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20th September 2013


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International News

Carron Phoenix extends its popular Isis stainless steel sink range

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Carron Phoenix has extended the choice of its best-selling Isis stainless steel sink range to include two new undermount options in a single and 1.5 bowl.

Ellis Furniture launches Reflection Gloss White

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This season, Ellis Furniture will unveil its largest collection of new bathroom products to date. With more new furniture ranges and door finishes than ever before, the manufacturer is also introducing a wide variety of new brassware, sanitaryware, worktops, handles, accessories and cabinet shapes and sizes.

InSinkErator celebrates its 75th anniversary

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InSinkErator, the global leader and the inventor of the food waste disposer, is celebrating its 75th anniversary with the production of its 150 millionth disposal unit.

Franke launches its quietly stylish Maris cooker hood in black glass

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Franke has enlarged its range of highly popular decorative cooker hoods with the launch of its new Maris model in sleek black glass.

New Maytag dishwasher has Steam Clean technology

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Maytag, the premium appliance manufacturer, renowned for its superior quality products and American heritage, has added a new user-friendly dishwasher with Steam Clean technology to its range.

Dishwashing is black or white

Amica has added a new range of freestanding dishwashers to its line-up of feature-rich home appliances. As Poland's leading home appliance manufacturer and one of Europe's fastest growing, Amica is rapidly increasing its business here in the UK; building on an increasingly recognised reputation for first-class customer service.

Ellis Furniture launches latest designer colourways for its Spirit kitchen range

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New for this season, leading manufacturer Ellis Furniture has added two new design led finishes to its Spirit range of kitchen furniture. Offering the perfect combination of superior quality and luxury with a contemporary design, Spirit also comes in at a very desirable and affordable price point, making it a most attractive offer.

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

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Global 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.

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

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Just 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...

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

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If 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.

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.

Welcome to the


As one of the original members of the Council of the British Toilet Association and an ex-Loo of the Year Awards judge, I thought I’d seen it all when it came to what might pass as a lavatory, but I have to admit that the loo supplied by Thomas Crapper to Jamie Oliver’s new Italian Trattoria restaurant in Richmond made me chuckle (see the story below).

As Richmond is fairly close to me I might just take a trip along to the establishment and avail myself of the facilities there… I have to admit that it’s been a long time since anyone has said ‘Nice buns!’ to me!

John and I are flying out to Germany next week to cover a large show for another industry so we may be a little harder to contact than normal. Rest assured that we won’t be forgetting the KBB industry while we’re away though! We’ll be keeping a close eye on trends in Berlin’s bathrooms and will report back on anything that excites us.





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

KBSA guest speakers a huge hit at AGM

* GuestSpeakerNigelBotterill.jpgWhen The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association held its annual general meeting last year, their guest speaker, Nigel Botterill, was such a huge hit, the organisers knew immediately they had to have him back. But at this year's awards, held at the Billesley Manor Hotel in Warwickshire on September 11th, the inspiration quotient was doubled - with the addition of another speaker, KBSA member Keith Myers of the Myers Touch.

Both men have impeccable business records - Nigel has built eight separate £ million plus businesses and is a leading business mentor for entrepreneurs with numerous prestigious international business and marketing awards to his name.

KBSA Designer Award winners announced

* DianeBerry-KBSADesignerOfTheYear.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association Designer of the Year Awards last week proved every bit as successful as last year's, with CEO Graham Ball describing the talent entered as 'exceptional'.

Held at Billesley Manor in Warwickshire on September 11th, the awards are designed to recognise excellence in four separate categories - all sponsored by top industry names and covering Kitchen Design; Kitchen Concept; Bathroom Design and Young Designer of The Year.

KBSA recognises customer service winners at AGM

* MikeHughesCustomerServiceAward.jpgBillesley Manor Hotel in Warwickshire was the scene of The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association's AGM and national meeting, during which its customer service awards were presented by charismatic speaker Nigel Botterill.

CEO Graham Ball says: "As someone who has built eight separate £ multi-million companies, we thought Nigel was the ideal person for this job. He delivered a stunning presentation first in his usual inspirational way, and then presented our awards.

