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10th May 2013


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International News

The new colours of Croydex

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Responding to the use of colour as a trend in the bathroom, Croydex has introduced two new shades to its already popular range of fashion colourway accessories, bringing the collection bang up to date for 2013.

Eco-friendly comfort from ClearGreen

Eco-friendly credentials and comfort-focused design combine in baths from ClearGreen. The range, another in the Bathroom Brands portfolio, includes contemporary freestanding designs, shower baths and single and double ended baths.

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.

The Showering Collection by Glass has expanded

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At 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.

Bespoke bedrooms from established manufacturer

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The natural tones of this bespoke bedroom from Hartleys Bedrooms' Milan range, bring a simple fresh appeal.

Storage solutions for modern bathrooms

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Storage has become a must in bathrooms and manufacturers are meeting the demand with functional and attractive products.

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

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It's time to replace those grubby plain white plastic plug sockets and light switches with these stunning new metal retro styles made by Varilight!

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.

Welcome to the


Choosing a new kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or appliance generally leaves the buyer on a high… but that can quickly subside when the issue of delivery has to be faced. Customers tend to be rather unforgiving when suppliers aren’t able to specify an exact time for delivery and this can soon turn to anger when a scheduled delivery is delayed for some reason or other. And with many of the UK’s roads so often now congested, I’ve often thought that I’d hate to be on the receiving end of a disgruntled customer’s aggression when he or she has taken time off work to wait in for the delivery of a new purchase that fails to arrive.

And of course it’s not just deliveries, but tradesmen too that seem to let us down. But they have to negotiate the same traffic jams as the rest of us and it’s not something they can do by public transport or on a motorcycle, with all their tools, is it?

I won’t say that this is all about to change, but news in today reveals that a package of measures put in place by the logistics sector for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games could, if adopted permanently, improve some of our traffic issues and bring environmental benefits too, while helping to make roads safer for cyclists and other vulnerable users. It includes the promise of more night-time deliveries.

You can read more below…





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

New study shows that more night-time deliveries work better

A package of measures put in place by the logistics sector for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games that includes more night-time deliveries could, if adopted permanently, improve some of our traffic issues and bring environmental benefits too, while helping to make roads safer for cyclists and other vulnerable users.

Ultra-low profile shower tray meets growing demand for 25mm profile shower trays

* Simpsons-slab.jpgWith the growing popularity of wet-room and walk in showers there has been a rapidly increasing demand for a lower profile tray; to ensure these trends are met Simpsons has introduced an ultra-low 25mm shower tray range called Slab.

Chinese developer seeks innovations for £20m flagship building in new £6bn eco-city

The Building Research Establishment is working with Franshion Properties (China), one of China's leading state owned developers, to give businesses an opportunity to showcase their most innovative and sustainable technologies in a new eco-city in China.

Dare to imagine...

* Mist-solid-surface-Mistral.jpgOne organisation counting down the days to kbbLDN is Karonia, provider of the Mistral range of solid surfacing. The company tells us it will be using the show, which starts in just nine days, to build on its presence at previous shows and further demonstrate the versatile nature of this 25mm enhanced acrylic material.

Shock opening for Bathroom Business Conference 2013!

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Abode 'Debuts' striking new bathroom taps

Abode-Debut-bath-shower.jpgAnother new Abode range makes its debut... The Debut range, created especially for the UK market, forms part of a new range of bathroom brassware products from Abode.

Health & Safety experts make recommendations for ISO14001 revision

Leading experts in Environment from EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, and manufacturing companies across the UK met this week to make key recommendations to the revision of guidance to ISO14001, the widely used standard for Environmental Management Systems that customers use to differentiate between suppliers.

Geberit reaches new heights in the loo with the best view over London!

* Geberit-Shard-loo.jpgVisitors caught short 750ft above London as they take in the views from the top of The Shard, the Capital's newest tourist attraction, will enjoy quality scenery inside and out when they visit the washrooms, as they feature Geberit's Sigma50 flush plate.

Maytag introduces new 10Kg capacity washing machine

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FIRA appoints new Furniture Technician Supervisor

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Utopia helps your customers to Visualise their new bathroom

* UTOPIA.jpgRenowned bathroom furniture manufacturer, Utopia, is making it easier for retailers to service their customers by launching a new online tool, which brings to life the extensive furniture and colour combinations available when designing a new bathroom.

Personnel changes designed to expand Kitchens International

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Recent News

EEF and ENER-G launch hunt for Britain's greenest manufacturers

The hunt is on once again for Britain's most efficient and sustainable manufacturers. EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, and ENER-G have launched the Environment award category as part of the fifth annual Future Manufacturing Awards with companies eligible to win two prestigious awards at regional and national level.

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.

Ellis Furniture holds design competition in conjunction with William Wilson

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Popular 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.

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.

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

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HRH 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.

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.


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

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Timed 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.

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