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6th September 2013


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International News

Volcanic bath erupts into UK market

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A 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.

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

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Ahead 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

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Yorebridge 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

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DEVI, 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

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The 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?

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Benchmarx 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.

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.  

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Sadly, with everything else that’s going on in the world right now and much of our media focused on ‘celebrity’ rather than real issues, most people will be unaware that this week is World Water Week and that what comes out of this week’s global conference taking place in Stockholm could well be crucial to the very survival of mankind.

A sobering thought, eh?

The need to make every drop of water count is not a new concept – indeed this is the 23rd in the World Water Week series and you can read more about it below. And although most industries are striving to work with less water and more of us are trying to conserve it, we need to do more – and fast.

Many of those in the KBB industry are developing products and appliances that use up less water and I can see that momentum gathering pace as more and more consumers are becoming aware of the urgent need to look after our environment and stop using our water faster than it can be replenished by nature - and as a result are demanding more ecologically-friendly products. Those at the conference are sharing ideas on how we can all manage water more equitably and sustainably and I hope that the world’s ‘popular’ press will do its duty by focusing more on what’s really important in life and start spreading the word…





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Ellis Furniture launches latest designer colourways for its Spirit kitchen range

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World Water Week opens with a call for life-saving cooperation over water

* World Water Week.jpgGlobal leaders have gathered in Stockholm for the 23rd World Water Week, calling for strengthened cooperation over water. With the world's population and economies growing fast while the amount of available water remains the same, collaboration over our most essential resource is more urgent than ever.

Britannia Living rejoins KBSA

Britannia Living has rejoined the Kitchen Bathroom and Bedroom Specialists Association. The move will provide Britannia Living with the opportunity to showcase its products to the KBSA’s network of 300 fully accredited, UK-based retail members.

Abode becomes member of BMA

* Abode-Bliss-Tempeau4-bath-mixer.jpgAbode, one of the major players in the bathroom tap and shower market, is delighted to have signed up and become a member of the Voice of the Bathroom Industry - The Bathroom Manufacturers Association.

Apollo combines raw materials and neutral hues to create some seasonal shutter style

* Apollo-bathroom.jpgJust as John and I were packing up to go on our holidays, we received a press release about trends for the cold times a bit further ahead...

Apparently, a major homes trend for Autumn/Winter 2013 is bringing the outdoors in. Emphasis is on sustainability and going back to our roots - reflected in the use of materials such as wood and stone and warm neutral colours.

Visiting Cersaie? Make sure you pay a visit to the House of British Ceramic Tile!

* impact-patchwork.jpgIf you're visiting Cersaie, the exhibition in Bologna which is taking place in just a couple of weeks (23rd -27th September) make sure you schedule in plenty of time for stand A230 in hall 25, where British Ceramic Tile will be showcasing its new and exciting range of wall and floor tiles to worldwide markets.

Kitchen installation gets the gold seal: Special discounted offer announced

* Kitchen-Installation.jpgIndependent kitchen installers that take pride in their work and carry out first-class installations can be found by looking for their FIRA Gold logo, the mark of excellence for the furniture industry. Fit into that category, but don't have FIRA Gold? ... Take advantage of a special offer to join FIRA's new independent retailer scheme at a discounted rate.

Benchmarx promises to 'save trade time and money'

* Borrowdale-Warm-Oak.jpgBenchmarx Kitchens and Joinery, the trade only supplier of high quality pre-assembled kitchens, has carried out a review of every aspect of its business through talking to customers, to fully understand how best to help the trade save time and money on kitchen installation projects.

Methven celebrates outstanding commitment of employees

* Methven-Team-Photo.jpgPremium shower and tap brand, Methven, is celebrating the achievements of some of its longest serving employees. Nine loyal Methven employees are celebrating a combined 138 years with the company.

As part of an internal presentation, Methven has recognised the outstanding commitment and effort demonstrated by employees from across the business.

Roman's Barney Army on Tour

* Roman-barneys.jpgBritish shower manufacturer and designer, Roman, is the main sponsor of a famous school's sporting tour of South Africa. The manufacturer is sponsoring the Senior Girls Hockey team and the Senior Boys Rugby team, of Barnard Castle School, throughout their four match tours.

Summit to celebrate: leading UK chefs triumph on peak of Kilimanjaro

* summit image.jpgSome leading UK chefs are celebrating after conquering Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, as part of a bid to raise £50,000 for charity.

The team, led by the Fat Duck Group's Executive Head Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts, reached Uhuru Peak - the highest point in Africa - at 5.55 am BST on August 28th.

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The Summer of love...From PJH

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