this year's Cologne Living Kitchen show. With a range of options that already appear never ending, the schüller.C collection just keeps adding design detail and planning options. The show offered a great opportunity for retailers to see some of those thought processes in action.

Bushboard's quartz and laminate brands work the trend for contrast

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Bushboard's recently launched M-Stone quartz worksurface range shows how well it can work the fashionable trend for contrast by teaming up with an Ebony Stripwood laminate splashback from the company's Omega range which offers 39 different design options in sizes for midway and hob panels.

Beat bedroom storage blues with Hyder Living

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Bedroom storage problems are set to become a thing of the past with the brand new Turin bed from Hyder Living that makes clearing clutter a much more manageable task.

Semi-precious stone tiles bring harmony and balance to interior design projects

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ShellShock Designs has launched a new range of beautiful semi-precious stone tiles. The tiles are for use on interior design projects, both residential and commercial, that not only want to reflect timeless style and beauty, but also to reflect emotions on a spiritual level through the power of each individual stone. "This is ancient wisdom, brought up to date for the 21st century," says the company's Managing Director Jonathan Kern.

The gourmet guy needs to add sous vide to his tool kit

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KitchenAid, the premium manufacturer renowned for its appliances that combine professional performance with stylish design, presents the Chef Touch, an all in one sous vide cooking system perfect for those who see themselves as the next Gordon Ramsay or Heston Blumenthal.

Cooper Callas to distribute 'Nocalc' limescale reduction product

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Established National bathroom and kitchen distributor, Cooper Callas, has taken on the distribution for NoCalc International, the Dutch based producer of the revolutionary NoCalc limescale reduction product. Stock was delivered into Cooper Callas pre-Xmas and the company is already reporting a growing number of kitchen and bathroom retailers selling the product.

Extra height WCs complete Regal Comfort range

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Burlington, the well-known retail brand which manufacturers the only traditional range of bathroom products containing today's technology, has completed its Regal range of comfort-height sanitaryware with a choice of new pans.

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They say a good marketing person can always turn a negative into a positive so top marks go to the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association’s CEO Graham Ball, who’s managed to find something good about your consumption of horsemeat (I say ‘your’ because I’ve been very careful about the meat products I’ve eaten since finding half an eyelid – with eyelashes – in some frozen cubed beef around 20 years ago…)!

Clever Graham has seized upon the news that, as a result of the horsemeat scandal, we’re deserting supermarket meat departments in droves and returning once more to the trusty local butcher. He says this means that there are likely to be thousands more shoppers passing the doors of KBB industry showrooms all over the country – and he’s telling KBSA members that they should quickly put plans in place to make the most of this increased footfall!

I think that’s a great idea and it puts me in mind of my first visit to San Francisco some years ago, where the many stores were trying to bring in extra business by holding pre-earthquake sales!

Another place where there’s soon going to be lots of footfall is London’s ExCel, where the much awaited Ecobuild exhibition takes place next week, from Tuesday through Thursday.

I sometimes despair at the damage we’re doing to our planet and everything in it. A day at Ecobuild is reassuring as it underlines just how much money, research and effort is going into sustainable products and those designed to conserve our valuable resources.

Look out for my report in next week’s KBzine.





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

HSE launches safety clampdown on refurbishment sites

Unsafe practices on construction sites are to be targeted as part of a national initiative aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health. During a month-long drive to improve standards in one of Britain's most dangerous industries, the Health & Safety Executive will visit sites where refurbishment or repair works are taking place.

Solutions for every bathroom challenge launched by new AquaCabinets

* AquaCabinets.jpgAquaCabinets is a new brand of bathroom furniture joining the portfolio from Bathroom Brands. In direct response to the four UK bathroom demands of limited space, unerring style, the damage caused by water and humidity and colour-fade associated with UV light, AquaCabinets provides a flawless answer for each.

Three new Which? Best Buys for Electrolux Group hobs

* AEG-Gas-on-glass.jpgConsumer champion Which? has awarded three Electrolux, Zanussi and AEG hobs Best Buy status this February. In recent tests all three brands scored highly for their impressive performance.

New graphics catalogues now available in ArtiCAD-Pro

CAD software specialist for the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, announces the availability of several new graphics catalogues for designers using the company's ArtiCAD-Pro software.

Truly inspirational!

* gorgeous-purple-bath.jpgPhoenix Inspirational Bathrooms continues in its quest to provide the bathroom market with an injection of inspiration during these tough trading times with some more stunning new designs of high quality product at a realistic retail price backed up with the company's usual high standards of customer service and after sales support.

David celebrates an incredible 50 years at Ellis Furniture

* 50-YRS-ELLIS.jpgEarlier this month, bathroom and kitchen furniture specialist Ellis Furniture held a special presentation ceremony at its offices in Huddersfield to celebrate the retirement of long standing employee David Hughes and to honour the valuable contribution David has made to the company over the 50 years he has been there.

