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9th August 2013


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International News

World's biggest construction project!! Thousands of jobs for Brits in one of the world's best cities

The Emigration Group is urging construction workers in the UK to consider emigrating to New Zealand, where the country's largest city, Auckland, is about to embark on a $10 billion infrastructure programme which will lead to thousands of new jobs for skilled Brits.

Lakes Bathrooms expands globally

UK Shower enclosure specialist, Lakes Bathrooms, is expanding and seeking strategic relationships with wholesalers and distributors worldwide to act as trade partners for the supply of its Classic and Coastline Collections.  

New Rapport taps from Abode are bang up to date!

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The Rapport collection of chrome finish taps, created especially for the UK market, forms part of a new range of bathroom brassware products from Abode, incorporating single lever, dual lever and wall mounted basin models as well as deck mounted bath mixers and shower mixers and concealed wall mounted thermostatic valves.

It's all in the detail with British Ceramic Tile's new Character collection

Following on from the launch of British Ceramic Tile's new Cookhouse Character collection, the company has unveiled its wide range of coordinating decor tiles.

New Evoline range from LDL available from stock

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The award-winning Evoline range is primarily known for bringing stylish power solutions to inaccessible places such as kitchen islands, overhead cabinets, breakfast bars and confined spaces. The discreetly integrated power, data and multimedia sockets enhance the potential of any kitchen design and also avoid the necessity to channel through walls.

Vertical Platinum hood from Amica raises the bar on performance and style

Amica has launched a stunning new extractor hood, set to raise the style and performance bar, as consumers search for increasingly functional-design in the kitchen.

Vessel designer hammock styled suspended bath really has the 'wow' factor

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They say a picture speaks a thousand words and this is most definitely the case with the Vessel bath. A truly awe-inspiring piece of craftsmanship, this designer bath is a must-have within any luxury bathroom, both as a work of art and an indulgent place of relaxation.

If you're wondering whether to visit 100% Design...

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This Showerwall installation should be enough to ensure that the date's in your diary!

Showerstyling by Showerwall is a brand new, custom-printed bathroom laminate being launched at 100% Design, stand K140, on 18th September. It will offer designers and specifiers the option of bespoke, digital printed wall panelling to give a bathroom a signature design, while also guaranteeing easy installation and maintenance.

New, deeper, ergonomic natural stone baths offer deep relaxation

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Bradley Wiggins and Andy Murray are advocates of an ice-bath after hard training, races and matches. Mirroring this, running and cycling, tennis and football are some of the UK's favourite pastimes. So, will these sporty consumers be hunting down a bath with multi-purposes in mind?

Welcome to the


It’s that time of year again when I go back to my hippie roots and immerse myself in the world of tents and compost loos, drum circles, gong baths, World music and Indian head massages… Yes – we’re off on our break and this is the last issue of KBzine until Friday, 30th August, which seems like a lifetime away as I write, but which no doubt, will pass all too quickly, as holidays do.

I must confess that the thought of back-to-our-roots compost loos is infinitely better than being on the receiving end of the pranksters who’ve realised that they can operate other people’s programmable loos from a distance, via Smartphone apps. Unfortunate users have, apparently, had them continuously flushed while they were trying to spend a penny, while others have had their nether regions blasted with hot air or water, or sometimes cold air or freezing water, when they’ve not expected it. I must admit that the story made me chuckle, but I have to say: “Rather them than me!”

If you’re a supplier, please continue to send in your news for consideration over the break so I’ll have plenty to choose from when it comes to compiling the next issue – it makes life so much easier! And of course with the click-through rates to our editorials and ad links remaining high, you just might want to consider advertising too…

We’ll talk again at the end of the month!





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

We have Mail: finding decent trademen

Hi Jan,

In response to your opener to last week's KBzine!

Aaah! The age old problem of finding decent tradesman – I know how you feel and can completely empathise!

The truth is simple – there's no absolutely guaranteed answer, however The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers could be a solution.

First Roca Gallery in Asia set to open its doors in the heart of Shanghai

Roca-Shanghai.jpgRoca, international market leader in the defining of bathroom design is to inaugurate a Roca Gallery in the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, I am the smartest of them all!

ON_TREND_Bluetooth-mirror.jpgLaunched this month, the super clever Revive illuminated mirror range from Bauhaus has Bluetooth wireless technology features that can be activated via any smartphone, tablet or device that has a Bluetooth facility. Once activated you broadcast weather, news and sport via online radio or listen to your favourite music via high quality concealed stereo speakers.

