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27th September 2013


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International News

New multi-outlet recessed shower valves from Crosswater

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Valves 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.

Häfele launches exclusive Studio Partner programme

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Design 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.

New Whirlpool fridge freezer is super cool!

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Whirlpool 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.

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.

Welcome to the


An item in this week's news is suggesting that we need to start remodelling our kitchens and bathrooms now, if we want to have them ready for when the family descends on us during the festive season. It argues that if we wait for too long, all the decent tradespeople will be tied up with the type of emergency work that crops up when the weather gets cold.

It makes perfect sense, doesn't it? And I know that although Christmas seems far away right now, it will be upon us all too soon. I also know how difficult it is to find a decent tradesperson that isn't already booked up until around Christmas-time, so if you have work you want done, I suggest you start looking to hire someone soon...





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Independent Made In Britain Committee launches as 1,000th company joins campaign

* Sterling.jpgA new, independent Made In Britain Committee has been created following the success of the Made In Britain campaign which was launched in 2011 by British cooker manufacturer Stoves and has now added its 1,000th business.

Matrix Kitchens announces installation of two stunning new displays

* Matrix1.jpgMatrix Kitchens of Knightsbridge has installed two stunning new kitchen displays. The displays reflect Matrix's design expertise and flexibility, showcasing both a highly contemporary range and the company's latest, more classic, Thurloe bespoke kitchen.

Property maintenance chief urges us to plan ahead for non-emergency refurbishments

While tracking the number of shopping days until Christmas, people also should track the number of remodelling days until the relatives arrive, says the managing director of one of the UK's largest property management firms.

"We will fit more bathrooms and paint and decorate more spare rooms between now and Christmas than any other time in the year, with more than 100 people working day and night to meet the deadline," warns Will Davies, managing director of London-based aspect.co.uk.

KBSA Supplier Awards over for another year

* kbb-Con.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association presented its annual supplier awards at the recent 2013 KBBR Kitchen Conference. The awards recognise excellence in those companies that supply products to KBSA retailers and are the only awards of their kind which represent the views of retailers and not a panel of judges.

Aria bath - for opulent relaxation

* Aria.jpgEncompassing a complete bathroom portfolio including sanitaryware, baths, bath and shower screens, towel warmers and accessories, Ben de Lisi's organically-designed collection features a range of furniture that perfectly complements the elegant, understated look.

New Eurostream on tap from PJH

* New-Eurostream-PJH.jpgPJH Group has unveiled a comprehensive brassware range under a new own-brand, Eurostream, exclusive to PJH and designed to complement its large choice of bathroom ceramics, baths and showers as featured in the new Bathrooms To Love Collection.

Uform celebrates 20 years in business

* UFORM-CUTTING-CAKE.jpgAt a recent celebration, held for its entire workforce at company headquarters in Toomebridge, Uform celebrated 20 amazing years in business.

Quintet Showering from Aqata

* Aqata_Spectra SP500_Quintet.jpgAqata has expanded its range of shaped shower enclosures and matching low level shower trays to offer a wider choice of complete Quintet showering solutions.

Distinctly designer - Abode joins SBID

* Abode-Opulence.jpgAbode - well known in the industry for its creative and innovative design and technology of kitchen taps, sinks and bathroom products, has become a member of the Society of British & International Design.

Since Abode's foundation 11 years ago, the main focus has been its design and individuality and the company feels that joining the SBID, is a perfect partnership.

A 45th birthday to remember...

* JillWeatherburnTinaRiley.jpgLeamington based kitchen and bathroom retailer Modern Homes recently celebrated its 45th year in business, inviting members of the public to its showroom for celebrations.

Over 100 people attended the event, including the winners of the Modern Homes 45th year celebratory competition. The Rees family received a new Trend Interiors kitchen, due to 10 yr old Jordan's passion for cooking, and was keen to find out how best to use it from watching some of the cookery demonstrations held during the day.

Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group had successful industry kitchen conference

* Bill-Miller.jpgThe presence of Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group (KBBG) at this year's kbbreview Kitchen Conference earlier this month , proved a great success for the KBBG, which was also one of the event's sponsors.

It was the first opportunity for KBBG to engage face-to-face with kitchen and bathroom retail specialists and explain the benefits of the KBBG's membership, its strategy and plans for the future.

Nolte Kuechen successfully launches Matrix Art

* Nolte.jpgNolte Kuechen is delighted with the success of this year's 'Hausmesse', its annual in-house fair. Around 6,000 trade visitors, partners and industry insiders attended the show at the Information & Exhibition Centre in Lohne from 14th to 20th September. Nolte's handleless kitchen Matrix Art, which was launched as this year's major innovation, was very well received by the audiences. Equally positive was the acceptance of the new 25mm worktop and the ambience lighting.

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