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22nd March 2013


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One-for-all from Britton Bathrooms

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A good looking, competitively priced contemporary bathroom collection comes high on every bathroom retailer's wish list - but all too often design detail is sacrificed for the sake of price. This certainly isn't the case with the new Britton Bathrooms range from The Bathroom Brands Group.

Fresh new finish for Cucina Colore

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Mereway Kitchens embarks on yet another exciting launch this Spring with the introduction of stunning new door style 'Light Ash' joining its contemporary Cucina Colore collection.

What should we do about plastic waste? New Green Paper opens EU-wide reflection

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.

Electrolux EKC607601 freestanding cooker: Professional features, designer looks

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With sleek touch-controls and stunning streamlined looks, this freestanding cooker from the Electrolux inspiration range will create a designer feel in any kitchen.

Multi-function mirrors with HiB

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We are in an age where men's grooming is as important as women's beauty. Dental care with rechargeable toothbrushes is also important to all family members, because of this the bathroom mirror in today's modern home not only has to offer style and design but also functionality.

Seven new designs added to Aqua-Step waterproof laminate flooring range

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The Aqua-Step laminate waterproof laminate flooring range, exclusively available from IDS, has been updated with seven new designs bringing the range to 18 in total with a choice of elegant travertine stones and stylish woodgrains to suit a wide range of interior looks.

Do your legs let you down?

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Fold & Lock Legs, the latest product innovation from LDL Components, will ensure that your cabinet legs will never let you down again.

Solutions for every bathroom challenge launched by new AquaCabinets

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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.

Truly inspirational!

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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.

Take a seat for inclusive bathing

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.

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

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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.

Welcome to the


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!

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You can view the full exhibitor list (as it stands now) at: 






Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

A good news budget

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.

KBSA announces new design award

* KBSA Designer of the Year.jpgThe 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.

Whirlpool named one of Fortune's World's most admired companies for third time

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.

Belling launches new range of 50cm ceramic hotplate cookers: Popular Belling aesthetic applied to new models

* BELLING-new-cooker.jpgBritish cooking brand, Belling, has extended its freestanding collection, applying its popular aesthetic to a number of new AA rated 50cm ceramic cookers.

Millions won't be celebrating World Water Day

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.

Portway customers 'enjoy it twice a week'!

* Portway.jpgLeading 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.

Make valuable space in the kitchen with InSinkErator

* InsinkErator-workings.jpgWe 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 launches 'Trade Space', a new 'connecting' service

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.

Abode's Matric GR10 sinks offer real flexibility

* Abode-GR10-black-granite-sink.jpgThe 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 chosen for new cookery school at Wellbeing Farm

* The-Wellbeing-Farm-Cookery-School.jpgDe 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.

'Talk to your tradesman' app puts spring into home improvements

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.

Lakes Bathrooms opens new factory

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 strengthens marketing team with two new appointments

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Recent News

National Self Build week launches

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FIRA first as bathroom manufacturer receives inaugural award

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Decline in retail floorspace hits town centres harder than out of town

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%.

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.

Three new Which? Best Buys for Electrolux Group hobs

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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.


Display & training opportunities abound for retailers with Bushboard's M-Stone quartz range

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Bushboard is focusing an extensive merchandising package and training programme at retailers to underscore its pioneering new M-Stone quartz worksurface range that offers on-site installation - and which will enable retailers to effectively target the brand to its full potential at consumers looking for quality, design and value in quartz worksurfaces.


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.

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