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1st March 2013
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Energy efficiency, intelligent controls, online tools, kitchen design and layout versatility lead advances in foodservice equipment for acclaimed industry award at NRA Show 2013.
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.
This Week's News
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.
AquaCabinets 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.
Consumer 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.
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.
Phoenix 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.
Earlier 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.
Simpsons, 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.
LDL is celebrating all things Peka during March with National Peka Month, a month long promotion including special offers, display incentives, free gifts and the opportunity to win a luxury weekend for two in Switzerland.
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.
Bedroom 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.
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.
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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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.
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.