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26th April 2013


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International News

Highly desirable: the luxurious Fresssh Diamond collection from F & P Wholesale

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Set to become one of the most desirable bathroom ranges available in the UK, the Fresssh Diamond Collection from F & P Wholesale is the perfect collection to meet the increased demand to provide luxurious bathroom solutions.

Franke adds three new tap designs to its popular Minerva boiling water tap offer

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Reflecting the growing popularity and demand for boiling water taps as the 'It Gadget ' for the kitchen, Franke has added a stylish trio of new designs to its Minerva tap range.

New Sinos sink range from Franke is ahead of the curve

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Positioned at the top-end of Franke's extensive sink offer, the new Sinos sink range marks a departure from linear styling and responds strongly to the design trend for softer, flowing lines.

Coram Showers advances its portfolio with new Premier range

Coram Showers tells us it is proud to announce that its already established and celebrated Premier range has undergone a complete makeover and upgrade and is available now!

Reframing modern bathroom design with Lardo by Pelipal

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It is said that the essence of great design is for function to merge effortlessly with aesthetic. This is exactly what the new Lardo collection from renowned German manufacturer Pelipal does so well... A strong robust design with solid statement vertical lines in which beautiful reproduction wood grain sits perfectly with coordinated fronts in high gloss and neutral tones.

A new hero: Whirlpool's ADG 8410 FD built-in dishwasher

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The new Whirlpool ADG 8410 FD built-in dishwasher is the hero of the company's latest collection and with much justification... Super quiet, super energy and water efficient and with all the space you need. The sophisticated ADG 8410 FD offers the very best of Whirlpool's advanced technology along with great design and practicality. The capacious model has 13 place settings, 10 programmes and a low water consumption of just 10 litres.

Steel expands its collection with compact combi-steam range cooker

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Steel, renowned throughout Europe for its quality and beautifully designed professional kitchen appliances, has expanded its combi-steam range cooker collection with the introduction of a 70 cm compact appliance.

Vado becomes part of Norcros

Norcros, the supplier of branded showers, tiles and adhesives with group operating companies including Triton Showers, Johnson Tiles and Norcros Adhesive - and which is also active overseas with operations in South Africa and Australia, has acquired brassware specialist Vado.

SBID joins 'the acronyms' to bring learning opportunity to design students on both sides of the Atlantic

This Summer will see the Society of British Interior Design launch an exchange programme to create educational opportunities and professional exposure for interior design students from both sides of the Atlantic. The move comes following a meeting with similar bodies from other parts of the world, which has been dubbed the 'Acronyms meeting'

Fantastic Fantasia - Elica's stunning new Vertical Hood

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Fantasia, the latest wall-mounted, vertical cooker hood to be launched by high-end Italian designer Elica has been awarded a prestigious 2013 Red Dot Design Award.

Welcome to the


As the much anticipated May Design Series draws ever closer, the dialogue surrounding this brand new exhibition concept is gathering pace. And, with so many exciting features happening prior to the show as well as throughout, it’s no wonder it’s got the industry talking.

To coincide with the Conversation Series seminar session ‘Urban design: kitchens and bathrooms for smaller spaces’, kbb LDN is on a mission to find the very best kitchen and bathroom products produced for small spaces. Compact places can be equally as smart, innovative and comfortable as the grandest London apartment, and this campaign is set to prove just that. It gives the industry a forum to show off their most compact products and to see and discuss the advancements from others in the market. 

From compact shower enclosures and induction hobs to smart storage solutions & space-saving innovations, kbb LDN  is asking for nominations for design-led products for ‘Shoebox Living’ spaces.

Nominations can made by:

•    Twitter:  tweet the name of the product to @kbbnews followed by #kbbheroes

•    Facebook: posting in the comments section at www.facebook.com/kbbnewsextra.

Current nominations can be viewed here;

•    http://pinterest.com/maydesignseries/kbb-heroes/

To register for a ticket to the May Design Series which includes co-located districts, kbb LDN, The ARC Show, Interiors LDN and DX, please visit www.kbb.co.uk





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Support Independent Retailer month 2013

July sees the beginning once more of Independent Retailer Month - a campaign that has been supported since its launch by The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association.

The aim of the campaign is to highlight the benefits of using independent retailers and their role in their communities, in addition to their contribution to the retail sector and their own local economies.

The death of an industry: late payment is killing specialist contracting businesses

Barry Ashmore, construction industry veteran and founder of StreetwiseSubbie.com, was invited to an evidence session in Parliament this week to speak to a cross party group of MPs regarding the state of the construction industry owing to late payments and unfair payment terms.

Ellis Furniture holds design competition in conjunction with William Wilson

* William-Wilson-winning-design.jpgPopular manufacturer and designer Ellis Furniture recently teamed up with long-standing customer and one of Scotland's largest suppliers of plumbing & heating products, William Wilson, to run a bathroom design competition using Virtual Worlds design software.

