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6th December 2013


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International News

Hansgrohe takes the headache out of selecting the optimum shower experience

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As part of the innovative Select programme from Hansgrohe, the new ShowerSelect concealed thermostat sets make selecting and turning the different functions on and off both intuitive and pleasing: with the simple push of a button. Each person taking a shower is assured the exact same, comfortable experience every time. There are no complex electronics, just a reliable mechanical control that is also easy to install in conjunction with the tried and tested iBox from Hansgrohe.

Ellis Furniture launches Reflection Gloss Maize

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Continuing this season's launch of new bathroom products, Ellis Furniture has launched Reflection Gloss Maize with the new centre wave worktop.
Featuring a 22mm lacquered handle-less door, Reflection is available across the entire fitted and modular cabinet offer. Shown here with reduced depth modular units and a glass centre wave worktop, the effect is simple, stylish and contemporary.

Six Golds in a row for Abode!

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Abode won another Gold Award at the Designer K&B Magazine's 10th anniversary Awards. The Gold Award presented to Paul Illingworth, Design Manager of Abode at the recent Awards lunch, makes it six Golds in a row for Abode!

Electrolux Supplier Awards 2013 winners announced

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Electrolux held its first ever Supplier Awards event last week, celebrating its top direct material suppliers from around the world.

Visions in High Gloss in Red by Kitchen Door Workshop

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The Kitchen Door Workshop, hopes to provide those in the trade with a little welcome relief this year in the pre-Christmas rush with its fast turnaround times and quick and fuss free installations.

Deserved promotion for Laura Weeks!

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As yet another example of how Crosswater promotes from within, Laura Weeks has been promoted from the Sales Office to the new role of Marketing Communications Officer for the Crosswater Group.

Are these the most unusual toilets in the world?

To coincide with World Toilet Day on Tuesday of this week, Better Bathrooms compiled a list of what the staff feel are the 10 most unusual loos around the world and as well as being unusual they're all currently completely free of charge to use. At 15,190 feet above sea level, Saint-Gervaise-Les-Bains on Mont Blanc has specially designed toilets for use in extreme conditions. These 'dry' toilets are waterless and chemical-free, instead utilising a worm-composting system to deal with the waste.

Abode Aurora: lights indicate water temperature

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Abode creates both beautiful and practical taps that deliver elegance and innovation in equal measure - its kitchen mixertaps are created for customers who desire the perfect design, performance and quality in their homes - without an enormous price tag - and this latest offering has something extra special in terms of safety by indicating water temperature.

New space saving solution from Bauhaus

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Squeezing an extra designer wall-hung WC and furniture into the smallest space just became a lot easier thanks to the Ultra Slim hidden-in-the-wall WC support frame and cistern from Bauhaus.

Britton's stunning new one piece basin and pedestal extends Curve range

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Available and in stock now, this stunning, streamlined, single piece basin from Britton Bathrooms is a brand new addition to the Curve range of bathroom ware. The modern, vitreous china, freestanding basin and pedestal combination joins one of the most comprehensive ranges of sanitary ware.

Ceramic Style from Belling

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Renowned UK appliance manufacturer, Belling, has added to its collection of built-in hobs with the addition of 77cm ceramic hob with touch control.

IDS launches first range of kitchen taps from Grohe

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Surface materials distributor IDS has introduced its very first range of kitchen taps from renowned European brand Grohe. The new product line complements IDS's extensive worktop offer in laminate, solid surface, solid wood and quartz to its trade customers and provides them with an easy-purchase solution of quality branded taps.

Let there be light!

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For a limited period only while stocks last, leading distributor LDL Components is offering special promotional sets of LED lighting from its Linea range. Offering the ideal opportunity to upgrade to highly efficient LED energy saving lighting, the promotion focuses on the popular 24V LED downlights, available in square, round or triangular format.

GDHA invests in accessories market

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Popular British cooking appliance manufacturer Glen Dimplex Home Appliances has demonstrated its investment in the accessories sector with the launch of a new range of glass splashbacks and hoods, specially designed to complement its existing range of freestanding, built-in and range cookers.

Dudok brassware in new finishes rom Grange Design by Antonio Frattini

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Grange Design presents brand new and exclusive finishes to the illustrious Dudok range of bathroom brassware by Antonio Frattini.

