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4th October 2013


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Matrix Kitchens announces installation of two stunning new displays

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Matrix 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.

Aria bath - for opulent relaxation

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Encompassing 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

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PJH 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.

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.

Welcome to the


I’m always telling everyone not to believe what they read in the papers but the consensus really does seem to be that these wonderful islands of ours are finally lifting themselves out of the doldrums.

With construction projects on the increase, more people finding employment and house prices rising (which always tends to give property owners that feel-good factor despite only really benefiting those who are either downsizing or selling up for good, but never mind…) it really looks as if we could have turned the corner, which can only be good news for the KBB industry.

I only hope that the problems currently being faced by the US Government, which have caused president Obama to warn creditors that they may not be paid what they are owed, are not going to send everything into a downward spiral before we have a chance to really reap the benefits from the upturn…





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Housing construction activity increases at fastest pace for almost a decade

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Better Bathrooms announces competition to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2013

* CHARITY-Pink-Bath.jpgThis October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this year Better Bathrooms has teamed up with Breast Cancer Care to help raise money for this important campaign.

Distinctly affordable kitchen taps from Abode

* Abode-Aspekt.jpgThe Abode design team creates taps for people who have come to expect the perfect blend of design, performance and sheer quality. Earlier this year Abode launched four brand new great value, designer kitchen taps, all offered in popular chrome and brushed nickel finishes and now widely available. They are:

- Linear Flair - Strong linear lines turn this architecturally tall, slanting monobloc tap into a great design.

Latest release of Building Regulations now cites Eurocodes design standards

The October 2013 release of Approved Document A of the Building Regulations now includes reference to the Eurocodes. The old British Standards are no longer being maintained and will become increasingly out of date, so engineers need to be using the new Eurocodes.

Geberit Monolith Vario takes inclusive bathroom design to a new level

* GEBERIT-Monolith_Vario.jpgDesigned to ensure the bathroom is a comfortable place for everyone, regardless of any mobility issues, Geberit has introduced the Monolith Vario, which enables ceramics to be mounted at a higher position.

Offering a simple yet highly effective solution to what will become an increasingly common issue as our population ages, the Geberit Monolith Vario is a base cover, which can be added to the bottom of the Monolith for WCs to allow for an adjustable height option.

New website and extra manufacturing capacity for Brayer Design

* Brayer.jpgBrayer Design has completely redesigned its website (www.billbrayerdesign.co.uk) and expanded its manufacturing capacity.

New design accreditation for KBSA designers

* VanessGrahamRenee.jpgThree of the leading organisations in the KBB industry have come together to launch a new design accreditation that will, for the first time, allow qualified kitchen and bathroom designers to be recognised for their kbb design skills and experience.

Gino D'Acampo cooks up a storm in competition winner's kitchen!

* Gino-DAcampo.jpgImagine enjoying a private cookery lesson from a celebrity chef - then dining with him afterwards in your own home! That's exactly what Cathy Keir from Emsworth and her lucky friends enjoyed on Wednesday evening after winning a nationwide Zanussi competition.

Vanessa Feltz commissions Glartique to design Kitchen and Bathroom splashbacks

* Vanessa-splashback.jpgVanessa Feltz commissioned Glartique to design and create a 7m bespoke printed glass splashback for her kitchen and printed bath panels for her master bathroom.

Support gathers as Stephen Metcalfe MP accepts patronage of The iKBBI

* Metcalfe.jpgConservative Member of Parliament and member for South Basildon & East Thurrock, Stephen Metcalfe MP (pictured) this week demonstrated support of The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers, as he officially became its second Patron - joining fellow party Member of Parliament Brian Binley MP.

Compliments to the chef!

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

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KBSA Supplier Awards over for another year

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