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30th August 2013


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International News

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

Roca, 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!

Launched 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.

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

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Polypipe Ventilation's Domus rigid duct and Domus Thermal duct insulation systems have been installed into a large new student accommodation development in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh.

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.

Welcome to the


Welcome to our first issue of KBzine following our annual break. Unusually, apart from a couple of rainy and windy days, it’s been one of those Summers that has allowed those of us living in England to spend much of the time outdoors and indeed I have written this issue from a temporary office in my garden, to the sounds of birdsong and the breeze rustling through the trees. I feel absolutely blessed but if you’re stuck in an office for most of the day, don’t be too envious because the experts are right about homeworking eating into one’s private life… I’m often swapping emails with PR professionals at all hours of the night and even at weekends, so we clearly don’t stop working at what is considered a conventional time!

One thing we don’t have to do of course is commute, so a report released by Aviva recently is for the rest of you. Aviva says that employees opting to take part in the Government’s ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme, by cycling to work rather than driving or taking public transport, have become more productive. Its research shows that since introducing health-related benefits such as this scheme, 89% of employers saw productivity increase, 88% said employees were more motivated and 83% enjoyed reduced sickness absence. Perhaps now is the time then, with everyone feeling revitalised by the Summer sunshine, to encourage more of your employees to take part so you too can reap the benefits of having a healthier, more motivated workforce…





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Record demand for KBSA Awards tickets

This year's KBSA Designer Awards look set to mimic the success of last year's; with tickets selling fast it is likely to be fully booked by the end of the month.

The awards celebrate the best of British design and talent, and all winners will be announced at the national meeting, AGM and networking dinner which will be held at Billesley Manor Hotel in Warwickshire on 11th September.

Volcanic bath erupts into UK market

* Etna-red.jpgA bath is still an important feature within any bathroom, particularly for those who seek an indulgent escapism from day-to-day trivialities. But how do you unite a luxurious bathing experience within an artistic bathroom centrepiece that is cost-effective? Simple. Meet the Etna freestanding bath.

Bathroom Sale attracts record numbers of retailers

* FORMOSA_BASIN.jpgThe collective that is Bathroom Brands; Crosswater, Bauhaus, Simpsons, ClearGreen, Burlington, Clearwater Zamori, AquaCabinets, Adora and Britton, is reporting record take-up to the industry's largest Bathroom Sale.

Soapbox: World Water Week calls attention to growing need for clean water

* Danielle-Nierenberg.jpgAhead of World Water Week, which begins on Sunday, Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder of The Food Think Tank, offers four recommendations for facilitating universal access to clean water

Abode bathes with Mr & Mrs Smith

* ABODE-Fervour-f-s b-s mixer.jpgYorebridge House is a romantic Mr & Mrs Smith hotel formed from a former schoolhouse in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire that is now home to 11 individually designed rooms all of which have luxury bathrooms and spacious showers. The hotel has recently been voted the 'most romantic' hotel in the UK.

DEVI launches the next generation of underfloor heating

* DEVIflex-Installing.jpgDEVI, said to be the world's largest manufacturer of electric underfloor heating systems, has launched the next generation of indoor underfloor heating cables. The cost-effective DEVIflex provides a complete heating system.

The DEVIflex works equally well beneath laminate, ceramic, stone, vinyl and carpet and, by removing the need for radiators, space is maximised.

Correct specifying for heavy traffic tiling

* Tiling-for-heavy-traffic.jpgThe BAL CPD Seminar, 'Specifying tiling in heavily trafficked areas,' gives architects confidence in specifying for any tiling project where traffic levels mandate high durability.

What's Neue from Benchmarx?

* Neue-from-Benchmarx.jpgBenchmarx Kitchens and Joinery, the trade-only supplier of high quality pre-assembled kitchens, has introduced a comprehensive new range of integrated cooking, washing and cooling appliances under the own-brand name, Neue.

Leisure Sinks continues to provide quality for Guernsey's States Housing residents

* LEISURE-SINKS-Guernsey.jpgFor the last three years, residents of properties owned by States Housing in Guernsey have been benefitting from Seattle sink and tap packs from Leisure Sinks. The packs, supplied via DHS Guernsey, have been installed throughout the island in a variety of social housing refurbishment projects, valued from £2.5k to £50k.

Electrolux unveils YourWaterMark app

* YourWaterMark.jpgWe've all heard about the Carbon Footprint - the amount of CO2 emitted by our everyday activities. It's a powerful concept that helps us to understand and monitor our personal and collective impact. Now, Electrolux unveils its YourWaterMark app -which helps assess individual water consumption at home to spread awareness about the need to conserve.

Mini ranges launched in new colours

* Stoves-Richmond-Mini-Range.jpgRenowned appliance brand, Stoves, has given its popular British-made Richmond Mini Range cookers a colourful makeover for Summer.
Richmond 55cm Mini Ranges are now available in selected shades from the Colour Boutique collection. Stoves has added Day's Break, Wild Berry (pictured), Icy Brook and Hot Jalapeno to the existing options of Black and Champagne across both dual fuel and gas options.

Top 10 fellow worker's habits that annoy the most - as revealed by 5000 employees

It's never a joy going back to work after a break and with the Summer holidays coming to an end (well, in my neck of the woods, anyway) the 'back to work blues' is something many are dealing with right now. The good news is that we can all make things easier for our colleagues by taking note of the results of a survey carried out for Peninsula Business Services, the employment law consultancy, whose Group Director Alan Price, warns:

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Recent News

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.

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:


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.

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