Take a seat for inclusive bathing

* SIMPSONS-ROUND.jpgSimpsons, the wet room and shower enclosure brand in the Crosswater portfolio, provides a complete product offer for every type of showering concept. The brand which offers a range of eight different enclosures also provides a wide-ranging and innovative wet room solution. To complete what is probably the most comprehensive range of showering enclosures in the UK, Simpsons has now added a line of smart fold-down, wall mounted showering/bathroom seats.

Fancy a weekend in Switzerland?

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LDL, the nationwide distributor of premium fittings and accessories for the fitted furniture industry, is the sole UK agent and distributor for Peka, the Swiss manufacturer of a comprehensive range of innovative wirework storage solutions and accessories.

A fresh, modern palette with Caple's new Altino Sand bedroom

* Altino-Sand-bedroom.jpgBedroom specialist Caple's new Altino Sand furniture features a sumptuous, textured grain in a fresh finish for the perfect, natural backdrop to any bedroom scheme. Sophisticated and streamlined, this furniture can be filled with a multitude of storage solutions, from drawers and hanging rails to shoe and tie racks, to ensure there is a place for everything.

Showcase your work and discover whether you're a Topps tiler!

Topps Tiles has launched an exciting new competition, which offers trade professionals an online forum to promote their latest renovation work and win prizes, including an iPad 4.

Show off Your Style, invites Topps Tiles customers to take pictures of recent renovation projects and post them onto the brand new Topps Tiles competition community.

Burbidge appoints new sales & marketing manager

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As part of its strategic growth plan, Burbidge has appointed Neil Conway in this new role which has been created to further develop and strengthen the flourishing business's product offer.

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Recent News

Everything you need to know about the May Design Series

In response to the design communities needs, UBM has created the May Design Series to provide a single destination for four of the most important trade exhibitions; kbb LDN, The ARC Show, DX and Interiors LDN, at ExCeL London 19th - 21st May.

Electrolux Design Lab 2013 opens for entries

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Leading global design competition, Electrolux Design Lab is now open for submissions at www.electroluxdesignlab.com. The annual design competition, now in its 11th year, asks design students and recent graduates from around the globe to submit an idea and a sketch of an innovative design solution for future households.

BMA's brainchild shortlisted in Sentinel Business Awards

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association tells us it is delighted to announce that The Water Label has been shortlisted in the Annual Sentinel Business Awards. The Sentinel is the newspaper produced for readership in Staffordshire and Cheshire and the BMA entered this year's Business Awards with its brainchild, The Water Label. The entry has been successful, so far, and has been shortlisted in the Business Innovation category.

Forum urges changes to Prompt Payment Code to prevent slow payers signing

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The Forum of Private Business is urging changes to the Prompt Payment Code after it has learned firms with payment times as long as 90 days are planning to sign up.

Ellis Furniture backs Multiple Sclerosis Society bike ride

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Ellis Furniture has teamed up with some of its suppliers, including MFC supplier Egger, to support joint managing director's daughter, Isobel Ellis, in her quest to raise much needed funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Lakes Bathrooms supports family featured in BBC One series

Lakes Bathrooms has supplied a shower enclosure to support a family featured in the BBC One series 'DIY SOS: The Big Build', due to air later this year. The enclosure was used as part of a life changing transformation to the home of a family in Spalding, Lincolnshire and is featured in the fifth episode of the 24th series of the flagship DIY television show.

Your chance to see Michel Roux OBE to cook 'live' at Raycross Interiors, Byfleet

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Raycross Interiors is naturally very excited that it will be hosting an exclusive Charity Event featuring the world renowned Master Chef, Michel Roux, on Tuesday 30th April 2013. The highlight of this invitation-only event will be two live cooking demonstrations by Mr Roux, plus the chance to win luxury prizes including lunch for two at The Waterside Inn, Bray and many other fabulous prizes donated by local businesses.

CPD Seminars have RIBA approval

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BAL is offering architects a comprehensive family of seminars, all approved by the Royal Institute of British Architects as contributing to their annual Continual Professional Development (CPD) study requirement. Each 45-minute seminar gives detailed coverage of a particular aspect of tiling. 

Leisure Sinks unveils new website

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To coincide with its 80th anniversary, Leisure Sinks - the largest manufacturer of domestic stainless steel sinks in the UK - has launched a contemporary new company website.


Electrolux and Zwilling give consumers the ultimate induction cooking offer

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From 4th March to 27th May 2013, consumers who purchase an Electrolux Induction hob from the Inspiration Range in participating retailers will receive a FREE Zwilling J.A. Henckels TruClad professional pan set, via redemption, worth £165 RRP.

Want to learn more about wetroom installation and Impey's products?

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Having established a reputation as a wetroom specialist, with more than 250,000 successful installations in the UK, Impey Showers is offering one-day intensive training courses for industry professionals at its Centre of Excellence in Ilton, Somerset.

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