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22nd March 2013
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Plastic has become an unavoidable material in our modern world. Plastics are versatile and durable, but this durability can make disposal problematic. A Green Paper published yesterday by the European Commission aims to launch a structured discussion about how to make plastic products more sustainable throughout their life cycle and reduce the impact of plastic waste on the environment.
I’m sorry that today’s issue of KBZine has landed in your inbox a little later than normal but John and I have been away at an exhibition at the NEC all week and while you may be aware of how tiring these shows can be, you probably aren’t aware of the extra work involved in producing the ‘Official Show Daily’, which we’ve been doing!
I had been feeling all ‘exhibitioned-out’ and hadn’t wanted to look at another exhibition stand in this lifetime but the battle to get this week’s stories in place was interrupted just now by the ‘ping’ of a new email which just happened to be the announcement by KBB London that the exhibitor list is available to view. I’ve had a peak and I now have ‘exhibition excitement’ again!
Pictured here is one of Abode’s new taps. I can’t wait to see more gorgeous KBB goodies at the event – and of course I won’t have to wait for long as the show opens its doors on 19th May.
You can view the full exhibitor list (as it stands now) at:
This Week's News
Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association CEO Graham Ball has welcomed this week’s budget as one that will help KBB retailers and encourage small businesses to invest.
“We asked for some good news and this time the Chancellor delivered, “says Graham. “The creation of an employer’s allowance which will mean small businesses will not have to pay NICs under£2,000 is surprisingly good news. This measure reflects the fact that SME support is finally being recognised as significant and key part of the economy that needs nurturing if we are to get growth back.
The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has added a new award - the KBSA Kitchen Concept Designer of the Year, to this year's categories. The award is designed to test a designer's skill in working to a specific brief in an average size kitchen.
The Whirlpool Corporation has been recognised as one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in the Home Equipment, Furnishings industry sector. The company finished first in this sector for the third year in a row.
British cooking brand, Belling, has extended its freestanding collection, applying its popular aesthetic to a number of new AA rated 50cm ceramic cookers.
Half of humans lack safe drinking water, while competition for water from agriculture and industry could put more people at risk in years to come, says a Portuguese lawyer who is the United Nations' independent advocate for the right to water. Catarina de Albuquerque, speaking ahead of World Water Day earlier today, said the official UN figure - 800 million - doesn't provide a full picture of water poverty, estimating that some 3.5 billion people lack a safe supply.
Leading white goods distributor Portway domestic appliances, now offers its customers an even better service... Building on the continued expansion of its customer base during 2012, Portway has announced that with immediate effect its customers can receive appliances twice a week nationwide.
We all yearn for the perfect, uncluttered modern kitchen that we see in glossy pictures and lifestyle TV programmes. But in the everyday living of life, it doesn't always work out that way. Our nice worktops soon fill up with numerous accessories, crumbs and other mysterious little bits and pieces that just seem to materialise out of nowhere.
Atlanta bathrooms is launching Trade Space; a free and innovative new service which connects the installer with the homeowner.
Trade Space allows approved installers to create their own personalised online profile, where they can upload case studies and showcase an unlimited collection of work and project information, to homeowners searching the Atlanta website for an approved installer.
The Abode Matrix GR10 sinks offer designers real flexibility. They can be under-mounted with the tap deck exposed, undermounted, concealing the tap deck or fully inset into the worktop from above.
De Dietrich appliances have been exclusively chosen by Lancashire-based The Wellbeing Farm for its brand new purpose-built Cookery School. A prestigious launch event was held on 4th March 2013 for VIP guests, who were treated to a cookery demonstration by Mike Harrison, one of a number of chefs who will be teaching a variety of courses at the School.
Springtime is the traditional season for home improvements, but if the seasonal urge to tend to our nests is not enough, two thirds of British first-time homeowners admit to be further motivated by the secret embarrassment at the state of their home when friends and family pop over to visit.
Shower enclosure specialist, Lakes Bathrooms, has opened a new 100,000 square foot factory in response to growing demand for its products. The manufacturing site is in Ningbo, in the North East of China and it exports all its goods to supply the UK bathroom market and Lakes Bathrooms' growing, worldwide, OEM business.
British Ceramic Tile has strengthened its marketing team with two new appointments.
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The first ever National Self Build Week will take place in early May 2013 with a wide-ranging programme of events planned to help millions of Britons turn their self build dreams into a reality.
Aquadi by Symphony is continuing to lead the way in the bathroom furniture market, by becoming the first bathroom furniture supplier to be awarded the FIRA Gold Product Certification.
Research undertaken by leading retail property trade body - the British Council of Shopping Centres, in partnership with Geofutures, shows that retail space in UK town centres is declining almost 20% faster than retail space outside town centres. A pilot undertaken in the South West has shown that town centre retail space contracted by 12% between 2005 and 2010. Over the same period the quantum of retail space outside town centres increased by almost 6%.
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.
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.