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I write this having just heard that all train services have been temporarily closed in Scotland because of the exceptionally high winds and that an HGV driver has already been killed as a result of his lorry being blown onto two cars. No doubt other parts of the world are experiencing similar harsh conditions with snow and ice to contend with too, so if you’ve had to take to the roads because the trains aren’t running, or if you have to drive as part of your job, do stay safe.

Now as far as I’m aware, this tip has absolutely nothing to do with the specific accident mentioned above, but I’ve also received a press release today which warns that we shouldn’t deflate our tyres slightly for Winter – as we’ve been told for many years to do.

Steve Clarke, of The Fuelcard People, says: “There is a long-held view that reducing tyre pressures will increase grip on awkward surfaces.  This might be all right for driving over desert sand, but it is certainly not safe for winter driving. It simply is not true, unless temperatures fall far below anything we might expect in Britain.”

Steve says compression just means that the tyre is sitting on a larger layer of melted ice or snow, increasing the likelihood of sliding, skidding and aquaplaning.

Sounds logical, doesn’t it?

With Winter really starting to set in now, Steve has some other tips for drivers, which are included in this week’s news, below…





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Latest Bathroom Retailers Market Report just published

The latest report on the UK Bathroom Retailers Market has now been published.

Coram introduces shower tray collection for new Premier Range

* Coram-Premier-Cre-enclosure.jpgPremium British manufacturer of quality shower enclosures, showertrays and bathscreens, Coram Showers, introduces its collection of elite shower trays for its just launched Premier Range of enclosures.

Highly versatile and more contemporary than ever, each model has been carefully sculpted with subtle angled sides and shallow sloping circular or elliptical recess for truly efficient drainage.

Celebrate the 12 Daves of Christmas with Utopia

You can never have too many Daves - we know that's true because at Utopia they have got 12 of them! This unusual fact has prompted the team to celebrate its Daves and Christmas together with its new festive Facebook campaign, 'The 12 Daves of Christmas'.

Don't deflate the van tyres for winter

Van users are being advised not to follow outdated advice on winter driving. Steve Clarke says: "There is a long-held view that reducing tyre pressures will increase grip on awkward surfaces. This might be all right for driving over desert sand, but it is certainly not safe for winter driving." As marketing manager for The Fuelcard People, part of Fuel Card Group, he has been working with van users for years and knows the challenges they face.

Save time and money with Space-Plug

* Space-Plug.jpgIntroducing Space-Plug, a revolutionary and ingeniously simple new way of securing kitchen base units to the wall, guaranteed to save time, effort and money. Space-Plug is a tough, adjustable spacer designed specifically for this purpose and now available from LDL.

Kitchen & bathroom retailer awarded quality mark for installation excellence

* Premier-kitchens-FGIR.jpgA business based in Peterborough is the first in the area - and only the second in the country, to be awarded a quality mark signifying excellence in kitchen, bedroom and bathroom installation, as part of a furniture industry scheme specifically aimed at independent retailers.

New Elite mirrored doors and side panels from Simpsons Enclosures offer discreet showering

* ELITE_Mirrored-shower-enclosure.jpgThanks to its mirrored doors and side panels, the new Elite Mirrored enclosure range from Simpsons provides the most discreet form of showering. Ideal for adding a feeling of extra space and light in all bathroom spaces, Elite Mirrored is also the perfect finish for modesty in a shared family bathroom or in Jack and Jill en suites.

Abacus Direct's Affinity 'Profit with Partnership' programme continues to grow

* abacus-md.jpgIn these turbulent times where brand and customer loyalty are highly sought after - and - arguably, rare, Abacus Direct, as one of the UK's innovative bathroom products specialists - and with a 25-year pedigree - is looking after its valued customers with the novel Affinity programme.

Modern Homes wins KBSA Small Business Saturday promotion

* Tina-Hamper.jpgCongratulations to Tina Riley of Modern Homes, winner of the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association 'Small Business Saturday' promotion.

Tina is a worthy winner as not only did she share details of the event she is running in the showroom on Saturday with the KBSA but her business was also profiled on the Small Business Saturday Facebook page www.facebook.com, which has 8,409 likes!

Fixers praise BAL Micromax2

Professional tilers throughout the country have been going online to praise BAL Micromax2, the ultimate grout for tiling. The feedback left at www.tilers-demand.com is unanimously positive, confirming the work of the BAL R&D team and the hundreds of fixers and contractors across the country that helped to develop the technology.

Astracast appoints Louise Craven to position of National Account Manager

* Astracast_Louise-Craven.jpgThe exciting developments at Astracast have continued with a new addition to the team; Louise Craven.

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