Van users: life is going to get tougher

Van users have been reminded by The Fuelcard People of ever-tighter emissions controls. Steve Clarke, group marketing manager, said: "Life is already tough for anyone running vans or other LCVs, but those who fail to address emissions reduction will find it getting harder. As restrictions spread, the worst polluters will soon find themselves running out of road.

The Showering Collection by Glass has expanded

* Glass_Lula.jpgAt ISH 2013, Italian well-being producer Glass Idromassaggio launched three exciting new shower enclosures; Lula, Dado and Life, and expanded two of its best sellers, Fluida and Slinta 2.0, to increase its already extensive Showering collection.

Electrolux hosts CookIt! competition for children in its fully kitted HO training kitchens

Electrolux says it is delighted to be hosting the fabulous CookIt! competition for children in its fully kitted training kitchens at the company's Luton Head Office.

Cook It!, the Guild of Food Writers' children's cookery competition, is part of a national children's food and cookery education campaign launched by the Guild of Food Writers in 2003.

Bespoke bedrooms from established manufacturer

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New brochures from Franke offer definitive guide to choosing sinks, taps and accessories

* Franke-Brochures-2013.jpgTimed with the April launch of several new products, Franke has unveiled a brand new design and format for its brochures for the Specialist and Pro-Value ranges aimed at guiding and inspiring consumers on their decision-making journey. The brochures are currently being circulated via Franke's distributors to retailers who will find them an effective selling tool with consumers.

Storage solutions for modern bathrooms

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HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, opens new Belling hospitality training centre

* Charles_students.jpgHRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, officially opened the Belling Hospitality Training Centre at Dumfries House Estate, with guests including the award-winning Edinburgh-based chef and restaurateur Tony Singh and Belling ambassador, Brian Turner.

Match 1950's-inspired retro pastel switched sockets and light switches to your decor!

* blue-socket.jpgIt's time to replace those grubby plain white plastic plug sockets and light switches with these stunning new metal retro styles made by Varilight!

Lakes Bathrooms expands the Coastline

Lakes Bathrooms tells us that its Coastline Collection of 8mm walk-in shower enclosures has proven so popular that new sizes have been added to each style to maximise choice - almost doubling the portfolio which now includes 46 designs and sizes, all suitable for wet room installation or in combination with a shower tray.

Cabinet firm fined over worker's severed finger

A cabinet manufacturer was fined this month for safety failings after part of an employee's finger was cut off in machinery. Michael Page was using a rotating circular saw to cut a piece of wood at Richmond Cabinet Company, on the Hadfield Industrial Estate in Hadfield, Glossop, in October 2011 when it severed the top of the little finger on his left hand. High Peak Magistrates' Court heard that Mr Page, from Stalybridge, had pushed the wood through the saw by hand whereas he should have been given a push-stick or another tool to use.

Scotland's 'on the up', says new national sales manager

* Allyson-Doak.jpgAllyson Doak is the Crosswater Group's National Sales Manager for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. With over 20 years' experience in the bathroom industry, Allyson who, has been with the company for six years, was promoted in November last year and feels her success is partly down to the compelling product mix in the Crosswater Group but also - and significantly, the increasing confidence in the Scottish economy.

IDS appoints new Key Account Manager for Panel Products

* Geoff-Coe_IDS.jpgGeoff Coe has joined IDS as Key Account Manager for Panel Products, responsible for the Northern Region. Geoff has vast experience of the construction and furniture sectors, with many years at Marshalls and joining from Norbord - recognised as a specialist in chipboard, MDF and OSB.

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Recent News

Silverdale wins 'Exporter of the Year' Award

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Just over a year after Silverdale Bathrooms became independently owned, the company has won the East Cheshire Chamber of Commerce 'Exporter of the Year for 2013' award.

Electrolux Group appliances awarded 22 Red Dot awards for product design

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Electrolux has achieved an outstanding result in 2013's Red Dot design awards, securing a total of 22 awards for high quality design for Electrolux, AEG and Zanussi.


The Kronoswiss Showbus is coming to an IDS branch near you!

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The Kronowiss Showbus is making a return trip to the UK and will be visiting all of IDS's 12 regional branches for open days between the 23rd May and 14th June. The tour is designed to give IDS's several thousand customers across the furniture, retail shopfitting and specification sectors, access to the Kronoswiss quality experience by bringing the pop-up exhibition within easy reach.

AEG's The Lab set to stir up a foodie frenzy!

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Home appliances brand AEG is working in partnership with Taste Festivals to bring some of the world's most experimental chefs together in a unique experiential event fronted by Gizzi Erskine - The Lab comes to London.

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