Property claims management company receives official TrustMark approval for its building repair network

Insurers using the MA Assist building repair network will now be able to assure policy holders their homes will be refurbished by high quality contractors and tradesmen approved to Government-endorsed standards.

Sopwell House Hotel selects Crosswater's complete bathroom package

Crosswater-Sopwell-House.jpgSopwell House, the 4 star country house hotel in Hertfordshire, has specified new luxury bathrooms from all the brands in the Crosswater Group; Crosswater brassware and shower fittings, Simpsons enclosures and wet rooms and Bauhaus sanitary ware.

KBSA welcomes two new Board members

* Richard-Hibbert.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced the appointment of two new Board members in the shape of David Charlton and Richard Hibbert.

No frosty reception for Polypipe's Domus Thermal at Scottish student housing

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New Whirlpool washer: large in capacity and low on energy

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Golden Gromit built with BAL

* BAL-Golden-Gromit.jpgRenowned mosaicist Julie Vernon has created a sculpture with a difference: a giant golden Gromit. The piece is part of an unusual public exhibition in Bristol - and Julie has thanked BAL for its contribution. She said: "This was my first time working on a fibreglass base, so I needed to consult the experts on the right adhesive to fix the materials. BAL was an obvious choice for me as I have used their products before and know that they have a good Technical Advisory Service."

Specification a top priority for new addition to sales team

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Vado launches 'how to' videos

* Vado-How-to-videos.jpgExceptional customer service is of paramount importance to Vado, so with this is in mind, the company has produced and launched a series of 'how to' videos. The videos clearly and concisely explain how to carry out common maintenance tasks on their main types of product.

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Recent News

Milestones and a makeover for Hettich UK

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This has been a stand-out Summer for Hettich UK, with the 25th anniversary of its managing director and the kick-off on a £300,000 refurbishment of its Salford premises, both in the year in which its parent company marks its 125th anniversary.

100% Design unveils its 2013 Kitchen & Bathroom Hall

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100% Design has further established itself as a September destination for the Kitchen & Bathroom industry, with brands including Dornbracht, Bulthaup, DuPont Corian, Mette and Keramag - and a seminal installation to explore design's role in the future of food production.

New course will help companies source sustainable timber

A new workshop for companies aiming to achieve FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) is being held on Thursday 15th August.

Survey reveals many Brits are confused by their washing machines

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A new study carried out by Indesit brand revealed that over 13% of Brits don't feel confident using a washing machine. And it's no surprise that 16 to 24-year-olds are the most reluctant to do their own laundry, with the most popular excuses including:

Employers urged to take extra care of young people starting Summer jobs

Workers are far more likely to be injured in workplace accidents during the first few months of a new job than at any other time says the British Safety Council. With the holiday season approaching, employers are urged to pay extra attention to the health & safety of young people hired for temporary, Summer work.

BMA AGM delegates learn how to avoid jail sentence for wrongly labelled toilets!

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A new European law now makes it possible for manufacturers of the humble loo to be sent to jail if they are found guilty of labelling their toilets incorrectly. The eyebrow-raising law came into force in July and it was just one of the topics discussed at the recent AGM and Council meeting of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association.

De Dietrich exclusively chosen by Cornflake to feature in the Smart App-artment

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A VIP event was held by Cornflake, the supplier of premium home automation systems, to launch the Smart App-artment - its new experiential retail showroom in central London.

Leisure sinks and taps installed at prestigious university

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A total of 45 Linear Compact stainless steel sinks and 216 Aquaflux Aquanomic taps from Leisure Sinks are being fitted at a series of newly constructed student accommodation blocks at the University of Oxford. The chrome-plated brass taps and fully reversible sinks will be installed in the kitchen areas in a number of halls of residence on campus.


Mereway Kitchens strengthen internal and external sales & marketing team

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Mereway Kitchens has strengthened its internal and external sales & marketing team with three new appointments.

Robert Lee Distribution expands its sales team

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One of the UK's largest independent bathroom distributors has recruited two new members to its sales team.


The Summer of love...From PJH

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This Summer sees the launch of PJH Group's latest bathroom collection, 'Bathrooms to love', one of the largest collections ever, featuring a comprehensive selection of leading bathroom brands including own-brands, Moods, Wellness, Clearbrite, and introducing Eurostream and Flo?, as well as Triton, Merlyn and April.

New brochure for Sensio|Koch range

Following the partnership of two of the most influential brands in the furniture lighting industry in 2011, Sensio and Wilhelm Koch have released a new brochure displaying the latest products from the range.

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