BEAMA expands scope to offer greater expertise on Water Safety & Hygiene

BEAMA is committing to a comprehensive approach to promoting water safety and hygiene in non-domestic buildings by expanding its product scope – to ensure best practice is considered across the whole water distribution system.

New multi-outlet recessed shower valves from Crosswater

* Crosswater-1701-multi-outlet-valve.jpgValves that can control more than one water outlet in the bathroom are a growing trend in UK bathrooms and allow hand and overhead showers and sometimes even a bath filler too, to be operated from just one fitting. Crosswater has developed innovative new products to meet the call for high-style, thermostatically controlled multi-outlet, easy to install fittings.

The Bathroom Sale unveils stunning armoury for independents

BBL_Insert_Cover.jpgApplications for the UK Bathroom Brand's Bathroom Sale closed on 31st August 2013. Over 750 retailers have signed up for what promises to be the biggest sale push in UK bathroom history!

Thomas Crapper selected for Jamie's in Richmond

* ThomasCrapper-PR.jpgAs with all of the Jamie's Italian Restaurants, in the new Jamie's Italian Trattoria on the very fashionable King Street near Richmond Green, the lavatories have been fitted out with the distinguished and highly recognisable products of one of Britain's finest and most traditional manufacturers of bathroom products, Thomas Crapper & Co.

Häfele launches exclusive Studio Partner programme

* Studio-Locator2.jpgDesign solutions specialist Häfele UK has launched a brand new Studio Partner scheme, offering exclusive products, extensive marketing and showroom display, and customer lead generation to hand-picked independent kitchen studios across the UK.

This clever initiative follows the recent launch of Häfele's consumer website, www.ideasforliving.co.uk, a platform which showcases Häfele's premium product range and directs consumers to Häfele-approved Studio Partners through an online studio locator.

New Whirlpool fridge freezer is super cool!

* internal-by-Whirlpool.jpgWhirlpool tells us it is determined to stay ahead of the game with its new refrigeration range including the new WBE 3325 NF TS. The extensive range of Whirlpool refrigeration appliances offers a wealth of choice across all areas of the cooling market at different price points to suit the budget available.

Bcg launches first Bathroom Book

Bcg, one of the UK's leading distributors of bathroom products, has just launched its first stand-alone Bathroom Book. The 350-page book offers a comprehensive guide to bcg's entire bathroom product range, covering bathroom suites, baths, furniture, showers, enclosures and trays, taps, accessories, towel warmers and commercial products.

Resource efficient house launched on BRE Innovation Park in Scotland

* BRE-Ravenscraig.jpgScotland's Environment Secretary, Richard Lochhead, launched the Resource Efficient House on the BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig in Lanarkshire yesterday. The house is one of the first projects to be delivered by the Scottish Government's Resource Efficient Scotland programme, managed by Zero Waste Scotland, and built in partnership with Tigh Grian.

The home demonstrates how the latest principles in resource efficiency and waste reduction can be applied in house building. Currently an average three-bed home built in Scotland can produce as much as 13 tonnes of construction waste, costing up to £500 per unit. The Resource Efficient House produced less than five tonnes of construction waste, with less than one tonne going to landfill. As well as facilitating sustainable living for oc

New area sales manager for Leicht

* Karl-Pickwick_Leicht.jpgLeicht UK has appointed a new area sales manager for the Midlands and the North as it continues to expand its sales of kitchens throughout the UK. Karl Pickwick has just joined Leicht and will assist UK Sales Director Graham Hopper who looks after the UK market.

Vado welcomes international students

Vado has welcomed two international students, Billy Tse and Stella Wu, to the Purchasing team this week. On placement from the University of Bath as part of their Masters Degree in Advanced Management Practice, they are enjoying these placements as part of a continuing and successful long-standing partnership between the University and Vado.

Billy and Stella will be part of the team in Cheddar where, over the next six months, they will gain crucial industry experience liaising with international suppliers and learning the complexities of procurement and budgeting; all skills at the forefront of keeping the business supplied with resources to continue its trade both in the UK and across the globe.

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